Bokunewicz is the faculty director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism and an associate professor of Hospitality Tourism and Event Management in the School of Business at Stockton University.
Her background includes working 22 years in the Atlantic City casino industry, with 12 years as vice president of administration at Tropicana.
Under Bokunewicz’s leadership and with the support of assistant director Sarah Grady, LIGHT launched the International Journal of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original research and bridges the gap between industry practitioners and academic researchers and educators.
In the wake of COVID-19, LIGHT was instrumental in presenting a three-part webinar to help local hospitality businesses reopen “Clean, Safe, and Healthy.” In 2022, in collaboration with the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association and Stockton Continuing Studies, LIGHT developed and implemented a Certified Tourism Industry Professional certificate program where working professionals can earn an industry-valued credential, fully online, asynchronously, at their own pace.
Bokunewicz has worked with LIGHT since 2012 — she was lead researcher on several institute initiatives, including a study of millennial entertainment and several analyses of underage gambling and college gambling behavior — and was the lead author of Casino Gaming Technology and a contributing author to Casino Gaming in Atlantic City, A Thirty-Year Retrospective.