Ken Dunek played basketball at Marengo High School in Marengo, Illinois and graduated in 1975. From there he accepted a scholarship to Paducah (KY) Community College, where he was an all region JUCO player his sophomore year. He then accepted a full ride for basketball at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and played the 1977 season there. He switched to a football scholarship in 1978 as a tight end (despite having played no high school football) when the coaches noticed his large frame and speed on the court. He was then granted an extra year of eligibility for switching sports, and played both basketball and football for the MSU Tigers in 1979.
Receiving interest from several NFL teams including the Saints and Rams, he chose to accept a free agent offer from the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980, and was able to make the team as a rookie free agent. He was active for two regular season games, and received an NFC Championship ring when the Eagles participated in Super Bowl XV against Jim Plunkett and the Oakland Raiders. After his release by the Birds in 1981, he was briefly a member of the Baltimore Colts in 1982 and played in the Hall of Fame game against Bud Grant and the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the NY Giants later that preseason. He finished his professional football career with the two-time USFL Champion Philadelphia Stars led by Head Coach Jim Mora, and won two more rings as they team triumphed in the 1984 and 1985 seasons. Ken set a single game receiving record for the franchise in 1985 with 11 receptions for 109 yards against Reggie White and the Memphis Showboats.
An avid golfer and basketball enthusiast, Ken has been a basketball coach for local AAU, high school, and college programs. He resides in Mount Laurel, NJ with his wife Terri, and his daughters Ashley, and triplets Alexandra, Taylor, and Jamie.
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Ashley Dunek attended Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. She earned All Conference Honors while maintaining a 3.6 GPA and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2005. Ashley earned her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University in 2010.
After working for three years in a special education classroom, she is now the Special Events Coordinator for both JerseyMan and PhillyMan Magazines. Her duties focus on management of the Legacy Club and Chairman’s Club, a business network where she organizes monthly events for their 200+ members. Along with administrative duties and editorial management, Ashley orchestrated the magazines first ever red carpet event in November 2015, “Unmasking the Legacy,” honoring 10 men and women who exemplify the JerseyMan brand. The sold out event held at Union Trust is the first of a new JerseyMan tradition and the 2nd annual event is in the works.
Ashley also contributes to the editorial content of the magazine, having three published articles in the last 6 months.
Ashley resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has been writing about organized and disorganized crime for decades, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia and criminal prosecutions throughout the country. A reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1974 through 2012, he is currently a freelance writer and author specializing in crime reporting.
Anastasia is the author of six books and two anthologies, including “Blood and Honor” (William Morrow & Co., 1991), which Jimmy Breslin called “the best gangster book ever written.” His other books are NYT bestsellers “The Summer Wind” (Regan Books/HarperCollins, 1999) about the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder case and “The Last Gangster (HarperCollins, 2004); ”The Goodfella Tapes” (Avon Books, 1998), and “Mobfather” (Kensington Books, 1993).
He is the co-author (with Glen Macnow) of “The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies” (Perseus Books, 2011) and collaborated with mob lawyer and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on Goodman’s biography “Being Oscar” (Weinstein Books, 2013).
Born in South Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, Anastasia is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1969) with a B.A. in French Literature. He has been an adjunct professor/lecturer at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Drexel University and Temple University, and has been a lecturer for a U.S. State Department-sponsored series of weeklong seminars on journalism and organized crime in Bulgaria (2004, 2007), Croatia (2005), Serbia (2006) and Italy (2007).
Sam Carchidi has been a staff writer at The Inquirer since 1984. He currently covers the Philadelphia Flyers. Carchidi has written three books: He co-authored Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story, and wrote Bill Campbell: The Voice of Philadelphia Sports, and Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story. The latter book was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He also contributed to an Inquirer book on the Phillies. A life-long South Jersey resident, Carchidi resides in Wenonah with his wife, JoAnn, and their two children, Sara and Sammy.
Andrea Hartley is a freelance writer with over 20 years experience. She created and maintains the digital publication Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal which was also a print publication for two and a half years before transitioning to fully digital in May 2011. From 1985 through 1987, she wrote a column for The Press of Atlantic City called Second Chances featuring children who needed an adoptive home. She also wrote freelance feature articles for The Press of Atlantic City, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer neighbor’s section, Student PT, and South Jersey Advisor. She provided news and feature stories regularly for The Hammonton News from 1981 through 1985 where she worked as a reporter. She is also a certified personal trainer and health coach. She has parented 15 children some of whom were foster or adoptive children.
Anthony Mongeluzo is a serial entrepreneur and highly qualified computer expert.
In 2002, at the age of 22 and with no outside capital, he founded Pro Computer Service (PCS) in his parents’ home. Today, his IT firm has four offices and operates in four states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland). Pro Computer Service has more than $5 million in annual revenue and a staff of 25 that offers complete computer services ranging from single-use to companies with more than 5,000 employees.
The Philadelphia Business Journal and the NJBiz Journal have recognized Pro Computer Service as one of the fastest growing firms in the region for five years in a row. Anthony is also the youngest person to be inducted into the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame earning nomination at age 29.
In 2008, Mongeluzo was the youngest member of Forty Under 40 winners sponsored by the NJBiz Journal. NJ Biz also recognized PCS as a finalist for Emerging Business of the Year in 2007 and a finalist for Business of the Year in 2010.
He is also a regular on many media outlets including Fox 29 news, ABC, NBC, as well as numerous radio stations and online broadcasts. Mongeluzo has been a regular with Fox 29 for almost 3 years and has a weekly segment called Tech Talk.
His business interests range from how to grow a business successfully to developing qualities of leadership. “A leader is someone that inspires people and brings the best out of others,” Mongeluzo says. “And a leader listens carefully, without prejudgment, to those around him.”
He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Rowan University in 2002. In 2011, Mongeluzo was awarded the 1st ever Young Distinguished Alumni Award and was a speaker at the 2011 commencement at Rowan University.
Mongeluzo is also on numerous boards including the YMCA, Rowan University Alumni Board, The Starting Point, and many others. He started a program at PCS that allows aspiring computer technicians to “shadow” employees. He also offers an open door policy, permitting anyone to learn more about the business. PCS is a financial supporter of various charities/non-profits including the Cure for Cancer Walk, Strong Kids Campaign, The Starting Point, and many others.
Gervase is no stranger to Hollywood, after appearing on and co-hosting several national television programs including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. Gervase has displayed his acting and comedic talents on programs like Nash Bridges, The Hughleys and Son of the Beach. The soap world will recognize him from his role of Leo Thompson on As the World Turns. Gervase’s talent reach beyond acting to the world of hosting and news corresponding including MTV’s Music Video Awards, MTV’s Spring Break, The Early Show, Access Hollywood and the Today Show. Gervase has contributed articles for TV Guide, ESPN Magazine, and Playboy.com and currently writes a column called “Say Gerv?” for JerseyMan Magazine. He has modeled for Southpole and Mina Wear clothing companies. He endorses HeadBlade Razors and has his own line of razors the Gervase Signature Series ATX. He also endorsed Sunkist Soda with a hilarious commercial about the modeling world. Gervase has also filmed many independent films such as 13th Grade, Jersey Justice, The Meat Puppet, Gravedigger and Mancation, which is out now on DVD. Gervase just completed a web series called “The Underground Kings” playing the role of Jonsey and just appeared on Survivor: Blood vs Water. He is also one of the owners of Burnz Cigar Vault & Lounge and Ch@t Vodka and keeps busy fulfilling personal appearance requests and speaking engagements all across the country.
By day, Molly Golubcow has been a technical writer for over 15 years. By night, she escapes the world of “Press Enter” to write just about anything other than technical subjects.
Her works (short stories, articles, interviews, press releases) have been published in several anthologies as well as in newspaper and magazines (Atlantic City Weekly, Montgomery Life, Boardwalk Journal, New Jersey Lifestyle, South Jersey, & JerseyMan). As you can see, some of her favorite subjects to write about center around her home – Atlantic City and New Jersey in general.
Molly is currently working on a book – a collection of short stories about growing up in Atlantic City in the 1970s in the not so elegant, but always colorful Seacrest Hotel.
Bill Lyon is a legendary name in Philadelphia newsrooms and homes. Lyon graduated from the Western Military Academy in 1956 and from the University of Illinois in 1961. He served in the 33rd Infantry Division for the Illinois National Guard. Lyon has won two Emmys for his writing for ESPN Classic, National Headliner Award, and is a six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Bill Lyon has been inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He is a multiple-winner of the Keystone Press Award, Associated Press Award, and Sports Writer of the Year and SPJ Award. In addition to his news work, Lyon is the author of seven books: “Deadlines and Overtimes”; “When the Clock Runs Out”; “It’s All in the Game”; “We Owed You One”, (with Pat Williams); “110 Percent” (with Pat Croce); “I Feel Great and You Will Too” (with Pat Croce); “Lead or Get Off the Pot” (with Pat Croce).
You can also catch him on TV on-air columns–Breakfast with Bill–and High School Sports.
Jan has been a freelance journalist for two decades, contributing an array of feature articles as well as photographs to numerous area publications. These include: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Style & Soul section and former South Jersey Neighbors), Courier-Post, Jewish Exponent, Rutgers Today, Burlington County Times, South Jersey Magazine, the former Trend & Journal Newspaper Group and, of course, JerseyMan and PhillyMan.
Jan has worked for communications firms and non-profits, such as the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia where she served as editor/writer of an endowments corporation newsletter and produced articles and publications. She also does communications work for Apple Physical Therapy.
Jan lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband, Bruce, and their daughters, Sara and Molly.
Rubina Tahir – also known as The Health Referee – is a chiropractor, author, and professional speaker based in Philadelphia, PA. Known for her fun-loving personality, she puts a creative edge on health topics, wellness, and lifestyle trends. Her passion is writing content that will inspire others with their health and wellness goals. She is passionate about alternative health care and shares with other chiropractors as an official instructor for continuing education at New York Chiropractic College.
In October 2013, she authored a book with 12 other esteemed health professionals titled “The Art of Being Healthy, Wellness Concepts from the Pros.” As a health expert, she has made appearances on Daytime Toronto, Power Your Life TV, The Dr. Oz show, and was interviewed by Reader’s Digest Canada in the October 2014 issue. As a writer, she is known for features on LinkedIn and various blogs such as Baby on The Way.
After graduating from New York Chiropractic College in 2005, Rubina practiced in both Canada and the United States of America. This international experience, personal experience, and impact on the lives of many patients served makes Rubina proud to be a leader in the health and wellness industry. She believes that learning about the body and how it functions is one of the most powerful tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is for this reason that she will continue to make the calls to get the health facts to her community.
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