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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: 609.626.3893

Email us @: LIGHT@stockton.edu

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Dr. Rummy Pandit, LPD, Executive Director 

Rummy Pandit, LPD, who has been at Stockton since 2011, had served as the Executive Director of the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, overseeing the facility’s $20 million operational and financial performance. During his tenure at Stockton he has served as Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities and Plant Operations and also as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business.

He has held previous positions in both academia and the hospitality industry, including serving as Associate Dean for Business Management at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY, and as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Hospitality Management at Rutgers University. He also has managed hotel operations in New York, Boston and Atlantic City.

Dr. Pandit received his Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers and a Master’s in Hotel Administration from Cornell at L'Ecole Supérieure Des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris. Additionally, he holds the Certified Hotel Administrator designation accorded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Dr. Pandit is active in the community and serves on the board of the Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic and the hospitality advisory board for Atlantic County Institute of Technology.  He also has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Atlantic and Cumberland chapters, the Atlantic-Cape May Counties Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Atlantic City Region Tourism Council. He served as a member of the education committee of the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association and is active in the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association and other groups.

 609.626.3858, Rummy.Pandit@stockton.edu

 

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

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 Stockton University.

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.

609.626.3859, felicia.grondin@stockton.edu

 

Diana Bowen, Office Manager

609.626.3893, diana.bowen@stockton.edu

  

Jane Bokunewicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies & Levenson Institute Fellow (2015-2016)

Jane Bokunewicz

Dr. Jane Bokunewicz is an assistant professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies  who teaches casino gaming and hotel management classes at Stockton University. 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 Stockton University 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 University. 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