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Dr. Chad H. Bennett, Ed. D
Interim Program Director
Dr. Bennett earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University. He is recently earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through Duquesne University. Before he came to the Academic Success Program, Dr. Bennett worked as the Academic Coordinator of Student Athletes for Shippensburg University for over 4 years. Prior to that he severed as the director of a youth shelter in Harrisburg, Pa, while also playing a stint of professional soccer in the USL. In addition, Dr. Bennett has presented at the local, state and international level and has been published in the monograph for the Educational Leadership Development Conference at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, England. Dr. Bennett enjoys spending time outdoors participating in various sports, enjoys music, doing home improvements and lives with his wife in Shippensburg.
"Find the course that will bring you happiness. Don't be that person who looks back and has regrets. Always listen to your heart and soul for these will never fail you in life." - Chad
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Mr. Kurt Dunkel
Interim Program Counselor
Mr. Dunkel works as a program counselor in the Academic Success Program in a one year temporary, one year special assignment upon the request of The Dean. Mr. Dunkel will be in a leave of absence from his regular full-time position of Director of Student Athlete Support Services at Shippensburg University.
During his graduate studies, Mr. Dunkel completed his practical counseling experiences at Shippensburg University's Counseling Center and at the Counseling Center at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He received a MS in College Counseling from Shippensburg University. He has worked at Shippensburg University in two other capacities previously. He has served as Academic Liaison/Counselor in the Academic Success Program at Ship. Previous he served as a mental health counselor in the Shippensburg University Student Counseling Center. In that position Mr. Dunkel provided individual and group counseling to students looking to support their personal and academic well-being. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in the Graduate Department of Counseling at Shippensburg University – teaching a basic helping skills course. He has also taught in the Academic Success Program – teaching an introduction to higher education course. One of his responsibilities in the Academic Support for Student Athletes position was teaching a PACES course, which is designed to help educate undeclared students on the major decision process.
Mr. Dunkel has also served as a part time assistant coach of Track and Field for over 12 years and has coached over 100 conference placewinners and 14 All-American athletes. As a student athlete at Ship, Mr. Dunkel was an All-American javelin thrower – finishing 2nd at the NCAA Championships in 1997 & 1998. An Act 101 Alum, he lives in Shippensburg with his wife and two young sons.
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Mr. Jaime Juarez
Learning Specialist/Academic Coach
Mr. Juarez was born and raised in central California. He is a first generation Mexican-American and EOP (ACT 101) alumni. He earned a B.A. in English and History from California State University, Fresno and completed his M.A. in English at Shippensburg University.
Prior to joining the ASP and Learning Center, Mr. Juarez worked at numerous colleges and universities, including Fresno State, University of Washington, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Penn State Harrisburg. He has worked with several ACT 101 programs in California, Washington and Pennsylvania as a tutor, advisor, counselor, and administrator.
Mr. Juarez and his wife, Sharon Stockton, live in Carlisle, PA, and have three children, Eugene, Cristina, and Katherine. He enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and is an avid film buff.
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(717) 477-1123 ext. 3077/ (717) 477-3411
Ms. Tiffany Smith
Coordinator of Academic Support and Access Programs
Ms. Smith is originally from Philadelphia and attended Bloomsburg University for her undergraduate experience. Upon graduating, she received a degree in Communications Studies with a focus in Interpersonal Communications. After finishing at Bloomsburg, she went on to work at an all-boys, boarding school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. There she perfromed in a variety of capacities including, math instruction, student advising, learning instruction and support, and more.
In May, Ms. Smith will receive a Master's degree in College Counseling from Shippensburg University. Since beginning at Ship, she has spent time working as a Residence Director and has worked in Harley and McCune Halls. She has completed a year-long internship in the counseling center at Wilson College and hopes at some point to continue her pursuits of a Ph. D. in Counseling or Clinical Psychology.
In her spare time, Ms. Smith enjoys reading, discovering new music, and catching up with friends. Ms. Smith loves movies and is currently working to watch the complete list of Academy Awards Best Picture winning films. In addition, Ms. Smith enjoys volunteering and has given time at local animal shelters, facilitated groups at Drew's Hope, a grief and loss support group, and worked with adults with special needs.
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Ms. Jennifer Hahn
Jennifer recently joined the ASP staff as a Clerk Typist 3 on April 22, 2013. Prior to joining the ASP department, Jennifer worked in the Office of Marketing and Publications for over a year, and prior to that worked in the Registrar’s office.
She received her Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership August 2011 and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Colorado State University Pueblo. In May 2011, she presented research on social support and breast cancer survivors at the 2011 Graduate Symposium at Dixon University, Harrisburg, PA. Her interest and subsequent research on social support and breast cancer survivors is a cause near and dear to Jennifer’s heart: her aunt is a 6 year breast cancer survivors and her mother passed away in 2008 after a 2 and ½ year battle with Stage IV breast cancer.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, long walks, and going to the beach. She is getting married September 7, 2013.
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Ms. Emily Ruch graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology here at Shippensburg and is working on obtaining certification in Applied Behavior Analysis as well. At Penn State she worked in the Bursars office as well as the school gym and the on campus Café. She was also a part of the Thon organization. In her spare time Emily enjoys playing soccer and tennis, and enjoying time with family and friends.
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Mrs. Julie Kirsch graduated from Millersville University in 2007 with Bachelor's degree in Music Education. She is now pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. At Millersville, Julie was involved in various music organizations on campus including the wind ensemble, community orchestra and choir. After graduating from Millersville University, Julie worked as an elementary music teacher for 5 years in Pottstown, PA. In her free time Julie enjoys reading, playing music, singing, running, and spending time with friends and family.
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Ms. Rebecca Lee graduated from Shippensburg University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. She is now pursuing a Masters degree in College Counseling. At Shippensburg, she was involved with the Kauffman Gallery, worked in the after school Art Program for Luhrs Elementary School and did submissions for the University Art Department in various fundraisers and events. For the past 5 years she has been in housing working as a property manager in Shippensburg. She is a member of the Shippensburg Women in Business and the National Association of Professional Women. She is also a member of Harrisburg Young Professionals and SHAPE Gallery. In her free time, she loves to read, paint, play music, hang out with her dog and spend time with her friends and family.
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(717) 477-1123 X 3323
Ms. Amanda Strous is a 2010 graduate from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Art. She played DII Field Hockey as a Lady Raider all four years in her undergraduate. She is now an Assistant Coach for the Field Hockey Program and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. Before coming into the Master’s program, Amanda coached field hockey in Clinton, New York at Hamilton College, as the Assistant Coach. In her free time, she enjoys sports, snowboarding, art, music, the beach, her faith, and spending time with friends and family.
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Ms. Sharicka Peters is a 2010 graduate from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Journalism and a minor in Theater. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel. At Shippensburg, Sharicka was involved in the office Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) where she held a number of leadership roles in the student organizations. She then went on to be the Graduate Assistant for the MSA and continues to use her skills to help students to be successful in their college careers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, sleeping, playing music, and hanging with family and friends.