Kathleen Fabrizi

Kathy Fabrizi
Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Project and Supply Chain Management
Administration Building, 007

Kathleen started her career at Penn State as adjunct faculty teaching supply chain management, Lean Six Sigma, strategic planning, and business ethics. She now serves as the Project and Supply Chain Management program coordinator at Penn State Schuylkill where she also teaches subjects including contemporary skills for business professionals, project management, and marketing. Kathleen is also part of the Business Community Engagement Program (BCEP) which specializes in working closely with community non-profit, government, and industry partners through needs assessment and facilitate in the development of customized training and consulting for Business, Corporate Communication, Health Policy and Administration, Lean Six Sigma, and Project and Supply Chain Management. She is also a frequently requested speaker from the Penn State Schuylkill Business Speakers Bureau (BSB) and has presented at events such at Lean in Government, Defense Logistics Agency, and Professional Development Seminars. (For more information on BCEP or BSB, please contact Dr. Gina Whalen at [email protected])

Kathleen comes to us as a 22-year member/veteran of the US Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP); Certified Change Management Practitioner (CCMP); Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (CLSSMBB); and served as the Director of Continuous Process Improvement, Innovation, and Leadership for the 20,000 members of the PA National Guard. She served as the Officer in Charge of Current Operations in the Pennsylvania National Guard Joint (Emergency) Operations Center where she led, directed, and supervised the Operations Center staff in planned and unplanned Defense Support of Civil Authorities to include homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support. She has been activated for the PA Guard COVID-19 response, several National Special Security Events, winter storms, and floods. Kathleen served as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, facilitating college students' leadership development to become officers and leaders of character in the 21st century Air Force and Space Force for the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) at Wilkes University. Prior to that, Kathleen served as the Officer in Charge of Wing Plans where she developed, coordinated, and directed peacetime and wartime planning and execution for mobilization, deployment, sustainment, employment, and redeployment of troops and billions of dollars in equipment from worldwide locations.

Kathleen has held many other military roles to include Commander of a Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Wing Inspector General Director of Complaints Resolution, and innovation consultant. Her aircrew experience includes roles as an Electronic Warfare Officer, Navigator, and Mission Crew Commander aboard Air Force Special Operations aircraft. Her enlisted service includes assignments as a recruiter and an A-10 jet engine mechanic. Her civilian work experience includes leadership positions as program manager on national DoD contracts, Executive Director and registered lobbyist for a non-profit passing first in the nation legislation, and process improvement consultant for government, education, and non-profit. Her more than 20 years of industry and military experience has brought her to over 40 countries.

Kathleen holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University. She also holds a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University’s Air Command and Staff College focused on contemporary global operations, national security, leadership, and joint warfare with research conducted in cognitive bias, decision science, organizational, and process improvement culture. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Pre-law and Management from Gwynedd Mercy College and two Associate in Applied Science degrees in Human Resource Management and Aviation Maintenance Technology. She has numerous certificates of advanced education from Villanova University, the National Defense University, and the Joint Special Operations University to name a few. Kathleen is also a Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) in teaching and online learning with a focus on career preparation and adult work force learning. Her awards and recognition include, Distinguished Alumni Award from Gwynedd Mercy University, Air Force Outstanding Aviator of the Year award nominee, Pennsylvania National Guard Outstanding Aeronautical Achievement Award, Grand Marshall of the Welcome America 4th of July Parade in Philadelphia, and Central Penn Journal Woman of Influence award.


  • The Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • The Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • The United States Army Commendation Medal
  • The United States Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • The United States Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • The Pennsylvania Outstanding Aeronautical Achievement Award
  • The Pennsylvania Commendation Medal with four devices
  • The Keystone Freedom Medal
  • The Pennsylvania Service Medal
  • The Pennsylvania Recruiting and Retention Medal with three devices

Fabrizi's research interests include:

  • Factors that contribute to Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) success, such as
    • neuro-economic barriers to instilling the CPI culture within an organization, and
    • facilitating and leading ethically through change.
  • Leadership in warfare
  • National security, including understanding internal barriers that subconsciously prevent women and minorities from developing  leadership potential
  • The effects of a positive attitude
  • Organizational culture


2003 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell- Gunter AFB, Ala.

2004 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell- Gunter AFB, Ala.

2004 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Minor in Pre-law, Magna Cum Laude, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

2011 Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Pa.

2020 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, The Air University, Maxwell- Gunter AFB, Ala.

Training & Certifications

Enrolled - United States Air Force War College Distance Learning, Maxwell AFB, Al.

Certified Higher Education Professional in Online Teaching. The Center for Excellence in Education, McLean Va. 2021

Security Forces Intermediate Course, Air Education and Training Command, Camp Bullis Tx, 2021

Project Management Professional Certification, Project Management Institute, 2021

Applied Project Management Certificate, Villanova University, 2021

Project Management Professional Exam Prep Course, Villanova University, 2021

Mastering Project Management, Villanova University, December 2020

Joint Special Operations University Design Fundamentals, December 2020, The Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Fl, August 2020

Certified Higher Education Professional in Teaching, The Center for Excellence in Education, McLean Va., August 2020

Faculty Development Course for Adjuncts, The Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Fl, August 2020

Creative Problem Solving for Special Operations Forces, The Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Fl, August 2020

Inspector General Training Course, Inspections. Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M., August 2020

Air Force Innovation Consultant Course, Institute for Defense and Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Inspector General Training Course, Complaints Resolution. Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, July 2020

Air Command and Staff College, The Air University, Maxwell AFB, Al, June 2020

Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington D.C., July 2019

Strategic Organizational Leadership, Villanova University, July 2019

Essentials of Project Management, Villanova University, February 2019

Air National Guard Contemporary Base Issues Course (Law & Ethics for Leaders) Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., 2018

Defense Support of Civil Authorities phase II, Joint Enabling Capabilities Center, Norfolk Va., July, 2018

US Army Foundation Instructor-Facilitator Course Instructor Certification, Eastern Army Aviation Training Site, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., February 2018

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies Academic Instructor Course, Air Education and Training Command Instructor Certification, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala., October 2017

Advanced Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Villanova University, 2016

Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Villanova University, 2016

Essentials of Information Systems Security Certificate, Villanova University, 2015

Essentials of Government Contract Management Certificate, Villanova University, 2015

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, National Guard Bureau, 2015

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, National Guard Bureau, 2014

US Air Force Special Operations School Intercultural Competence for SOF, Middletown, Pa., April 2013

Squadron Officer School, by correspondence, February 2012

Joint Special Operations University Warrior Certificate, MacDill AFB, Fla., June 2011

Joint Special Operations University Special Operations Planning Course, MacDill AFB, Fla., June 2011

US Air Force Special Operations School Introduction to Special Operations, Middletown, Pa., April 2011

Joint Special Operations University Irregular Warfare Course, Ft Bragg, N.C., February 2011

US Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), Fairchild AFB, Wa., August 2008

US Air Force Combat Water Survival School and Parachuting, Pensacola NAS Fl., June 2008

US Air Force Electronic Warfare Officer School, Randolph AFB, Tx, December 2007

US Air Force Combat Systems Officer School, Randolph AFB, Tx, July 2007

Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson ANGB Tn., June 2006

Counseling Certificate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 2006

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence, May 2005

Airmen Leadership School in Residence, The Education Center, Knoxville Tenn., May 2003

US Air Force Recruiting School, Lackland AFB, Tx., March 2001

US Air Force Jet Engine Propulsion schools, Wichita Falls Tx., February 2000

US Air Force Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Tx., October 1999