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Regina Cialone ’99 - Regina is a Director at Orr Associates, Inc., a premier consulting firm to the nonprofit industry. In her recent roles in academia she has built sophisticated fundraising and communications operations from the bottom up, increasing restricted giving at The Mary Louis Academy by 25%, and tripling funds raised over tenure at Cathedral High School. Other 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, NY Chapter and Long Island Chapter, a member of its Member Engagement Committee, and a Career Mentor to junior fundraising professionals. She is also a member of WID (Women in Development), and the DMFA (Direct Marketing Fundraising Association). Regina served as a Board Member of the Astoria Performing Arts Center for ten years, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at NYU School of Professional Studies, as well as a frequent 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.
Kenneth (“Ken”) Fick ’88 - Ken came to Concordia College New York for the first time in the fall of 1984 from ‘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. He has now been back for nearly ten years with lengthy commutes to see his family, who have stayed in Virginia, several times a month. He was recognized this year by the Student Government Association for outstanding service to the student body.
Ken 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.
Daniel Padovano ’82 (classes of 1982 and 1984). Yes, I am a native New Yorker born and living on Manhattan. Since graduation I have served in international banking, college and university administration and teaching. Manhattan bound I may be; professional travels have brought me to the U.S. Congress, the mid-west and New England. Personal travels have brought me to South America, the Caribbean and one America’s Cup semi-final competition. My non-work life includes serving and chanting in my parish, astronomy observations and many swimming adventures that include sharks, ice floes and big waves.
I am involved with the Alumni Association Board because the college’s alumni are very much part of the college’s future. This multi-generational part of the Concordia experience is its most treasured.
Robert 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 to 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 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.
Ivan Tchatchouwo ‘15 - Ivan is the founder, president and CEO of The Zone Sports, was born in Cameroon, Africa and came to the United States at the age of 7. He was raised in the Bronx, New York. He played high school basketball at All Hallows High School and then received a scholarship to play at Concordia College where he was a two-time captain. As captain, he helped lead Concordia to its first conference tournament in CACC.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and went on to be Sports Performance Director at Prime Performance and Development in Larchmont, NY. He also coached at Iona Prep Grammar School and was the JV Coach for Iona Prep High School.
Ivan has been running camps and clinics for the past three years before starting The Zone, LLC, a startup sports company, to make a bigger impact in the community and influence future generations to come. Through The Zone, Ivan aims to equip youth athletes with the necessary tools to succeed in sports and ultimately, in life. The Zone’s goal is to holistically develop well-rounded athletes through sports, business, media and events.
Ivan is attending Columbia University where he will attain his Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology/Biomechanics, while also completing Sports Management courses.
Ivan looks forward to giving back to Concordia through his work on the Alumni Association Board.
Hope Wittrock ’76 - Hope Wittrock is a member of Concordia College 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 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.