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The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR)

The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation.

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    Schwab Hall 315
    Loretto, PA  15940

    Meet our staff

    Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University.  Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.

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  • CSOR Personnel
    Edward Timmons


      Dr. Edward Timmons

            Position: Director of CSOR 
            Department: Business Administration
            Office: Schwab Hall 314
            Email Dr. Edward Timmons  

    Emily Vargo 

       Emily Vargo

             Position: Assistant Director of CSOR
             Office: Schwab Hall 316                  
             Email: Emily Vargo                 

    Alanna Wilson

          Alanna Wilson 

              Position: Director of Public Relations of CSOR
              Office: Schwab Hall 315  
              Email: Alanna Wilson 
              814.472. 2863

    Graduate Assistants

    Meet Our Graduate Assistant 


      John Hazenstab        John (JJ) Hazenstab

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, JJ recently graduated from Saint Francis University with B.S. in Marketing and Economics. As an undergraduate, he was heavily involved in SFU’s business clubs and Greek life. Outside of CSOR, JJ enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and traveling. Upon completion of his degree, he would like to pursue a career where he can continue performing economic research.



     Meet Our Fellows 




    Jenna  Jenna Ponticello- Junior 

    Major: Accounting

    Jenna is an avid dressage rider from Clinton, Pennsylvania. She decided to come to Saint Francis University because she fell in love with the beauty of the rural campus. Jenna thoroughly enjoys the personal and professional relationships with both fellow students and  professors in the School of Business. She has also joined many clubs in addition to becoming a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation.  After graduation, Jenna plans to remain in the Pittsburgh area and become a Certified Public Accountant. Her dream is to eventually move to Lexington, Kentucky and become involved in the business of the equestrian world.    



    Hannah   Hannah Retherford – Junior

    Major: Finance And Marketing

    Hannah originally from Benton, PA, came to Saint Francis with a sense   of leadership and academic purpose. Hannah is an active member in ENACTUS, Shields School of Business Student Advisory Board, Student Athlete Mentors, Flash Focus Leadership Group, and the Student Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Research. Outside of her academic studies, Hannah plays for the Saint Francis Field Hockey Team as forward/mid-fielder. Upon leaving Saint Francis Hannah hopes to gain experience with a Fortune 500 company. 

    Hannah grew up on a farm where she has two fainting goats named Gilbert and Gracie and a miniature donkey named Grey.   


    Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo          Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Sophomore

     Major: Accounting and Finance

      Minor: Entrepreneurship

    Alexis is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis because she loved the community- minded atmosphere of the campus. Besides being a research fellow for the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, she is also an active member of the Enactus team here on campus. Outside of her academic studies, she assists with the safety aspects and the human resource department at her father’s business. After she graduates, Alexis plans to move back home where her family is, and apply the knowledge and skills she learned here at Saint Francis to the family business.


    Online Fellowship Application

    The CSOR Fellowship Application is available to apply online.

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    Graduate Research Fellow

    Meet Our Graduate Research Fellow 

      Ilya Kukaev

    Ilya Kukaev is a Fulbright scholar from Russia. He earned his Master's degree in Economics from Lehigh University where he began his research on the topic of the Russian occupational regulation system. Prior to joining the Knee Center for Study of Occupational Regulation, Ilya has worked as a research assistant at Lehigh University on time series econometric models in R. In his free time, Ilya enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.

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