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Rossella Rago ’09C

Rossella Rago's Cooking with Nonna is a Recipe for Success

Like a fine wine, Cooking with Nonna keeps getting better with age. What began in 2007 as a simple video series that featured Rossella Rago ’09C cooking alongside her grandmother is now just one piece of a well-known and beloved brand that has a footprint spanning social media, publishing, ecommerce, and more.

Rossella Rago ’09C St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences The School of Education


While the grandmothers featured in each episode often steal the show from its host, it is Rossella who is the catalyst behind Cooking with Nonna’s success. An award-winning author of several cookbooks and the winner of the Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Rossella has traveled the world over throughout her career. Her story, however, begins in what she describes as a typical Italian American household in New Jersey.

Richard Mangeri ’93Ed, ’99GEd, ’17 Ed.D.

Triple Alumnus of The School of Education a Servant-Leader

For Richard Mangeri ’93Ed, ’99GEd, ’17 Ed.D. education is more than a career, it’s a vocation. For 30 years, he has taught, coached, and served as a middle and high school administrator, always with one goal in mind: serving the needs of the students in his charge. 

Richard Mangeri ’93Ed, ’99GEd, ’17 Ed.D. The School of Education


Last March, Dr. Mangeri, a triple alumnus of The School of Education who serves as Assistant Principal at George W. Hewlett High School in the Hewlett-Woodmere Public School District, was named 2023 New York State Secondary School Assistant Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). This award is given annually by SAANYS and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to a middle or high school assistant principal who has set the pace, character, and quality of education for the students in their school.