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Adjunct Faculty

Mike Dudash

Dudash teaches Environmental Education at Shepherd University. He has a B.S. in Environmental Biology, a Master of Arts degree in Zoology specializing in fisheries research. He is an A.C.A. certified Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard, River Rescue Instructor with 30 yrs. experience leading trips. He specializes in watershed programs raising awareness in protecting and conserving natural resources by inspiring others to act on environmental issues and become stewards of the land and water. He and his wife are Outward Bound instructors and have led expeditions in the Everglades, Florida Keys, and the Bahamas. He also leads historical Civil War and Native American trips in the Harpers Ferry area. He lives in Sharpsburg Md. and enjoys fishing and sailing with his wife and teenage son.

Alex Jones

Jones graduated from Shepherd University in 2011 with a Bachelors in Science, Majoring in Recreation with a concentration in Exercise Science. He recently graduated with a Masters in Exercise Science concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. Jones holds multiple certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from National Strength and Conditioning Association, Performance Enhancement Specialist from NASM, and others. His expertise is in Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Performance. Contact info:

Leslie Anne Piacquadio

Originally from Dillonvale, Ohio, Lopez received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethany College in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising, a Master’s of Science Degree in Sports Management at Slippery Rock University, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Shepherd University. She was a substitute teacher and an assistant softball coach for a Catholic high school in Ohio and an assistant softball coach at Slippery Rock. Currently, Lopez works full time for a nationwide roofing company as a recruiter and teaches on an adjunct basis at Shepherd University and Ashford University. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, working out, sports, and any activity that takes place outdoors. Lopez resides in Columbus, Ohio with her wife and two dogs.

Bill Ruland

Ruland is a Fly Fishers International certified fly casting instructor. He has fly fished for the last 10 years in local streams and in Montana, Idaho, and other western states. He has a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He retired from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013 after 30 years. Prior to the NRC, Ruland served in the Nuclear Navy, first on the USS Billfish, SSN 676, and afterward, taught Reactor Principles at the Naval Nuclear Power School. He lives in Williamsport, MD, with his wife Kathleen. They have three adult daughters. His email address is

Mary Jo Kelly Wilhelm, Ph.D

Wilhelm holds a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Dunbarton College, an M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D in Leisure Studies from the University of Maryland (Dissertation: Journeys, A Qualitative Study of the Meaning of Travel). Wilhelm has taught at Shepherd University since 2004 in the Department of HPERS. She and her husband were specialty tour operators who designed tours to Europe and throughout the United States that were focused on folklore, history, and story of a locale. Storyfest Journeys, their company, operated from 1982 to 2007. Before that, she was a therapeutic recruiter and worked with children.