Affirmative Action Office Staff

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

Charleon Jeffries, Coordinator, Diversity Education

Marianne Karwacki, Coordinator, Opportunity Network for Employment

Cindy Harter, Administrative Support Coordinator

Tanya Pasko, Administrative Support Assistant

Jennifer Gooch, Administrative Support Assistant

Kenneth F. Lehrman, III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action

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
kfl2@psu.edu

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Carmen B. Borges
, Associate Director


Carmen B. Borges
Associate Director
cbb1@psu.edu

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Alan Finnecy
, Senior Affirmative Action Specialist

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.

Alan Finnecy
Senior Affirmative Action Specialist
asf1@psu.edu

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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.

Bill Ritzman
ADA Coordinator
wwr1@psu.edu

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Tom Gesell, Senior Applications Programmer/Analyst
teg1@psu.edu

Charleon Jeffries, Coordinator, Diversity Education

Hello!  As the Coordinator of Diversity Education, my primary roles is to provide opportunities for training for Penn State faculty and staff, on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, campus climate, and civility.  Our office offers a number of training programs across a broad range of diversity related topics, and I am also happy to work with individual departments or units to tailor sessions that meet your goals or needs.

Prior to joining the Affirmative Action Office, I spent 11 years in the Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Education working with students, faculty, and staff on issues related to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and preparing future educators to work and learn with and in a diverse communities.

Charleon Jeffries,
Coordinator, Diversity Education
cxj164@psu.edu

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Marianne Karwacki, Coordinator, Opportunity Network for Employment

Hello. I have worked with individuals with disabilities as a teacher in the public school system and as a Disability Specialist in Penn State’s Office for Disability Services. Since 2001 I have served as the coordinator of the Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program, which helps qualified applicants with disabilities explore employment opportunities at Penn State’s University Park campus. The number of successfully employed ONE participants is a testament to the pool of qualified, reliable and dedicated applicants that seek assistance through the ONE Program. It is also a testament to the many supportive managers and supervisors at Penn State, who readily consider applicants through the ONE Program when they have a position to fill.

Since 2004 I have also coordinated an annual Vocational Mentoring Day project, which brings local high school students with disabilities to campus for a day. On Vocational Mentoring Day students are paired with a staff member whose job matches the student’s vocational interest. Students learn about job duties and the kind of training and skills needed to perform the job. Support from Penn State staff has been instrumental in the continuation of this annual project.

Please contact me if I can be of assistance as you seek employment opportunities at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Marianne Karwacki
Coordinator, Opportunity Network for Employment
mlk6@psu.edu

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Cindy Harter, Administrative Support Coordinator

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.

Cindy Harter
Administrative Support Coordinator
cih1@psu.edu

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Tanya Pasko, Administrative Support Assistant

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
tvp2@psu.edu

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Jennifer Gooch, 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.

Jen Gooch
Administrative Support Assistant
jag66@psu.edu

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Affirmative Action Office

Affirmative Action Office
328 Boucke, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0471 V/TTY

Questions regarding web issues, please contact Tanya Pasko, tvp2@psu.edu


Web page last modified August 11, 2014