College Adds 10 New Full-Time Faculty

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Westminster College recently added 10 new full-time faculty members.

Regine Ananou, visiting lecturer of Spanish, earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from University Paul Sabatier; an undergraduate degree and a master's in international business in English and Spanish from the University of Toulouse Le Mirail; and is enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher licensure program at Mary Baldwin College. She comes to Westminster from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where she taught high school Spanish. She can be reached at (724) 946-7379 or e-mail ananourc@westminster.edu.

James Anthony, visiting lecturer of mathematics, earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education - mathematics with computer science specialization from Lock Haven University and a master's in mathematics with a specialty in number theory and primality testing from The Pennsylvania State University. He has teaching experience at Lock Haven University, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania School of Technology, and most recently at Slippery Rock University. He can be reached at (724) 946-7285 or e-mail anthonj@westminster.edu.

Dr. Lesley Ashmore, visiting assistant professor of biology, earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Illinois Wesleyan University and Ph.D. in neuroscience from The University of Pennsylvania. She has research and teaching experience and comes to Westminster from the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at (724) 946-7784 or e-mail ashmorlj@westminster.edu.

Gianni Downs, assistant professor of theatre, earned an undergraduate degree in theatre arts with a fine art minor from the University of New Hampshire and a master of fine art in scenic design from Brandeis University. He comes to Westminster from Carnegie Mellon University and has teaching experience at the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. His extensive production experience spans more than a decade. He can be reached at (724) 946-7236 or e-mail downsgp@westminster.edu.

Dr. Eric Forster, assistant professor and assistant librarian, earned an undergraduate degree in classical civilizations from Harvard University Extension School, a master's in cultural anthropology from The New School for Social Research, Ph.D. in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and master's in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a research assistant in serials cataloguing. He can be reached at (724) 946-6329 or e-mail forsteeb@westminster.edu.

Dr. Sarah Kennedy, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Westminster College and Ph.D. in chemistry, biological division, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a GAANN fellow. She can be reached at (724) 946-7294 or e-mail kennedsa@westminster.edu.

Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics, earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Yale University and Ph.D. in mathematics with concentration in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization from Carnegie Mellon University. He has teaching experience at the high school and undergraduate level. He can be reached at (724) 946-7293 or e-mail offnerde@westminster.edu.

Dr. Karen Resendes, assistant professor of biology, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of William and Mary and Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry from Brown University. Her teaching and research experience comes from Brown University and San Diego State University, where she was recently a lecturer. She can be reached at (724) 946-7213 or e-mail resendkk@westminster.edu.

Kristenne Robison, instructor of sociology, earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College, a master's in education from The Ohio State University, and a master's in sociology from Syracuse University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology. Her most recent teaching experience includes Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Onondaga Community College. She can be reached at (724) 946-6033 or e-mail robisokm@westminsetr.edu.

Brenda Swart, visiting lecturer of Spanish, earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish and a master's with a specialization in Latin American literature and culture from the University of Houston. Her most recent teaching experience includes the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Hillel Academy, and the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at (724) 946-7563 or e-mail swartbs@westminster.edu.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.


Regine Ananou




James Anthony




Dr. Lesley Ashmore




Gianni Downs




Dr. Eric Forster




Sarah Kennedy




David Offner




Karen Resendes




Kristenne Robison




Brenda Swart