CCS Team

Current Staff

Dr. Julie L. Dietrich - CCS Director and Executive Director of the Office of External Relations

Dr. Julie L. Dietrich serves as the institution’s primary government relations officer, cultivating and sustaining relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials and their offices, and a leading liaison within community. Through her position, Dr. Dietrich focuses upon executing strategic community and economic development as well as facilitating communication and negotiating partnerships among key leaders to help leverage and optimize the use of institutional assets and addressing community need.

John Villella - Vice President for University Affairs and Chief of Staff

John Villella - Chief of Staff and Executive Deputy to the President John Villella provides advice and counsel to the President. He serves as the liaison between the Office of the President and the Pennsylvania State System Office and external agencies and serves as the University Governmental Relations Officer, coordinating interaction with local and state governmental officials. On behalf of the President, he responds to stakeholder inquiries and requests. He also facilitates discussion between and among senior managers toward the completion of strategic goals and objectives.

Jeanette Donahue – Administrative Support

Jeanette provides administrative assistance to the Center for Community Solutions. Jeanette's responsibilities include overseeing & maintaining projects and related data, communicating with student employees, co-creating website content and assisting in the forging of new relationships between the community and University.

Kristen Loughlin  – WCU Student Assistant

Kristen Loughlin assists with the Center for Community Solutions projects and administrative tasks. She is a senior undergraduate student with majors in Early Grades Preparation and Special Education with a minor in Music.

Past Staff

Susan Argentieri - CCS Liaison and Graduate Center Event Manager | Spring 2016 – Fall 2020

Susan has been an employee of West Chester University for more than 30 years working first for the CBPA Business Technology Center, as the Graduate Center Meeting and Event Manager, in 2014 as the single point of contact for the CCS and more recently as the Center's Liaison. Susan managed a wide variety of the BTC's projects with small and large businesses, nonprofit agencies and federal and state grants Susan served as the Director of the Department of Defense's Procurement Assistance Center, Manager in the DOD's Electronic Commerce Resource Center, and program coordinator of the grant with the state of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Social Work. In her role as the GC's meeting and event manager, Susan is a highly effective ambassador for the University and strengthens the ties already in place with local constituencies. Susan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from WCU.

Carol Aichele - CCS External Outreach Coordinator | September 2015 – April 2017

Carol has returned to West Chester University to serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Community Solutions. She brings to the Center her considerable knowledge of Chester County as a former County Controller and Commissioner, and her experience in state government as Secretary of the Commonwealth and a member of the State Board of Education. Carol served as the first woman chair of the West Chester Council of Trustees and president of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees. In the past, Carol chaired the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and was president of the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors. Carol is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics.

Bridget Marley – Graduate Assistant | Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

As the CCS Graduate Assistant, Bridget’s responsibilities included managing projects, supervising students, assisting in the development of policies and procedures and maintaining project data. Bridget will graduate from the University's Public Health Master’s program in August 2020.

Sarah Budzik - Graduate Assistant | Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Sarah was the CCS Graduate Assistant and had been working in this position for the previous three semesters. Her responsibilities included managing projects, supervising students, assisting in the development of policies and procedures and maintaining project data. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, with a Minor in Computer Science in 2016. While maintaining a 4.0 average in this degree program, Sarah was also the President of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Studies Honor Society. She pursued her Masters of Public Administration with a Certificate in Sports Management and Athletics and a Certificate in Administration Program and completed the program in Summer 2018.

Isabella Landis - Graduate Assistant Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

As the CCS Graduate Assistant, Bella’s responsibilities included managing projects, supervising students, assisting in the development of policies and procedures and maintaining project data. Bella graduated from West Chester University in May 2018 with a degree in Earth Science and graduated from the university’s Accelerated Geoscience Master’s program in May 2019.

Lisa M. Montgomery - Executive Associate to the Chief of Staff and Executive Deputy to the President | April 2017

Lisa is a management professional with over twenty years of business experience who came to West Chester University from The Vanguard Group. Previous to Lisa's appointment in the President's Office, she served as Interim Director of the External Operations Division. Lisa attended West Chester University both as an undergraduate (BS Marketing) and at the graduate level obtaining an MBA in Management. Lisa is enrolled in the Doctorate of Education in Policy, Planning and Administration degree program.

Advisory Board (Inactive)

Board Member Affiliated Organization
Beth Harper Briglia Chester County Community Foundation
Representative Carolyn Comitta Legislative District 156, Chester County
Lara Connolly  Chester County Hospital
Michael 'Mac' Cotter  Borough of West Chester
Derek Davis  West Goshen Township
Carol DeWolf  Schuylkill Highlands, Natural Lands Trust And Westtown Township
Claudia Hellebush United Way of Chester County
Paul Hurley Downingtown East High School
Michael Lynch  East Bradford Township
Jodi Roth-Saks  West Chester University, Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs
Carol Rothera  West Chester Area School District
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