Weingarten Center Administrative Staff

Jane_resize.jpg Jane Holahan, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, has been in the field of education for over 30 years. Her Peace Corps experience sparked her interest in education. Jane’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College, a master’s degree from Barry University and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership/Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. As a language arts teacher in the Miami-Dade Public School system, Jane gained experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. During her secondary education experience, Jane discovered her interest in working with students with disabilities, thus leading to her mission of working in the field of disability services in the university setting. Jane served as the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Georgetown University for over 20 years. Reading and films represent two of her favorite activities.
Sheryl_crop.jpg Sheryl D. Warfield, MBA, Associate Director of Operations, is responsible for overseeing the financial and operational needs of the respective areas within WLRC. Sheryl devises and implements strategic plans to address the needs of the department in a variety of areas including operations, finance, and administration. Sheryl came to Penn in 2001 from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where she worked as a Financial Officer. Sheryl earned her both her B.B.A. and MBA from Eastern University. She enjoys spending time with her family; three of her favorite pastimes are traveling, swimming, and visiting museums in different countries.
Lauren_crop.jpg Lauren T. Swain, B.S., Operations Support Coordinator, has been an accomplished member of the administrative team since 2007 and provides exceptional service throughout the three areas of the Weingarten Center. Lauren helps to facilitate an optimal experience by providing high-touch customer service for all encountered in support of WLRC’s mission and goals. Lauren holds a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and discovering new restaurants.
Alia_crop.jpg Alia White, B.A., Financial Administrative Coordinator, came to Penn in 2012 and supports all areas within the Weingarten Center. She is responsible for managing financial and personnel functions for staff, temporary and student workers, as well as supervising front desk staff and day-to-day operations at the Tutoring Center. Alia earned her B.A. in Journalism from Arcadia University and is currently pursuing her MPS in Human Resources and Employment Relations at the Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, Alia loves playing Spades and is a horror movie buff.
Jaclyn Weisser, B.A., Administrative Assistant, graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Journalism & Media Studies and a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. Jackie began her career at Penn in the Office for The Vice Provost for University Life and is excited to continue supporting students at the Weingarten Learning Resource Center. By providing thoughtful and personable customer service, Jackie helps to optimize all areas of the WLRC experience for all encountered. In her free time, Jackie enjoys comedy, TV, writing, reading, and walking her beloved dog.

Learning Resources Staff

Ryan_-_new_crop.jpg Ryan Miller, Ed.D., Director of Learning Resources, supports a talented team of learning specialists who offer all Penn students academic support through individual consultations and over two hundred programs each year. He earned his Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn GSE in 2016, conducting research on the benefits of group inquiry for students and staff within postsecondary learning centers. He spends a lot of time on his bike, both commuting to campus and venturing up the Schuylkill River Trail with his wife and two children, always hoping to find good food along the way.
Rashmi_-_new_crop.jpg Rashmi Kumar, Ed.D., Associate Director of Learning Resources and Specialist in STEM Learning, works with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students taking STEM coursework/degrees. Rashmi develops active learning and technology-driven learning programs for Penn students in STEM fields. She earned a doctorate from Penn GSE in 2011. Rashmi has been recognized as STEM Educator by the NASA Endeavor Project. Her research, publications, and presentations are primarily focused on successful transitions from school to college, STEM-focused education, and learning technologies. She takes great delight in crafting new recipes and exploring local farms.
Julianne_crop.jpg Julianne Reynolds, M.A., Associate Director of Learning Resources and Learning Specialist for International Students, helps students think through effective study strategies for their specific courses and assignments, utilizing her background in applied linguistics and language teaching to specialize in supporting international students. Areas of expertise include academic writing, time management, productivity, managing coursework in a second/additional language, and intercultural communication. She holds an A.B. in French from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to Penn, she taught English in Switzerland and Indonesia. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, volunteering at Adventure Aquarium, and spending time with family and friends.
Gabe_-_new_crop.jpg Gabriel Angrand, M.S.Ed., STEM Learning Specialist, focuses on assisting students with strategic approaches to Math and Science courses. Previous to his current appointment, Gabriel had served the Penn Engineering community as a Chemistry Coach for two years and most enjoyed the relationships he fostered with his students. Gabriel earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Penn in 2017 and completed his M.S.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Technologies at Penn GSE in 2018. While he is not at work, Gabriel spends time serving high school-age youth. He also writes poetry, watches anime, and loves to hike with friends!
Jordi_crop.jpg Jordan Yanoshik, M.S.Ed., Learning Specialist for Students with Disabilities, holds a B.A. from the Catholic University of America and an M.S.Ed. from Temple University. Jordan enjoys working closely with students to develop plans and strategies to support them being successful in their studies. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys traveling, exploring new Philadelphia neighborhoods and restaurants, and attending the theater.
Pete_resize.jpg Pete KimchukSenior Learning Specialist, arrived at Penn in 1994 as a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education, and within 3 months began his work as a Learning Instructor. He has seen the center through 4 different names and 3 campus locations, and in that time he has continued to work with students from all across the 4 undergraduate and 12 graduate and professional schools. Outside of Penn, he provides professional writing and editing for businesses as well as writing coach services for individuals.
Jen_crop.jpg Jennifer Kobrin, M.S.Ed., Learning Fellow and Learning Specialist, holds an M.S.Ed. from Penn GSE’s Intercultural Communications program and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy. Prior to becoming a Fellow, Jennifer served as Director of myPLACE and Digital Initiatives at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education, where she managed the myPLACE adult literacy network and various programs addressing the digital divide. She has also held positions at various other education and non-profit institutions. Her international experience includes a year teaching English in Costa Rica and working for Save the Children in El Salvador. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Philadelphia with her rescue dog, reading mystery novels, practicing yoga, and checking out new restaurants in the city.
Daris_crop.jpg Daris McInnis, M.A., Learning Fellow and Learning Specialist, enjoys working closely with students to develop successful strategies in academic wellness and time management. He earned his M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University and is pursuing his Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn GSE. Prior to Penn, Daris was an early childhood educator in Washington, D.C. and an Education Pioneers Fellow in New Orleans, LA. He also served five years on active duty as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with local shelters and food pantries, reading non-fiction science books, and weight training.