Academic Affairs Staff – Albright College

Academic Affairs Staff

Provost

Karen A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Provost
kcampbell@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7643

Dr. Karen Campbell took on the role of acting provost in 2018 and, following the recommendation of the Faculty Executive Committee, was appointed to the permanent position in 2019. Campbell’s service to Albright College began in 1989 when she joined the faculty in the biology department. She has spent the last three decades teaching a variety of classes ranging from general biology for first-year students to advanced physiology and senior seminars in behavioral endocrinology and neurobiology. Named the P. Kenneth Nase Chair of Biology in 1999, she is also known as Albright’s own “Batwoman,” thanks to an interest in the study of bats sparked as the result of an undergraduate field experience. This interest has continued over her career at Albright through her work with students in the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) program. She is a Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor for the USFWS. Campbell currently serves as a member of the Berks County Workforce Development Board, and United Way’s Ready.Set.Read!, and is a trustee of the Oley Valley Youth Character Building. An active Rotarian, Campbell serves on the STEM YEA (Youth Explorer Academy) development board, and is a member of the District 7430 Environmental Sustainability Team. Campbell earned a bachelor of science in biology from Queen’s University, a master of science from York University, and a doctorate in physiology and zoology from Indiana University. She is the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards, including the Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Award and the Lindback Foundation Award, and she is a member of AAC&U’s Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century (PKAL F21) Class of 1999.
Patrick G. Blaine, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment
pblaine@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7206

Dr. Patrick Blaine is Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment. He also serves as the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to MSCHE. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (2010) and spent many years teaching and publishing as a Latin American studies scholar, specializing in literature and film of the Southern Cone, including at Morningside University in Sioux City, IA, where he was an Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages. More recently, he served as Dean of Arts & Humanities, Dean of Curriculum, Assessment, and Grants Development, and Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness (2017-2023) at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. Patrick remains active in the field of literary translation, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the American Literary Translators Association.
Anne Coleman, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Student Success
acoleman@albright.edu | 610-929-6653

Dr. Anne Coleman joined the Albright community in February 2021. With a PhD in Neuroscience, Dr. Coleman spent nearly 30 years as professor and academic advisor, until she switched her full time focus to Academic Support and became part of administration in 2019. She believes education is a right and is committed to supporting students through their own unique academic journeys. She believes such support should be wholistic with the student at the center, leveraging their strengths and honoring their voices. She has presented nationally on topics around science teaching pedagogy in addition to her work with parents of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Hot coffee first thing in the morning is an absolute must for Dr. C and at the end of the day she can often be found reading a wide range of science fiction. Dr. C believes her breadth of experiences has prepared her for her work here at Albright. No day is ever the same, but the best part of any day is the time she spends meeting with Albright students. Make an appointment or stop by her office, her door is always open.
David Tanner
Assistant Provost for Cultural Resources and Campus Programming
dtanner@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7619

David Tanner, dean, arts and cultural resources, manages both the Freedman Gallery and the Albright Theatre, and coordinates the arts administration program. In previous positions he served as the COO of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, as the Associate Director for Administration at the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, and as the Executive Director for the Association of Midwest Museums, a professional organization serving eight states throughout the Midwest. Tanner also taught in the Master’s program for museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds a MPA in museum administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, along with three bachelor’s degrees, in English, history, and paralegal studies.

Dean

Lisa Wilder, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Professional Studies
lwilder@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7866

Dr. Lisa Wilder is serving as the interim dean of the School of Professional Studies. The School of Professional Studies houses Albright's graduate programs in Applied Psychology, Athletic Leadership, Education and Business as well as online undergraduate programs in Accounting, Addictions Studies, Applied Psychology, Business and Interdisciplinary Studies. Lisa has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics since 2001. Prior to serving as dean, she was the founding program director of the Masters of Business and has served various leadership positions including Department Chair, Dearden Chair in Business, budget chair and as a Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee Member. She specializes in applied econometrics and institutional economics meaning that she uses economic data to learn about behavior. Specifically, she studies income distribution in a cross-section of countries by gender, race and other factors. Her work has been published both nationally and internationally and her studies, some which have included undergraduate co-authors, has taken her to nearly 30 countries. She loves to experience new cultures and new things and is passionate about economic justice. She has developed new study abroad programs including courses in Japan and India and has a course in development to Cuba. Dr Wilder loves a good puzzle and thus economics and using the methods of sciences to better figure out how the world works is her passion. Dr. Wilder has received both the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. A Pennsylvania native, she received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech. She is an avid hiker and camper and an empty-nester, living in Reading, Pennsylvania, with her husband Frank and 2 very spoiled cats.
Irene Langran, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of General Education and Faculty Development
ilangran@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7570

Dr. Irene Langran is the Associate Dean of General Education and Faculty Development at Albright College. She is also a professor of Political Science, teaching courses in international law, human rights, and global health. Her research interests include globalization, global health, and global governance. A passionate advocate of interdisciplinary studies, Dr. Langran co-edited Globalization and Global Citizenship: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Routledge, 2016). She has published in several academic journals, including Global Governance, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Asian Studies, New Global Studies, Canadian Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. An innovative teacher dedicated to the promotion of civil and productive political conversations in the classroom, Dr. Langran received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Albright College in 2016. Dr. Langran received her doctorate from the University of Toronto, specializing in the comparative politics of developing countries. The field research for her dissertation focused on health sector reform in the war-torn southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Before joining Albright’s faculty, she worked with nongovernmental organizations in multiple countries—experiences she brings to her classroom today.
Kim Justeson
Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning & Student Professional Development
kjusteson@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 6739

Kim Justeson launched Albright's Center for Experiential Learning and Research in 2006, which has since combined with the Career Development Center to be known as the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center. After graduating with a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas-Austin she taught, lived and traveled abroad for several years. Kim holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Albright College and the professional certification in education abroad through the Forum on Education Abroad. She has completed the Experiential Education Academy through the National Society for Experiential Education and was recently certified as a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.Kim’s passion is travel and she has traveled throughout Asia, Australia, Micronesia, Europe, and Latin America. She loves working with students to find experiential learning opportunities to enhance their coursework.

Director

Laura Heckart
Director at the Albright Early Learning Center
laura.heckart@brighthorizons.com | 610-921-2381 extension 9324

Laura Heckart became Director of the Albright Early Learning Center in 2008. Laura brings over 20 years of experience teaching children of all ages ranging from high school to early childhood. With a career focus on children's social emotional development, Laura continually seeks opportunities to network with community resources and educational agencies to support children at the center. Under Laura's leadership, the Albright Early Learning Center is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children- a hallmark of the highest quality in early childhood programs. Laura is recognized as a Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System trainer and assessor. In this role, Laura regularly provides training and support to area early childhood programs. Laura completed her undergraduate degree at Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree in Special Education from Albright College. Laura holds her teaching certificate in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education. In her role as director, Laura is able to leverage her passion for community outreach, family partnerships, and educating teachers toward benefitting the children and families at the center.
Paul Janssen
Director, Center for Excellence in Local Government(CELG)
pjanssen@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7246

Paul Janssen, Director, has served as Director of the Center for Excellence in Local Government since August, 2012. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bloomsburg University and a Masters in Public Administration from The American University. Prior to coming to the Center, Paul was a Township or City Manager for over 25 years in four municipalities in Pennsylvania. Paul also was a consultant to local government and non-profits over the past six years including a 30 month commitment as an interim Borough Manager. Additionally, Paul has served as the Coordinator for the Consortium of Communities for Montgomery and Chester County.
Denise Shorey
Director of Library Services
dshorey@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7852

Denise Shorey has been Director of Library Services at Gingrich Library since 2022. After earning her MLS from Rutgers University, she worked in New Jersey for several years before moving to other libraries around the country. During her library career, she has held increasingly responsible positions in both research and college libraries. Most recently, she worked at Franklin College in central Indiana, and before that worked in cities such as South Bend IN, Evanston IL, and Walla Walla, WA. Denise has an undergraduate degree in linguistics, French, and Spanish as well as a graduate diploma in international relations. Originally from Barbados, she worked in that country’s foreign service before switching careers to librarianship. Denise is active professionally and her interests include trends in academic libraries and higher education, human resources, and the changing role of libraries. She is passionate about the synergies to be gained through collaborative partnerships across campus.
Rachel Liberatore
Co-Director of Student Academic Support Services and the Director of the Writing Center
rliberatore@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7854

Rachel Liberatore has been working at Albright since 2009 as the Writing Center Director and as an instructor of ENG 101, ENG 102 and FYS, and she is excited about her newly expanded role also working with the Student Success Center. She has a BA in English and Education from Grinnell College, an MA in English from the University of New Mexico, and an MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (TESOL emphasis) from the University of New Mexico. In her work with tutoring centers, she has a particular interest in tutor staff development that helps students gain new creative/professional identities and leadership roles. Please stop by her office or request an appointment if you would like to talk about any aspect of tutoring on campus.
Becky Makowiecki
Co-Director Student Academic Support Services & Director of Subject Area Tutoring
rmakowiecki@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7679

Becky Makowiecki has been with Student Success Center (formally ALC) since 2011, assisting with supporting students, staff, faculty, and the campus community. She graduated from Albright with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Applied Psychology. She leads our subject-area peer tutoring program and co-directs our student academic support services. She takes pride in creating a welcoming space for students to learn together and discover new skills for their academic journey through our peer tutoring program. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know the students of Albright and working with such a dedicated peer tutoring staff.
Wanda Copeland, MBA, CDP
Director of Student Academic Success
wcopeland@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7582

Wanda Copeland has over 20 plus years of higher education experience. She has been director of the following: Student Academic Success, Academic Recovery Programs, TRIO Student Support Services, Multicultural Engagement, Freshman Foundations, Act 101, Cross-Cultural Services, Academic Advancement. She is also an FYS Instructor. Each capacity involved working closely with students to assist them with achieving academic excellence and personal growth. Also, served as a key resource and advocate for students, faculty, staff and the community to assist, facilitate, and guide with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging programs and training. Wanda enjoys guiding students to gain a better insight of their academic journey and empowering them to do better through a process that involves self-awareness, curiosity, and accountability.
Jason Deitz
Director of First Year Experience
jdeitz@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7788

Jason Deitz’s 18-year history in higher education (4.5 years at Albright College) includes admissions, marketing and recruitment, student success retention efforts, and financial literacy, counseling, planning, and support. Jason graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications and went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from Alvernia University. His experience working in small private school settings has provided the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students and parents, while providing a successful, quality environment promoting informed educational decisions. Jason looks forward to continuing his goal to help each student earn the degree of their choosing here at Albright College – his door is always open!
James Palmer
Director of Institutional Research
jpalmer@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension

James Palmer, Director of Institutional Research, has been in data analysis for higher education for over a decade, with the California community college system and state colleges, and most recently, the Online Campus of Old Dominion University. He brings with him a multi-industry perspective of military (combat medic) technology (SysAdmin), hospitality (B&B Innkeeper), agriculture (Horticulture), and higher education (Business Adjunct), with a focus in system integration, data wrangling, an application launches. He holds an MBA in International Management, graduate certificate in Business Intelligence, BS in e-Business/Business, and associates in Geography and Horticulture. James’s interests are as wide as his background, with a passion for gardening, computers, instructional technology, fiction writing, RV camping, and life-long learning.
Ali Lombardo
Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
alombardo@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7667

Ali Lombardo has over 10 years working in the area of grants and sponsored programs. She has worked at various sized institutions of higher education. She comes to us most recently from the University of Arkansas where she served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Director of Sponsored Programs, and led and oversaw the team responsible for pre-award and post-award sponsored program activity on campus. Prior to her role at the University of Arkansas, she served as the Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations at The College of Wooster where she led and oversaw the execution of a College-wide grants and sponsored research program. She received her law degree from Cleveland State University College of Law, her Master’s in Education from John Carroll University, and her Bachelor of Arts in European History. She enjoys reading and spending time with her cat in her free time.

Staff

Charlotte Palmer
Associate Director of Career Development
cpalmer@albright.edu | 610-929-6740

Charlotte Palmer graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH with a B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate years, she participated in research, an internship, and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. These experiences cemented her understanding of the importance of exploring one’s interests to the fullest during college. While pursuing her master’s degree at Stony Brook University, Charlotte fell in love with advising college students about the career development process and is excited to bring that enthusiasm to Albright. During her spare time she loves to spend time traveling to the North Fork of Long Island where she grew up and spending time with her family and her dog, Pip.
Angela Fonte
Academic Affairs Business Manager
afonte@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7718

Angela Fonte has been at Albright since 2006 and became the Academic Affairs Business Manager in 2012. She currently leads and manages budget and finance work for the Academic Affairs Division, and is responsible for the preparation of data for faculty payroll. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in psychology and has over 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral health including direct care, program management, grant writing and outpatient billing recovery. Angela is an antique car enthusiast who enjoys traveling with her husband in their 1931 Studebaker and 1959 Ford Skyliner, but her greatest enjoyment is animal rescue and caring for senior and special needs dogs. Angela currently resides in Exeter Township with her husband, Ron, and their three dogs, Gidget, Duke and Lacey.
Vicki Graff
Executive Assistant to the Provost
vgraff@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7643

Vicki Graff joined the Albright staff in January of 2023 as the Executive Assistant to the Provost. Previously, she was the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Fox Theatres, an independent cinema exhibitor formerly based in Berks County. She is active in the local theater community, as Artistic Director of the Reading Theater Project and as a playwright and opera librettist. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and lives in West Reading with her creative child and their extremely-friendly dog.
Leigh Anne Fernandes
Faculty Governance Assistant
lfernandes@albright.edu | 610-921-2381 extension 7639

Leigh Anne Fernandes has been working at Albright College since 2015 as the Faculty Governance Assistant. She assists faculty and staff on various areas that pertain to the faculty committees. With over 15 years of experience as an administrative assistant in higher education and non-profit organizations, she enjoys working with faculty to keep things organized and on track. In her spare time, Leigh Anne likes to travel, listen to music, and spend time outdoors.