Senior staff bios

Division of Student Affairs | Senior Staff


Kenyon R. Bonner, EdD
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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.


Carla Panzella
Dean of Students

Dr. Carla Panzella has served as the Dean of Students since August 2021. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students is a visible and engaged advocate with and for all students on the Pittsburgh campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The Dean assists the Vice Provost in the leadership and administration of the Division of Student Affairs. The Dean provides leadership for innovative co-curricular programs, activities, and services that promote student well-being, sense of belonging, engagement, and diverse learning experiences. The Dean is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Care and Outreach, and the Offices of Residence Life, Student Life, New Student Programs, PittServes, and Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, which includes Fraternity and Sorority Life.
 
Prior to joining Pitt, Dr. Panzella served as the associate vice president for student life and dean of students at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, where she has served since 2016. In that role, she served as the senior student affairs officer and was responsible for leadership and development of key functional areas of student life to maximize student success, including persistence and retention, student satisfaction and student learning. At Salem State, she led an organization of over 70 professionals and staff from departments including athletics, campus life and recreation, career services, community standards, counseling and health services, leadership engagement advocacy and diversity (LEAD), orientation, prevention education advocacy response (PEAR), and residence life. Some of her major accomplishments at Salem State included developing a bias response and prevention team and developing and deploying a CARE case management system for all students in response to COVID-19.
 
Prior to joining Salem State in 2016, she served as associate vice president for student life and development at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department, teaching courses and labs including Life Span Development, Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology and Educational Psychology.
 
Dr. Panzella holds a PhD in higher education from Seton Hall University, where she completed her dissertation research on “Postsecondary Pathways: A Study of Low-income Black and Latino Students.” She holds an MA in organizational psychology and leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University and a BS in psychology from Saint Peter’s University.
 
Carla’s deep commitment to holistic student well-being guides the division of student affairs as we support students in achieving their personal and academic goals. She believes that it is vitally important for public universities to advance and promote inclusive excellence and to be student-ready institutions that anticipate and meet our students’ needs.


Steven L. Anderson
Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life

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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

Associate Dean of Students for Wellness

Jay E. Darr, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, BC-TMH, PMP (pronouns: he, him, his) is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the inaugural Associate Dean of Students for Wellness. Prior to this role, Dr. Darr served as Director of the University Counseling Center for three years. Dr. Darr earned his doctorate in Executive Counseling Education and Supervision, with a specialization in Crisis Intervention and Management, and an M.S. Ed in School Counseling from Duquesne University. His completed his undergraduate and initial graduate work in Sociology, with an Applied Social Research focus, at West Virginia University.

 

Dr. Darr’s passion is to assist students in becoming aware of their strengths, with the goal of using this awareness as a tool to find healthy solutions to life challenges. Dr. Darr’s professional interests include crisis intervention and management, identity development, sports counseling/psychology, veteran concerns, stress reduction, racial/transgenerational trauma, supervision and training, and addictive and substance concerns. He enjoys spending time with his family, participating in outdoor activities, and is an avid Marvel Universe and sports fan.


Karin M. Asher, EdD
Interim Director of Career Center

 

Karin serves as the Interim Director of the Career Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where she oversees numerous efforts related to career development services and resources for Pitt students.  Karin’s ten-year career in Student Affairs has also included work in Residence Life and First Year Experience, contributing to her interest in engaging freshman students in career development.  Karin holds a masters degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 


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).


Chance Wideman
Director of New Student Programs

Chance Wideman has served as the Director of New Student Programs since July 2021. The Office of New Student Programs encompasses First Year Experience, First Year Mentors, Welcome Week, Transfer and Commuter Students, Panther Connect Retreats, and the Provost Academy—a week-long pre-orientation program for invited first-year students, including recipients of the Pell Match Grant program.

 

Prior to joining Pitt, Chance served as the director Community College of Allegheny County’s Homewood-Brushton Center. As director, his responsibilities included providing support at the direction of the campus president in the facilitation of affiliate campus departments regarding admissions, advisement, registration, tutoring, testing, financial aid counseling, student life, distance learning testing, retention, student success, and student orientation. Prior to that role, Chance served as the student success career coach at the center, delivering comprehensive support services to students in the Pathway to a Technology Career grant program. He has also served as a student life specialist, as an African American male mentor with the NEED scholarship program, as a Heinz Fellow placed in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and as a multi-cultural peer mentor at Robert Morris University.

 

Chance holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University, and he was one of the first Pittsburgh Promise Scholars! He is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University.

 

As Director of the Office of New Student Programs, Chance plays a pivotal role in recruiting and welcoming post-pandemic students to Pitt and in ensuring that we are a student-ready institution providing a world-class collegiate experience for every Pitt student.