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Beaver welcomes regional staff members

7/26/2010 —

Penn State Beaver recently welcomed three new staff members who will be housed on campus, but have responsibilities at multiple campuses.

Stephanie A. DeMaro was named regional job and internship developer for Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington and Shenango campuses. Erica F. Garner was appointed educational advisor for the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The EOC assists low-income, potential first-general adult students, age 19 or older, in gaining access to post-secondary education and training. Gary M. Slifkey was named director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Beaver and also will conduct ministry outreach at Robert Morris University.

DeMaro worked as an educational adviser, program assistant, counselor, and liaison for the EOC of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She also served as director of the Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh Education Services Department and was an assistant director of admissions at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In addition, she was a family support consultant for the Head Start Family Child Care Center Partnership Program of the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit.

DeMaro holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Penn State and is enrolled in the master’s of education program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Garner has been a counselor for the Student Support Services TRIO program for two years. Previously, she worked as coordinator for diversity outreach and engagement for the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology and was an admissions and minority recruitment counselor at Penn State's University Park campus. Garner also was a development and education outreach assistant for the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh and was an assistant seminar coordinator for Education Technology Services at the University Park campus. In addition, she is the volunteer membership coordinator for the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education Inc.

Garner holds a master’s degree in business administration, management, and organizational leadership from Point Park University and a bachelor’s degree in integrative arts, multimedia and business communications from Penn State.

Slifkey’s duties will include providing catechetical programs, monitoring the Newman Club, assisting with students’ spiritual welfare, arranging student retreats and service opportunities, and collaborating with local parishes in outreach projects. Previously, he worked as associate director of the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and as pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Parish. He also served as a campus ministry intern at Duquesne University.

Slifkey holds a master’s degree in professional leadership from Carlow College and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.

To contact DeMaro or Slifkey, call the Office of Student Affairs at 724-773-3951 or email dxt24@psu.edu. To contact Garner, call the Beaver campus EOC Office at 724-773-3804 or e-mail paf13@psu.edu.

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