June 2018

Nick Valinote `92, president of Nicholas & Partners, LLC announced that the marketing company has purchased New Jersey LifeStyle Magazine.  Nicholas & Partners, LLC will take over production and publishing immediately and New Jersey LifeStyle Magazine will continue to operate without interruption. https://experienceindulgence.blogspot.com/2018/06/nicholas-partners-llc-today-has.html


Hak Kim ’96 was appointed to the John R. Elliott Foundation Board of Trustees. As the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, Kim is responsible for the finances of a  $1 billion integrated healthcare system.




David Stout ’96 was named the seventh president of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. “We are confident that Dr. Stout is the right person to serve as chief executive officer at this time and to lead one of the finest community colleges in the nation,” Board of Trustee Chairman Carl J. Guzzo, Jr. said Tuesday night. “Dr. Stout has made significant inroads in his brief tenure as interim president and is the best candidate to lead Brookdale to the next level of excellence.”


Mark Marrone ’98 has taken on dual roles at Mainland Regional High School, district superintendent and principal. Marrone said he was approached by the Board of Education’s personnel committee to consider taking on the dual role, something no other district the size of Mainland is doing in New Jersey. “I have a great staff with great teachers and a consistent and committed administrative team. Knowing who I have in place gives me the hope that I can accomplish this and keep Mainland moving forward,” said Marrone.


Melissa McCooley `98 was named shared services superintendent for Little Egg Harbor and Pinelands Regional School District. “I truly believe that Dr. McCooley is the best person for this job,” said Susan Ernst, president of the Pinelands Regional Board of Education. “She has a vested interest in this community as she graduated from Pinelands! She knows our community and students. She has been an advocate of articulation and collaboration between the districts since being seated as LEHSD’s superintendent.” http://pinebarrenstribune.com/two-districts-given-state-goahead-to-share-superintendent-p2105-165.htm

Marissa Edmund ’02 was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Edmund Optics. Edmund began her career at Edmund Optics in 1998 as Director of Human Resources and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a Master of Business Studies from Stockton University. http://www.novuslight.com/edmund-optics-announces-executive-promotions_N8129.html


Debra Franzese `05 was promoted to partner at national law firm Seward & Kissel LLP.  “Debbie’s promotion is extremely well deserved, and we are thrilled to welcome her into the firm’s partnership,” noted Seward & Kissel Managing Partner Jim Cofer. “Time and time again, Debbie has proven her dedication not only to the success of our firm, but to the success of the investment management clients she serves. We are confident her leadership skills and unique perspectives will continue to progress in this new role.”  Debbie received a B.A. from Stockton University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, magna cum laude.



Carl Archut, Jr. ’16 has joined the University of Florida as the Associate Director of Development for University Initiatives. Previously the Assistant Director of the Dickinson Fund at Dickinson College, Carl continues to build upon his career in higher education.




Darren Babnew (TEDU ’16) was recently highlighted in The School of Business newsletter for his post-graduation journey. Babnew came to teacher education at Stockton University by way of serving his country first in the US Air Force. Upon retiring from the service, Darren went on to earn degrees in Liberal Studies, Education, and minors in Childhood Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Historical Studies. Learn more about his journey.



Arz Nammour ’18 was recently awarded “Greatest Generation Award” by the Stockton Office of Military and Veteran Services at the Colonel Kenneth J. Stow Memorial Golf Tournament. Nammour was recognized for his work with older veterans which was sponsored by SCOSA and part of Arz’s Gerontology Internship during the Fall 2017 semester.