The Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County and Alumni Association celebrated the astounding achievements of eight distinguished Gloucester County College (now RCGC) alumni, who were inducted into the College's Alumni Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 28.
The 2015 inductees include: Dr. Marque A. Allen, John Borelli Jr., Joanne A. Carrocino, Gene J. Concordia, Brian W. Jones, Arun S. Lavine, Frederick "Michael" Sharp Jr. and Barbara A. Wallace.
Dr. Marque A. Allen
Dr. Marque Allen was raised in Camden County and attended Overbrook High School in Lindenwold. While he wasn't sure if he would be attending college after high school, a fortuitous trip with a friend to the Gloucester County College campus prompted him to enroll. Once at GCC, his life changed and he became much more interested in learning all that higher education could provide.
After his two years at GCC, Dr. Allen transferred to Glassboro State College, where he completed his undergraduate studies and graduated with distinction. He then enrolled at Temple University where he received his medical doctorate. He completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania, and his general surgery and orthopedic surgery residencies within the Thomas Jefferson University Health System. Dr. Allen has also received postgraduate training, which includes a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Allen is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Ankle and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow of both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Allen is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a diplomat for the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is the foot and ankle consultant for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, and numerous other San Antonio-area sports organizations.
Dr. Allen is the current president of the Bexar County Podiatric Medical Society, serves on the executive board for the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Orthopedics/Podiatry division.
John Borelli Jr.
A lifetime Gloucester County resident, John Borelli Jr. graduated from Gloucester County College in May 1976. Following his graduation, he began working with the Borelli Agency, a full service insurance company in Malaga. John has also been involved in his community, dedicating over 25 years to volunteering at the Malaga Fire Department, where he spent 20 years as chief.
Throughout his career, John has been active in both the banking and insurance industries. In 1989, John became a member of the Newfield National Bank Board of Directors and 10 years later, became its president. In 2011, he was promoted to president and CEO of Newfield National Bank.
Both John and his wife Nancy have served on the GCC Foundation Board of Directors. In late 2002, they established the John Borelli Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving alternate route graduate of the Gloucester County Police Academy. A family man, John currently resides in Franklin Township with his wife and their two sons.
Joanne A. Carrocino
Joanne Carrocino, a former Pitman resident, graduated from Gloucester County College with her Associate in Science degree in business administration. She then went on to earn her bachelor's degree in business administration at Glassboro State College and an MBA with a concentration in hospital administration from Temple University.
Since 2004, Joanne has served as the president and CEO of Cape Regional Health System, located in Cape May Court House, NJ. The system is comprised of Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape Regional Physicians Associates, Cape Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Cape Regional Urgent Care and numerous outpatient facilities and employs over 1200 team members.
Joanne is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and chairs AHA's Regional Policy Board, which represents over 800 hospitals in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She also serves on the New Jersey Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and chairs NJHA's for-profit board, Healthcare Business Solutions. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities in Cape May.
Joanne is the second member of her family to be inducted into the RCGC/GCC Alumni Hall of Fame, her brother, Michael, is a member of the inaugural class.
Gene J. Concordia
Gene Concordia transferred to Glassboro State College in fall 1972 to study finance after completing his associate degree at Gloucester County College. Since graduation, Gene has worked his entire career in the plastics industry and is currently the general manager of Moldamatic, LLC in Penndel, PA. Perhaps not surprisingly, Gene whole-heartedly believes in the famous quote from The Graduate, "there is a great future in plastics."
Gene has dedicated his spare time to serving on various school boards, including the Clearview Regional School District and Gloucester County Institute of Technology. He began paying it forward to his alma mater when he was appointed to the GCC Board of Trustees in November 2000.
During Gene's tenure on the Board of Trustees, the College has seen significant expansion and growth, including the construction of the Scott Hall Stem Center, the RCGC University Center and the current campus building projects totaling nearly $30 million. While serving on the Board of Trustees, College enrollment has increased from 5,500 students to more than 7,000. As the RCGC Board of Trustee Chairperson, Gene is very proud to have been involved in the transition from Gloucester County College to Rowan College at Gloucester County.
Brian W. Jones
Brian Jones is a proud graduate of the Gloucester County College class of 1981, earning an AS in business administration and an AAS in banking and finance technology. After graduating from GCC, he obtained his bachelor's degree from Glassboro State College and his master's degree from the University of Delaware. Brian has served in many positions ranging from retail management to business development during his 40 years in the banking industry. He currently serves as the senior vice president and chief lending officer of Newfield National Bank. He is also a member of the bank's Asset Liability Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Senior Loan Committee.
Brian currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the executive committee for the Friends School Mullica Hill. He is president of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of Risk Management Association (RMA) as well as being an instructor for and member of the National Steering Committee for the Chapter Leadership Conference for RMA. He is also a member of the South Jersey Development Council's Education/Technology Committee and a member of the New Jersey Bankers Commercial Lending Committee. He is executive vice president of administration and president elect of the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Brian also sits on the Board of Trustees for both the Kennedy Health Care Foundation and Professional Medical Management, LLC.
Brian has received various honors including 2014 recipient of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award and the Gloucester County College Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has received the Award of Special Recognition from the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation; and was the recipient of the BSA District Award of Merit. Additionally, Brian has received a number of awards and honors for his work with the March of Dimes.
He currently lives in Woodbury with his wife, Joanne, and their son and daughter.
Arun S. Lavine Esq.
Arun S. Lavine Esq., transferred to Drexel University to study marketing after earning her associate degree at Gloucester County College in 1981. Upon finishing her studies at Drexel, Arun applied to law school and in 1987, received her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law. She later completed a ten-day, extensive course on all phases of trial techniques at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Hofstra Law School.
Arun has been a member of the New Jersey Bar for more than 20 years. In the '90s, Arun served as the assistant prosecutor at the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and headed the Economic Crimes Unit. While working at the Trenton and Hamilton Municipal Courts, Arun handled DWI, criminal and traffic matters as an assistant prosecutor and eventually as prosecutor. In addition, she extended her knowledge of criminal law as an adjunct professor at Rider University from 2003 to 2008, and is currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She also maintains a private law office in Lawrence Township, representing those in Mercer, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.
A believer in "giving back," she has served as vice president of the McCarter Theatre Associate Board and as the education director of the Junior League of Greater Princeton.
Frederick "Michael" Sharp Jr.
Frederick "Michael" Sharp Jr. was raised in both Haddonfield and Gibbsboro. Following his high school graduation, Michael made the courageous decision to join the United States Army, where he served two tours in South Vietnam. Upon returning from the war, his family moved to Harrison Township where Sharp began to focus on his education and future. He enrolled at Gloucester County College and graduated in the fourth GCC graduation class in 1973. He later attended Glassboro State College and Rutgers University.
After college, Michael started a specialty cuisine business located in Center City, Philadelphia, which he initially called "La Gaufre," until he later changed the name to "The Waful Works." In 1981, he sold the company and retired for a few years during which time he and his wife Beverly traveled internationally. In 1983, he began working as an analyst with the United States Defense Department where he worked until he retired in 2005.
Since then, Michael has "paid it forward" to his alma mater by creating three endowments with the Rowan College Foundation in memory of his mother Marian Eileen Sharp, his brother Edward Bruce Sharp and his beloved late wife Beverly. He plans additional endowments, in memory of other family members, during the coming years.
Currently, Michael happily resides in Florida with his fiancé.
Barbara A. Wallace
Barbara Wallace has a long and accomplished record of public service, which has been fueled by a passion to provide young people with access to quality education, as well as recreational opportunities, many of which she has put into practice in Washington Township. A former state representative and director of constituent relations and intergovernmental affairs, Barbara has helped countless South Jersey residents navigate state and federal government in order to ensure that their problems were resolved and that their questions and concerns received the attention they deserved.
In addition to her public service, Barbara also has significant private sector experience. She served eight years as the vice president of administration at Rutgers Casualty Insurance Co., where as manager and director of internal company procedures and operations was involved in all hiring, salary and benefits decisions, and in creating strategies to control the bottom line.
Barbara has been deeply involved in education for much of her life. She honorably served for many years on the Gloucester County College Board of Trustees, is a former president and member of the Washington Township Board of Education, a founding member of the Washington Township Education Foundation, and the Washington Township Fifth Quarter Club. Barbara serves on the executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, is the state tournament director of High School Gymnastics, past president of the Holly Shores Girl Scout Council, former member of the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, sports commissioner for gymnastics for the 2014 Special Olympics National Games, national gymnastics judge for USA-Gymnastics, Inc., and member of West Chapter Five Gymnastics and Field Hockey Associations. She is the founding member and first president of the Wedgwood Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and has been active in the
Girl Scout organization for more than 60 years. She has also served as a troop leader for Brownies and Cadets for more than 30 years.
Barbara presently serves on the State Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Committee and the New Jersey School Boards Task Group on Student Achievement. She is married to retired Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court John E. Wallace Jr. Together they have been married 50 years and have raised five children in Washington Township.