HFU Profiles

All great relationships begin with an introduction.

Learn more about our Family! As you explore Holy Family University and all that it has to offer, familiarize yourself with our students, alumni, faculty, and programs via the articles below.


Staff and Leadership

Marianne Price, Title IX Coordinator, Published 10-19-17
Getting to Know: Marianne Price

James Garvey, EdD, Vice President for University Advancement, Published 3-7-17
Holy Family University Names Dr. James Garvey Vice President for University Advancement

Julia Scherpenberg, CRNP, Director of Health Services, Published 2-28-17
Getting to Know: Julia Scherpenberg, CRNP

Alexandra Adams, EdD, Vice President of Enrollment Services, Published 2-13-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Alexandra Adams

Gene Kovalchick, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Published 2-2-17
Getting to Know: Gene Kovalchick

Angela Cutchineal, Director of Experiential Learning, Published 8-9-16
Getting to Know: Angela Cutchineal


School of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Griffin, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Published 10-5-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Patricia Griffin

Caitlin Coughlin, School of Arts and Sciences, Communications, Published 9-26-17
Coughlin Interns with WFMZ-TV 69News

Patrick McElwaine, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Counseling Psychology, Published 9-12-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Patrick McElwaine

Jonathan Rosen, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Published 8-31-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Jonathan Rosen

Madigan Fichter, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, History, Published 8-22-17
Fichter Receives Grant from Holocaust Educational Foundation

Gina MacKenzie, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Writing, Published 8-17-17
MacKenzie’s Bibliography on Geoffrey Hartman Published by Oxford University Press

Sister Marcella Louise Wallowicz, CSFN, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics, Published 6-19-17
Sister Marcella Louise Wallowicz Receives Grant to Research Employee Productivity

Jenai Grigg, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Sociology, Published 5-24-17
Dr. Jenai Grigg Presented Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

Elizabeth Rielly-Carroll, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Ecology, Published 4-28-17
Rielly-Carroll Receives Grant from PA Department of Environmental Protection

Naftali Meles, School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Published 4-7-17
Meles Interns with US Department of State

Jen DeCicco, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Published 1-18-17
DeCicco Contributes to Registered Replication Report on Facial Feedback Hypothesis

Freda Ginsberg, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Counseling Psychology, Published 1-13-17
World Travel Shapes Ginsberg’s View on Counseling, Psychology

Michael Dickman, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Microbiology, Published 1-4-17
Current Discussions on Infectious Disease Prepare HFU Students

Graham Craig, School of Arts and Sciences, Counseling Psychology, Published 12-14-16
Studying and Music: Graham Craig’s Secret Ingredients to Becoming a Superhero

James Ross: School of Arts and Sciences, Communications, Published 10-14-16
James Ross to Present on American Cinema and Intellectual Property

Elizabeth Moore, School of Arts and Sciences, Writing, Published 7-28-16
Moore Publishes Third Novel: The Unseen World

Elizabeth Rielly, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Ecology, Published 7-19-16
Getting to Know: Dr. Elizabeth Rielly

Freda Ginsberg, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Counseling Psychology, Published 7-7-16
Getting to Know: Dr. Freda Ginsberg

Piotr Kopiński '11: School of Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, Published 6-30-16
At Home in the Lab—Kopiński Researches Signal Networks Between Mitochondria and Nucleus

Dean Shelley Robbins, PhD and Associate Dean Nicole Stokes-DuPass, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Published 6-28-16
Robbins and Stokes-DuPass Lead the Charge for Study Abroad

Emily Gilmour '16: School of Arts and Sciences, Psychobiology, Published 6-23-16
Emily Gilmour Accepted into Hofstra's Graduate PA Program

Taurai Augustin, Junior: School of Arts and Sciences, Biology and Pre-Med, Published 6-14-16
From St. Lucia to Philadelphia—Augustin Finds His Stride at HFU

Alyssa Strittmatter '12: School of Arts and Sciences, Biology, Published 4-26-16
Strittmatter's Childhood Obsession Becomes A Lifelong Career

Betsy Lane '13: School of Arts and Sciences, Biology and Psychology, Published 4-19-16
Betsy Lane Joins Isolator Fitness as Health and Fitness Specialist

Jennifer DeCicco, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Published 4-12-16
Getting to Know: Dr. Jennifer DeCicco

Madigan Fichter, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, History, Published 3-28-16
Getting to Know: Dr. Madigan Fichter

Chris Carbone, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology, Published 3-22-16
Carbone's Passion For Science Burns Bright

Adam Lee Price '16: School of Arts and Sciences, Communications, Published 3-15-16
Non-Traditional Student Finds Traditional Path to Success

Robert Ficociello, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, English, Published 3-4-16
Students Will Crave Literature and Movies—Not Brains—in New Zombie Class

Amanda McClain, PhD, and Janice Xu, PhD: School of Arts and Sciences, Communications, Published 2-18-16
A Pair of Professors Breathe New Life into Communications Program

Nicole Stokes-DuPass, PhD, School of Arts and Sciences, Sociology, Published 2-16-16
Stokes-DuPass Discusses Citizenship, Belonging, and Nationalism During Art Gallery Panel

Beth Sanborn, School of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Published 2-15-16
Criminal Justice Instructor Writing and Talking About Role of Police Officers at Schools

Communications Program Undergoes Multifaceted Renovation Projects

Holy Family University Unveils PsyD Program

Holy Family University Introduces New Course: Spanish for Health Care

Comm. Class Explores Celebrity, Social Media, and Branding

Holy Family University Unveils New Neuroscience Program

Students Will Crave Literature and Movies—Not Brains—in New Zombie Class

A Pair of Professors Breathe New Life into Communications Program

New Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Med Tracks Offered


School of Business Administration

Michael Weiss, School of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Published 2-17-17
Weiss Turns Internship into Full-Time Job at Deloitte

Michael Weiss, Carli Mastantuno, and Lauren Apice: School of Business Administration, Accounting, Published 11-2-16
Accounting Students Find Strength in Numbers

Rebecca Tett '12: School of Business Administration, Management-Marketing, Published 8-2-16
Tett's Volleyball Prowess Leads Her to HFU

Ashley Beck '15: School of Business Administration, Computer Management Information System, Published 5-10-16
Ashley Beck Turns Coding Internship Into New Opportunity

Juwan Jordan, Junior: School of Business Administration, Sports Marketing, Published 3-31-16
Jordan Joins Marketing and Promotions Team at Citizens Bank Park

Derrick Sawyer '11: School of Business Administration, Fire Science, Published 2-23-16
Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer '11 Leads Philadelphia Fire Department

Ian Riccaboni, School of Business Administration, Sports Marketing-Management, Published 1-27-16
HFU Instructor Parlays Sports Background into Teaching Opportunity

School of Business Administration Unveils Online Doctoral Program

Holy Family University Unveils New Computer Information Systems Major

Holy Family University Restructures BSBA Program


School of Education

Roger Gee, PhD, School of Education, Director of Master’s Program in TESOL and Literacy, Published 9-13-17
Gee Joined Panel that Discussed ESL Best Practices for High School Teachers

Kelly Gallagher, School of Education, MEd in Special Education, Published 7-11-17
Kelly Gallagher ’07 Named KYW Newsradio Rising Star Recipient

Kevin Zook, PhD, School of Education, Dean, Published 6-28-17
Zook Leads Group of Teachers to State Capitol During PAC-TE’s Teacher Education Day

Roger Gee, PhD, School of Education, Director of Master’s Program in TESOL and Literacy, Published 5-8-17
Holy Family University’s Dr. Roger Gee Creates English Education Book for Chilean Students

Donna Rafter, EdD, School of Education, Early Childhood, Published 1-20-17
School of Education Professor Announces Her Retirement

Kim Lowe, School of Education, Educational Leadership and Professional Studies, Published 11-8-16
Better Late Than Never, Lowe Reaches Her Education Goals

Diane Elliot, PhD, School of Education, Published 9-14-16
Getting to Know: Dr. Diane Elliott

Elizabeth Lipinski '11: School of Education, Elementary and Special Education, Published 5-17-16
Lipinski Connects Students and Studies at LEAP Academy

Donna Tortu '15: School of Education, EdD in Educational Leadership, Published 2-25-16
Tortu Excels as Student and Teacher

Geralyn Anderson Arango, PhD, School of Education, Special Education, Published 2-8-16
Special Education Professor Brings First Hand Experience into the Classroom


School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Jean Marie Petrilack, PhD, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Published 9-20-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Jean Marie Petrilack

Mary Frances Suter, PhD, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Published 9-7-17
Getting to Know: Dr. Mary Frances Suter

Matt Leszczynski and Michele Kennedy, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Nursing, Published 8-29-17
Married Alums Backpack Across the Globe

Matthew Knox, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Fast Track Second Degree BSN, Published 11-21-16
Knox Makes Everlasting Connections with Patients in Diligent BSN Fast Track Program

Jacqueline Algarra, Junior: School of Nursing and Allied Health, Nursing, Published 6-9-16
Algarra Passionate About Tiaras and Stethoscopes

Faye Santos '16: School of Nursing and Allied Health, Fast Track Second Degree BSN, Published 4-5-16
Santos Continues Family Nursing Tradition After Completing Fast-Track BSN Program

Gloria Kersey-Matusiak, PhD, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Published 3-1-16
From the ICU to HFU—Kersey-Matusiak Teaches Pennslyvania's Newest Nurses

Holy Family University Announces Doctor of Nursing Practice Program