October 2015

Amanda DeMauro

Stockton alumna Amanda DeMauro graduates with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Childhood Studies in May 2015. She fulfilled her Childhood Studies capstone course by interning at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ocean County organization. Upon graduation, DeMauro was offered a position within the organization as a match support specialist, providing professional monitoring, coaching, guidance, and short-term counseling in the community-based mentoring program. “My Psychology classes at Stockton prepared me with the knowledge and background of the field, as well as understanding people,” she said. “Even the G-courses I took provided different experiences that allow me to better relate to my casework.”

Kyle Lamar

Kyle Lamar ’11 was one of five probationary officers were sworn in and one Toms River Township police officer was promoted last week during a ceremony at the Toms River Township Council meeting. Kyle Lamar, Beachwood, is a 2006 graduate of Toms River High School South and received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Stockton. He was a Special Class II officer in Seaside Heights from 2012-14 and worked for the Roselle Park Police Department as an officer from 2014 until he was hired by Toms River.

Gina Pretko

Gina Pretko ’11 is proud to announce her engagement to her fiancé Brian Martino. The two met while she was working as a paraprofessional for Berlin Township School district, where Brian is a physical education teacher. Gina returned to Stockton last fall for her master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She aspires to be a speech-language pathologist and work with children. The two will marry on January 15, 2016

Alyssa Quirk

Alyssa Quirk ‘12 has joined Salem Community College as admissions recruiter. Quirk previously worked in Stockton’s admissions office. In this capacity, she provided guidance for students, prospective students, parents and guardians. She also participated in orientations, recruitment events and open houses. As a Stockton undergraduate, Quirk served as an admissions ambassador for four years. The position entailed giving campus tours, and mentoring prospective and new students.


Stockton alumnus, Karen Hughes ‘76, recently published “Trick-or-Treat Mercenary”, a memoir about family skeletons in a Cold War closet. As a visual artist, Hughes worked in television and film production, including work with the legendary San Francisco production company Colossal Pictures. Among the projects she was involved in was graphic design for early MTV and music videos, including the Grateful Dead and Kronos Quartet. She went on to work for Francis Coppola and Zoetrope Pictures. In recent years she has taught art to elementary school students.

jess and vin

Jessica Mahon ’14 graduated from Stockton with a degree in Psychology. She recently got engaged to Vince Hartigan. The two met through mutual friends in 2010. They purchased their first home together this summer, and are planning a wedding in Spring 2017. Jessica, now a graduate student at Stockton, works for the Office of Graduate Admissions and is a student ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. She is currently completing her clinical practicum for Speech Pathology at Seashore Gardens, a skilled nursing facility in Galloway Township, NJ.