Staff Bios



callout imageMatt, along with working with the staff in this area and overseeing the Gemmell Student Center, works as the chair for the Behavioral Assessment Referral Team (BART), serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Right to Know Officer, serves on the Presidential Commission for Sexual Harassment, and is a Co-Advisor for the Student Senate.  Matt also serves as chair for the Judicial Work Group within the State System to assist with data collection related to alcohol and other drugs.Matt Shaffer has been with Clarion University since August, 2008 working primarily with Judicial & Mediation Services while working with Residence Life to assist with hiring, selection, and training of student staff.  Matt now serves as the Director of Student Engagement & Development. 

Prior to joining Clarion University, Matt’s career in higher education began in 2000 as a residence director and as an assistant director in campus activities and also worked as an area coordinator and assistant director of residence life.

Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Writing from Juniata College and a Master’s of Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, working outside, and sporting events.

Brian Hoover:

assistant director of leadership & involvement

Weighing in at 268 pounds, Brian is the heaviest member of the Student Engagement and Development staff. He credits his love of doughnuts with his a.m. coffee as the key to this achievement. As luck would have it he is also the tallest member of the staff, and because of this fact he is relied on for up to date weather updates for the area.

Brian was an undergraduate student at Clarion in the 90’s (yes he is getting old), left for a few years for graduate work, then returned in January of 2000 to work with Residence Life. In Fall of 2010 he started working with the University Activities Board and has been with them ever since.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Clarion University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Master of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University.

When he is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, music performance and DJ’ing with his favorite wife Marcie.

kelly ryan:

assistant director of leadership & involvement

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Kelly Ryan joined the CU Community in 2008, and has been involved in a wide variety of services and programs. Initially focusing on leadership, student organizations, and parent and family activities, she went on to work with leadership, community service, and a long term post in sorority affairs.

Currently, Kelly serves as the Assistant Director in the Center for Engagement and Development for Leadership and Service Programs. She works with ABLE (the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement) and her primary responsibilities are developing and supporting leadership and service initiatives. Together, Kelly and ABLE work with community events and programs such as Community Service Days, leadership and service conferences for the university and community, service immersion experiences, the CU Ropes Course, and our spring volunteer fest, Come Together Clarion.

In addition to her work with ABLE, Kelly works with the Civic Engagement Scholarship program, Community Service Federal Work Study, data collection for campus-wide community service and service learning, the Mary Walter Leadership Series, and leadership skill development programs for students.

Before coming to Clarion, Kelly worked in several student affairs areas, including academic advising, first year programs, leadership, and residence life. She received her MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University, and is both passionate and appreciative about her opportunities to help college students build their futures. She received her BA in art from Marietta College in 1997, and has also worked with community art programs for various age groups. While at Marietta she was also a member of the McDonough Leadership program, where her interest in leadership and service really took root.

Outside of the office, Kelly is active with and currently serves on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. She is also a proud Girl Scout Gold Awardee, and enjoys helping young women build confidence and strength. She runs a stained glass workshop, enjoys spending time with friends and family, dabbles in traveling and exploring, and has a deep love for Rice Crispie Treats.

tyler r. kitzmiller:

Assistant director of judicial affairs

Tyler PicTyler Kitzmiller has been with Clarion University for 2 years working in the Office of Judicial Affairs, currently serving as an Assistant Director. Tyler’s role involves meeting with students for violations of the Student Code of Conduct and serving as a resource for students who are reporting incidents of conduct violations, roommate conflicts, or other student concerns.

Tyler is a two-time graduate of Clarion University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology in 2014 and his Master of Education in Science Education in 2016. Tyler was a member of the Greek Life community while a student, and he is a lifetime brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

As an avid racquetball player, you will likely find him in the Gemmell racquetball courts when he is not working. He also enjoys kayaking, fishing, biking, and watching football (Go Cowboys!)



caitlyn Mcnerney:

assistant director of greek life

McNerneyCaitlyn McNerney is the Assistant Director for Greek Life. She is a two time Clarion University Graduate and could not be more excited to be back at Clarion as a staff member. Caitlyn gets to work with the Greek men and women at Clarion to create an engaging and inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome, and where everyone can grow and learn together. Cailtyn will also be working with the mascot program and everyone's favorite eagle, Ernie!

Clarion has given her many things but the greatest was her time as a sorority woman. Through this opportunity she found confidence, her best friends, a home away from home, and herself. 

Caitlyn is originally from Pittsburgh, where she grew up with her mom, stepdad, younger sister who is a teacher, and younger brother who is a Junior in college. They also have a three year old Labradoodle named Gracie! 

Visit the Greek Life page or send her an email to find out how you can join this exceptional group of leaders who are working together to change the world. 

 Alex Sharo:

graduate assistant for LGBTQ+ Affairs

Alex is the graduate assistant for LGBTQ+ Affairs. Recently graduating from Slippery Rock University with Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Gender & Diversity Studies, he is now pursuing his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the intention of providing counseling services to LGBTQ+ populations in the future. In this role, Alex hopes to serve as a resource for Clarion's LGBTQ+ students through providing advocacy and support. 

In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with friends, video gaming, and doing volunteer work with local organizations. 

Last Updated 3/5/19