Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

College Faculty Profiles


Diane M. Amlin

Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Basic Math, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio
Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati

Third Year with VFMC, 15 years in profession

Professor Amlin teaches Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra at VFMC. Originally from Piqua, Ohio, Mrs. Amlin earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati. She has seven years of teaching experience at the high school level in both Ohio and Tennessee. After previously teaching mathematics at Montgomery County Community College, she joins VFMC with great passion and dedication to educating our cadets. Mrs. Amlin received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2009-2010 Academic year. Mrs. Amlin currently resides in Spring City with her husband and two children.


Dr. Sukalpa Basu

Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, College
Physics I, Physics II, Calculus

B.Sc.(Honors), M.Sc., Ph.D., Temple University

Dr. Sukalpa Basu joined the college faculty at Valley Forge Military College in Fall 2010. Prior to this, she had been teaching at the Valley Forge Military Academy since September 2008. In May 2009, she completed her PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from Temple University. Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Basu received her undergraduate degree from St. Xavier’s College in 2000 and her masters from Calcutta University in 2002. Dr. Basu is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) and IBM Academic Initiative. Her research interests include Heavy Fermion Systems, highly correlated electrons and Monte Carlo Simulations. She had been awarded the “Peter Haavas Scholarship for best Physics Graduate student” by Temple University in 2008 and the “Excellence in Teaching Award” by VFMAC in 2009. Dr. Basu loves cooking, knitting and listening to music. She lives in campus with her husband and daughters.


Earl Catagnus

Assistant Professor, History


Tom Durwood

Assistant Professor, English

Harvard University (B.S. Social Psychology)
National University (MA English)

Second year with VFMC, fourth year in the profession

Tom ran his own small press (Ariel Books) for fifteen years and edited over 100 books, including the Ariel Classics series and young adult biographies Solutions and Americans, edited with Henry Steele Commager. His work-in-progress on Theodore Roosevelt and the 25th Infantry has received favorable comments from historians Dennis Showalter and John Milton Cooper and is currently under review at Westholme Press. Tom is editing a new online journal, The Journal of Empire Studies, sponsored by The School for Global Studies at Arizona State University and The Orfalea Center for Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Tom is extremely proud of his two grown children. He would like to begin work on his doctorate but finds that the Valley Forge cadets keep asking him for help with their papers for Dr. Rabbi and Prof. Ray.

He works hard to keep up with Prof. Tolbert whenever they play tennis.


Cynthia Hanscom

Instructor, Business


Adam Hansell

Instructor, Mathematics



Dean of Academic Services


Daniel T. Kirsch

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Teaches American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations

University of Massachusetts Amherst, ABD (Doctoral Candidate)
Brandeis University, MA
Union College, BA

Professor Kirsch was born and raised in Albany, NY, and has been interested in politics his entire life. He has been involved in educating undergraduate college students for nearly a decade. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Trinity College (CT), Berkshire Community College (MA), and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Professor Kirsch also spent two years working for a major higher education publishing company, leading a team of experts in developing an online product for the American Government curriculum, where he also completed courses in Project Management and Conflict Management. Kirsch has delivered scholarly research papers to both the New England Political Science Association and Northeastern Political Science Association conferences, and has attended both the Midwest Political Science Association and American Political Science Association conferences. He has published work in the Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections (FactsOnFile, 2006), and has done opposition research, communications work, and debate preparation for political candidates and their campaigns. During his undergraduate college experience, he served as an intern in the United States Congress, and also studied in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Professor Kirsch is eager to work with students and faculty to further develop the transfer and career opportunities for cadets at Valley Forge that are interested in government, global affairs, and politics.


Dr. Serena Kurumety

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Department of Science
Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Nutrition

Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, OH (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY (BS Biotechnology)

Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Private Practice in Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Kurumety joined the faculty at Valley Forge Military College in fall of 2009. Prior to Valley Forge, she was an Assistant professor at Goodwin College (Hartford, Connecticut). She has extensive academic, research and clinical experience from many years of private practice.

Her publications include “Binding Patterns of the Monoclonal Antibodies”, “Bilateral Achilles tendon rupture” and “Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy.

Dr. Kurumety received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2011-2012 Academic year. She continues to engage and advise students of their academic and career interests. She takes her students on field trips to gain more insights into the subject matter.

Her interests include tennis, fitness, yoga and reading.


Karen Mauer

Assistant Professor, English


Joann McCracken

Transfer Advisor


LT Duane Minshall, VFMAC

Professor, Criminal Justice


G. E. Patrick Murray, Ph. D.

Professor Emeritus, History
World Civilization, American History, World War II, Vietnam War

Villanova University, (B.A., 1969)
Kansas State University, (M.A., 1972)
Temple University, (Ph. D, 1991)

Patrick Murray began teaching at Valley Forge Military College in 1977 and received his Ph. D. from Temple University in 1991. An expert on the Second World War, Murray is on the editorial board of Global War Studies. The author of several books: Eisenhower Versus Montgomery: The Continuing Debate; The World War II Chronicles: Victory in Western Europe; Bomber Missions: Aviation Art of World War II.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II, Murray helped coordinate two World War II Symposiums at Valley Forge in 1994 and 1995. Murray has delivered papers at the University of Calgary, the Organization of Army Historians, the World War II Studies Association, Siena College World War II Conferences, the Cabrini College World War II Symposium, and the University of Tennessee-Martin World War II symposium. Professor Murray appeared on Arts and Entertainment’s Biography of Field Marshal Montgomery. Murray has visited World War II historical sites in Europe four times with out Cadets. He is a member of the Society for Military History and the Organization of American Historians.


Dr. Arlene Noble

Professor, World Languages
Valley Forge Military College Humanities Department
Introduction to French I & II, Intermediate French I & II,
French Literature in Translation, Introduction to Spanish I & II,
and Intermediate Spanish I & II

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification

20 years with VFMC, 35 years teaching

Dr. Arlene Noble is a Professor of World Languages at Valley Forge Military College. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Dr. Noble teaches courses in introductory and intermediate French and Spanish and French Literature in Translation to VFMC freshmen and sophomores. A full-time College faculty member since 1993, Dr. Noble has been honored with the Order of Anthony Wayne and has been a multiple-year recipient of both the VFMA&C Excellence in Teaching Award and the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award. Dr. Noble holds Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification and is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). She regularly attends professional development conferences, and she has delivered a presentation on an area of interest, the value and the uses of music in foreign language instruction (“Making Memories through Music”). In her spare time, Dr. Noble enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing the piano.


Gloria Oikelome

Coordinator of Assessment and Institutional Research


DR/LTC Mohammed Rabbi, VFMAC

Associate Professor, Life Sciences


Deepa Ramakrishnan

Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Intermediate Algebra

Bachelors in Engineering from Annamalai University, India.
Masters in Engineering from National University of Singapore, Singapore.

1st year with VFMC. Previously taught at Delaware State University and for public schools. 5 years of teaching experience.


Joe Reilly, Ph. D.

Social Science Instructor
Teaches Philosophy and Sociology

Valley Forge Military College since September 2011.
College instructor and administrator since 1973

Dr. Reilly is a native of North Philadelphia. He teaches Philosophy and Sociology classes at Valley Forge Military College. Professor Reilly has 40 years of professional experience in administrative and instructional areas of higher education. He is an academic generalist whose research interests include criminology, revolutionary organizations, military history and moral philosophy.

Dr. Reilly taught at St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University and Drexel University amongst other institutions. He is the Vice President of The International Psycho-historical Association. Dr. Reilly presents original papers at the Association’s annual convention. He served as a Board Member of The National Social Science Association and presents original papers at their annual conventions. Dr. Reilly has published in the areas of Counseling, History, Social Science and Sociology.

Dr. Reilly has lived in Upper Darby for 30 years with his wife Becky and their terriers.


Col Timothy Ringgold, USA

Instructor, Business


Claire R. Satlof

Assistant Professor, English
Composition and Rhetoric, Analytical Writing, American Literature
Introduction to Literature, Bridge program

BA (honors), University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Texas at Austin
Completed Coursework for PhD in English, University of Pennsylvania

Third year at VFMAC; 30 years teaching, most of which were at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Satlof was the recipient of Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn.

During her academic career, she delivered papers at the Modern Language Association, American Literature Association, NE Women’s Studies Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Conference on Jewish Studies, and the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Education. She has also published several papers and reviews on American Jewish fiction.

In her spare time, she and her husband show and race their Afghan hounds


Christine E. Tolbert

Assistant Professor, English

This is Professor Tolbert’s fourth year at VFMC, the second as a full-time professor.

Professor Tolbert teaches in and runs the Bridge Program, an innovative pilot program for Developmental English. In addition to teaching Composition and Rhetoric and the Writing Lab, Professor Tolbert also teaches Analytical Writing, Argument, and Research (EN102).

Professor Tolbert is currently working on a doctorate in Developmental Education at Grambling State University (LA) and has also taught at Montgomery County Community College, The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Post University, and The Agnes Irwin School. She is a member of the National Council of the Teachers of English, the Pennsylvania Association for Developmental Educators, the National Association for Developmental Educators, and College Composition and Communication.

Professor Tolbert lives on campus and loves to play tennis and spend time with her daughter, Grace, and two dogs.


Maj Robert Wood, VFMAC

Dean of Student Services


Dr. William Zegarski

Associate Professor, Chemistry


Maj Maria Zullo, VFMAC

Director, Learning Assessment and Support Center