January 29, 2021

Dear William Paterson Faculty and Staff:

Please join me in bidding a fond farewell to the 38 dedicated and valued members of our community participating in the Voluntary Separation Program, for whom today is their last day on the job.
I am glad that this group is able to take advantage of the VSP to transition into retirement, a new job or career, or whatever the next phase of life holds for them. I am grateful to each of them for their many years of hard work on behalf of WP. As you can see in the list below, they represent virtually every area of campus and more than 1,000 years of collective service to William Paterson. 
Name, Title, Department, Years of Service
Atinuke Adeniran, Associate Director, Graduate Admissions/Enrollment Services, 20
Elsie Baires, Disability Services Specialist, Accessibility Resource Center, 32
Carolyn Biondo, Senior Clerk Typist, Provost's Office, 18
Bernice Cabbagestalk, Agency Services Rep, Student Enrollment Services, 25
Ron Choy, Chief Operating Engineer, HVAC, 27
Octavio Delasuaree, Professor of Languages & Culture, 47
Pam Dews, Principal Library Assistant, 46
Sheree Dickerson, Professional Services Specialist, College of Business, 41
Nick Dimitrovski, Building Maintenance Worker, Residence Life, 20
Ellen Galderisi, Building Maintenance Worker, Custodial Services, 31
Sabrina Grant, Director of Athletics, 37
Carrie Harris, Assistant Supervisor, Purchasing, 31
Agnes Hill, Agency Services Rep, Student Enrollment Services, 22
Naomi Horsky, Secretarial Assistant, Nursing, 35
Diane Jagt, Secretarial Assistant, Kinesiology, 30
Sheila Kelly, Senior Clerk Typist, Athletics, 21
Linda Lango, Secretarial Assistant, Management, Marketing & Sales, 31
Anthony Leckey, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions, 27
Jimmy Mackey, Locksmith, 30
Pam Mackey, Secretarial Assistant, Chemistry, 25
Eric Miller, Chief Operating Engineer, HVAC, 13
Laura Milo, Professional Services Specialist, VP Enrollment Management, 20
Larry Newton, Building Maintenance Worker, Custodial Services,13
Nancy Norville, Executive Director of Development, Annual Fund, 39
Janice Olsen, Secretarial Assistant, Athletics, 28
Vicente Perez, Repairer, HVAC, 31
Susan Rienstra, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 28
Rachel Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the President, 32
Sharon Rosengart, Director of Career Development, 29
Carol Sonzogni, Secretarial Assistant, Environmental Science, 31
William Sonzogni, Printing Machine Operator, 24
Keith Stevens, Operating Engineer, Heating & Air Conditioning, 25
Priscilla Stevens, Secretarial Assistant, Computer Science, 27
Patrice Stewart, Assistant Supervisor, Office of the Controller, 20
James Teng, Professor of Management, Marketing & Sales, 28
Maria Villar, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American/Latino Studies, 25
Martin Williams, Director of Sponsored Programs, 25
Debra Zayas, Senior Employee Benefits Specialist, Payroll & Employee Benefits, 17
It is impossible to overstate the impact that they have had on the development and success of this University. They have enrolled, educated, served and supported our students while nurturing their intellectual and social development and their emotional and physical health and well-being. They have ensured that we all have a safe and beautiful campus in which to work and that the University operates smoothly and effectively in support of our entire community. 
All of which makes it hard to see them go. I thank them all for their great service to William Paterson University and to our students, who are the ultimate purpose for all that we do here.  As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, we will join together to celebrate these individuals in person, when we are able. In the meantime, we are putting together a virtual celebration, which I will share soon.
While, come Monday, these individuals may no longer be our colleagues, they will always be our friends, and they will always be Pioneers. I wish them all the best, and I thank all of you for your continued good work!
Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.