CGCE Staff

Click on one of the offices and divisions below for staff information:


The College Graduate & Continuing Education administrative staff is comprised of professionals with extensive experience and education in higher education and other related fields. We are here to optimize the educational experience of our students from the point of initial inquiry to the completion of your course or program.


Office of the Dean – Enterprise Center, 3rd Floor

Horacio Sosa, Ph.D.

Photograph of Dr. SosaTitle: Founding Dean
Phone: 856-256-5121
Email: sosa@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education:

  • B.S./Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, UNLP, Argentina
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Professional Experience: Born, raised, and educated in La Plata, Argentina, Dr. Sosa has 20 years of combined experience as an educator, researcher, and academic leader and administrator. Prior to joining Rowan in 2006, he was a faculty member in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, where he taught close to twenty different undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering, physics, and applied mathematics; published over 70 archival articles and generated over $2.5 million dollars in research grants. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Spain and Argentina, and was awarded with fellowships from Argentina's National Commission for Atomic Energy, Spain's Ministry of Education, NATO's Collaborative Council, and Fulbright. During the period 2002-2006, Dr. Sosa served (successively) as associate dean, senior associate dean, and acting dean of Drexel's Goodwin College of Professional Studies, where his responsibilities included curriculum development, faculty recruiting, strategic planning, and governing policies and procedures.

Current Responsibilities: The dean is responsible for leading and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the college, including academic, marketing, outreach, and budgeting matters.


Polly Leonardi

Title: Assistant to the Dean
Phone: 856-256-4129
Email: leonardi@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education:

  • A.A., Gloucester County College (Phi Theta Kappa)
  • Certificate in Legal Secretary, Gloucester County Institute of Technology

Professional Experience: During her 20 years with Rowan University Polly has worked as a secretarial assistant in the College of Education, College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts & Science.

Current Responsibilities: Polly Leonardi serves as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Graduate & Continuing Education.


Dr. Forouza Pourkay

Photograph of Dr. PourkayTitle: Assistant Professor/ Assistant Director of Special Initiatives
Phone: 856-256-5138
Email: pourkay@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Arya-Mehr (Sharif) University of Technology, Iran

Professional Experience: Prior to joining Rowan University, Dr. Pourkay served as a professor of engineering management, applied mathematics, and control systems at Widener University, Penn State (Great Valley) University, and Drexel University. He was also a full time faculty of mechanical engineering at Drexel University, from 1989 to 1995, where he devoted time to teaching, research and course development. Dr. Pourkay worked at Philadelphia International Airport for 13 years, and he is expert in aviation studies, airport planning, and development of airport facilities.

Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Pourkay worked as a Project Manger in oil industry for 6 years at Shell Oil Company in Tehran, Iran. In that position he designed, developed, and managed large-scale projects to build, enhance, and renew several plant facilities for the oil refinery.

Current Responsibilities: Dr. Pourkay is an Assistant Professor at Rowan University, where he develops and teaches courses in the area of Engineering Management. He is also the Coordinator of Special Initiatives for the College of Graduate & Continuing Education, to expand and develop the curriculum in new educational areas.


Liz Seville

Photograph of Liz SevilleTitle: Manager of Finance & Administration
Phone: 856-256-4716
Email: seville@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Professional Experience: Liz Seville possesses more than twenty years of experience in finance and administration for Rowan University.

Current Responsibilities: Presently, Liz is responsible for managing financial budgets and human resource issues, monitoring fiscal operations, and providing analysis and financial reporting for CGCE. She also acts as primary liaison for the College including close interaction and coordination of activities with numerous internal and external departments, agencies, and individuals. Liz formerly served as the Treasurer for the Women's Professional Network of Rowan University. The Women's Professional Network is affiliated with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the New Jersey ACE Network and the Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE).


Craig Dillon

Title: Research & Data Analysis Specialist
Phone: 856-256-4509
Email: dillon@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education:

  • B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing, Rutgers University
  • A.A in Business Administration, Burlington County College

Professional Experience: Craig Dillon has been working in Educational Research for 13 years. He started at Rowan in Institutional Research & Planning in 2005 and became a part of CGCE in 2010. He has diverse experience in the analysis in all aspects of Admissions and Enrollment data analysis. Craig graduated from Rutgers University with a major in Business Administration/Marketing. Mr. Dillon was also the Technical Director for the Marketing Association while attending college. While a full-time student in college, he worked for two professors and held an internship. He also was a recipient of a Business Scholarship. While he pursued his degree, he especially became fond of research and began his work in education shortly after graduating from Rutgers in 2000.

Current Responsibilities: As the Research, Data Analysis Specialist, Craig performs all requests from the Dean and any other area in CGCE. Besides provided data analysis for CGCE, Craig also provides requested analysis from other departments/colleges throughout Rowan University as they are requested. The creation of reporting tools and generation of reports is his main responsibility since this is necessary to provide requested reports throughout any given term(s)/year(s).


Office of the Assistant Dean & Academic Services – Enterprise Center, 3rd Floor

Main Line: 856-256-5133

Rebecca Gollihur

Title: Assistant Dean
Phone: 856-256-5124
Email: gollihur@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5666

Education:

  • B.A. in History, University of Chicago
  • M.A. in Education/Educational Administration, University of Chicago

Professional Experience: Rebecca has 20 years of higher education experience in admissions, advising, alumni programming, event planning, curriculum development, academic program coordination/implementation, and student services. Rebecca has served as an Academic Advisor at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and has functioned as an independent educational consultant. As a high school counselor and independent consultant, Rebecca authored a College Counseling Resource Guide for high school seniors and parents. Rebecca's experience also includes her time with the University of Chicago during which she directed the new student Orientation and testing programs, and developed the freshman year-long transition program. She also served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions for five years, and was a recipient of the University of Chicago's Howell Murray Alumni Award for Service to the College. Before coming to Rowan, Rebecca served for almost six years as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Associate Dean for the Graduate School at Columbia College Chicago. She has been an active member of several professional organizations including NACAC, NAGAP, NODA, NACADA, UCEA, NAASS, and AACRAO.

Current Responsibilities: As Assistant Dean of CGCE, Rebecca assists the Dean with special projects and initiatives and is responsible for all official policy in the CGCE credit-bearing division including the coordination of Rowan's CGCE/graduate-level catalog, the college-wide academic review process, and any graduate/CGCE-related guides, handbooks and manuals. As the leader of Academic Services, Rebecca also manages the development and ongoing implementation of all CGCE programs and courses including oversight of CGCE Extension courses and scheduling. In addition, Rebecca coordinates Rowan's 4+1 programs, administers Rowan's summer semester and intersession, and works with any outside parties/partners to create and deliver customized Rowan courses through CGCE as needed.


Chris Fields

Title: Coordinator of CGCE Extension Course Logistics
Phone: 856-256-5139
Email: fieldsc@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5666

Education: B.A. in History, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Prior to joining CGCE in February, 2010, Christopher spent over four years in the Office of the Registrar at Rowan University, working in various capacities (enrollment, transfer credit evaluation, student system automation) with students, faculty and staff. Christopher graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University with a B.A. in History in 2005 and was awarded the Gary Hunter Excellence in History Medallion Award, as well as the Lawson J. Brown Senior Scholarship Medallion Award – 4.0 GPA.

Current Responsibilities: As the Coordinator of CGCE Extension Course Logistics, Christopher is responsible for facilitating the creation and maintenance of all non-traditional courses offered through the College of Graduate & Continuing Education. He also assists the Academic Services team with other projects including the unique logistics related to the delivery of summer and intersession as well as ongoing reporting and data research.


Cristine Mason

Title: Coordinator of CGCE Academic Services
Phone: 856-256-4053
Email: masonc@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5666

Education:

  • B.A. in History, Rowan University
  • M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Prior to joining the College of Graduate & Continuing Education, Cristine spent close to four years at Drexel University in Philadelphia, working in both an administrative capacity and later as a student academic advisor. She also spent 2 years teaching high school history in New Jersey before pursuing a career in higher education.

Current Responsibilities: As the Coordinator of CGCE Academic Services, Cristine is responsible for working with the annual updates to the CGCE Catalog as well as any other campus documents/websites that address CGCE programs and/or CGCE-related policy. She also coordinates Program Overviews and Master Schedules (where applicable) for all CGCE Extension and Traditional programs and leads the Academic Services team with the coordination of the CGCE minimum academic progress reviews each term for all Rowan post-bac and graduate students. In addition, Cristine is the Academic Services student liaison, working directly with our AEL graduate honor society, our Graduate Student Organization (GS0), and other student-related initiatives and projects, including our Summer Student Advisory Board.


Office of Admissions & Enrollment Services – Enterprise Center, 2nd Floor

Main Line: 856-256-5145

Jeffrey Fields

Title: Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services
Phone: 856-256-5131
Email: fieldsj@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Photograph of Georgann Watt
Georgann Watt

Title: Coordinator of CGCE Admissions
Phone: 856-256-4719
Email: watt@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Denny Barron

Title: Admissions Assistant
Phone: 856-256-5145
Email: barron@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Jennifer Henning

Title: Admissions & Enrollment Specialist
Phone: 856-256-5126
Email: henning@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Dennis Pelaez

Title: Admissions & Enrollment Generalist
Phone: 856-256-5435
Email: pelaez@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Melissa McKenna

Title: Coordinator of Enrollment Services
Phone: 856-256-5141
Email: mckennam@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Harold Thompson

Title: Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 856-256-4051
Email: thompsonh@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5637


Online Services – Enterprise Center, 2nd Floor

Michael Ciocco

Photograph of Michael Ciocco
Title: Director, Division of Online Services
Phone: 856-256-5368
Email: ciocco@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916

Education:

  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Before joining CGCE, Michael worked for Rowan University's College of Engineering as an Instructional Technology Specialist for four years. Michael has a Master's of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rowan University.

Current Responsibilities: As Director of the CGCE Division of Online Services, Michael Ciocco manages online course development and resources and provides technical support and services related to online course instruction. Michael is also an adjunct professor for the Rowan University College of Electrical and Computer.


William Cook

Photograph of William CookTitle: Instructional Design Assistant
Phone: 856-881-8916
Email: cookw@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916

Current Responsibilities: As an Instructional Design Assistant, William assists with the development of online courses, and provides technical support and training to CGCE faculty and students.

 


William McCool

Title: CGCE Instructional Technology Design Assistant
Phone: 856-256-5125
Email: mccool@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Rowan University

Current Responsibilities: As an Instructional Design Assistant, William assists with the development of online courses, and provides technical support and training to CGCE faculty and students.


Stephen Maiorana

Photograph of Stephen MaioranaTitle: Instructional Design Assistant
Phone: 856-256-5129
Email: maiorana@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Prior to joining CGCE, Stephen spent three years working with the Department of Instructional Technology Services (ITS) at Rowan University, where he was responsible for servicing computers and assisting faculty in the university's open computer labs, as well as in TEC (Technology Enhanced) classrooms across campus.

Current Responsibilities: As an Instructional Design Assistant , Stephen assists with the development of online courses, and provides technical support and training to CGCE faculty and students. Stephen is also responsible for assisting with the development, operation, and maintenance of rowanonline.com and the CGCE website.


Georgette Sahm

Title: Instructional Designer for Web-Assisted Courses
Email: sahmg@rowan.edu


Michael Sunderhauf

Title: Instructional Design Assistant
Phone: 856-256-5155
Email: sunderhauf@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916


Anna G. Wright

Title: Instructional Design Assistant
Phone: 856-256-5135
Email: wrightan@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Prior to joining the CGCE, Anna G. Wright earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rowan University. She also earned a minor in French and Art History, as well as an International Studies concentration.

Current Responsibilities: As an Instructional Design Assistant in the Division of Online Services, Anna G. Wright's primary responsibility is to facilitate online course development, and provide training and technical support to CGCE faculty and students. Other responsibilities include the graphic design, content development and maintenance of training materials for CGCE faculty and students. Over the past year, in collaboration with CGCE's Director of Marketing & Recruitment and Webmaster, Anna was responsible for the graphic design, deployment and implementation of the new CGCE and Rowan University Online websites.


Marketing & Recruitment – Enterprise Center, 2nd Floor

Elizabeth Regan-Butts

Photograph of Elizabeth Regan-ButtsTitle: Director of Marketing & Recruitment
Phone: 856-256-5122
Email: regan-butts@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education:

  • M.B.A., Marketing Concentration, Temple University Fox School of Business
  • B.S., Business Administration, Rowan University

Professional Experience: Before joining Rowan University in 2007, Elizabeth worked in Advertising Sales for the Gannett Co., Inc.'s Courier Post Newspaper where she was successful at consistently achieving both her sales goals and assisting client accounts reach their advertising goals. Elizabeth also possesses four years of experience in recruitment and marketing for The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), the University Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and the Association of Communicators in Education (CUPRAP).

Current Responsibilities: Elizabeth Regan-Butts oversees all activities and personnel within the CGCE Division of Marketing & Recruitment. She develops, implements, and evaluates marketing and recruitment strategies to establish and enhance the visibility and reputation of the College of Graduate & Continuing Education (CGCE) and its programs as well as Summer Semester. Elizabeth also manages the internal and external resources related to promotional development, inquiry/lead generation, student recruitment management, and the College's internet presence.


Cathy Markel

Title: Assistant Director of Marketing & Recruitment
Phone: 856-256-4092
Email: markel@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-256-5638

Education: B.A. in Communications, Marywood University

Professional Experience: Ms. Markel has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communication, database management and journalism. She joined Rowan in 2001 as an Assistant Director in University Marketing where she developed and implemented marketing campaigns for various academic departments. Working with the Office of Admissions, Ms. Markel established a comprehensive system for collecting and managing prospective student data and responding to information requests. Prior to joining Rowan, she worked in marketing communications for a mortgage corporation as a copywriter, marketing coordinator and database analyst. Her journalism experience includes news writing for television, and reporting for radio and newspaper.

Current Responsibilities: Ms. Markel currently manages the prospective student database and email communications for the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. She also assists with the College's advertising, branding and direct marketing initiatives.


Saudia Beverly

Title: Assistant Director of Recruitment
Phone: 856-256-5147
Email: beverly@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916
Location: Enterprise Center, Suite 200

Current Responsibilities: Saudia Beverly oversees the Recruitment Department within the CGCE Division of Marketing & Recruitment’s. This includes all activities related to the recruitment of students, responding to student inquiries with respect to each program and outreach efforts to establish and grow program awareness and applications. Saudia also coordinates on-campus Marketing and Recruitment events including information sessions.


Alexandra Gryta

Title: Admissions Counselor
Phone: 856-256-5156
Email: gryta@rowan.edu
Location: Enterprise Center, Suite 200

Current Responsibilities: Alexandra Gryta is responsible for fielding questions from prospective students and counseling applicants through the admissions process.


Yekaterina (Kate) Bakalenko

Title: Graphic & Web Design Specialist
Phone: 856-256-5146
Email: bakalenko@rowan.edu

Current Responsibilities: Kate Bakalenko is responsible for managing the Rowan CGCE and Rowan Online websites. She also is responsible for designing publication and advertising materials for CGCE.


Tracey Petersen

Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: 856-256-4747
Email: petersen@rowan.edu
Fax: 856-881-8916


Professional Development

Stephanie Brigandi

Title: Assistant Director of Marketing
Phone: 856-256-5134
Email: brigandis@rowan.edu
Location: Enterprise Center, Suite 200


Kathy Campsen

Title: Secretary
Phone: 856-256-4715
Email: campsen@rowan.edu

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