Worthington Scranton campus adds new administrators, faculty and staff

September 04, 2012

Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, chancellor at Penn State Worthington Scranton, has announced the recent hiring of the following individuals on campus:

W. Charles Patrick has been named Chief Academic Officer and professor of engineering. He comes to PSWS from Morehead State University in northeast Kentucky, where he was the Assistant Vice President of the University College. In that role, he managed general education, assessment, accreditation, testing, professional development, first year programs, academic advising and retention. He also directed the accreditation reaffirmation from 2008-2011.

He is a graduate of WV Institute of Technology, WV University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech, where he got his doctoral degree in engineering. Prior to his position at MSU, Patrick spent three years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michelle K. Schutt is the new Director of Student Services and will supervise financial aid, counseling, student activities, career services, and student health services. She received her bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University in English Education, a master’s in English Education from Emporia State University, and a master’s in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University. Schutt is in the process of completing her doctorate in College and University Leadership from Colorado State University.

Prior to joining Penn State Worthington Scranton, she was the assistant director of residence live at the University of Wyoming. Her professional experience covers many aspects of student services, including: hiring and training; judicial affairs; conference services; student programming; new student orientation; budget oversight; and emergency response and crisis management.

Caressa Gearhart is the Advising Center Manager and will supervise and assess advising program operations and advising projects, and is responsible for administration of the First-Year Testing, Consulting and Advising Program, and the campus’ Division of Undergraduate Studies and Provisional enrollment and programs. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State and a master’s degree in English, rhetoric and composition from West Virginia University, where she was also a graduate teaching assistant.

In her new role, she will also coordinate academic advising training and development for faculty and professional advisors; create and disseminate academic information to other University units, advisors, and students; and provide academic advising to students. She will also coordinate research and assessment within the campus; recommend policy/procedure modifications; develop and implement advising technology; and assist with strategic planning and recruitment and retention activities.

Prior to joining Penn State Worthington Scranton, she was Learning Commons Coordinator at Mount Aloysius College and an academic counselor and tutoring coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she had also been an adjunct English faculty member and a coordinator in its Office of Student Affairs.

Jonathan Tobin is the new coordinator of career development and placement (career counselor). He will assist students in career exploration, solidifying career/life goals, and obtaining the experiences and skills they need to provide for a smooth transition into the workforce after graduation. He will also work to develop and enhance relationships between students, faculty, employers and Penn State alumni.

He is also responsible for career counseling services; educational programming for career searches and exploration; preparing students for the job application and interview process; and job recruitment activities such as internships, job/internship postings and contacts, job search techniques, career fairs and on-campus interview programs.

Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, and was most recently a graduate admissions counselor at Marywood University. He also served as the associate director of the Career Development Center at Shippensburg University and was an admissions director and counselor at Central Pennsylvania College.

He holds a master's degree in counseling with a concentration in student personnel from Shippensburg University and a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University.

Griff Lewis is the new instructional designer, and will be responsible for developing instructional design services, materials, and delivery methods at the campus; integrating technology into teaching, learning and research activities; and collaborating with students, faculty, staff and administrators in developing instructional materials for projects and delivery.

A graduate of East Stroudsburg University where he received his bachelor’s degree in media,  communications and technology, he earned his master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Marywood University, as well as a PA Department of Education Instructional Technology Specialist and Microsoft Office User Specialist certification.

He has more than 20 years experience in higher education, having worked at Marywood University, the University of Scranton and Lackawanna College, in addition to positions outside higher education as an information technology consultant.

Christopher Lewis is the new enrollment services specialist in our Admissions Department. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marywood University and has worked as an admissions counselor at Marywood University and as senior assistant director of admissions at Binghamton University.

He has experience in transfer and adult recruitment, strategic planning and 90-day action plans, data management, and is particularly skilled in the use of a variety of admissions and enrollment services/management software programs.

Kristen Martinelli is the new administrative assistant in our Business and Finance Office. She has 18 years of experience and most recently held the position of executive assistant to the director of Luzerne County Office of Community Development. She has also worked in higher education at both King’s and Wilkes universities as the office coordinator in the Academic Skills Center and as an administrative assistant to the director of the Small Business Development Center, respectively.

Martinelli holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from King’s College.

Worthington Scranton campus also has added new faculty members:

Annette Blasi-Strubeck joins the Worthington Scranton faculty as an instructor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and two master’s degrees in health service administration and nursing administration from Marywood University. She is a licensed registered nurse for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

She has more than 25 years experience as an intensive care unit nurse and while working in the Intensive Care Unit at Moses Taylor Hospital, she participated in the development and implementation of the hospital’s Rapid Response Team (RRT).

Blasi-Strubeck is also an ACLS instructor and has been a clinical instructor at Worthington Scranton since 2009 and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau - International Honor Society of Nursing and Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society.

Carol Reed has been hired as an instructor of mathematics. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics/secondary education certification from Albright College and her master’s in mathematics from Lehigh University. She has experience teaching algebra and calculus at Lehigh Carbon Community College and previously was the assistant varsity field hockey coach for the Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Reed has published "Writing to Enhance Mathematical Understanding" in the 2005-06 Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Yearbook and has attended several mathematics workshops and presented at five mathematics annual conferences. She holds several professional and academic memberships.


Kathryn Carney, who was a nursing instructor at Worthington Scranton campus for more than 15 years; and Barbara Konopka, a nursing instructor at the campus since 1996, both retired this past summer.

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