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Phone: (717) 691-6007


FAX (717) 691-2349





Staff Bios


Greg Gearhart

Director of Financial Aid



I have worked in financial aid for over 27 years, all of that time here at Messiah College. I am a 1982 graduate of Albright College, with a bachelors degree in Political Science. In 1990, I received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.


As the Director of Financial Aid at Messiah College, I am responsible for the overall operation of the Financial Aid Office.


I live in Dillsburg, Pa. with my wife Tammi. I have a son, who graduated from college and got married in 2010, and a daughter who graduated from college in May of 2012. We attend Good News Free Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where I am a member of the Leadership Team, and play electric bass in the Praise Band. I am also co-founder and chairman of Olive Mount Bowhunters, the local chapter of Christian Bowhunters of America.






Michael Strite, '83

Associate Director of Financial Aid


I graduated from Messiah College in 1983 with a degree in History and a minor in Business Administration.


I began working for the Financial Aid Office at Messiah College in 1988 and have been Financial Aid Counselor and Assistant Director of Financial Aid before assuming my current position in July, 2010.  As the Associate Director, I am responsible for many different aspects of financial aid including preparing financial aid packages and counseling students and parents in regards to financial aid issues.


I am an avid sports fan and enjoy playing racquetball and softball for recreation.






Ryan Hannigan

Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Coordinator of Grant Processing


I graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master of Arts in Religion degree in Christian Education and Counseling.


I have worked in financial aid since 1992 and have been at Messiah College since 1997.  The majority of my time in the office is spent meeting with students and parents on aspects of financial aid programs and issues. Also, I am responsible for processing federal grants, state grants and outside scholarship information, as well as, verifying and packaging financial aid. When students or parents have changes in their circumstances, I review their information.


In my spare time, I sing in the concert choir at my church, I play the great big bells in our hand bell choir, and I play the piano for our Saturday evening service. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kim, and my sons, Jesse and Matthew, both who attended Messiah College, and my daughter, Sarah. For recreation, I like walking, playing tennis, and kayaking.






Teresa A. Stover

Loan Processing Coordinator


I am a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a degree in Corporate Communications. I have worked in Financial Aid since August 2006 and began working at Messiah College in September of 2012.


My favorite pastime is hanging out and sharing a meal with my family. My husband, John and I have two sons, John and Jason, a daughter-in-law, Samantha, a dog named Molly and a cat named Benson. When not at work or hanging out with my family I enjoy reading, gardening and baking.


G. Diane Shearer

Financial Aid Office Coordinator


I began working in the Financial Aid Office in 1996 and have been the FAO Coordinator since 2005. I am responsible for hiring and supervising three work-study students, providing counseling to students and parents on many aspects of financial aid issues, assisting the loan coordinator with the processing of private bank loans and stafford loans for students, processing parent loans and weekly reports. Also, I am responsible for updating the Financial Aid webpage.


My husband and I live on a farm in Dillsburg, PA where we enjoy country living.  We have a son, who graduated from Messiah in 2003, and a daughter-in-law.   I am an active member of the Outreach Committee at my church and sing in the choir. I am also an active member of a local Farm Women group and volunteer at Messiah Lifeways (formerly Messiah Village), a local community for the aged.






D. Rene’ Murray

Financial Aid Office Assistant


I have worked at Messiah College since December 2010 and worked in the International Student Programs office before coming to the Financial Aid office. I am a graduate of Bloomsburg University and am certified in Advertising/Marketing and also earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration.


I live in Mechanicsburg, Pa. with my family. My children are in the Mechanicsburg School District and always keep us busy with their activities. From dance, cheerleading and gymnastics to football, basketball and baseball. We attend Shepherdstown United Methodist. When I'm not at work, I enjoy being the number one fan for my children, scrapbooking & spending time with my friends.







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