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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

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

Bob Barnhart

Bob Barnhart
Admissions Counselor
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.

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

Kirsten Friday

Kristen Friday 
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: Fayette County, Westmoreland County, Central Counties 
Out of State: Kentucky, New England States

Blair Howarth

Blair Howarth
Admissions Counselor

Blair is a 2013 graduate of Waynesburg University. He earned bachelors’ degrees in Secondary Social Studies Education, Political Science and minored in Music. As an undergraduate student, he was involved in the Symphonic Band, Pep Band and a member of the Golf Team. After graduating he worked as an educator and then for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Blair is excited to be a part of the enrollment team and to help students see why so many others have chosen Waynesburg.

Pennsylvania: Northern Allegheny 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: Southern Allegheny County
All Transfer Students

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, varsity volleyball player, and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While visiting campuses through her college search process, Emily fell in love with Waynesburg! She is excited to help students do the same while pursuing their dreams and passions.

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.

Renee McElligott

Renee McElligott
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Renee came to Waynesburg as a student more than 30 years ago and graduated with her business degree in Small Business Management. She later attended California University (Pennsylvania) for Guidance Counseling. Renee lives in Waynesburg with her husband Kevin, daughter Megan and son Cullen.

College Fairs

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