Senior staff bios

Division of Student Affairs | Senior Staff


Kenyon R. Bonner
Vice Provost and Dean of Students

 

KKenyon Bonner - SSenyon Bonner joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2003, and he currently serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of Students. Prior to this appointment, Bonner served as the director of student life for eleven years and in the role of associate dean of students for seven years. He plays a pivotal role in helping the University achieve one of its fundamental goals—educating the whole student—through a variety of programs and services offered through the Division of Student Affairs.

 

Among the various areas under Bonner’s purview are Student Life, Residence Life, University Counseling Center, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, Career Development and Placement Assistance, the Outside the Classroom Curriculum, Disability Resources and Services, Campus Recreation, Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development, PittServes and PITT Arts. In his role, Bonner also serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee; member of the Council of Deans, the University Senate Council, and the Undergraduate Education Task Force; and co-chair of the Enrollment Management Committee.

 

Bonner graduated with a BA in psychology and philosophy from Washington and Jefferson College, and completed his MEd in rehabilitation counseling at Kent State University, where he worked in a variety of student affairs positions from 1997 to 2004. Bonner is a member of several organizations, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education, Student Affairs Committee. Bonner is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University of Pittsburgh, which is the highest honor the University bestows on staff.


Steven L. Anderson
Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life

 

SSteve Anderson - SSteven Anderson assumed his role as the associate dean and director of residence life in 2013. He is responsible for managing, directing, and implementing engaging programs and events in an effort to ensure a positive living-learning experience for students living on campus. Anderson is passionate about creating opportunities for the growth and education of students and has proven this through an extensive list of accomplishments and generated programs for first-year students throughout his work experience.

 

The offices of Residence Life, University Counseling Center, Student Health, CARS, PittServes, and the Student Government Board report to Anderson.

 

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh staff, he served four years as the Associate Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College. He also has experience working as the Director of Housing at Idaho State University, as well as six years of experience as the Assistant and Associate Director of Residence Life at Elon University. Anderson graduated with a BGS in History and Sociology from Kent State University and completed his MS Ed in Higher Education at the University of Akron. He later earned an MBA at Elon University.


Cheryl S. Finlay, PhD
Associate Dean and Director of Career Development and Placement Assistance

 

CCheryl Finlay - SSheryl Finlay began serving as the director of Career Development and Placement Assistance (CDPA) in 2008. Finlay has worked for over 35 years as a professional in the fields of career development and placement services. As director of CDPA, she is responsible for developing and administering an array of career development and placement services for Pitt students, encouraging employers to recruit and hire Pitt graduates, guiding students through the entire career planning and placement process, promoting all placement materials, engaging faculty, alumni, staff and administrators in placement activities, overseeing employment services for students and alumni, including temporary and student employment, summer jobs, summer internships, and full-time jobs.

 

Other responsibilities include overseeing all career fairs, the on-campus recruitment program, leadership development, networking events, job shadowing program, post-graduate placement data reporting, and the Pitt Career Network comprised of alumni volunteers. The offices of Disability Resources and Services, Marketing and Communication, Career Development and Placement Assistance, and the Outside the Classroom Curriculum reports to Finlay.

 

Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Finlay worked in the Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service for 11 years, including the past four as the director. She also served as the executive director of the Chatham College Center for Professional Development, as director of the Point Park College Career Planning and Placement Office, and in private practice as a career consultant. She is a member of the Southeastern/Atlantic Coast Career Conference (SEACnet); the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), serving as a NACE Ambassador; the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), serving on the Sponsorship Committee; and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Finlay is the Recording Secretary of the Executive Board of the Lambda Sigma National Sophomore Honor Society and has been staff advisor for Pitt’s Alpha Chapter for the past three years.


Linda Williams-Moore
Associate Dean and Director of Student Life

 

LLinda Williams Moore - SSinda Williams-Moore was appointed interim associate dean of students and director of Student Life in February 2015. As director of Student Life, Williams-Moore oversees the First Year Experience, Commuter and Transfer Student Programs, Parent and Family Resources, Pitt Program Council, and the RISE mentoring program.

 

As associate dean of students, Williams-Moore provides oversight to the areas of Student Life, Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, Campus Recreation, and PITT Arts. Prior to assuming her current role, Williams-Moore served as director of the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD).

 

Williams-Moore has worked in student affairs for more than 20 years at several universities in various capacities in residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, and human resources. Prior to coming to Pitt, Williams-Moore was the executive director of the YWCA of Greater Des Moines. An ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Williams-Moore earned a BS in communications at Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s in higher education administration at Iowa State University. She is a member of NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).


Shawn Ahearn
Director of Communications

 

SShawn Ahearn - SShawn Ahearn joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2007 as the director of communications. He oversees a comprehensive multi-media marketing communications operation that provides a wide range of services for the 12 student affairs departments, including development of marketing strategies and promotional materials for the many programs and services within the division. Ahearn and his team are responsible for the writing and design of print materials, electronic communications and presentations, video production, photography, the student affairs Web site, media relations, and support for special events.

 

Ahearn serves on several committees within student affairs, and he has assisted with the launch of marquee programs, including the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), thePittAdvantage Auction and Dinner, the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, and The Bridge College Prep and Leadership Academy.

 

Before joining the student affairs staff, Ahearn served as a communications manager in Pitt’s Office of Public Affairs for more than five years, as public relations director for 84 Lumber Company for two years, and as a college sports information director for 12 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at Pitt. Ahearn is a member of NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He has presented programs on effective marketing communications programs at national conferences for both organizations on several occasions.


Annabelle Clippinger
Director of PittArts

 

AAnnabelle Clippinger - SSnnabelle Clippinger began serving as the director of PITT ARTS in 2001. Annabelle sat on the OCC Steering Committee as well as other key committees in the Division. She is a poet, editor, educator, and leader, with two published books of poetry, a significant number of poetry publications and poetry in translation in literary journals, and several of her essays and monographs in print.

 

For over 19 years, Annabelle taught university students Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, and Syracuse University. Annabelle has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships for her poetry, teaching, and administrative work. She sits on several non-profit boards, and is an active volunteer in both the arts and religious communities. Annabelle Clippinger earned her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry concentration, from Syracuse University, and is a proud undergraduate alumna of University of Arizona.


Leigh Culley
Director of Disability Resources and Services

 

LLeigh Culley - SSeigh was named director of Disability Resources and Services at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, and for the last 13 years has dedicated her career to disability services in higher education. Leigh oversees the provision of services for students with disabilities within all undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs at the university. Prior to joining the university, Leigh worked with adolescents and adults in the field of community mental health.

 

Leigh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and her Masters of Education in School Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Leigh is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns (PACWC) and the University Task Force on Technology Accessibility. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Sciences and Medical Education (DAHSME) and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).


Brian Hamluk
Director of Administration

 

BBrian Hamluk - SSrian Hamluk was appointed Director of Administration in February 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the business operations of the division, providing oversight and management of the student affairs budget, human resources, payroll, facilities, and administrative support functions. He serves as a strategic advisor for the vice provost and dean of students, associate deans, and senior staff, and oversees the daily operations of the division.  As a key member of the student affairs leadership team, Hamluk plays a lead role in the development of the division’s strategic goals initiatives.

 

Hamluk joined the student affairs staff at Pitt after serving as the associate athletic director for administration at George Washington University for five years. Prior to joining the Colonials athletic department, Hamluk served in three student affairs positions at GW: as the director of student and academic support services (2008-10), as the director of off-campus student affairs (2004-08), and as the director of the center for alcohol and other drug education (2000-04).  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University in the Higher Education Administration program.

 

Hamluk earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration at George Washington in 2014. He also earned an MA in Education and Human Development (from George Washington in 2003) and an MS in Cultural Foundations of Education (from Syracuse University in 2000).  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from St. Bonaventure.  Hamluk is a member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).


Misti McKeehen
Director of PittServes

 

MMisti McKeehen - SSisti McKeehen joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2014 as director ofPittServes, a university wide initiative to engage students in community service efforts and centralize opportunities on campus. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Misti served as the site director of Public Allies Pittsburgh, a national AmeriCorps program to engage young people in civic engagement and create pathways to employment and education.

 

Previous roles included Director of Operations, Outreach & Recruitment at the CoroCenter for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh. As director of PittServes, Misti looks forward to ensuring that all students find their passion and purpose through giving back to the communities they call home. Misti is a graduate of Carlow University and earned her Masters in Community Leadership through Duquesne University’s School for Professional Leadership & Advancement. As a community volunteer, Misti enjoys serving as a Professional Mentor for Strong Women Strong Girls, an advisor for the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, and as a member of the millennial steering committee for the United Way of Allegheny County.


Marilyn Ross
Director Campus Recreation

 

MMarilyn Ross - SSarilyn Ross began serving as director of the University’s Campus Recreation (Intramurals and Recreation) office in 2006 and began her tenure with the Intramurals and Recreation Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. She is responsible for overseeing a wide range of sports, recreational services and Healthy U Fitness classes for the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Marilyn received her BS in Health and Physical Education from Western Carolina University in North Carolina, and a MA in Education Administration from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Marilyn was inducted into the Western Carolina University’s Hall of Fame in the fall of 2003. The honor was for the 1969 Women’s Basketball Team’s second place finish to Westchester in the first National Women’s Basketball Tournament. She also holds National Doubles Titles from the National Doubles Racquetball Tournaments held all over the United States since 1979. Marilyn is an avid golfer and has Championship Trophies from golf events from the Executive Women’s Golf Association.

 

Marilyn is a member of NIRSA (National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association). Marilyn serves on the Outstanding Sports Facility Award Committee for NIRSA.


Summer Rothrock
Director of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development

 

SSummer Rothrock - SSummer Rothrock was appointed director of the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD) in 2015.  CCLD was established in 2007 with a vision to cultivate transformational leaders who positively impact the campus, community, and greater society.  CCLD provides students, faculty, and staff with resources and opportunities to become more globally aware, culturally competent, and socially responsible, as well as better leaders, through programming and support services.  CCLD serves as the home for several student organizations, including the Black Action Society, the Asian Student Alliance, Campus Women’s Organization, Rainbow Alliance, and Office of Greek Life.

 

Summer began her career in higher education in 2007 as a graduate intern in CCLD.  Since 2007 Summer has served as the Leadership in Action Coordinator, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Greek Affairs since 2011.  Summer is committed to providing transformational and enriching experiences for students to enhance their learning and development.

 

Summer earned a BA in English and journalism from California University of Pennsylvania.  She received her MEd with a focus in higher education management from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a member of the NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She serves on the mission advancement committee for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Summer is a proud alumna of Sigma Kappa Sorority.


Barbara Ruprecht
Student Conduct Officer

 

Barbara Ruprecht was appointed Student Conduct Officer in 2014. She is responsible for training and moderating judicial boards that hear high-level conduct cases, including Title IX complaints and fraternity and sorority violations. Barbara also oversees the processing of all other conduct complaints, clearance requests, and the reporting of Clery violations. In addition, she collaborates with University departments and community organizations to create and deliver educational programs and materials which address behavioral issues that impact Pitt’s community.

 

Before joining Student Affairs, Barbara worked as a private practice attorney for nearly twenty years, specializing in workers compensation, divorce, estate planning, probate, real estate, and criminal matters. She has extensive experience presenting motions, attending hearings and audits, deposing witnesses, and researching and drafting legal documents, including complaints, claims, briefs, wills, and deeds.

 

Barbara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University.


Marian Vanek, MBA
Director of Student Health Service

 

MMarian Vanek - SSarian Vanek assumed the role of director of Student Health Service in 2010. Previously she worked for 21 years as a health care administrator in the hospital environment. At Pitt, she is responsible for the direction, planning, administration and organization of the University’s AAAHC-accredited health service. The Student Health Service provides a comprehensive array of health care services including primary medical care, women’s and men’s health services, orthopedic care and physical therapy.

 

She also provides administrative oversight for the Office of Health Education and Promotion, which provides a variety of programs, services and educational materials to enhance the student’s health and well-being and a full-service pharmacy located adjacent to the clinic. She recently introduced a campus-wide health and wellness initiative, the HEALTHY U.

 

Marian earned her bachelor of science in medical technology from West Virginia University and a MBA from the Katz Graduate of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of the Beckwith Fellows Leadership Program for health care administrators. She is a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).