Chancellor’s Executive Team

Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young provides overall leadership for WSU Tri‑Cities, represents the campus within the University system, and serves as a liaison with local communities, organizations, and industries.

His Executive Team provides leadership in the primary areas across campus to support faculty, staff, and student success.

Chief of Staff and Operations

John Mancinelli

John L. Mancinelli, Ed.D.

East 225


John Mancinelli, Ed.D., joined Washington State University Tri-Cities as Chief of Staff and Operations in July 2014. Dr. Mancinelli has 23 years of experience in education and educational leadership. Dr. Mancinelli brings a deep understanding of Washington State’s educational system, organizational structures and management best practices. His experience and positive relationships contribute to the advancement of the Tri-Cities campus.

Dr. Mancinelli serves as Educational Leadership faculty to the College of Education and to the International Principal Certification Program. He teaches educational leadership courses to masters and doctoral students on the Tri-Cities campus. Additionally, Dr. Mancinelli advises, mentors and sits on committees for masters and doctoral students. Dr. Mancinelli’s area of research focus includes educational leadership and role theory as it relates to building academic capacity.

Dr. Mancinelli functions in the role of “ambassador” for the Chancellor and works with strategic partners to advance campus and systems initiatives. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Mancinelli assists the Chancellor to advance his initiatives and oversees the Chancellor’s Executive Office. He supports all aspects of the campus by integrating and coordinating campus executive units of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Research, Advancement and Community Engagement, Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Safety, Diversity and Outreach. Dr. Mancinelli consults and coordinates with WSU Attorney General, Human Resources, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs, Government Relations, and Research offices. Dr. Mancinelli plays both a management and advisory role to the Chancellor.

Nationally, Dr. Mancinelli participates in the American Association of Colleges & Universities group and The Creativity Commonwealth: Building Institutional Capacity for Transformation.

Dr. Mancinelli obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University, a Master of Science degree from Southern Oregon University and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Washington State University.


Karina Barajas-Garibay, M.Ed.

Principal Assistant

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Michele Acker-Hocevar, Ph.D.

West 263E


Cheryl Jensen

Administrative Assistant

Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, & External Programs


Akram Hossain, Ph.D.

East 241


Letitia Christman

Administrative Assistant
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Internal Funding Opportunities

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Services


Chris Meiers, Ph.D.

West 269


Dr. Chris Meiers previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His experience in higher education includes positions as a registrar, admissions counselor, financial aid director, fitness center director, ombudsman, and clinical assistant professor.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a dissertation on “Item Response Theory Scaling of an Academic Medical Center Student Satisfaction Survey.” Dr. Meiers received his Master of Science in Educational Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Fort Hays State University.

As the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Meiers provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to our comprehensive services and programs in enrollment management and student affairs, including recruitment, retention, financial aid, registration, career services, counseling services, and student involvement.


Darlene Scrivner

Administrative Assistant
West 269

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

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Laura Kanaly-Bulgarelli

East 227


Teresa Tritt

Principal Assistant
East 246

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Community Engagement


Ken Fincher, Psy.D., CFRE

East 237


Dr. Fincher was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia and attended Shorter College (Rome, GA) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Ken has since gone on to receive a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN and holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, CO.

Professionally, Ken has served in leadership roles within the Boy Scouts of America, The American Red Cross, The USO, Shorter University and the Sears Methodist Foundation. Ken currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Community Engagement for Washington State University Tri-Cities. In this role Ken is responsible for obtaining philanthropic support for student scholarships, capital needs, faculty support and research. His office is also responsible for the community engagement, marketing, communication and professional development programs for the university. Ken is an adjunct faculty member in The Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities where he teaches business ethics and management. He is headquartered in Richland, Washington.

Ken is a Certified Fundraising Professional and a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Ken’s areas of research are Emotional Intelligence, Humor as an Effective Fundraising Methodology and Ethical Organizational Leadership. He is married to Gretchen Fincher and they have 4 children. He is a board member of the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities and Mirror Ministries.

Deanne Pilkenton

Deanne Pilkenton

Program Assistant
East 235

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