Meet Our Staff

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Dr. David J. Thomas has been at West Chester University since the beginning of 2020 and has been in the field of disability advocacy and support for more than a decade. Before coming to West Chester and alongside his disability work, he was a member of the English faculties at Temple University, University of the Arts, Virginia Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University and City University of Seattle.

He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, and a B.A. in Dramaturgy from Old Dominion University in his hometown of Norfolk, VA. He completed additional graduate work at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at Stanford University and the Institute on Disability at Temple University. 

Dr. Thomas is the Vice President of Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, which recognizes high achieving college and university students with disabilities. He also serves the wider disability community as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Pennsylvania, where he also chairs the Mental Health Advisory Council.

He lives in Delaware County with his family and enjoys spending his time going to concerts, gardening, doing needlecrafts (especially Blackwork) and exploring neighboring towns and villages.

Sharon Watson

Hello, I am the West Chester University Assistant Director of Services for Students with Disabilities.  I have been the Assistant Director for the past 15 years and am dedicated to helping students with disabilities achieve academic success.  I received my Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Scranton and my Bachelor of Science in Counseling at Penn State University.  I have worked as an advocate for students with learning disabilities and mental health issues for decades in both higher education and rehabilitation settings.  I always enjoy meeting with students and encourage you to stop by the OSSD office.  I reside in Chester County and enjoy reading, watching Brit Box movies and gardening.

  • Linda Laskaris

    • Linda Laskaris
    • Clerical Office Support
    • 610-436-2517
    • Email Linda Laskaris
      I joined WCU and have worked in the OSSD since 2012 and enjoy connecting with students.  I am married and have three children.  I enjoy spending time with family (especially my grandson), baking, scrapbooking, Broadway shows and TRAVEL!  I’ve been to 35 states (including Hawaii several times), several Caribbean islands, a few destinations in Canada and Mexico, Switzerland and Hong Kong.  I have no pets (but I do claim a "granddog" named Sabrina) but I have managed to accumulate over 318,000 miles on my 2004 Chevy Suburban!
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  • Susan Durkovic, RPR, CRC 
  • CART-Captioner
  • (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
  • 610-436-3220
  • Email Susan Durkovic
    I joined WCU in 2000 as a CART Captioner. CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation, which is a speech-to-text interpreting service for anyone who needs communication access. As an advocate for those who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing, I am passionate about making the spoken word accessible through providing and advocating for accurate, quality captions to those who rely on it.

    When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, especially, at the beach, and playing ice hockey.

  • Bryan Jones & Dante

    • Bryan Jones

      Assistive Technology Specialist


      Email Bryan Jones

      Bio coming soon!


  • Gabriellia Hartz

    • Gabriellia Hartz

      Graduate Assistant/Proctor

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      I am a first-year graduate student at West Chester University, in their Higher Education Student Affairs and Policy program (HEPSA). I went to West Chester for my undergrad where I focused on Education. I have a kitten name Meave, and my favorite color is purple! 

  • Silvia Mualcin

    • Silvia Mualcin

      Graduate Assistant/Proctor

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      Hi, my name is Silvia, and I am in the Criminal Justice MS program at West Chester. I am originally from Texas, but I attended Albright College for my undergraduate degree and loved Pennsylvania. My favorite things to do are to watch movies and travel; I have been to Myanmar, Costa Rica, and Mexico. I hope to add many more countries to my list.

  • Jayla Godfrey

    • Jayla Godfrey

      Graduate Assistant

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      Hi everyone! My name is Jayla Godfrey, and I am a graduate student here at WCU in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs (HEPSA) program. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with minors in Business Management and Aging Studies & Gerontology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in May 2020. In my free time I love to play field hockey, play board games, workout, hang out with my friends, and go for walks with Rex, my German Shepherd. I also have 2 pet cats and love going to the beach.


  • Proctoring Center Staff
  • 610-436-2564
  • Email Proctoring Center Staff
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