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Alumni Profiles


April Bailey (2009) D.Ed.
April is an Associate Professor in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (Shippensburg, PA) where she currently works with incoming first-year business students.  Her research interests are nontraditional students and understanding more about students' transition to college.

Lisa Bailey (2009) M.Ed.
Lisa is a distance education teacher for adults with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 for the state of Pennsylvania. This project helps adult learners achieve their GED and improve their work skills via distance learning.

Tom Buckmiller (2009) Ph.D.
Tom, originally from Winner, South Dakota, has a B.A. in elementary education from Mount Marty College, and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. His work experience includes: Fifth grade teacher; and elementary and middle school principal. His research interest is Native American adult learners. Tom is currently an Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA in the Educational Leadership Department.

David Eichler (2009) D.Ed.;
Dave has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, as well as a minor in Recreation and Outdoor Pursuits from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has a M.Ed. in Health Education and a D.Ed. in Adult Education from The Pennsylvania State University. His master's thesis - "Implementing an Outdoor Experiential Education Program in a High School Setting," and his doctoral dissertation - "The Experience of Reflective Journaling in an Outward Bound Course" are available trough the Penn State Library system. His current work experience includes teaching secondary physical and outdoor experiential education at Donegal High School, Mount Joy, PA, adjunct instructor teaching high and low ropes facilitation in the Wellness and Sport Sciences Dept., Millersville University of Pennsylvania, as well as serving as a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer with the PA Fish & Boat Commission.

Haijun Kang (2009) Ph.D.
Haijun is an Assistant Professor in the College of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.  In addition, to earning a doctorate in Adult Education he also earned a dual doctorate degree in Comparative and International Education.  He currently works with undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests are distance education design and development; quality assurance; comparative and international distance education.

Kristine Lalley (2009) D.Ed.
Kristine is the Director of Engineering Initiatives at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role she develops various programs for engineering students to have an international education experience, including study abroad, international internships, international research experiences, and international service learning opportunities. Her research interests include assessing how students learn from context in an international program, as well as using qualitative research to understand the learning experiences of students engaging in international education programs.

Wendy McDonald (2009) M.Ed.
Wendy has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and is a recent graduate of the Masters program in Adult Education rthrough the Penn State World Campus.  She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Education at Auburn University.  She is an Employment Service Representative for the state of Alabama's Department of Industrial Relations.  Her research interests include helping displaced/dislocated workers transition into new employment.

Michele Mont (2009) D.Ed.
Michele continues to work as an owner/consultant for a consulting firm she established in 2000, MAM Education Center.  She primarily works with private and public sector firms interested in enhancing their employee development efforts.  Occasionally, she works with individuals interested in one-on-one coaching.  Her research interests include: art-based learning activities within adult education settings, and multicultural education.

Shelley Moore (2009) M.Ed.
Shelley has a B.A. in Psychology from Lock Haven University and is currently the Assistant Director of Career Services at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA.  Her past work experience includes:  higher education - career services, and adult basic and literacy education - professional development.

Steve Seman (2009) M.Ed.
Steve is an Instructor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University Park campus.  He works primarily with returning adult students who are seeking a Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting from Penn State's World Campus.  In addition, he also performs some weather forecasting and broadcasting duties for the department's daily weather TV show, "Weather World" on WPSU and PCN.

Melissa Stocum (2009) M.Ed.
Melissa is the Coordinator of Matriculation and Retention for the School of Natural Resources Management at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA.

Jacqlyn S. Tricari (2009) D.Ed.
Jacqlyn is a co-owner of the Triscari Group, a media production company located in Camp Hill, PA, where she serves as Senior Vice President and COO.  Her research for her doctorate focused on transformations that occur in companies during power shifts.  One of her primary interests is the area of collaboration of which she has written numerous articles, spoken at conferences and currently is working on a book.

Ozlem Zabitgil (2010) Ph.D. or
Ozlem is working as a translator and interpreter for the Immigrant Services, Guelph (Ontario, Canada). She is also a freelance interpreter for the ABLE translations (Mississauga, Ontario). Özlem has a BA in English Literature and Humanities from the Eastern Mediterranean University (North Cyprus). Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in Applied Linguistics/TESL and Adult Education (Language & Literacy Minor) respectively both from the Pennsylvania State University. During her graduate studies she worked as a writing tutor/consultant at the Penn State University’s Earth and Mineral Sciences. She also taught several ESL, Writing and Adult Literacy classes in Cyprus and the United States. For more information on her background and research interests please visit

Amanda C. Neill (2010) D.Ed.
Amanda is Enrollment and Industrial Relations Coordinator in the Engineering Division at Penn State School of Graduate Professional Studies (Malvern, PA) where she works with adult graduate students and performs corporate outreach.  She is an adjunct faculty member at Holy Family University.  Her research interest include non-formal learning and learning in museums.

Denise Rill (2010) M.Ed.
Denise has an M.Ed. in Adult Education and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Distance Education from Penn State University. Her research interests include student support services in online distance education and program planning and administration. Originally from Maryland, she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corporate Communication from University of Baltimore. She is currently a team member of the newly forming Penn State Solutions, Penn State University Park.

David Ulonska (2010) M.Ed.

David is a senior instructional design manager in the Learning & Development organization of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is responsible for designing learning interventions across various staff classes and lines of service.

Mark Boccia (2010) M.Ed.
Mark is a global training director for Marriott International's lodging operation division, based in Bethesda, MD.  He has a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Penn State, and a M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University.  Mark leads a start-up training & development team charged with creating and sustaining all lodging operations training initiatives for Rooms, Food & Beverage, and Engineering disciplines from Marriott's managed and franchise hotel portfolio worldwide.  He is also an active member with ISPI and ASTD at the local and national level.

Rita Brooks (2010) M.Ed.
Rita is the Director of Diagnostic Services at Capital Health (Trenton, NJ) where she currently oversees an educational program for non-traditional students in polysomnography and collaborates in a fellowship program for sleep medicine physicians. In addition, she is working with Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ to establish an online associate degree program in polysomnography. Her research interests are focused on nontraditional students entering healthcare as a career change.

Rhonda Schwinabart (2010) M.Ed.

Rhonda has a B.A. in political science from Hood College.  She has served as an AmeriCorps member, a university service-learning director, and an AmeriCorps* VISTA project supervisor.  She is Director of the Pathways for Success Program at Allegany College of Maryland.  Pathways is a TRIO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve low-income, first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities.  Her professional interest is in community education.

Susan Simpson (2010) M.Ed.
Susan has a B.S. in Recreation, Park and Management and a Master’s in Leisure Studies as well as her M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State.  Susan is an Adult Education Instructor for Employment and Training, Inc., in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania where she currently teaches a postsecondary education transitionary program for adults entering the medical field. 

Sue Snider (2010) D.Ed.
Sue is the coordinator for the Southwest Professional Development Center, (located in Pittsburgh, PA). She provides professional development to adult education practitioners in seven counties in the southwestern part of PA who receive state and federal adult education dollars. Her research interests include how the GED® Tests affect adult learners and how professional development is transferred to adult learners in the classroom.

Kristin H. Spiker (2010) M.Ed.
Kristin is the Director of Admissions and International Students for the Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA).  Her educational focus surrounds the use of social media in the area of higher education and specifically with international students.

Hyunmin Lim (2010) Ph.D.
Hyunmin is a researcher at the Institute of Educational Research at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.  Her research interests are old women, social process of aging, educational gerontology, learning theories and CHAT.

William (Will) C. Diehl (2011) Ph.D.
Will has a B.S. is in K-8 education from Penn State and his master's work is in Adult Education at Penn State.  He is a former elementary and middle school teacher, web designer, developer and multimedia consultant.  He has also consulted as a Subject Matter expert and designer of university faculty development, graduate and undergraduate courses.  He is currently the education director for American, the executive director of the International Museum of Distance Education and Technology and the Interviews Editor for The American Journal of Distance Education.  Will is a songwriter and has released multiple CDs, and has written and recorded original music for The American Poverty Project, Oxfam American, Alvin Ailey Dance and The Boston's Children's Theatre.  His research interests include distance education, educational technology, foundations of adult and distance education, open education and intercultural literacy.

Junghwan Kim (2012) Ph.D.
Junghwan is an adjunct assistant professor of adult education at Penn State, UP and a senior researcher in the Educational Research Institute at Yonsei University, Seoul. His research interests include adult and lifelong education, community development and civic engagement, adult learning theory, and workplace learning.

Joanna "Josy" Lyons (2013) D.E.d
Josy is an R.N. with a B.S. in Education from St. Josephs College, Maine; an M.Ed. and a D.Ed., both in Adult Education from Penn State.  At Penn State she has worked as a Research Project Coordinator, a Research Nurse at the Clinical Research Center, and currently works in Quality Management, including Post-IRB Approval Review activities, at the Office for Research Protections, all at University Park. Her research interest is the experience of volunteers in research.