Mainland Regional High School 2012 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

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James Allen


Class of 1978

James Allen of Linwood is the CEO of Seminole Gaming, which controls the Seminole Tribe’s seven casinos. He has been instrumental in establishing the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla. He led the company to acquire the Orlando-based Hard Rock International and now serves as its chairman. He also created the NYY Steak Restaurant brand, a partnership with the Steinbrenner family that made its debut in 2009 at Yankee Stadium.

Nick Droboniku


Class of 1982

Nick Droboniku of Northfield runs a certified public accounting firm that has serviced the Mainland community for the past 16 years. He has been involved in many community activities, such as coaching youth sports and serving on the Northfield Planning and Zoning Board. He is the president of the Northfield Little League and a member of the subcommittee for the Lightkeepers Society of Shore Memorial Hospital.

Sally (McCardell) DePamphilis


Class of 1972

Sally (McCardell) DePamphilis of Linwood, the wife of Linwood Mayor Richard L. DePamphilis III, is a sales associate with Re/Max Platinum Properties in Margate. She has been involved with a number of community groups through the years including the Boardwalk Regents Club, which raises money for the Atlantic County Special Services School; Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program; the Community FoodBank of New Jersey; and numerous youth and school sports clubs.

Carolann (Castaldi) Klingert


Class of 1966

Carolann (Castaldi) Klingert of Egg Harbor Township managed her family’s chiropractic business, Klingert Family Chiropractic Center, for many years before retiring. She now volunteers as a member of Mainland Regional Community Partnership and donates time at her local church.

Carmen Marotta


Class of 1973

Carmen Marotta of Egg Harbor Township, the son of Anthony Marotta Sr. who owed Tony Marts nightclub in Somers Point, has served as chairman of the Somers Point Republican Party, a member of the Somers Point Planning Board and Arts Committee, and was a councilman representing the 1st Ward. In 2010 and 2011 he helped bring a free music series to Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City called Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk and is planning others.

John Medica


Class of 1963

John Medica of Northfield is the president of the Mainland Board of Education, and has been a member for 32 years. A retired science teacher from AbsegamiHigh School, he was instrumental in bringing plans for a new science wing and language lab at Mainland to fruition.

Jacob Reses


Class of 2009

Jacob Reses of Linwood was class valedictorian and is currently in his junior year studying public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. At Mainland, he worked closely with school board members on a get-out-the-vote initiative prior to the referendum that authorized major renovations at the school. He will spend this summer as an undergraduate intern for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Ore.

James Ziereis


Class of 1983

James Ziereis of Linwood is the vice president of sales for Caesars Entertainment, overseeing the sales staff in the company’s Eastern region. He is an executive board member of United Way Atlantic County and heads the Council for Fostering Safer Homes and Neighborhoods. He is an executive board member of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, a board member of the Linwood Education Foundation and has served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Board, among others.

John Philips


Teacher, counselor for 33 years

John Philips of Somers Point was a French and Spanish teacher for 20 years before spending 13 years as a counselor at Mainland. He received the Douglass College Rutgers University Award for outstanding dedication to encouraging young women to achieve, among other honors. He served six years on the Juvenile Conference Committee serving Northfield, Linwood and Somers Point. He works for an education consulting corporation.

Alexa D’Amato Barrera

Class of 1994

Alexa D’Amato Barrera of Linwood is a personal injury lawyer with the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township. She has been named one of the Super Lawyer Rising Stars from 2008-2011, was also honored as one of the Top 40 under 40 in Atlantic County and has received the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award. She is involved with several charities and organizations including the Ensign John R. Elliot Foundation and Rotary International’s Somers Point chapter.


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