Meet our faculty
Raeann R. Hamon, Ph.D., CFLE
Distinguished Professor of Family Science & Gerontology ChairSend email 717-796-1800 ext. 2850
Paul Johns, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE
Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family ScienceSend email 717-796-1800 ext. 2603
Robert Reyes , Ph.D., CFLE
Professor of Human Development & Family ScienceSend email 717-796-1800 ext. 7205
Part-Time Contributors to the department (2020-21)
Jody Brandt Death, Grief and Caring (GERO 218) J-term
Christine Bucher Bio, Nutrition & Healthy Aging (GERO 251) spring
Julie Gomboc-Hellam Interior Design (HDFS 237) fall
Joan Hammond Textile Construction (HDFS 236) fall
Joan McGeary Intro to Child LIfe and Child Life Field Exp. (HDFS 361/362)
Jennifer Ransil, MFT
Human Sexuality (HDFS 244) fall, spring
Foundations of Marriage and Family (HDFS 101) J-term
Strategies of Family Life Ed (HDFS 442) fall
Kristen Reitz, M.S. Family Resource Management (HDFS 245) fall
Sasha Roble, M.Ed. Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum and Instruction (HDFS 307) fall
Messiah University colleagues contributing to the FCS Curriculum
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics: Kathryn Witt, Ph.D., Amy E. Porto, Ph.D.
Department of Visual Arts: Christine Forsythe, M.F.A.
Department of Education: Jennifer Fisler, D.Ed., Donald Murk, Ph.D.
Jennifer Ransil, MFT
"I found the field of Family Science by taking a Marriage &Family elective my freshmen year at Messiah College. Though I had declared a psychology major, I quickly realized that my interests were much more closely aligned with Family Science and switched! I was fascinated by family relationships, interpersonal communication, and the dynamics of marriage, both personally and academically.
This intersection of personal and academic interest has carried through my professional life. I grew up in a multi-generational family, with both sets of grandparents playing an integral role in my daily life. Today, as a wife and a mother, I daily draw on my knowledge of effective communication, boundaries, and interpersonal skills to navigate the deep, and sometimes tumultuous, waters of family life with four kids. As a marriage and family therapist, I use my training to help others live a more authentic, healthy, and intimate life. It is my hope that I can share my enthusiasm for the Family Science with my students and they will be equally inspired to work within the field."
Kristen Reitz, M.S.
Erin Yurick, M.S.
"From the time I was a teen, I have been fascinated by how children grow and learn. My love of children guided my decision to become a teacher and has continued to open many doors. After leaving my middle school classroom to become a full-time mom, I was blessed to be actively involved in my own children’s lives while continuing to work with other children in various volunteer positions and as a substitute teacher. Four years ago with a passion for children, teaching, learning, and serving God I began teaching Child Development at Messiah College. I have been blessed by this calling and continue to be amazed at how God is working through the students at Messiah to nurture the children He places in their paths! "