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PTK Officers

​​​Sam BickingChapter President
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My name is Samantha Bicking, and I am a 3+1 Advanced Studies student majoring in Psychology with the hopes of working in academia at the college level. Through my time here at Rowan College of South Jersey, I was a High School Options Student starting at the age of sixteen, then I earned my Associate’s in Psychology in the Spring 2021 and now I am involved in the 3+1 program. I am the PTK Chapter President for the Alpha Psi Pi Chapter, Chapter President of Psi Beta, President of the Student Government Association, and President of six other clubs on campus. Additionally, I work as a Student Worker part-time at the Information desk in the Student Services building. Outside of RCSJ, I enjoy reading a variety of books with a yearly goal of 75 books, playing video games, playing with my three puppies, and hanging out with family and friends.​
Email: [email protected]

Alexandra Jovanovic Foka - Executive Vice President 
Alexia.jpgAlexandra is in her sophomore year at Rowan College of South Jersey. She came from Greece a couple years ago to find more opportunities for a better future which helped her find love for psychology. Alexandra attends RCSJ to help advance her education before transferring to Rowan to finish my bachelors in psychology. Her parents have been a great support with want she wants to do with her life by always being there for her. They are the ones who decided to move to America for her to have more opportunities in her life and she is beyond grateful for them. Alexandra likes to work hard and to challenge herself and feels a great honor of not only being a member in PTK but also becoming an officer. Lastly, she would like to thank all of you that supported me through her endeavors.
Email: ​[email protected]

Stephen Piccolo - Vice President of Membership and Communications Carla.jpg

Steve is a first-year engineering student at RCSJ planning on transferring to Rowan’s Electrical & Computer Engineering program in 2023. Before that, he majored in biology, psychology, started a (short-lived) business, found work in an accounting department, and just recently graduated with an AS in Business Administration from none other than RCSJ. His primary goal within PTK is to help more people to understand that it’s never too late to make big changes, and that it’s impossible to fail if you never give up. 

​Steve still aspires to start a successful business one day, but only after graduating and learning the technical skills required. In the meantime, he can be found working on geeky coding/electronics projects, watching movies with the unofficial movie club he started with his roommates, and making bad jokes (usually involving lines from movies). ​

Karen Paladino- Vice-President of Hallmarks
Emily Olson.jpgKaren is a Non-Traditional student at RCSJ majoring in Health Sciences. In the future, she will graduate with a degree in Radiology Technology due to her love of working with patients and knowing that she will be able to provide comfort to those in need. Karen is currently employed by Summit Surgical Center in credentialing and is the Safety Representative for her area. She plans to stay at the facility and transfer to their Radiology Department when she attains her degree. In the past, Karen has helped raise money for charity through bake sales and fundraising baskets. She enjoys volunteering, art, horseback riding, going to the gym, and snowboarding.
Email: [email protected]

Christina Copeland - Chapter Secretary IMG_0200 2.JPG
Christina is a senior at Williamstown High School and a dedicated student at Rowan College of South Jersey. She is a member of five honor societies including the Spanish National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, and National Society of High School Scholars. Currently she is an Arts and Science major in pursuit of her Associates Degree. Christina will graduate the summer of 2022 with a high school and college diploma. Additionally, Christina is the Vice President of The Student Government Associate at RCSJ. Conclusively, Christina has a passion for psychology and providing support to individuals with mental health disorders. Thus, in her future endeavors Christina will become a psychiatrist and establish a nonprofit to provide therapeutic aid to disenfranchised communities.

Contact: [email protected]

Shawn J. Rutter​​
PTK Advisor 
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Alejandra Valencia
PTK Advisor 

Want to become an officer?
Phi Theta Kappa Elections are held in May of each year. Students interested in petitioning for elections in the Spring are advised to become active in the Honor Society and meet with the current Officer Team and Advisors to learning about the responsibilities of each position.