Dean's Advisory Council

Lauren Agnew, ’06


Sociology & Communication

Public Information Officer, County of Essex

John Byrne, ‘75


Chairman & CEO, C. Change Media

David Gordon, ‘90

English & Political Science

CEO & Founder, Secure|Consult, LLC

Michael W. Gray, ‘91


Producer, Writer & Director, Relentless Filmz & TV

Val Paverd, ’03

’06 JD, Cornell


Business Administration/Finance

Partner, Transformation Enablement, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Robin Gurin, ‘82

Dramatic Arts

Organizer and Strategic Development

Michael Hartman, ’99, ‘04


Chief Creative Officer, Greater Than One

Janice Lai, ‘07

Political Science

Marketing Director, Behaviorally

Susan Lisovicz, ‘78


Journalist, Educator, Consultant

Dave Maltese, ‘93


Video Production

Jason Richardson, ‘04


Assistant Principal, Highland Park Board of Education

Terrence J. Romney, ’92,’94


Editor/Technical Media Manager, NBC Universal

Marc Schaeffer, Ed.D.

Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College

Kenyatta Stewart, ‘04

Political Science

Of Counsel, City of Newark

Mia Toschi, ‘93


President MVT Media

Glenn Treibitz, ‘87

Dramatic Arts

President, Hollywood Piano

Colin Ungaro, ’75


Sociology & Communication

Media Executive

Susan Ungaro, ’75,’76


Former President, James Beard Foundation

David Wikstrom, ‘89

Political Science

Partner, Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins

Brian Wood, ‘87


Founder, Mars Coaching

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dean’s Advisory Board (Board) for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CoAHSS) of William Paterson University (WPUNJ) is to provide and help procure mentorship, financial support, and placement opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students and alumni. Board members serve as advisors, ambassadors, and advocates to help strengthen WPUNJ’s competitive position among public institutions of higher education in New Jersey and beyond.

Vision Statement

The Board envisions all CoAHSS students graduating with a greater chance for success in a broader spectrum of exciting and interesting career opportunities in the fields of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and with a desire to give back as proud alumni.


The purpose of the Board is to bring together a heterogeneous group of culturally and professionally diverse alumni and friends of WPUNJ and CoAHSS to volunteer their time to advise and assist the Dean of CoAHSS (Dean), their designees, and other members of the WPUNJ community in their efforts to improve and grow CoAHSS beyond its newly merged state, and to ideate and execute on solutions to both traditional and non-traditional student and alumni issues and concerns, such as attrition and financial insecurity, networking roadblocks, and unclear career-path options and preparedness.