AHSS Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The Advisory Board of the College of AHSS advises the Dean on matters related to building and strengthening the College’s relations and partnerships with the surrounding community, industry partners, employers, alumni and potential supporters of the College. The Board supports the Dean’s efforts in advancing the College’s mission of providing the highest quality liberal arts and professional preparation through diverse and unique learning experiences. The Board makes suggestions to the Dean on the College’s fundraising goals and strategies.

RespoNsibilities

The Board members:

  • serve as informed ambassadors for the College;
  • facilitate community partnerships;
  • advise the Dean based on their professional expertise;
  • publicly promote the College and Millersville University;
  • provide feedback to the Dean on the College’s strategic plans and fundraising goals;
  • advocate for the College through fundraising and friend-raising, as needed and possible;
  • network with alumni on behalf of the College;
  • and, when appropriate, participate in the College’s programs and activities.

Advisory Board Members

Lyman Brenner is a generous donor and a long-time friend of the University and the College. He graduated from Millersville University in 1971 with a BA in History. After an extensive career in teaching, he recently served as the Chairman of the American Legion’s Department of Delaware Boys State program.

Elizabeth Garner graduated from Millersville University in 1991 with a BA degree in History. Over the years, she has been an active supporter of the University and a highly engaged member of the Lancaster community. She is heavily involved in historical preservation in Marietta and general Lancaster county area. She currently serves on the board of The Marietta Community House and was previously a board member of the Marietta Center for the Arts.

Kevin Harley graduated from Millersville University in 1986 with a BA in Political Science. After many years of managing communications for state-level political campaigning and serving as Communications Director and Press Secretary for Governor Tom Corbett, he is now the Managing Director of Quantum Communications. He is also a former member of MU’s Council of Trustees.

Jerri Anne Johnson is a friend of the College and active member of Millersville community. She earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education at MU. After teaching 5th grade in Lancaster, she entered the field of medical research and had a highly successful career at Abbott Laboratories. She then worked as the Global Director at Women’s Heart Health and was a sought-after expert on female cardiology and community health. She has served on the Millersville University’s Alumni Board for many years, including as the President of the MU Alumni Association.

Megan Mercier graduated from Millersville in 2001 with a BA in Art and a Minor in History. Having been involved in alumni relations at Millersville, she is now the Director of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement at Skidmore College where she received her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2011. She is also a former member of Millersville’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Scott Alan Mitchell graduated from Millersville in 1992 with a BA in Political Science and earned his law degree from Regent University’s School of Law. He began practicing law in 1995 and is the Chair of the Trusts and Estates Group at the firm of Saxton & Stump, with offices in Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Malvern. He is a frequently invited speaker at professional and civic groups in the region on a broad array of issues related to estate planning matters.

Andrea Shirk is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She also holds a Master’s degree from Drexel University in Engineering Management. She recently received Millersville University’s Honorary Doctorate. Having worked previously at Lockheed Martin and Bose Corporation, she is currently the General Manager of the Rock Lititz live event production community. Over the last few years, she has been an engaged supporter of the College’s entertainment industry-related programs.