OLR Staff Directory
Myrna Cohen, Ph.D.
Myrna Cohen is the Executive Director of Penn's Weingarten Learning Resources Center. In this capacity, she oversees the University's services and programs for support in academic reading, writing, study strategies, and time management. She enjoys working with both undergraduate and graduate students who seek to improve their academic skills. At the Weingarten Center, she also oversees the University's Office of Student Disabilities Services. Dr. Cohen is on the senior staff of the College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education at Penn's Graduate School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, aerobics, and golf.
Ryan Miller, Ed.D.
Ryan Miller is the Director of the Office of Learning Resources and 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.
Rashmi Kumar, Ed.D.
Rashmi Kumar is a Learning Specialist in STEM 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.
James Arrington, M.S.Ed.
James Arrington is a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor who has worked in the Office of Learning Resources for the past five years. Currently completing his Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn GSE, his dissertation research explores how undergraduate students navigate the intersection of academic reading and writing, digital innovation in higher education, and the organization of academic disciplines and majors. In workshops, walk-ins, individual meetings, and writing consultations at the Graduate Student Center, he has worked with students to identify the different mindsets and expectations for reading, writing, research, and participation in their courses. When he's not working at Weingarten or on his dissertation, James enjoys watching soccer, playing board games, and reading fiction, poetry, and comic books.
Min Derry, M.Ed.
Min Derry serves as Learning Instructor and Learning Fellow at the Office of Learning Resources. Her research assistantship is in support of her doctoral candidacy with the Reading, Writing and Literacy Program, under the Literacy, Culture & International Education Division of PENN's Graduate School of Education. As Learning Instructor, Min works collaboratively and in co-inquiry with Penn students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students, to support their learning and academic wellness needs. She provides individualized student consultations, walk-in sessions and facilitates groups workshops. Min is part of the Learning Fellows Research Team and also publishes the Weingarten Blog. Min loves to spend quality time with her family and two young children. Her hobbies include travel and nature explorations, music and the fine arts, and practicing Bikram and Ashtanga 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!
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.
Amanda Kniepkamp, M.S.Ed.
Amanda Kniepkamp is 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.
Cassie Lo, M.A.
Cassie Lo is a Learning Fellow and Learning Instructor who is in her fourth year of pursuing an Ed.D in Reading/Writing/Literacy at Penn's Graduate School of Education. She received her Bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in English and a Master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in English Education. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersection of trauma studies and literacy with students of color. Cassie is also a Graduate Associate at Rodin College House and does Weingarten workshops in the college houses. In addition to a passion for reading and writing, Cassie enjoys watching documentaries and trying out new recipes.
Nicholas Santascoy, M.S.
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.
Vivi Chen is the Project Manager at the Weingarten Center and is a second-year graduate student at Graduate School of Education. Her major is Intercultural Communication under the Educational Linguistics 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. Vivi enjoys dancing and doing yoga.