Deborah Vegh – Immediate Past President
Deborah T. Vegh, Ph.D., 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. 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, Central Connecticut State University, and Edinboro University.
Edward Bowman – President
Ed Bowman is currently an associate professor of Criminal Justice at Lock Haven University. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. He also earned a Master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in the Administration of Justice (M.S.) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to earning his doctorate, he worked for sixteen years in community and institutional corrections for the Virginia Department of Corrections and later for the Federal Prison System. His current research interests include a focus on offender reentry in rural communities and assessment of student and program learning outcomes.
Cassandra Reyes – First 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 65 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 First Vice President, she is a 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 serves as the Norwood, PA Precinct Six Election Board Minority Inspector’s Clerk. Due to her passion for animals, she is also a District Leader Volunteer for PA’s Congressional District 5 for The Humane Society of the United States and is a member of the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania Training Committee. 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.
Shavonne Arthurs – Second Vice President
Shavonne Arthurs, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and program coordinator in the Criminal Justice Program at Seton Hill University. She completed her doctoral degree in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master’s in Psychology (M.S.) from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Forensic Science and Law (M.S.) from Duquesne University. Her undergraduate degrees in Psychology (B.A.) and Forensic Science (B.S.) are from Duquesne University. Along with being the 2nd VP of PACJE, she is the current secretary of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) and the Vice Chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) section of ACJS. She is also a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She currently teaches in areas of statistics, media and crime, program and policy analysis, behavioral analysis, theory, and deviance. Additionally, she is an official visitor for the Pennsylvania Prison Society (PPS) and the advisor of the Criminal Justice Club, Alpha Phi Sigma, and SHU Winterguard. Her research interests are in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, jury decision making, policing, and social deviance. She has a recent co-authored publication in the Journal of Sexual Aggression and is completing a book entitled “Moral Deviance and Personalized Panics” through Kendall Hunt Publishing (Fall, 2018).
Michael McSkimming - Secretary
Michael McSkimming is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Lock Haven University. Prior to joining the faculty at Lock Haven Dr. McSkimming taught at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. His research interests include conservation law enforcement, criminal justice policy, and ethics. He is also a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Dr. McSkimming earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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.