First Generation Graduates and Advocates

Welcome to the first-generation graduate and advocate directory!

This resource is designed to connect first-generation Scranton students with first-generation faculty and staff members on our campus. For your convenience, our graduates and advocates have listed their area(s) of expertise below. Please click on any of the entries below to learn more about any of our graduates or advocates.

If you are a current University faculty or staff member and would like to serve as a first-generation student advocate, please fill out an information form here. We encourage advocates to tell us about their interactions with students here, so that we can continue to address our students' concerns.


Shannon Murphy Fennie, '99

Assistant Dean of Students

Academics, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Graduate School, Student Involvement, General Transition Challenges

Amanda Marcy, '10

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Volunteering/Service

Marleen Cloutier, '14

Assistant Professor; Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Academic Research, Graduate School, Travel/Study Abroad, Working While in School, Online Education Experience

Aiala Levy, '07

Assistant Professor of History

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Travel/Study Abroad

Robert McGowan, '19

THR1VE Program Coordinator

Academics, Career Readiness, Student Involvement, General Transition Challenges, Leadership, Public Speaking

Susan Bowen, '20

Associate Vice President for Information Technology/CIO

Academics, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Graduate School, Student Involvement, Volunteering/Service, Leadership, Time Management, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Relationships, Communications, School/Work Life Balance

Elisa Tuffy, '13

Human Resources Specialist

Academics, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Student Involvement, Volunteering/Service

Catherine Seymour, '90

Campus Minister for Social Justice

Academics, Health and Wellness, Student Involvement, Travel/Study Abroad, Volunteering/Service

John Norcross, '90

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Graduate School, Travel/Study Abroad, Volunteering/Service

Stan Zygmunt, '90

Director, News and Media Relations

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Student Involvement, Volunteering/Service, Medical School Application Process, Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program (SJLA), Honors Program

Traci Vennie, '96

Records Analyst

Academics, Health and Wellness, Graduate School, Volunteering/Service

Billie Tadros, '96

Assistant Professor of English and Theatre

Academics, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Graduate School

Chris Whitney, '95

Director, Career Development

Career Readiness, Graduate School, Student Involvement

Darla Germeroth, '89

Professor of Communication and Media

Academics, Academic Research, Health and Wellness, Travel/Study Abroad

Elizabeth Garcia, '97

Executive Director, Office of Equity and Diversity; Title IX Coordinator

Academics, Graduate School, Travel/Study Abroad, Volunteering/Service

Helen Wolf, '14

Director, Campus Ministries

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Student Involvement, Volunteering/Service, Travel/Study Abroad, Religions

Maria Marinucci, '14

Director, Cross Cultural Centers

Academics, Health and Wellness, Housing, Graduate School, Student Involvement, Travel/Study Abroad, Volunteering/Service

Lisa Hall Zielinski, '14

Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Academics, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Student Involvement, Entrepreneurship/Small Business, Leadership, Goal-Setting, Public Speaking

Barry Kuhle, '14

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academics, Academic Research, Career Readiness, Graduate School, Student Involvement

George Aulisio, '07

Associate Professor and Department Chair; Research and Scholarly Services Coordinator

Academics, Academic Research, Graduate School, Travel/Study Abroad