Senior staff bios

Division of Student Affairs | Senior Staff


Kenyon R. Bonner, EdD
Vice Provost and Dean of Students

As Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Kenyon R. Bonner plays a pivotal role in helping the University of Pittsburgh achieve one of its fundamental goals—educating the whole student. The areas under his purview in the Division of Student Affairs include Student Life, Residence Life, the University Counseling Center, PittServes (student volunteering opportunities), Parent and Family Resources, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, the Career Center, Campus Recreation, Pitt Arts (free attendance to various museums, lectures, and concerts), Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, and New Student Programs.

 

Dr. Bonner joined Pitt’s Division of Student Affairs in 2004 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. Prior to his January 2015 appointment as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students (he gained permanent appointment in March 2016), Bonner served for seven years as Associate Dean of Students and for 11 years as the Director of Student Life. In these roles, he was responsible for managing a comprehensive educational, social, and experiential learning program for students that included New Student Orientation and First-Year Experience programs; student governments; the Student Organization Resource Center (supporting 600+ student organizations); The Pitt News and WPTS Radio (student-run newspaper and radio); and student unions.

 

Dean Bonner earned his EdD in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, his MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling at Kent State University, and his BA in Psychology and Philosophy at Washington and Jefferson College. His research interests include Black male student success, retention and graduation, college student mental health, and diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. He is the recipient of Washington and Jefferson College’s Waltersdorf Award for Innovation Leadership (2017) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University (2013).

 

In his spare time, Kenyon likes to spend time with his family, attend his children’s basketball and football games, watch Marvel movies, play videogames, and run. He also serves as the co-chair of the United Way Impact Cabinet, and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross and Family House Pittsburgh.


Steven L. Anderson
Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life

Steve Anderson - SS

Steve Anderson began serving in his role as the Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life in 2013. He is responsible for managing, directing, and working with his team in implementing engaging programs and events in an effort to create an impactful and positive living-learning experience for students living on campus and create communities where students belong and matter. 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 students throughout his professional work.

 

In addition to his responsibilities within Residence Life, Steve has worked with many of the offices within Student Affairs, and he currently works with PittServes, co-chairs the Care and Resource Support (CARS) Team, coordinates the duty and on-call teams, and serves as the advisor for the Student Government Board.

 

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh staff, he served as the Associate Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College. His work experiences also include serving as the Director of Housing at Idaho State University, as well as six years of experience at Elon University. Anderson graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University (Go Flashes!) and completed his master’s in Higher Education at the University of Akron. He later earned his MBA at Elon University and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.  Outside of work, Steve and his wife, Amy, have two children that keep them busy.  Outside of their activities, Steve enjoys sports, reading, the outdoors and traveling, photography, and trying to do good on his journey and in the world.


Jay Darr, PhD                           

Director of the University Counseling Center

Dr. Jay Darr was appointed Director of the University Counseling Center (UCC) in February 2019. As director, Dr. Darr leads the UCC in serving over 28,000 diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional students. He also works in collaboration with the Wellness Center staff and the Student Heath Service and its Office of Health Education and Promotion. Darr also serves on numerous University committees, including the Campus Wellbeing Group Coalition and the University Senate’s Benefits committee.

 

Before coming to Pitt, Dr. Darr served at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he functioned as the university’s clinical liaison and coordinator. While there, Darr did outreach, led embedded clinical, career assessments, psycho-educational services and psychological testing for student athletes.

 

Darr earned his Ph.D. from Duquesne University’s Executive Counseling and Supervision Education program, with a specialization in crisis management. He earned a Master of Science in education in counseling education and supervision, also at Duquesne, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from West Virginia University, where he studied sociology.

 

Darr is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and in 2018, he was the recipient of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Counselor of the Year award. Darr is also a veteran, serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.


Cheryl S. Finlay, PhD
Associate Dean and Director of Career Center

Cheryl Finlay - SSCheryl Finlay began serving as the Director of the Career Center in 2008. Finlay has worked for over 35 years as a professional in the fields of career development and placement services. As director of the Career Center, 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 Center, 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.


Brian Hamluk, EdD
Associate Dean and Director of Administration

Brian Hamluk - SSBrian Hamluk was appointed Director of Administration in February of 2016 and Associate Dean of Students in August of 2018. In his current 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 strategic advisor for the Vice Provost and Dean of Students and oversees the daily operations of the division.  In addition to business and operations, Hamluk also supervises the areas of Campus Recreation, Disability Resources and Services, and the CARE Managers, while also co-chairing the Care for At Risk Students (CARS) team and assisting in coordination of other wellness efforts, including financial literacy and collegiate recovery.  As a key member of the student affairs leadership team, Hamluk plays a lead role in the development of the division’s strategic goals and initiatives.

 

Hamluk joined the student affairs staff at Pitt after serving as the Associate Athletic Director for Administration at The George Washington University (GW) for five years. Prior to joining the Colonials athletic department, Hamluk served in numerous 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).  Prior to his time at GW, he held positions in student affairs, residence life, and athletics at Syracuse University.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for several institutions in both higher education administration programs and sport administration programs.

 

Hamluk earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University in 2014. He earned an MPPM in Public Policy and Management (from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018), an MTA in Sport Management (from George Washington in 2016), 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 BS in Physical and Health Education from St. Bonaventure University.  Hamluk is a member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).


Linda Williams-Moore
Associate Dean and Director of Student Life

Linda Williams Moore - SSLinda 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.

 

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).

 


Janine Fisher
Director of Marketing and Communications

Janine was appointed director of marketing and communications in 2018. As director, Janine will lead a comprehensive, Division-wide communications plan that will enable the Division to Janine Fishermeet its strategic goals and continue to improve the Student Affairs brand.

 

Janine has worked in a variety of capacities at Pitt since 2003. She began her Pitt career as an editorial assistant, specializing in Russian and Eastern European Studies, at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS).  Janine transitioned to Student Affairs in 2005 as a communications specialist, and later as assistant director for public relations and new student programs, in the Office of International Services (OIS). In 2009, Janine assumed the role of Communications Manager within the Division of Student Affairs, and in 2016, she was appointed Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications.

 

Prior to joining the University as a staff member, she worked in the marketing industry in a promotions and event capacity.

 

Janine, earned her B.A. in Communications/Rhetoric with a minor in English Writing from Pitt in 2000.


Chaz Kellem
Director of PittServes

Chaz Kellem was appointed Director of PittServes in 2018. The Office of PittServes provides University of Pittsburgh students the opportunity to engage in ethical and sustainable service to the community on a local, national and Chaz Kelleminternational scale.

Prior to joining Student Affairs, Chaz was the Senior Director of Advocacy for Race & Gender Equity at YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. In this capacity he was responsible to develop and lead all advocacy efforts for the agency and provide educational opportunities that influence systemic change.

 

Chaz began his career at the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he spent 10 seasons. Chaz spent three seasons within the area of Tickets Sales and Marketing and later moved into the Community & Public Affairs department as the Manager of Diversity Initiatives. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the organization’s interaction with various minority constituencies.

 

Chaz earned his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University and his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Edinboro University. He is active and committed to the community, as he serves on several non-profit boards including Visit Pittsburgh, CORO Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA, and Miracle League of Moon. He is also the Assistant Coach for the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, which is a competitive wheelchair basketball team.


Jill Krantz                                               

Executive Director of Campus Recreation

Jill Krantz joined the University of Pittsburgh as the Executive Director of Campus Recreation in October 2019. As Executive Director, Krantz is currently supervising the construction of the new Wellness and Recreation center scheduled to open in 2023, one of the largest construction projects on campus in recent history.

 

Krantz’s other duties as Executive Director include personnel, budget, outdoor programs, aquatics, fitness, operations and the oversight and management of other campus facilities. Krantz also works to support University-wide initiatives and events pertaining to mental wellness.

 

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Krantz spent six years at the University of Virginia, where she served as associate athletics director and department director. Prior to her time at Virginia, Krantz worked in a variety of roles, as principal with GreenPlay LLC, Recreation and Tourism/Director in the School of Business at the University of Colorado, facility manager at the Chilson Recreation/Senior center in Loveland, C.O., and recreation supervisor for Onslow County, N.C.

 

Krantz holds two master’s degrees from North Carolina State University in parks, recreation, and tourism management and also in public administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin-La Crosse in park and recreation administration.


Summer Rothrock
Director of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development

Summer Rothrock - SSSummer 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 for 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
Executive Director of the Wellness Center

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, along with a full-service pharmacy located adjacent to the clinic. She recently introduced a campus-wide health and wellness initiative: Healthy U.

 

Marian earned her BS 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 Healthcare Administrators. She is a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).