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Meet Our Alumni Ambassadors

Amna Malik

“I fought to prove myself – to my family, my peers and my culture – the value of education.”
Amna Malik, BA ’17

Percy Blenman

“Since 2013, Blenman has been an Alumni Ambassador, referring students to the institution, speaking to prospective students, being an active social media advocate, assisted with University Nursing partnership with VNSNY, as well as remaining an active donor to the institution’s scholarship programs.”
Percy Blenman, AA ’12, BA ’13

Monica CastaƱo

“As a leader in my profession, I encourage all nurses to embark on furthering their education and experiencing all that Thomas Edison State University has to offer. The wealth of knowledge I obtained through the Master of Science in Nursing degree program has truly empowered me to continue to further develop my nursing practice and be resourceful to the community that I serve.”
Monica Castaño, BSN ’12, MSN ’17

Drew Maristch

“I wish that someone would have opened my eyes sooner to how important a degree really is. There are so many people out there who are just stuck working in dead end or low paying jobs. If I can help just one person take that first step toward a new career earning what they deserve and doing what they love, it is worth it!”
Drew Maristch, BSBA ’15

Samuel Olando

“I enjoyed the flexibility the University offered as well as the diverse student body with whom I could engage.”
Samuel Olando, BSBA ’13

Lee-Ann Montano

“I want everyone to know that it’s possible to get an education to achieve your career goals and personal dreams.”
Lee-Ann Montano, BA ’02, MALS ’11

Paul Singh

“Knowing how education changed his life, he is a strong advocate for TESU.”
Paul Singh, BSBA ’15, MALS ’19

Naimah Boone-Koon

“My Thomas Edison State University (TESU) degree opens doors for me.”
Naimah Boone-Koon, BSN ’16

Rishi Dixit

"I enjoy sharing what I experienced in my learning path to encourage others to pursue their passion.”
Rishi Dixit, BSOL ’15

Ida Biddle-Mayer

“I can relate to other adults who have life experiences and a drive for academic success. I enjoy sharing my experience with prospective and enrolled TESU students.”
Ida Biddle-Mayer, BA ’11, BSN ’14, MSN ’16

Casey Criswell

“I don’t think I would have been able to finish my degrees if it wasn’t for TESU.”
Casey Criswell, BSBA ’19

Paul Singh

“TESU gave me the opportunity to pursue my BSAST degree at my convenience while continuing to work full time.”
Gina Pierson, BSAST ’16, MSIT ’19

Apryl Roach

“If it wasn’t for my degree, that glass ceiling would have still existed for me.”
Apryl Roach, BSBA ’14, MSHRM ’15, MBA '19, DBA '22

Ana Gatson

“I felt committed to assisting immigrants in transitioning into life in the USA.”
Ana Gatson, MSM ’18

Marc Dossantos

“My degrees have also given me the credibility and marketability for positions of greater responsibility.”
Marcelo Dossantos, BA ’10, MSM ’14, MSHRM ’16, MSHS ’19

Dina Silbernagel-Krohne

“The BSBA degree’s specialization in Operations Management gave me skills and knowledge I use daily in my career.”
Dina Silbernagel-Krohne, BSBA ’15, DBA ’23

Abe Conesa

“With all of my previously earned credits being accepted and the cost effectiveness of the in-state tuition, it was a done deal. I have always been very driven and independent. Being placed in a live classroom setting is not what I was looking for.”
Abe Conesa, BSBA ’10, MSM ’15

Matthew Hooker

“A big motivation for me is helping others accomplish their goals and missions.”
Matthew Hooker, BA ’16

Doneka Royster-Blum

“TESU has made my dreams come true one degree at a time.”
Doneka Royster-Blum, AAS ’19, BA ’21

Melody Ward

“My degree has significantly impacted my career and opened doors to many new opportunities in the human services field.”
Melody Ward, AAHS ’18, BSHS ’20