Meet the Veterans Upward Bound Team

Arkadiy Yelman

Arkadiy Yelman joins Penn VUB from the non-profit world. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Evening Programs for One Bright Ray Inc., a Philadelphia non-profit that provides alternative pathways to a high school diploma. Prior to that, he worked as a school principal, and as a high school social studies teacher.

Michael Beachem

Michael earned his BA in Communications from Wilkes University, an MA in Counselor Education from Kean University and an EdM in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.  He is certified in NJ and PA as a disaster response crisis counselor and aims to be a calming voice in these uncertain times. 

Justin Singleton

Justin is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of the School District of Philadelphia. At the age of 24, he began his college journey as a non-traditional student and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Broadcasting with a Journalism minor from Mansfield University.

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