Officers

Deborah Vegh – President

Deborah T. Vegh, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Edinboro University. She completed her doctoral degree in criminology and justice policy at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she taught two years. She received her Master’s in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and psychology from the University of Dayton. Currently, she teaches both upper- and lower-level required courses in the criminal justice major with the vast majority serving as barrier courses (introduction to criminal justice, ethics, criminology, research methods and seminar/capstone course). She is a faculty advisor for both the Criminal Justice Club and Alpha Phi Sigma. In addition, she served as co-advisor to the EU Student Government Association, which serves the entire campus. Her service to the field includes serving as the current Vice Chair of the Corrections Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Along with being a member of ACJS, she is a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), PACJE, and the Northeast Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS).  Dr. Vegh has presented the results of her research at numerous national and regional conferences.

Dr. Vegh has held a number of research positions at various universities, including Kent State University’s Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Case Western Reserve University. She was a project coordinator for the Office for Victims of Crime – Training and Technical Assistance Center in Washington, D.C. and was employed by the Cleveland Clinic as a research coordinator in the Center for Neurological Restoration. Dr. Vegh has previously taught at Muskingum University and Central Connecticut State University.

Edward Bowman – First Vice President

Cassandra Reyes, Second Vice President


Cassandra L. Reyes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at West Chester University (WCU). She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, her Master’s in Criminology, and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). At WCU, she has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate required and elective courses. Currently, she primarily teaches Corrections and Animal Cruelty. In addition to teaching and advising approximately 50 undergraduate students, she has been the WCU Criminal Justice Department Assessment Coordinator since 2010. She also has vast service experience, currently holding several executive positions on the regional, state, and local levels. In addition to serving as the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Second Vice President, she is the Immediate Past President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, a Faculty Officer-at-Large Member of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) State Executive Board, the APSCUF-WCU Legislative Committee Chair and State Delegate, and the Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Bicentennial Lodge 76 in Camden County, NJ. Additionally, she is an elected Delaware County Democratic Committee Member and serves as the Norwood, PA Precinct Six Election Board Minority Inspector’s Clerk. Furthermore, she is a life member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.

Previously, Dr. Reyes has held numerous positions in the Criminal Justice System that include working as an IUP Police Department Student Dispatcher; an Indiana County Jail Correctional Officer; New Jersey State Probation Officer-Bilingual and New Jersey State Senior Parole Officer-Bilingual in Camden, NJ; and a Juvenile Delinquency Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ. Finally, her primary research interests focus on animal cruelty and the United States correctional system. Dr. Reyes has presented her research at many national, regional, and local conferences since 2004.

Michael McSkimming, Secretary

Jonathan Lee – Treasurer

Jonathan Lee holds bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s and doctoral degrees in criminal justice. He specializes in quantitative data analysis for criminology and police decision making research. Dr. Lee was the winner of graduate paper competitions at Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators and Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania State University, and Rolando V. del Carmen Criminal Justice Scholarship at Sam Houston State University, among others. Prior to entering academe, he retired from Army (1st Ltn.), and worked as a business negotiator.

Sheryl Van Horne –  Immediate President

Dr. Van Horne received her B.A.s from Rutgers University (majoring in Psychology, Sociology and then German) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University’s School of Criminal Justice. She is an associate professor at Eastern University, and previously taught at Arcadia, Widener University, Penn State University, Radford University and Rutgers University and has taught over 20 different courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She has also worked in the criminal justice field evaluating criminal justice-related prevention programs and worked in the Planning Department for the Jersey City Police. Dr. Van Horne’s professional presentations and publications focus primarily on domestic violence related issues and terrorism, with her most recent interest in corrections and comparative penal policies.

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