Public Safety Staff
Michael J. Hill, Director of Public Safety
Michael Hill joined the Swarthmore community in 2012 after coming from Bryn Mawr College, where he served the public safety department for 25 years. Hill has focused on building and strengthening community partners, both on and off campus, as well as improving department operations and increasing the use of technology in support of best and promising practices in the field.
While at Bryn Mawr, Hill created community training programs 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 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.
Hill earned a B.A. in social science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served 25 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 seven 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.
Samuel Smemo, Associate Director for Operations
Sam Smemo comes to Swarthmore after a 27-year law enforcement career. For the last 15-plus years Sam was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During his career with the FBI, Sam worked Narcotics, Organized Crime and Counterterrorism investigations. Sam also supervised Organized Crime, Domestic and International Terrorism squads. Prior to the FBI, Sam worked for the United States Marshals Service (USMS) for over ten years primarily conducting federal fugitive investigations. Sam began his law enforcement career with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Sam received his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University and his Masters in Homeland Security from the University of Long Island. Sam is a member of the Homeland Security Management Institute Association Network and is an Adjunct Faculty member of Widener University where he teaches a Domestic Terrorism course.
Elizabeth "Beth" Pitts, Associate Director for Investigations
Beth Pitts came to Swarthmore in 2013 after a 20-year career as an Assistant and Deputy District Attorney with the Chester County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office. 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, Security Systems and Training Administrator
George has been a member of the Public Safety team both part-time and full time since 1985. First serving as a Patrol Officer then as a Communications Officer in the Communications Center. George has supervised the Communications Center and now is the Security Systems and Training Administrator for the department.
The Security Systems and Training Administrator is responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of Campus Safety systems; Computer Aided Dispatch Program ( ARMS), Card-access, CCTV, Recording Equipment, and select Emergency Notification Systems among many other roles. George is the Department’s coordinator for Information Technology and Systems. In addition, in consultation with the Supervisors, Associate Directors and Director, he is responsible for managing the professional development training program for communications and patrol officers.
George has a long time background in Public Safety in the commercial security field and emergency response having worked as a career fire officer with the Chester Fire Department. In addition George worked for over 16 years in Health Care and in the nuclear power industry as a practitioner in industrial fire protection/environmental safety and building automation. George has Associate Degrees in both Engineering and Safety Management.
Robert Warren, 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
Joseph "Joe" Theveny, Patrol Corporal
Joseph “Joe” Theveny is assigned to a shift as a Public Safety Patrol Corporal. 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. Joe has recently accepted a promotion to Acting Corporal in recognition of his work and leadership in the Public Safety Department. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and playing with his dog at the park.
John McNamee, Acting Patrol Corporal
John joined the Public Safety Department in July 2015. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served honorably for eight years. John brings vast experience to the Public Safety team. He began his law enforcement career with the Temple University Police Department as a full time Police Officer. He is currently a sworn full time Police Officer with the Malvern Police Department in Chester County, Pennsylvania. John grew up and resides in neighboring Ridley Township and is familiar with the Swarthmore Community. John has recently accepted a promotion to Acting Corporal in recognition of his work and leadership in the Public Safety Department. He enjoys meeting students, visitors and guests of Swarthmore College.
Gina Goodwin, Patrol Corporal
Gina is a retired Philadelphia Police Officer and alumna of Delaware State University. Gina worked full-time with the Upper Darby School District as a Public Safety Officer. While she has been with Swarthmore Public Safety as a part-time officer since February 2014, she has now joined our team as a full time supervisor on the evening shift as of November 8th, 2016. We welcome Gina's experience and expertise in her new role as a Corporal in our department.
Kathy Agostinelli, 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.
Sandra Briggs-Edwards, Communications Officer
Sandra joined Public Safety in September 2015. Prior to Public Safety, she worked in the Human Resource Department as an administrative assistant on ACT 153 background clearances. Since joining Public Safety, Sandra has become professionally certified as a telecommunications dispatcher. She has 20 years experience as an administrative assistant.
Meghan Browne, Administrative Assistant
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.
Stephen Devore, Patrol Officer
Stephen joined Public Safety in 2016. Stephen comes to Public Safety with 22 years of experience as a deputy sherriff both in Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Stephen is also a Marine Corp. veteran and is a Purple Heart recipient. During Stephen’s career in law enforcement he was a S.W.A.T. officer and received a medal of valor in the course of his duties. Stephen’s favorite recreational activities are scuba diving, hiking and skiing.
Alisa Dyitt, Communications Officer
Allisa has been a member of the Swarthmore College's Public Safety team since June 2014. In addition to working at the College, Allisa works for Main Line Health System where she has 21 years experience in Telecommunications. She enjoys the beautiful campus and likes interacting with the diverse college community. Allisa loves spending time with her family and being at the beach.
Jim Ellis, 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. 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.
Joe Forgacic, Patrol Officer
Joe has worked at Swarthmore College for over 13 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 children.
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, 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 serving on various shifts. 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
George Iredale joined Public Safety in 1996 after a long career with the Pennsylvania State Police. George was a Lieutenant in our department for a number of years before returning to the private sector. George has remained in a part-time capacity as a Patrol Sergeant for over fifteen years.
Brandi Jones, Communications Officer
Brandi Jones, Communications Officer Started working for Swarthmore College February 2012. Brandi has 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. She attended the University of Pittsburgh. In June of 2015 Brandi left Public Safety for a brief period to work for the Delaware River Port Authority as a Police Dispatcher and then returning to Public Safety in her current position in October of 2015. .
Tom Kincade, Patrol/Communications Officer
Tom joined the Public Safety team in May 2015. Tom has over three decades of dedicated experience in many areas of Public Safety field most recently as a Public Safety Officer at Harcum College. Tom has a strong passion for Philadelphia sports teams and rock music. Tom enjoys golfing and spending time with Mystra, his Siberian Husky.
Robert LaCourt, Patrol/Communications Officer
Robert LaCourt joined the Public Safety team in November 2016 as a Patrol/ Communications Officer. Robert comes to us from Temple University Police Department where he was a police officer and R.A.D. instructor for several years. Prior to Temple, Robert was an officer with the Delaware Department of Corrections. Robert resides in Delaware with his wife and children.
Mary Lou Lawless, Administrative Assistant
Mary Lou has been married for 25 years and is a mom of three children. 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 four 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.
Desmond McNeil, Patrol Officer
Desmond has been working with Swarthmore College Department of Public Safety since December 2015. Over the past 14 years he has served in public safety at hospitals, universities, churches and more. He currently works full time with the Upper Darby School District where for over 8 years he has served and protected students and staff of the district. Desmond has completed several certifications including PA State certification as a private security officer, Red Cross First Aid, and Mountain Bike Patrol. In his spare time Desmond enjoys spending time with his family, playing
Marcella Pringle, Patrol/Communications Officer
Marcella joined the Department of Public Safety team in May 2015. Marcella has 7 years of security, corrections and dispatching experience. Marcella possesses outstanding interpersonal skills and has received advanced training in communication skills and suicide prevention. Marcella was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and still currently maintains her certification as an EMT and as a Phlebotomist. Marcella received her AA from the University of Phoenix in Criminal Justice and continues to pursue higher education. Marcella prides herself in her problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills and her ability to work well in a fast paced stressful environment.
Montea Roundtree, Patrol/Communications Officer
Montea joined Swarthmore College in December 2015 prior to working here he worked at neighboring Girard and Harcum colleges. Montea comes to us with over 6 years of experience in the security field. Montea also volunteers at neighborhood recreation centers mentoring troubled youth.
Robert Stephano, 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.
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.