Theresa Messina-Horner, director of Disability Services, has been promoted to the position of Executive Director of Health and Wellness Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
In her new role, Mrs. Horner will provide leadership to advance health and wellness initiatives within the Pitt-Johnstown campus community. Additionally, she will oversee Student Health Services, Personal Counseling Center, and Disability Services.
In announcing the appointment, Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “Mrs. Horner has done an exemplary job in serving as mentor, counselor, and advocate for our students. In her expanded capacity, she will play a critical role in integrating the campus’ various wellness initiatives consistent with a holistic approach, and will also promote our vision of a wellness campus.”
Prior to beginning her Pitt-Johnstown career in 2002, Mrs. Horner was employed as the Mental Health Director at Laurel Counseling, LLC. She served as a caseworker for Cambria County Children and Youth Services (CYS), and later became Coordinator of the CYS Community Residential Rehabilitative Program. She has also taught courses at the college level in psychology and sociology.
Mrs. Horner earned a master of education in counselor education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a master of arts in industrial relations and personnel administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at St. Francis University. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Highmark Wellness Trainer. In 2008, she received the Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award, which recognized her for her very successful efforts to establish highly supportive services that allow students with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of campus life.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, Pitt-Johnstown offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.