Diane D'Arcangelo, Assistant Director of the Twardowski Career Development Center has been a member of the West Chester University community since 2010. As an assistant director, Ms. D'Arcangelo serves as a liaison for the College of Business and Public Management, College of Sciences and Mathematics, and to USSSS - Exploratory Studies and Academic Development and to the Center for International Programs. In this role she coordinates the Career Ambassador Peer program while also coaching and counseling students and alumni on self-awareness, career and academic planning, and decision making. Ms. D'Arcangelo delivers programs to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies. Ms. D'Arcangelo is a certified practitioner of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). She earned her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University, a Master of Counseling and Student Personnel from Shippensburg University.
Angela Howard is the Senior Associate Director of International Programs at West Chester University. Angela serves as the Principal Designated School Official and Responsible Officer to issue documents for international students, scholars, and researchers. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and has worked in a variety of higher education divisions including Admissions, Social Equity and Alumni Relations.
Angela was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Japan to study the higher education system, structure, grading system and academic program offerings of Japan. She also spent time with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology exchanging ideas on how best to transition Japanese students into U.S. Higher Education. She teaches International Higher Education, a graduate course designed to provide opportunities for students to explore international education, including study abroad, through a cross-cultural immersion experience.
Angela is a member of several professional organizations including the American College Counseling Association, the National Association for Foreign Student Advisors, Fulbright Alumni Association and the National Education Association. Ms. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Angela has traveled to Spain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, and England as well as extensive travel within the United States. Angela is an avid sports fan, and in her free time collects celebrity autographs and sports memorabilia.
Rachel Komlos joined West Chester University in January 2017 and serves as the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Services in the Office of the Registrar. Ms. Komlos oversees the review process of transfer credits for all students transferring nationally and internationally to the institution. She has worked in higher education for more than 13 years and her work has focused on advising, retention, and student transitions and success. Previously, Ms. Komlos was the Director of Academic Advisement for a liberal arts institution where she counseled students on the benefits of study abroad experiences for personal and professional development. In her present role, Ms. Komlos works closely with the Center for International Programs to ensure that students receive credit for all coursework completed abroad to aid in their degree completion. Ms. Komlos is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a National Tutoring Association Certified Academic Coach. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz and a Master of Public Administration from Montana State University - Bozeman.
Dr. Peter Loedel is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and since 2014, Director of the Center for International Programs at West Chester University. Dr. Loedel graduated Summa Cum Laude with his BA in International Relations and BA in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1988, where he also completed his PhD in Political Science in 1994. He has published three books: The Promise and Reality of European Security Cooperation, co-edited with Mary McKenzie, 1998, Praeger Publishers; Deutsche Mark Politics: Germany in the European Monetary System, 1999. Lynne Rienner Publishers; The European Central Bank: The New European Leviathan?, 2nd edition, co-authored with David Howarth, Palgrave, 2005. Dr. Loedel has published numerous articles in leading journals and book chapters on the subject of European monetary politics as well as teaching/pedagogy in the field of international relations (using simulations) and the European Union. From 2000-2013, Dr. Loedel acted as Chair of the Department of Political Science and has been active on campus via a number of service and committee projects including various iterations of the University’s strategic planning processes, leadership programs, and the University’s Tenure and Promotion committee. He is also active and supportive of the Honors Council and the Honors Service Project to South Africa and recently led a study abroad program to Europe.
Hiram G. Martinez, Assistant Director of Social Equity/Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, was hired by West Chester University in January 2016.
In this role, Mr. Martinez provides leadership for the coordination and promotion of WCU’s diversity goals and collaborates with campus constituents on creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. His areas of service includes active engagement with a variety of diversity-related campus constituencies and stakeholders including the Planning Committee for the State System Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education; University Forum; Council on Diversity, Inclusion, & Academic Excellence; Global Leadership Team; Global Rams Initiative; Planning Committee for the MLK Brunch; Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) board member and FDI Bicentennial Conference Planning Committee member, liaison to the Multicultural Faculty Commission, and presently he serves as board president for the Global Awareness Society International (GASI), Inc. He has served on the GASI board as its previous vice president and secretary and will serve as the GASI president through May 2018.
Previously, Mr. Martinez worked as an equity and diversity officer at Millersville University for nearly 15 years. There he worked strategically with the Cabinet and members of the campus community through a variety of outlets to infuse principles of diversity into all aspects of campus life and to promote a positive learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
Mr. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Political Science from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University. He also holds a certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management from Penn State University. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Martinez has lived in Lancaster, PA since 1989. He is married to Deborah C. Martinez and they have two children, Lleana and Jovani.
Dr. Vishal Shah is the Associate Dean of the College of the Sciences and Mathematics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Shah was affiliated with Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, where he was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology. Dr. Shah has served as an evaluator for Middle States, reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and numerous international funding agencies. Currently he serving as an Academic Editor for the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Dr. Shah received his doctorate in microbiology from Sardar Patel University in 2001. He was a UNESCO-ROSTE fellow at the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, and worked as a post-doctoral research at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Research in Dr. Shah’s lab involves developing microorganisms based technologies that directly influence current human needs, while reducing our impact on the environment. His laboratory is working on developing mathematical models to understand the impact of metal nanoparticles on soil microbial community. Other projects in the lab includes understanding and mitigating the impact of nuclear radiation fire on soil microbial community.
Dr. Verden was born and raised in England and left the country to attend West Chester University as a freshman in 1983. She graduated from West Chester with a B.S. degree and then attended Temple University where she graduated with a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Dr. Verden worked in a variety of capacities for a non-profit agency in Philadelphia providing supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors for twelve years. Dr. Verden then returned to the classroom as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia where she taught children in grades 3-8 with emotional and behavioral disorders. While teaching Dr. Verden pursued a doctorate degree in special education from Arcadia University and conducted research around using literature as a tool to promote social problem solving skills in urban youth. Dr. Verden has also worked as a behavior management specialist for a local intermediate unit providing behavioral supports to teachers and students with a wide range of disabilities as well as those in general education classrooms. Her research interests include strategies to support the learning of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, preparing teachers to work in urban classrooms and building positive classroom communities. Away from the University, Dr. Verden is kept busy with two young daughters who are involved in a myriad of school and community activities. She also attempts to maintain her love of English football (soccer). Dr. Verden serves as the faculty advisor for the WCU chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Dr. Linda (Xiaowei) Zhu is a Professor in the Department of Management at West Chester University and earned her M.A. degrees at the University of Iowa and Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Zhu is one of the lead faculties for study abroad China program. She has served on the Editorial Board for International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Her teaching interests are in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and Management Information System. Dr. Zhu' s areas of research include supply chain management, outsourcing management, mixed channel, forecasting, information sharing, and quality management. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of Business Research, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Annals of Operations Research, International Transactions in Operational Research, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management.