Alumni Profiles

Allied alumni are a surprisingly diverse group.  Here is some information about just a few:

Claire Griffin
Class of 2012 - Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Claire graduated Allied in 2012 and began pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. During her first semester at Stevens, she was able to utilize the EMT training that Allied had given her to volunteer with Hoboken Volunteer EMS during Hurricane Sandy and help out those who had been injured by the massive storm. As she continued at Stevens her interests shifted to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering as she began to work on several different projects at Stevens, mainly the Solar Decathlon Project, which is a two year project where collegiate teams design and build a solar powered house. She joined the communications team for Ecohabit, which was Stevens' 2013 submission and has been able to continue her involvement into Stevens' 2015 submission Sure House. She is currently the team leader for the interior comfort systems and the communications team for Sure House. When she's not busy with school work or projects, Claire participates in many clubs on campus including the Stevens Dramatic Society, Off-Center Comedic Improv troupe, choir, and she is also a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Design 1, 2, and 3 at Stevens. Claire is scheduled to graduate from Stevens in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. She attributes much of her success to her experiences at Allied and the amazing teachers who taught her more than they will ever know.

Ted Gobillot
Class of 2010 - Molecular Biology

Ted Gobillot grew up in Tinton Falls, NJ and graduated from AAHS in 2010. The four years that Ted spent at AAHS allowed him to gain early exposure to and better define his passions within the medical field.

 Ted’s most rewarding experience at AAHS was his senior-year mentorship, where he had the opportunity to spend three half-days per week with Dr. Sean Houston, an otolarynologist at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat in Neptune, NJ. This long-term shadowing experience allowed Ted to observe the complete continuum of patient care: seeing patients in Dr. Houston’s office, observing surgery, and seeing patients again post-operatively. Dr. Houston's mentorship cultivated his ability to conduct physical assessments, communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings, and relate his studies of anatomy and physiology to patient diagnoses. ( more. . . )

Genevieve Allegra Fasano
Class of 2010 - Biology 
Genevieve has a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge that advances human life, and her intrinsic desire to practice medicine is not the result of any one event, but the product of a persistent fascination with the capabilities of the human body. AAHS afforded her the opportunity to gain insight into the medical field at a young enough age to understand the dedication required to successfully reach her goal of becoming a physician. The unique opportunities AAHS presented laid the foundation for her college major of Biology with a concentration in molecular cell physiology at Monmouth University. Working alongside Dr. Michael Palladino in his reproductive biology lab at Monmouth University, and with the financial support of Merck, she completed an original thesis project to investigate the effects of inflammation on the male reproductive tract. Genevieve received travel grants to present her research in various conferences throughout the nation. She was awarded the prestigious Jane Freed Award from MU for her honors thesis. Her most rewarding experience has been traveling to Guatemala where she trained native Mayans to become community healthcare workers, and helped construct a new dental wing at Salud y Paz, an impoverished village health center. She hopes to return to Guatemala to provide clinical care where it most needed while she continues her education at Drexel University College of Medicine. Genevieve plans to become a surgeon so that she can share and apply her knowledge and skills with others to improve quality of life.

Eryn Renee Young
Class of 2008 - Choreography 

Eryn graduated from Allied in 2008. She is co-founder and resident choreographer of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a New York City-based neoclassical ballet company founded in 2010, has for the past three years been creating, performing, teaching, and touring across the Northeastern USA. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Contemporary Ballet Choreography and Fine Art from New York University. She began choreographing in 2007.  more. . . )

Melaina Macone
Class of 2007 - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Melaina Macone

After graduating from AAHS in 2007, Melaina went on to earn a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College. During her college career she participated in 2 published research projects, conducting a large-scale genetics study for Texas A&M laboratories and synthesizing an organic compound to be used in biological testing for Sweet Briar College. After graduating college, she started a career with Anheuser-Busch InBev as a Brewing Group Manager in May 2011. Since 2011 she has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Williamsburg Brewery. Melaina feels that the unique educational experience she had at Allied allowed her to learn more about careers in science and medicine - prompting her to consider her future career aspirations at an early age.

Anthony Burdo
Class of 2006 - Biological Sciences/Physician Assistant
Anthony Burdo

Born with a complex congenital orthopedic conditionBorn with a complex congenital orthopedic condition, Anthony initially established his admiration of the medical field as a young patient. He first discovered his ambition to practice medicine in middle school when he volunteered and shadowed with his own pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Anthony’s experiences enabled him to place himself in the patient’s shoes and see them as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. A Manalapan native, he attended AAHS to lay the academic foundation for his future in medicine. Anthony felt right at home amongst a diverse class of overachievers under the guidance of exceptional teachers. Unique AAHS curricula including distance learning and the mentorship program provided him exposure to the culture of medicine and to a multitude of healthcare occupations.  (more. . . )

Rebecca Davidson
Class of 2003 - Biophysics  

After obtaining a BA and MS in computer science from New York University, Rebecca worked as researcher in a systems biology lab for several years. She is now pursuing a PhD in Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco focusing on the evolution of enzymes and metabolic pathways and its impact on protein design and engineering. She feels that Allied Health exposed her to concepts in advanced biology and research early on, so that she was able to focus on developing computational skills during her college career and a keen interest in pursuing a career in computational biology.

Dr. Amar Narula
Class of 2002 - Cardiology

Due to the early exposures to the medical field during his time at AAHS, Amar was confident of his desire to pursue a medical career. He attended the 7 year BA/MD at George Washington University in Washington DC, graduating in 2009. The advanced classes he took while at AAHS made it easier for him to pursue a more well rounded education, studying political science and studying abroad in London, all while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in biology in three years. Furthermore, the patient contact and experiences from his time at Allied made it easier as he acclimated to interacting with patients as a medical student. After finishing medical school, he returned to the area, completing a residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is now a fellow in cardiology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, and upon completion of his training in June 2015, hopes to practice clinical cardiology locally.

Lauren Moscatiello and Vincent Balestrieri 
Class of 2002 - Pharmaceutical Advertising/School Psychology

Lauren received a BA in Communications with a focus on advertising and PR from Loyola College in Maryland. She also minored in Marketing. Lauren worked for CDM World Agency, a premier pharmaceutical advertising agency, for six years after finishing college. She currently works for Havas Health, also a pharmaceutical advertising agency, as an account group supervisor.

Vincent received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton College. He attended graduate school at New Jersey City University and received an MA in Educational Psychology and Professional Diploma in School Psychology. Vincent also received a graduate academic certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Vincent is a NJ Certified School Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He currently works as a school psychologist and co-owns a private practice which provides outreach services to children with autism. Vincent decided to pursue a career in psychology while taking Ms. Sargent's Alternative Medicine and Mental Health class senior year at AAHS.

Lauren and Vincent married in 2010. They currently live in Wall Township with their daughter, Ava.

Paige (Luhn) Walsh
Class of 2001 - Hematology/Oncology

After graduating from AAHS, Paige went to The University of Virginia where she was an Echols Scholar. She was premed and studied English Literature. Paige graduated in 2005 with a BA in English Literature. She then attended UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School from 2005 to 2009 where she met her future husband. Paige got her MD in 2009, and then trained in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson. She completed her IM training in 2012. While in residency Paige married Tomas Walsh and they had their first son, Jack, in 2010. The family moved to Boston in 2012 for Tomas's residency. Paige briefly worked as a Hospitalist at South Shore Hospital and then began a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Tufts Medical Center in 2013. The Walsh's had their second son, Leo, in October 2013. Paige's training in Hematology-Oncology will be completed in 2016.

Vasanth Kainkaryam
Class of 2000 - Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

AAHS really shaped Vasanth’s interest in the health sciences, yet also provided tools and opportunities to carry the things he learned into life beyond medicine. From learning how to give presentations within seconds of the allotted time, to coming up with various interpretations of novels and adapting them to video, to learning the methods of therapeutic touch, Vasanth fondly remembers the unique style of education AAHS offered him.

After graduating from AAHS, he pursued a double major in the Biological Sciences and Linguistics at Cornell University, and went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. During college, Vasanth also spent time at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, helping design the content for their Genomic Resource Center. He finished his combined residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, and is currently practicing primary care at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group in Connecticut, and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics through Northwestern University in Chicago.

Tara Golsich
Class of 2000 - Opthamology

Upon graduation from AAHS, Tara pursued a Biology degree with a minor in Writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Even amongst her pre-med peers, she recalls how far ahead she felt comparing her own basic healthcare knowledge and volunteer experiences on the Oncology ward and “A-Team” (AIDS clinic) at Jersey Shore Medical Center. After college, Tara decided to go back to her basic science roots at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine in Piscataway, researching the biochemistry of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors in Eddy Arnold’s HIV-focused lab. Even though she enjoyed the work, she knew that patient care was her calling, and she pursued a medical degree at UMNDJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she realized she wanted to become an ophthalmologist. (more. . . )