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.
Shelton Sneed, Patrol Sergeant
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, 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 children.
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
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.
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.
Andrew Dunn, Patrol Officer
Andrew Dunn serves on a shift as a Public Safety Officer. He is a graduate of Millersville University with a B.A. 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, 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.
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
Brandi Jones, 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 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.
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!
Terry McGonigle, 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.
Patrick O'Rourke, Patrol Officer
Jackie Prather, Communications Officer
Jackie joined Swarthmore College's Public Safety team in June 2014, upon retiring from Vanguard after 26 years of service. Having spent the majority of her career in learning and development as a project manager, line manager and performance consultant. Jackie enjoys spending time with family/friends,traveling and interior decorating. Nature walks, the beach and pool side are also some her favorite pastimes.
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.
Joseph "Joe" Theveny, Patrol Officer
Joseph “Joe” Theveny is assigned to a 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.