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Michelle Knights

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science

Michelle comes to Messiah College from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She earned a Ph.D. in human development and family science from the University of Delaware, an M. S. in individual and family studies also from the University of Delaware, and a B. S. in chemistry from York College, CUNY. Her research interests have focused on issues in child development, with emphasis on early adversity, attachment relationships, and social emotional regulation.  Michelle enjoys planning and participating in mission trips with young people.  She has also served on disaster relief efforts. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her mother and three children, and coaching bible bowl teams for national competitions.   

 

Michelle Knights
Nancy Luley

Nancy Luley
Head Swim Coach / Aquatics Director

Nancy serves as the head coach of Messiah's two newest intercollegiate programs -- women's and men's swimming. In addition, she also has responsibilities as aquatics director. A Penn State graduate and resident of Mechanicsburg, Nancy was the head coach for the very successful Mechanicsburg Area High School swimming program as well as head coach of Mechanicsburg Swim Club. She and her husband, Rich, have four children, including Anne, who is a Messiah alumnae. Nancy enjoys swimming, running, and working outside.

 

 

Michael Mbito

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science

Michael joins Messiah College from Anderson University in Indiana where he taught human development and directed the family science program for the past 4 years. Michael earned a Ph.D. in human ecology from the University of Tennessee and an M. S. in child and family studies from the same university. He holds a M. Sc. in economics and social sciences from the University of Wales. Michael’s research focuses on parents' influences on adolescents’ development and social competence and ritual and adolescents’ transition to adulthood. He is currently working on an article based on his research for an upcoming issue of the Journal of Adolescence . Michael’s community work includes education support for the HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa through Child Aid Africa, an agency he founded in the U.S. Michael has extensive experience working with Christian relief and development agencies in East Africa.

He is married to Jane and has three children: Kiguru (10), Mbito ( 11), and Zipporah (28 and recently engaged). In his free time, Michael and his wife Jane love to do volunteer Christian ministry work among African immigrants. During his graduate school years, he and his wife founded and led Imani African Community Church in the city of Knoxville. Michael’s family has recently moved to Hummelstown.

Michael Mbito

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