Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Paige Carey
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"I had been volunteering a lot and I narrowed my focus down to non-profits. I looked around the area, and West Chester had a really good reputation for its MPA program. The location was also very convenient."
What professor has had the biggest impact on your time at WCU and why?
"Three come to mind - Dr. Wade, Dr. Turner, and Dr. Olejarski. Dr. Olejarski encouraged me to join the board of directors for a non-profit organization near me, which has really helped boost my credibility and experience. But all three are professional, intelligent, charismatic, and educated women, and I l have a lot of respect for them."
What is your favorite thing about WCU and/or CBPM?
"The quality of professors and the focus of content. It’s really nice to be in a program where you’re interested in the classes. I’m getting so much out of all of my classes. I’m able to apply everything that I learn to real-world experiences, because I’m getting my degree while working part-time and volunteering."
What groups/organizations are you involved with on campus?
"I’m the Department Representative for the Student Association for the MPA program. Outside of campus, I’m on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Half Marathon, which is a non-profit."
Have you had an internship? If so, where and what was that experience like?
"I haven’t had an official internship, but I’ve volunteered a lot. Along with being on the board, I’m also the Race Director for the Chester County Half Marathon. Additionally, I’m the site liaison and head coach for our local Girls on the Run Team, which I started for this area. I have three daughters, and I wanted the team for our girls. I had to recruit other coaches and get other girls for the team. I also spent three years working for the YMCA as a coach and group exercise instructor. I helped with membership and fundraising."
What do you plan to do after graduation?
"Just this week, I started a new part-time job that I’m hoping will translate into my new career. I’ve been hired as the Director of International Sales and Operations for a company called Second Wind Race Timing. They time races with distances anywhere from 5K to 50K! Until recently, the company was based in the United States, up and down the East Coast. However, they just expanded into Mexico and needed someone to operate the business end in Mexico, but manage it in America. They approached me since I’ve been doing a lot of volunteer work with them through local races. A lot of the races they time are for non-profit organizations, so my degree in non-profits will be put to good use when dealing with the race and executive directors. It’s my dream job. I’ll also continue volunteering with Girls on the Run and serving on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Half Marathon. I like doing things that help with the community. I also just started working with the West Caln Police Department. They have a need for someone who has experience with grant writing, which is something that I learned from Dr. Turner."
What would you tell students considering CBPM?
"From the perspective of a graduate student, I would say it’s a really good choice for returning students who are seeking a professional degree. It’s a great choice because of the availability of classes. They offer evening and online courses, which helps with my extremely busy schedule. This program is a great fit for me. All of the professors I’ve encountered have been understanding of the fact that I am a working, professional student who wants to further my education. They are in touch with reality and know that their students aren’t just students. They know they have other facets in their lives."