Category: Faces of Atlantic City

Kia Jones Ben Franklin’s axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” spotlights the guiding principle in the work of Program Supervisor Kia Jones and the Oceanside I Family Success Center. “Robin’s Nest, which is based out of Glassboro, is the umbrella for us with over 60 programs. Programs… Read More
Phyllis Papa As an 11-year-old ballet dancer, Phyllis Papa dreamed of heading her own ballet company. Presently artistic director of the Atlantic City Ballet, the Princeton native’s founding of the local company 34 years ago had an innocuous beginning. “Resorts was just getting established down here and Lillian Norton (wife of Resorts… Read More
Meg Sippy Like the children of Hamelin who became mesmerized by the Pied Piper’s flute, Meg Sippey has tracked her own flute-playing odyssey to the Executive Director’s chair of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Meg’s musical career had its genesis on piano, but maternal pressure initiated a switch to the flute. Her professional… Read More
Michelle Carrera Opportunity presented itself to Michelle Carrera while growing up in a housing project in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Now, as Executive Director of the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club, her childhood opportunity is the spearhead of her ACBGC efforts. “We had a Boys Club in our community; girls were only… Read More
Jerry Gordon For Jerry Gordon, life has basically come full circle. Born and bred in Atlantic City, the self-published author of From Its Beginnings: The Jewish Community of the Atlantic City Area has returned to his boyhood home to chronicle the long-standing Jewish presence in the resort. “I started out working for… Read More
Dr. Daud Panah It’s a safe bet Dr. Daud Panah didn’t travel by bicycle when he emigrated from Afghanistan to the United States. But that’s exactly how the psychiatrist turned civic-minded activist landed in Atlantic City. “I came to South Jersey through bike riding. We would drive from Philly and ride the Boardwalk.… Read More
Drew Dennis What started as doodling in notebooks in school has morphed into a career in urban clothing design for young artist Drew Dennis. “I was always the kid drawing in class. That mentality comes from skateboarding because it’s a loner thing; I didn’t need someone telling how to do something.” Drew’s… Read More
John Collette When Master Gardner John Collette talks about bringing back “the green” to Atlantic City, his focus is not on casino profits, but rather the eye-catching plant life that dominates the landscape at Gardner’s Basin. “Master Gardner is a national program. Our function is to educate the public on gardening and… Read More
Ernestine Simpson After working since the age of 14, raising eight children, and graduating college at the age of 50, no one could begrudge Ernestine Simpson for kicking back in retirement. But the affable octogenarian continues her community involvement with a myriad of volunteer activities. “As a volunteer you have to be… Read More
Marta Stott As a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Marta Stott personifies the maxim on the decorative garden stone in front of her home: “All things grow with love.” “I’ve always had a desire to work with children and a place in my heart for children that society doesn’t… Read More