MFRI Staff Leadership

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
Director of MFRI
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., focuses her research on relationships between job conditions and family life, especially with regard to military families and organizational policies, programs and practices. In addition to textbooks and research volumes, MacDermid Wadsworth’s work has been published in numerous scientific journals, including The Journal of Marriage and Family and the The Academy of Management Journal.
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Dave Topp
Director of Research
Dave Topp, Ph.D., has served as the research director for MFRI since 2009. He oversees a number of projects including Family Journeys, MFRI’s flagship research program. He has also worked on the evaluation of programs and materials for Sesame Workshop and ZERO to THREE.
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Kathy Broniarczyk
Director of Family Support
Kathy Broniarczyk oversees MFRI’s family support team. The team focuses on providing resources to children and families of service members and veterans, as well as community organizations and community professionals who offer care for service members and their families.
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Linda Hughes-Kirchubel
Director of External Relations
Linda Hughes-Kirchubel heads MFRI’s External Relations team, managing the organization’s strategic messaging across multiple platforms and constituencies. A former journalist, she holds a master’s degree in organizational communication and has been with MFRI since 2009.
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Lauren Runco
Director of Education and Employment
Lauren Runco is the Director of Education and Employment at MFRI. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Scranton and a master's in higher education administration from Marywood University.
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