SDS Staff Directory

Weingarten Center Administrative Staff

Jane_resize.jpgJane F. 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 D. Warfield, B.B.A., 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 B.B.A from Eastern University, where she is currently pursuing her MBA. She enjoys spending time with her family; three of her favorite pastimes are traveling, swimming, and visiting museums in different countries.

Alainna Cook, Administrative Assistant, supports the three areas of the Weingarten Center. With over 10 years of professional administrative experience, Alainna ensures the smooth operation of administrative duties and student relations for her colleagues at the WLRC. Alainna has a track record of strong performance in high volume, high-pressure environments, having secured and managed financial contracts for the United States Government and supported wealth management clients in private banking sectors. Alainna is an active community member who volunteers as a secretary at a local religious organization. In her free time, she is an avid reader and member of multiple book clubs.


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 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.

Student Disabilities Services Staff

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Aaron Spector, Jesselson Director of Student Disabilities Services, has deepened his commitment to educational equity and inclusion throughout his years as a teacher and administrator at the New York City Department of Education, Indiana University, and most recently, at Temple University where he served as the director of Disability Resources and Services. Aaron holds a graduate certificate in Disability Studies from Temple University, a Master's of Education from the College of Staten Island, and a Bachelor of the Arts from Oberlin College. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Philadelphia's parks and playgrounds with his family and rooting for the Phillies. The three best books he read this year are Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work by Debra E. Meyerson, and Babylon's Ashes, book six of The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey.

Pam_resize.jpgPam Balkovec, Learning Disabilities Consultant of the Office of Student Disabilities Services is a certified school psychologist with a background in working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Pam has been at Penn on a part-time basis for over 10 years.  She enjoys her two Golden Retrievers as well as traveling in her spare time.

Jenya Gaskin, Psy.D.Associate Director, Student Disabilities Services, is a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She holds a Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Jenya's current role involves reviewing accommodation requests and disability documentation to ensure equal access for Penn students. Her background is primarily in working with individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, and Mood Disorders. Jenya has worked in multiple settings as a psychologist including public, charter, and private schools, universities, and private practice. She enjoys playing golf and tennis, traveling, cooking, and attending musicals and plays.

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Erica Gillaspy, Associate Director, Student Disabilities Services, holds a Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities from American University in Washington, DC. Erica's role involves reviewing accommodation requests and disability documentation to ensure equal access for Penn students. She grew up in Philadelphia and is happy to have returned to the area. In her free time, Erica enjoys painting pottery and spending time with her three brothers.

Traci Taylor Huppman, Associate Director for Disability Accommodations, holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Temple University.  Traci is responsible for the oversight of legally-mandated exams provided to students with disabilities and has several years of professional testing experience in proctor training, event management, exam security procedures, and irregularity reporting and resolution. Traci enjoys bookstores, boat rides, and cheese plates.


Amrou Ibrahim, Associate Director for Assistive Technology, has a B.A. in Information Technology and Informatics from Rutgers University. He has experience with assistive technologies, accessibility, alternate format text, and document remediation. In his current role, he supports students with disabilities by providing them with their textbooks and other course materials in accessible and alternate formats. He meets with students in order to assess which technologies they need as well as to teach them how to install and use assistive technology on their computers. He also helps with broader accessibility initiatives on campus. A few of his interest include hiking, reading, drawing, photography, TV, music, and of course technology.


Sabria Kegler, Disability Accommodations Coordinator, holds a Master's Degree in Professional and Business Communication from LaSalle University and a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from Shippensburg University. Sabria has over three years of prior experience working in higher education. She is a self-confessed foodie who has a passion for the arts and fashion. When time allows you'll find her on the tennis court. Sabria also volunteers for VERSIDA, a non-profit organization that provides support to women with alopecia.


Clair Martin is the Coordinator of Note-taking Accommodations for Student Disabilities Services. When a student has been approved for note-taking assistance, she oversees the recruitment, hiring, and training of note-takers and coordination of note-receivers. Clair holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from The Pennsylvania State University. In her free time, Clair loves spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cooking and interior design.

Operations Support Coordinator, has been an accomplishedmember of the administrative team since 2007 and provides exceptional servicethroughout the three areas of the Weingarten Center. Lauren helps to facilitatean optimal experience by providing high-touch customer service for all encounteredin support of WLRC's mission and goals. Lauren holds a B.S. in AppliedBehavioral Science from Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, sheenjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, anddiscovering new restaurants.