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!
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. Becki also assists with Clery compliance for the department. AD Achey currently oversees the Peer Education program which is funded by the 2017-2019 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Grant. Becki is a member of the College Community Response (CCR) team through a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant that Albright College which was awarded in March of 2018. The project funded through this grant are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen campus security and investigation strategies in order to prevent, prosecute and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on college campuses. The CCR team traveled to Atlanta, GA for a 3-day intensive training on trauma informed sexual misconduct training.
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 graduated with a Masters of Education in Science from Albright College in May of 2018.
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 is the coordinator for the annual Safety Awareness Month programs and Sexual Assault Awareness Month programs. In 2011, she was honored with the Albright College Pride Award.
Becki resides in Berks County with her husband, Kevin, 5 year old son, Jaxon, and 4 year old daughter, Jocelyn.
John McCormack, Captain
Captain 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 certified in “Safe Schools” in PA and “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education” provided by FEMA, and is a certified trainer for A.L.I.C.E. active shooter training. McCormack has also completed training for Sex Crimes Training for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies, as well as investigators of Dating Violence / Domestic violence / and Civil Rights / Title IX Investigators.
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, Lieutenant
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
Corporal 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. She was promoted to Corporal in 2017. In addition to campus patrols and incident reporting, Lauren supervises the Student Officer Program and oversees record keeping for the campus Lost & Found. Lauren assists with the ID Card Access System, video surveillance system, and evidence storage. Lauren completed a 3-day course entitled “DSA Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies” at Adelphi University in 2016.
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.
Jason Corona, Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Jason Corona is a 2016 graduate from the Reading High School. Shortly after graduating high school, he enrolled at Berks Technical Institute. He will be graduating in May of 2018 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is just starting with his Criminal Justice career and has his future planned. His short-term goal is to join the police academy and follow up with working a few years as a police officer. His long-term goal is to join the SWAT team and retire as a sergeant.
Officer Corona joined the Public Safety team in January of 2018 to complete his internship from BTI with us. During his internship, he was offered a part-time position as an Auxiliary Officer. Immediately after completing this internship, he came on board as a full-time officer. He is currently the youngest officer. Jason plans to go back to school and get his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
George Koury, Public Safety Officer
Public Safety Officer Koury joined the department as a full time officer in February of 2018. He graduated from Freedom High School in 2014 and went on to study Criminal Justice at Northampton Community College. Officer Koury’s career started off with Dorney Park Patrol where he became Patrol/Traffic Corporal. He has Public Safety experience working at Northampton Community College prior to joining us. Public Safety Officer Koury is Act 235, IPMBA, First Aid, and CPR certified. He is also trained in active shooter response. Public Safety Officer Koury looks forward to working with and serving the Albright community and eventually plans to become a municipal police officer.
Peter Scornavacchi, Public Safety Officer
Officer Scornavacchi has been with the Public Safety Department since February of 2018. He is a former graduate of Exeter Senior High School. Upon graduation, he entered Penn State University Berks Campus and studied Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. In 1985 he graduated with an Associate Degree.
In 1991, Scornavacchi attended The Reading Police Academy . Upon graduation, he was hired by the Penn State University Police Dept. of Berks Campus. Officer Scornavacchi retired in May of 2017 with 25 years of service. Scornavacchi is a recipient of Exemplary Unit Citation received for his outstanding investigative work involving a 6 month Fraud Investigation during the Fall of 2006 – 2007 which resulted in several arrests with subsequent convictions. Scornavacchi also worked as a Processing Detective under the Berks County District Attorney’s Office from 2007 -2017. During his 25 years with Penn State Berks Police Dept. he served as an Evidence Tech, Monadnock Advanced Baton Instructor, O.C. Instructor, and Evidence Custodian.
During his free time, Scornavacchi enjoys camping with his family, attending both Nascar and the Indy 500 .
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.
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.
Kevin Achey, Auxiliary Public Safety Officer
Officer Kevin Achey has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2007. He has served as a both a full-time and Auxiliary Officer.
Kevin is currently a full-time Police Sergeant at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He has received extensive training in the Jeanine Clery Act, Title IX investigations, crisis intervention, and emergency response planning. Kevin completed a 3-day Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Training Course at Gettysburg College. He also possess a certificate from the Pennsylvania State University Justice and Safety Institute as a Field Training Officer.
Prior to his employment at Albright, Kevin gained experience in the Criminal Justice Field working for the Berks County Youth Detention Center, and multiple private investigator firms in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Tom Albert, Auxiliary Public Safety Officer
Tom’s responsibilities in public safety include covering shifts, providing security for sporting and campus events. Additionally, Officer Albert runs the campus shuttle several days a week and provides transportation for college field trips.
Tom has completed sexual harassment and Title IX courses. He has also successfully completed the 7 and 15 vehicle safety course, as well as the defensive driving and the utility cart courses. Tom is also certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, Narcan use; O C spray and handcuff use.
Officer Albert was born in Lebanon, Pa and graduated from Lebanon High school in 1968. He graduated in 1972 from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Biology and went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine(Temple Univ.) in 1976.
Tom was a foot and ankle doctor in the Reading and Berks county area for over 40 years with emphasis on diabetic foot and ankle care, and wound care along with sports medicine.
Tom was one of the founders and the first president for three years of the Lower Alsace township crime watch association. He was a past board member of the Olivet’s Boys and Girls’ Clubs of Berks county in the 1980’s. Tom was a previous board member of the Oley Valley Youth League as well as their softball commissioner for nine years. He was also a board member of Berks Ballet in the late 1970’s.
Thomas Barndt, Public Safety Officer
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.
Joseph Cafoncelli, Auxiliary Public Safety Officer
Joseph Cafoncelli, graduated from Reading Senior High School and entered the United States Air Force. He was trained as a Security Police Officer. While stationed at George Air Force Base California he was promoted to Sergeant. During his four years in the Air Force he participated in numerous deployments. Officer Cafoncelli volunteered to participate in EC-79, the mission to rescue American hostages in Iran. For that mission he was awarded The Humanitarian Service Medal for services above and beyond the call of duty.
After his service was completed Office Cafoncelli was hired by the City of Reading as a Police Officer. His 22 year career was filled with working in all facets of Police work. Promoted to the rank of criminal investigator in 1999 working on all types of cases. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and returned to the Patrol Division. In 2005, he transferred back to Criminal Investigations as a supervisor of a platoon of Detectives. During that time his team opened a 1993 cold case Homicide. Charges of rape and murder were filed and the defendant pled guilty to avoid the death Penalty. The last assignment of his police career was as supervisor for the officers assigned to Reading High School and the Citidel.
Officer Cafoncelli graduated from the Albright College DCP program in 2002 and currently works as a Court Liaison Officer for the Reading Police Department.
Steven Joachim, Auxiliary 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.
Donald Kauffman, Auxiliary 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.
Karan Long, Auxiliary Public Safety Officer
Karan has worked part time in the department of public safety since 2002. For 40 years she has also worked as a line tech for Linettes Quality Chocolates. She is a Reading High School graduate who majored in business. She is also a certified Yoga, Pilates and dance instructor.
Karan always wanted to go to school for nursing, although she didn’t get to attend nursing school, she has always worked hard to support her family. To her family is most important. Karan also adores animals. She grew up with Saint Bernards and also has a love for ducks. In her spare time, she enjoys taking care and playing with her animals and spending time with her family. Karan loves her job at Albright College, to her they are like a second family. She plans to continue at Albright College after she retires.
Chris Marcolla, Auxiliary 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.
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.
Franco Tassone, Auxilliary Public Safety Officer
Officer Tassone has been with the Public Safety since December of 2017. He is a graduate of Reading Senior High School class of 1988. In November of 1989 he was employed by Berks Area Transportation Authority being one of the youngest drivers driving a commercial vehicle.
In 2001, he attended The Reading Police Academy. Upon graduation, he was employed by Oley Township as a part-time patrolman and later gained employment with the Mohnton Borough Police. While being a part-time patrolman he was hire by The Berks County Jail as a Correctional Officer. In 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant supervising officers and inmate activity on housing units. In 2012 he resigned as a part-time patrolman with the Mohnton Borough Police to focus on his career in corrections. During his career with the Berks County Jail he was a firearms instructor, Glock armorer, First Aid, CPR and AED instructor. In 2014 he was reassigned and currently overseeing the food service for the entire jail.
During his free time enjoys spending time with family, friends and doing automotive repairs.
Aimee Yandrisevits, Auxilliary Public Safety Officer
Officer Yandrisevits has been with Albright Public Safety since February 2018. She graduate from Hamburg Area High School in 2003. After graduating, she attended Reading Area Community College where she completed her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2006, Officer Yandrisevits began employment at Bonton as Loss Prevention Supervisor. During her time in this role, she investigated internal and external theft. She especially enjoyed investigating fraud cases and recouping loss for Bonton. In October of 2016, Officer Yandrisevits began employment with Reading Hospital as a Security Officer. During her employment with the hospital, she enjoyed interacting with a vast array of individuals while maintaining the safety of both hospital patients and employees of the hospital.
During her free time, Officer Yandrisevits enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She also enjoys taking on house projects and has a passion for physical fitness.