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Biographies

Ken Bonk, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Student Activities

Ken has served in administrative roles within student affairs for 29 years. He came to Radford University in 2002 after serving at both two and four-year institutions, including Arizona State University and Temple University. He holds an associate degree in business management, a bachelor's degree in communication, and a Master of Science Degree in Post-Secondary Educational Administration and Leadership.

Alice Coughlin, Associate Director

Alice is a two-time alum, receiving both her bachelor and master of sciences degrees from Radford University.  After spending several years working outside of higher education in the Richmond, Virginia area, she returned to Radford University and has been with department of student activities for 23 years. While wearing many hats over the years, her main focus has been with the operations side of the department. 

Sally Cox, Information and Event Planning Manager

Sally has worked in the department of student activities for over 26 years.

Donna Epperly, Secretary Senior of Campus Recreation

Donna has worked at Radford University for 34 years, 14 of which have been within the department of student activities.  She came to Radford University in 1977 after working at Virginia Tech for four years.

Elizabeth Koch, Accounts Manager

Elizabeth has served in her current role for 13 years.  She came to Radford University in 1997 after working at Virginia Tech for 14 years.

John Leonard, Assistant Director for Student Involvement

John began working with the department of student activities  in 1999.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of William and Mary and his Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development at Radford University.

Ben Litvak, Program Coordinator for Operations, Training, and Education

Ben is a new professional in the field of higher education.  He received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in Criminology and Investigative Sciences.   Currently, he is pursuing his master’s degree at Radford University in Corporate and Professional Communication.

Robert Marias, Assistant Director for Greek Life

Robert Marias received his bachelor’s degree in history from Villanova University. Prior to coming to Radford, Robert served as Director of Greek Life and Community Service for over six years at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. In 2010, Robert received national recognition by the National Pan-Hellenic Council as the Advisor of the Year, and by his own fraternity, as Sigma Nu’s Greek Advisor of the Year.  He currently volunteers for Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values and the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Robert has lived in five states and two countries, and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends whenever possible.

Douglas Mead, Theater Production Manager/Technical Director for Bondurant Auditorium

Douglas has worked in the department of student activities for 16 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University.  In addition to his employment with the university, he has performed freelance work in lighting design, live audio, and other aspects of concert and theatre production.

Peggy Perdue, Accounts Manager and Office Manager

Peggy started working at Radford University in 1988.  She worked two years with the finance and budget office, nine years in accounts payable, and has been with the department of student activities since 1999.

Foster Ridpath, Intramural and Sports Clubs Coordinator

Foster is a two-time alum, receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University.  While attending Radford University for his undergraduate degree, he played intercollegiate baseball and he is also a native to the Radford area.

Chris Shelor, Evening/Weekend Operations Manager

Chris began working in student activities at Radford University in the fall of 2011 after working at Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor's degree in exercise, sport, and health education from Radford. Chris also has his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Central Missouri. On a side note, sharks have a week dedicated to Chris and bulls refuse to fight him.

Jessica Twiest, Assistant Director for Programming and Leadership

Jessica received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Winona State University and her master's degree in higher education administration from St. Cloud State University. Prior to Radford, she worked four years as the student resource coordinator at Century College and three years as the assistant director of student involvement and leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is an alumna of Tri Sigma, Zeta Eta chapter.

Jermaine Thomas, Intramural Sports and Recreation Coordinator

Jermaine received both his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation and his master’s degree in physical education: sports administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to joining the Radford staff, he worked 4+ years as a recreation program coordinator for the City of New Bern and volunteer coached countless years in football, wrestling and track.

Geoff White, Assistant Director for Student Media

Geoff earned his bachelor of arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Washington and Lee University. He came to Radford University in 2007 after working five years as the production director and operations manager for radio in Massachusetts. He also taught at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and did freelance writing for the Providence Journal and the Sports Journal.

Wes White, Assistant Theatre Production Manager, Bondurant Auditorium

Wes received his bachelor's degree in media studies with a concentration in web design from Radford University.  He is currently in his second year as assistant technical director.  Prior to joining the Radford professional staff, he worked as a student employee for three years in the department of student activities.