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Student Involvement & Leadership Programs Staff


The Student Involvement & Leadership Programs Department is committed to challenging students to explore and develop their leadership potential, to learn through experiences and to shape campus culture in order to fulfill the educational mission of Messiah College.



Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor is the Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs, where he has the privilege to advise SGA and SAB, as well as oversee New Student Orientation and Larsen Student Union. Ben holds his M.A. in Higher Education from Taylor University, and thoroughly enjoys the opportunities at Messiah for living out his vocation to educate, mentor, and live alongside college students. He has previously served at Messiah College as a Residence Director (in Witmer and Bittner) and Coordinator of First-Year Experience. Taylor’s research and education interest areas include cultural and civic engagement, philosophy of education, service-learning, theology, and social justice. His personal interests include music-listening, guitar-playing, trail-hiking, book-reading, good-coffee-drinking, conversation-having, and quality-time-spending with his wife Kerrie.


Heather Greer

Heather J. Greer is the Director of Rec Sports and head Women's Lacrosse Coach.  She is grateful to work with such an amazing student staff who run the day to day details of Rec Sports.  Greer has her undergraduate degree from Messiah College ('02) and her Masters degree in Sport Leadership/Athletic Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University ('05).



Dave Tanis

Dave Tanis (D.Ed.) is the Director of Adventure Programs and Senior Lecturer in Adventure Education. Dave’s position brings the curricular and co-curricular sides of campus together; as an instructor he teaches courses in the adventure education major.  As Director of Adventure Programs he provides oversight to all adventure programming on campus and advises the outdoors club.

Dave is passionate about student learning and loves utilizing adventure activities as a medium for growth and development.

Wendell Witter


Wendell Witter is the Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs and provides adventure-based leadership and team-building experiences for Messiah's campus through directing the programs of The Loft. He has a passion for adventure education and investing in the lives of students to build them up as godly leaders. He holds an M.A. from Wheaton College in Educational Ministries and has worked in experiential education since 1998.  He currently lives on Messiah College's campus with his wife Teri and their four children.  Wendell enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, especially rock climbing and whitewater canoeing.


Sheryl Ezbiansky

Sheryl Ezbiansky is the Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs, Multicultural Programs and is the Programming Coordinator for Larsen Student Union.  Sheryl has been with Messiah College since 2004 and has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Shippensburg University.

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