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K Anderson

Kaelin Anderson

Kaelin is the oldest of 5 children and the first college graduate in her family. Before entering the Ph.D. program at Marywood she earned her Bachelors in Middle-Level Science Education and Special Education as well as a Masters in Instructional Media with a STEM Letter of Endorsement from Wilkes University. Kaelin is a STEM Instructional Coach for Reach Cyber Charter School and a small business owner. Kaelin is a proud military wife and mother. Kaelin wants others who may be considering the Ph.D. program to know that time will continue to pass so if you are thinking about applying there is no better time than the present.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Christina Brundage           Christina R. Brundage   

Dr. Christina Brundage graduated from the program in 2020. She is the Career Engagement Specialist in charge of the Career Development Center at Marywood University where she has served in her position for the last four years. Additionally, she is embedded within the areas of Student Success and Retention & Advising to further support the developmental and academic needs of Marywood students. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, minority student retention, and program development for diverse populations. Dr. Brundage's dissertation title was "An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Minority Student Engagement in Career Development Activities and Barriers to the Career Development Process While Attending a Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education: A Quantitative Case Study"                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Anthony A. Cernera                                                                Anthony Cernera                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Anthony is the Director of Philanthropy for St. Vincent's Medical Center and Hartford HealthCare. Over his 14 year career in higher education and healthcare fundraising, Anthony has raised over $37 million and held leadership roles in $100M, $125M and $600M campaigns. Recognized for his broad development experience Anthony is frequently hired as a consultant by ambitious programs and has been invited to speak at a variety of fundraising conferences on topics from crowdfunding and grateful patient fundraising to leadership and major giving.

Anthony is a true humanitarian. In December 2020 he donated part of his liver to a complete stranger who was suffering from cancer, and saved his life. Read about Tony's heroic act at: 

Joseph CiceJoseph Cice   

Dr. Joseph Cice graduated from our program in 2008. He is Full-Time Instructor of Psychology and Human Services at Lackawanna College, Pennsylvania. His dissertation's title was "Cice Crucial Cs Assessment (CCCA): Design, Development, and Initial Validity Establishment for an Assessment of the Crucial Cs."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Carly Ellman

Carly Ellman

Carly Ellman, MSW, LCSW, received her master’s in social work (MSW) from Fordham University and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida. Carly is an Instructor of Medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine(GCSOM), and was previously an assistant professor of social work at Misericordia University. At Geisinger she is the Director of the Family Centered Experience and co-leader of Interprofessional education. She has taught at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and Tulane University School of Social Work. Mrs. Ellman embedded service learning into all her classes and is dedicated to continuing to work together with the community in and out of the classroom. Currently, she maintains private practices in Dallas and Ambler PA, where she specializes in working with adolescents, postpartum depression and couples. Carly is working on her PhD in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies and hopes to continue her research in the area of Interprofessional Education, community engagement and experiential learning.                                                                                                                 

Stanley J. Kania III   Stanley Kania III

Dr. Stanly Kania graduated from our program in 2018. His dissertation title is "The Use of Social Media and E-Marketing Practices in Graduate Student Recruitment: An Investigation of Graduate Enrollment Management Practices. " Dr. Kania is a Lecturer at the program. He is also Enrollment Management Recruiter at Geisnger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is a highly motivated and skilled higher education professional with 9+ years of experience in enrollment management and college teaching. Dr. Kania's admissions experience includes enrollment management marketing and strategic planning, enrollment management forecasting, and market analysis for program growth and sustainability. Additionally, as an educator and college professor, Dr. Kania has held adjunct faculty positions at Lackawanna College, Marywood University, and Wilkes University teaching a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in management, leadership, and statistics. He is a published researcher and has presented his research at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. He also possesses an extensive background in research methodology, particularly quantitative methods and research statistics. He currently serves as a Board Director and Chair of the Publications Committee for NAGAP, The Leader in Graduate Enrollment Management where he is the Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives, a newsmagazine for NAGAP members. He also serves as a member on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Applied Professional Studies, a scholarly peer-reviewed academic journal. Dr. Kania holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Administration & Leadership and Master of Business Administration, both from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. His academic research interests include higher education leadership, higher education policy, and strategic enrollment management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Leon John. Jr.        Leon John, Jr.      

Dr. Leon John, Jr. graduated from our program in 2019. He is Director of Alumni Engagement at East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania. Experienced university administrator with a demonstrated history of working in multiple aspects of the higher education industry. Skilled in management, diversity and inclusiveness, classroom instruction, academic advising, volunteer management, public speaking, research, Title IX training, and fundraising. Strong business development professional with an M.A. in Public Administration and PhD. with a focus in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation title was "Self-Efficacy Among Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education in Northeastern Pennsylvania. "                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 Ryan Leckey  Ryan Leckey

Dr. Ryan Lecky graduated from our program in 2020. His dissertation title was "The Effects on Self-Esteem of Viewing Male Idealized Bodies on the Setting of Social Media: A Comparison of Gay and Straight Men. " Dr. Lecky is an American Emmy nominated television personality who works at WNEP-TV in Pennsylvania. He is best known for his high energy storytelling of breaking news and his conduct of iconic interviews with television legends like Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin, and even politicians like former President Bill Clinton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Kenneth Luck      Kenneth Luck

Dr. Kenny Luck graduated from the program in 2019. His dissertation title was "Emergence of Conspiratorial Ideas and Big Data: A Google N-gram Viewer Quantitative Analysis of Historical Trends from 1900 to 2008." Dr. Luck is Assistant Professor of Media Arts at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, NY. He has solid background in teaching, media production, writing and editing, photography, video production, project management and execution, and qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Directed and produced the television documentary, “Opioid Nation: The Making of an Epidemic,” which aired on WVIA-TV (PBS affiliate) in September 2018. Personal characteristics include: nine years research, media, and teaching experience; experienced in the general planning and detailed execution of projects; a self-motivated achiever who is efficient, well organized, and has excellent interpersonal skills; and, always meet deadlines with accuracy and quality. Strong on follow-through.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Tara Lopatofsky

Dr. Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS earned her doctorate from Marywood University in May 2019. Her dissertation was entitled The Perceived Impact of a Post-Secondary Education Program on Kenyan Catholic Sisters’ Understanding of Their Lives as Women Religious: A Case Study. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Development, both from Arizona State University. Dr. Lopatofsky is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) and a certified primary, secondary, and special education instructor. Currently, Dr. Lopatofsky is the Senior Program Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation at the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). ASEC is an international nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities for Catholic sisters in Africa. As Senior Program Manager, she works to collect, interpret, and report program evaluation data from all 11 countries in which ASEC operates. Dr. Lopatofsky was also Marywood University's 2019 recipient of the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Research.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Heather                                                               Heather Messina

Heather is a senior contract and grant specialist at Lehigh University’s College of Health. She is responsible for activities related to the life cycle of sponsored program administration, such as identifying sources of funding, proposal preparation and contract management, as well as providing financial support to faculty, staff, and students. She works closely with Associate Dean for Research, principal investigators and ORSP to manage grants and contracts. She also brings over nine years of institutional knowledge to the college, having made the internal transfer.

Heather has deep pre- and post- award research administration experience and throughout her career has demonstrated leadership by training and mentoring new hires. During her time at ORSP, she was responsible for pre- and post- award tasks, from proposal preparation through grant award for several engineering departments and an interdisciplinary program. She also has contributed to developing and revising administrative processes. Prior to her work at Lehigh, Heather was a grant specialist for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa. There, she was responsible for research development and cultivating relationships with agency contacts, industry partners and other key stakeholders in support of medical research. In addition to being a Ph.D. student at our program, Heather is also a graduate of Marywood University's Master of Public Administration program (graduated in 2011).                                                                                                                                                                                    
Heather concludes with the following: "I warmly remember my years as an undergraduate (UG '08) and graduate student (G '11) at Marywood University. The influence of lifelong learning and curiosity began early as a student educated by the Sisters of IHM at St. Rose Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, PA (2004). As a returning scholar, I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Administration & Leadership at Marywood University. The opportunity to be part of an online, cross-disciplinary Ph.D. program is both rare and exciting. My previous degrees from Marywood have opened the door to a solid career path for me in research administration, and I am hopeful that obtaining this advanced degree will allow me to take my career to the next level as an administrator in higher education."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Caroline Millen                                                                        Caroline Millen                                                                                                                                               

Dr. Caroline Millen graduated from our program in 2020. Her dissertation title was "The Impact of Teaching Resilience, Goal Attainment, and Other Essential Leadership Skills to Young Adults via Virtual Instruction. " Dr. Millen is a Lecturer in the Education, Business, and MPA programs at Marywood University and the Apprenticeship Coordinator at Keystone College.


Narad Pokhrel

Narad Pokhrel, born in the foot hill of Neoly, Bhutan moved as a Refugee and made his second home, Nepal, stayed there for 18 years until he resettled to the great country, USA in 2009 making his third home. He has attended M.A. in English literature from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has completed his MHSA (Master’s in health services administration) from Marywood University, Scranton, 2014. He is current Ph.D. final year student at Marywood University as well.

Mr. Pokhrel is a former refugee from Bhutan and current CEO at Neoly Home Care, LLC. During the three decade -long journey of unbecoming and becoming a citizen, agony, and pain in the refugee life along with an abundance of opportunity in resettled homes now, his life with his fellow refugee striving harder each day to shape their lives. The journey from the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to the refugee camp in Nepal and then to the Land of the brave is not easy but full of ups and downs, turns and twists, and lost and hope. He is grateful towards the adopted country of America. He is obliged to those who supported them for the unconditional humanitarian care provided to the victims of human rights violations like them.
Mr. Pokhrel served as a Founding President of Bhutanese Community of Scranton. He is affiliated to many social organizations and a good lyricist. He is an eminent community leader. He is our proud student at Mary University. He said, ‘I am immensely proud to be the student at Marywood back in 2012 to 2014, and now in the PhD program, I salute the Program’s Director, without whom I won’t be here for the program, he is one best professor at Marywood University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Waleska Salgado
Waleska Salgado

Waleska is currently pursuing her PhD in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Study at Marywood University. She is the Residence Director for Regina Hall at Marywood University and a Research Assistant for ASEC. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her background includes extensive experience in residential administration and is passionate for student development. Waleska is also an animal lover and enjoys riding her horses in her spare time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Charles Salvo Charles Salvo

Charles J. Salvo, DPT, MS, GCS is currently a Lab Assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT) at the University of Scranton. He has been an active Physical Therapist volunteer at the Edward R. Leahy Clinic since 2015 and most recently began assisting in the Orthopedic Lab this past fall. Dr. Salvo attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate and graduate student studying Chemistry. As an undergraduate student, he spent two summers in South Korea at Pohang University of Science and Technology studying Biochemical Engineering. In collaboration with Korean graduate students, his work aided in the publication of a peer reviewed article within the Journal of Separation Science in 2010. Also, in 2010, he received a BS and MS degree of Science within the field of Chemistry. Following the completion of these degrees, he attended the University of Scranton to study Physical Therapy. As a student, he was a Graduate Assistant and shared a heightened level of interest in Physical Therapy research with the faculty. This interest led to the completion and publication of a research study in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice in 2015. He earned his DPT from the University of Scranton in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Salvo began practicing as a Physical Therapist within the home health setting. While in home health, he held and continues to hold, numerous positions including Staff Physical Therapist, Director of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, Clinical Manager, and QAPI Team Leader. Since graduation, he also received American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) certification as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 2018. Dr. Salvo currently continues his education as a PhD student at Marywood University. His research interests include balance, strength, and fall prevention within the centenarian population.


Amy Washo

Amy Washo

Dr. Amy Washo graduated from the program in 2019. Her dissertation title was "Social Engineering Susceptibility: A Study on Demographics and Information Security Awareness in Small Businesses." Dr. Washo is Accounting Instructor at Marywood University. Prior to that she worked as Controller at Sho Technology Solution in Scranton, Pennsylvania as well as teaching at Wilkes University.