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Recent Staff Changes: Fall 2010

Departed and new staff in the College of Education, autumn 2010

by David Price (November 2010)

Since our last issue, the College has said farewell to three staff members and had several others assume new responsibilities.


After more than eleven years with the University, systems administrator Mike Shadow left the Education Technology Center at the end of July to work full-time as president at his own company. In 2008, Mike—harkening back to his first job out of high school—started a company called Green Building Solutions (now SunDirected), which focused on alternative and renewable energy and energy efficiency. SunDirected has grown the last couple of years, and this past spring he became one of only 31 certified NABCEP solar PV installers in Pennsylvania.

Russell "Rusty" Myers succeeded Mike Shadow in ETC as a systems administrator at the beginning of November. Rusty started at Penn State as an intern during the summer of 2004, becoming a part-time employee after his internship. After a few months at that part-time position, he joined the College of Education full-time to assist the systems administrator with Mac support. Now, in his new position Rusty is the systems administrator for Macs.

Coming from Ohio to central Pennsylvania in 1989, Rusty lives in Tyrone with his wife, Bree, and their two boys, Brodie (3) and Judah (1). He says the pair keeps them very busy, but there's even more busy on the way, as Bree and Rusty are expecting their third child in March!

spadaccio_sml.jpgAfter a full, diverse career at Penn State, Vicki Spadaccio has retired. Vicki started at the University as an accounting clerk in the Department of Chemistry two weeks after she graduated from State College Area High School. In 1978, she moved over to the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, where she worked until joining the University's Office of Sponsored Programs in 1991. Vicki came to the College of Education in 2001 as the contracts and grants specialist in the Office of Educational Research. On September 30th, she officially retired as the associate director for contracts in the Office of Educational Research.



In mid-October Tammy Fetterolf succeeded Vicki Spadaccio. Tammy started at Penn State in 1988 in the College of Agriculture's Department of Entomology. She joined the College of Education in May of 1989, working for the Professional Personnel Development Center within the Workforce Education and Development Program. Tammy had been working as the associate coordinator of grants in the Office of Educational Research before her October promotion to associate coordinator of grants.

A State College native who grew up within walking distance of Chambers Building, Tammy now calls Bellefonte home. When she's not in Chambers, you are likely to find her enjoying the solace of a peaceful hike in the wilderness…or dancing to the energetic beat of Zumba!


Also moving on to a new career outside of the College of Education, but still at Penn State, was Angie Hummel. Angie was with the College for ten years; in mid-August she moved over to the Penn State Football Office in the Louis E. Lasch Football Building. She says the new job is going very well, but she does miss the folks in the College.

Heather Homan
will be transitioning to the Dean's office as administrative support assistant at the beginning of December, succeeding Angie Hummel. Since coming to the University in 2002, Heather has been the administrative support assistant for the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services. Heather lives in her hometown of Aaronsburg, and in her off time, you can find her in an ambulance, volunteering for Penns Valley EMS.


Also transitioning within the College, Anita Bowes is the new marketing communications specialist in the College's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She succeeded Samantha Culovic in that position at the beginning of November. Anita previously had been working as an administrative support assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction since October 2008.

Anita is originally from Lock Haven; she and her husband, Ken, reside in Bellefonte. One of her three daughters, Amanda (19) is majoring in accounting at Penn State. The twins, 17-year-old Ashley and Chelsea, are seniors at Bellefonte Area High School.