Canvas Liaisons

To assist the campuses and colleges with the transition to Canvas as the new Learning Management System, representatives from each college and commonwealth campus are serving as the focal point for the transition to Canvas.

The Canvas Liaisons include the following:


Abington — Steve Brown

Altoona — Joe Scott

Beaver — Michelle Kurtyka, Ted Froats

Berks — Mary Ann Mengel, Daonian Liu

Brandywine — Matt Bodek

DuBois — Robin Gill, Brian Hart

Erie — Qi Dunsworth, Jessica Resig

Fayette — Cheryl Tkacs

Great Valley — Michelle Gillen, Emily West, Ashley Nescio

Greater Allegheny — Kris Sciulli

Harrisburg — Tim Lengel, Jennifer Keagy

Hazleton — Elizabeth Wright, Christine Mencer

Lehigh Valley — Dean Shaffer, Eileen Grodziak

Mont Alto — Michael Doncheski, Vanessa Russell, Doug Prowant

New Kensington — Deborah Sillman

Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey) — Rachel Reager, Kathy Simon

Schuylkill — Julie Meyer, Darcy Medica

Shenango — Elaine Andrews

Wilkes-Barre — Sue Hales, Caroline Chronowski

World Campus — Rick Shearer, Kate Twoey, Eleanor Lehman (please contact the World Campus Help Desk for support requests)

Worthington Scranton — Griff Lewis, Marilee Mulvey

York — Suzanne Shaffer



Agricultural Sciences — Akbar Khouzani, Ramaswamy Anantheswaran

Arts and Architecture — Kate Miffitt

Smeal — Ginger Breon, Matt Mooney

Communications — Shannon Kennan

Dickinson Law — Linda Evans

Earth and Mineral Sciences — Stevie Rocco

Education — Iris Striedieck

Engineering — Tom Litzinger, Meg Handley, Vikki Gearhart

Health and Human Development — Wendy Mahan, Ravi Patel, Shannon Pugh

Information Sciences & Technology — Amy Garbrick

Liberal Arts —  Jessie Driver

Nursing — Jeff Puhala

Penn State Law — Sara Krome

School of International Affairs — Sara Krome

Science — Melissa Hicks, Carla Hass

University Libraries — Amanda Clossen


Canvas Liaisons’ roles

Expected roles and responsibilities for the Canvas Liaisons are to:

  • Work with faculty and faculty support staff at your campus or in your college to identify the courses in ANGEL that need project conversion support to be operational in Canvas.
  • Coordinate distribution of project communications and assist with informational and training events.
  • Prioritize conversion support requests for courses, based on criticality, complexity, urgency, and other factors.
  • Coordinate training events and drop-in hours for in-person or virtual training assistance.
  • Facilitate response to faculty issues, concerns, and needs, directing them to the appropriate support or service area.
  • Update the project team in online project management software with the status of course conversions within your campus or college on a weekly basis.


Canvas Liaison Coordinators

The Canvas Liaison Coordinators responsible for working with the Canvas Liaisons in the colleges at University Park, the Eastern campuses and the Western campuses are:

University Park — Chris Millet

Eastern campuses — Heather Hughes

Western campuses — Brian Young