Contact the Educational Equity & Diversity Office

Reed 1, First Floor, Reed Union Building
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Phone: 814-898-7101
Fax: 814-898-6823


Meet the Staff

Andy Herrera
Andy Herrera

Andy has been with the College for more than 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and History as well as a master’s degree in Education Law. Andy has received numerous awards including Best Advisor Award in 2004 and 2006 as well as several others for his cultural diversity programming. He enjoys rooting for the Nittany Lions on Saturdays, traveling, and learning about different cultures.


Fred Hodges

Fred Hodges
Assistant Director

Fred is from the Pittsburgh area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in College Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Fred has a passion for Higher Education, Leadership, Engagement as well as for programs that provide cultural awareness Student Development, and Civic to diverse students. He aims and support at uplifting the lives of all students trying to achieve a college education. He enjoys traveling, working out, watching movies, spending time with family, friends, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. brothers, and following his favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Michelle Brown                                                                                                                  

Michelle Brown                                                                                                                                   
Disability Services Coordinator                                                                                                         

Michelle has extensive experience working in this field. Prior to coming to Behrend, Michelle worked with the Barber National Institute. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and master’s degree in business from Penn State Behrend. During her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and their dog Buster.


Debbie Hayes                                                                                                                 

Debbie Hayes
Administrative Support Staff & International Student Advisor

Debbie has been with Penn State Erie for over 20 years.  Her major areas of responsibilities include services to  international students. She enjoys spending her free time gardening and visiting her children and grandchildren.


Alecia Hollinger

Alecia Hollinger
International Student Advisor

Alecia joined the staff at Penn State in Fall 2014. She has several years of experience working with  international students in her home state of Illinois. Alecia graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages primarily Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin. She enjoys traveling, photography, learning languages, and playing board games.

 Mary Mischler

Mary Mischler
Staff Assistant

Mary enjoys being part of the Educational Equity Office. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She is honored to be able to work at her alma mater. Outside of work, Mary enjoys raising her five children alongside  her husband of 20 years. Together, Mary and Mike attend a multitude of school activities and athletic events in which  their children participate.