Each member of our staff has written a short message and bio of themselves so that you can get to know them better.
Kenneth F. Lehrman,
III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action
Carmen B. Borges, Associate Director
Alan Finnecy , Senior Affirmative Action Specialist
Bill Ritzman, Coordinator, Americans with Disabilities Act Programs
Tom Gesell, Senior Applications Programmer/Analyst
I came to Penn State after ten years as Director of the Office of Affirmative
Action and Equal Opportunity at the University of Oregon. Prior to serving
in that capacity, I was an Associate Professor of Political Science
at Ithaca College. I have a B.A. in political science and M.A. in public
administration from the University of Oklahoma and, in 1983, a Ph.D.
in political science from the University of Oregon. In 1993 I earned
a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. I am a former member
of the Oregon State Bar.
Ken Lehrman, III
Vice Provost for Affirmative Action
As Senior Affirmative Action Specialist, I work on most of the external complaints filed with state and federal agencies such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). I previously worked for Penn State in this position and as the Human Resources Manager for the College of Engineering. I am a graduate of Penn State and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Senior Affirmative Action Specialist
Bill Ritzman, ADA Coordinator
Hello and welcome. I've been with Penn State since 1986 working in various roles from counseling students and veterans with disabilities to assisting employees who were injured on the job return to work. I have been in the AAO as the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator since October 1999. One of my roles is providing guidance regarding University-wide compliance related to the ADA and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as they relate to facilities, programs, services, and employment, and to assist people who believe they have been treated differently because of disability. I thoroughly enjoy working collaboratively with others to promote Penn State's commitment to equal access for people with disabilities. Additionally, I coordinate the reasonable accommodation request process for faculty and staff.
In addition to my duties as the ADA Coordinator, I Chair the University Access Committee (UAC). I am especially proud of the work UAC does. In addition to UAC's primary mission to improve access to facilities, committee members, both collectively and individually, provide consultation and education to the University community in regard to the importance of fostering a welcoming environment at Penn State for people with disabilities.
I especially enjoy working with students and faculty in a variety of majors to provide opportunities for them to incorporate access and disability issues as a focus in their class projects when time permits. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
Tom Gesell, Senior Applications
Annie Holmes, Coordinator of Diversity Education
Annie Holmes is the Coordinator of Diversity Education in The Pennsylvania State University’s Affirmative Action Office. She has served in this capacity providing workshops and facilitating diversity sessions to faculty, staff and students across the Penn State community, including its 24 campuses for more than 4 years. Prior to working with the Affirmative Action office, Annie taught at the elementary and middle school level, and worked in Residence Life and the Office of Educational Equity at Penn State. Annie taught at the undergraduate level in counselor education and a social justice course at the master’s level. She is often called upon several times a semester to be a guest lecturer to engage students in the topics of diversity, inclusion and social justice. With more than 10 years of experience, Annie continues to live out her passion as an educator.
Annie is currently a doctoral student in adult education at Penn State. She received her first master’s degree in college student affairs and a second master’s in higher education from Penn State. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University.
Coordinator of Diversity Education
Hi! I have been employed in the Affirmative Action Office since 1987.
I provide administrative support to the Vice Provost, Associate Director, and Specialists in
the office. In addition, I am responsible for making travel arrangements
for staff, arranging meetings and scheduling appointments and assisting
the Vice Provost with budget planning. I am responsible for monitoring all
tenure track faculty searches to ensure federal affirmative action compliance.
In addition, I maintain our office website so if you have suggestions
for something you would like to see on our site, please contact me.
Administrative Support Coordinator
Hi! I joined the Affirmative Action Office in March, 2001. As Administrative Support Assistant, my responsibilities range from general clerical duties, scheduling
of meetings with our specialists, and assisting our specialists in various
projects, developing and maintaining AAO database, analyzing data, creating
various reports; developing and designing office newsletter, forms,
brochures, flyers and informational materials; creating and editing
office web site. If I can be of assistance, please contact me.
Tanya V. Pasko
Administrative Support Assistant
Hi! I joined the Affirmative Action Office in June, 2010. As Administrative Support Assistant, my responsibilities include general clerical duties, scheduling of meetings with our specialists, assisting in various projects, and providing staff support for the University Access Committee (UAC). Please feel free to contact me if you need any help from our office.
Administrative Support Assistant
Affirmative Action Office
328 Boucke, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0471 V/TTY
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