In 2008, Attorney Probst accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the criminal justice program after serving as a lecturer in the program for ten years. Her areas of interest include criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure and courtroom procedures and she has also proudly served as both the educator and attorney coach for the Penn State Altoona Mock Trial teams. In 2005, Attorney Probst was awarded the Outstanding Lecturer Award by the Penn State Altoona Student Government Association. Ms. Probst is an accomplished attorney in the Commonwealth with extensive background in criminal, juvenile, family and estate law and is admitted to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the federal court system and presently still serves as Guardian Ad Litem representing children's interests in dependency actions in Blair County.
Attorney Probst is active both on campus and in the in community with various organizations. Presently, she serves as academic advisor to students, faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Organization, Penn State Altoona Faculty Senator, member of the University Hearing Board for the Judicial Affairs office, member/treasurer of the Blair County Bar Association Board of Governors, and Chairperson of the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Blair County Bar Association.
Dr. Arter is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Altoona. He joined the criminal justice faculty after receiving his doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Dr. Arter had an 18-year career in law enforcement prior to his return to the academic setting. His teaching and research interests focus on law enforcement, drugs and drugs policies, police stress, ethics, police mentoring, and criminological theory.
Amanda Cox, assistant professor of criminal justice, earned her doctorate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In her dissertation, entitled “Assessing the Malleability of Student Death Penalty Attitudes: An Experimental Test of the Marshall Hypothesis,” Cox focuses on assessing the changeability of student death penalty attitudes and how attitude strength may affect this process. Her research interests are in the area of criminology and criminal justice, with emphasis on death penalty issues, wrongful convictions, prisoner re-entry, correctional issues, school-based crime prevention programs, and media and crime.
Kim Ménard, assistant professor of criminal justice, earned her doctorate at Penn State. She previously served as an assistant professor at San José State University and, most recently, as a senior lecturer at Penn State’s University Park campus, where she earned Teacher of the Year honors from the Justice Association. Her research focuses on interpersonal violence, specifically gender differences in the victimization and perpetration of these crimes, as well as victim reporting and involvement in the criminal justice system. Her work appears in a host of journals, including "Criminal Justice and Behavior," "Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Law & Human Behavior," and "Violence and Victims."
Currently, he is pursuing his Doctoral degree in the College of Agricultural Sciences: Agricultural Extension Education. Mr. Kelly received his Master's degree from Florida Metropolitan University, Tampa, Florida and completed his undergraduate degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Penn State Altoona in December 2002. His research interests include academic advising, delinquency prevention, youth civic engagement, leadership and civic programs for families, and the prevention of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and STDs in correctional facilities. In addition, he received the 2009-2010 and 2008-2009 Student Government Association Excellence in Academic Advising Awards. He serves as Co-Coordinator for the First-Year Transition Program (FTP) and Chair for the Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT): Academic/Environmental Sub-Committee and is a founding member and previous Faculty/Staff Adivsor of the Criminal Justice Organization (CJO) at Penn State Altoona.
Mary Ann Probst, Esquire Program Coordinator, Instructor in Criminal Justice
Office: 103 Cypress Building