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Dr. Matthew J. Sowcik
Director of Leadership and Development
4th year Instructor of Personal and Professional Development
Professor of entrepreneurship and leadership courses
Matthew Sowcik is the Director of Leadership Education in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. His primary focus includes the Personal and Professional Development program, the Outstanding Leaders Forum which has arranged for speakers such as Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and Vicente Fox, leadership curriculum design, teaching, and conducting research on leadership development. Matthew also works in a consultant role providing one-on-one coaching, and leadership, emotional intelligence, and team building training, through dynamic experiential practices.
Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Professor Dina Udomsak
Assistant Director & Instructor, Sidhu School Initiatives
Adjunct Instructor PPD & ABBA program
Prior to Wilkes, Dina was a Technical Communications Consultant with Infotech Consulting, Inc. and was contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of Labour and Industry as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer. Previously, she held the position of Pre-Collegiate Program Coordinator at Marywood University where she led the recruitment efforts for the gifted student programs, managed the staff of the GED Community and GED Prison programs, and secured state grant funding for the Pre-Collegiate area. Dina’s background in the media and communications field includes prior work as a public relations professional, grant-writer, event coordinator, graphic design artist and desktop publisher. In the television industry, she gained experience both behind the scenes and in front of the camera contributing her skills to regional ABC and PBS affiliates while continuing to perform professionally in local and regional theatre.
Dina earned a bachelor’s degree in Media Commnication and Technology from East Stroudsburg University, a master's degree in Communication Arts and Media Management from Marywood University and studied theatre abroad at the University of Oxford. She holds membership in the Society for Human Resources Management where she is currently serving as President-Elect and the Certification Chairperson. A passion for promoting education, she created the Women in Leadership mentoring program (BLOOM) and directs the Sidhu School CAMP alumni mentoring program. Dina was recently nominated for Wilkes University's Interdisciplinary Teaching Award. She continues to promote a holistic approach within the Personal and Professional Development program; and feels the key to PPD is the evolution of the student, and the program, while keeping abreast of current trends in technology. Her research interests include: educational techology, emotional intelligence competencies, and "embracing the entrepreneurial spirit!"
Professor Bridget Turel
3rd year Instructor of Personal and Professional Development
Coordinator of Personal and Professional Development
Adjunct Instructor FYF program
Bridget Turel began her college career at Wilkes University pursuing her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Fall 2001 through May 2005. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree from Wilkes, she was offered a new position from Wilkes. The name of that position was Personal and Professional Development Undergraduate Assistant. She accepted and began the job in Fall 2005. Simultaneously, Turel started her Masters in Business Administration at Wilkes University while learning the Personal and Professional Development curriculum.
Bridget sees the future of the program growing more, incorporating more of the university and allowing the program to become selective. She also would like to see the program reach out to not only business majors, but all majors offered by Wilkes University. This would allow everyone in the Wilkes community to fully grasp what is available to them after college and how they can prepare themselves to achieve their goals in getting to this point.