Graduate Admissions Counselors and Coordinators

Get personal support and expert advice on applying to Cal U as a graduate student.

Entering into the world of graduate studies is a big step. We're here to support you during this exciting time in your life. Our graduate admissions counselors and coordinators are eager to help you get to know Cal U and walk you step by step through the application process.

Get expert advice and personal attention whether you're planning to start a traditional on-campus graduate program or are joining our Global Online community.

There are many ways to get in touch with our graduate admissions teams. 

The Graduate Admissions Office

  • Visit us on campus at Eberly Hall, Room 202B; office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Call us with general questions at 724-938-4187.
  • Call us with questions specific to your admissions application at 724-938-5259 or 724-938-5261.
  • Email us at gradschool@calu.edu.
  • Send us an online information request.

The Global Online Office

For answers to all of your questions about Global Online program selection, applying, course sequences, course registration or changes to registration, financial aid or student accounts:

Meet Us at an Event

Meet a graduate admissions counselor in person at one of our graduate open house or recruitment events.

Admissions Contacts and Program Coordinators

Admissions Contacts

 

Stephanie Franks-Helwich
Dean, Graduate Admissions & Global Online
Franks_s@calu.edu
724-938-4301 

Lindsay Pecosh
Assistant Director
pecosh@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

Kristy DeBord, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
debord@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348

Peggy McGarry
Assistant Director
mcgarry@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

LaQueda Taulton
Assistant Director
taulton@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

Kristen Wagner
Assistant Director
Wagner_k@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348

Devon Markish
Assistant Director
markish@calu.edu
724-938-4912
1-866-595-6348

Nikki Popielarcheck
Assistant Director
popielarcheck@calu.edu
724-938-5490
1-866-595-6348

Lynn Berdar
Management Technician
berdar@calu.edu
724-938-5261
1-866-595-6348 

Jessica Spence
Clerk Typist II
spence@calu.edu
724-938-4187
1-866-595-6348 

Adam Stairs
Applications Developer
stairs@calu.edu
724-938-4917
1-866-595-6348

Program Coordinator Contacts

Questions About an Academic Program? 

If you have specific academic questions related to a particular graduate program, we encourage you to email the program coordinator. You can search for your program in the list below.

Program

Award

Coordinator

Delivery Mode

Administrative Program for Principals

Master's, Certification

Dr. Silvia Braidic

100% Online (Global Online)

Advanced Studies in Secondary Education

Master's

Dr. Michael Perrotti

100% Online (Global Online)

Applied Behavior Analysis

Master's, Certificate

Dr. Jason Kight

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Applied Criminology

Master's

Dr. John Cencich

100% Online (Global Online)

Applied Math

Professional Science Master's

Dr. Melissa Sovak

100% Online (Global Online)

Athletic Training

Master's

Kayla Shinew

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Certificate, Certification

Dr. Jason Kight

Online

Business Administration

Master's

Dr. Arshad Chawdhry

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master's

Dr. Grafton Eliason

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Communication Disorders

Master's

Dr. Ralph Belsterling

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Conflict Resolution

Master's

Global Online

100% Online (Global Online)

Counseling

Licensure

Dr. John Patrick

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Criminal Justice

Doctorate

Dr. John Cencich

100% Online (Global Online)

Cybersecurity

Professional Science Master's

Dr. Weifeng Chen

100% Online (Global Online)

Early Childhood Education

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michelle Torregano

100% Online (Global Online)

Elementary Education

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michelle Torregano

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

English as a Second Language

Master's, Certification

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge

100% Online (Global Online)

Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Master's, Certificate

Dr. Barry McGlumphy

100% Online (Global Online)

Health Science and Exercise Leadership

Doctor of Health Science

Dr. Marc Federico

Online with on-campus dissertation meeting

Legal Studies

Master's

Dr. Jeff Magers

100% Online (Global Online)

Master of Arts Teaching

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michael Perrotti

Online except for student teaching / field experience

Nursing Administration and Leadership

Master's

Dr. Mary O'Connor

100% Online (Global Online)

Reading Specialist

Master's, Certification

Dr. Diane Fine

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

School Counseling

Master's, Certification

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

School Psychology

Master's, Certification

Dr. Angela Bloomquist

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math Education

Master's

Dr. Diane Fine

100% Online (Global Online)

Social Work

Master's

Dr. Sheri Boyle

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Special Education

Master's, Certification

Dr. Jason Kight

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Sport Management

Master's, Certificate

Dr. Robert Taylor

100% Online (Global Online)

Sports Counseling

Certificate

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

100% Online (Global Online)

Student Affairs

Certificate

Dr. John Patrick

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Certification

Dr. Silvia Braidic

100% Online (Global Online)

Technology Education

Master's

Dr. Rene Kruse

100% Online (Global Online)