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Melissa Doberstein Director

Melissa joined the Presidential Leadership Academy in March of 2009. She is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and administration of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Previously, Melissa worked as a Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life and as the Student Volunteer Coordinator in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Penn State. A Long Island native, she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Melissa lives in State College, PA and enjoys spending time with her husband, two Siberian Huskies, and a cat. She is also a Penn State Fitness instructor. You can reach Melissa at

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Glorie Josephs Administrative Support Assistant

Glorie Josephs joined the Presidential Leadership Academy in 2019. She is responsible for managing all events and travel, including budget oversight. She collaborates with students, staff, vendors, and alumni across the University to enrich and support the Academy team and to “glorie-fy” office operations.

A Penn State alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications, Glorie is originally from Philadelphia. Fun fact: Glorie interned at Marvel Comics in New York City. Glorie spent several years in the advertising world and then moved to State College to run a printing company with her husband. Since 2014, she has worked for the University in client service roles, most recently for the Penn State Alumni Association.

Glorie lives in State College with her husband, Steve, and sons, Cooper and Griffen. She enjoys conversing with the bright stars in the Presidential Leadership Academy, trying new recipes, flowers, and fun. You may reach Glorie at

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Kristine Schmidbauer Graduate Assistant

Kristine joined the the Presidential Leadership Academy in August 2018. She is responsible for managing and supporting the students in their blogging efforts as well as supervising them on special tasks. In addition, she is enthusiastic about the mentoring component of the program and assists the PLA Director in the implementation of new projects and initiatives. Kristine graduated from The University of Redlands in 2017, took a year off to explore a passion working with underserved communities, and is now entering her first year in graduate school to receive a master’s degree in higher education. With a background of her own fervent student leadership, Kristine is excited to work with the group of strong-willed, passionate, and driven individuals in the PLA.

Though far from her sunny home in Anaheim, California, Kristine loves to spend time outdoors camping and hiking. And being a past English Lit major, you can always find her nose-deep in a good book. Kristine can be contacted via