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Admissions Counselors

Our team is dedicated to first-year and transfer students in your region. We can answer any questions about the Waynesburg University application and enrollment process.

Meet Our Counselors

Bob Barnhart


Bob Barnhart
Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions
Bob graduated from Waynesburg University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and proceeded to spend 12 years in public accounting and banking. When he returned to Waynesburg University in the summer of 2012, he was excited and eager to contribute to its continued growth and success. In addition to his responsibilities as an Admissions Counselor, he is also actively involved with local community organizations such as Greene County Habitat for Humanity and the Waynesburg Lions Club. Bob resides in Waynesburg with his wife, Jill, and their two daughters, Adrian and Jade.

Second Degree Nursing, Transfer Nursing

Emily Nowakowski


Emily Smelley
Assistant Director of Admissions

Emily is a 2017 and 2019 graduate of Waynesburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA degree. As an undergraduate student, she was a Bonner Scholar, Student Ambassador, FCA team representative, and a member of the Volleyball Team. Emily fell in love with Waynesburg and is excited to help students do the same while pursuing their dreams and passions. Emily resides in St. Clairsville, Ohio, with her husband, Curt, and their daughter, Briella.

Pennsylvania: Allegheny County
Transfer Students

Kirsten Friday


Kristen Friday 
Senior Admissions Counselor
Kristen is a 2018 graduate of Waynesburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time here at Waynesburg, she served as a Student Ambassador, Psych Club Secretary, FCA Team Representative, and as a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. After spending a year living in Philadelphia, she returned back ‘home’ to her favorite place, as a new homeowner, and is very excited to be a part of the enrollment team here. She is looking forward to working and walking alongside you in this next season of life.

Pennsylvania: Southern Washington County
Out of State: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Juan Gallo


Juan Gallo
Admissions Counselor

Juan graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After leaving South Florida in 2015 and spending some time in Philadelphia, Juan ended up in Waynesburg in 2017 to serve as youth director at First Presbyterian Church. During his time at First Pres he met his wife, Samantha, and together they have a beautiful daughter named Ofelia. Juan is ready to serve the needs of students considering the incredible community at Waynesburg University.

Pennsylvania: Eastern Counties 
Out of State: Maryland, Virginia, Western States

Sophia Hicks
Admissions Counselor


Pennsylvania: Westmoreland County, Central Counties 
Out of State: Kentucky, New England States

Jared Hutchinson
Admissions Counselor


Pennsylvania: Fayette County
Out of State: Ohio, Tennessee

Shannon Ortosky


Shannon Ortosky
Admissions Counselor

Shannon is a 2021 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, where she earned an associate's degree in technical studies and a bachelor's degree in secondary education (mathematics).  During her four years of schooling, she was actively involved in Alpha Lambda Delta, the Bowling Club, Peer Mentoring and served as a student ambassador/tour guide.  Shannon's passion for higher education/college admissions blossomed as she worked in admissions during her undergraduate studies as a work-study student and then as a graduate assistant.

She will now be completing her master’s in business administration at Waynesburg. She is excited to help prospective students explore their options and achieve their post-secondary goals here at WU.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Public Schools, Greene County 
Out of State: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Isaiah Skeete


Isaiah Skeete
Admissions Counselor

Isaiah is a 2021 graduate of Waynesburg University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration. During his time at Waynesburg, he served as a Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador, Campus Affairs Chair for Student Senate, Diversity and Belonging Team member, and Bonner Scholar. After graduation, he worked for Adult Probation and as a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities at Waynesburg for a short period of time. Isaiah fell in love with working for Admissions when he was a student and felt called to pursue the higher education route. He is thrilled to be a part of the Admissions team at Waynesburg and is excited to show students the endless opportunities that Waynesburg has to offer its students.

Isaiah is currently working toward completing two masters’ degrees, which are Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation and Master in Business Administration.  

Pennsylvania: Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Clarion County, Crawford County, Erie County, Forest County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Venango County, Warren County
Out of State: North Carolina, Texas

Michael Trax


Michael Trax
Admissions Counselor

Michael is a 2020 and 2021 graduate of Waynesburg University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and an MBA degree. While attending Waynesburg, he was a member of the track and field team and also wrote for the student newspaper. He is looking forward to working with students as they begin their next chapter in life.


College Fairs

We will be on the road meeting with prospective students. We hope to meet you soon!