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Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism

 

The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism (LIGHT), is located at Stockton's

 Carnegie Center, 35 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Phone: 609-347.2175

Email us @: LIGHT@stockton.edu

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 Israel Posner Ph.D., Executive Director 

Dr. Israel Posner has been a professor and administrator at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since 1973. He came to the College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and now serves as the Executive Director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism in The School of Business at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Dr. Posner completed his undergraduate education at Brooklyn College in New York City and received his doctoral degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Posner has been active as a trainer and as a management consultant for the past 35 years and has completed consulting projects for dozens of private and public sector organizations, both large and small. While he has authored over a hundred articles his most recent publication is a highly touted book "Casino Gaming in Atlantic City: A Thirty Year Retrospective." Dr. Posner's specialty is organizational development, especially in the gaming industry, strategic planning, executive team building programs and general management/supervisory issues.

Dr. Posner’s clients have included both large and small businesses, trade associations, gaming companies, hospital systems and utilities. He has also been active as an executive board member of several not-for-profit organizations in New Jersey.

609.347.2168, posneri@stockton.edu

 

Felicia Grondin, M.P.A., Research Associate

Felicia Grondin

Felicia Grondin has worked in higher education, county government and the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government. She is experienced in addressing public policy issues, with a focus on Atlantic City and its gaming industry, having served as Chief of Staff for a State Assemblyman and as Legislative Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Ms. Grondin has been a Registered Legislative Lobbyist and an Instructor of Gaming Law & Regulation, in addition to being certified as a Public Manager - State of New Jersey and Family & Community Mediator.

Ms. Grondin was lead researcher and writer of the 1998 New Jersey Casino Control Commission report: Casino Gambling in New Jersey: A Report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. She earned a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers – Newark and a B.A. from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Ms. Grondin owned and operated several private businesses and has worked on numerous research, social service, historic preservation and tourism initiatives, resulting in millions of dollars of grant awards as a result of her efforts and leadership.

609-347-2180, felicia.grondin@stockton.edu

 

Diana Bowen, Assistant to the Executive Director

609.347.2175, diana.bowen@stockton.edu

 

Jane Bokunewicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies & Levenson Institute Fellow (2014-2015)

Jane Bokunewicz

Dr. Jane Bokunewicz is an assistant professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies  who teaches casino gaming and hotel management classes at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Bokunewicz worked for 22 years in the Atlantic City casino industry. She began her career as a computer programmer in the Information Technology department of Playboy Casino. She then held the position of Director of IT at Tropicana and was later promoted to Vice President of Administration, a position she held for 12 years before launching her teaching career at Drexel University.  As Vice President of Administration at the Tropicana, Dr. Bokunewicz oversaw Human Resources, Facilities, Security, Purchasing and Quality Assurance.

In addition to being lead author of Casino Gaming Technology, Dr. Bokunewicz also wrote a chapter entitled "The Evolution of Technology in Atlantic City" in Casino Gaming in Atlantic City, A Thirty-Year Retrospective. Dr. Bokunewicz holds a PhD in Communication, Culture and Media from Drexel University.

609-626-6877, jane.bokunewicz@stockton.edu

 

Donna Albano, Ed.D., Coordinator, Academic Programs

Dr. Donna Albano is an associate professor in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (HTMS) Program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Coordinator of Academic Programs for the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism.

Dr. Albano served as the Director of the HTMS program from 2000-2014. Responsibilities included recruiting, supporting and evaluating faculty, including adjunct faculty, curriculum design and delivery and playing a service role both inside and external to the College. Dr. Albano teaches Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Hospitality Marketing, Leadership and the Cooperative Education component of the curriculum which provides a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in the hospitality & tourism industry.

Dr. Albano is a member of several education and hospitality industry associations including the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (ICHRIE) where she has held several leadership roles. She is also an active member of the Greater Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association, Philadelphia Hotel Association, SKAL- International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals, and the Atlantic City Host Awards Selection Committee. Donna most recently received a Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) from the Smith Travel Research organization. Dr. Albano was also recently inducted into the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs an International Association of Gastronomy.

Dr. Albano has earned an Ed.D. from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and was the Recipient of the Larry Marcus Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership, Doctoral Studies in 2007.

609.652.4493, donna.albano@stockton.edu