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Regina Cialone, CFRE ’99 - Regina is a Senior Director at Orr Group, a premier consulting firm to the nonprofit industry. Previous to consulting, Regina’s development experience includes positions at Carnegie Hall, where she worked in Corporate Relations, Development Services, and finally as Director of Membership; as well as serving as Director of Patron Programs at WNET/Thirteen.

Regina is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a Career Mentor to junior fundraising professionals. She serves as Vice President of Membership for the LI Chapter of AFP. Regina served as a Board Member of the Astoria Performing Arts Center for ten years, and was also an Adjunct Instructor at NYU School of Professional Studies, and guest speaker at Brooklyn College on Fundraising for the Arts.

Regina received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management from Concordia College and Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She holds her CFRE certification from CFRE International.

Sarahbeth Biedinger Corbin ’08 is a Senior Contract Manager and Certified 19a Examiner at Supertrans Bus Co. in Yonkers, a subsidiary of Rolling V Bus Corp. and Vallo Transportation. After graduating from Concordia in ’08 with a BA in Middle Childhood Education; Sarahbeth went on to receive her MA in Instructional Technology from NYIT in 2010.

Most recently, Sarahbeth completed the diakonia program through the Metropolitan New York Synod and was called as a Parish deacon in her home congregation at Christ Lutheran Church in Ellenville, NY.  In her home congregation she has served on many committees, including the Worship and Music committee, Building and Grounds, and the Activity Club. She also has served as Council Vice President, prior to becoming a Parish deacon. Her heart is in the church and she loves serving God, wherever He calls her.

During her time at Concordia, Sarahbeth was an active member of A∑X, serving in multiple roles including Treasurer, Vice President, and Alumni Liaison. After spending one semester in 2005 at SUNY New Paltz, to be closer to family, Sarahbeth quickly realized where her ‘home’ was and returned to Concordia to complete her degree. The professors and staff at Concordia truly care about their students and it shows. The Alumni Association Board is a great way to give back to the community that helped shape her into the woman she has become.

                                                              Kenneth (“Ken”) Fick ’88 - Ken came to Concordia College New York for the first time in the fall of 1984 fromKenneth ‘upstate’ New York, though he quickly found out from his classmates who were from Rochester, Buffalo, and Lake Placid that Orange County is not really upstate.

A first-generation American of German Lutheran descent, Ken was the first in his family to attend college. After changing his major several times, he settled on Behavioral Science (pre-seminary) with the encouragement of Dr. Viji George and Dr. Robert Hennig. He sang all four years with both the Festival and Tour Choirs and was actually Tour Choir President in 1986-87 when the Choir travelled to Germany. 

Subsequent to graduation, Ken took a year off to travel to Germany and England before heading to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. After his first year, Ken realized his call was not to serve in a congregation, and he returned east. A serendipitous visit to his alma mater for a close friend’s graduation provided a chance meeting with John Bahr, then Director of Admissions, who needed some new counselors. Ken began his second Concordia life as an employee in July 1990. A few years later, after marrying alumna, Dorene (Class of 1992), he transitioned over to the Financial Aid Office to get off the road. He remained at the College until 2007 when he and his growing family moved to southwestern Virginia to take a position at Hollins University.

Unfortunately, that transition did not go as well as planned, and in 2009 Ken was looking for employment. Once again God stepped into his life in the person of Ceil Warren, who had worked with Ken briefly at Concordia prior to his move to Virginia. She needed a consultant to work with the person who had replaced him in the Financial Aid Office. Thus began Ken’s third life at the College: initially as consultant and then quickly changing back to fulltime employment as Associate Director of Financial Aid, where he was recognized by the Student Government Association for outstanding service to the student body.

Ken moved on from his job at Concordia in 2019, but still appreciates the opportunity to work together now in a different capacity with other Clippers from different generations on the Alumni Board, and looks forward to helping the past experiences refocus the present efforts to bring the College to an ever stronger future. He feels that our alumni of this small college can have a big impact on the lives of current students, so that they can pursue lives of passion, purpose, and service.

Nicholas Pohl ’99 – Nick graduated with a degree in social work from Concordia College.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University in 2001. Nick not only comes to the Alumni Board with an extensive background in nonprofit management, but also holds a long history with Concordia College. Nick’s service to Concordia College spanned several years. Among his myriad contributions, Nick worked on the development of a vocational training program for students with developmental differences.  In collaboration with faculty, he used his passion for international travel and experiential learning to help initiate study abroad programs in the countries of Iceland and Oman. Apart from Concordia, Nick’s career is marked by a successful tenure as the Executive Director of a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the behavioral health needs of young people living in Connecticut. Beyond overseeing fiscal and managerial operations, Nick oversaw an aggressive expansion phase for the organization. This restructuring resulted in broadening access to behavioral health services for young people living in rural Connecticut. Nick currently resides in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts with his daughter, where he directs wellness programming for a local community center.

John R. Prochaska LFD '72 - I have endeavored to use the knowledge, theoretical and practical, I acquired during my time at Concordia in almost every facet of my life. My relationship with the school has always been very important to me: it was the island of calm in life. Concordia always made me feel welcomed and showed that it cared for me in and outside of the classroom.

I want to help students feel that they will always feel welcomed here, that their relationship with the school does not end at graduation, and that help will always be given to those who ask. Two-way communication is essential in building a strong and active alumni association. Our older graduates have a tremendous amount of practical wisdom they can impart to the young members of the alumni association, and building relationships with graduates young and old is beneficial to all. I look forward to sharing my 50 years of experience, including that gained in varied career roles as a telecommunications hardware technician, legal securities examiner, paralegal, licensed funeral director and CEO of Ontario Funeral Services of New York, LLC.  

Robert SchmusRobert Schmus II '11 - Robert currently works as a licensed social worker at a residential house for adolescents with developmental disabilities. Being on the spectrum, he sees himself as a role model for many who attend college with developmental disabilities, and he hopes that he can help others see that one can accomplish great things no matter what. In addition to serving on numerous advisory boards, he is also a public speaker on this topic. He joined the Alumni Association Board as a way to give back to Concordia College for the impact it has had on his life. He credits the supportive professors at Concordia for providing him with the skills and confidence he needed to achieve success as a LSW. Tour Choir and Beta Sigma Psi were among the organizations he was actively involved in and where the seeds of lifelong friendships were planted.

Christina Skoch ’04 - I wanted to join the Alumni Association to give back toChristina Skoch Concordia. I lived on campus for four years, learned about the field that I now work in, and made friends that I will keep forever. Concordia was the only place I applied to, and the only place I considered after visiting the campus. Their mission was clear, and I saw their values being practiced. I would love to help involve alumni into Concordia’s future.



Matt StarkMatt Stark ’10 - After two years of attending community college in NJ, I transferred to Concordia in 2008 to continue my degree in Business Administration. Throughout my last year of school, I worked in Concordia’s business office as a Staff Accountant. This position became a full-time opportunity upon my graduation in December 2010. I continued this position until I accepted a job offer from FX Direct Dealer in early 2011. The next year, thanks to Concordia’s own Dr. Rothman, I was notified of a new affiliation Concordia had with Pace University’s Master’s program in Accounting, which I ultimately decided to apply for. Thankfully I was accepted and started the program in Fall 2012. While continuing my position at FXDD, I attended classes at night until I finished the degree in 2015. I am still with FXDD today and I currently hold the position of Senior Accountant. 

I am very honored to be a member of Concordia's reestablished Alumni Association Board.  I believe the Alumni Association can accomplish several objectives that are vital to the success of the ongoing relationship between Concordia and its increasingly diverse alumni community.  However, the thing I want most to come about from this is establishing the most effective way to keep in contact with all alumni and I'm confident this is achievable with the growing world of social media that we find ourselves in today. The goal in my mind is for every person that attended Concordia in the past will feel they still have a connection with the College.

Hope Wittrock ’76 - Hope Wittrock is a member of Concordia CollegeHope Wittrock New York’s bicentennial class of 1976. While at Concordia she majored in Music Education, sang in the Tour Choir, played in the String Ensemble and made many lifelong friends. Since 1977 Hope has been an elementary school music teacher at a private school in Greenwich, CT. She maintains a curriculum for 420 nursery through third grade students and directs many concerts and musicals. In the 1980’s Hope served on the previous alumni board, and from 2006-2015 she was a member of Concordia’s Board of Regents. Hope is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Bronx. Hope believes it is so important to have alumni participate in the life of the school. 

Rachele Van ArsdaleRachele Van Arsdale ’09 - Rachele is a managing partner at the law office of Korman & Van Arsdale. Her law firm represents people who have been seriously injured or killed when they were the victim of an accident, including construction accidents, auto accidents, toxic exposure and other work related accidents.

Rachele graduated from Concordia College in December of 2008 with a BA in Elementary Education. Her activities and honors while attending Concordia include: Kappa Delta Phi- International Honor Society for Education, NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer, Education Club & the Intermural Dance Team. 

She received her JD from Rutgers University School of Law in May of 2012. Her activities and honors while attending Rutgers include: The Herb and Tricia Hinkle Award for Commitment to Educating Camden Youth about the Law, Leonard Zack Award for Academic Achievement in the Study of Dispute Resolution, Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award, Seltzer-Lempert Scholarship, Street Law Pro Bono Project and the Bankruptcy Law Pro Bono Program.

Throughout law school Rachele always found herself drawn to back to her roots in education, from volunteering to teach law courses at the Camden County Youth Detention Center to working as a Teaching Assistant of Professional Responsibility for Rutgers University. 

Rachele presently serves as an appointed member of Queens Community Board 8. She serves on the Zoning Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee and the Committee on Education. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Stevenson Regular Democratic Club, as well as, the Board of Directors of the Electchester Street Fair Committee. In addition, she is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Injured Workers Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

In her free time Rachele enjoys spending time with her family, as well as, traveling, swimming, hiking and yoga.



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