Meet the Officers
Michael Gross, Director
Director Gross is a graduate of Reading High School. While in high school, he signed up for the delayed entry program with the United States Marine Corps and began his active duty shortly after graduation. During his time in the Marines, he served stateside as well as overseas in several capacities. He looked at service to his country much the same way as he views his class time here at Albright, a defining life-changing experience.
During his employment with the Department of Public Safety, Director. Gross graduated from Albright in 2011 with two degrees. The true worth of a liberal arts education is a perspective that not only prepares you for a career; it also requires you to engage in thought-provoking experiences that enrich you as a person. His value in working in higher education is based on his insight to prepare as well as to educate students for a productive life after leaving Albright. Working on a college campus provides each officer with the unique opportunity to do that.
Director Gross was sworn in as a private policeman for Albright College through the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County in 2006. He is the department’s Clery Compliance Officer and is a lead instructor for the College’s Service Excellence initiative that is designed to make the Albright experience exceptionally positive for everyone who comes in contact with Albright. In addition to attending many conferences, training courses and seminars throughout his tenure at the College, he completed an intensive program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications through the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.
His message to students is this: “Whatever your passion is, pursue it to your fullest extent. Regrets are something you have if you don’t take full advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you. College is a unique opportunity that many don’t have for a variety of reasons. Please take advantage of it because the opportunity may not come again. Good luck to you during your time at Albright.”
Beverly Fegley, Administrative Assistant
Bev hails from Central PA. After graduating from high school and earning a secretarial diploma from a business school in Williamsport, she started her career as a copywriter at a local radio station. Shortly thereafter, she applied for and was selected to begin working as a departmental secretary at Lock Haven University. In addition to all the regular secretarial duties, her responsibilities were many and varied: covering the copy center whenever necessary; taking and transcribing minutes for several college-wide committees; serving as advisor to the music department’s band sorority; establishing a social organization for the secretaries – aptly named The Wheels; creating posters, programs and brochures for various departments; and any other responsibilities where she could be of assistance to the department and to the college.
In 1985, she relocated to Reading where she married her husband, Fred, and accepted a secretary position with CNA Insurance. After 9 years, she was relieved of her post due to company downsizing. A month later, she was hired as a secretary in the Albright Admission Office.
A retirement party was planned in 2007; however, she was contacted by the former Director of Public Safety who asked her if she would have any interest in working in his department. The rest, “they” say, is history!
Associate and Assistant Directors
Becki Achey, Associate Director
Associate Director Achey has been working in the Department of Public Safety since fall of 2008. She was promoted to corporal in 2010 and her current position in fall of 2013. In 2012, she obtained her Act 235 Lethal Weapons Certification through the Pennsylvania State Police In addition to attending many conferences, training courses and seminars throughout her time at the College, she also completed a 2-day intensive Title IX and Sexual Investigator Training Course through atIXa at Swathmore College, a 3- day Sex Crimes Investigation Training Course at Rider University and a 3-day Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Training Course at UMASS Boston. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Spanish, from East Stroudsburg University in 2005. Before coming to Albright College, she was an elementary school teacher in the Pocono (PA) Region and also in Berks County for three years. Becki also was member of the field hockey team at ESU and was a co-captain in 2004. She then went on to coach hockey for six years at various levels and in the last two years as a head coach at Albright College. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program at Albright College and plans to graduate in the spring of 2017.
Assoc. Dir. Achey was certified to teach R.A.D. Basic Self Defense for Women in the spring of 2010 and is very committed to ensuring the safety of all students here at Albright. Since 2010, the the Albright R.A.D. Instructors have taught over 200 students. She believes in R.A.D. and continues to find new ways to promote the growth of the program, such as the new R.A.D. web site, brochures and on-line class registering. • The Department of Public Safety has also hosted the R.A.D. Instructor Certification Courses since 2012.
In her role as Associate Director, she oversees operations of the department, investigates criminal incidents on campus, supervises the Student Officer Program, manages the department website, ID Card Access System and video surveillance system, schedules for the department, is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Grant Director and coordinates security for events on campus. Achey serves on the Berks County United Way Committee, is the Coordinator for the annual Safety Awareness Program, is a member of the P.R.I.D.E Award Committee and is a member of the President’s Council for Diversity and Community. In 2011, she was honored with the Albright College Pride Award.
Becki resides in Berks County with her husband, Kevin, 3 year old son, Jaxon, and 18 month old daughter, Jocelyn.
Andrew Wenger, Assistant Director
Assistant Director Wenger is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. In 1991, he enlisted with the Pennsylvania State Police and served at stations in Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lebanon, and Lehigh Counties. During the majority of his career with the Pennsylvania State Police, Assistant Director Wenger served as a criminal investigator and a criminal investigation unit supervisor. He rose through the ranks to become the commander of the statewide Organized Crime Task Force, Public Corruption Task Force, Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, and the Auto Theft Task Force. Asst. Dir. Wenger retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2017 as a Captain, last serving as the Director of Tactical Operations within the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the Department’s Special Emergency Response Teams (SERT), the Bomb Squads (HDES), and the Canine Program.
Assistant Director Wenger is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and has received extensive criminal investigative training. Most recently, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Reading Area Community College for over 10 years. Asst. Dir. Wenger is a past counselor and active sponsor of the Pennsylvania State Police’s Camp Cadet program.
In his role of Assistant Director, his responsibilities will include overseeing criminal investigations, the neighborhood complaint program and the e2 Campus emergency notification system.
Assistant Director Wenger resides in Berks County with his wife, Paula and two children, Matthew and Ashley.
John McCormack, Operations Supervisor
Operations Supervisor McCormack is a graduate from the former Holy Name High School and Alvernia College (University) with a B.A. in Criminal Justice System Administration. Early in his career, he worked at a nuclear power plant and shortly thereafter, he was hired as a Juvenile Corrections Officer at the Berks County Juvenile Detention Center. He quickly rose through the ranks and as the Superintendent, he was responsible for three distinct secure and residential 24-hour per day programs, as well as a diverse staff of professionals ranging from correctional, medical, treatment and support services. John was honored with the President’s Award and the Distinguished Service Award by JDCAP. In conjunction with his years of public service, he was also an elected Constable and performed duties such as serving civil papers, warrants and prisoner transports.
He is also a graduate of the Minor Judiciary Education Board and was certified to hold the office of District Justice. Along with a long list of past certifications such as, passive physical restraint, Crisis Prevention Intervention, fire training, etc., John is also certified in “Safe Schools” in PA and “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education” provided by FEMA.
Prior to his employment at Albright, John worked in the business sector and was the head Tennis Coach for the Alvernia University men’s tennis team from 2012-2016.
Operations Supervisor McCormack looks forward to assisting with the established procedures in the Department of Public Safety with his experience in the criminal justice system, the business world and higher education.
Eric Jenkins, Operations Supervisor
Eric Jenkins is a graduate of Reading High School and attended Susquehanna University, Reading Area Community College and Temple University. Early in his career he worked in banking, shortly thereafter decided to get into working with children as a Therapeutic Support staff. Eric then began to work for PeaceWorks department at Berks Women in Crisis as a Community Educator. In 2001 he was hired at the Berks County Youth Center where he began his Juvenile Corrections career. He started as a Shelter Care Counselor and then quickly rose through the ranks transitioning to the Juvenile Detention program serving as a Resident Director. As a Resident Director he supervised Juvenile Corrections Counselors in a 78 bed Detention program. Eric also specialized in Gang intelligence and was a member of the 222 Anti-Gang Initiative as well as becoming a Trainer at the Berks County Youth Center often training new hires and providing re-certification training for staff. He has also worked at the Children’s Home of Reading as a Residential Services Manager overseeing the residential program, Abraxas Academy as a Treatment Supervisor for the Detention program and Bethany Children’s Home as a Cottage Supervisor for the Independent Living Program.
Eric resides in Schuylkill County with his daughter Maya.
Arthur Bromirski, Public Safety Officer
As he is often wont to say, Sgt. Bromirski came to Albright 26 years ago, fell in love with the College, and never left.
As the Public Safety Desk Sergeant and College Greeter, Sgt. Bromirski has the rare opportunity and privilege of interacting with almost everyone who comes to campus. He also supervises all special event parking and manages the College key system and the issuance of campus keys.
Prior to his arrival at Albright, he endured the rigors of Jesuit prep school and attended Assumption College, obtaining a BA degree in Foreign Affairs. Upon graduation, he was employed by Warner Books, a division of Warner Communications in New York. In 1976, he received the representative of the year award for the highest unit sales and dollar volume nationwide. He then moved on to Allen-Arthur Productions in Beverly Hills where he created specialty marketing promotions.
At Albright College in 2004, Sgt. “Art” was the recipient of the Alumni Association Service Award and more recently, in 2009, he was honored with the Albright College Pride Award.
Sgt. Bromirski heartily believes that our students are a pleasure to serve and a joy to know. They are the greatest gift of Albright College.
Angela Dixon, Corporal
Angela has been working with the Department of Public Safety since 2013 and became a full-time third shift officer in July of 2015. She is a now a certified RAD instructor. This is her first year and she is excited to be so involved in a program that benefits the students.
Angela graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Berks Technical Institute in 2013. She also completed her internship with us. Angela plans to go back to school and get her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Lauren Rampolla, Corporal
Officer Lauren Rampolla is a 2008 graduate of the former Reading Central Catholic High School. She is proud to be back at Albright after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology in 2012. Lauren has also returned to the Albright classroom to pursue a Master’s Degree in General Education.
Lauren was hired as a full-time Public Safety Officer in June 2014. In addition to campus patrols and incident reporting, Officer Rampolla oversees the Adopt-an-Officer Program and provides upkeep of all campus AEDs. She enjoys interacting with students and keeping the campus safe.
Herb Roth, Police Officer
Police Officer Roth graduated from the Schuylkill Valley High School and attended East Stroudsburg University. While attending the university, he tested for a police officer position with the Muhlenburg Township Police Department. He accepted the position and subsequently graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
During his tenure at Muhlenberg, Officer Roth first worked in the patrol division and was then promoted to Sergeant. His new responsibilities included various administrative duties as well as serving as the Unified Crime Reporting liaison officer, supervising the patrol division and the scheduling of the 24-person department. Throughout his career, Officer Roth received certification training for accident/criminal/narcotic investigations and attended numerous criminal justice schools and seminars.
Officer Roth retired from Muhlenberg and worked at a local golf course for several years. He returned to his high school alma mater as a golf coach in 1993, a position he still holds today. In April of 2005, he was hired by the Department of Public Safety at the rank of corporal to serve as the third shift supervisor by the Department of Public Safety. In addition, he took the oath of office in the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County to serve as a private policeman for Albright College in 2006.
Public Safety Officer Barndt was hired by Albright College in July 2017. After graduating from Quakertown High School, he attended Kansas Wesleyan University. In 1981, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, first as an Aviator and then transferred to recruitment, serving our country for eight years.
Officer Barndt is trained in Judo/Jujitsu and has a background in corporate and institutional safety and security with over ten years of experience in that field.
Prior to his employment at Albright, Officer Barndt has been a part of our community for many years: two of his sons have graduated from the College. He and his wife have been married for over 27 years, are the parents of four children and grandparents to five children.
Donald Kauffman, Public Safety Officer
Officer Kauffman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and a Masters Degree in Communications. He worked in public education for 13 years before taking an interest in security work. He has worked various kinds of security starting with industrial, then personal protection, armed hospital campus and retail loss prevention detective.
He was hired by Albright in 2003 as a part-time Auxiliary Security Officer for sporting events. Within a few months, he was hired as a fulltime Officer. In addition to active campus patrols of buildings and grounds, Officer Kauffman maintains database documentation on all departmental vehicles, provides upkeep of the building boiler/equipment checks and manages the departmental property recovery program.
He likes his job at Albright because every aspect of training and experience from past years can be applied. He also likes working with the students on campus.
Chris Marcolla, Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Chris Marcolla was born and raised in Pottsville, PA. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed on the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), as an Aviation Administrative Specialist/Petty Officer Third Class. In serving our great country, he was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Officer Marcolla then received his associates degree in Criminal Justice from LCCC, followed by a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Albright College in the Class of 2012. Officer Marcolla subsequently enlisted in the Navy Reserves, where he holds the rank of E-5, stationed out of Fort Dix/Lakehurst, NJ.
Officer Marcolla has worked for the PA Department of Corrections, SCI Frackville, has training in hand-to-hand combat and take downs and holds. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminology.
In his spare time, Officer Marcolla enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, hunting, running and camping.
Oscar Morales, Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Oscar Morales was hired in June 2017. He graduated from the Muhlenberg High School in 2009, worked in the public sector for several years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a Master-at-Arms on land as well as on water as a Coxswain. His responsibilities with the harbor patrol unit was to maneuver combat waterborne vessels and to provide escorts and security for ships and submarines. His entire enlistment was spent overseas, where he was stationed at White Beach in Okinawa, Japan. Officer Morales had the opportunity to visit all over the Pacific, from Mainland Japan to South Korea and to Australia.
Officer Morales likes to travel any time the opportunity arises. With a passion for music and writing, Officer Morales is looking forward to receiving a degree from Albright College in the field of Communications.
Joe Sebio, Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Sebio was hired by Albright College in October 2011. After graduating from Reading High School, he started his career in the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Security Division, where he was responsible for the safety and security of the Berks County Courthouse.
Throughout the past 21 years, Officer Sebio has worked for several law enforcement agencies. In addition, he has been trained in American Kempo style karate and has earned many different police self-defense certificates. He is currently R.A.D. Instructor certified and serves as an aggressor for the simulation exercises.
Stephen Yakscoe, Public Safety Officer
Officer Yakscoe was hired as the on-campus shuttle driver in April 2016. Throughout the summer months, he performs shift work on an as-needed basis, as well as transporting students, faculty and guests to various airports. He also assists ADP in delivering materials to the various site locations.
After graduating from DeSales University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science, Office Yakscoe joined the financial services industry with SEI Investments. He then worked in the transportation business; his favorite celebrity is Jay Leno!
Officer Yakscoe is the proud father of six children and has been happily married to his college sweetheart for thirty years. He enjoys spending time with his family in Ocean City, MD.
Steven Joachim, Public Safety Officer
Officer Joachim is a 2005 graduate of Muhlenberg High School. Following graduation, he joined the United States Navy where he served our country for seven years. During this time, he was deployed for two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officer Joachim then enrolled and graduated in the Criminal Justice program at Berks Technical Institute. Officer Joachim was hired in August 2015 and is excited to pursue a career in his chosen field. He looks forward to being a part of the Albright team in Public Safety.
Theresa Hegedus, Police Officer
Auxiliary Police Officer Hegedus has been a part-time police officer in the Department of Public Safety for the past two years. She is an American Heart Association certified First Aid and CPR/AED instructor for the Department.
Officer Hegedus is a graduate of the former Reading Central Catholic High School and a 1985 graduate of Albright College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Pre-Law. She is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, retiring after 25 years of service. Throughout her career, she was stationed at Plymouth Meeting, King of Prussia, Frackville, Reading, and Lancaster and attained the rank of Patrol Corporal.
Tomas Chwatek, Auxilliary Public Safety Officer
Tomas Chwatek is a graduate of Brandywine High School. Immediately following graduation he signed up for the United States Army, Military Police, where he served both stateside and overseas. He then completed an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
After receiving his Associate’s Degree, Tom continued his career in law enforcement and public safety at multiple companies. He worked as a Security Supervisor at McConway and Torley Corporation, and then worked as a Humane Society Police Officer covering Berks and Lehigh Counties for four years. Most recently, he worked as a Custom Security Officer for G4S Secure Solutions for three years.
Tom also began working part-time as an Albright Public Safety Officer in the fall of 2014.
Thomas Rhoads, Auxilliary Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Thomas Rhoads is a graduate of Oley Valley High School and the Reading Police Academy. Following Officer Rhoads’ graduation from the police academy, he served in law enforcement and security services in Center Township, Oley Township, and in the social security offices of Reading. Throughout his career, Officer Rhoads has continued his education receiving numerous certifications for law and safety enforcement such as sobriety testing procedures, speed timing devices, evidence processing, controlled party dispersal, etc. Since 2008 to present, Officer Rhoads has worked as a security and fingerprinting technician at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.
Officer Rhoads has been a member of the Ruscombmanor Volunteer Fire Company as a firefighter since 1982; also serving through the years as Lieutenant, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Chief, Trustee in addition to being their Emergency Management Coordinator since 1998. Officer Rhoads joined the Albright College Department of Public Safety August.