Archives for: June 2012

Oh, Happy Day! Scenes from Commencement 2012

Georgian Court University’s 101st Commencement was marked by two days of congratulatory hugs, proud parents and families, and celebration after celebration by 600+ graduates who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Georgian Court University's 101st Commencement was marked by two days of congratulatory hugs, proud parents and families...

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Conair Backs New E-Commerce Program at Georgian Court

Georgian Court University to Launch Global Transformation Initiative

Lakewood, N.J., May 31, 2012—A major gift from Conair, one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of health and beauty products and kitchen and electronic appliances, will provide initial funding for Georgian Court University’s Global Transformation Initiative, a program designed to strengthen GCU’s e-commerce curriculum and expand opportunities for cultural exchange.

“Conair’s generosity reflects the confidence and positive feedback we have received from our friends in business and from entrepreneurs who understand how critical it is to prepare today’s students to become worldwide leaders,” says GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D. “Ultimately, we expect them to use the skills and experiences of the Global Transformation Initiative to give back to society and the world economy,” says President Jeffries. As part of the initiative, GCU will establish an international collaboration center, bolster its e-commerce curriculum, and create faculty innovation grants. The university, which recently sent students to Europe for an 11-day academic tour of Ireland, Italy, and France, will also use some of the donated funds to expand international learning experiences for its students.

Conair’s gift comes on the heels of the university’s May 15 announcement that Georgian Court is becoming fully coeducational. After more than a century of maintaining its historic Women’s College, GCU will admit men to all of its academic programs—day and evening—beginning this fall. By Fall 2013, Georgian Court will offer housing and athletic programs for men.

The shift to coeducation and the cultivation of major gifts are among several strategic efforts to expand GCU’s reach as a leading, regional university. Georgian Court also is incorporating research-driven changes in recruitment and admissions, academic offerings, and curriculum requirements. At the same time, the university continues to serve as a resource for Catholic education and intellectual tradition while promoting the values of the Sisters of Mercy, GCU’s sponsoring organization.

Source: GCU Press Room

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Georgian Court University to Launch Global Transformation Initiative Lakewood, N.J., May 31, 2012—A major gift from Cona...

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Passion, Preparation, and Purpose Will Shape the Future for Georgian Court Grads

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 Former New York Stock Exchange President, New Jersey Higher Education Chief,
and Meridian Health Executive Offer Advice to the Class of 2012

Lakewood, N.J., June 1, 2012—Two of the shortest words in the English language carry enormous weight, according to Rich Hader, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president of nursing for Meridian Health.

“I want you to look in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I can.’ If you believe you can, you absolutely will achieve whatever you want,” he told members of Georgian Court University’s graduating Class of 2012. Dr. Hader, who helped launch the Georgian Court-Meridian Hospital School of Nursing four years ago, emphasized the power that comes with being confident and prepared to take advantage of life’s opportunities.

Dr. Hader received an honorary Doctor of Health degree and congratulated 30 Georgian Court students who earned their B.S.N. degrees. The group was the first to graduate from the nursing school operated jointly by GCU and Meridian. Overall, GCU awarded 618 degrees—undergraduate and graduate—during its 2012 commencement ceremonies.

The graduates’ plans for using their newly minted degrees run the gamut. For example:

  • Trenton native Chartice Barlow, who graduated with a degree in business and less than $3,000 in college debt, is evaluating M.B.A. programs and wants to pursue a fashion career.
  • English major Andrew Galesetti of Spring Lake Heights is publishing his first book, “To Breathe Free,” a story that traces the struggles of families during the Depression, through World War II, and into modern-day Manhattan.
  • Juliana Estrella will put her psychology degree to work in Matawan. As a behavior assistant at Our Special Place, Juliana will assist in developing behavior support plans, and running social skill groups for children with autism.
  • Kim Rizzolo begins work as a teaching assistant this summer as she enters a doctoral program in chemistry at Boston University this fall.
  • Karen Argese, who completed her M.A. in Administration and Leadership, will pair her 24 years of teaching experience and the skills acquired in her master’s program (her second at GCU) to pursue a post outside the classroom.

‘Do what you love’

New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle R. Hendricks received an Honorary Doctor of Educational Administration degree before she addressed the 382 students earning bachelor’s degrees. Among them was Karissa Merkel, a Freehold native who graduated with a degree in English and was selected to address the senior class.

“As we begin our new journey, always remember one thing,” she told her classmates. “Passion is the fuel that ignites the fire within your soul. Do what you love, and love what you do, because it is passion that gives you the will and the strength to accomplish your heart’s most favorable desires.”

The Class of 2012 faces better job prospects than their peers in the last few years, but there will still be rough patches ahead, Karissa warned.

“It is the journey that shapes us into who we are,” she offered. “We have the ability to create our own life story, and each story is unique, making it possible for each of us to become the change in the world that we hope to see.”


Drive and passion fuel success

Veronica Harmsen, of Beachwood, N.J., graduated with a Master of Arts in Education–Autism Spectrum Studies and shared her personal journey with her graduate school colleagues.

When her brother Xavier was diagnosed with autism 15 years ago, Veronica pledged to do all she could to make a difference in the lives of youngsters struggling with the disability. She earned an education degree from GCU in 2008 and soon returned to pursue her master’s degree.

“I knew I wanted to embark on a career in special education,” Veronica said, “but I often wondered . . . Would this even make a difference? Or am I just piling on more money to my loans? However, I found Georgian Court University’s autism program to be an atmosphere that inspires academic excellence. The School of Education saw my drive and passion to teach special education,” she said.

“I thank God every day for giving me the gift of teaching,” she continued. “Not only am I educating these students, I am also learning more each day to share with my brother. True success is not the education that you have, but it’s what you do with this education.”

Those earning advanced degrees also heard from William R. Johnston, former president of the New York Stock Exchange, and from local entrepreneur Betsy Schmalz Ferguson, CEO of American Flavors and Fragrances. Both received honorary doctorates from GCU.

“Find a job that you can be passionate about,” Mr. Johnston advised. “It probably won’t be your first or even your second. But every day should be, and will be, a pleasure to go to work.” He also encouraged students to build a solid network of friends, faculty, and colleagues, and to always remember their alma mater.

“When you get that first big payday, carve out a piece for those who helped you along the way,” he said. “Don’t forget about Georgian Court.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.


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 Members of the Georgian Court University Class of 2012


New Jersey



Michele Catherine Gansert, Egg Harbor Twp, MA

Jasmine Hudgins, Pleasantville, BA

Maria Carmela Locasale, Egg Harbor Township, MA

Jenny M. Novoa, Ventnor, MBA

Veronica I. Wetherbee, Hammonton, MA


Jessica Cioffi, Little Ferry, MA

Laureen M. DeRosa, Fair Lawn, MA

Shan Shan Sun, Paramus, MBA


Jessica Anderson, Chatsworth, BA

Mary Elizabeth Cherubini, Willingboro, BA

Samantha Garofalo, Wrightstown, BFA

Jennifer Hutchison, Chesterfield, BA

Cathya Jeudy, Willingboro, MBA

Dana Ferris King, Willingboro, MBA

Dale Brant Marshall, New Lisbon, MA

Ashlee Rigby, Edgewater Park, BA

Zoila J. Solano, Cinnaminson, MA

Nichole Lynne Stillwell, Browns Mills, BA

Cassandra Marie Trendell, Wrightstown, BA

Andrea Jean Ulmer, Roebling, BS

Shakia Tasha Virgil, Bordentown, BA


Brian Ayscue, Haddon Heights, MA

Suzanne Billen, Cherry Hill, MA

Coree Lynn Bonaparte-Smith, Pine Hill, BA

Roberta Ann Bradley, Pennsauken, MA

Kathryn M. Emrich, Voorhees, MA

MaryAnn Exler, Sicklerville, MA

Tobias Haley, Turnersville, MA

Carroll-Jo Kennedy, West Collingswood, MA

Gloria Mazziotti, Audubon, MA

Capri Still, Camden, BS

Cape May

Jennifer Lynn Cala, Cape May Court House, BA

Ruby Hernandez, Wildwood Crest, BA

Mary Joan Piechocki, N Cape May, MA


Rosamaria Cristina Andon, Bridgeton, BA

Raneshia Brinee’ Byers, Bridgeton, BA


Yundeh G. Dousuah, East Orange, BA

Shadiki Fatima Nadash Harris, East Orange, BA

Jennifer Lopez, Newark, BS

Sakinah Kianya Salters, Newrk, MBA


José D. Caamano, Mantua, MBA

Kristen Marie Spencer, Deptford, MBA


Kajuana Michele Carter, Jersey City, BA

Shaquanna Lynnette Frizzelle, Jersey City, BA

Rachael Rzemieniewski, Hoboken, MA


Karen M. Argese, Robbinsville, MA

Chartice Barlow, Trenton, BS

Danielle Marie Brossoie, Ewing, BS

Petise A. Burton, Trenton, BS

Rose Clarke-Taylor, Hamilton, BA

Karen Craven, Hamilton, MA

Laura Garbowski, Robbinsville, BA

Jessica Gordienko, Yardville, BA

Dorthea Essence Holmes, Trenton, BA

Natiya M. Hood, Trenton, BA

Jessica Dawn Levinski, East Windsor, MA

Elizabeth Mathews, Hamilton Sq., BA

Stephanie C. Moceri, Hamilton, BA

Sonya Bambi Succi, Princeton Junction, BA

Pheobie Janeen Thomas, Hamilton, MA


Alexandra Kim Anderson, South Amboy, BA

Samantha Arias, Highland Park, BS

Melissa Lee Brandeis, Highland Park, MA

Marisa Carney, South Amboy, BA

Michelle Lynn Chocolate, Old Bridge, BA

Alexa M. Cosentino, Monroe Township, BS

Amanda D’Amico, Helmetta, BSN

Brian Gerard Donatello, Old Bridge, BS

Nicole R. Eardley, South Amboy, BA

Robins Edouard, Edison, MBA

Akorfa Gidiglo, Sayreville, MBA

Jessica Amorim Goncalves, Edison, MA

Jessica Alyssa Irizarry, Jackson, MA

Bellaria Jaramillo, Cranbury, MBA

Mallory Kirchner, South Amboy, MBA

Kara Lynn Kozla, E Brunswick, MBA

Terri A Lawson, Old Bridge, MBA

Tristan Lowande, Jamesburg, BA

Gina Michele Mancini, Woodbridge, MBA

Siobhan McDermott, Old Bridge, MA

Erin McLaughlin, East Brunswick, MBA

Karissa Merkel, Old Bridge, BA

Kimberly Ann Moldenhauer, Fords, BA

Nicole Marie O’Connell, Old Bridge, BA

Rovena Michele Passero, Colonia, MBA

Nancy Paulius, Plainsboro, BA

Kathleen Regis, Piscataway, BSN

Brittani Rivera, Old Bridge, BSN

Jennifer Ruszala, East Brunswick, BA

Judith L. Silveira, Colonia, MBA

Chloe Elizabeth Skuya, Old Bridge, BA

Lauren Staats, Dunellen, BA

Brittany Tarantino, Monroe Twp, MA

Elizabeth Anne Wutkowski, Sewaren, BFA

Kristen Beth Zakrzewski, South Amboy, MBA


Megan Elizabeth Accordino, Spring Lake Heights, BA

Edith Altomare, Oceanport, BA

Jessica Michele Amoroso, Howell, BA

Erica Rose Andresen, Neptune, BA

Howard W Andrews, Rumson, MA

Brittany Angrisani, Howell, BA

Jessica Arnold, Freehold, BA

Christine E. Atkinson, Howell, BSN

Ta Shara Austin, Farmingdale, MS

Jacqueline Shea Bailey, Eatontown, MA

Sabrina Carvalho Barata, Sea Bright, BS

Amanda Barbieri, Middletown, BA

Kristia Barrera, Howell, BA

Jason Barthel, Freehold, BA

Laura Barthel, Freehold, BA

Emily Beaver, Belmar, BA

Dana Lynn Bellantoni, Hazlet, BS

Brett Benedetti, Red Bank, BA

Justine Victoria Benedicks, Howell, BA

Elizabeth Benney, Bradley Beach, BA

Lindsay Berardo, Middletown, BA

Tiffany Berryman, Freehold, BA

Mary Lou Beyer, Howell, MBA

Lauren Biele, Wall, BA

Caitlin Marie Bilotta, Highlands, MBA

Sara Blarr, Red Bank, MA

Noelle Bleiweis, Jackson, BA

Theresa Ceceil Bonk, Howell, BA

Laura Marie Borgersen, Marlboro, BA

Frances Marie Borho, Holmdel, BA

Devin Graves Boyle, Neptune, BSN

Crystal Bracero, Neptune, BA

Katelyn Marie Brennan, Rumson, BA

Eugene Briggs, Howell, MA

Frank Burgaretta, Howell, MBA

Colleen Patricia Burtt, Ocean, BFA

Michelle Cannata, Howell, BA

Hernan David Carrion-Paez, Neptune, MA

Gabrielle Erin Caruso, Leonardo, BS

Allison Cassidy, Howell, MA

Chelsea Cella, Belmar, MA

Nicole Chaffer, Freehold, BA

Jessica Christiana, Port Monmouth, BA

Stacy Christopher, Keansburg, MA

Marian J. Cirillo, Manalapan, MA

Erin Colleen Clancy, Freehold, BA

Annamarie Foring Clapp, Oakhurst, MA

Heather Kathleen Clark, Howell, BA

Stephanie Carol Clark, Ocean Grove, BA

Danielle Christine Cocks, Manasquan, MBA

Jaclyn Collins, Matawan, BA

Chelsea Kathleen Compeau, Manalapan, BA

Lisa Cordasco, Shrewsbury, BSW

Kelly Marie Cosentino, Shrewsbury, BA

Allison Costa, Hazlet, BA

Katherine A. Crain, Rumson, MA

Melissa Creveling, Freehold, MA

Andrea Curreri, Belmar, MA

Dayna Davis, Howell, BA

Margaret Monique Davis-Oates, Asbury Park, BA

Nicole Decker, Freehold, BA

Megan DeGregory, Howell, BSN

Jennifer Mary Del Salto, Manasquan, MA

Danielle Marisa Dembitzer, Marlboro, BA

Kevin James Dempsey, Neptune, BA

Rosina Desir, Neptune, BA

Nicholas Anthony DeToro, Howell, MBA

Amanda Nichole Dilger, Ocean, BA

Thomas DiPaolo, Howell, BA

Micalah Hanora Dolan, Spring Lake, BA

Kelly Dowling, Howell, BA

Colin Stephen Driscoll, Avon by the Sea, BA

Susan Duenas, Freehold, MBA

Carmelle Durand, Morganville, MA

Margaret M. Dwyer, Long Branch, BA

Miriam Elizabeth Eble, Oakhurst, MA

Amanda Mary Enea, Howell, BA

Jessica Escorcia, Holmdel, MA

Juliana Bornhorst Estrella, Keyport, BA

Petrina Josephine Faccas, Matawan, BA

Kelly Farrell, Ramtown, BA

Jodi Beth Feeney, Marlboro, MA

Claudia G. Fiel, Ocean, BA

Veronica Fiori, Middletown, MA

Emilie L. Fisch, Freehold, MA

Jonathan Fonseca, Brielle, BS

Owen A. Francis, Freehold, MBA

Rebecca Franzel, Freehold, BA

Christina Marie Fredericks, Freehold, BA

Megan Freeman, Manasquan, MA

Kyle Galante, Holmdel, MA

Andrew Galasetti, Spring Lake, BA

Jacquelyn Anne Garofalo, Middletown, MA

Kyra Gell, Keyport, BS

Christy A. Giebler, Wall, MA

Anne Marie Ginnane, Neptune City, MA

Heather Giugliano, Matawan, BA

Corie Glasson, Ocean, BA

Deanna Elizabeth Glowzenski, Freehold, BA

Brandi Kathryn Goetchius, Wall, BA

Katherine A. Gooch, Morganville, MA

Brittany Nicole Goossen, Keyport, BS

Elsa Maria Gordon, Farmingdale, BA

Mary A. Gouveia, Howell, MA

Stefanie Granzin, Spring Lake, MA

Jessica Anne Grasso, Howell, BA

Colleen Kelly Greberis, Freehold, BA

Key’sha Greene, Long Branch, BA

Amanda Greenfield, Freehold, MBA

Victoria Guadagno, Howell, MA

Kara N. Hastings, Hazlet, BA

Robert Michael Hensle, Atlantic HIghlands, MA

Annika Higgins, Freehold, MA

Joyce Hirsch, Tinton Falls, MA

Ryan Hoblitzell, Freehold, BSN

Amanda E. Hunkele, Howell, BA

Julie Rose Illmensee, Manasquan, MBA

Jacqueline Ray Imbriaco, Neptune, BA

Dorian Elise Jackson, Asbury Park, BA

Elyce E. Jackson, Union Beach, BA

Elaine M. Jadacki, Union Beach, MA

Melissa Phyllis Johnson, Howell, MA

Alexandra Therese Jones, Matawan, BA

Teresa Jones, Brick, BSN

Kathleen Keenan, Atlantic Highlands, BA

Andrew William Ker, Neptune, MA

Samantha Kinnick, Middletown, BA

Sharon Lynn Kircher, Asbury Park, MBA

Krystine Kozic, Hazlet, BA

Traci Buchholtz Kracoff, Manalapan, MA

Barbara M. Krawchuk, Lake Como, BS

Samantha Kreindler, Freehold, MBA

Megan Elizabeth LaManna, Wall, BA

Barbara Landi, Tinton Falls, MA

Samantha Jean Landi, Tinton Falls, MA

John Lanni, Belmar, BA

Ebony L. Lattimer, Eatontown, MA

Kristee Anne Lauro, Middletown, BA

Jacqueline Marian Leone, Morganville, BA

Kelly Susan Lepkoski, Red Bank, BA

Malka Levin, Cliffwood, BA

Eileen L’Heureux, Neptune, BA

Daniel Lombardy, Tinton Falls, MS

Stephanie Kinnick Lombardy, Tinton Falls, MA

Jamie Long, Oceanport, BA

Patricia LoPresti, Middletown, BA

Jillian Marie Loprete, Howell, MA

Alyson M. Mac Farland, Ocean, MA

Jessica Ann Magner, Ocean, MBA

Jill Ellen Maher, Tinton Falls, BA

Kelly L. Manuel, Port Monmouth, BA

KellyAnn Maratta, Red Bank, MA

Christine Marione, Red Bank, BA

Michelle Masi-Lerner, Freehold, MA

Melissa Marie Mason, Tinton Falls, BA

Jaclyn Elayne Matejka, Hazlet, BA

Ashley Jill Mattia, Howell, BA

Rita Marie Mauro, Freehold, MA

Aisha Lila Mayid, Howell, BS

Janet Mazur, Ocean Grove, MA

Fiona McArdle, Bradley Beach, BSN

Molly McBain, Loch Arbour, BS

Nora Ann McCarthy, Middletown, BA

Jessica McDonald, Freehold, BA

Lisa Marie McDonald, Atlantic Highlands, MBA

Doreen McGagh, Tinton Falls, MA

Ryan McGrath, Manasquan, BA

Tara McMorrow, Ocean, BA

Jenna Meier, Manalapan, BS

Jeffrey I. Menson, Eatontown, BA

Mary Ann Michael-Hanna, Howell, MA

Christy Middlecoop, Matawan, BA

Amy Montecalvo-Lyons, Manasquan, BA

Jennele L. Moschella, Matawan, MA

Kristin Marie Moskal, Freehold, BSN

Cara Muratore, Middletown, BA

Tia Nadal, Port Monmouth, BA

Jacqueline Nicholson, Marlboro, MA

Kevin Patrick Nolan, Middletown, MBA

Bethany Ann O’Brien, Manasquan, MA

Meghan O’Connell, Neptune, MA

Chanel Oladele, Eatontown, BA

Brianne O’Neill, Howell, BA

Nora O’Neill, Howell, BA

Jennifer Lynn Opdyke, Howell, BS

Diane Owens, Neptune, BA

Andrew Ozga, Manalapan, MBA

Lauren Padulano, Howell, BA

Artemis Pappas, Freehold, BA

Samantha L. Parker, Eatontown, BS

Olivia Lynn Parrilla, Middletown, MBA

Krista Marie Peoples, Neptune, BA

Annmarie Peraggine, Englishtown, BSN

Gabrielle Petosa, Hazlet, BA

Tara Marie Pfeiffer, Howell, BSW

Lauren Piro, Howell, BA

Jennie Elizabeth Pompilio, Wall Township, MA

Melissa Jayne Porth, Freehold, BSN

Yvonne Quintero-Casaletto, Union Beach, BA

Deborah Ready, Neptune, BA

Dawn Marie Reinhardt, Colts Neck, MA

Jaclyn T. Repetti, Wall, MS

Alyson S. Resnick, Marlboro, MA

Charles G. Reuter, Howell, MA

Erin Richards, Eatontown, BA

Mariel Joan Ridley, Allenhurst, MA

Vera J. Ridoux, Manasquan, MA

Danielle Rispoli, Ocean, BA

Breanna Marie Ristaino, Colts Neck, BA

Michelle Robbins, Farmingdale, MA

Brianne A. Robicheau, Howell, BA

Felicia Romano, Manalapan, BA

Lindsey M. Romao, Belmar, BA

Paulina Romo, Lakewood, BA

Jodi Michelle Rosmarin, Howell, MA

Annmarie Rozansky, Hazlet, BA

Melanie Elizabeth Ruffing, Highlands, BSN

Eileen Marie Rush, Belmar, MA

Thomas Michael Russo, Howell, BA

Lisa Russolese, Englishtown, BA

Tracey Anne Saliski, Howell, MA

Blythe Sanford, Colts Neck, BS

Diana Sansevera, Manalapan, BA

Mary Sansone, Matawan, BA

Christina Santorelli, Englishtown, BA

Jennifer Sapienza, Hazlet, BS

Lyndsey Schork, Hazlet, BA

Theeany T. Shannon, Eatontown, MA

Kristen Marie Shaughnessy, Red Bank, BA

Lorelle Shea Cahoreau, Tinton Falls, BFA

Kerry Anne Shearer, Matawan, BA

Kathryn Shinn, Manasquan, BSN

Stefanie Siderowitz, Englishtown, BA

Heather Ashley Sierra, Middletown, BA

Jenna Sivilli, Freehold, BA

Pamela Clare Skalecky, Manalapan, BS

Rebecca Lynn Sneed, Freehold, MA

Patricia Somma, Howell, MA

Summer Nicole Spalliero, Holmdel, MBA

Melissa Spaulding, Tinton Falls, BA

Sarah Ann Stapleton, Howell, BA

Samantha Starr, Hazlet, BA

Michele Steiner, Hazlet, BA

Jessica Stokhamer, Howell, BA

Stephanie Straglinos, Manalapan, BA

Robert Stuart, Belmar, BA

Danielle Nicole Susi, Middletown, BA

Diana Swinton, Englishtown, BA

Samantha Tetro, Howell, BA

Tammy Theilemann, Neptune, BA

Nicole Lee Tilton, Brielle, BA

Cory M. Tirpack, Manasquan, MA

Wanda Ivelisse Torres, Belford, MBA

Kirstin Triozzi, Marlboro, BA

Neena Lee Tucker, Clarksburg, MA

Dana Marie Tyndall, Wall, MBA

Danna Joan Valenti, West Long Branch, BA

Theresa Josephine Valenziano, Howell, BA

Erika L. Valerio, Tinton Falls, MA

Marianne Kristen Velez, Howell, BS

Martha Yolanda Velez, Morganville, MBA

Cristina Vigorito, Freehold, BA

Stephanie Vitale, Englishtown, BA

Karen Patricia Vogel, Manasquan, MA

Tara Walenta, Oceanport, MA

Malaika L Walker, Matawan, BA

Michele Whelan, Eatontown, MBA

Patricia Whiteside, Freehold, MA

Amanda Wiest, Long Branch, BS

Asia Wilson, Asbury Park, BS

Rebecca Wishbow, Millstone Twp, BSN

Ellie Wolf, Freehold, MA

Peter Yurkiw, Middletown, BA

Jennifer Lynn Zak, Ocean Township, BSN

Jennifer Zdeb von Doehren, Ocean, MA


Melissa DuBois, Butler, BA

Lauren Masters, Lake Hopatcong, MA


Alina Acosta, Brick, BSN

Pilar M. Acosta, Toms River, MA

Natalie Adis, Toms River, BA

Sigrid Alaan, Toms River, BSN

Lindsay Shattuck Allen, Toms River, MA

Gabriella Araneo, Lanoka Harbor, BSN

Camila Asin, Toms River, BA

Andrea M. Asri, Toms River, MA

Stephanie Avallone, Point Pleasant, BS

Sara Ball, Brick, MA

Nicole Bannon, Toms River, MA

NancyJo Barclay, Toms River, MBA

Erika Barone, Toms River, BA

Daniel S. Barrett, Toms River, BS

Amanda Bartley, Toms River, MBA

Cristina Gabriella Bassano, Jackson, BA

Lori Bataille, Toms River, BA

Sara Marie Beach, Toms River, BS

Jessica A. Beckett, Toms River, MA

Jillian Bell, Brick, BSN

Laura Ann Bergen, Pt Pleasant Beach, MA

Charmain Beverette, Lakewood, BA

Danielle L. Bisonic, Jackson, BA

Ashley Bosco, New Egypt, BA

Michael Brandimarte, Brick, MBA

Kristie Braun, Brick, BS

Stephanie Erin Brosnan, Forked River, BA

Naomi Brown, Toms River, BA

Tori Nikie Brown, Lakewood, BSW

Janine Burgio, Toms River, BSW

Joseph D. Busic, Bayville, MBA

Kelly Butz, Whiting, BA

Jean Camp, Manahawkin, BS

Antonio Carannante, Brick, MA

Tracy L. Carbo, Jackson, MA

Michael Carlo, Lakewood, MA

Toni Ann Castellana, Brick, BA

Amanda Cavallo, Pine Beach, BS

Latasha T. Chaneyfield, Brick, BS

Jenna L. Childs, Barnegat, BA

Amanda Blair Choma, Brick, MA

Dana Ann Civile, Barnegat, MA

Kim Marie Class, Toms River, MA

Lea Ann Cleary, Surf City, MA

Brittany Coates, Manahawkin, BA

Nicole Lynn Cochran, Jackson, BA

Kimberly Coder, Brick, BA

Catherine Calandriello Collins, Toms River, MA

Maria Alicia Colón, Jackson, MA

Lauren Ashley Conaty, Point Pleasant, BS

David Cortes, Toms River, BS

Lorraine Cuber, Manchester Township, MA

Katherine L. Czado, Jackson, MA

Leanna D’Andrea, Point Pleasant, BS

Iulia Elena Dasaga, Brick, BA

Justin Robert Davis, Brick, MBA

Nicole DeBrango, Pine Beach, BSN

Jessica Beatrice DeMaio, Brick, BSW

Amanda Nicole Denis, Jackson, MA

Jessica Lee DiGuilmi, Brick, BA

Dana DiMatteo, Brick, BA

Kristen Disoteo, S Toms River, BS

Stephanie Ann DiZenzo, Jackson, MA

Nancy Dockray, Toms River, MA

Emily Dollman, Bay Head, BA

Andrew Robert Dorin, Jackson, MBA

Karyn Dynak, Bayville, BA

Kerri Ellsworth, Point Pleasant Beach, BA

Amanda Emme, Bayville, BA

Alexandra Jayne Ervin, Jackson, BA

Holly Ann Fabiyan, Point Pleasant, MA

Janine Joy Faint, Jackson, MBA

Jamie Santez Ferguson, Lakewood, BS

Denise Marie Fichera, Toms River, MA

Ashley Figliola, Beachwood, BA

Kelly Ann Fliller, Toms River, MBA

Brittany Flynn, Barnegat, MA

Joseph Foti, Toms River, BS

Dawn Fowler, Brick, MA

Ruth Francis, Lakewood, BSW

Jennifer Ashworth Froehlich, Manahawkin, MA

Christie Hope Gallant, Point Pleasant, BA

Erin K. Garrabrant, Manahawkin, BS

Ashley Ann Gawlik, Toms River, BA

Samantha Ann Glassford, Brick, BA

Jaime Glover, Toms River, BSW

Elizabeth Gordon, Bayville, BSW

Jessica Susan Gourlay, Barnegat, BA

Kristin Grosso, Lakewood, MA

Mary Ellen Guarin, S Toms River, MA

Sarah Anne Gugliocciello, Toms River, MA

Danielle Hajeski, Brick, BA

Lisa J. Hannah, Point Pleasant, MA

Veronica Ruth Harmsen, Beachwood, MA

Denise Harrison, Brick, BSN

Elise Harvey, Point Pleasant, BA

Lyndsay G. Heck, Jackson, BA

Nicole A. Herterich, Jackson, BA

Michael Hitchcock, Toms River, BA

Heather Hollywood, Brick, BS

Tara Marie H’orr, Brick, MA

Brooke Hull, Jackson, BS

Michael Anthony Ientile, Manchester, MBA

Helen Trube Ihde, Brick, MA

Angelo J. Imperiale, Lakewood, MBA

Kerry R. Insano, Brick, BA

Kaitlin Izzo, Brick, BS

Luisa Jimenez, Brick, BA

Wilsar Johnson, Lakewood, BA

Susan Jovanovic, Toms River, MBA

Robin Danielle Katzman, Lakewood, BS

Heather Ann Keith, Jackson, BA

Lisa Kenny, Brick, MA

Kimberly M. Kicinski, Brick, MA

Bryan Kiley, Jackson, BSN

Jacinta M. Kioko, Lakewood, BA

Taryn Marie Kisko, Toms River, BA

Cassandra Marie Kissam, Brick, MA

Kristin L. Kohler, Lakewood, BA

Bethany Anne Kuczin, New Egypt, BA

Cara-Nicolasa Lanza, Toms River, BSW

Christina Lee, Toms River, MA

Christina Lyness, Brick, BS

Kelly Lyons, Jackson, BA

Nicole Christine Maccini, Brick, BSN

Yana Maksumov, Lakewood, BA

Danilee Mancuso, Brick, BA

Rosemarie Manzo, Point Pleasant, BSN

Jennifer M. Marsh, Lakewood, MA

Gregory Mascaro, Toms River, MA

Brian Masotta, Brick, BA

Stephanie Elizabeth Matulionis, Brick, BSN

Aleyda Y. Maylone, Brick, MBA

Kiona M. Mayweather, Lakewood, BA

Laura R. McCanna, Forked River, BA

Dana McCrickard, Brick, BA

Erin Elizabeth McCrossan, Brick, BA

Dawn Denise McNamara, Point Pleasant Beach, BS

Melissa Christine Meisenbacher, Point Pleasant, BSW

Lauren Beth Mendes, Brick, MA

Victoria Mercaldi, Beachwood, BSW

Sabino Salvatore Metta, Toms River, BA

Kathleen Ann Miick, Toms River, MBA

Michael Mullarkey, Brick, MA

Skye Mulligan, Whiting, MA

Sandra L. Murdoch, Brick, MA

Kathryn Ann Murray, Brick, BA

Ellen Murtha, Whiting, BA

Lauren Naperski, Brick, MA

Gina Deanna Natalicchio, Brick, BA

Bonnie M. Nelson, West Creek, MA

Cynthia Norkus, Point Pleasant, MA

Michelle K. O’Connell, Manchester, BS

Lauren Ann Oles, Toms River, MA

Courtney M. Olsen, Toms River, BA

Sean Patrick O’Sullivan, West Creek, BS

Barbara Petrillo, Barnegat, BA

Maria Pipitone, Toms River, BSW

Danielle Pizzaia, Jackson, MA

Dawn Planter, Toms River, MA

William Polding, Jackson, MBA

Kelly M. Porter, Jackson, MA

Jacquelyn H. Pride, Toms River, BS

Joseph Priestley, Jackson, BA

Staci L. Primmer, Manchester, BA

Theresa Ann Principe, Brick, BA

Rosbel Maria Puello, Manchester, BA

Carmella Anne Quick, Jackson, MA

Jessica Kray Raftery, Toms River, BA

Karen Elizabeth Rau, Bayville, MA

Kimberly Michelle Reinhard, Brick, BA

Jessica Reitman, Toms River, BS

Matthew Lee Riedlinger, Jackson, MA

Kimberly Rizzolo, Jackson, BS

Alexis S. Rodriguez, Point Pleasant, MBA

Tracy Marie Royle, Jackson, BS

Rachel Ann Rutenberg, Jackson, BA

Katherine Agnes Salvatore, Lakewood, BFA

Stacey Samaritano, Toms River, BA

Maria A Sanchez, Toms River, MBA

Merissa A. Sanchez, Lakewood, BA

Venessa Santiago, Toms River, BS

Linda Marie Saraceno, Toms River, MA

Katie Schultz, Jackson, BA

Adrienne Schulz, Beachwood, BA

Lauren Segarra, Brick, MA

Bethany Sheridan, Toms River, BA

Sara Siman, Barnegat, BA

Christina L. Smith, Toms River, MBA

Kristee Leigh Stanley, Little Egg Harbor, BSN

Jennifer J. Steider, Toms River, MA

Sara Stepanow, Brick, MA

Lynn Kathleen Sutphen, Point Pleasant, MA

Ellen Sweeney, Brick, MA

Lauren Taliaferro, Jackson, BSN

Nicole Tammaro, Brick, MA

Jennifer A. Tardiff, Brick, MBA

Heather Renee Tatarian, Toms River, BA

Jerry Mark Taylor, Jackson, MBA

Nicole Tetro, Jackson, MA

Lindsay Elaine Tilton, Manahawkin, BA

Katie L. Trainor, Manahawkin, BA

Nicole Troisi, Toms River, MA

Stephanie Tudda, Brick, BA

Courtney Janel Turner, Lakehurst, BA

LaToya R. Turner, Toms River, BA

Lisa M. Valenti, Jackson, MA

Oscar Vargas, Brick, BS

Ashley Walker, Bayville, BSW

Lanette LeeAnn Werzinger, Manahawkin, BS

Yeslie Victoria Williams, Lakewood, BA

Tiffany May Wilson, Lanoka Harbor, BA

Kathryn Wood, Toms River, MA

Tyrone Worrell, Toms River, MBA

Natasha Yingst, Brick, MBA

Helen Yousef, Toms River, BSN

Melania H Zandomenego, Jackson, BA

Diana Marie Zelinski, Brick, BA

Brittney Zelinsky, Jackson, BA

Nina Zlotkowski, Lakewood, BS


Sabrein Shihdeh Khater, Clifton, BA


Kimberly Marie Bartus, Manville, MA

Dijla Formaro, Somerset, BA

Chevonne Francois, Somerset, BA

Debra Lehr, Bridgewater, MA


Candace Barnes, Scotch Plains, MBA

Jennifer Lynn Gutierrez, Plainfield, MBA

Jennifer A. Herbert, Linden, MBA

Camille Danika-Rene Jackson, Union, BA

Stacy Mercy, Linden, MBA

Lucy Paz, Rahway, BSN

Katherine Fernandes Rego, Union, MA

Erin Emily Willett, No. Plainfield, BS


Tara Marie Berezansky, Phillipsburg, BA


Out of State



Anna C. Buehler, North Stonington CT, BA


Kiara N Thompson, Winter Haven FL, BA

New York

D’Asia Greathouse, New York NY, BA

Melissa Kelley, East Moriches NY, MA

Candace Seaton, Bellport NY, BS

Shealyn Sullivan, Cheektowaga NY, BA


Casey Danielle Hower, Roslyn PA, BA

Puerto Rico

Glorimar Prieto, Ponce PR, BA

Billeny Z. Rivera Colon, Toa Baja PR, MA

Rhode Island

Jennifer Lynn Tartaglia, Pawtucket RI, BS

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Wellness Experts Discuss Healing, Holistic Health and More at Georgian Court

Gerry Gavin

Gerry Gavin, author of "Messages from Margaret," joins medical intuitive Rich Braconi at GCU on June 16.

Improving our own well-being and making the world a better place go hand in hand, according to organizers of “Nurturing the Planet Through Energy, Spirituality and Self-Improvement,” slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Georgian Court University.

Sponsored by the GCU Department of Holistic Health and Exercise Science, the event is open to the public and reservations are encouraged. Admission is $10 per person and lunch is included.

Guest speakers include Gerry Gavin, the author of the recently released Balboa Press/Hay House book, “Messages from Margaret.” Mr. Gavin will offer very practical and “down to earth” ways that anyone can change destructive thought patterns, elevate their personal energy and aid in healing of the planet by just improving themselves.

Also speaking is Rich Braconi, a medical intuitive who will share his personal experiences and deep understanding of how he has grown his ability to sense ailments, disease and health imbalances in other people. Both Mr. Gavin and Mr. Braconi discovered their abilities later in life and often speak to audiences in hopes of teaching them how they can do the same.

In addition to the special guest presentations, participants will also hear from Sachiko Komagata, P.T, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor in Holistic Health Studies at Georgian Court University. Dr. Komagata will provide an overview of the scientific literature surrounding energy and spirituality that are closely related to Gerry and Rich’s areas of practice.

The event, which will be will be hosted in GCU’s historic Mansion on the university’s Lakewood campus, is expected to sell out quickly. To reserve seating, or for more information, contact Dr. Komagata at 732.987.2663.

About Holistic Health at GCU
Georgian Court University is the only regionally accredited university in New Jersey that offers a master’s degree in holistic health studies. Eastern and Western approaches are integrated to create well-balanced courses that teach students to communicate and educate others about health and wellness. While the program offers a variety of courses taught in the classroom and online, GCU will soon launch a master’s degree that is delivered 100% online.

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