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.


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

Jennifer Craighead Carey is a partner in Barley Snyder’s Employment Practice Group, concentrating her practice in the areas of management side labor and employment law. She has been part of the firm for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the firm’s managing partner. Committed to her community, Jennifer currently serves as a board member for the Lancaster City Alliance in addition to other roles with local organizations. She was the past board chair of United Way of Lancaster County and a former member of Millersville University Foundation Board. She is a 1990 honors program graduate of Millersville University where she received a BA in History. She received her juris doctorate degree from Dickinson Law School. 

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.

Jason Wicht is a graduate of Millersville University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.  He is currently SVP, Chief Commercial Officer for Comcast leading customer growth and marketing/media strategy for the company.  Jason has been with Comcast for over 26 years, beginning his career there as an intern from Millersville and moving on to lead sales and marketing at multiple levels within the organization before accepting his current role in 2019.   He also serves as Vice-Chair on the board of the Cable and Telecommunication Association for Marketing and has been a supporter of the Millersville Communication and Theater Department as well as an active mentor within the telecommunications and technology fields.