University Programs Development Staff

Willie D West

Willie D West

Associate Director of Development

Willie joined the University Programs Development Office in September 2016. Prior to working for development, Willie served as the assistant director with the Upward Bound Math and Science Program in Educational Equity and was the program coordinator with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center within Student Affairs. Willie holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro University and a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University. While at Slippery Rock, he completed a student affairs and diversity programming internship at Penn State Shenango. A common theme in Willie’s professional career has been being an advocate for students, social justice, and inclusive excellence. While Willie has called State College home for several years, he is originally from Farrell, Pennsylvania.

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Georgiana Cole-Archer

Georgiana Cole-Archer

Alumni Relations and Stewardship Coordinator for University Programs

Georgiana “Georgie” Cole- Archer began her Penn State career in 2005 as an administrative assistant in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. In 2008, she transitioned to Undergraduate Education as an administrative coordinator/stewardship coordinator. Georgie joined the Division of Development and Alumni Relations in 2014 when her position in University Programs was moved from Undergraduate Education to the Division of Development and Alumni Relations were she supports stewardship efforts and initiatives.

A native of Happy Valley, Georgie holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Clarion University in Clarion, PA.  She also has affiliations with Penn State Commission for Women and sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. 

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Jeri Daniels-Elder

Jeri Daniels-Elder

Administrative Support for University Programs

Jeri  Daniels-Elder is excited to join the University Programs team in the Administrative Support role.  Jeri has a strong educational background with a business degree from William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in education from James Madison University.

Jeri has spent her professional career helping others to achieve at the highest levels both in athletics and in educational settings.  Her proudest personal achievement was being named to the 2004 coaching staff for track and field at the Athens Olympic Games.

Jeri has been a resident of State College since 1984 when she accepted a coaching position with Penn State athletics.  She and her family enjoy outdoor activities and almost any type of sporting event.

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Samantha Geisinger

Samantha Geisinger

Development Intern University Programs

Born and raised in Cape May, New Jersey, Sammy had never seen a mountain until she visited Penn State for the first time. As someone who grew up going to the beach all summer, she strongly dislikes cold weather. But during her first visit to PSU when the thermometer read below zero, she fell in love with the University and has never looked back. Sammy values the experiences she’s had in Penn States student government and the Association of Big Ten Students. Through this internship Sammy is looking to learn about unit philanthropy as well as how to fundraise for a cause (this great university)!


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