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Radio Rules!

As general manager of WMSC 90.3 FM, Anabella Poland ’20 MBA is raising the “Voice of Montclair State” to new heights. Under her leadership, the station is sweeping 2023 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) award nominations while providing valuable – and unforgettable – career preparation experiences for students who are passionate about radio.

Alumni Spotlight Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA

Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA is Transforming Customer Experience in the Government Sector

As Vice President, Public Sector – Experience Insights and Analytics at Medallia, Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA is bringing his passion for public service to state and federal agencies across the country, helping them to improve customer experience. Might his vision for effective customer dealings with government agencies have us looking forward to our next visit to the motor vehicles office? If Maiorana has his way, it certainly will.

Tiffany Perez

Tiffany Perez ’09 is Drawing a Line between Art and Community-Minded Entrepreneurship

Tiffany Perez ’09 is a highly regarded tattoo artist whose clientele includes celebrities from television, the music industry and professional sports. Now the owner of Ink Gallery Tattoo Studio – the largest tattoo studio in New Jersey – Perez is building a successful business while also building a community fueled by the arts.

Johnny Ross

The Beauty of Influencing

Johnny Ross ’20 is more than a pretty face. A talented comedian, actor and makeup artist, Ross has created a winning social media brand, landing the #5 spot on’s list of top beauty influencers. A member of the elite Ulta Beauty Collective Class of 2023, Ross is already preparing for the next chapter for @mrjohnnyross.

Ines Rosales

Ines Rosales ’04 Keeps Us Moving in the Morning

Think you have an early wake-up call? When the alarm rings at 2:30 a.m., Ines Rosales ’04, traffic anchor for WNYW/Fox5 Good Day New York, is up and on the job, reporting road and mass transit conditions in one of the densest regions in the country.

Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia ’01 Turning Around Schools – and Lives

As principal of the Passaic County Technical Institute, Antonio Garcia ’01 has found his leadership niche and is helping thousands of students chart their paths to success.

Tog Samphel

Shark Tank Winner Tog Samphel ’22 Re-Invents His Career

For more than 15 years, Tog Samphel ’22 enjoyed a highly successful career as a digital product designer, enhancing user experiences for powerhouse brands. But it was his creative response to an everyday need that led him down the path of the inventor – and to a Shark Tank deal for his kitchen gadget, AnyTongs.

Vashti White

A Century of Perspective – Vashti White ’72, ’75 MA

When Vashti T. White ’72, ’75 MA, graduated from Montclair High School in 1937, career paths for women were limited and advancement opportunities for African American women, in particular, were scarce. White’s passion for learning was not to be contained. Defying societal norms, she led beyond those boundaries to an impactful career as an administrator and educator.

Julian Morales

Julián Omar Morales ’12 ’17 Steps Forward with Courage and Grace

As a teen, Julián Omar Morales ’12 ’17 couldn’t fathom where his future would take him. By listening to his heart and following his calling one step at a time, he is choreographing a fascinating, at times painful but always meaningful, journey.

Raena Loper

Raena Loper ’16 Brings Her Expertise to Forbes

Forbes Weekend Updates Editor Raena Loper ’16 brings an eye for good design as well as a commitment to inclusivity to her work. Her thoughtful reviews of products ranging from laptops and vacuum cleaners to planners and portable blenders reach more than 150 million people around the world.