What J/MS Alum are doing now

By Ashley Everette—

1992—

Jill Morrison

A visiting professor at Georgetown University Law School, Morrison was just named director of the law school’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship program. She also heads Georgetown’s Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa program, where women’s rights lawyers from Africa earn a master of laws (LLM) degree from Georgetown. Morrison is a graduate of Yale Law School.

 

Antonio Di Fonzo

1994

Antonio Di Fonzo

This lifelong Elizabeth resident has a new independent film out, “Boyz of Summer,” which he is taking to film festivals throughout the New York metropolitan area in hopes of picking up a distributor. It follows a group of childhood friends, Rocco, Drew and Sal, who grew up on the gritty city streets of Elizabeth.

The film was shown this summer at Anthology Film Archives in New York, and one of the stars won a best supporting actor award at the Long Island International Film Expo. When Di Fonzo isn’t filming, he is vice principal at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School in Elizabeth, where he has students create short films as an adjunct to learning skills.

 

1995

Michael DuHaime

DuHaime spoke at Rutgers in October on the 2012 Campaign and Money: The Real Deal, a panel discussion about Super PACs and campaign finance. The event was sponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where he is on the adjunct faculty. DuHaime is managing director of Mercury Public Affairs in New York and Westfield.

Rosetta Key

Rosetta Key

Key is a radio news anchor and reporter for Townsquare Media’s Ocean/Monmouth County Bureau. She’s covered news in New Jersey for over 15 years and is the winner of the 2007 and 2008 New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association Award for Best News Series. She entered the field in 1995, starting as an intern at what was then WAWZ Zarephath 99.1. F.M. (Star 99.1), and worked her way into becoming a news anchor.

 

 

1998

S. Mitra Kalita

Kalita has joined the staff of Atlantic Media Company’s new global business news brand, Quartz. Previously with The Wall Street Journal, where she most recently served as a senior special writer covering housing and the economy. Kalita is one of Quartz’s key hires. She is ideas editor.

“We’re building a home for bracingly intelligent writing on critical issues in the news by top minds globally,” said Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin J. Delaney. “Mitra is an exceptional writer and a great connector of ideas and people from around the world. She’s the perfect person to lead an innovative, digital approach to commentary for Quartz.”

At Quartz, she is spearheading the effort to recruit and cultivate agenda-setting writing by leading voices in business, public policy and academia.

Kalita joined WSJ in 2008 as the deputy global economics editor, where she edited and reported for an award-winning series on the Great Recession.

Kalita has also worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, Newsday, the Associated Press, and at Mint, a business newspaper in New Delhi she helped found.

She has authored three books, including My Two Indias: Searching for the New Land of Opportunity and Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America. Kalita speaks four languages fluently.

Quartz can be found online at qz.com.

 

2008

Taryn Sauthoff

She is now a digital content producer at “The Colbert Report.” She moved in June from Fox News Channel, where she was community engagement manager, responsible for content for all on-air websites and social media. Sauthoff lives in Manhattan.

Erica Regosch

By the time she was a senior, Regosch had a full-time job at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia as a consumer researcher. Today she is Broadcast Operations and Engineering Coordinator for the NBC affiliate. One of her primary duties in bad weather situations is school closing coordinator. “I handle setting up schools in our system and managing the system for alerting people when a school is closed,” said Regosch. “Our system can be viewed over the air, on the web and now parents can receive text alerts when their child’s school closes.” The job requires hours of overtime to be at the station for troubleshooting and maintenance.

Regosch also handles the finances for the station’s operations department. She orders supplies, new equipment and replacements for equipment and is in charge of the corporate credit card for most of the station. Her responsibilities range from usage of gas by the mobile trucks to scheduling and payroll. Regosch also tracks and manages from the financial side all of WCAU-TV’s capital projects.

She started as an intern in the fall of 2007 and when the station offered her a full-time job, professor Steve Miller worked out an independent study to give her credits. She said the only required class she had left to take was Media Ethics.

After graduation she moved over to the operations side as assistant. “It was originally a year-long position, but as I worked the job evolved in duties and title,” noted Regosch. She also freelances for weekend fill-in shifts as a master control operator at WUVP, a Univision station in South Jersey.

 

Katelyn Maziekien

2009

Katelyn Maziekien

In October Maziekien became talent assistant for the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show” in New York. “I’ve always had a strong interest in working in entertainment, specifically the booking side of it ­— so this is a great fit,” she said. “I don’t know what will happen next, but I’m excited to learn more about this side of the business and one day hopefully be promoted to a booker.”

This was a big year for her. In her previous position as production assistant at “The Today Show” she had the opportunity to travel to England to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympic games. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Maziekien. “The Today Show” was the first position she had after graduation.

First she assisted four senior producers of the show and produced two segments a week on her own. After a year she was promoted to production assistant, where she worked in the control room alongside the executive producer, senior producers, and directors and ran scripts to the talent.

She said she never would have gotten her foot in the door had professor Steve Miller not given her the name of a J/MS alum at NBC. “It’s truly a testament to how important it is to know alumni from your school!” said Maziekien.

The energetic Maziekien also participates in beauty pageants and competed for Miss New Jersey USA in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.

 

Sandra Golis

2010

Sandra Golis

Golis landed her first full-time professional position last August as administrative coordinator for the Office of Graduate Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her job responsibilities include marketing, developing social media and web projects, writing for university newsletters and publications, providing graduate students with research opportunities, exploring job opportunities and other resources, and working closely with graduate student organizations to plan events.

As a volunteer she oversees marketing and programming for the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA)’s Young Alumni Committee, of which she is a chairperson. She also developed a presentation on social media marketing and personal branding for The Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference at Rutgers this past spring. Golis intends to make this popular presentation at some future national conferences.

 

2011

Jason Davis

Davis is a compliance analyst at JPMorgan Chase in Jersey City. He reviews private banking client requests and project requirements within the Global Security & Investigations Department. One of his major duties is to ensure compliance with government Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations.

Allison Norlian

She is working for KYW Radio in Philadelphia. Previously she worked for Northwestern Mutual as a technology coach in the marketing area.

Kelly Holechek

Holechek is freelance reporting for InStyle and has a few other freelance positions (social media manager for iBook cookbook designer The Seasoned Cook and studio assistant for vente-privee.com) in addition to having her own fashion and beauty blog. Contact her at kholechek@gmail.com to get the latest update.

Roxanne Belloni

Belloni is currently interning at Coyne PR in Parsippany. She is in grad school at Monmouth for PR. In between interning and grad school she is working Due Process Golf Course and Stable. She lives in Colonia.

 

2012

Elizabeth Swern

She is an assistant to the publicity team at Media Connect and substitutes in the Burlington County Special Services School District.

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By Camillia N. Shanks —

1977

Marty Siederer

Siederer is the senior director of campaign development for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in New York and recently stepped down as president of the Livingston Alumni Association after serving from 2007 to 2011. The Rutgers University Alumni Association presented Siederer with the Scarlet Oak Meritorious Service Award this year for expanding Livingston alumni programs, history and heritage.

 

1992

Jill Morrison

Morrison is senior counsel in health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. She has been with the Center since 1998. In June, she was awarded the Louise Melling Award for Distinction in Mentorship from the Law Students for Reproductive Justice. In 2007 she published Don’t Take No for an Answer: A Guide to Pharmacy Refusal Laws, Policies and Practices, which focuses on religious restrictions on reproductive health services. She is a graduate of Yale Law School.

 

1994

Julianne Sutton Buccino

Buccino is an aspiring songwriter, whose song with collaborator Chris DeMaria, “Open,” just won a  Nashville song writing award called the Songsinc Track to Song Contest. Their other song together, “Stronger, Longer,” went on to place in the competition’s top five. Both songs can be heard on her website, www.twosongwriters.com. The song “Open” was recorded this past summer in Nashville by country singer Ron Wallace. Buccino and her family live in Lake Hopatcong.

 

1997

Greg A. Bedard

He started as an associate sports editor of the Daily Targum, and now Bedard is the NFL writer for the Boston Globe and an analyst/columnist who writes about the New England Patriots. Bedard got his start at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which led to becoming an NFL beat writer about the Green Bay Packers and several other NFL teams. Bedard is married to Douglass College alum Rita Arora, with whom he has twins, Jason and Priya.

 

1998

Todd Cohen 

When he’s not teaching at West Orange Middle School, Cohen spends his time as media representative for the N.J. affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The network is in the news because of the growing prominence of the disease (fourth most common cause of cancer death across the globe) and the recent death of Apple’s Steve Jobs from pancreatic cancer. Cohen was just named Media Rep of the year. He has lectured for J/MS classes.

 

Erin Meade

Meade is an eighth-grade teacher at the Edison Intermediate School in Westfield. From 2001 to 2008, she taught journalism before moving on to English. Meade is married and has two children, ages 4 and 3.

 

1999

Joyce A. Alcantara

Alcantara is assistant manager at ABC News. She started her career as a desk assistant in the ABC News Radio newsroom and worked as news writer, rim editor, assignment editor and senior editor before landing her current position. Her daily duties include making and overseeing the editorial decisions for broadcast and digital content as well as daily news coverage. She is married to Mark Rosal,
J/MS 1996 (see story on page 4). They live in South Plainfield with their two children, Remi and Milo.

 

1999

Ashanti Alvarez Martin

Martin is the director of public communications for the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. She and her husband, Craig Martin, live in Philadelphia with their son Silas, who is 9 months old.

 

2003

Brielle Caruso

A brand manager, Caruso got her start in public relations before moving into brand marketing. She is currently with Serralles USA, a spirits group that produces DonQ Rum, Puerto Rico’s best-selling rum and other liquors. She travels all over the United States promoting for Serralles. One of her brands, BlackBeard Spiced Rum, was sampled this fall in the suites at Rutgers home football games. Prior to her recent position, she had been global brand manager for Belvedere vodka, a brand in the Moet Hennessy, USA stable. Caruso is faithful to Rutgers football and recently took on duties as a student- athlete mentor for the Rutgers Athletic Department. She resides in Jersey City with her husband and an adorable pug.

 

2005

Lauren Haralson

In August she became manager of Global Public Relations at Avon in New York City. She is responsible for public relations for Avon representatives and all corporate programs. Haralson got her start at Rubenstein Public Relations in Manhattan and rose to become a manager in the Consumer Brand Marketing Practice at Burson-Marsteller, In addition to her new job, she is a figure skating coach at Riverside Park in Manhattan during the winter.

 

2006

Crystal DeCotiis

She is an account executive at Mint Advertising in Branchburg, where she locates media opportunities for clients and is responsible for their presence in the social media world. In 2009, she received a master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.

 

Brad Quick

Now a field producer with CNBC, Quick has been with the network since he graduated, first as a segment producer for the show “Closing Bell,” where money managers explain investment strategies. He has a wide range of responsibilities from pitching a story to hiring and managing a crew to make sure it gets on the air or back to studio for editing. What he says he enjoys most about his job is “the freedom to tell stories in the way that I envision them.” Quick married his college sweetheart in 2010, and they recently moved into their new home in Verona with their dog Bogle.

 

2009

Susan Hart

Before working in administration at Vanguard Energy Partners in Somerset County, Hart was an account executive for R&J Public Relations in Bridgewater, NJ. She is responsible for getting the word out about solar energy and how it can and will effectively change the future.

 

Yetunde   Odugbesan

J/MS  is  proud  to  be  a  part  of  alumnus Odugbesan’s lengthy repertoire. She writes a well-followed blog called ‘Putting Your Best Self Forward’ about women’s empowerment. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Rutgers in Global Affairs, after obtaining her master’s in May 2011. She also does research for the Rutgers Institute on Corruption Studies. She also started her own consulting firm called, Yetunde Global Consulting, which provides leadership development and management for a wide range of clients. In addition to her extensive list of  accomplishments, she was recently selected to be a committee member of the Rutgers Presidential Search.

 

2010

Angelica Grimaldi

Shortly after graduating, Grimaldi began working full time at Fox News Channel as a day-time production assistant. While working there she has gotten the opportunity to handle large events such as the Royal Wedding, the breaking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death and the Japanese tsunami.  She is currently working with the “Fox Report,” Fox’s nightly news program, and “B Studio,” the Fox talk show with host Shepard Smith.

2010

Ariella Prince

Prince started as a production coordinator on the “Today Show” at NBC in New York after graduation and was recently promoted to researcher. In her position she works with the senior producer on book segments and now, with her promotion, will get to produce more frequently. She has also worked on the production team for the Emmy Awards. She resides in New York City.

 

Hanna Lee

Lee is an editor for DoGooder.com, a socially responsible website that produces articles on young people making a difference in their communities. Her department has recently launched a deals component, sort of like Groupon and other coupon websites, except a percentage of the proceeds goes to education. She spends her time working and enjoying her home in Hoboken.

 

 

*All photos in this article were supplied by the individuals pictured. The image of Ashanti Martin was supplied by Nick Romanenko.