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
Associate Professor of Human Development & Family ScienceSend email 717-796-1800 ext. 2603
Part-Time Contributors to the department (2020-21)
Jody Brandt Death, Grief and Caring (GERO 218) spring
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) spring
Jennifer Ransil, MFT
Human Sexuality (HDFS 244) fall, spring
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.
Jennifer Ransil, MFT
"I found the field of Family Science by taking Foundations as an elective my freshmen year at Messiah University. 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. 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 my husband, Matt, and our young adult children. 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 Sciences with my students and they will be equally inspired to work within the field."
Kristen Reitz, M.S.
Bev holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor in HDFS and Education, and supervises pre-service teachers at Messiah University. In her 27 years working in the field of education, she has taught first grade, third grade, preschool and now college students. She was the former director of a NAEYC accredited childcare center and continues to provide professional development to local early care and education professionals. Bev is passionate about promoting best practices in early childhood education, especially in the areas of language development and nature-based learning. She loves teaching at Messiah because our students are highly motivated and committed to making a difference in the world.
Bev, her husband Barry and their two children, Laura and Dan, all graduated from Messiah, and love to go on vacations where they can hike and fly fish!