PROFessionals of the Month

PROFessionals of the Month

PROFessionals of the Month

The focus of the PROFessionals of the Month program is to recognize, on a monthly basis, exemplary Rowan employees as nominated by fellow members of the University community.

The program is for faculty, staff, or employee groups at any level across all University campuses. The monthly recipient(s), chosen by the Employee Recognition Committee, will receive a special visit by the committee’s Prof Patrol, a group of professionals dedicated to recognizing—and celebrating—outstanding work by Rowan employees.

Nominations can be submitted for individual employees, work groups or project teams. The ideal candidate will have played a major role in a recent, exceptional accomplishment, preferably in the month they have been nominated for (Examples: Completion of a high impact task or project, successful organization of an event, receipt of an award for an outstanding accomplishment, etc.).  

To nominate faculty, staff, or a team of professionals for the PROFessional(s) of the Month, fill out the PROF of the Month Nomination Form by the end of the calendar month to explain why your nominee(s) should be recognized. Feel free to resubmit nominations that were previously submitted!

Which Rowan professional or team of professionals has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving the University community? Who in the past month exhibited terrific student engagement, customer service, and teamwork, exemplifying all that is terrific about Rowan professionals?  

In short, who should be Rowan’s PROFessional(s) of the Month?



April 2024

Wellness Retreat Group

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Congratulations Wellness Retreat Group on being selected as the April PROFessionals of the Month!

The Wellness Retreat Group provides time and space for students to connect with others and reflect on their lives. The group includes:

  • Kathleen Huber (Campus Recreation)
  • Lindsay Johnson (Wellness Center)
  • Gabriel Aquino (Wellness Center)
  • Revae Burton (Wellness Center)
  • Richard Federman (School of Earth & Environment)
  • Pamela Thompson (College of Science and Mathematics)
  • Lynda Smith (Residential Learning and University Housing) 
  • Christine Feil (Office of the Dean of Students)

Several years ago, Katie Huber and Lyndsay Johnson envisioned one-to-three-day wellness retreats as an opportunity for student engagement and reflection. As they planned the events, a team formed with representatives from different units across the university.

The most recent retreat was held during the first weekend of spring break in the Pine Barrens. Over forty Rowan students boarded the buses to spend the weekend in the woods experiencing camp activities like rock climbing and archery. The natural surroundings positively impact well-being by reducing cortisol levels, easing muscle tension, and boosting moods. One unique aspect of the retreat was the disconnect from technology, as the attendees turned off their phones to connect with fellow students and adults. Retreats like this improve students’ abilities to stay focused on their goals.

Katie and Lyndsay’s vision and the group’s collective efforts had a lasting impact on the attendees, who spoke of making positive connections and developing new friendships. In addition to the spring break retreat, they created retreats on the Glassboro campus with the same premise. 

For their profound service to students, colleagues, and the university, we honor the Wellness Retreat Group as the April PROFessional of the month.

March 2024

Christine Mazza, Office of the University Registrar

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Congratulations Christine Mazza on being selected as the March PROFessional of the Month!

Christine serves as the Associate Registrar and leads the charge on countless University projects that benefit students, faculty, and staff.

Christine collaborates with nearly every academic and technical unit on campus. She is frequently called in as a subject matter expert by other offices, providing insightful and accurate data information. This allows these units to successfully implement their initiatives.

In the past month alone, Christine has worked to help at least six different academic departments reorganize, ensuring that all aspects of their data were updated properly and without incident. Doing this requires juggling multiple tasks at once, as a reorganization hits many different systems, with many different administrators. Christine brings them all together and does whatever is necessary to make sure each has exactly what they need to successfully complete the project.

Christine not only understands, but often innovates so that the processes can become more efficient and more thorough each time a new reorganization happens. Christine is a key piece in so many processes while remaining approachable, humble, and kind.

For her profound service to students, colleagues, and the university, we honor Christine Mazza as the March PROFessional of the Month.

February 2024

Crystal Kanavel, Rowan Family Medicine, Sewell

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Congratulations Crystal Kanavel on being selected as the February PROFessional of the Month!

Crystal Kanavel is a Practice Supervisor at Rowan Family Medicine in Sewell. 

Unexpectedly, Crystal stepped in to serve the role of main scheduler and call center supervisor for six weeks. During this time, Crystal helped navigate internal department changes and provided support for the schedules of over 50 providers and residents. Crystal ensured the business of clinical care, education and research continued without interruption.

In addition to these responsibilities, Crystal volunteered as a clinical scheduler backup and attended training for the Virtua electronic medical record system, EPIC. This required her to learn an entirely new set of skills in the software, beyond her current role. Very quickly, Crystal demonstrated expert knowledge of the technical requirements, attention to detail, and problem-solving. 

Crystal exhibits incredible teamwork, provides quality customer service, and supports her colleagues. She holds fast to the training provided to her and communicates issues as they arise. 

For her profound service above and beyond her daily responsibilities, we honor Crystal Kanavel as the February PROFessional of the Month.

January 2024

Rebecca Whitman, Analytics, Systems & Applications, IRT


Congratulations to Rebecca Whitman on being selected as the January PROFessional of the Month!

Rebecca Whitman is a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst in IRT’s department of Analytics, Systems & Applications.

The federal government implemented a mandate called The Course Program of Study (CPOS), where all federally funded institutions must track and require students to take classes pertaining to their major and degree. Rebecca worked closely with the offices of the registrar and financial aid in processing and monitoring reports for CPOS. Building this program took two years to include necessary elements in Banner and Degree Works and ensure accuracy.

Rebecca's depth of knowledge of Banner and coding were critical in building custom processes and reports for CPOS. Working alongside the registrar and financial aid, Rebecca created an exceptional reporting mechanism that far exceeded expectations.

Rebecca constantly monitors the reports for discrepancies. She is willing to jump in when a problem arises, solving issues and completing upgrades per federal guidelines. Rebecca demonstrates teamwork by working cross departmentally daily.

For her profound service above and beyond her daily duties, we honor Rebecca Whitman as the January PROFessional of the Month.

December 2023

Maria Lepore-Stevens, Shari Willis, Andrew Havrisko, and Taylor Mullens


From left to right: Shari Willis, Maria Lepore-Stevens, Taylor Mullens, and Andrew Havrisko

Congratulations Maria Lepore-Stevens, Shari Willis, Andrew Havrisko, and Taylor Mullens on being selected as the December PROFessionals of the Month!

Maria Lepore-Stevens (College of Education) collaborated with Shari Willis (Department of Health & Exercise Science), Andrew Havrisko (Campus Recreation), and Taylor Mullens (Campus Recreation) to use the Rowan Recreation Center pool on November 10, 2023 to have visually impaired youth from Camp Abilities participate in recreational activities. Their pioneering efforts demonstrate the priority Rowan University places on bringing inclusive sports education to area youth.

Maria and Shari work together to continually advocate for accessibility and inclusion through recreation for area youth. The value they bring to this community supports this population’s health and well-being, but also brings joy to their families knowing that individuals are advocating on their behalf. Although the event collaboration included several important planning logistics including facility access, risk management, equipment reservation, and student staffing, the positive outcomes were worth the time and effort. 

Maria worked with Taylor and Andrew to host this space in the Student Recreation Center Pool. This event brought awareness and advocacy not only to the academic students that participated, but also to the campus recreation aquatics staff that supported and witnessed the event. The Campus Recreation department values words in the mission statement that emphasizes "a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment".

For their profound service to students and the community, we honor Maria Lepore-Stevens, Shari Willis, Andrew Havrisko, and Taylor Mullens as the December PROFessionals of the Month.

October 2023

Amy Hoch, Wellness Center  


Congratulations Amy Hoch on being selected as the October PROFessional of the Month!

Amy Hoch proudly supports the Rowan community in her role as the Associate Director of the Wellness Center. 

Amy has great relationships with each of her team members and invites feedback regularly. Amy often sends personalized emails to her team and holds space for her team to share concerns when the need arises. She does not try to strictly solve problems, but aims to understand problems and validate her team.

She is the first to volunteer to engage in outreach events. Amy participated in the 26.6 mile Running of the Torch, as part of the University’s Centennial Homecoming celebration. Amy took the second leg of the run through Camden and Collingswood, navigating the busiest intersection of the day at the White Horse Pike and Haddon Avenue in Collingswood.

That same day, after finishing the torch run, Amy represented the Wellness Center at their Homecoming tailgate tent.

Dr. Amy Hoch brilliantly works to make the Wellness Center and Rowan a better place for our students, faculty, and staff. Amy and Wellness Center Director Scott Woodside saw the need to raise the spirits of staff during a particularly challenging year. They started a tradition of dressing up in themed costumes at their end of year party to help their staff share joy and relieve stress. This year, Amy and Scott dressed up as Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce to encourage staff to “shake it off” and enjoy the break. The staff thoroughly enjoyed their spirited efforts.

For her profound service with a smile and pride, we honor Amy Hoch as the October PROFessional of the month.

September 2023

Jim Beury and Will Hamre, University Scheduling


Congratulations to Jim Beury and Will Hamre for being selected as the September PROFessionals of the Month!

Will Hamre and Jim Beury are being recognized for their work in Academic Scheduling, helping departments and colleges plan their semester schedules.

Will and Jim often handle inevitable last-minute changes and time-sensitive issues. They are excellent problem solvers, remarkably quick in responding to requests for help. They always remain calm and professional.

In late August, their problem-solving skills were put to the test with the sudden, temporary closure of Robinson Hall. Many classes needed relocation just as the semester began. Will and Jim managed to find workable alternative spaces for classes, sometimes arranging swaps with other departments.

Will and Jim found creative solutions just in time for the start of the semester.

For their profound service under pressure, we honor Will Hamre and Jim Beury as the September PROFessionals of the Month.

August 2023

Andrew Perrone, Assistant Director, Office of Volunteerism and Community Engagement


Congratulations to Andrew Perrone for being selected as the August PROFessional of the Month!

Andrew Perrone proudly serves the university community, growing multiple programs and resources to support student success.

Andrew is passionate about supporting students in reaching their academic and community engagement goals. In addition to leading volunteerism and community engagement programs, his department also supports The SHOP Pantry & Resource Center as well as Rowan Shuttle Services.

Andrew procured several grants for the university. Most recently, he acquired a sizable grant from the NJ Hunger-Free Campus Initiative. The grants will expand the Glassboro campus food pantry and develop a second location on the Camden campus. The grand opening for The Shop at Camden will be in December 2023.

In addition to his role, Andrew wears many hats on campus including classroom lecturer, facilitator for the Fresh For All food giveaway, and co-chair of the Affordability Task Force. He administers the Donated Meals program for students from Gourmet Dining, approves service hours for students in Proflink, and runs events like Back to the Boro and the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family. 

Many faculty and staff look to him for information on resources and who they should connect with in the university community.

Andrew’s colleagues consider him an exceptional example of what it means to be an outstanding professional and an employee that improves the culture of our campus.

For his profound service to students, colleagues, and the university, we honor Andrew Perrone as the August PROFessional of the Month.

July 2023

Suzanne Mosko, Assistant Director, CMSRU Office of Student Affairs


Congratulations to Suzanne Mosko for being selected as the July PROFessional of the Month!

Suzanne is recognized for exceeding expectations in her work with CMSRU students. Suzanne individually meets with over 150 students during their dedicated study period in May. Suzanne sets the bar high when it comes to student engagement and maintains a high level of customer service with each student. Proactively encouraging students, Suzanne consistently goes above and beyond to make sure each student is properly supported and heard. Her commitment to service is evident in the student submitted nomination, including four testaments (see below).

Suzanne’s genuine commitment to student success is evident in the student submitted nomination, including four testaments. She is a prime example of a dedicated staff member, immensely appreciated in her community and beyond.

Suzanne has been one of the most important resources during my time at CMSRU. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable and provided me with study tips and strategies that I could have never found from online or textbook medical school resources, but she is so nonjudgmental, kind and makes me smile every time that I meet with her. She has helped me more than she could ever know, and I will continue to always recommend my fellow students to see her whenever they are looking for learning support and advice. She has truly made a huge impact on my success as a medical student and as a future doctor.” - Joely Z.

Suzanne and I have met regularly since my M1 year because I wanted to be sure I was doing all I could to be successful in our curriculum. She’s been an amazing part of my support network here at CMSRU, especially in more challenging blocks and throughout my time studying for STEP 1. She’s gone over and beyond to make herself accessible to not just me, but every student who needs her assistance — which is no easy feat, especially in the most stressful of times with boards upon us. Suzanne is so easy to talk to and level with, whether it be about making decisions related to when to take some of the most important exams in our academic careers, or after the good or tougher days of studying. Every time I’ve spoken with her, I’ve always felt heard, and she’s always found a way to help ensure my success and put my mind at ease in a way that was deeply personal and unique to me and my situation. She always knows what is going on with us and will always take the extra time to check in and make sure we’re doing well in academics and outside the classroom. It’s evident how much she cares for us and wants to get to know the people and physicians we wish to become through the follow up that she has with everyone that she sees. Without a doubt, she is one of my most trusted academic advisors. I really appreciate all that Suzanne has done for me over the past two years here at CMSRU, and I believe she’s very deserving of the Prof of the Month award for her dedication to our class and everyone here at CMSRU. I know for me, over the next two years, Suzanne will continue to be someone that I visit regularly and rely on as a phenomenal academic advisor to help direct my learning in this new chapter of my medical education. Thank you so much for all that you do Suzanne!” - Mitchell M.

Suzanne is genuinely interested in the success of each individual student at CMSRU. She understands the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in supporting students by working closely with Student Support Services as well. Suzanne strives to go above and beyond in her role as a Learning Support Specialist by constantly researching new educational methods in addition to adapting methods from her previous experiences to better help her students. She is not satisfied until her students have discovered their optimal study method passing on her love for education and learning to every student that she helps at CMSRU.” - Xavier R.

Suzanne always goes above and beyond for her students to provide them the best advice for each individual and to make sure that they feel fully supported and confident in themselves. I wouldn’t have passed STEP1 without her!” - Alexandria N.

Suzanne, for your outstanding dedication to Rowan students, colleagues, and the university, we honor you as the July PROFessional of the Month! Excellent work!

June 2023

Marisa Watanabe, Lecturer, Art Department


Congratulations to Marisa Watanabe for being selected as the June PROFessional of the Month!

Marisa is being recognized for her crucial role in helping organize the Society for Animation Studies 34th Annual Conference, hosted at Rowan University June 12-16, 2023. Marisa helped plan, design and disseminate the promotional materials. Marisa went above and beyond to actively support the conference. 

Exceeding the department goal to feature student work during the conference, Marisa worked diligently with faculty and staff to showcase animations made by Rowan students. This specific accomplishment is only one highlight of her contributions to our community collaborating with many entities on campus this month.

Marisa’s professionalism as a colleague and her amazing design sense directly contributed to conference’s success. Marisa is an example of a dedicated lecturer enthusiastically supporting her community and beyond.

Marisa, for your outstanding professionalism and dedication to your colleagues, students, and the university, we honor you as the June PROFessional of the Month! Excellent work!

May 2023

Chad Lafferty (IRT – Technology Services)


Congratulations to Chad Lafferty on being selected as the May PROFessional of the Month!

Chad is being recognized for not only his work in providing support for Commencement but going above and beyond to ensure the technology for all 14 ceremonies ran smoothly. Chad arrived early to each ceremony to make sure that every graduate had their name entered into the system so they would see their name as they walked across the stage. Although the software for the ceremony arrived late Thursday, Chad was still able to install it, configure it, and get it up and running in under 24 hours so that it was ready for Saturday's ceremony. Chad’s dedication and adaptability are impressive, to say the least.

Outside of commencement, Chad is often the go-to person on main campus for providing in-person technology support. Chad and his team are considered the face of IRT; If something needs to be fixed in person, it is either Chad or his team who handle it. It is a huge responsibility, one that Chad consistently exceeds expectations on.

Chad, for your outstanding service and exceptional efforts for the university as a whole, we honor you as the May PROFessional of the Month. Excellent work!