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Alumni Updates

Atlantic Cape graduates Johnny Builes and Jennifer Zumot, ’05, of Egg Harbor Township, celebrated their Valentine’s Day engagement with a romantic lunch at Careme’s Restaurant. Builes proposed to Zumot at the Cape May County Zoo park earlier that day. The couple has been together for two years. Congratulations!

Cardiothoracic Surgeons for Northwest Ohio and The Toledo Hospital are now in the nation’s top 12 percent of hospitals for heart surgery. Former student Dr. Don Crescenzo is a cardiothoracic surgeon with the practice. This is according to a three-star comprehensive rating system, developed by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which compares the quality of heart surgery in hospitals across the country. Cardiothoracic Surgeons for Northwest Ohio was compared to more than 1,000 surgical groups. “It does validate the program and allows people to see our national recognizing body has given us this and give them confidence they can get their care provided locally,” Dr. Crescenzo said.

Chef Terence Feury, ’88 ACA, was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about what chefs keep in their home pantry. Feury is chef at Fork in Philadelphia.

ACA graduate Carey Hettmannsperger, ’95, was featured in The Current in an article about her new bakery, Culinary Creations by Carey, in Pleasantville. She offers 18 varieties of bread—with such flavors as harvest apple, chocolate cranberry and zucchini nut, as well as other confections.

Chef John Hoover and his new menu at Casey’s on Third in North Wildwood were featured in the Cape May County Herald. Hoover is a former Academy of Culinary Arts student.

Melissa Jett, ’09, is studying to be a registered dietitian at Brigham Young University. She recently authored an article, “Not-So-Fantastic Fads,” about dangerous diet fads for a BYU publication.

Former ACA student Geoffrey Johnson, executive chef at Copper Fish in West Cape May, competed on the premiere episode of “Rocco’s Dinner Party,” June 15, on Bravo TV.

Cape Bank appointed Lana Latella, ’00, area sales manager for its Margate branches. She has more than 20 years combined experience in banking, finance, investments and management. Lana has an associate degree in business administration and accounting from Atlantic Cape and is a business finance graduate of Stockton College. She holds a tax collectors assistant certification from Florida State University and a state of New Jersey insurance license.

SJ Magazine featured former ACA student Aaron McCargo Jr. in its April issue. McCargo is host of the Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House” and was the culinary honoree at the 2010 Restaurant Gala. The article chronicled McCargo’s rise to the status of “celebrity chef,” and his Play to Win nonprofit organization that motivates and prepares young men in Camden to lead productive, fulfilling lives beyond high school.

Former ACA baking and pastry student Donna McGlynn, co-owner of Valenti’s Italian Bakery in Pleasantville, was featured in a Press of Atlantic City story:

Deb Pellegrino, ’91 ACA, appeared on the Food Network Challenge—Comedy Cakes Jan. 23.

Lacey featured Espo’s Pizzeria & Italian Grille in Ocean County, where ACA graduate Carl Pennauch is chef:

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin E. Quinn graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, recently. He is a 2010 Atlantic Cape graduate.

The Atlantic Cape Review was recognized in the Cape May County Herald for the awards Arielle Reamer and Madison Russ earned in the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association’s College Better Newspaper Contest 2010-2011.

Former culinary student Jeffrey Rudder has been named director of sales for Turning Stone ResortCasino. His achievement was reported in the Oneida Daily Dispatch at

Studio arts graduate Laurie Schiffelbein, ’06, who is inspired by the ocean, beach and wetlands of Cape May County, participated in the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery “Second Sunday” Gallery Walk.

Chef Michael Schlow ’87 ACA, was featured in a Boston Common Magazine article, “Boston’s Uncommon Chef,” read more at Schlow was also featured by The Miami News Times food blog for participating in the South Beach Wine & Food Fesitval’s Burger Bash Feb. 24-26. Schlow opened a new venture in Boston called Tico, a Mexican-inspired eatery. Schlow is chef-owner of several Boston areas restaurants, including: Alta Strada, Radius, Tico and Via Matta.

The included a feature on Elaine Seagrave, ’08 ACA, who is a chef at Swedes Inn in Swedesboro.