Two Harwood Lloyd attorneys – Kristine Denning and David Repetto – serve as members of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors. The firm has been a supporter of the Foundation’s Annual Golf Outing, Distinguished Citizen’s Dinner and The Fund for Ramapo College.
Ms. Denning graduated from Ramapo in 1990 with a degree in Psychology, and is a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Insurance Litigation Department with a concentration in fraud investigation and resulting litigation. She was honored as a Distinguished Citizen of the College in 2012. Mr. Repetto is a Co-Managing Partner at the firm. He practices primarily in the Wills, Trusts and Estates Department, concentrating on probate litigation, and his practice also includes business counseling, commercial litigation and land use and zoning law. To recognize its partners’ connection to Ramapo College, Harwood Lloyd established this endowed scholarship fund in 2012. Since Ms. Denning graduated from Ramapo with a major based in the School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS), this scholarship recognizes an outstanding student in SSHS with financial need.
- An outstanding student enrolled in the School of Social Science and Human Services
- Financial need
- Selected by the Dean of the School based on recommendations from faculty
Brianna Curto from Staten Island, N.Y. and majors in Law and Society with minors in Sociology and Crime and Justice Studies with a cumulative 3.79 GPA.
At Ramapo, Brianna has been active in several organizations and activities including Rally Cap Sports Club, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team. She holds a chair position as the chair of philanthropy in Phi Alpha Delta and she is one of the captains of the lacrosse team. Brianna is also a part of three honor societies including, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Leadership and Success and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Post graduation, Brianna plans to work as a paralegal and possibly attend law school.
Kristen Menzella of Dumont, N.J. is a Social Work major with a 3.963 GPA. She has earned a consistent spot on the Dean’s List.
When her daughter was born in 2010, Kristen was determined to go back to school. She completed her Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Bergen Community College and transferred to Ramapo. “My daughter gives me the motivation and perseverance to conquer and achieve all my goals.”
Kristen has an off-campus internship at New Pathway Counseling Services, where she learns how to help adolescents with mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. She is also a fitness coach who helps others strive to accomplish healthy minds and healthy body goals.
After graduation, Kristen plans on applying to Ramapo’s Social Work Master’s Degree. She would like to work in the Mental Illness and Substance Abuse field or with children with disabilities.
“Growing up in foster care, my teachers were always there for me. If I can make a difference in just one student’s life, then I will feel like all my hard work paid off,” says returning adult student Tiffanie Coleman. Tiffanie is an American Studies major with a concentration in Elementary Education. She has a 3.3 GPA.
At Ramapo, Tiffanie has been active in several organizations including Weekend Events Committee, Future Teachers of America and NJEA. She also volunteers with special needs adults, and has been a caretaker for special needs children. She hopes to find a teaching position in a local urban area and also plans to coach volleyball.
Tiffanie is from Ridgewood, N.J.
Michael Danenberg is from Livingston, New Jersey. He is a Sociology major with a concentration in Criminology, and holds a 3.88 GPA.
At Ramapo, he is the head student coordinator of RASA, where he helps facilitate all the open houses and admitted student days for Ramapo. He is also an admissions student aide, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. Michael co-founded and serves as president of the Ramapo Wrestling Club.
Off campus Michael is an intern at the Essex County Superior Court. He plans to attend law school.
Vanessa Loren Mirasola
“I ultimately hope to work within the civil rights arena, representing those without a voice who have been abused or oppressed,” says Vanessa Loren Mirasola of Teaneck, N.J.
The Sociology major hopes to attend law school, a career she became interested in at her job with the Bergen County Ethics Committee, where she interacts with attorneys every day. On campus she’s involved in Ramapo Pride, InQlusive, and GEAR.
The Sociology major, with a concentration in Criminology, has a 3.5 GPA. She was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Ramapo’s first year honor society.
Heather Dunn of Sussex, N.J., is a social work major with a minor in substance abuse.
She has a 4.0 grade point average. Heather was also inducted into Psi Beta Honor Society for two year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society.
At Ramapo, Heather has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Social Work Club.
Heather has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including Wallkill Valley Rotary and Sussex County Board of Health.
Jackie Culbertson of Tenafly, NJ was a Pre-med student. “I learned I had a different passion and am now majoring in Social Work,” she said. “I hope to earn an additional degree in Psychology and to minor in Substance Abuse and Gerontology.” Energetic and passionate, Jackie is a member of the Social Work Club. She is an intern at West Bergen Mental Healthcare and spends time attending a variety of seminars regarding social work. Jackie is an advocate for more awareness about Lyme disease and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and fighting the stigma of mental illness. She is active in fundraising events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society. Jackie plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Social Work. She would like to work with people who face challenges from severe and persistent mental health issues. “I am truly honored to be receiving this scholarship,” she said. “It enables me to focus more and work even harder on my studies and my internship to become the social worker I dream of becoming.” Jackie has a 3.57 grade point average.
“To have the ability to empower individuals to advocate for themselves or to create programs and policy for the benefit of the public are just two of many ways I will be able to impact the world around me,” said Rachael O’Brien, a senior in the Social Work major who has earned a 3.71 grade point average. Internships at Bergen Regional Medical Center and at Northwest Bergen Senior Center helped Rachael put her goals into action. In addition to internships, Rachael worked as a publicist for the Women’s Center on campus and volunteered at Bergen County Jail and a drug rehabilitation center in art therapy group sessions. On campus, she is a member of the student clubs NORML and 1Step, as well as the Yoga Club. Rachael is from Seaside Park, NJ.
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