Freehold Hall of Fame inductees to be feted


FREEHOLD — Mary Ann Worsham is an author, public speaker, advocate and an inspiration to millions of women who are where she once was. The author of the book “Scars of Silence” spends a good deal of her time advocating for rights of domestic violence victims.

Worsham and several other graduates of Freehold High School, Freehold Borough, will be honored as the newest inductees in the Freehold High School Hall of Fame in a celebration to be held at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Battleground Country Club, Manalapan.

The other honorees are:

• Screenwriter and author Craig Mazin.

• Chairman and CEO of Dun and Bradstreet, Steve Alesio.

• Lawyer and author Samuel J. Foosaner.

Susan Shrott, who chairs the Hall of Fame event, provided information about the honorees.

Worsham (nee Karl) was born in Los Angeles in 1960 and moved to Freehold with her family in 1971. She graduated from Freehold High School in 1978 and continued her education at Georgian Court College (now university) in Lakewood, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in 1982.

Worsham married her childhood sweetheart and had two sons with him. The family moved to Virginia and Worsham eventually became a funeral director and embalmer.

Her life story took a gruesome turn when her boys found her lying in a pool of blood after she had been attacked. She spent nine days in a coma and was hospitalized for 22 days and spent the next few years recuperating from the many surgeries she had to go through a result of her injuries. Her attacker was her husband.

She divorced her first husband and married her current husband, Richard Worsham, in 1997. Her story, as told in “Scars of Silence,” was published in 2006. Worsham continues to work as an advocate for survivors of various forms of abuse.

Screenwriter and author Craig Mazin, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., was 13 when he moved to Marlboro. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District’s Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold High School, intending to go into the field of medicine. That did not happen, however. Mazin graduated from the high school in 1988.

According to material provided by Shrott, Mazin was a gifted writer and graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1992 and went on to become a marketing executive for Walt Disney Pictures, working on campaigns for movies such as “The Santa Clause” and “Crimson Tide.” His screenwriting career began in 1997 with Disney’s “Rocketman.”

Since then, Mazin has written in a variety of genres and has adapted a number of celebrated works, including the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Harvey” by Mary Chase, and “The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford” by Philip K. Dick.

Mazin is the co-writer of the hit comedies “Scary Movie 3” and “Scary Movie 4,” and is currently working on a script for “Hangover 2” with director Todd Phillips. Mazin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Alesio graduated from Freehold High School in 1972 and went to St. Francis College, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bach elor’s degree in 1976. He also attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a master’s degree in business administration in 1981.

After graduating from college, Alesio worked in accounting for three years at Arthur Anderson and Co. He then earned his master’s degree in business administration and joined the American Express Company, where he worked for 19 years, eventually becoming president and general manager of the Business Services Group.

Alesio joined Dun and Bradstreet in 2001 as a senior vice president and was named president and chief operating officer of the company in 2002. In 2005, Alesio was chosen to be the CEO of Dun and Bradstreet, as well as chairman of the board. He is currently chairman of the company and will retire at the end of June, according to Shrott.

He and his wife have four children. Alesio is the founding sponsor and co-chair for the community organization All Stars Project of New Jersey, which provides outsideof school leadership development and performance-based education to thousands of inner city young people in Newark and surrounding communities.

Alesio and his family are planning to move to New York City after spending the last 20 years at the Jersey Shore, to begin a new chapter in their lives.

Foosaner, who is being honored posthumously, was born on Valentine’s Day in 1907 in Bayonne. He grew up on a farm in the Perrineville section of Millstone Township and spent his teen years in Freehold, graduating from Freehold High School in 1925.

Foosaner began the prelude to his legal career by becoming captain of the debating team. He also played on four athletic teams.

Foosaner was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. He graduated from the Mercer Beasley School of Law (now Rutgers University) in 1934.

Foosaner specialized in taxes and estate planning and was instrumental in changing the basic structure of life insurance policies, according to Shrott. He founded a life insurance company where he served as general counsel and tax counsel.

Two of his notable publications are “The Frustrated American” and “Reaching Important Decisions.”

Shrott said Foosaner eventually reached a stage that he called the “payback period of my life” and he became a philanthropist to help others.

He established the Foosaner Foundation in memory of his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Renee. The foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation which operates today under the direction of his daughter, Dione Lee Negroni-Hendrick, and his granddaughter, Andrea Lee Negroni, who became an attorney like her grandfather. Foosaner died in 1988.

Tickets for the March 25 Hall of Fame event are $40 per person and are available by contacting Susan Shrott at Freehold High School, 732-462- 8360.