Lidia Martinez ’16 has been awarded the Mario Vargas Llosa Award, granted yearly to one Spanish major or minor in the nation who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academic courses and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities related to Spanish. Martinez, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., earned her B.A. with program distinction, and graduated with a Spanish major and a Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor on May 15. She will be accepting the award at the AATSP’s annual congress in Miami on July 10.
Tom Ballance ’80, president and chief operating officer of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, became the chair of the advisory board of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton University. Ballance, who holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Stockton, operates Atlantic City’s top-grossing casino hotel. With over 2,000 rooms, Borgata is also New Jersey’s largest hotel. Ballance joined Borgata in 1998 as vice president of Development. Following the successful completion of the Borgata, the Borgata North Expansion, and Water Club projects, he was appointed senior vice president of Development for Boyd Gaming Corporation where he oversaw all design and construction projects for the company. In January 2009, he returned to Borgata as senior vice president of Administration, where he was a member of the leadership team responsible for all strategic decision-making for the property. Prior to Borgata, Ballance spent 17 years with Harrah’s Atlantic City in various operations and development positions. He is a resident of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Terri Schieder ’82, a health care executive was honored at Atlantic Cape Community College’s seventh annual President’s Distinguished Alumni Award event. Schieder of Somers Point is a 1979 Atlantic Cape nursing graduate who went on to receive a bachelor’s in nursing from Stockton University, a master’s of science degree in trauma/critical care from University of Maryland, Graduate School of Nursing; and a master’s in business administration from Fox School of Business at Temple University. She currently serves as vice president for Business Development and Clinical Integration at AtlantiCare Health System. Schieder has worked for AtlantiCare since 1981.
Steven Jensen ’79 was appointed to the Madison Area YMCA Board of Directors. A native of Livingston, Mr. Jensen graduated from Stockton State College in Pomona and attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was a project superintendent with T.J. McGlone & Co., Inc. and construction superintendent at The Gilchrist Partnership, AIA, before founding his own company in 1985. Steven Jensen of Florham Park is a general contractor and founder of Jensen Construction Co. based in Florham Park. Expanding on his volunteer work, Mr. Jensen joined the Madison Area YMCA’s Capital Expansion Steering Committee in 2015 and has participated in developing details of the early project planning and Feasibility Study.
Joshua Simpson ’08 was recognized as Teacher of the Year of Regional Day School of Manchester School District in New Jersey. Simpson holds multiple degrees and recently earned a master’s in education with an endorsement in special education through Stockton University. This summer he will earn the endorsement of learning disability teacher-consultant upon completing his final internship. Simpson joined Regional Day School in September 2010 as a paraprofessional. In January 2012 he began teaching in A-4, a middle school-aged behavioral disabilities program. He also serves as the co-adviser to the Student Council.
Alexis Demitroff ’15, a current graduate student at Stockton University, interns at the ACUA’s Bird Deterrent Program. She prevents birds from flying down to the landfill by shooting off a sound gun. She monitors the landfill from sunrise to 1 p.m. on an average day, scaring away birds from the landfill and the flight paths of planes at Atlantic City International Airport just down the road. Outside her part-time internship, Demitroff tends her garden at home, kayaks with friends and spends as much time outdoors as possible, she said. At work, apart from her one duty that involves a revolver, Demitroff participates in household hazardous waste collection, helping dispose of Atlantic County’s light bulbs, oils, pesticides and other hazardous items.
Patrick McGeehan ’14 joined the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department (WPD). He is a lifelong resident of Colonia. He graduated from Colonia High School in 2010. Afterward, he attended Stockton University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. He was previously employed by Weldon Concrete in Westfield.