Staff

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    Dr. Leah Tobin

     Director

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    Patricia Riley

     Associate Director

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    Kimmy Farrer

     Assistant Director

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Graduate Assistant

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Liz Roberts 

Program: Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Favorite Quote: "We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail"

 

 

Leadership Consultants 2020-2021

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Ava Dobbs

Major: Marketing 
Minor: Political Science 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice." -Michelle Obama 

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Be open to trying new things! Sometimes, when we step outside our comfort zone, we learn and explore things we never thought we could!

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Brian Lynch

Major: Music Education
Minor: Civic & Professional Leadership 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Join everything you can! Even if a club or organization doesn't mesh with you, you'll find new friends and new organizations to try until you find a place that feels like home.

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Carlyn Crisi

Major: Early Grades Preparation PreK-4
Minor: Mathematics PreK-8, Civic & Professional Leadership

Favorite Leadership Quote: "By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others." -Satsuki Shibuya

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Go to the involvement fair and sign up for all the clubs you have interest in! This gives you many options on places you can plug in your first semester. From there you can find the organizations that you are passionate about and will stick with!

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Courtney Medwin 

Major: Media and Culture
Minor: Nutrition 

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration." - Robin Sharma

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Join clubs that are helpful for your career path and ones that spark your interest! It's important to have balance. 

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Dani Cady

Major: Exercise Science with a Concentration in Physical Therapy

Favorite Leadership Quote: "The goal isn't to live forever, it is to create something that will."

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Use all of your resources available to you such as the involvement fair or residence hall floor events that gets you involved and meeting new people!

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Dunya Markovic

Major: Studio Arts
Minor: Psychology

Favorite Leadership Quote: “No matter what you do the tides of time will wash away your sandcastle, so there’s no sense in searching for some foolhardy sense of immortality when there is real work to be done with real people right now.” – John Green

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Join clubs that sound interesting to you and and attend a few meetings! You do not have to stick with all of them but it exposes you to many different parts of campus.

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Erin Kaliszak

Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Human Resource Management and Business Law 

Favorite Leadership Quote: “"Let your smile change the world. Don't let the world change your smile." 

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Your college experience is what you make of it, so jump in and try out different organizations to see what is the best fit for you. By doing this, you meet other student leaders who often will point you towards other opportunities that are best fit for you and your leadership journey at West Chester University. Consider each new opportunity that comes your way, but also do not be afraid to say no. 

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Grace Soldacki

Major: Anthropology 
Minors:Youth Empowerment & Urban Studies 

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Leadership is about empowering others to achieve things they did not think possible". -Simon Sinek 

Best piece of advice on HOW to get involved: Get involved in anything that interests you in the slightest form! You don't have to commit, but it'll be a new experience for you!

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Israel Harding

Major: Political Science Gov. and Pol.
Minor: Law, Politics, & Society

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Kara DeWeese

Major: International Business 
Minor: Chinese 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" - JFK 

Best advice on HOW to get involved: Check out Ramconnect and every flyer you see on community bulletin boards. You may find an event or organization that you will love!

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Lope Rojas III

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology 
Minor: Civic & Professional Leadership

Favorite Quote: "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." --Warren G. Bennis

Best advice on HOW to get involved: Do not be afraid to try new things, college is a place to learn new things about yourself and passions!

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Ronan McDermott

Major: English BSEd: Literature
Minor: Civic & Professional Leadership

Favorite Leadership Quote: "A sign of a good leader is not how many followers you have, but how many leaders you create." -Mahatma Gandhi

Best advice on HOW to get involved: Look for clubs/organizations that align with your passions on RamConnect or at the Involvement Fair.

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Zachary Zajkowski 

Major: English B.S.E.D
Minors: Mathematics, Civic & Professional Leadership 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others" - John Maxwell 

Best advice on HOW to get involved: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new activities that you usually wouldn't partake in; college is a time of experimentation and discovery! Sign up for clubs in your major or from the involvement fair. These are great ways to meet new people and integrate yourself into new communities!

 

 

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