Meet Our Team

Mary Anne Wood

Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Boothwyn, PA

Joined the Pride: October 2007

I like to collect: pottery from local artisans – functional/pretty pieces for cooking/baking

Favorite Food: steak, especially filet mignon

Favorite Quote:  Stick with the people who pull the magic out of you and not the madness.

You may not know this about me: Like to take motorcycle rides with my hubby.

Pets: No longer have any pets of our own, but have 5 “grandpets”: Izzy and Kennedy (dogs), Ellie (cat), Jack, Brio and Bella (horses)


Student Accessibility Services 


Rebecca Ross

Director of Accessibility Services

Hometown: Broomall, PA

Joined the Pride August 2015

I like to collect: Books! I hope to live in a house that looks more like a library someday.

I am most proud of: My students. They overcome great barriers with grace every single day.

You may not know this about me: I love getting lost. Every time I walk my pups – we go in a different direction and try to find our way back (I’ve only needed to resort to GoogleMaps twice). But I like getting lost in the car or in a book or online. It’s like a new discovery.

Pets: I have 2 dogs, Ellie and Harper. Both are around 2 year old rescues.


Exploratory Studies 

Amy Yarlett

Director of Advising and Retention Systems

Hometown: Carlisle, PA

Joined the Pride: July 2004

Fun Fact: I have traveled to 41 states and 3 countries.

I am most proud of: I am most proud of my graduate education being that I was a first-generation college student who didn’t know if college would even be possible!

Favorite part of my job: The favorite part of my job is seeing a student who is unsure of their major when entering Widener and then declaring a major and being very excited about classes and what they are learning.

Pets: I adopted/rescued 3 cats: Tiramisu, JC, and Malibu



Rhonda Bates

Associate Director of Advising

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Joined Widener Pride: January 2019

Fun Fact: I was the 5th African American Homecoming Queen of Penn State

Favorite part of my job: Being apart of students journey of personal and professional development

Favorite Book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

You may not know this about me: For self-care, I watch original Disney movies and eat double stuffed oreos 🙂

I am afraid of: Anything that crawls


Office of Student Success 


Timothy Cairy

Executive Director of Student Success

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (South Philly!)

Joined the Pride: February  1999

Fun Fact: I started classes at Widener as a freshman Sept 1994

I like to collect: Sport Memorabilia (Prized item Muhammad Ali Signed Glove)

I am most proud of: My sons Jake and Timmy

Favorite Part of my Job: Working with the students and staff at Widener.  I am part of a great team.

In my spare time: I am a youth football coach.  GO ANGELS!


Karen Daly

Associate Director of Student Success

Hometown: Aston, PA

Joined the Pride: August 2011

I am most proud of: My five (5) beautiful daughters

Favorite part of the job: Working with our students and contributing to their overall academic success

Favorite Quote: “People will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but people never forget how you make them feel.”  Mayo Angelou

You may not know this about me: I am a big sports enthusiast.


Justin Johnson Jr.

Assistant Director Student Success

Hometown: Prince George’s County, MD

Joined the Pride: July 2017

I am most proud of: zero student loan debt

Favorite part of the job: Ability to get to know students beyond school things so I understand how their background created their personality

Favorite Quote: Matt 5:5 : Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth…”

You may not know this about me: I am a huge pro wrestling fan.