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

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

    • CSOR Personnel
    • Graduate Assistants
    • Graduate Research Fellows
    • Undergraduate Research Fellows
    • Online Fellowship Application
    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 and Government Affairs
              Office: Schwab Hall 315  
              Email: Alanna Wilson 
              814.472. 2863

     Conor N


          Conor Norris

              Position: Research Analyst 
              Office: Schwab Hall 211
              Email: Conor Norris
             814.472. 1103

    Graduate Assistants

    Meet Our Graduate Assistants 


    Alexis Schumacher

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Alexis is from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Penn State University where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Communications. Alexis was highly involved on campus. She served as a Vice President within her sorority, the Director of Altoona Benefiting THON, the Student Director of the Orientation Leader Program, and she was awarded the Walker Award from the Penn State Altoona campus. Outside of being a student, Alexis enjoys the outdoors and participating in physical activities to stay in shape.


    Randall Frye

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Randall is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University, in Business Management and Public Administration. During his undergraduate studies, he served as the Student Government Association Executive-Vice President and as Senior Class President. He received the “2018 Mr. Frankie Award” as voted upon by members of the Senior Class, University faculty and Administration. In his free time, he enjoys reading, politics, history and traveling.

    **If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) contact Assistant Director of CSOR Emily Vargo.**


    Graduate Research Fellows

    Meet Our Research Fellows


    C:\Users\WORKST~1\AppData\Local\Temp\XPgrpwise\JieChen_photo.jpg Jie Chen

    Ph.D Student - Economics

    Jie is a PhD candidate in Economics at Lehigh University. She holds MS in Economics from Lehigh University and BA in history and economics from Peking University, Beijing, China. Jie’s general research area is labor economics, health economics and applied econometrics. Her research interest is in occupational licensing in health care professionals. Her current research is an empirical study into dental hygienist scope of practice and autonomy. She has recently presented the study in Labor and Employment Relations Association, and will also be presenting in Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in September 2018.

    Ilya's PhotoIlya Kukaev

    Ph.D Student - Economics

    Ilya Kukaev is a PhD student in Economics at Lehigh University. He was a Fulbright scholar from Russia. Ilya's research areas are Macroeconomics and Labor Economics. He's interested in effects of occupational licensing on labor markets and macroeconomic outcomes. In particular, his research covers how occupational licensing affects unemployment duration, inter-generational mobility, and labor mobility. The occupational regulation system in Russia is another topic of his research. In his free time he enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.  

    Undergraduate Research Fellows
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     Lead Fellow

    Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Junior

    Majors: 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 Knee 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.


    BrunoJonathan Bruno  - Senior

    Major: Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

    Jonathan is from Queens Village, New York. He is a founder, and the first President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers at Saint Francis University. Jonathan is also a member of the club baseball team at SFU. Jonathan's favorite fun fact is that he is a triplet. 



    Hannah Hannah Retherford – Senior 

    Majors: 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.



    Emily P Emily Pollack - Sophomore

    Majors: Accounting and Finance 

    Emily is from North East, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis for the atmosphere of the campus and it offered everything she wanted academically. Emily is a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupation Regulation, along with being a member of Enactus here at Saint Francis. After graduation, Emily plans on getting her CPA license and pursuing a career in forensic accounting.



    Ryan Alu Ryan Alu - Sophomore

    Majors: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Math

    Ryan graduated from Central Bucks High West. He currently serves as the class of 2021 Vice President and plays on the SFU Division I Men's Volleyball Team. Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, CSOR, Enactus, Troubadour (School Paper) and the Gaming Club. You may find Ryan in disguise at times as the school’s mascot Frankie the Friar.



    Randee Mcgee Randee McGee - Sophomore

    Majors: Accounting and Economics

    Minor: Political Science

    Randee is from Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere and the faculty. Besides being a research fellow for CSOR, Randee is a member of both the Red Flash marching band and the pep band, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, and a sitting member on the Executive Board of SGA. Upon graduation, Randee hopes to either start a career in politics or work in the corporate world. 


     Kristen Hile - Freshman

    Majors: Finance and Economics

    Kristen is from State College, Pennsylvania. She chose to attend Saint Francis University for the outstanding reputation of the Shields School of Business. Along with being a research fellow for CSOR, Kristen is a member of both the Red Flash marching and pep bands and has been playing the trumpet for over ten years. After graduation, Kristen plans to pursue a career in corporate finance


    Taylor Ponchione - Freshman

    Majors: Finance and Accounting

    Taylor is a graduate of United High School in Dilltown, Pa. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere of the campus community. Taylor plans to be involved with student government and community service groups on campus. After graduation, Taylor hopes to gain experience while working overseas. 



    Online Fellowship Application

    CSOR 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.

    Apply for a CSOR Fellowship 

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