Dean's Executive Advisory Board
The objective of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board is to draw upon the wisdom and experience of selected business and professional leaders, who will assist the Dean, faculty and students of the Stockton School of Business by developing and promoting programs within the School to a position of excellence.
Sr. Recruiting Manager
Sales Recruiters, Inc.
Stockton Alumnus Class of 1985
In his 26 years of recruiting, Henry has successfully conducted over 2,070 searches in the area of sales, accounting/finance, IT, Human Resources, Client Services, Managers, Vice Presidents, and members of the C-suite and Board of Directors for small and large private and public companies.
As President of Sales Recruiters, Inc., Henry has been able to establish the firm as one of the most well respected in the sales staffing vertical. Sales Recruiters is only one of eight firms that was awarded and has maintained the National Accredited Firm designation from NAPS. Henry was awarded “Most Valuable Player” by the president of one of his clients. In 2012, Henry was named the H. Michael Boyd Excellence in Employment by the Association of Employment Professionals.
Henry earned the Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) designation from the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). The CERS credential (along with the CPC and CTS certifications) are the only national designations recognized globally by the personnel services and staffing industry. At the time of the designation, Henry was one of only 40 staffing professionals to have the designation.
Henry has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the NAPS. In addition, he has served as the NAPS trainer for the immersion CERS training and certification. Currently, Henry serves on the Board of Advisors for the First Interview recruiter network and teaches Principles of Management and Introduction to Human Resources at Southern New Hampshire University.
An acknowledged leader in the industry, Henry has been published several times and is the author of the book “The Power of Proactive Recruiting”, available in written, eBook and audiobook on Amazon, iTunes and Lulu Press.
Educational, Henry holds a Magna Cum Laude MBA from Temple University. Additionally, a BA with Highest Honors from Stockton University, Home of the Ospreys. He is proud of his “Osprey” roots as his office is filled with Osprey chairs, mugs, and magnetic stickers in addition to his Osprey socks he proudly wears.
Henry has been married for 29 years and has two children and currently lives in Southern New Hampshire.
President and CEO
Business Administration and Operations
Stockton University Alumna Class of 2000
Roxanne grew up in Waterford, New Jersey and still resides there today. After graduating high school, she attended Stockton University earning a degree in Political Science. Following graduation from Stockton University, Roxanne went on to earn a law degree from the Widener University School of Law.
Her role with FantaSea Resorts began in 2005 when she was hired as In-House Counsel. With her legal skills and business acumen, she was quickly promoted to Vice President, and then Chief Operating Officer. Today, Roxanne is the President and CEO of the three FantaSea Resort Properties, also owning the management companies of the hotels.
Roxanne has been a pillar in the community, also dedicating time to her Alma Mater on panels such as the Stockton Women’s Leadership Council and creating programs for the youth of Atlantic County. Roxanne serves on many boards including the Corporate Board of Advisors for SparBar, Stockton University’s Light Advisory Board, Stockton Philanthropic Committee and more.
Her goal is to offer advice and inspiration to others who also aspire to be a leader. Roxanne has been a role model and friend to those who know her and embodies what it is to lead by example.
Suasion Communications Group
Stockton University Alumna Class of 2005
As President of Suasion Communications Group, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt leads a team of creative professionals who execute award-winning branding, public relations, digital and marketing campaigns. Susan acquired Smith O’Keefe & Associates and rebranded it under the name Suasion Communications Group on August 1, 2007. For the past 13 years, Susan has positioned Suasion as a successful omni-channel boutique agency, with offices located in Somers Point (headquarters) and Haddonfield, New Jersey. Suasion is a certified New Jersey Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Suasion provides customized campaigns for tourism destinations, municipalities, corporations, retail, healthcare, financial and nonprofit organizations. The Suasion team provides a complete suite of services that increase traffic, improve brand awareness, and elevate sales through customer acquisition and retention.
Currently, Susan is a Doctoral Student (Organizational Leadership) at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, where she also completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
In addition to her professional career as an entrepreneur, Susan also serves as a Stockton University School of Business Adjunct Instructor, where she inspires young minds with insightful, real-world lessons. Additionally, Susan shares her business knowledge at well-received seminars and workshops that take place regularly at schools, universities, industry associations and business organizations.
Susan serves on the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association and the Downtown New Jersey Boards of Directors. She is a member and mentor in Stockton University Women’s Leadership Council. Additionally, she chaired the Upper Township Economic Development Advisory Commission and is immediate past Chair of the Cape May County Women’s Commission. Susan made history as the first female from either party to win a nomination and run for State Senate in the history of New Jersey’s First Legislative District (Cape/Cumberland/Atlantic). Her hard-fought campaign platform focused attention on job creation, economic development, women’s advocacy and addressing the substance abuse epidemic in her region.
Susan is the proud mom of two dynamic college students; her son is attending Syracuse University and her daughter is attending Susan’s alma mater, Arcadia University.
Carl Bagell is a partner at Friedman LLP and has over 40 years of public accounting experience, with a concentration in taxation. He has a passion for business and empowers his clients by coaching them in attaining their financial goals. His experience in everything from intra-company mediation to business analysis allows him to offer clients expert consultation in areas of operational efficiency, personnel relations, and strategic growth planning.
Carl has extensive experience in the negotiation and settlement of federal, state and local tax audits and controversies. He also provides audit, accounting, and consulting services. He is licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to practice as a CPA.
His expertise includes:
- Resolving federal and state tax controversies, as well as representing individuals and self-employed clients, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and members of limited liability companies
Building effective client management teams to help ensure profitability through strategic planning, strong operating procedures and succession planning for start-up businesses as well as established firms
Director of Community Health Investment & Development
Based out of Atlantic City, Shane works in community development employed by Atlanticare, focused on the revitalization of the Midtown Neighborhood in Atlantic City.
Shane also owns a marketing firm centric to healthcare vendors offering B2B & B2C marketing services: medwebdesign.us
Shane enjoys all forms on learning, exercise, and healthy competition. He finds interest in making new acquaintances and exploring places he has never been before. He dreams to see the day that Atlantic City regains its glory as the hidden gem on the East Coast shore, as it did in the early 1900's. He hopes to be an integral part of Atlantic City's public health and economic structures as they grow in the years to come.
Southern Region President
Vincent D’Alessandro is the President of OceanFirst Bank’s Southern Region, which currently includes branches and administrative offices located throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Burlington, and Camden Counties in New Jersey.
Vincent graduated from Toms River HS South in 1985 as class Valedictorian and from Rutgers University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration, Political Science, and Education and then completed his MBA at the Stonier School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania with a leadership certificate from the Wharton School of Business. Included with his degrees from RU is State Certification in Teaching from New Jersey.
Vincent’s professional career began in 1989 which included various commercial, credit, and leadership roles at First National Bank of Toms River, Summit Bank, PNC Bank, Shore Community Bank and has been with OceanFirst Bank since 2008. These professional experiences include completion of a management training program immediately following graduation from Rutgers and then commenced into a banking career with roles in Commercial Credit and Administration, Commercial Lending, Commercial Team leadership, Private Bank management, and a current responsibility leading the South Jersey Region of OceanFirst Bank in all revenue producing lines.
Vincent has had extensive involvement with various non-profit organizations and is currently involved on the Boards of the Shore Medical Center Foundation, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, the HERO Campaign, South Jersey CEO Group, MBCA of Atlantic City, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and Businesses Committed to South Jersey. Previous organizational board involvement included Ocean County Foundation, American Cancer Society, Ocean of Love, United Way of Ocean County, Ocean County YMCA, Barnegat Little League, Stafford Township Schools, and Toms River Country Club.
Vincent is an avid golfer and has played competitive golf since the age of eight, progressing to Division I collegiate golf at Rutgers University. He has been married to wife Susan since 1990 and has one son, Christopher age 18, who is carrying on the family golf tradition, playing for Arcadia University.
Stockton University Alumnus Class of 1979
Bill is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of WithumSmith+Brown, PC, the 25th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the country. He has been a member of the firm's management for over 30 years. As a licensed certified public accountant in New Jersey, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Bill specializes in merger and acquisition services and international business. During his tenure as CEO, the firm has tripled in size and expanded into non-traditional advisory services. The firm is known nationally for its unique culture and team member retention rates. Withum's CEO Statement on Inclusion and Diversity shares the intentional commitment to inclusion and diversity reinforces the foundation of the value-driven culture.
A graduate of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Bill joined Witham in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). He has also demonstrated a leadership role in expanding the firm's global capabilities, serving as a current executive committee member and vice-chair of HLB International and as the former chairman of Nexia International USA - both of which are worldwide networks of independent accounting firms and business advisors.
Bill is a sought-after thought leader, appearing on television and radio programs discussing topics related to leadership and business management, including appearances on Steve Adubato’s television show, “NJ Caucus”; News 12 New Jersey’s television segment, "New Jersey Business"; and Executive Leaders Radio. He is frequently quoted in accounting and business publications and has authored many articles over the years on topics ranging from fixed asset management to mergers and acquisitions to leadership within the profession. Bill was featured in the business leadership book, Catalysts of Culture: How Visionary Leaders Activate the Employee Experience, in which the first chapter spotlighted Bill and his story of Withum’s unique culture. Most recently, NJBIZ named Bill to the Accounting Power 50for 2020 and ROI-NJ named Bill as one of Accounting’s Top Influencers of 2020its annual Power List.
Bill resides in Monmouth County, NJ.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Mina Jafarijoo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the School of Business at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ. Mina earned her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Washington State University. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and obtained the Executive M.B.A. degree as well.
Her very technical educational training at the Undergraduate and Master levels combined with her behavioral focus at the Doctoral level has prepared her to develop and teach various CIS and MIS courses that are technical and analytical but simultaneously are applied and practical. She has taught courses in traditional and online environments, including Computer Networking Principles, Programming in Python, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Integration, Data Analytics, Data Vitalization, Data Management, Enterprise Business Process Analysis, Introduction to MIS, and Global E-commerce.
Mina’s research interests include the role of information technologies (IT) governance in IT and business value, particularly in disruptive and emergent IT-related phenomena such as cloud computing. Her work has been accepted for publication in proceeding of several high prestigious Information Systems conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Global Information Technology Management (GITMA), and Industry Studies Conference.
She has professional experience working in the industry as a Senior Network Engineer and Project Manager at Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), a community cloud computing provider and the most prominent electronic banking organization in the Middle East Region.
President & CEO
Joseph Maressa, Jr. was born on July 1, 1959, in Camden, New Jersey. He is the third youngest of four children and attended the Assumption school in Atco, New Jersey where he excelled in sports and music. His passion for playing the drums was developed at an early age and he was a member of the school band. Maressa was an avid equestrian and participated in many horse shows during his adolescence.
He attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey where he played ice hockey and threw the javelin and shot put for the track team. After graduating from Peddie in 1978, Joe attended Rowan University where he studied business and pre-law and achieved Dean’s list status while receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation from college, Maressa went to work for Title America, a family business owned by his father, the late Senator Joseph Maressa. At Title America, he learned all facets of the title business and excelled at business development. He continually grew Title America’s market share throughout New Jersey while developing a specific expertise in new construction and commercial transactions. Today, with a stable of many national, regional and local commercial and residential builders, Title America has earned the reputation of being the “Builder’s” title company. Joe was named President of Title America in 1996. As a compliment to his position at Title America and from the unrelenting urging of his father, Maressa entered the evening division of Widener University School of Law in 1988, while maintaining his duties at Title America. At Widener Law, he focused on real estate, land use and banking law and was invited to become a member of the honors fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. After graduating in 1992, he was admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars and joined his father’s firm where he limited his practice to land use and transactional law.
The obligation to serve one’s community was instilled in the Maressa family by their father. In furtherance of this commitment, Joe serves as a Director of the South Jersey Port Corporation, where he is a member of the Professional Appointment’s Committee, the Board of Liberty Bell Bank, a division of the Bank of Delmarva, where he serves on the Loan and Audit Committees, and the Camden Diocese Real Estate Review Committee. Joe also serves on the board of Jefferson Hospital New Jersey where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of Kennedy Management Group. He also serves on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Innovation/Strategic Partnerships Committee and the Facilities Committee.
Joe has been married to his wife Linda since 1989. They have two children, Josephine, an environmental attorney who graduated from Vermont Law School and Joseph III who attends Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business. Joe enjoys vacationing with his family, biking, hunting and fishing.
Innovation & Business Improvement
South Jersey Industries
Kyle began his career with South Jersey Industries in October 2012 joining as an operational
analyst within South
He moved from South Jersey Gas to South Jersey Industries, serving as a supervisor within financial planning, progressing to a General Manager and leading the department until 2017.
In 2017, Kyle led the formation of the Organizational Effectiveness department, striving to put in place new process(s) and technology leading their utilities towards operational excellence.
In his current role as Vice President of Innovation & Business Improvement, Kyle is leading the newly formulated team and building upon the foundation set in operational excellence through the establishment of an enterprise-wide innovation program and exploring new ways of operation and growth including Renewable Natural Gas and Power-to-Gas technologies.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) and an MBA with a Finance Concentration from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing
Dr. Naz Onel is an Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing, at Stockton University and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Her principal areas of research are consumer decision-making and psychology, sustainability marketing, corporate sustainability strategies, digital consumer behavior, consumer environmental and social behavior, social cause marketing, corporate social responsibility, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Her research studies aim to engage with the environment in its broadest sense, considering the interconnection of ecological, economic, and social elements with an interdisciplinary emphasis. She also focuses on research that benefits consumer welfare and the quality of life for all beings affected by consumption.
Dr. Onel has been an active member of the Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) since 2016 and chaired research tracks with a focus on consumer and societal well-being. She also serves on the TCR Digital Outreach Committee, which disseminates and promotes TCR work and impact within and beyond academia.
Her research has been published in various reputable refereed journals and books. She also made presentations as a keynote speaker and invited guest speaker, attended sessions as a panel discussant, and served as a proceedings editor, track chair, as well as a roundtable facilitator. She is also actively engaged in international sustainability initiatives and has presented papers and published manuscripts in the proceedings of a number of international conferences. Dr. Onel was named as one of the DSEF Fellows and listed next to many distinguished scholars.
Dr. Onel serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Business & Economics Association (NBEA) since 2018. Currently, she is the Conference Chair for the NBEA 2021 Conference, which will take place in Atlantic City, NJ.
With a keen eye for detail, and a well-earned depth and breadth of experience, Robert E. Salad is at the forefront in business and tax law. Rob has served as President of the firm since 1996. Rob is also Chairman of the Tax and Business practice group.
Rob's areas of expertise encompass almost all aspects of tax and business planning and transactions. More specifically, he focuses on matters involving the representation of businesses, including healthcare providers. He helps them to achieve business objectives, and provides advice with respect to income tax issues. He handles both business and personal matters for his clients with the utmost sensitivity and timeliness. Rob has handled very significant mergers and acquisitions since the mid-1980s.
A sought-after lecturer, Rob is informative and entertaining. He brings extensive experience in areas involving commercial transactions, entity formation, estate planning, estate administration and litigation as well as those matters involving representation before federal, state and/or local taxing authorities.
Rob represents a wide range of clients from public companies, closely held businesses and tax-exempt organizations. frequently presents at State and local Bar Associations and CPA societies. Rob also serves as a member of the Western New England University Board of Trustees.
Rob is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980), Western New England Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 1983), and New York University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1984).
President & CEO
Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc.
Through his career, he has served in executive roles with a variety of retailers from department stores to big box and mall-based specialty. Since 2003 Steven has held the position of CEO and President of Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc. which operates two distinct lifestyle retail brands; Spencer’s, and Spirit Halloween.
Spencer’s, the retail icon founded in 1947, opened its first location in 1963. Today Spencer’s is the mall destination for fun and entertainment among 18-24-year old’s and operates over 600 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer was originally founded in 1983 and acquired by Spencer’s in 1999. Since 2003 Spirit has become the Halloween category killer and experienced tremendous growth operating over 1,400 locations for the 2020 Halloween season. Spirit is the one-stop shopping destination for everything you can imagine for Halloween.
From 1992 to 2003, Steven was in leadership roles at Linens & Things. He joined Linen’s, then a division of Melville Corporation in January 1992 as VP, General Merchandise Manager. In November of 1996, Linen’s completed a successful IPO on the NYSE, as part of CVS’ (formerly Melville) strategic restructuring. In addition to merchandising; he was responsible for marketing, planning, distribution, store operations and strategic planning, before serving as company president.
Steven was previously with Bloomingdales (1985-1992) in New York, as well as RH Macy (1981-1983), also in New York. He received his MBA from the Wharton School in 1985 and BA from Cornell University in 1981. He has served on multiple local charitable boards in his hometown of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York as well as corporate boards internationally.
WCRE l CORFAC International
After 17 years of steady growth and success at a top national commercial real estate services firm, Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) founder Jason Wolf came to understand that the reason he was performing at a high level was that in addition to his expertise and professionalism, he was intensely focused on "Building Successful Relationships". knew he could combine his talents with his focus on relationships and commitment to community to create a commercial real estate company that would be a true partner to its clients across multiple industries, whatever their needs. That is why Jason founded WCRE in February 2012.
With over 26 years of experience and leadership in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions, Jason’s vision and values are the foundation on which WCRE is built. They are apparent in all aspects of his personal life and his business. These include integrity, responsiveness, a passion for the community, attention to detail, and open communication with clients even after the deal is done.
WCRE was selected by CoStar (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of CRE information, analytics and online marketplaces, to receive a CoStar Power Broker TM Award 5 times over the past 9 years. This annual award recognizes the “best of the best” in CRE brokerage by highlighting the firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases within their respective markets.
WCRE oversees more than 200 plus properties comprising 5 million square feet.
In 2016, WCRE formed The WCRE Foundation to manage and oversee our community
fundraising efforts. date, our foundation has successfully raised approximately
$450,000 from community fundraising efforts.
Currently, The WCRE Foundation supports Bancroft, CARES Institute at Rowan University, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen-Philadelphia, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice and the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.
CDO & Executive Director
Stockton University Foundation
Dan Nugent serves as Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the University Foundation. In this role, he oversees the operations of the department of Development and Alumni Relations, works closely with the Foundation Board of Directors to support their mission of providing ever-growing resources for Stockton students, and maintains relationships with the Foundation’s key contributors, advocates and friends.
Prior to this role, Nugent served as assistant vice president of Advancement Services and campaign manager, as well as interim assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, at Seton Hall University. In his time at Seton Hall, Nugent successfully created programs aimed at increasing engagement among a wide array of constituencies. He has held positions across the spectrum of university advancement and has focused on creating value-added programs, collaboration, volunteer engagement, meaningful student and young alumni participation, and strategies aimed at supporting at-risk groups of students.
Nugent has gained a national reputation and is published in the area of student engagement, focusing on laying the foundation for future engaged and philanthropic alumni. He has presented at numerous national conferences on the subject. The student engagement program he created at Seton Hall has won multiple awards, including national recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
He manages a Development and Alumni Relations team of 15 whose responsibilities include the solicitation, processing and stewardship of donor contributions at all levels, management of relationships with corporate and foundation supporters, planning and implementation of major fundraising events, management of volunteer programs and events for Stockton’s more than 50,000 alumni, coordination with volunteer leaders, management of comprehensive communication campaigns, and oversight of the Foundation scholarship process which awards more than $1,000,000 in annual awards to Stockton students.
Nugent holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in public
administration, both from Seton Hall University. He is a native of Atlantic County,
having spent most of his life in Northfield.
Professional Services Specialist 3
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
School of Business - Stockton University
Secretary, Dean’s Executive Advisory Board
Susan is the Administrative Assistant to Dean Alphonso Ogbuehi in the School of Business at Stockton University. She has been employed at Stockton University for just under 20 years.
As part of her position as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Business, she is also the Secretary to the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board.
Susan is most proud of her role as the mother of three amazing and successful adult children. Her oldest son is part owner and Director of Marketing & Strategy at eUnited, a professional eSports company; her middle son is a graduate of Stockton University with a BA in History and is now a Store Manager with CVS Pharmacy and her youngest and only daughter is also a graduate of Stockton University with a BS in Exercise Science and is currently attending Life University in Marrietta, GA where she is studying to become a chiropractor.
Susan lives in Galloway, NJ with her husband and two cats.