Mistress of Ceremonies

Lori Wilson, NBC10! Co-Host

Lori Wilson joined the NBC 10 News Team on November 28, 2005, as a general assignment reporter. Additionally, she is a contributor to NBC 10’s lifestyle and entertainment show, “10!"

Before joining NBC 10, Wilson worked from 2002 to 2005, as a morning anchor, weekend anchor, entertainment reporter and general assignment reporter at WGCL in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining WGCL, Wilson was a news anchor and health reporter at KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Wilson’s love for writing and storytelling is what led her to choose a career as a television news broadcaster. In 1997, she did a yearlong internship at WGCL (formerly WGNX), and two weeks after the internship she landed her first television broadcasting job at WCIA in Champagne, Illinois.

A native of Columbus, Indiana, Wilson has a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Aside from writing, working out and cooking, Wilson enjoys mentoring the next generation of journalists.



10 Monument Road

Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004


Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Yukelson, Sports Psychologist

In his 18th year as Sport Psychologist with the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, Dr. David Yukelson is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Sport Psychology Services for all 29 athletic teams at Penn State University.  In addition to his full time responsibilities with the Athletic Department, he serves as faculty advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), and is an affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. 


A mental training specialist interested in the psychology of performance excellence, Dr. Yukelson provides counseling and support to coaches and student-athletes in the areas of: motivation and goal setting, visualization and performance planning, mental skills training for managing peak performance under pressure, and strategies for improving concentration, confidence, composure, and mental toughness.  Dr. Yukelson also offers support and assistance to those individuals having difficulty making the transition from high school to college smoothly, handling multiple demands and stress effectively, communicating more effectively in interpersonal relationships, and/or coping successfully with injury rehabilitation. In addition to individual counseling, he works with teams in the areas of group goal setting, championship team building, leadership development, peer helping and social support.   


Dr. Yukelson is a Past-President, Fellow, and Certified Consultant in the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). He has published numerous articles in professional refereed journals, and is a frequent invited speaker at various national and international conferences. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the USOC Sport Psychology Registry, and the USA Track and Field Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Yukelson has traveled internationally as team sport psychologist for USA Track and Field on various trips with national and junior national teams. He also serves as an instructor for their USAT&F coaching education program. More recently, Dr. Yukelson has become involved in business consulting as an associate with Lane4 management group in England, a leading Global Performance Development Company with a unique heritage based on elite sporting performance applied to commercial achievement.   


Dr. Yukelson obtained a B.A. degree in 1976 from the University of California at San Diego (Social Psychology); M.S. degree in 1979 from Florida State University (Movement Science with specialization in Motor Learning and Sport Psychology), and a Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of North Texas (Higher Education with specialization in Sport Psychology).


Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services

Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes

The Pennsylvania State University

301 MBNA Career Services Building

University Park, PA  16802

(814) 865-0407


Dr. Carolyn Princes, Director of African-American Cultural Center

Dr. Carolyn D. W. Princes is the director of the African American Cultural Center and Project ROCS (Retaining Our College Students) mentoring, retention and support services program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to this, she served as the director of the Student Support Services/Disabled Student Service Program at Frostburg State University in Maryland and Instructor of the Professional Training Department at Chicago Title and Trust Company, where she taught CEO's, attorneys, and lay persons title examining and real estate mathematics, having also served as a Paralegal Title Examiner and Assistant Manager of their Later Date and Training Department.  Dr. Princes has also taught introductory mathematics and introduction of higher education.  She has published many articles, made numerous professional presentations, and has traveled extensively, nationally and internationally. 

Recently, she received the Hilda Richards Tireless Commitment to Diversity Award, the Indiana County (PA) Outstanding Community Service Award, Ebony and Ivory Outstanding Service Award, the Long Distance Runner Award by the National Association of Black Culture Centers, and the NAACP (Indiana County Branch) Outstanding Service Award. Her office was the recipient of the First Multicultural Award issued by the National Association of Campus Activities and co-recipient of the Excellence in Programming Award, 1994-1998. She has a chapter in the newly released book Black Culture Centers:  Politics of Surviving and Identity. Her areas of interest include psychology, education, human development, and racial/cultural programming, awareness and sensitivity.  For the first time ever in the history of her institution, Dr. Princes escorted several students during summer 2005 on a structured, formal, and collaborative, African Study Abroad Program to several West African countries.   Having supervised the original research of the four students from her institution who participated, Dr. Princes was one of four professors of the program. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Mathematics and History as minors, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Illinois, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Maryland. She enjoys dancing, traveling and spending time with her family in her leisure time.   She has two sons, Maine Prince (Penn State Alum, Founder of PSTC); & Aaron Princes (current football player at IUP).

African-American Cultural Center

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1024 Washington Street

Indiana, PA 19705

724-357-2455 Office

724-357-6196 Fax


Erika A. Blumenthal, Ph.D. , Kaplan Director of Philadelphia Centers

Dr. Blumenthal is currently the Director of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions in Philadelphia.  She has worked in the test prep industry for seven years and is an expert in the test preparations field.  Prior to coming to Kaplan, Dr. Blumenthal taught German Language and Literature, English as a Second Language, and Study Skills at Rutgers University for eight years.  In addition, as Associate Director of the Learning Center at Rutgers University, she designed and implanted customized study programs for student athletes, adult learners, and students on academic probation.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
1528 Walnut Street, 1st floor  |  Philadelphia, PA 19102  |  T: 215-546-3317  |  F:  215-546-4170
220 S. 40th Street, Suite 250  |  Philadelphia, PA 19104  |  T: 215-243-1711  |  F:  215-243-0429

Dr. Jean Wright, Associate Director

Dr. Wright is Associate Director, Clinical Management, for Community Behavioral Health; a managed care/insurance organization within the Department of Behavioral Health/Mental Retardation Services, for the City of Philadelphia.  His professional background is primarily in the areas of chemical dependency, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and dual diagnosis for child, adolescent, and adult populations.  Dr. Wright has honed his professional skills in a variety of arenas, including: private practice, academia, research, rehabilitation and correction, and management.  Dr. Wright’s greatest commitment and source of satisfaction has come in working with “at risk” youth and individual’s labeled as “resistant.”  Dr. Wright’s expertise in working with young men of color is evidenced in his published works: Cultural Competence: The Key to Working With African-American Adolescent Males, in Innovations In Clinical Practice: A Resource Book (1999); Cognates of Personal Control: The Relevance to the Study of African-American Adolescent Males (1996); and scholarly papers: African-American Adolescents at Risk: Why?  And What Can They Do About It? (1995).  In addition, Dr. Wright has established a modest reputation as a “must hear” poet and presenter.  Currently, Dr. Wright divides his time between his responsibilities for the city of Philadelphia, and as a guest lecturer for higher learning institutions, government agencies, community and church groups, and his writing projects.

Community Behavioral Health

801 Market Street, 7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107


215-413-7552 *fax


Curt Marshall, Director of Recruitment and Diversity Programs


Curt graduated from Penn State with a BS in Agricultural Business Management, but soon found his passion laid in Higher Education.

He worked for 11 years in the financial aid office of Penn State were he assisted hundreds of students and parents in financing their education. In 1999 he moved to Philadelphia where he was an Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Westchester University of PA. He then moved back into aid full time and was the Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Drexel University before returning back to Penn State.

Curt is also the Board President of a mentor program called Penn's Civilians Educational Organization. An after school mentor program dedicated to increasing the academic and social success of urban and low socio-economic students in PA.

Curt was born in Barbados and moved to the US in 1971. He became a citizen in 1999 and is the proud father of 14 yr old girl, a 3 year old son and yet to be declared little one due in June. His greatest pride comes in being a father, husband and vehicle for higher education success.


Director of Diversity and Recruitment Programs

College of Arts and Architecture

The Pennsylvania State University

116 Arts Building

University Park, PA  16802


Bernard Smith, NBA Assistant Coach, Director of Player Development

Smith began his career in the NBA in Philadelphia where he worked in Sponsorship Sales with the 76ers for six years (1996-02). Smith then moved to Portland where he was the video coordinator for the Trail Blazers for two seasons (2002-04). He was promoted to assistant coach prior to the start of the 2004-05 season. Smith also served as the video coordinator for the WNBA’s Portland Fire in 2002-03.

A native of Philadelphia, Smith starred at Martin Luther King High School where he was a member of the All-Public League team in 1986. He then went on to attend East Stroudsburg (Pa.) College (1986-89) where he played point guard for the basketball team, but suffered a knee injury that ended his playing career prematurely.

Philadelphia Sixers Basketball Team

3601 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Sixer's Profile

Jeff Nixon, Assistant Football Coach, Temple University

Jeff Nixon has been named running backs coach running backs coach by head coach Al Golden. A Penn State football alumnus, the 31-year old Nixon spent the past three years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he directed running backs and special teams while also serving as recruiting coordinator for two seasons.

"Numerous people in this business have been on notice about a rising star at UT-Chattanooga named Jeff Nixon," said Golden. "As the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at UTC, he led a recruiting campaign that garnered the #1 ranking in I-AA. After talking with Jeff, it didn’t take long to see that he shares my enthusiasm and passion for both coaching and recruiting. In addition, Jeff and his wife are born and raised in Pennsylvania and his mother still lives in the Philadelphia Metro Area. He is a perfect fit for Temple University."

This past season, the Mocs running game ranked 22nd in Division I-AA under Nixon’s direction, averaging 206.18 yards per contest. Junior Eldra Buckley rushed for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns to place 16th among all I-AA ball carriers with 112.09 yards on the ground per game.

Nixon, who tutored running backs in each of his three seasons at UTC, handled multiple responsibilities during his tenure at the Southern Conference member school. In 2003 and 2004, he also served as recruiting coordinator. His efforts on the recruiting trail were recognized by Rivals.com, which ranked the Mocs 2004 recruiting class as the best in I-AA and the 2005 group as the No. 4-ranked class. Nixon supervised the tight ends in 2004 before directing special teams in 2005.

Nixon arrived in Chattanooga after coaching running backs at Division II Shippensburg (Pa.) University from 1999 to 2002. The Red Raiders set a school total offense record in 1999 before accumulating the second highest single-season rushing total in school history in 2001. The program compiled a four-year mark of 27-17 during his stint, including 8-3 records in 1999 and 2001. He coached four all-conference running backs while at Shippensburg, including All-American John Kuhn, who rushed for 1,300 yards as a sophomore, 1,500 yards as a junior and 1,400 as a senior. Kuhn signed a contract with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and Matt Phillips signed with the New England Patriots.

Nixon spent the 1998 season as the running backs coach at Princeton University. He coached Derek Theissen, who was an all-conference running back that season for the Tigers. Nixon began his coaching career in 1997, working as a student assistant coach under Penn State offensive coordinator Fran Ganter.

Nixon lettered at Penn State under Joe Paterno in 1996, playing running back and on special teams. The Nittany Lions posted an 11-2 record and defeated Texas 38-15 in the Fiesta Bowl to conclude the season ranked No. 7 in both polls. In additional to his on-field achievements, he earned spots on both the Dean’s List and the Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team.

Nixon’s collegiate career began at West Virginia, as he originally signed with the Mountaineers before transferring to PSU. At WVU, he played played both running back and on special teams as a true freshman. In 1993, under head coach Don Nehlen, the Mountaineers posted a perfect 11-0 regular season. The squad finished 11-1 overall after playing for a national championship against Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

Temple University

Football Office

1801 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122