Mary Anne Wood
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
Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
Hometown: Wayne, PA
Joined the Pride: September 2018
I am most proud of: My 2 sons, Taylor (age 22) and Collin (age 20)
In my spare time I: Love to read!
Favorite part of my job: Working with Widener’s wonderful students
You may not know this about me: I have a twin sister, Brenda, who works for a company called Academic Coaching Associates in CT
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.
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 3 cats: Chestnut, Cannoli, and Tiramisu
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
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!
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.
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.