Welcoming the New College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Advisory Council

John T. Riordan '59

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the debut of a new Dean's Advisory Council: John T. Riordan ’59 founding chair, Theresa Concepcion, Esq. ’04, Stephen Philip Pepe ’65, Pamela Portin ’77, and Steven Resnick, Esq. ’93, faculty emeritus Dr. David H. Kelly, and Dr. Robert W. Woods. Council Members have a wide range of experience and backgrounds, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is grateful for their participation and support. We are delighted to welcome our distinguished alumni members:

John T. Riordan ’59, received his B.A. from Montclair State College, earned an M.A. from Laval University, an AMP from Harvard Graduate School of Business and received a Doctorate in Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Montclair State University. He is the founding Chair for the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Mr. Riordan started his career as a teacher in Princeton, NJ public schools. He was an editor and consultant for McGraw Hill Book Co. He served as a manager at Houghton Mifflin Company and worked his way through the positions of Editorial Director, Board of Directors, and Vice President to Senior Vice President. He served as Associate Examiner for Educational Testing Service. Most recently, he served as General Manager, President, CEO and Vice Chairman for the International Council of Shopping Centers and was the Thomas Eastman Chair for the Center for Real Estate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Riordan is a Life Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers and served on the Boards for the following organizations: Pike School, Andover, MA; Houghton Mifflin Company, General Growth Properties, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Center for Real Estate, MIT Center for Real Estate and at the Baruch College City University of New York Graduate Business School Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Board for Ivanhoe Cambridge and Data Point International. Mr. Riordan is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. 

Theresa Concepcion’04, received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English from Montclair State University. Currently, Ms. Concepcion is a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  During her time as a student at Montclair State, she contributed to the campus community by serving as Secretary for the Latin American Student Organization and by starting two columns for the Montclarion. The first was a weekly book review of novels written by Latin American authors. The second was a bi-weekly column addressing issues facing the Latino community. Both columns were the first of their kind. Ms. Concepcion received her J.D. from Cornell University in 2007 and went on to clerk for Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto on the Supreme Court of New Jersey. After her clerkship, Concepcion worked at a large law firm in New York before moving to Philadelphia, where she is currently a litigation associate at Archer & Greiner, PC. She primarily focuses her practice on representing plaintiffs in complex personal injury litigation in a variety of areas, including products liability and medical malpractice. Ms. Concepcion is also active in the community, serving as Secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania; she is a board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia County and is a member of the Cornell Law School Alumni Executive Board.

Stephen P. Pepe, Esq., ’65, received his B.S. from Montclair State College and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Currently, Mr. Pepe is a member of the founding Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. Formerly, he served on the Board of the University Foundation is a member of the Board of Visitors and was an editor of the Law Review at Duke University. From 1968-2003, he practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and became a partner in 1975. He represented management in labor and employment law matters for major corporations here until 2003. From 2002 to 2003, he served as the President of the Labor and Employments Lawyers and has authored five textbooks in labor and employment and Clos Pepe a Vigneron’s Quest for Great Dirt. He and his wife Catherine Anna Pepe have been co-owners of Clos Pepe Vineyards LLC since 1993. They reside in California where they work and manage Clos Pepe Vineyard.

Pamela Portin ’77, received her B.A. in Political Science from Montclair State University and her M.B.A. from City University in Seattle, Washington. She also did additional studies at Harvard University and Coventry University, UK. Ms. Portin is a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a veteran technology executive and Principal of Pamela Portin Consulting, a consulting firm that creates and executes strategic integrated marketing, policy and public relations initiatives for the consumer technology marketplace. She spent eleven years at Microsoft leading the first global Microsoft Network (MSN) policy, privacy and internet security safety initiatives. She works with the Microsoft Alumni Foundation as the MarComm Chair, leading media and marketing outreach initiatives and other projects. Pamela also serves on the Board of the CHOICES Educational Group, a non-profit that empowers teens to achieve academic success.

Steven M. Resnick, Esq.’93, received his B.A. in English from Montclair State College and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law in 1997. Mr. Resnick is a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. He is a shareholder at BuddLarner, P.C., a law firm with approximately 74 attorneys and offices in Short Hills, NJ; Cherry Hill, NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. The firm provides a full range of legal services to a diverse group of domestic and foreign clients. Mr. Resnick specializes in all aspects of family law, has been involved in many cases at the State Appellate Division level, and has recently argued before the N.J. Supreme Court. He is a member of N.J. State Bar Association (Family Section) and the American Bar Association (Family Section).  He is also a supporter of the Red Cross.

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