About Us

The Central New Jersey Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association serves 10,000 alumni in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean County, and portions of Somerset and Hunterdon counties. We strive to connect with alumni, students, family, and friends; support the University's mission; and celebrate the glory of old state.

The Board is made up of eight committee chairs and up to three at-large representatives, the Penn State NJ Recruiter, and the Executive Committee comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the Board with questions, comments or suggestions. Our goal is to best serve our fellow Chapter members so your feedback is strongly encouraged!

Get to know your Board Members!

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PresidentKatie Dunn 
Vice PresidentRhonda Schaffler 
SecretarySuzanne McCracken
TreasurerTom Higgins
Past President
At Large
Lauren Kocur 
CommunicationsNicole Cowley 
Community ServiceOpen
Fellowship and NetworkingSamantha D'Amore
Young AlumniRyan Goudie
Penn State NJ RecruiterStacy Rosenbaum
Social CommitteeValerie Gillespie


Career Services Committee Provides Chapter members and current students with career advice and opportunities to network. Runs the Annual Nittany Networking Event.

Communications Committee – Serves as the link between the board, current, and future chapter members through expanding and developing key communications.  Distributes the CNJ Roar newsletter, edits the website, brings in advertisers, and manages the CNJ Chapter on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and other social networking sites.

Community Services Committee – Develops community service projects which serve the goals of the Chapter, University, and Alumni Association.   Recent achievements include the Bowl Over Cancer Event for THON, Toys for Tots, School Supply Drive, and the Freshman Send-off.

Education Committee – Provides diverse learning opportunities to Chapter members and current students.  Also provides an Annual Scholarship to a Penn State student from Central New Jersey.

Membership Committee – Builds membership and support for and promotes the welfare of the Chapter and the Association.  Runs the annual Get to Know us event, which is happening soon!

Social Committee – Develops and executes diverse activities and events throughout the year, aimed at building interaction and integration amongst all Chapter members.  Runs the football watching parties, happy hours, and other special events throughout the year

Student Interaction Committee – Provides opportunities for the Association and alumni to come together for the benefit of current students and recent graduates.  Organizes the Freshman Send-off, a Mentoring Program, and the Alumni Panel for Students/Young Alum.

Young Alumni Committee– This committee focuses on Alums 30 years or younger, and encourages them to get invovled in the CNJ chapter.  Helps run the Alumni Panel for Students/Young Alumni.

We encourage every member to get involved! With no time requirements, you can participate as often as you'd like and adjust depending on your schedule throughout the year. Contact your committee chair today!

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