Stokes Spotlight: Getting to Know Stephanie Gentile

This month’s employee spotlight is Stephanie Gentile. Stephanie is Stokes public outreach coordinator for the LIRR Expansion Project. To learn more, check out her interview with Will Rabinow below!

Thank you, Stephanie, for taking the time to answer some questions. To start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? Where did you go to school? And how long have you been with Stokes?

I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, New York. I graduated from SUNY Cortland in spring of 2019 with a major in communications and a minor in sociology. I began working with Stokes in September of 2021 on the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project.

Could you explain your role here at Stokes for everyone and what a typical workday looks like for you?

I am currently working as a public outreach coordinator for the LIRR Expansion Project, and I commute to the project’s field office in Westbury, New York. When it comes to public outreach, no day is the same—you never know if you’ll be hearing from an elected official about constituent concerns, or if you’ll be planning a trip to the New York Transit Museum to hand over old relics from a rehabilitated station. Some days, I’m entering stakeholder data into an excel spreadsheet, while others, I’m speaking at our monthly mayors’ meeting about the significance of community engagement.

What is your favorite part about working on the LIRR project?

My favorite part about working on the project is hands-down how important public outreach is to everyone here. Residents whose homes are along the LIRR corridor have construction going on right in their backyard, which can understandably feel intrusive and burdensome at times. It’s awesome to know that in the midst of everything, I can be a source of relief just by answering questions, listening to suggestions, and addressing concerns—not only for the local residents but for their elected officials, too.

When you are not working what are some things you like doing?

When I’m not trying out new restaurants around Queens and Manhattan you can find me visiting museums and art exhibits around NYC, taking hikes upstate, or seeing the Islanders play at UBS.

If you could have dinner with any one person dead or alive, who would it be?

The Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)—a true feminist icon who paved the way forward for so many women in the United States.

Great answer! Is there anything else you would like to share with everyone?

I’m really happy to be a part of the Stokes family and I am eager to continue learning, being creative, and advancing my outreach skills on future projects to come!

Thank you, Stephanie, for joining me today and telling us about the LIRR project!

Happy to do so!

I hope you enjoyed the January edition of the Stokes Spotlight. I’ll be back again next month with another interview with one of our talented team members. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about our public outreach services, please give us a call at 609-859-8400 today!

Stephanie Gentile

Public Outreach Specialist