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Center for Wellness Staff

Jim McGee  | Director of Center for Wellness

Jim has been with Clarion University since 2008 when he started as the Coordinator of Health Promotions. Jim is a graduate of Clarion University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (2003) and a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Science (2005). Jim has an interest in the field of alcohol and other drug education and helping students make positive changes. He also enjoys working in the wellness field and getting students connected to the areas of Health Services, Counseling Services, and Recreation.

Stephani Sprankle | Clerical Typist  

Stephanie is one of the receptionists that you will see upon entering the Center for Wellness at Clarion University.
Her goal is to make you feel welcome, safe and comfortable when entering the Center for Wellness. She is here for you, the students and loves being a teammate to the wonderful and caring staff!
She is the mother of three girls who are involved in many activities which keep Stephani moving!

Jennifer Barch  | Counseling Services Clinical Supervisor 

Jennifer started at Clarion University as the Clinical Supervisor of Counseling services in the fall of 2012. She obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in education from Edinboro University of PA followed by a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Community Counseling from Indiana University of PA. Jennifer obtained a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University in 2011. Her areas of interest include young adult development and adult career development, mindfulness. Her areas of clinical expertise are threatening anxiety, depression, healing from trauma, and relationships.

Lauren Haag Counselor

Lauren started as a counselor at Clarion in Spring 2016, after graduating with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2015. Since the Fall 2017 semester she has also served as the counselor for the Venango Campus. Lauren's professional areas of interest include grief and trauma, and she enjoys working with returning adult students as well as traditional college students.

Briana Steele | Counselor

Briana started in the Center for Wellness on the Clarion campus in 2016 after serving as the Counselor at the Venango Campus for three previous years. She received her MA in Counseling from Slippery Rock University and is currently working toward her PsyD in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University. Her areas of interest include identity development, transitions, relationships, career concerns, and eating disorders.

Thomas Crissman Student Support Assistant

Tom has been with Clarion Since June of 2014 after graduating from Clarion in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Slippery Rock in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling with a concentration of Adults in Higher Education. Tom has an interest in students adapting and learning how to manage their stress when coming to college and chose College Student Counseling because of this interest. In his spare time, Tom can be seen doing anything outdoors including biking, kayaking, backpacking, and camping.

Meredith Karg | Student Support Assistant

Meredith joined the Center for Wellness staff in February of 2018. She is a Clarion Alum, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. In 2009, she earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University. Prior to her employment at Clarion, Meredith worked as a Case Manager in the field of drug & alcohol for 7 years. She approaches Case Management from a goal oriented focus and enjoys working with students to aid in developing & growing their decision making and goal setting skills. Additional interests include teaching professional development and community relations. Meredith resides in the area with her husband (also a Clarion Alum!) and their 3 children.

Stephan Brooks | Coordinator of Health Promotions

Stephan has been with Clarion University since 2017. Born and raised in West Virginia, Stephan received his Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Public Health from West Virginia University. He is currently a second-year doctoral student at California University pursuing a Doctor of Health Science and Exercise Leadership degree. Prior to arriving at Clarion, Stephan worked in the Emergency Department at WVUMedicine providing care to those experiencing psychiatric and substance abuse issues and as a research assistant investigating the genetic predispositions of opioid addiction. Stephan has a passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle, prolonging quality of life, and preventing disease and disability. He has recently started competing again in amateur Strongman competitions and can be seen frequenting the Student Recreation Center.

Last Updated 10/28/21