Shaun Mooney

Interim Executive Director


Shaun Mooney has held a variety of positions focused on student access and inclusion throughout his career at JMU. Additionally, Shaun has been an adjunct faculty member in the history department at JMU since 2005. He currently teaches the general education history course of American History. He also teaches the history courses of Critical Issues in Recent Global History, Diplomatic History, and Special Topics, Intergenerational Dialogues and Oral History. Shaun graduated from James Madison University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minor in Political Science. In 2003, he completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree through James Madison University and has additional post graduate coursework through George Mason University. Shaun grew up in Fort Defiance, where he attended Fort Defiance High School. He now lives in Mount Sidney with his wife, Lori, and his two daughters, Krisalyn and Addyson. They own a farm in Augusta County and raise cattle.



Amanda Yankey

Assistant Director

Amanda has seven years of experience working in the public school education system.  She has taught in both West Virginia and Virginia during her tenure as a mathematics educator.  Additionally, she teaches eLearning course through the West Virginia Department of Education.

Amanda’s educational career started with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an Add-on Endorsement of Algebra I from Bridgewater College.  While teaching in the classroom, she earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Mathematics Education as well as a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.  Both her Master’s and Doctoral degree were earned through the University of Phoenix.  She plans to continue her education with a second Master’s from James Madison University in the near future.


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas A. Edison

Denise Cooper

Program Administrator

Denise has over 17 years of experience at JMU, with a work background in Sponsored Programs, Orientation, and in her current position as Program Administrator for CSP.

In May 2020, Denise earned her Master's of Education in the Educational Technology program at JMU and has already transferred her skills and knowledge into creating instructional videos and educational content for CSP for use as remote and virtual learning. Her previous education includes a Bachelors of Individualized Study from JMU with a focus on Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communications, Art, Communication Studies and Learning, Computer Information Systems and Technology & Leadership Education; and Associate's Degrees in both Computer Science and Business Administration form Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.

As Program Administrator, Denise is responsible for supervising the Program Graduate Assistants and managing the CSP reception area, the department's website, file & database management, and the instructional (including instructional video, educational and academic) files for the program. In addition, she oversees the fiscal budget, room reservations, coordinates the undergraduate and graduate interview processes, and all major CSP event planning.


"I believe in life-long learning, and encouraging others to overcome obstacles, knowing a person can accomplish whatever they set their minds to do."

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