New faculty and staff members join Penn State Beaver

September 04, 2013

This semester, Penn State Beaver welcomed new faculty and staff. Amy L. Deuink is head librarian, Sherry L. Kratsas is instructor in computer science and engineering, and Kimberly M. Worst was named laboratory preparation technician.

Deuink served as reference and instruction librarian for the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona for six years and held the same position at the Ciletti Memorial Library at Penn State Schuylkill for four years. In addition, she has worked as a documents cataloger, reference assistant, circulation and welcome desk and lending services staffer, intern, and volunteer for Schlow Memorial Library in State College and the Penn State University Libraries.

She co-authored a book, “The Library Student Advisory Board: Why Your Academic Library Needs It and How to Make it Work,” which was published by McFarland in 2009. Deuink has also co-authored three articles; is a regular contributor to the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Bulletin and the PaLA College & Research Division blog, “It’s Academic!"; and has had 10 presentations and proceedings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, and online.

Deuink holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Penn State. She can be contacted at or 724-773-3791.

Kratsas is co-founder of and software developer for Appenstance, LLC in Sewickley. Previously, she was senior engineer for Accipiter Systems, Inc.; software engineer for Nomos Radiation Oncology; systems analyst for Askesis Development Group, Inc.; software engineer for Cellomics, Inc.; and junior software engineer for Azimuth, Incorporated. She also worked as a graduate research assistant at West Virginia Virtual Environments Laboratory and as a graduate teaching assistant at West Virginia University.

She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. Kratsas holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering (software engineering major) and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from West Virginia University.

She can be reached at or 724-773-3972.

Worst comes to Beaver campus from the Huston Group, New Castle, where she was a metal working fluid specialist for two years. Prior to that position, she taught chemistry and physical science for St. Michaels Middle High School in Maryland. She spent four years as a laboratory aide in Westminster College’s Department of Chemistry; was a research intern at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University; and conducted student research at Westminster. Worst has written several publications for the American Chemical Society and the California Association of Criminalists; and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Westminster College. She can be contacted at 724-773-3890.

Last Updated January 09, 2015