Meet the Valley Forge Team

VFMAC Main Telephone: 610-989-1200
VFMAC Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-234-8362
VFMAC Main Fax: 610-688-1545

Key Staff and Departments

Senior Leadership

  • Col John C. Church, Jr., USMCR (Ret.)
    Col John C. Church, Jr., USMCR (Ret.)
    VFMAC President
  • Vincent Vuono
    Vincent Vuono
    CFO & COO
  • Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
    Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
    Commandant of Cadets
  • Greg Brinn
    Greg Brinn
    Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Jim Dunn
    Jim Dunn
    Vice President of Enrollment
  • Maureen Malone
    Maureen Malone
    Dean of Valley Forge Military College
  • Rich Casey
    Rich Casey
    Director of Athletics
  • Sandra R. Young
    Sandra R. Young
    Valley Forge Military Academy Head of School
  • All
  • Academy Admissions Team
  • Academy Faculty
  • Athletics Staff
  • Band
  • Board of Trustees
  • CASS
  • College Admissions Team
  • College Faculty
  • Guidance
  • Elizabeth Sierra
    Elizabeth Sierra
    Director of Financial Aid
  • WO2 Philip Evans RM (Ret’d)
    WO2 Philip Evans RM (Ret’d)
    Director of Music Valley Forge Military Academy & College
  • Derek Frazier
    Derek Frazier
  • Jordan Bilicki
    Jordan Bilicki
  • Michelle Gatta
    Michelle Gatta
  • Erica Diaz
    Erica Diaz
  • Mari Golub
    Mari Golub
  • Rebecca Shumard
    Rebecca Shumard
  • Nahfees Akbar
    Nahfees Akbar
    Admissions Representative
  • Dylan “Skip” Hileman
    Dylan “Skip” Hileman
  • Dawn Dreese
    Dawn Dreese
  • Claire Satlof
    Claire Satlof
  • Deepa Ramakrishnan
    Deepa Ramakrishnan
  • Mohammed Rabbi
    Mohammed Rabbi
  • Arlene Noble
    Arlene Noble
  • Patrick Murray
    Patrick Murray
  • Duane Minshall
    Duane Minshall
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser
  • Serena Kurumety
    Serena Kurumety
  • Nan Hood
    Nan Hood
  • Cynthia Hanscom
    Cynthia Hanscom
  • Meghan Hanley
    Meghan Hanley
  • Tom Durwood
    Tom Durwood
  • Earl Catagnus
    Earl Catagnus
    Founding Director of CASS
  • Sukalpa Basu
    Sukalpa Basu
  • Diane Amlin
    Diane Amlin
  • Jennifer Worthington
    Jennifer Worthington
  • Dale Warman
    Dale Warman
  • Zach Rimmele
    Zach Rimmele
  • Kaitlynn Rodgers
    Kaitlynn Rodgers
  • Harry Sokol
    Harry Sokol
  • Megan Sullivan
    Megan Sullivan
  • Kristen Shoemaker
    Kristen Shoemaker
  • Claire Reynolds
    Claire Reynolds
  • Michael Pachella
    Michael Pachella
  • Linda Jara
    Linda Jara
  • Joshua Irvan
    Joshua Irvan
  • Taini Hsu
    Taini Hsu
  • J Frederick Hoopes
    J Frederick Hoopes
  • Christopher Hahn
    Christopher Hahn
  • Kathryn Ford
    Kathryn Ford
  • Brian Fetterman
    Brian Fetterman
  • Christopher Bechtel
    Christopher Bechtel
  • Aaron Barkley
    Aaron Barkley

How to call Staff & Faculty:

Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers begin with 610-989-XXXX. Add the 4-digit extension, listed by department, for the person you wish to reach.

How to email Staff & Faculty:

If you know a staff member’s name and would like to reach him/her via e-mail, the following format can be used to do so:
“first initial, last name” followed by “@vfmac.edu”. Therefore, if the individual’s name were John Public, it would translate into: “JPublic@vfmac.edu”

Mailing Address:

Valley Forge Military Academy & College
1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087

Staff Contact Information Table
President, Valley Forge Military Academy & College Colonel John C. Church 1203
Commandant of Cadets Colonel James Doyle (Interim) 1256
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer Mr. Vincent Vuono 1232
Dean, Valley Forge Military College Mrs. Maureen Malone 1453
Head of School, Valley Forge Military Academy Mrs. Sandra Young 1360
Vice President, Enrollment Management (College) Mr. Jim Dunn 1301
Vice President, Institutional Advancement Mr. Gregory Brinn 1330
Vice President, Facilities Operations COL Bryan Geiling ’94 / ’96C 1353
Adjutant COL Kenneth Seitz, VFMAC 1254
Director of Marketing Mrs. Mary Heller 1345
Director of Alumni Relations Mr. Thomas Goldblum ’69 1329
International Student Recruitment Ms. Erica Diaz 1561
Bandmaster / Director of Music WO2 Phil Evans, RM (Ret.) 1252
Bursar / Cadet Accounts Manager Mr. Stephen Berezansky 1236
Cadet Store Mr. Josh Konoza 1540
Chaplain, Director of Character Education CAPT Gerald Hale, USCG (Ret.) 1506
Controller Mr. Chuck Steinmetz 1229
Director of Athletics Mr. Rich Casey 1491
Director of Choir Mr. Harry Sokol 1252
Director of Academy Guidance Ms. Megan Sullivan 1384
Director of Health Service Ms. Debbie Hammer 1521
Director of Horsemanship Ms. Maria Metz 1502
Director of Human Resources Ms. Marianne Meade 1240
Director of Information Technology Mr. Michael G. Brock 1246
Director of Library Services Ms. Dana Kerrigan 1364
Director of Special Events Mr. Kavon Sengsourysack 1509
Director of Student Activities Ms. Elizabeth Wahlberg 1253
Director of Summer Camps Ms. Elizabeth Wahlberg 1253
Professor of Military Sciences (SROTC) LTC Nathan A. Minami 1440
Director of Financial Aid Ms. Elizabeth Sierra 1300

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Col John C. Church, Jr., USMCR (Ret.)
VFMAC President

Colonel Church retired after 35 years of active enlisted, midshipman and active and reserve service. His last tour of duty was as the commanding officer of the 3D Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, Ill., which was where he began his military journey as an enlisted sailor.

As a combat engineer officer, Colonel Church deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, and later commanded Company C, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Lynchburg, Virginia, from where he led a deployment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. With 4th Civil Affairs Group, Colonel Church served in Kosovo, completed two tours of duty in Iraq, served in Afghanistan, and taught Civil Affairs to soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Prior to returning to Valley Forge Colonel Church served as an Assistant Professor at Immaculata University.  He had also taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the U. S. Naval War College, George Mason University, Temple University, Holy Family University, and Rosemont College. Colonel Church is a doctoral student in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University and earned an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College, a M.A. in Communication Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. His personal reflections of duty throughout the world have been featured in both the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2009, John’s submission, “The Best Seven Months of Our Lives: The War in Iraq and the Battle in Hollywood” won first prize for “Top Graduate Competitive Papers” in the Pennsylvania Communication Association Writing Competition. In 2010, his “This I Believe” essay was featured on WHYY and National Public Radio. His essays regarding the service of minorities, what constitutes good training, and the true meaning of Memorial Day were featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Mainline Suburban.

His personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star. As a midshipman John was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s nationally ranked lacrosse program. As a junior officer, he was a member of the USMC All-Marine Rugby team on four occasions. Colonel Church and his wife, Mary Kay, a retired Marine major, are the proud parents of John Carl Church, III (11) Travis Joseph Church (10) and twins Harper and Claire (8). He is the son of He is the son of Colonel and Mrs. John C. Church, Sr., USMC (Retired) of Clinton Township, Michigan.

Colonel Church is the 13th president in the history of Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

Education

Vincent Vuono
CFO & COO

Chief Financial Officer; Chief Operating Officer

Contact Information

Email

610-989-1232

Education

Profile

Mr. Vincent J. Vuono serves as the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation’s Treasurer and VFMA&C’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Vuono is responsible for Finances, Information Technology, Facilities, Human Resources and serves as our Risk Manager.

Mr. Vuono has been with Valley Forge since 2006 and joined the Forge with 21 years of experience in commercial finance serving in various leadership positions in the insurance financing industry with companies owned by the Reliance Insurance Company and later Aon, the world’s largest insurance broker. Previously, Mr. Vuono was a public accountant with KPMG and has been a Certified Public Account, licensed in Pennsylvania since 1982. He is a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPA’s.

Mr. Vuono earned his BS in Accounting from LaSalle University, and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University. He and his wife Mary have two children, Caitlyn (married to Michael Sheehan) and Vincent.

Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR
Commandant of Cadets
Greg Brinn
Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
Jim Dunn
Vice President of Enrollment

Vice President of Enrollment

610-989-1301

Email

Maureen Malone
Dean of Valley Forge Military College

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Dean

Department: Academic Services

Contact Information

Email: mmalone@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1453

Experience

Started at VFMAC: 2007

Rich Casey
Director of Athletics

Rich Casey

Director of Athletics

Contact Information

Email

610-989-1491

Education

Profile

Richard J. Casey has been the Director of Athletics for the Academy and College since June 2013.

Rich Casey has been an active participant in Philadelphia athletics for more than 20 years as a player, coach, and athletic director. Rich began his athletic career as a high school basketball and baseball player for North Catholic High School in the early 80’s and continued playing both basketball and baseball in college. Rich began his coaching career at the Friends Select Middle School, where he coached the girls’ basketball team while spending his summer coaching girls’ basketball for Cathy Rush’s, Future Stars Basketball Camps.

Rich went on to coach men’s basketball at Archbishop Ryan High School under the direction of Coach Dave Mulholland, and soon entered the college coaching ranks at Manor College. After much success at Manor, Rich accepted the Head Men’s Basketball coaching position at Neumann University, and continued his career with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) as Assistant to the Athletic Director, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, and Head Women’s Softball Coach. Additionally, Rich has spent the last six summers as Director for the Philadelphia 76ers summer and seasonal camps. After leaving USP, Rich was excited to continue his growth as an athletic administrator as the Athletic Director at John W. Hallahan High School for Girls where he also served as Head Women’s Softball Coach.

“Valley Forge provides its students with a character-based education that prepares every part of them for success, and I see athletics as an integrated aspect of this development,” said Rich. “The VFMA&C athletic program has produced countless talented student-athletes who go on to be successful both on and off the playing fields. I look forward to building on the success and strength of the athletic program at the middle school, high school, and college levels at Valley Forge.”

Rich graduated in 1988 from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Caroline, and their two daughters, Gwenyth and Darby.

Sandra R. Young
Valley Forge Military Academy Head of School

Sandra R. Young

 

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Academy Head of School

Contact Information

Email: syoung@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1360

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: July 2014
Other Experience: Prior to joining Valley Forge, she was a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Secondary School System for sixteen years as a classroom teacher, athletic director, assistant principal for student affairs, and most recently as the President of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School.

Other Information

Personal: Mrs. Young lives in King of Prussia with her husband and has two children.

Elizabeth Sierra
Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid

610-989-1300

Email

WO2 Philip Evans RM (Ret’d)
Director of Music Valley Forge Military Academy & College

WO2 Phil Evans was born in Barnstaple, North Devon, England, on the 21st of February 1967. At the age of 5 he started his musical career learning to play the oboe at his school, St Michaels, Tawstock, in Devon. During his time at school, Phil performed concerts on stage and the radio and studied under ‘Jimmy’ Green who was once the principle oboist of the LSO and the LPO.

At the age of 11 Phil joined the local Royal British Legion Band as the principle oboist and it was here that his love of military and wind band music started. After watching the Royal Marines Band on TV during the FA Cup final Phil decided to try for a musical career in the Royal Marines. He succeeded at the auditions and was accepted to join as a flautist and saxophonist as there were no vacancies for an oboist. He accepted the offer and joined in September 1983.

After finishing his training in 1986 he was drafted to the Staff Band of the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent. After a year with the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM) Band he was drafted to the Band of HM Royal Marines Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), subsequently returning to the Band of HM Royal Marines RMSoM and when the Band at Deal closed in 1996 he went back to the Southwest again to the Band of HM Royal Marines Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth. During his time at BRNC Phil was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant. While at Dartmouth, Phil was the Sub-Aqua Diving Officer for the College training some 250 students to dive.

During 1998-99 he attended the year long Bandmasters course at the Higher Training Department of the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth. As a Royal Marine’s career progresses, musicians and buglers return to the Royal Marines School of Music to undergo further musical training to qualify them for higher rank. This culminates in a place on the Student Bandmasters’ Course that is widely recognized as one of the most demanding courses of its type. Students study all the main music disciplines; the orchestral and contemporary wind band repertoire and they work with renowned figures from the world of music. WO2 Phil Evans passed the courses with a superior pass and was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music diploma in Conducting and Bandmastership.

After the course he was drafted back to BRNC and also was promoted to Colour Sergeant. During this time he became very involved with the Big Band and played to a variety of audiences around the country. He led the Big Band in a CD recording called ‘Dancing Men’ which featured one of the finest jazz trombonists, Mark Nightingale. This Big Band CD recording was a first for the Band at Dartmouth, and it has been a great success.

In April 2003 Phil was given the position of Bandmaster to the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood and during his time with the Band they won the Best Concert Band in the Royal Navy twice, performed for the Second Sea Lord, Fareham Mayor and also traveled with the Volunteer Band of HMS Nelson to the Rhine Valley in Germany for a musical tour.

During his time at HMS Collingwood, Phil was promoted to WO2 Bandmaster but very soon after his promotion he was drafted to the Supply Department of the Royal Marines Band Service and then to the Headquarters of the Royal Marines Band Service.

For the remainder of his career, Phil was the Bandmaster for the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth “The Royal Band”.

He now holds the position of the Director of Music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA where he lives with his wife Francesca and his three daughters, Natalya, Yolanda and Giselle.

Derek Frazier

Admission Counselor
Class of 2010

610-989-1303

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Jordan Bilicki

Admissions Counselor

610-989-1305

Email

Michelle Gatta

Admissions Counselor

610-989-1472

Email

Erica Diaz

Associate Director of Admissions and International Student Coordinator

610-989-1561

Email

Mari Golub

Office Manager

610-989-1308

Email

Rebecca Shumard

Financial Aid Assistant

610-989-1383

Email

Nahfees Akbar
Admissions Representative

Admissions Representative

610-989-1302

Email

Dylan “Skip” Hileman

Admissions Counselor

610-989-1402

Email

Dawn Dreese

Assistant Director of Admissions

610-989-1307

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Claire Satlof

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: English

Courses: Rhetoric and Composition (plus lab), Research and Argumentation, Introduction to Literature, American Literature

Contact Information

Email: csatlof@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-6004

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2010
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: National Council for History Education

Personal: Professor Satlof currently lives in Newtown Square with her husband. She has one grown daughter and three Afghan Hounds. She and her husband are active in Afghan Hound rescue. She loves Ethnic American Literature and Women in Literature.

Deepa Ramakrishnan

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics

Courses: Intermediate Algebra; Foundations of Math; Introductory Algebra; College Algebra

Contact Information

Email: dramakrishnan@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1465

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2012

Other Information

Professional: 

Mohammed Rabbi

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor

Department: Life Sciences

Courses: Biology, Environmental Science, Physical/Environmental Geology

VFMA Title: Lieutenant Colonel

Contact Information

Email: mrabbi@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1461

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2005
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences; American Association of Advancement Sciences; Member of Academic Advisory Board, Contemporary Learning Series on Sustainability and Contemporary Issues in Sustainability, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Awards: Fulbright Scholar (2013-14); The Order of Anthony Wayne Award

Personal: Dr. Rabbi is married to Mina and lives in Drexel Hill. The couple have three children — Robin Alam, Ron Alam and Melissa Alam

Interests/ Hobbies: Reading, music and travel

Arlene Noble

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor

Department: World Languages

Courses: Introduction to French I & II; Intermediate French I & II; Introduction to Spanish I & II; Intermediate Spanish I & II; French Literature in Translation

Contact Information

Email: anoble@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1469

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1993
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: American Association of Teachers of French; Modern Language Association of America; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

VFMAC: Instructional Technology Committee; Compliance Committee; Academic Standards Committee; Curriculum Committee

Awards: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; VFMAC Excellence in Teaching Award; Order of Anthony Wayne

Personal: Dr. Noble is originally from Philadelphia.

Interests/ Hobbies: Dr. Noble loves to read — especially counter-terrorism novels and mysteries — listen to music and play the piano.

Patrick Murray

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor Emeritus

Department: History

Courses: Western Civilization I & II; World Civilization I & II; American History I & II; American Diplomatic History; American Military History I & II; World War II; The Vietnam War

Contact Information

Email: pmurray@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1466

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1977
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Organization of American Historians

VFMA&C: Library Committee; Curriculum Committee; College Academic Standards Committee; The Academy Board

Awards: Teaching Award at VFMC; Recipient of the Sophomore’s Award; Order of Anthony Wayne; Recipient of the Chappie Lehman Award; Alumni Award recipient; Best Paper Award by Kansas Teacher’s Association

Personal: Originally from Orange, NJ, Dr. Murray has been married for more than 40 years to Anne “Jacque” Tague and the couple have two children — Theodora Burke and Meg Seaman.

Interests/ Hobbies: “I read for my living and my hobby.”

Duane Minshall

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice

Courses: Criminal Justice

Military/VFMA Title: Police Lieutenant; Second Lieutenant, VFMAC

Contact Information

Email: dminshall@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1200

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013
Other Teaching Experience:

Other Information

Personal: Originally from Media, Pa., LT. Minshall has three children — Bryn, Eric and Kaili.

John Andrew Landmesser

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Computer Science, Security Studies

Courses: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Data Management & Security, Network Communications & Security, and Information Systems Security

Contact Information

Email: jlandmesser@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1452

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2014
Other Experience:

Other Information

Military Education:

Publications:

Presentations:

Serena Kurumety

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Science

Courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology; Nutrition; General Chemistry; Microbiology and Principles of Biology

Contact Information

Email: skurumety@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1463

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2009
Other Experience:

Other Information

VFMA&C: Student Learning Assessment; Academic Standards; Instructional Technology; Library; Academic Policy; Member, Local book club

Awards: Recipient of Excellence in Teaching award

Interests/ Hobbies: 

Nan Hood

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Dean of Academic Services & Interim President of VFMC

Department: College Academic Services

VFMA Title: COL

Contact Information

Email: nhood@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1456

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1988
Other Experience:

Other Information

Awards: Recipient of the Order of Anthony Wayne; Teacher of the Year

Cynthia Hanscom

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Business

Courses: Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Intro to Business, Business Law & Ethics

Contact Information

Email: chanscom@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1202

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013

Other Information

VFM&C: Student Learning Assessment Committee

Interests/ Hobbies: Financial Literacy and Fraud

Meghan Hanley

Faculty Information

Academic Title: ESL Coordinator
International Student Programs Coordinator

Department: ESL & International Student Programs

Courses: ESL

Contact Information

Email: mhanley@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1266

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013

Other Experience

Union County College Intensive English Program 2010-2013

Other information

Tom Durwood

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: English, Writing, Literature

Courses: Composition, Creative Writing, Literature

Contact Information

Email: tdurwood@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-6002

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Member of MLA, the International Studies Association, and the Author’s Guild; Served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity while earning his MA in San Diego

VFM&C: Student Learning Assessment Committee

Personal: Mr. Durwood has two grown children, Ben and Lily.

Earl Catagnus
Founding Director of CASS

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: History

Courses: American Experience I & II, Contemporary Issues in National Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Military Title: SSGT (USMC)

Contact Information

Email: ecatagnus@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1468

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2012
Other Experience:

Other Information

VFMA&C Memberships: Library Committee, Instructional Technology, Academic Standards

Awards: 

Personal: From Norristown, Pa., Mr. Catagnus was an infantry Marine staff non-commissioned officer prior to entering graduate school. As a sergeant, he served with 3rd Battalion/5th Marines in the November 2004 assault on the Iraqi city of Al Fallujah in Al Anbar Province. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and two Certificates of Commendation. He is married with two children.

Sukalpa Basu

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Physics, Mathematics

Courses: Physics I & II, Calculus I, II & III, College Algebra, Precalculus, Engineering Statics, Engineering Graphics, and Introduction to Engineering

Contact Information

Email: sbasu@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1295

Education

  • St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta, India): BS in Physics Honors
  • Calcutta University: MS in Physics Honors
  • Temple University: PhD

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008

Other Information

Professional: Member of American Physical Society; member of American Association of Physics Teachers

  • VFMA&C: Curriculum Committee, IT Committee, Assessment Committee, Library Committee

Awards: Peter Haavas Best Physics Graduate Student (Temple Univ.); Excellence in Teaching Award (VFMA&C); Order of Anthony Wayne (VFMA&C)

Interests/ Hobbies: Heavy Fermion Systems, highly correlated electrons and Monte Carlo Simulations

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Diane Amlin

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics

Courses: Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Foundations of Math

Contact Information

Email: damlin@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-7909

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2009

Other Information

Professional: Academic Policy Review Committee, Faculty Handbook Committee, Curriculum Committee, Math Department Committee, Faculty Senate Committee

Awards: VFMC Excellence in Teaching Award (2009-10)

Personal: Mrs. Amlin currently resides in Spring City with her husband and two children.

Jennifer Worthington

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Foreign Language

Courses: Spanish II; Spanish III & IV Honors

VFMA Title: First Lieutenant (1LT)

Contact Information

Email: jworthington@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1429

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2011
Other Experience:

Other Information

Personal: Mrs. Worthington is from Malvern. She is married and has one child.

Interests/ Hobbies: Social dancing; Singing; Crafts

Dale Warman

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Math

Courses: AP Statistics; Algebra II; Algebra II Honors; Core Fundamentals

Military/VFMA Title: USAF: Chief Master Sergeant (CM Sgt.); VFMA: Major (MAJ)

Contact Information

Email: dwarman@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1214

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2012
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Personal: Originally from Kingston, PA

Zach Rimmele

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor 

Department: Social Studies

Contact Information

Email: zrimmele@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1420

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: August 2015
Other Experience: During the course of my ten plus years in the political/government world, I held a number of diverse and interesting occupations. I worked for a United States Congressman, a large statewide political organization, two non-profits and on multiple political campaigns in Montana, Texas and Pennsylvania. I believe my experience, having worked with strong leaders and witnessed effective leadership in action on a daily basis, will assist me immensely as a Leadership Education Teacher.

Kaitlynn Rodgers

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: English

Contact Information

Email: krodgers@vfmac.edu

Education

Millersville University: BSE – English, May 2012

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 9/2014
Other Experience: Archdiocese of Philadelphia 9/2013-3/2014

Harry Sokol

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Physics Instructor; Choir Director

Department: Science

Contact Information

Email: hsokol@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1369

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 8/2014
Other Experience:

Megan Sullivan

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Director of Guidance

Department: Guidance Department

Contact Information

Email: msullivan@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1384

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: January 2013
Guidance Counselor & Director of Guidance at various high schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Spent a brief time as an Academic Counselor with the Connelley Foundation before coming to Valley Forge.

Education

Villanova Univeristy: MS Counseling and Human Relations with a Secondary School Concentration
Rosemont College: BA Psychology and Business

Kristen Shoemaker

Staff Information

Academic Title: Guidance Counselor

Department: Guidance Department

Contact Information

Email: kshoemaker@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1385

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2015
Montgomery County Community College
Valley Forge Military Academy
Girard College
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School

Education

West Chester University – Post-Master’s Certificate Pennsylvania Professional Licensure
West Chester University – M.S. in Counseling Higher Education and Secondary Guidance Certificate
Chestnut Hill College – B.S. in Psychology

Claire Reynolds

Staff Information

Academic Title: Assistant to the Dean & the Guidance Department

Department: Guidance Department

Contact Information

Email: creynolds@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1381

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: January 2008

Michael Pachella

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Social Studies

Courses: Psychology; Sociology; Fit for Life

VFMA Title: Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)

Contact Information

Email: mpachella@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1396

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1996

Linda Jara

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Social Studies

Courses: U.S. History; U.S. History Honors; AP U.S. History

Contact Information

Email: ljara@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1395

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013
Other Experience:

Joshua Irvan

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Teacher

Department: Art

Courses: Art 7; Art 8; Studio Art I & II Advanced Studio Art; Architecture 1 & II

VFMA Title: Captain (CPT)

Contact Information

Email: jirvan@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1417

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2009

Taini Hsu

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Foreign Language

Courses: Chinese I & II; ELL Grammar; ELL Reading; ELL Composition (Lefel 1)

VFMA Title: Captain (CPT)

Contact Information

Email: thsu@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1390

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008

J Frederick Hoopes

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Foreign Language

Courses: ELL Grammar; ELL Reading; ELL Composition (Level 3)

VFMA Title: Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)

Contact Information

Email: fhoopes@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1437

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1984
Other Experience:

Other Information

Awards: Excellence in Teaching Award; Order of Anthyony Wayne

Interests/Hobbies: Adventure travel; kayaking

Christopher Hahn

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Social Studies

Courses: Modern World History; Modern World History Honors; British Empire; Economics in History

VFMA Title: Captain (CPT)

Contact Information

Email: chahn@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1378

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008

Kathryn Ford

Staff Information

Academic Title: Registrar

Department: Guidance Department

Contact Information

Email: kford@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1380

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: August 2013

Education

Ursinus College: BA in Anthropology

Brian Fetterman

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor/English Dept. Chair

Department: English

Courses: English II; English II honors; AP Language and Composition

VFMA Title: Captain (CPT)

Contact Information

Email: bfetterman@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1404

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2011
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: National Council of Teachers of English; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Awards: Senator Greenleaf’s CFF (Classrooms for the Future) recipient

Personal: Originally from Horsham, Mr. Fetterman is married with two children.

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Film, Literature, Biking

Christopher Bechtel

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Instructor

Department: Social Studies

Courses: 8th grade Civics; Ancient World History; Public Speaking; Creative Writing

VFMA Title: Captain (CPT)

Contact Information

Email: cbechtel@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1373

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2007
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: National Council for History Education

Awards: Teaching Excellence Award (2012); Order of Anthony Wayne (2013)

Personal: CPT Bechtel lives in Pottstown, and is married with two children.

Aaron Barkley

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Dean; JV Basketball coach; Track coach

Contact Information

Email: abarkley@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1382

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2011
Other Experience:

Other Information

Personal: Mr. Barkley is from Philadelphia. He and is wife, Denise, have two children, Christopher and Camryn.

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