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Distinguished Alumni: From the College Campus to the C-Suite to the VIP Table

Distinguished Alumni: From the College Campus to the C-Suite to the VIP Table

New Jersey Colleges and Universities are rightfully proud of their graduates, and these super-successful examples are putting their education on the map. Here, as described by higher education executives, are some community and business leaders who are making significant contributions and, in the process, bringing distinction to their alma maters.

michael irisBerkeley College By Michael Iris, Senior Director, Alumni Relations and Online Career Services
Edison A. Jaquez received the 2016 Alumni of the Year award, recognizing his professional success and fulfillment through community service. An inspiring motivational speaker throughout New Jersey, he authored A Second Chance: Life Lessons Turned into Living Dreams. He is program coordinator for the Civic Justice Corps at the Jewish Renaissance Foundation, the CEO and founder of B-Men, and co-founder of BYOUtiful, two mentoring organizations designed to enhance the lives of today’s youth. In 2014, he received two civic awards for his outreach efforts in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Jaquez graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College in 2009.

cse - hjsCollege of Saint Elizabeth By Dr. Helen J. Streubert, President
College of Saint Elizabeth has numerous alumni who are highly successful professionals
and have given back to the college. Susan McGlory Michel ’80 is an entrepreneur. She owns Glen Eagle Advisors, a financial services firm in New Jersey, is active in her community and serves as a CSE trustee. She is generous with her time, talent and treasure. Sheila Thimba ’90 came to CSE from Kenya. Her embracing experience as an international student at the college is being paid forward by her work as dean of Administration and Finance at Harvard College, where she helps international students navigate American higher education.

jennifer shufranGeorgian Court University By Jennifer Shufran, Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement
Georgian Court University’s Mercy Core Values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion and service manifest in all our alumni. Former chairperson of Petri Baking Products, Amy Joseph Habib ’60, embodies Mercy through 12 years of GCU trustee service, philanthropy and immeasurable volunteer service. She also helped establish GCU’s first endowed class scholarship. CEO Helen Hanna Casey ’71 and COO Annie Hanna Cestra ’73 of Howard Hanna, the fourth largest real estate company in the United States, have been honored nationwide for their business acumen and community service. They continue to support GCU philanthropically and share our message. These alumnae personify contribution and strength of character.

msu 2Montclair State University By Dr. Susan Cole, President
Montclair State University’s 110,000 alumni include many accomplished professionals whose “pay it forward” generosity empowers innovative programs, such as the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, established by Mimi and Edwin Feliciano; funds numerous scholarships for students; and provides capital support for state-ofthe-art facilities utilized by the campus community and the general public. Accomplished alumni who remain actively involved include Steve Adubato, Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster; Annette Catino, president and CEO, QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc.; A.J. Khubani, founder and CEO, TeleBrands Corp.; Karen Horne, senior VP, Programming Talent Development/Inclusion, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios; and Ronald Califre, senior VP, R&D, Novartis, retired.

hendersonNJCU By Dr. Sue Henderson, President
A few of NJCU’s VIP alumni: Hon. Clay Constantinou ‘73, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Ret., generously supports NJCU athletics and alumni activities; Danielle M. Kovach, M.A. ’07, 2010-11 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, a third grade special education teacher who supports NJCU and gives back in the classroom; Chirag Patel ‘89, co-CEO and chairman of Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, serves on NJCU’s Foundation Board and established The Patel Scholarship Fund; Irene Trowell-Harris ‘71, R.N., Ed.D., USAF NC Major General (Ret.), a former director of the Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, advocates for women, veterans, healthcare and NJCU scholarship.

cathy daveyRamapo College By Cathleen Davey, VP, Institutional Advancement, Executive Director, Ramapo College Foundation
Three of our VIP graduates are Cathleen Benko ’85, vice chairman and managing principal, Deloitte LLP, who established an endowed scholarship and received the President’s Merit Award; Keith Dawkins ’94, executive vice president, TeenNick and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon, serves on the College Foundation Board of Governors and helped develop a capstone marketing research project at Nickelodeon for MBA students; and Glen Messina ’85, president and CEO, PHH Corporation, who has been honored with the Distinguished Citizens Award and is active on the President’s Parents Advisory Board.

matt oct 20136Seton Hall University By Matthew Borowick, Associate VP for Alumni and Government Relations Seton Hall graduate Bonnie Evans, CEO of Kessler Rehabilitation’s West Orange campus, works with the university to expand student internship opportunities. Enrique Diloné is the senior vice president of technical operations for Amicus Therapeutics. With two degrees from Seton Hall, Diloné has been a member of the president’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences and serves on the university’s Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Advisory Board. Mary Ellen Clyne is the president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. Clyne earned three degrees from Seton Hall and serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors.

sara faurotStockton University By Sara Faurot, Director of Alumni Relations
Our VIP graduates include President Dr. Harvey Kesselman ’79, who has developed plans for a new Atlantic City campus and expanded new scholarships by more than $700,000; and Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, which has won groundbreaking legal rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV, including a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court victory striking down Texas’ “Homosexual Conduct” law and every law like it in the nation. Cathcart, ’76, has supported Stockton philanthropically, as a keynote speaker and panelist, and donated the original charter of the Gay Peoples Union, now Pride Alliance, to the university.

gitensteinThe College of New Jersey By Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, President
It was clear from his days as an undergraduate at TCNJ (then Trenton State College) that
Jim Florio was destined for success. We watched with pride as our former student government president was elected to Congress and then as governor of New Jersey. Always an advocate for higher education, Governor Florio is paying it forward in a more personal way these days. When we organized our first comprehensive fundraising campaign, he was the first to sign on as Honorary Campaign Leadership. In this role, he is helping to ensure that a TCNJ education remains exceptional and accessible for generations to come.

john thurberThomas Edison State University By John P. Thurber, VP for Public Affairs
Arthur Brooks ’94, president, the American Enterprise Institute, influential social scientist, author and musician; Bonnie Watson Coleman ’85, the first African-American woman elected to Congress from New Jersey and who served eight consecutive terms in the New Jersey Assembly; Brian Hughes ’92 and ’00, Mercer County Executive, former freeholder and executive director for the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, advocates for seniors, disadvantaged children, low income families and for access to education for all; Master Sgt. Janeen M. Fillari ’06 and ’09, New Jersey State Command Chief, the highest ranking enlisted position in the New Jersey Air National Guard.

waldronWlliam Paterson University By Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President
William Pesce ’73, retired CEO and president of John Wiley & Sons, has served on our Board of Trustees since 2002. He, his wife Henrietta Pesce ’72, MA ’75, and their children established the University’s Pesce Family Mentoring Institute to support students in their career goals. Maureen Conway ’66, a retired senior executive at HP, has served as a trustee since 2011, is a generous supporter and has led strategic planning for our Alumni Association. Joseph Riccitelli ’85, executive vice president and general manager for RCA Records, has been a guest lecturer for and a big supporter of our music management program.

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