Michael J. Hill, Director of Public Safety
On April 9, 2012 Michael Hill joined the Swarthmore community as its new director of public safety. Hill comes to Swarthmore from Bryn Mawr College, where he has served since 1988, beginning as a patrol officer and moving through the ranks to his current position as Bi-College Director of Public Safety Operations. Hain cited Hill's commitment to teaching and service, noting his development of a strong in-service training program for Bryn Mawr Public Safety officers. Recent programs have included crisis management, mediation, problem solving, diversity training and use of technology. In collaboration with Montgomery County Victim Services, he provided training for students and officers in domestic violence hotline services. For his work in victim support, Hill received the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County 2011 Matty Muir Award.
While at Bryn Mawr, Hill also created community training programs including "safe teas" -- workshops that focused on identity theft, alcohol education, sexual assault, and fire safety. In collaboration with the Athletics Wellness Program, he designed, implemented, and taught the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program.
"In addition to campus safety, Mike's passions are teaching and community service," Hain says. "His victim support work, workshops, and the creation of a student Committee on Public Safety have fostered strong, trusting relationships between officers and students."
"One of the things I was most impressed with was Mike's clear commitment to working closely and collaboratively with the entire community - students, faculty, and staff," adds Dean of Students Liz Braun, a member of the search committee. "I'm thrilled that he will be bringing his expertise, his energy, and his vision to Swarthmore."
While serving at Bryn Mawr, Hill earned a B.A. in social science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served 20 years in the United States Army Reserve.
"Both my professional and military service have fostered a deep appreciation for learning, teaching, and service to others," says Hill, who spent most of 2011 in Iraq at a base north of Baghdad. "I am deeply committed to the values at the core of a liberal arts education - the education of the whole student, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically."
For five years, Hill has served on the executive committee of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley. He is also a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association.
Hill grew up in Delaware County and knows the Swarthmore campus well. He is a strong proponent of exercise, enjoys running, and is an avid photographer.
Hill is married to Alisa Giardinelli, the College's director of web and media communications, and they have a two-year-old daughter, Veronica.
Joanna Gallagher, Associate Director of Public Safety
Joanna Gallagher has twenty-three years of experience in the private security and public safety field. She joins us after serving seventeen years with Villanova University Department of Public Safety as Manager of Investigations. During her tenure with Villanova University Joanna was the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator and responsible for conducting sexual assault awareness and crime prevention seminars for University faculty, staff and students. She was also the University Title IX deputy and responsible for state and local statistical crime reporting. In addition, Joanna has eight years of experience as a Loss Control Manager and Investigator at a local retail company.
Joanna has received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Science (Sociology) from Villanova University. Her training and experience has developed her abilities to listen and teach about topics of sexual assault, crime prevention and security management. She has earned many professional certifications in fields including emergency management, leadership and crime analysis. She has hosted crime prevention and community service programs providing practical advice about security, crime, loss prevention and investigations. She has worked closely with internal and external agencies to support to enhance awareness and prevention of crimes on campus, specifically aimed at reducing the risks of victimization including programs such as the Rape Aggression Defense Program, the SAFE Defense Program, and National Campus Safety Awareness Month for University students. Joanna believes that safety and security is a community initiative and strives to make it a team effort. Joanna and her family look forward to being a part of the Swarthmore community.
Elizabeth "Beth" Pitts, Associate Director for Investigations
Beth comes to Swarthmore after a 20-year career as an Assistant and Deputy District Attorney with the Chester County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office serving the citizens of Chester County in that capacity for twenty years. For the majority of her career, Beth prosecuted child sexual and physical abuse cases. She was the supervisor of the DA’s Office Child Abuse Unit and the Co-Chair of the Chester County Child Advocacy Center.
Beth handled thousands of cases including homicides, sexual assaults, domestic violence, and physical assaults. She also conducted trainings for law enforcement and other county employees on topics of sexual assault and child abuse. Beth received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where she also minored in Art Therapy and Psychology.
She received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law where she continues to participate in Moot Court programs as well as a variety of trial advocacy programs. Beth is a member of the faculty of Pennsylvania ChildFirst, a forensic interview training program for law enforcement and social services professionals throughout Pennsylvania.
George Darbes, Communications/Operations Supervisor
George has been a member of Public Safety both part-time and full time since 1985. First serving as a Patrol Officer then with the Communications Center. George has a longtime background in Public Safety in the security field and Emergency Response having worked as a career fire officer with the Chester Fire Department and in Health Care and industrial fire protection/safety. George has Associate Degrees in both Engineering and Safety Management. He has two sons and enjoys video gaming, movies and reading about politics in the world around us.
Brian Harris, Patrol Sergeant
Brian has been employed with the Department of Public Safety for 30 years. A graduate of the Delaware County Police Academy, Brian spent 5 years as a municipal police officer with Chester Township and Parkside Borough. Brian is a volunteer firefighter with 35 years of service and has completed several courses in firefighting and emergency management. Brian was the recipient of a 1987 Police Department Valor award for rescuing two trapped occupants in an apartment fire and a 2007 Fire Department Valor award for assisting in the rescue of two trapped firefighters. In his spare time, Brian enjoys fishing, target shooting, and traveling to the beaches of Florida and South Carolina.
Tom Gleeson, Evening Shift Patrol Sergeant
Tom Gleeson serves as shift sergeant on the 2 p.m. -12 p.m. shift. Sgt. Gleeson, who has recently retired from the Philadelphia Police Department with more than 32 years of service, is well versed in FEMA incident command, critical incident management, investigations, and grant writing. He was assigned to the Northeast Detective Division where he was a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team and was also cross trained in Juvenile Investigations. He organized and implemented the Heads Up Drug Education Program and maintained day-to-day operations as a shift sergeant for one of the busiest police districts in Philadelphia.
Shelton Sneed, Night Shift Patrol Sergeant
Shelton Sneed serves as a shift Sergeant on the 10 p.m.- 8 a.m. shift. Sgt. Sneed has an established career in law enforcement. He is retired from the PA State Police with over 29 years of Public Service and is an established trainer for St. Joseph's Medical Center. Sgt. Sneed is versed in Commonwealth Statues, Investigations, National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), current Security Technologies and Department of Health Regulations. He has organized and implemented community risk assessments and Crime Prevention initiatives.
Joe Forgacic, Evening Shift Patrol Corporal
Joe has worked at Swarthmore College for the past 10 years. Prior to working for Swarthmore, Joe was a Public Safety Officer at Rosemont College. Joe is a 2002 graduate of the Delaware County Police Academy. He is married and has three kids.
Robert Warren, Night Shift Patrol Corporal
Rob has been with Public Safety since June, 2000. He has been a volunteer with his local fire company for 11 years and has attended Delaware State Fire Academy. Rob is an Eagle Scout. He has worked previously as a Correctional Officer. Rob is the proud father of two great kids. They spend as much time as possible at the Jersey shore. He's a fan of Nascar, country music, camping and canoeing
Kathy Agostinelli, Day Shift Patrol Officer
Kathy has served the campus community off and on since 1976. She has been with Public Safety since 1996. Kathy graduated from DCCC in 1990 with an A.A. in Graphic Arts. She has two children and enjoys oil painting as well as photography.
Meghan Browne, Communications Officer
Meghan has been a member of the Public Safety department since October 2003. She enjoys interacting with the College community and meeting new people. Meghan attended Neumann University, where she studied elementary education. She met her handsome husband at the shore in June 2003, and they were married in June 2010. She recently left her full-time job to stay home with her two young children. Meghan loves spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Dan Clement, Auxiliary Patrol Officer
Daniel Clement is an Auxiliary Patrol Officer, this is a newly established position within the Department of Public Safety. Clement’s face may be familiar on campus as he will be working as a shuttle driver while being cross trained to be an Auxiliary Patrol Officer. He is a graduate of the Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy. Clement served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 2010. He also served as lieutenant at the Morton-Rutledge Fire Company and works with the Swarthmore Borough Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT.
Andrew Dunn, Evening Shift Patrol Officer
Andrew Dunn came to Swarthmore in December of 2012 and will be working 2 p.m. - 12 p.m. shift as a Public Safety Officer. He is a graduate of Millersville University with a bachelor’s in government and political affairs. He also is a graduate of the Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy and has his ACT 120 certification. In his free time, he enjoys working out at the gym, running, reading, and teaching martial arts.
Jim Ellis, Day Shift Patrol Officer
Jim Ellis has been with Public Safety for 32 years. He is a graduate of the Police Academy and is a sworn officer. Jim can usually be seen working first shift. He's the "go to" guy when a delivery truck is trying to locate a building or attempting to maneuver into
a loading dock. Jim is an avid photographer and has captured some beautiful scenes on campus. Several have been used in college publications. He's a huge fan of Disney World and has vacationed in Florida more times than he cares to count.
Drew Frescoln, Patrol Officer
Drew Frescoln, Patrol Officer has worked for the college for the past 4 years. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University and completed his Act 120 at the Delaware County Police Academy. In addition to working at the College, Drew is a Manager with US Airways and works with multiple Government agencies as liaison. He has training as a Ground Security Coordinator and is a member of the CARE Team which assists with emergency events at airports. He is also a member of the American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Drew is planning on finishing his Masters Degree in the near future.
Tony Green, Day Shift Patrol Officer
Officer Tony Green started with Swarthmore's Department of Public Safety a little over seven years ago as a part time Garnet Patrol officer, keeping the pathways of the college monitored for our students. Since then, he has been promoted to a full time officer on the overnight shift. His quiet demeanor and firm principles make Officer Green easily approachable, while continuing to adhere to College rules. Officer Green and his wife, Sharon, live in Delaware surrounded by their family.
George Iredale, Patrol Sergeant
Brandi Jones, Night Shift Communications Officer
Started working for Swarthmore College February 2012. I have previously worked as a dispatcher for the Department of Homeland Security for 4 years and before that was a police dispatcher for Montgomery County 9-1-1 for 5 years. I attended the University of Pittsburgh and enjoy working at Swarthmore College.
Mary Lou Lawless, Administrative Assistant
Mary Lou has been married for 24 years and is a mom of three children: 18, 17, and 9. She is a graduate of Archbishop Prendergast High School, Harcum Jr. College, and Polley Real Estate school. Mary Lou has enjoyed working at Swarthmore College for the past two years as an Administrative Assistant. She has experience as an office manager and a preschool teacher's assistant. She loves to have family and friends over for parties, and enjoys reading a good book.
John McCans, Communications Officer
John has been with the Dept. of Public Safety for 12 years as a part-time patrol officer and communications officer. He works full-time for SEPTA as a bus operator in Philadelphia. He has been a volunteer firefighter since he was a teenager, serving at several fire companies in Delaware County over the years; he is currently certified as an EMT.
John enjoys time at the beach and would be a professional fisherman - if time allowed. He likes camping and "RV"ing and is a big sports fan - football is his favorite - and indulges in a good cigar on occasion.
John is married to Maggie, also employed in the Dept. of Public Safety. Somehow, they balance their careers, marriage, raising a large family, and volunteering - and they are still smiling after all these years! J
Terry McGonigle, Day Shift Communications Officer
Terry has been part of the Public Safety team since August, 2005. An open and friendly person from a large family, she is naturally drawn to the diverse congregation of people she encounters on a daily basis. She has completed a special workshop in Suicide Prevention and will be attending more workshops and continuing education in the future. Terry is an avid reader with interests that vary from movies and crochet to sailing and large dogs.
Edward McMahon, Communications Officer
Edward McMahon came to Swarthmore with 20 years of emergency response experience. Beginning as a full time overnight Communications Officer, he now works part-time. He works full time for Gloucester County (NJ) Emergency Response Center where he is a 9-1-1 Dispatcher working in the Police Dispatch Center. He holds certifications as a 9-1-1 Officer and Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Having over 1500 hours of training, he holds 97 different emergency response certifications, including EMT in NJ, PA, and the National Registry, Incident Management Level 3 with special certificates in Law Enforcement and Higher Education Institutions, Firefighter 2, Fire Officer 2, Hazardous Material Technician, Incident Safety Officer, and Fire Instructor 1. Edward has been a volunteer firefighter for 21 years, currently serving with East Greenwich Twp. Fire & Rescue. He has been married to wife Jenna for 12 years and has 2 children, Amelia 4 and Liam 2.
Terri Narkin, Administrative Assistant
Terri Narkin has been the Administrative Assistant in Public Safety for over 24 years. She came to Swarthmore from a Philadelphia law firm where she and a co-worker did the billing for 68 attorneys. She is a wife, a mother of 3, and a Mom Mom of 8. She spends her time in Public Safety overseeing the day-to-day operation of the office including parking, ID's, budget, payroll, greeting visitors, and just about anything else that requires attention. Terri enjoys traveling and has visited Scotland, Ireland, and many places in the U.S. She frequesnt Sharples Dining Hall with the Site Supervisor of the Mullan Center who happens to be her husband
Patrick O'Rourke, Patrol Officer
David Ruffin, Night Shift Communications/Patrol Officer
David joined the Department of Public Safety several months ago first as a Part-time Patrol Officer and now as a full time Communications/Patrol Officer working full time on the Night Shift.
Scott Soule, Night Shift Patrol Officer
Scott Soule is a Public Safety Officer on the 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. shift. Officer Soule joins the Swarthmore team after an established Public Safety career at Cabrini College, Radnor Township. He is currently working on his EMT certification and recently became a new father.
Robert Stephano, Evening Shift Patrol Officer
Bob began his career at Swarthmore College in 1996 as a Garnet Patrol Officer. After a couple of months, he became a Communications Officer. A little over a year later, he became a Public Safety Officer which is the position he currently holds. Bob attended Delaware County Community College Police Academy and graduated in 1998. He was a volunteer firefighter for Brookhaven Fire Company for several years. Bob is married and has two sons. He is an avid Phillies fan. He currently works on the Night shift.
Joseph "Joe" Theveny, Night Shift Patrol Officer
Joseph “Joe” Theveny is assigned to the 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. shift as a Public Safety Officer. Prior to Swarthmore College, he worked security for Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, and as a shift supervisor for Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland. He is a 2010 graduate of the Delaware County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy and is pursuing an Administration of Justice Degree at Delaware County Community College. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and playing with his dog at the park.
Michelle Wollman, Communications Officer
Michelle's full time job is at Crozer Chester Medical Center but she has been a part-time employee at Swarthmore College since November, 1998. Michelle wears many hats -- she is a Communications Officer, a shuttle driver, and she works at the Mullan Tennis Center. On those rare occasions when her calendar allows, she likes to read and take LONG naps.