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Meg DeMora (2016) has completed the first semester in the MFA program in Sculpture at William Paterson University. She is working in 3D modeling and printing as well as CNC carving and virtual reality design.



Sydney Melnick (2016) is pursuing her master’s degree in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

John Mitchell (2011) is a current Rowan adjunct instuctor. He participated with five other painters in the exhibition, Noon. at Kamihira Gallery in Philadelphia.


MAY 2016

Kevin Alves (2014) is currently a designer at Horizon Group in Warren, NJ. On the design team in the craft section of the company, he's been involved with packaging, design production, and product development for products for leading national retailers. He says, "I've learned to be meticulous and to aim for perfection in this job."

Shelby Clouser (2015) is now Graphic Designer for 23k Agency in Wayne. PA. "I'm currently working on designs for the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team," said Shelby. "Elton John and Billie Jean King host a charity event, Smash Hits, every year at Villanova and a fellow designer and I have been working on all the signage and promotions for it. I think the neatest part is that I am still learning little tips and tricks that are helping my designs out daily and everyone is willing to help me learn as I go—and I can wear yoga pants and sneakers to work."

Matt Goold (2009) is the Lead Designer at P'unk Avenue, a South Philly design studio focused on doing good work with good people in the fields of urbanism, education, arts and culture, and wellness. Check it out at

Jon May (2015) is currently interning into a full time position at S. Walter Packaging in Philadelphia, PA. "As a designer/production artist I am responsible for recreating artwork and preparing dielines and templates for printing and production. The coolest thing about the job is getting to work on projects for some major companies and universities around the country. Also I enjoy being in a large company because it allows me to work with a variety of different people including web designers, sales reps, and printers."

Gwendolyn Salas (2014) is continuing her position as Graphic Designer for several medical communication franchises within Michael J. Hennessy Associates in Plainsboro, NJ. Specializing in publication and marketing design, she's worked with the company since June 2014. She is currently working on the corporate rebranding of the company.

Victor Steinman (2016) is now an Associate Designer at Allen & Gerritsen in Philadelphia, PA.

Nicholas Vicente (2016) is now working at the Philadelphia design studio, Smith & Diction. The company, founded by Rowan graduate Mike Smith (2010) is currently working on a design, branding and signage overhaul of the Independence Visitor Center in Old City, and was recently selected to design the branding and wayfinding for The Rail Park (Philly's newly-developing version of the NYC Highline Park.) Nick will be working with Mike on the creative development of these projects as well as others.


APRIL 2016

Emma Abad (2013) has been the Gallery and Administrative Assistant at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest NJ since November 2013. She helps to select and organize incoming shows, hang and install new exhibitions, and do promotional work for the gallery. Two of her prints will be shown on season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. She is represented by Sugarlift, an arts collective in Brooklyn, NY.

Kathryn Messinger (2014) has successfully launched her business, The Messinger, designing original cards, prints and home goods. Her work can be purchased in regional galleries and craft fairs, in her online shop, and by special commission. "I wasn't happy in a traditional work setting and I always wanted to be my own boss so I'm excited that this adventure is working. I've learned a lot in starting this company and hopefully it'll keep expanding," she said. On the side, she works as a graphic designer and event coordinator for another local entrepreneur. Visit Kathryn's shop:

Emily Peterson (2014) is a Jeweler at Jared Jewelers in Deptford, NJ. since April 2015. "I’m proud to be working for one of the largest US companies (Signet). My favorite aspect of the career is to find creative solutions every day using my hands and all the skills I developed in school. And I still have time to work on my own artwork. Right now I’m on a week-long paid business trip to Ohio, learning how to set diamonds more efficiently."

Roy Townsend (2013) and his fiancé Mary Veterano recently relocated to Jacksonville, FL. They started their photography business in 2011 and they've had success (and fun) while photographing weddings, including supplying a photo booth and doing custom print designs for their clients. Their photos have been featured in print and on numerous websites, and they've published articles about portfolios and creative business plans. See some of their work at

Eric Tran (2009) moved to Chicago a few months ago to work at Netherrealm Studio, part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. He says "I am working on user interface art, storyboarding, brainstorming animated sequences and helping to test and balance our games. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be working in my favorite studio, working on my favorite franchise, and working with the original creators of Mortal Kombat, including Ed Boon, I would have never believed it. Post-graduation I worked retail at an art store just trying to pay off bills, but I never gave up drawing and never gave up my dreams of working for video games. All the stuff you guys taught me in school really paid off." Eric's instagram is @sketchbrah


MARCH 2016

Sam Guerrero (2012) is gaining recognition as an accomplished illustrator. He became Senior Designer at The New York Daily News in January. His Engine 9 Studios also serves as consultant for other divisions in the NY Daily News company including US News and World Report, Viva Magazine, and their advertising division. See his work at

Tyler Cheli (2015) has a full-time position as Graphic Designer at Piscatello Design Centre in New York since January. She said, "I'm having a great experience as part of a great team. I remember when I first heard Rocco [Piscatello] speak at Rowan University, thinking how lucky I would be to work for someone who was so passionate about design."

Sara Glover (2014) has been focused on Jewelry Repair and Sales for Haddonfield Fine Jewelers in Haddonfield, NJ, since August 2015. She says, "I get to share a lot of special moments with customers. Every day I learn something new; whether it’s about a piece of jewelry, a jewel, a trend or technique for repair. There is always something new and I am enjoying learned the business side of things because one day I plan to make and sell my own creations."

Jennifer A. Perez, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT (2006) is a Creative Arts Therapist practicing in New York City since 2011. She is currently an Art Therapy Supervisor for a non-profit organization assisting Art Therapy Graduate students in their Internships and provides psychotherapy for adolescents and their families. The practice of Creative Arts Therapy and mindfulness has provided her with the opportunity to connect with various cultures throughout the life cycle spectrum as well as address the therapeutic needs for Military Veterans. She regards Wassily Kandinsky as a major influence in her pursuit of art therapy and claims his essays to solidify art’s cathartic value.

Jessica Williams (2014) is now working as a Jeweler for Steven Lagos in Philadelphia, PA. Previously she worked for Jared Jewelers in PA and Joy Stember Metal Arts in PA.



Gabi Previtera (2014) is now a Production Artist at S. Walter Packaging in Philadelphia, PA. She says, "So many important and popular retailers get their products from here and it’s so cool to be preparing the artwork for their printing orders. I get to see the whole process because we have the printshop right here"

Matt Williams (2011) has been a ui/ux designer at Azavea in Philadelphia since March 2015. Azavea specializes in the creation of geographic web and mobile software, as well as geospatial analysis services. "I just completed a grant project for NASA creating a user interface that allows users to take satellite earth imagery and apply map algebra algorithms to do high level computations. It is the most conceptually difficult project I've had to date. I had to learn the basics of map algebra in a week and that is a topic that is taught to PhD students."



Brianna Brennan (2014) is the Graphic Designer at Kona Surf Co. in Wildwood, NJ. Along with rebranding the company, she designs and manages the production of some of their products and the accompanying marketing materials. "A project that I just completed was using CAD to build the structure and images for surfboards and stand-up paddle boards that are now in factory production. There is always something new in my job, so it's a really fun environment!"

Erin Ewasko (2013) joined Bellia Print & Design in Glassboro, NJ. As Graphic Designer, she works with business and community leaders and local residents to develop and produce a wide range of communication materials.



Krista DeMato (2014) is the new Interactive Designer at iCIMS, a talent acquisition software company in Matawan, NJ.

Kendra DeSimone (2015) has accepted a position as graphic designer/creative specialist at Harris Tea in Moorestown, NJ. As part of the marketing team she will be doing design, photography and some promotional writing for their packaging and identity programs.



Nicholette Absil
(2011) was juried as an Emerging Artist into the highly competitive Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.

Stephanie Gerhard (2015) has accepted a position as graphic designer at Keystone Industries in Gibbstown, NJ. She will be doing creative work for the pharmaceutical company's dental department.



Kristin Cosmo (2015), is Art Teacher at the International Academy of Trenton, Trenton, NJ.

Madeline DeFino (2014), is Art Teacher at Hampton Public School, New Milford, NJ.

Natalia Navarro (2014), is Art Teacher at Timber Creek Regional High School, Sicklerville, NJ.

Nicole Smedile (2015), is Art Teacher at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ.



Olivia Callicoat
(2015) is now an Apprentice Jeweler for Jared Jewelery in Paramus, NJ. She will be starting diamontology courses soon and she is continuing to build her design portfolio for 3D modeling. One of the best aspects of her job is designing custom jewelry for customers.

Josh Carter (2012) has been selected for a 6-month Fellowship at The Huffington Post in NYC. He will be assisting with graphic design and motion graphics. He said, "Being involved in the design community after you graduate pays off! A couple years ago I was at an AIGA Start Up event and I was the designer/ motion graphics person on one of the business teams. I didn't actually sign up for this Fellowship; the owner of that Start Up business referred me for the position."

Cayla Crowell (2014) has been employed as a Jeweler at Jared Galleria Of Jewelry in Cherry Hill, NJ, since December 2014. “I enjoy being challenged each and every day. I often work on jobs that have a high sentimental value to the customer and usually appear to be past the point of repair, so I consult with my mentor and we figure out a solution. It’s rewarding when people thank me for fixing the piece, so I guess you could say I like that challenge as well as making people happy."

Rebecca Stirner (2011) started working at CLP Jewelry in Denver, CO, in March 2015. She says: "I'm loving my job every day. It still amazes me that I get to show up to work and play with a torch and gemstones as a regular routine."

Elaina Unger (2012) is interviewed about her path to illustration and her work as a colorist working for Archie Comics on such books as Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. You can listen to the podcast here:


Alexandra Barilotti (2011) is Art Teacher at Larchmont Elementary, Mt. Laurel, NJ.

Caitlyn Clements (2009) is 1/2 Day Art teacher at Glassboro High School. She is also teaching Introduction to Painting as an adjunct instructor at Rowan University.

Derek Koch (2015) has been hired as Graphic Designer at Poulin + Morris in NYC. The design firm is recognized for work on environmental graphics, donor recognition, wayfinding sign programs, and exhibitions.

Corey Petit (2014) has a new position in the Bridgeton School District. He is teaching K-8 Art at West Avenue Elementary School in Bridgeton, NJ.

Megan Richards (2014) is the Art Teacher at Hartford Elementary, Mt. Laurel

Jessica Zellers (2012) is now Fine & Performing Arts teacher at Burlington Township High School

JULY 2015

Tyler Cheli (2015) is working as Marketing and Digital Media Intern at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, MA. Some of her projects have included branding the Cafe and Pub on the festival grounds, creating an interactive Instagram game to see what is going on at Jacobs Pillow each week (thisweekatjacobspillow) and designing for two events, Free Fun Friday at Jacob's Pillow and National Dance Day campaign. She says, "I have worked on quite a bit since I have been here, especially with promoting the international dance companies that come each week. I also assist with ticket sales, marketing promotion and give tours, and I am learning a lot about digital marketing. Needless to say, they keep us very busy, but I am enjoying my experience."

Jane Gandenberger Medio (2010) teaches art at Egg Harbor Township High School. She won a scholarship for an Artist Teacher Institute program at Stockton University to take a printmaking course this summer.

Mike Smith (2010) has returned to Philadelphia after several years in New York. He has started Smith & Diction with his fiancé and copywriting partner Chara Odhner.

James Viola (2009) is working full-time as a freelance graphic designer and blogger specializing in brand and logo development for companies around the USA. He also designs posters and other merchandise under a new initiative: Damn Good! Brand.

Thuy Vo (2010) continues to work as a graphic designer in University Publications at Rowan. She has also developed an online jewelry site,

JUNE 2015

Nicolette Absil (2011) was the featured artist in a article about her enamel jewelry and her process and influences.

Jessica Genarie (2015) is now the fulltime Designer/Photo editor for the consumer electronics company Mobilestar (or Aduro Products as the online division) in Metuchen, NJ. She began as an intern in February and was hired full-time after graduation. Genarie says, "I am currently doing a lot of photo editing. It is my responsibility to photograph the products and create/retouch product images. I also create the lifestyle photos that are seen for our products on Groupon, Amazon, etc."

May 2015

Danielle Brazinski (2012) earned her MA in Art Therapy/Counseling at The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. Currently she is recreational art therapist at The Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, PA.

Tyler Cheli (2015) will be interning for the summer festival season at Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

Krista DeMato (2014) is Graphic Design Manager at Likeable Local, a social media marketing software company in NYC.

Matheus Fiuza (2014) is now Senior Designer at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Jessica Genarie (2015) is beginning her new job as designer for Aduro Products in Metuchen, NJ.

Jon May (2015) is the summer design intern at Mole Street in Philadelphia.

April 2015


Elaina Unger (2012) painted a portrait of Malala Yousafzai because she was inspired by Malala's story of courage and persistence. After posting it on Tumblr, Elaina has watched it go viral when the Malala Fund shared it on Twitter and Facebook a few days ago. "I am humbled to know that people think I have done justice to Malala by honoring her in my painting. I think she a subject worth portraying because she has done so much with her life to support women's education, and she always seems to have a positive outlook on things in spite of her harsh experiences with the Taliban." The portrait was also on display in an exhibition at Rowan's Osteopathic Medical School in Stratford. Currently, Elaina is working with Archie Comics on their Mega Man series and their upcoming "Worlds Unite Battle" books.

David Benjamin
(2014) has been accepted into the MFA Studio Art program at UArts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jenn Consoli (2013) has been accepted into the MA program for History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Claire Cossaboon (2010) Since November 2013, Claire has been working as Development Associate at The Studio Museum in Harlem, raising institutional and individual support for the Museum's contemporary art exhibitions, education and public programs, and the Artist-in-Residence program. She earned her Masters in Museum Communications from UArts in early 2013 and published her thesis, "Communicating Brand Identity and Commodity Experiences to Diverse Audiences through Effective Image Usage." Prior to that, in 2012 she worked in Public Programs and Membership at The Barnes Foundation and completed an Audience Analysis for Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2010, she was Curatorial Assistant, and later Interim Director, of the Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia.

Alex Gencarielli (2011) has been accepted into the MFA program for Photography at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.

Alexis Novak (2012) has been accepted into the MFA Photography program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jessica Padilla (2013) has been accepted into the MFA program of study at SACI (Studio Art Centers International) in Florence, Italy.

March 2015


Christopher Ferrante (2013) is winning recognition for his work at Princeton University Press. His book design for Nigel Dodd's The Social Life of Money was selected in the Trade Typographic category of the 2015 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket & Journal Show. His cover design for Frank L. Cioffi's One Day in the Life of The English Language was featured on the popular books, design, and culture blog, The Casual Optimist, as a book cover of note for March 2015.

Charlie Castilla (2013) is now the Graphic Artist at Custom Graphics in Vineland, NJ. He develops digital graphics for laser-cut, embroidered, screen-printed, and vinyl products.

Krista DeMato (2014) is Graphic Design Manager at Likeable Local, a social media marketing software company in NYC.

Jerry Ortiz (2013) is a Graphic Designer for Rowan Global Department at Rowan University. He is working on print, web media, and billboard promotions for the University.

Matt Williams (2011) has accepted a new position as UI/UX Designer (User Interface and User Experience Designer) with Azavea, a company that creates GIS web and mobile software in Philadelphia. Previously, he was lead designer at Every Merchant in Cherry Hill, NJ.

February 2015


Alexis Dispensa (2014) is enjoying the challenges of her first year in the MFA graduate program at PAFA. She exhibited some of her new work at PAFA Open Studio Night on February 20.

Charles Korang (2013) is currently employed as a Graphic Designer with CustomED in Collingswood, NJ. Charles notes, "The skills that I developed in Rowan's Department of Art put me in a position to do something I am truly passionate about. My time in Rowan's Visual Art department played a major part in shaping who I am today, both as an artist and as a professional."

Renée Martelli (2013) is now the Graphic Designer at Netherland Bulb Company in Vineland, NJ. She is responsible for designing packaging, catalogs, advertisements, and more.

Jessica Williams (2013) is currently Bench Jeweler for Sterling Jewelers and metalsmith for Joy Stember Metal Arts, Abingdon, PA.

January 2015

Caitlin Clements
(2009) earned her MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) in 2014. In June, she was one of three graduate students who assisted Brooklyn-based artist Markus Linnenbrink in the creation of a large-scale wall painting in the lobby of the PAFA building.

Jackie Kollar (2011) is the Digital Strategist at ChatterBlast Media in Philadelphia, and she is also Digital Marketing Strategies Teacher at UArts in Philadelphia. As Digital Strategist, she assists in the creative development in digital campaigns, often working with designers in the execution phases. In her spare time, Jackie is currently on the planning and marketing committee for the Elixir Gala (annual fundraiser held by Mazzoni Center to support and provide comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment.)

Elizabeth Rosemiller Nemerofsky (2012) is lead chef, creative menu planner, and social media content manager at Coventant Church Cafe in Carrollton, Texas.

December 2014


Amanda Brewer (2012) is an art teacher at Whitman Elementary School in Washington Towanship, New Jersey. Since last summer, she's been getting worldwide attention for a photo she took of a great white shark while volunteering in South Africa with the ecotourism group, White Shark Africa. Good Morning America, The Today Show, and National Geographic were among the organizations that shared her photo and story. Yes, a copy of the photo hangs in her art education classroom. For more information, see the Whit article.

Matt Mansolino (2013) has a job that combines his three favorite passions: video games, graphic design, and New York. He is the graphic designer and front-end developer for Genie Quest, an augmented reality shopping app company located in Manhattan. He is responsible for the graphic UI for new app features as well as creating 3d models and concepts for many retailers and manufacturers.

November 2014

Iris Leibowitz (2011) is now the Client Relations Lead and template designer at Signazon, Dallas, TX. She is also the owner of a design/photography business:

Tina Martin (2014) is a Graphic Designer at Mole Street, Philadelphia. She is the lead designer for "Taste of 3 Cities," developing the logo, website, and marketing collateral for the a food truck festival and competition in DC, Philly, and Baltimore.

Meghan Mihalchick (2013) is now Graphic Designer at Breaking Glass Pictures, a film distribution company in Philadelphia. Her job is promoting movies by designing posters, theatrical packets, DVD covers, and websites.

October 2014

Maxfield Diehl
(2010) is the Woodshop Manager for BDDW American Furniture, Philadelphia, PA.

Ashley Oldakowski (2013) has been Graphic Designer at Fox Business Network since she graduated. She says, "the best part of my job is being able to see the all the projects that I worked on air on TV. It is both very rewarding and exciting."

Jaimi (Belfi) Talarico (2011) is in her third year as the Marketing & Design Manager at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, NJ. She is responsible for designing and approving all visual elements that represent the school, including website and the twice-yearly Crimson Magazine.

September 2014

Megan Richards (2014) is finding success in her career as an illustrator. Her second illustrated book, Run, Faredy, Run, by Kathleen D. Lindsey, has just been published. Her first illustrated book, Eleanor the Cook, by Ellie Kirk, was released in 2013.

James Viola (2009) won the IMAX Godzilla Fan Art Contest with his original poster. The designer, who is employed with the ad agency One Trick Pony, won an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to the premier of the movie. For more information, see the Whit article.

August 2014

Jenn Consoli (2013) is now the Printmaking Studio Technician at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City.

Katherine (Kat) Garcia (2014) is employed as a graphic designer with SJ Magazine. She is developing a range of design for publication, invitation, and advertising for the organization.

Corey Petit (2014) is putting his art education studies to good use. He is now working as a full-time long-term substitute art teacher in the Vineland High School system.

July 2014

Nicolette Absil (2011) has been selected as the 2014 Metals Resident Artist at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA. She is currently an instructor at the Main Line Art Center and Abington Art Center, and she was one of the top five finalists for the Halstead Grant in 2013 and a finalist for the Saul Bell Award in the enamel category in 2014. Nicolette is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Eric Clark (2011) earned an MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts).

John Mitchell (2011) earned an MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts).

June 2014

Alexandra Barilotti
(2011) is art education teacher at Walls Elementary School in Pitman, NJ. She formed The Curators Club as an after-school program whose mission is to create artwork and display artwork around the school. The club has created a student-run gallery in the basement that rotates artwork from the Curators every couple of weeks. During the annual Spring Arts Festival, the Curators were responsible for giving guided tours of the show.

Jason M. Stewart (2009) will be exhibiting his work at the Newark Museum this summer in “Ready or Not: New Jersey Art Annual.” He continues to teach at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ, while pursuing an MFA degree at MICA in Baltimore.

May 2014

Joe Lifrieri (2008) is now a product designer at Facebook in San Francisco, CA. He was formerly a senior web designer at Vimeo.

April 2014


Justin Spinozzi (2012) worked with the creative team and designed an April Fool's Day packaging campaign to promote the Brownstein Group. The tongue-in-cheek creative campaign was recognized with an FPO Award by UnderConsideration, celebrating the best print work from around the world.

March 2014

Vanie Konneh (2013) works as a graphic designer/UI designer at the Party City Corporate office in Rockaway, NJ. His favorite part of the job is the brainstorming process while developing design solutions for the Party City app and website.

Elaina Unger (2012) is freelancing and exhibiting her illustration work in Philadelphia galleries. Some of her artwork has been licensed through Puttiko for use on checks, bankbooks, and address labels.

February 2014

Alexis DiSpensa (2013) has been accepted into the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). She was also awarded a merit scholarship and a graduate grant to assist with her MFA studies.

December 2013

Christopher Ferrante (2013) is now working at Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ. As junior book designer, he develops covers and interiors for a range of academic titles.

March 2013

Stuart Lopez (2012) accepted a graphic design position with Donovan/Green in New York. This consultancy provides branding, marketing communication and information design solutions for diverse worldwide clients.