Bernie Arnella came to CBA as a freshman in September 1971 and apart from his college years and a couple of years immediately after college, he has been at the Academy ever since. Indeed, as director of plant and facilities, Arnella seems so omnipresent on campus that many students and sometimes new faculty members assume that he lives here. (He does not.)
Arnella attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1979 with a B.S. in physical education. He joined the CBA faculty in 1981 as a physical education teacher, with coaching assignments added soon afterward in freshman and JV baseball and basketball, as well as the intramural sports program.
Both as a student and a young faculty member, Arnella worked part-time for Br. John Loehr on the school maintenance crew, and in 1992 when CBA needed a new director of maintenance, he undertook the assignment. Major additions had recently been made to the original 1961 school building, and more would follow with significant expansions in the late 1990s and again in 2006-13. As the school plant grew, so too did Arnella’s responsibilities and his staff. Today, as director of plant and facilities, he oversees the upkeep and daily operations of a 157-acre campus with several varsity playing fields and some dozen ancillary buildings in addition to the main school buildings.
Bernie and his wife, Karen, live in Atlantic Highlands, and are the parents of three. Their growing family now includes Christopher (CBA ’01) and his wife, Brittany; Jannien, her husband, Jack Herron, and their son Connor; and Matthew (CBA ’04) and his wife, Kellianne.
“As soon as I met the Brothers I knew there was something very unique about them,” remarked Br. Charles Kitson, FSC. “I was immediately attracted to their down-to-earth spirituality, community life, excellence in the classroom, willingness to be big brothers to all of us students, and their ever present sense of humor! They were just “regular guys” and I wanted to be just like them.”
After graduating CBA in 1966, Br. Charles entered the Brothers’ novitiate at Barrytown, NY. Soon after, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the Catholic University of America in Spanish literature and two graduate degrees, one at the University of Notre Dame (MA, communications) and Providence College (MA, counseling).
He started his teaching career at St. Raphael’s in Pawtucket, RI, where he taught religion, reading, mass communication, and Spanish. He was then pulled out of the classroom to become the vocation director for the district, sharing the founding story of St. John Baptist de La Salle to young men. He later moved on to become director of campus ministry at La Salle Academy in Providence, RI and established a small community of brothers and the “La Salle Fools” performance group. In 1990, Br. Charles traveled to Guatemala to help run a middle school. He returned to Rhode Island four years later to work as a clinical social worker at Tides Family Services, a Lasallian agency for high-risk children.
But what Br. Charles calls his “biggest challenge,” was an invitation from the Superior General in Rome to serve as the coordinating secretary for the Lasallian Family and Association. In this role, from 2008-2013, Br. Charles traveled around the world working in the area of formation of lay partners.
Br. Charles has now returned home to Lincroft, 48 years since he began as a student at CBA, to serve as the auxiliary visitor for the District of Eastern North America.
Bob Lutkewitte made his mark in CBA history as the best thrower in Colts track-and-field history, with a still-unbroken record in shot put as well as superlative achievements with the discus and javelin.
His indoor accomplishments in the shot put include winning the Hudson County CYO Invitational, the Monmouth County championship, the state relay championship, and the state championship; and setting the indoor school record by winning the NJCTC Championship with a throw of 60’6.”
Outdoors, with the javelin, he established himself immediately in his freshman year as a thrower to watch and by his junior year, he was one of the best throwers in the state. As a senior, he finished first at the prestigious Rutgers Relays, the Long Branch Relays, and the Jersey Relays. That year he also won the Monmouth County Championship, the NJCTC championship, state championship, and the Meet of Champions.
Lutkewitte’s achievements earned him a full athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee where he set the then freshman and sophomore school records in the shot put, and the freshman school record in the javelin. After two years at Tennessee, he transferred to Villanova University from which he graduated with a BS in accountancy in 1986.
Lutkewitte started his career in accounting with Peat Marwick in Philadelphia. After several years he transferred to sales and has held various sales and marketing roles in the healthcare industry, most recently as senior director of national accounts for Centurion Medical Products (Williamston, Michigan). In his current position, Lutkewitte travels extensively, establishing and maintaining contracts with many national group purchasing organizations and integrated delivery networks, including Meridian Health System and Barnabas Health Network.
Lutkewitte and his wife, Louise, live in Colts Neck with their three children, Emily, Caroline, and Will ’16, who is a member of the CBA track team. He actively volunteers with many educational and service organizations including CBA, Colts Neck Township, St. Mary’s Colts Neck, the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor (Middletown), and the Monmouth Country Boy Scouts Association.
Mike Quinn was an exemplary student at the Academy, outstanding both academically and also in his enthusiasm for extracurricular activities, athletics and student leadership. He went on to build a distinguished career in the financial services and investment industry, and to lend his expertise and support to CBA’s largest capital projects.
Quinn graduated from Stanford University with a BA in psychology (1968) and earned his MBA in finance from Harvard Business School (1970). He began his career conducting security research in equities and fixed home securities at Dreyfus Corporation. Within three years, he became a mutual fund portfolio manager and earned a chartered financial analyst designation (1976). Quinn then moved on to DLJ Securities Corporation where he joined and later led the fixed income sales department, managing national sales and rising to senior vice president. In 1983, he joined Merrill Lynch & Co., first in regional sales and soon after as national sales manager. For the next five years, he led successive parts of the Merrill Fixed Income Division, playing a key role in the firm’s advance to the No. 1 firm in every aspect of fixed income products. In the 1990s, he served as co-head of the equity division and head of the asset management division until his retirement in 1999.
During his 30-year financial career, Quinn was also an active volunteer, serving as president of the Ridgewood (NJ) Board of Education, member of the Valley Hospital Board of Trustees, and trustee of the Peddie School and the University of Denver.
He was a lead donor in the Project 50th capital campaign, funding the school’s new library, which bears his name. Later, as co-sponsor of the Quinn-Sagui Challenge, Quinn led his fellow alumni to complete the funding for CBA’s new team and fitness center.
Quinn and his wife, Jan, reside in Indian Wells, California. and Sun Valley, Idaho, and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. Their three children and their spouses have eight children among them.
Whether he’s greeting you in the morning on Good Morning America or moderating sports debates in the afternoon on ESPN, Tony Reali is on your screen delivering news, entertainment, and sports with a dose of fast paced wit and humor.
Reali joined ESPN in July 2000 as a writer and researcher for the weekly trivia quiz show Two Minute Drill. In October 2001 he was hired as the staff researcher for Pardon the Interruption, and when PTI debuted later that month he found himself on air, assuming the role of “Stat Boy.” As the Emmy Award winning show’s ombudsman, he fact-checked and moderated debates with hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. In February 2004 Reali expanded his role on ESPN as host of Around the Horn. For over 2,500 shows he has engaged a national panel of sportswriters in a lively discussion of the day’s leading stories. Both Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption are viewed by millions each week nationally and worldwide.
In 2014, Reali expanded his network television presence and introduced himself to an all new audience when he joined ABC’s Good Morning America. As a contributor for the Emmy Award winning morning show, Reali covers a variety of wide ranging subjects and social media.
Prior to joining ABC and ESPN, Reali was a radio sportscaster for WFUV 90.7 FM in the Bronx, New York. From 1997-2000, he was a voice of Fordham University football and basketball as well as host of New York City’s longest-running sports call-in show, One on One. As a station beat reporter, he covered the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants, and Jets. From 2000 to 2001, Reali wrote copy for the WB11’s nightly news, working closely with sportscasters Sal Marchiano and Sean Kimerling. In 2009, his fantasy football column, The Reali-ty of Fantasy, appeared weekly in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Reali received a bachelor of arts degree in both communication and history from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Samiya and their daughter, Francesca.
One of the best wrestlers in the history of CBA athletics, Dave Santamaria was a starter from his freshman year on. He became the first, and remains the only, Colt wrestler to have won every dual meet of his high school career. He was a four-time district champion, three-time Region 6 Champion, and placed fourth in the state tournament (freshman), rising to second place as a sophomore, junior and senior. He became CBA’s first wrestler in 25 years to place in the state tournament and finished his high school career with a 123-7 record.
Santamaria continued wrestling at the college level for a time, but made the difficult decision after his junior year to discontinue competitive wrestling in favor of his professional education. He moved forward with his studies in physical therapy, graduating cum laude from UMDNJ-SHRP with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2008. While completing his doctorate his concentration was on outpatient orthopedics, sport related injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation. Since graduating, he has completed his certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the spine and its multitude of disorders. With his brother, Michael ’89, Santamaria opened a physical therapy practice, Shore Wellness Center, with offices in Oakhurst and the Red Bank area.
The youngest of three CBA brothers, Dave Santamaria says there had never been any doubt that he would follow John ‘88 and Michael ’89 to the Academy, and he always waited for the day when he, too, could carry on the family tradition. In the past ten years, Dave has returned to CBA as a volunteer wrestling coach. With his contributions, the Colts have won three state sectional titles (2006, 2012, 2013) and earned the District 22 team title for the first time in 46 years.
MARK J. ROWAN