OLR Staff Directory
Ryan Miller, Ed.D.
Ryan Miller is the Interim Executive Director of the Weingarten Center and Director of the Office of Learning Resources. He supports a talented team of learning instructors 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.
Julianne Reynolds, M.A.
Julianne Reynolds is the Associate Director of the Office of Learning Resources and the Learning Instructor for International Students at the Weingarten Center. For the past six years, she has helped international students transition to academic life in the U.S. through individual consultations and workshops on the topics of academic reading, writing, study strategies, and time management. She holds an A.B. in French from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Gabriel Angrand, M.S.Ed.
Gabriel Angrand is a STEM Learning Instructor and specializes in 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!
Rashmi Kumar, Ed.D.
Rashmi Kumar is a Specialist in STEM Learning and 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.
Jordan Yanoshik, M.S.Ed.
Jordan Yanoshik is the Learning Instructor for Students with Disabilities. She 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 Kimchuk, Senior Learning Instructor, 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.
Min Derry, M.Ed.
Min Derry is a doctoral candidate in the Reading, Writing and Literacy Program of the Literacy, Culture and International Education Division at Penn's Graduate School of Education. She also serves as a teaching assistant for Multicultural Issues in Education, Advanced Fieldwork Seminar: Practitioner Research, and Assessing Language and Learning Differences. Her research interests include critical literacy, practitioner research, intersectional research methodology, and multicultural education and culturally responsive pedagogies. As part of her research fellowship, she serves as a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Center. She works collaboratively and in co-inquiry with Penn students, including undergraduate, graduate, post-doctorate and professional students, supporting their learning and academic wellness needs. She provides individualized, in-person and online walk-in sessions, consultations, and facilitates a variety of academic group workshops. Min loves to spend quality time with her family and two children. Her hobbies include traveling, time out in nature, music and the arts, and practicing yoga.
Kelcey Grogan, M.A.
Kelcey Grogan is a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor who enjoys supporting students by helping them find ways to strengthen their academic reading, writing, and time management skills. While working at the Weingarten Center, Kelcey is pursuing her Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn GSE. Previously, Kelcey was an instructional coach and English Language Arts teacher at a high school in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, she earned a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from The Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. In her free time, Kelcey enjoys drinking coffee, doing yoga and pilates, running, reading, and cheering for the Penn State Nittany Lions' football team!
Amanda Kniepkamp, M.S.Ed.
Amanda Kniepkamp is a Learning Instructor who has been working with students at the Weingarten Center for several years. As a Penn GSE alumna and an instructor in the English Language Program, she brings a strong background in supporting students' language development, particularly in the areas of academic reading, writing, and speaking. Amanda facilitates many of our Academics Plus workshops for international students each semester, but she also has an academic background in STEM subjects and enjoys working with students across a range of disciplines. She is an avid bike rider and owns a lovely cat.
Jennifer Kobrin, M.S.Ed.
Jennifer Kobrin is a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Center. She 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 McInnis, M.A.
Daris McInnis is a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Center. He 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.
Nicholas Santascoy, Ph.D.
Nicholas Santascoy is a Learning Instructor with significant experience in coaching and mentoring others in personal and professional development. Nicholas enjoys helping students plan for goal achievement and prepare for the motivational challenges that are an integral part of the process. He is completing his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University and is a fan of inspiring films and personal development systems.
Loretta Hauber is the Office Manager for the Weingarten Center. She is often the person whom students, parents, faculty, and staff speak with when they call our office, but she is simultaneously managing hiring and payroll for a large staff of professional and student workers, handling all general email inquiries, coordinating logistics for our major programs, such as open houses and the Annual Disability Symposium, and ensuring that our lovely but heavily-utilized office remains comfortable and accessible for the Penn community.
Lauren Swain is the Administrative Assistant who keeps things running at the front of our office, receiving students for both OLR and SDS, responding to inquiries, and supporting students and staff throughout the busy academic year. She holds a B.S. degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Ivy Liu is the Project Manager at the Weingarten Center and a graduate student at Graduate School of Education. She is pursuing a dual major in Intercultural Communication in the Educational Linguistics Division and SMART in the Quantitative Method Division. She inputs attendance data for outreach programming into the department database, verifies and documents data entry by OLR instructors for individual student appointments, and supports the management of OLR assessment data, including student self-evaluation forms. Ivy is a foodie and loves spicy food.