Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

Class Notes

Annie R. Smith ’73, was inducted in the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame this spring. After graduating from ACCC, she completed undergraduate and graduate studies at then-Glassboro State College and took classes at Rutgers University. Before her retirement, she was an elementary teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal. Smith was the first African-American woman to serve on Pleasantville City Council. She is a member of Union Baptist Temple Church in Atlantic City and belongs to many civic organizations, including the Atlantic City Business and Professional Negro Women’s Club, the Pleasantville/Mainland Branch NAACP and Phil Delta Kappa Sorority.

Chef Andrew Tuano ’86 ACA, was named executive chef for all food and beverage operations at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Chef Tuano brings years of experience to this multi-faceted position with Well Bread Catering in which he oversees all catering operations, banquets, weddings, parties, corporate functions and concessions for the 260,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art convention and entertainment facility. Chef Tuano most recently was the executive sous chef for Congress Hall Hotel.

Did you graduate from the Academy of Culinary Arts in Spring 1991? If so, a group of former classmates is planning a reunion and wants to hear from you. Contact Stephanie Eberling LaFrenier ’91 ACA at to be included.

ACA graduate Michael P. Williams ’92, was named in Atlantic City Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40. Williams is Executive Restaurant Chef and Culinary Recruiter for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. After graduating from the ACA, he continued his studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Alain Ducasse Formation in Argenteuil, France. He served as consulting chef for Air Force One and mentors the culinary apprentice and externship programs at Borgata. Williams holds more than 40 competitive medals including two gold medals won at the 2004 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres in London and a gold medal from the 2008 World Culinary Olympics in Germany. He is active in charity events, fundraising and several advisory boards. He occasionally fills in as an adjunct chef educator at the Academy.

Congratulations to ACA grad Douglas Marandino ’93, of Vineland on his marriage to Andriana Dimitrova of Bulgaria on Oct. 20, 2008, at Isaac Smith Vineyard in Cape May. Both bride and groom are employed by the Washington Inn in Cape May.

ACCC grad Lou Mascioli Jr. ’01, and Cheryl Cowles exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 8, 2008, at St. Martin de Porres Church in Hammonton. A reception followed at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. After a honeymoon in the Fijian Islands, the couple is home in Hammonton. The groom is a graduate of Hammonton High School. He received an associate degree in Business Administration from ACCC. He is dispatcher for the New Jersey State Police Troop A headquarters in Buena.

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