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GSA Executive Board Members 2016-2017

Executive Board Members

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Michael Diaz, President 

Michael Diaz is a WCU Alumnae who obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature in the Fall of 2014. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in the Higher Education Counseling / Student Affairs program. Michael is now the Graduate Intern in the Office of Graduate Studies here at WCU, as well as a Private Tutor in Spanish, English & Writing. He also serves as the President of the PA Alumni Association of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. He is proud and honored to have been elected President of the Graduate Student Association for the 2016-2017 year!

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Matthew Frazier, Vice President

Matthew Frazier, an undergraduate WCU Alumnae, is on path to pursue a Certificate in Web Technology. He has aspirations and goals set to matriculate into the M.Sc. Computer Science program after completion of the Certificate program. Matthew is a Creative Brand Manager working in Programmatic Media and living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Matthew’s organizational leadership experience include, but is not limited to, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Polemarch (President), Resident Assistant at the South Campus Apartments, Academic Development Program Peer Mentor, and Certified Student Leader. He is an avid advocate for humanitarian causes, entrepreneurship, and community service.

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Gwen Petersen, Treasurer 

Gwen Petersen is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. She obtained her degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services in 2014. Currently Gwen is pursuing her M.Ed. in School Counseling through the department of education at WCU. In addition to her role as treasurer for GSA, Gwen is a member of Chi Sigma Iota.

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Sarah Tansits, Secretary

Sarah E. Tansits is a 2009 West Chester University graduate with a BA in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Psychology.  While at West Chester University Sarah held multiple leadership roles including but not limited to Panhellenic President, Vice President for Phi Mu Fraternity, and King and Queen Court Chairwoman for Homecoming Committee.  Since graduation in 2009 Sarah has worked with 2-6 year olds with Autism for 2 years and for the last 5 years has run a small business in DE.  She has left her full time job to pursue her master's in the Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs program.  Since 2009, she has served as the chapter adviser to the Phi Lambda chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity, as well as serving as Secretary of The Katie Foundation (a non-profit in memory of a dear friend to promote mental illness awareness).  Sarah is currently the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Involvement. 

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LaShae Peterson, Member At Large

LaShae Peterson, graduated from West Chester University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in Liberal studies with a Health Science minor and Peace and Conflict Studies minor. LaShae is currently enrolled in WCU’s Masters of Social Work program as a first year, full time student, and expected to graduate in May 2018. She is pursuing a Geriatric Certificate along with her MSW to become a Geriatric Social Worker specializing in the elderly population. As a full time student, she also holds a field placement at Mercy Life, in Philadelphia, as an Intern Social Worker. As a graduate student she remains involved in the community as a member of (NABSW) National Association of Black Social Workers and GenPhilly. Her participation in NABSW allows her to help strengthen communities in Philadelphia by empowering people of African ancestry via advocacy and community development. As a contributor of GenPhilly she is proud to help build relationships with the elderly through education, support, and networking programs. She looks forward to another exciting academic year at West Chester University.


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jacqueline Hodes, Counselor Education

Department Representative Council Members

Department Representative Committee Overview

  • Applied and Comp. Mathematics: Lane D'Alessandro
  • Applied Statistics: Emily Badis
  • Athletic Training: Emily Brandley
  • Biology: Tatum Simms-Matthews
  • Business Administration: Jon Skursha
  • Communication Studies: Andrew Hiles & Linda Ranieri
  • Communicative Disorders:
  • Computer Science: Kashish Khare
  • Counselor Education:
    • Brittany Buchanan (School Counseling)
    • Sarah Tansits (Higher Education/Student Affairs)
  • Criminal Justice: Maada Farhssey
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Karen Detweiler
  • Doctorate of Public Administration: Rosa Quintana
  • Early Childhood Education:
  • Early and Middle Grade Education: Kurt Atherholt
  • English: Cassie Pugmire
  • Geography & Planning: Kenneth Thompson
  • Geoscience:
    • Becky Connolly
    • Beatrice O'Hara
  • History: Heather Williams
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Jenna Fagan
  • Human Resource Management: Michelle Reyes
  • Kinesiology/Exercise & Sport Physiology: James Pinola
  • Kinesiology-Athletic Training: Morgan Worley
  • Languages and Cultures: Michelle McGowan
  • Literacy: Chelsea Lucas
  • Mathematics:
  • Music: Rebecca Pershouse-Olson
  • Nursing: Michelle Kensey
  • Nutrition: Kirsten Kelley
  • Philosophy: Sarah MacIntosh
  • Professional and Secondary Education: Alicia Franklin
  • Psychology: Megan Shabe
  • Public Administration: (vacant)
  • Public Health: Ruth Montesines
  • Social Work: Nora Wright (Main Campus) Tonita Glover (Philadelphia Campus)
  • Speech Language Pathology: Hannah Symons
  • Special Education: Abby Albright
  • Sports Management: Kellie Vetter
  • TESOL: Margo Duey