Meet the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning Staff
Office of the Dean
Barb Kopp Miller, Ph.D., Dean
Lee Heritage, Associate Dean
Beth Gerasimiak, MLS, Senior Director, College Administration
Beth has been at The University of Toledo since 2001. She began as a Program Manager in the former University College and also served as an Academic Adviser. When the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning was established in 2010, she was instrumental in the development of the Prior Learning Assessment Program and increasing services for veteran students through the Military Service Center, both of which she continues to oversee today. Beth also provides administrative oversight of University Testing Services and college relations. She is a proud alumna of UT earning a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master's of Liberal Studies. She completed a certificate of mastery as a PLA Administrator through DePaul University and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. She enjoys spending time with her family, extreme couponing, traveling and trying new things!
Kate Pixler, BA, Assistant Director of College Relations
Kate has been with the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning since 2013. She has several years of marketing, public relations, and event planning experience. Her career path as taken her from public relations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Andretti Green Racing to marketing and event planning with the National MS Society. During her free time, she enjoys being with her family, especially her daughters Nora and Payton and husband Nelson.
Melissa Gleckler, MLS, Senior Specialist for Prior Learning and Credit Assessment
Melissa has been with UT since 2007, unless you count her time as an undergrad and Dancing Rock-et! Melissa worked in TV news for several years after college before returning to UT to finish a master’s and assist students with achieving their own degree goals. As the senior specialist for prior learning, she helps students earn credit for work and life experiences and truly enjoys working with non-traditional students. She loves the beach, rollercoasters, festivals, dancing, costume parties, turbo kick, yoga, and anything involving wheels (cars, tractors, rollerblading, biking, even Heely’s)!
College of Adult and Lifelong Undergraduate Degree Programs
Kim Pollauf, MA, Assistant Dean and Director, CALL Student Services
Kim considers herself to be an extremely fortunate person. Working at a University means that each day holds the spark of new discovery, the opportunity to meet people from around the globe and the air is alive with a thousand conversations, lectures and debates. She is surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do and contribute to the greater good every day. When not here, she is likely to be pondering the mysteries of life in my vegetable garden, on a walkabout in one of our many parks, or attempting to answer the eternal question that is the bane of all working mothers…”What’s for dinner?”.
Dale Pelz, Jr., MS, Director of Student Services
Dale was born and raised in Toledo, graduating from UT in 2001 with his Bachelor of Business Administration. He spent time working in admissions at Lourdes College and UT, before moving out west in 2003 to attend graduate school at Arizona State University, where he earned his Masters of Science in Recreation. Dale then worked at ASU from 2006 - 2010 as Program Coordinator for New Student Orientation and then as Academic Advisor for the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation. He was able to return to his alma mater as a Retention Specialist before joining CALL as Program Manager at the end of June 2012. When not at work, he can typically be found spending time with his wife, Liz, enjoying sports (especially college football), hanging out with family, or watching Food Network/reality shows.
Sandy Kosmyna, Academic Adviser
Sandy is happy to be back at University of Toledo advising students in the Individualized, Professional, and Liberal Studies programs in the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. She left UT in 2005 to serve as the Director of Monroe County Community College’s Whitman Center for seven years. Prior to that, she oversaw the Project Succeed Program at the Eberly Center for Women for 17 years. Sandy has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Toledo and a B.S. from Bowling Green State University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors or attending sporting events to cheer for the UT student athletes that she advises.
Jackie Berger, Academic Adviser
Jackie is excited to be a part of the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Toledo! A Northwest Ohio native, Jackie comes to the college with a background in Academic Advising and Student Affairs. Jackie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University, graduating Cum Laude in 2009. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Higher Education from Tiffin University in 2014. Away from work, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting local festivals, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.
Jose Rosales, Academic Adviser
Jose comes to the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning from YouCollege where he served as a Success Coach. Prior to joining UT as a Success Coach, Jose was an Academic Adviser at Central State University. Jose is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Social Foundations and earned his Master’s in Higher Education Administration from UT. He graduated from Waite High School and currently lives in East Toledo. In his free time, he coaches his daughter’s basketball team and serves as a mentor to UT students through LSU and Alpha Phi Alpha. Jose also serves in the United States Marine Corps for Bridge Company Alpha, located in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Angie Duran, Success Coach
Angie Duran is a University of Toledo graduate with a Bachelor’s in the Individualized Program and currently working on her Master’s in Educational Technology. Angie started out with the University of Toledo as a work study student in Rocket Solution Central then became a graduate assistant in the Center for International Studies and Programs. She finds herself very honored to be a colleague within the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. Her passion, dedication and experience to students have prepared her to be a Success Coach. In her spare time, she enjoys her two kids John and Ysabel, going to her daughter’s soccer games and dinner, dancing, camping and good conversation with friends and family.
Chris Villarreal, Success Coach
Chris is from Corpus Chrisi, Texas and moved to the Midwest after serving with the 101st Airborne Division. He earned his Master's Degree in Special Education after earning his Bachelor's Degree with Cum Laude Honors in Education from Ashland University. Before joining The University of Toledo, Chris worked as a Financial Coach. In his spare time, he enjoys barbecuing, baseball, football and spending time with his family.
Mona Dokurno, BA, Student Services Coordinator 2
Mona has been at UT since 1991 and with the college for the last 10 years. She is the Student Service Coordinator for the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning Undergraduate Degree Programs and a graduate of the Adult Liberal Studies Program. She would be glad to assist you with information on our Degree Programs, Distance Learning or academic advising. Mona also serves as a member of the planning committee and as a track leader for the annual Latino Youth Summit held here at UT.
Leslie D'Arcangelo, Admin. Secretary 1
As Administrative Secretary to the Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Programs, Leslie's primary responsibility is to provide assistance with curriculum instruction and faculty relations. These responsibilities include updating AL and ALS courses each Semester; collaborating with the instructors to provide book orders to the UT campus bookstore; preparing instructor payroll documents; coordinating with the instructors to provide student evaluations; and assist with the UT @ TPS program. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo and proud to be a colleague within the College of Adult & Lifelong Learning.
Military Service Center
Cheryl Karnikowski, BA, VA-Certifying Official
For the past three years, Cheryl has had the privilege to serve veteran students and their families who use GI Bill educational benefits to begin or continue their education. Working with veterans is an honor for her because she feels it is her small way of giving back to them as they transition from military-life to student-life. She has been employed at The University of Toledo for over twenty years, and during that time Cheryl has earned a Bachelor’s degree. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education. Combining her own experiences as an adult learner with her general knowledge of the University has provided a unique opportunity to assist students at UT. Away from work she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, gardening, and playing golf.
Haraz Ghanbari, LT USN, BS, Director, Military Services
Haraz N. Ghanbari is the Director of Military Services at The University of Toledo. His mission is to help our service members, veterans and their families with a successful transition from military service to the class room, graduation and beyond. He has served in both the Army and Navy, enlisting in Army National Guard in 1999 and was honorably discharged in 2007 as a sergeant. He then received a direct commission into the United States Navy in 2009. He currently serves a lieutenant assigned the Navy Reserve Chief of Information Headquarters at the Pentagon. He deployed to Bosnia with the Army in 2001, and then to Afghanistan as a Navy officer in 2010, where he was assigned to the Army's 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) headquarters in Kandahar. He graduated with Cum Laude honors from Kent State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism, and was hired as staff photojournalist for The Associated Press in Washington. He was a member of the White House and Pentagon Press Corps, and also covered general news, spots new and sports including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and WNBA. Students, alumni and potential students can follow him on Twitter @UTMilLiaison.
Off-Campus and Extended Programs
Mark Ray, Director, Off-Campus and Extended Program
Mark has worked with adult students interested in enhancing their lives through traditional and continuing education programs for 19 years. For the last 4 years, he has served as the Director of Workplace Credit Programs. He is responsible for the off campus, contracted credit education programs at area businesses and organizations, as well as, the development, planning, and implementation of new programs.
Jan Hood, Industry Program Manager, Off-Campus and Extended Program
Jan has been serving adult students at The University of Toledo for 28 years. The first 17 years she was a Program Manager for the Division of Continuing Education, creating and supervising certification courses, professional seminars, and personal interest classes for adults as well as enrichment courses for children. These courses were all non- credit. The next 11 years she has been a Program Manager for Off- Campus and Extended Services providing credit courses to students off-site. She is also responsible for the logistics and finances of the division.