President Dr. Marilyn Gonyo

President's Message

Welcome to another exciting year of The Rutgers Club.  One year ago we closed the iconic red door at 199 College Avenue and relocated The Rutgers Club to the Dining Commons on the Livingston Campus.  Many changes will be evident upon your first visit; however, once inside The Club, the friendships, smiles and camaraderie will still abound and the food will continue to please your palate.  You will delight in the spacious surroundings, the impressive bar, and the conference rooms equipped with both video and teleconferencing capabilities – all of which overlook the campus.  The décor continues to include Club and University memorabilia reminiscent of our old, traditional setting, as well as reflect our Rutgers values, traditions, and proud history.

Club President Dr. Marilyn Gonyo and Executive Director of Dining Services, Joe Charette, will officially cut the ribbon to welcome Club members and their guests.  They will be joined by the Honorable Peter Cammarano, the new Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and the Honorable Brian Wahler, Mayor of Piscataway, as well as University Administrators.

The program committee has planned another exciting semester of special events, including Brunch, Art, and Champagne in October, which will highlight art work from students at the Mason Gross School of Performing Arts. Santa will make a visit at our Holiday Event, and other “specials” are in the works.

Just a reminder that as a Club member:

–  we have reciprocity with Faculty/Alumni Clubs nationally and internationally.  If you are traveling, check the listing and make a visit.

–  the consumption of alcoholic beverages for self and guests is controlled by the NJ Alcoholic and Beverage Commission.  Please check the regulations.

–  you may register early for Club events and programs.  All newsletters and announcements of such will be posted electronically.  Thus, please check the website regularly for updates, as new programs may be added with short notice.

–  you may reserve space for professional meetings and personal events.  Please make your arrangements early, as reservations are filling quickly.


I look forward to welcoming you personally to The Club and hope that you will join me in building new memories and friendships in our (new) Rutgers Club.

Dr. Marilyn Gonyo was elected to her second term as President. Marilyn also served the Executive Committee as Vice President, Secretary, and Trustee. She earned her doctor degree from the GSE and currently serves as the President of the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association. Rowan University honored her with their 2018 Lifetime Service Award for her dedication to Rowan University and to the field of education. Marilyn is a retired Professor from Georgian Court University and a past state president of the NJ Association of Learning Consultants, the New Jersey Schoolwomen’s Club, the NJ chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and the New Jersey Council for Learning Disabilities. A scholarship has been endowed in her name at the GSE.

Vice President
Linda Christian

Linda A. Christian is the Associate Dean of Advancement of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Linda grew up in the Middle East and Europe before receiving a degree in Business at Ohio Dominican College in Ohio. Previous to serving in her current position at Mason Gross, she was the Director of Development at the Rutgers School of Communication & Information, Executive Director of the FSP Foundation, NYC and Development Officer at the American Red Cross, NJ.
Linda is serving her second term as Vice President of the Rutgers Club Board. She is excited about the new location of The Club and regards it as an excellent venue for her professional and business meetings with Rutgers faculty and alumni.

Susan Mansfield-Byrne

Dr. Susan Mansfield Byrne retired from the Woodbridge School District where she was an elementary
school principal for twenty years.  Susan graduated from Douglass College and received her Ed.D. from the Rutgers GSE.  She and her husband John have enjoyed many fabulous meals and special events  at the Rutgers Club over the last 25 years but their favorite was their wedding at 199 College Ave. Prior to being elected Secretary, Sue chaired the special committee on membership and co-chaired the Special Events Committee which was instrumental in planning The Club’s 60th birthday celebration along with the silent auction of Club memorabilia.

Dr. William DeFabiis

Dr. William DeFabiis earned his Doctorate in Education at Rutgers University. He teaches as a Part Time Lecturer for the Graduate School of Education and is an active member of the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association, serving as the Treasurer of that organization. Recently, Bill was elected as a faculty Senator on the University Senate representing New Brunswick Part Time Lecturers. Professionally, he has served for twenty-five years as a Superintendent of Schools.