USAC Members

USAC Staff Directory

Jeannine Hanes headshot photo
Chair 2018/19
(814) 205-4450
Jeannine Hanes is the current Chair of USAC; serving her third year on the Council.  She is an Assistant Director of Education Alliance Programs for Penn State World Campus, and instructs part-time for the Workforce Education Department in the College of Education.  She has been employed at The University for 12 years. 
Mark Belkowski Headshot
Chair-elect 2019/20
(814) 865-4740
Mark Belkowski is a Business Relationship Manager in Enterprise IT (EIT) at University Park campus.  Mark has been a Penn State employee since April 2006.  He is in his second year with USAC and serves on their Awards Committee as well as their Membership and Elections Committee. 
JeanMarie Jacob
Past Chair
JeanMarie Jacob is the past chair of the council. She is serving her fourth year and has been a member of both the awards and communication committees in the past. She is the associate director of the business to business channel at World Campus. JeanMarie has worked at the University for 15 years and began her tenure at the Greater Allegheny campus. JeanMarie holds a BA in Applied Psychology, an MEd in Education, and a graduate certificate in Distance Education, all from Penn State.
Denita Wright Watson
Secretary
(610) 725-5339
Denita Wright Watson is the current Secretary of USAC, serving her fourth year on the Council. She is the Academic Program Manager for engineering and leadership development graduate programs at Penn State Great Valley. Denita has been employed by the University for 6 years and is a proud alumnus, earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State.
Samantha L. Walker
Communications Committee Co-Chair; Secretary-elect
(814) 867-1467
Samantha Walker is the current USAC Communications Committee Co-Chair and is serving her second year on the Council. She is also the Secretary-elect for 2019-20. She has been a Penn State employee since April 2013 and is currently the Administrative Support Assistant (Assistant to the Director) at the Institute for CyberScience on the University Park campus. Samantha is a proud Penn State alumnus, earning her Associate In Arts degree via Penn State World Campus in May 2017, majoring in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts.
Bethany Shaw
Communications Committee Co-Chair
(814) 863-3298
Bethany Shaw is the current USAC Communications Committee Co-Chair and is serving her second year on the Council. She is a Research Data Analyst in the Center for Health Care and Policy Research at University Park and has been employed at Penn State for 10 years. Bethany earned both her B.S. and Master of Health Administration from Penn State.
Marissa Shamrock
Awards Committee Chair
(814) 865-1302
Marissa Shamrock is the current USAC Awards Committee Chair and is serving her second year on the Council. She is an Administrative Support Coordinator in the Office of the President at University Park and has been employed at Penn State for 10 years. Marissa earned a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Art both from Penn State and a M.A. in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.
Nicole Sturges
Campus & Alumni Committee Chair
(717) 948-6117
Nicole Sturges is serving her second year on the Council and is the current Campus & Alumni Committee Chair. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg and has been employed at the University for 12 years.
Lori Coup
Member
(814) 865-1851
Lori Coup is an Administrative Support Assistant in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at University Park campus. Lori has been a Penn State employee since October 2014. This is her first year with USAC and serves on the Award Committee.
Lindsey Droz
Member
(814) 865-2048
Lindsey Droz is a Business Process Analyst in Penn State’s Finance & Business Physical Plant IT department. She has worked at Penn State for five years. She holds two master’s degrees, one in Organizational Development and Change as well as Master of Business Administration. Lindsey is serving her first year of USAC.
Sharon
Member
(814) 865-6212
Sharon Fong is an Academic Advisor in Eberly College of Science. She has been an employee of Penn State for 14 years. She is a proud Penn State alumnus earning a M. Ed. in Higher Education and Comparative International Education. She is serving her second year of USAC on the Awards Committee.
Megan Gilpin
Member
(814) 867-0069
Megan Gilpin is serving her third year on the Council and previously served as the Awards Committee Chair. She is the coordinator of outreach for the University Libraries at University Park campus and has been employed at the university for 12 years.
Barbara Holmes
Member
(814) 863-4887
Barbara Holmes is an Administrative Support Assistant within the College of Engineering at University Park campus. She joined Penn State in 2013 within the Career Services department. Barbara is a Penn State alum with her B.S. in Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology, and a Chemical Dependency and Prevention Counseling certificate. This is her first year serving on USAC and serves on the Membership and Elections Committee.
Zella Ondrey
Member
(610) 285-5057
Zella Ondrey joined Penn State in 2008 as Assistant Registrar at Penn State Hazleton. She was assigned to Project LionPATH in 2014 before accepting her current assignment as Campus Registrar, Penn State Lehigh Valley. She has an M.S. in Organizational Management and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She is serving her first year on the council as a member of the Campus & Alumni Committee.
Tina Rapp
Member
(814) 898-6152
Tina Rapp is an Administrative Support Coordinator and Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Tina joined Penn State in 2014. She completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education through World Campus in 2018. Tina is in her second year with USAC and serves on the Campus & Alumni Committee.
Benjy Romig
Member
(814) 865-2858
Benjy Romig is a consultant for Identity and Access Management, Office of Information Security through the Office of the President at University Park campus. He has been employed with Penn State since 2000, serving in various IT roles across the university. This is his first year as a member of USAC and serves on the Communication Committee.
Leigh Ryan
Member
(814) 865-5956
Leigh Ryan is serving her first year on the Council as a member of the Membership and Elections Committee. She is a marketing strategy specialist with Penn State World Campus and has been at Penn State since January 2004.
Lori Sabatose
Member
(814) 372-3020
Lori Sabatose is an Administrative Assistant for Development, Alumni Relations, Continuing Education and Marketing at the DuBois campus. She has been employed at Penn State for 7 years. She is serving her first year on USAC and is a member of the Campus & Alumni Committee. She has a BS degree in Business Mgmt and a Masters of Arts degree in Health & Human Services from Kent State University.
Matt Swayne
Member
Matt Swayne is a science writer for Penn State's Institute for CyberScience and has been a Penn State employee for 19 years. He's been a member of USAC for two years and serves on the Campus & Alumni Committee.
Amanda Szymanski
Member
(814) 865-6301
Amanda Szymanski is an Enrollment Services Manager in the Office of Student Aid at the University Park campus. Amanda has been a Penn State employee since January 2014. She is in her first year with USAC and serves on the Campus and Alumni Committee.
Beth Tepsic
Member
(814) 863-8668
Beth Tepsic is a Financial Assistant in the Department of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park campus. Beth has been a Penn State employee since March 2006. She is in her first year with USAC and serves on their Awards Committee. She is also the current chair of the Staff Advisory Committee to the Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Brandon Zimmerman
Member
(814) 863-0668
Brandon Zimmerman is an IT Desktop, Software, and Security Specialist with the University Libraries. He has been a Penn State employee in varying IT roles for 10 years and is currently pursuing a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity from World Campus. He is serving his third year on USAC, currently on the Membership and Elections Committee.