Faculty and Staff
Kevin J. McCloskey
Kevin J. McCloskey is president of Direct Learning Systems, Inc. (DLS), a Lehigh Valley, PA, based distance education publishing company, which he founded in 1999. DLS owns Modern Gun School (MGS) which is approved by the Delaware Department of Education as a private business and trade school and provides an Internet-based distance learning curriculum. MGS is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Washington, D.C. and regionally accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools CESS, Philadelphia, PA.
Kevin’s previous experience includes over 15 years in senior management. He was Vice Chairman and managing partner of NLKK, Inc. the former operator of K12 owned Keystone School, a nationally accredited Internet-based secondary school with an enrollment of over 15,000 students. In 2000, he orchestrated the sale of NLKK, Inc. to KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., a publicly traded firm. Prior to that time, he held various senior management positions in the medical equipment field. Kevin was primarily responsible for marketing, sales, business development and strategic planning throughout this period. He holds a BA degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Professionally, Kevin is active within the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), served on the Business Standards Committee (Vice Chairman), and was Chairman of the International Marketing Workshop of the DEAC in 2000. Other professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators. He has also served on the school board of St. Thomas More School as fundraising chairman.
Paul Grumbein graduated from Salem College with a bachelor of science in secondary education, earning a dual major in physical education and art with a minor in health sciences and safety education. Upon graduation, Paul was employed as a high school teacher for several years, and was active in the school’s scholastic sports programs, theatrical productions and other extracurricular activities. During this time he continued his education by enrolling in a master’s program at Millersville College, where he pursued a degree in school guidance.
His career took a turn into the business world, where he elevated himself through the sales ranks to the position of district sales manager in a career spanning twenty-four years. Along the way he continued his education, enrolling in Albright College, where he took business-related courses. He joined Direct Learning Systems in 2001. Paul is the school’s director, where he has the opportunity to merge his educational background, management abilities, and vocational interests. Additionally, he is a lifelong gun enthusiast, hunter, and outdoorsman.
Valerie L. Behrle
Director of Education
Valerie L. Behrle, holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters’ Degree in Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has 20+ years of teaching experience with more than 15 years in distance education. As the Director of Education, she oversees the internal and external instructors and is responsible for program research, editorial revisions and branded marketing strategies relating to gun repair. In addition, she develops and edits new programs in conjunction with MGS’s master gunsmith/instructor, Skip Walters.
Faculty and Staff
Harry “Skip” Walters III
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith school, Skip has worked as an engineer, Technician, Model-maker, and Gunsmith for over 30 years. In addition to his role at MGS, Skip also works as a gunsmith for Sarco, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of gun parts, kits, and accessories.
With his extensive education and real-world, experience, Skip provides MGS students with unique insights into what it takes to be a successful gunsmith. Have a question about your course or the firearms industry? Skip’s experience and expertise in the firearms industry is an invaluable resource.
Financial Director, Human Resources
Darlene earned her Human Resource Certification at Penn State University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources. Darlene is also a Certified QuickBooks user. Her professional experience and educational background in bookkeeping/human resources enable her to coordinate the financial needs and human resources development at Modern Gun School.
Casey J. McCloskey
Manager of Business Operations
Casey McCloskey is the Manager of Business Operations. Mr. McCloskey graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) and a Master of Education in Counseling & College Student Affairs (M.Ed.). In addition to his two degrees, Casey also earned his Teacher Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
Previous to his role at Direct Learning Systems, Inc., he worked in Higher Education within Student Affairs. This included working and collaborating with Orientation, Admissions, Housing & Residence Life, and Career Development. After several years in Higher Education, Casey shifted to the world of Business and worked in Sales. During his time in Sales, Casey exceeded his quota, earned Sales Rep of the month several times, and attained President’s Club.
Mr. McCloskey’s background in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education along with his experience in business brings strong leadership to manage and support a team in the operational functions at Direct Learning Systems, Inc. In his current role, Casey works closely with school directors in his oversight of day-to-day operations, budgeting, technology, student data, compliance, and academic operations to support our mission and help students reach their personal and professional goals.
Educational Development Coordinator
A graduate of Kutztown University with a BS in telecommunications, Stacy has many years of experience in the administrative field and has been with Direct Learning Systems since 2007. Her responsibilities include working with the development team to construct and revise various educational, marketing, and web-based material. She is also the administrator for the school’s online learning management system. Stacy also provides educational assistance to students with a special concentration on our veteran, military and military spouse population.
Student Services Representative / Mail Room Manager
Tammy has over 20 years of experience in customer service and began at Direct Learning Systems in the fall of 2001. As a Sr. Student Service Representative, Tammy serves as a mentor to the staff. Her responsibilities include processing student exams, assignments, and graduation documents. She also assures each student has their appropriate course resources. Tammy assists the General Manager in various duties including printing processes.
Student Services Manager / IT Project Manager
Jacque is a graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College where she majored in General Studies/Arts. She has over 8 years’ experience in Customer Service working for Telerx Marketing where she was responsible for several accounts including, M&M Mars. At MGS, her responsibilities include: inbound and outbound calls, student correspondence, providing educational assistance to students, and creating/coordinating various IT projects with our programmers. Jacque loves basketball and enjoys dabbling with black and white photography in her spare time.
Student Services Representative / Design & Marketing
Korey designs a multitude of digital and print marketing materials for all brands under Direct Learning Systems, Inc., as well as completing daily tasks essential to business operations. She currently attends Northampton Community College for Commercial Design and also runs her own freelance design business, KM Graphic Design.
Student Services Representative / Content Writer/Editor
Kassidy graduated from Kutztown University in May 2017 where she majored in English and Professional Writing and minored in English Literature. She has a few published works in literary journals and has traveled to four different countries while pursuing her degree. She works as the content writer and editor primarily in blogs, social media, some educational development, while also providing educational assistance to students and completing student correspondence tasks. Outside of the office, she enjoys ballet, exploring forms of art, and volunteering with community events.