A new dynamic duo is settling into Wagner’s Office of Alumni Relations in Reynolds House. Karen Moran was named director of alumni relations as of July 24, and Juliana Formica M’14 began her work as an alumni relations officer in early May. While the search for another person to complete the alumni relations trio continues, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them.
First, a few updates about previous staff: Chris Fourman ’09 M’11, former director of alumni relations, moved into a new role in Reynolds House as a major gifts officer. The two other team members, Rebecca Colucci Kelly ’06 and Heather Wolf ’15, advanced to new stages in their careers with different organizations. Rebecca joined Sunrise Senior Living as a life enrichment manager, while Heather was named a senior consultant with the Munshine Group.
Karen Moran is a South Jersey native who graduated from The College of New Jersey and began her career in alumni relations at Princeton. Her previous experience also encompasses positions at Rider University, Albright College, the American Cancer Society, and Christian Retreats Network.
She is married to Tim Moran, director of housing and residence life at Seton Hall University, and they have a four-year-old daughter, Isla.
“I fell in love with inspiring nostalgia in people,” Karen says about her interest in alumni relations. “I enjoy finding out about people’s stories and using it to provide experiences that bring them back to campus.”
She is now focused on completing the alumni relations team and getting to know the College and its alumni. “It’s important for me to understand Wagner alumni to learn how best to engage the alumni. What are their interests? How do they want to be engaged with Wagner?”
Juliana Formica has a long history with Wagner, even though she didn’t attend here as an undergraduate. Her parents are Bianca ’80 and William ’81 Formica, and multiple other family members graduated from Wagner. Juliana earned her bachelor’s in hospitality management from St. John’s University, Staten Island campus. Then, she went to Wagner for an MBA in marketing, working as a graduate assistant in athletics marketing for two years, 2012–14.
She worked in fundraising for the March of Dimes on Staten Island before coming back to Wagner as an alumni relations officer.
When Karen Moran started college, she wanted to become an engineer so that she could design theme parks. But, a series of rollercoaster accidents in the news and a feeling that she didn’t fit in with the engineers led her to business instead, where she could still use her math skills.
Juliana Formica completed her entire education on Grymes Hill, attending Wagner’s pre-school, Notre Dame Academy on Howard Avenue from first grade to high school, St. John’s Staten Island campus for her bachelor’s degree, and Wagner for her master’s degree.