Division of Student Affairs
West Chester University
Dr. Matthew Bricketto
238 Sykes Student Union
West Chester, PA 19383
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LOL Class of 2005 Biographies
Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz ‘89
While at WCU, Kevin held a variety of leadership positions. He was The Quad News Editor (86-87) and the Co-Editor (87-88). He is a member of the Friar’s Society. He served as the interim aquatics director for one year and was an officer in the Student Athletic Trainers Club. While in college, Kevin was awarded the Swope Scholarship and a physical education scholarship.
Kevin met his wife, Amy Mergehenn, Class of ’90 at WCU and has been married since 1992. They have three children, Jacob, Nathan and Adam.
Major Boyd Miller ‘92
During his tenure at WCU, Boyd was a member of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity and was president of his chapter in 1992. He was a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society and served that group as president as well. He also was an active member of the Semper Fidelis Society from 1990-1992. Boyd worked as a student director of Sykes Student Union from 1991-1992. He also found time to volunteer and provided service to the Police Athletic League, Brian’s Run, UNICEF, and the East Ward playground construction project. Boyd was awarded the National Kappa Delta Rho Foundation Scholarship Award, the Inter-Greek Council Outstanding Fraternity President Award, and was elected to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Boyd lives in Colorado with his wife, the former Laura Tisch of Bridgeport, WV. Boyd and Laura have one son, Andrew.
Professor Herbert Lee
‘59 M ’63
While a student at WCU, Herb was a member of the Friar’s Society, a member of the Black Caucus and a three-year football letter winner for Coach Killinger. Herb was recognized for his outstanding athletic achievement by the Killinger and Sturzebecker foundations in their Hall of Fame. He was the first winner of the prestigious Civility Award at WCU. He was also awarded the WCU Alumni Service Award. Two scholarships have been created in Herb’s name to honor him—the Herbert Lee (Alumni) Scholarship and the Herbert Lee (Health Sciences) Scholarship.
Herb loved West Chester University and in his words, “will always remain connected at the hip.” Sadly – WCU lost one of its treasures when Mr. Lee passed away at the age of 68 on August 9, 2006. He is survived by his wife Elen James Lee with whom he shared 34 years of marriage, and his sons, Adam J. Lee and Joshua B. Lee.
Mr. Garrick Weaver ‘93 M
Garrick’s community involvement has included being a chairperson for the Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association and president of the Garnet Ridge/Garnet Hills Homeowners Association. Garrick served on the WCU Alumni Association from 1997-2000 and then again from 2004-present, where he is currently the chairperson for several committees. He has volunteered for the President’s Summit for Service in Philadelphia as well as participated in numerous events to benefit non-profit groups throughout the Philadelphia area.
As an undergraduate student, Garrick was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and served as the alumni relations director. He was an active member of SAC (Student Activities Council) serving in many roles, including president. He was also a member of the Order of Omega, the Residence Hall Association and the Sykes Union Advisory Board.
In graduate school, Garrick was a graduate assistant for the Department of Student Activities. As part of his master’s degree program he did practical internships with the Office of New Student Programs at WCU as well as the Student Life Office at Delaware County Community College. He was a Lifeskills Seminar facilitator and an intern for SSI, Inc. He also serves on the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board, most notably as president.
Garrick lives in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania with his wife, Debra, (Master’s 1997) and his daughter Lauren.
Dr. John Villella ‘76 M
John is the president of Vivace Productions, Inc, the national leader of summer camps, including band leadership training and the marching band and band front workshops. He often serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the US, Canada and Europe.
While a student at WCU, John was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, the Student Government Association and the Friar’s Society. He also performed with the Criterions and Statesman jazz ensembles, symphonic band, opera and musical pit orchestras, brass choir, and the marching band.
John lives in West Chester with his wife Colleen and his son Evan. They are members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
(Washington) Mickens ‘93
Sherrell held a variety of student leadership positions while at WCU. She was the president of both the Black Student Union and the Black Greek Council. She was also the president of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, Theta Lambda chapter. Sherrell also served on the Student Government Association finance committee. During her undergraduate years, Sherrell worked in the FHG Library and as a painter in the residence hall summer renovation project. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.
Sherrell is married to Kendrick Mickens, Sr., Class of 1993. Sherrell and Kendrick and their children live in Springfield, Pennsylvania. In her free time, Sherrell enjoys distance running, crossword puzzles, Stephen King novels and going to the movies.
Mr. Mark Barnes ‘93|
He has held mid-level management positions in the City of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Urban League movement. Mark served also as an adjunct faculty member at Temple and Eastern universities teaching urban society courses and nonprofit marketing and public relations to undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.
Mark founded the Global Alumni Presence Project in 2001. The Project featured roundtable discussions for WCU faculty and staff on increasing the number of alumni of color in the University’s institutional advancement efforts; self-improvement seminars for college graduates across the Philadelphia metropolitan area; and recognition awards for racially and culturally diverse professional organizations, graduate-level fraternities and sororities, and alumni associations.
He was the president of the Black Caucus Chapter of WCU’s Alumni Association from 2000-2001. Mark chaired the Marketing and Public Relations Committee of the Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services’ Board of Directors, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Delaware Valley Consumer Credit Counseling Services. He also was an advisory board member for the United Way’s Teaming for Technology Program, Southwest Enrichment Community Center’s Technology Program for Teens and the YMCA’s Achiever’s Program.
While at WCU, Mark played WCU football, held a work-study position at the FHG Library, was a peer counselor in the ADP program, was a short-order cook in the Ram’s Head Deli, and provided campus security as a Public Safety officer. He also presided over the Zeta Psi Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity while on campus, and is the present chairman of its developing alumni society.
Mark and his wife, Orien, live in Philadelphia’s Burholme neighborhood.
Ms. Robin (Gritz) Laird
While at WCU, Robyn was active in Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, serving as the president. She was also the president of the Inter-Greek Council and served on the Pan-Hellenic Council as well. She was a student representative to the Student Life Committee and to the Sykes Student Union Expansion Committee. Robyn was voted Outstanding Greek Woman of the Year in 1990. She was selected to represent WCU at the first PASSHE Women’s Consortium. Recently, she was invited back to WCU to speak in the Women in Residence Program and several criminal justice classes.
Robyn makes her home in Reston, VA with her husband, David, who is an occupational health and safety engineer with Human Genome Sciences in Rockville, MD.
Mr. Phil Tripp
Phil is a noted prankster and pun teller and has published two jokes in Reader’s Digest. Each year, Phil can be seen playing Santa Claus for the WCU Children’s Center. Phil is married to Maggie Tripp, also employed at WCU as the director of service learning and volunteer programs.