Meet the Admissions Staff

Lock Haven University is a special place. It offers everything you would expect a college to offer: excellent academic programs, qualified professors, and an abundance of social activities. The Haven, though, isn't just any other college. Here at LHU, we take pride in the relationships that students develop with their peers and their professors. We offer cultural learning opportunities both on campus and abroad. We guide our students from the moment they first inquire to the day they cross the stage at graduation. And, we do it all at an affordable cost. 

Sometimes the admissions process can feel overwhelming or confusing.  Let us help!  The admissions staff is here to answer your questions about Lock Haven University. Read below to get to know the staff of the Admissions Office.

Jamie Hobba

Jamie Hobba, M.S., MBA
Interim Director     


Robin Rockey

Robin Rockey, M.S.
Associate Director 


Helping students navigate the college search process is what we do. With so many options available, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to both students and parents.  Know that the admissions team at The Haven is always here to help.  We provide a number of options for students to visit our campus, from small group presentations, open houses, one-on-one meetings, tours, accepted student day and more!  While each option offers something slightly different, what matters most is that you visit and see for yourself why so many students have found our beautiful campus, caring faculty and staff and hands-on learning experiences to be the recipe for an amazing college experience.  View our online calendar or contact our office at 570-484-2027 to set up a time that is convenient for you.  

I am a proud graduate of Lock Haven University, earning both a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Spanish.  I hold a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.  I have worked at The Haven for 18 years and am passionate about helping students find the college that is the best fit for their needs.  Never hesitate to reach out to me.  I am always happy to be of assistance!

Michael Hall

Michael Hall, M. Ed.
Assistant Director


I graduated from LHU in 2007 with a B.S. in Recreation Management. Additionally, I completed my M.Ed. Teaching & Learning in 2011. I’m a 2002 graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School, and I chose to attend LHU because it was small (but not too small) and offered the program I was looking for. I attended an open house program with my parents, and I immediately knew that LHU was the right school for me. Visiting the campus really is the best way to learn whether or not you like the university, and I strongly encourage you to schedule a visit.

On a personal note, my wife and I are busy raising our two children and enjoying life. I'm a big fan of Walt Disney World, good movies, great food, and long walks on the beach (seriously, I like the beach).

Finding the college that is right for you can be overwhelming, confusing, and tiresome. Never hesitate to reach out to our office for guidance!

Matt McCamley

Matt McCamley
Admission Counselor 

I am an admissions counselor and 2011 graduate of Lock Haven University. I am sure that many of you may have seen me before at high schools and college fairs.  I travel A LOT!  In the fall you can find me at college fairs and high schools in Western and central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.  In the spring you can find me at various college fairs all over Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.  Meeting with interested students on the road is the best part of my job, so do not be a stranger and come visit me anytime you see the Lock Haven University banner. 

I graduated from Lock Haven University in 2011 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education.  Like our Assistant Director Mike Hall, I am also a proud graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School (2006).  I chose to attend LHU because of the excellent academic reputation, the family-like feel of LHU, and because my dad had a great experience here as a student. 

While at The Haven I was a four year starter for the baseball team and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  On a personal note, I am a huge baseball fan.  I use to be a Pittsburgh Pirates fan until my best friend started playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Go Cards!!  I am also a huge rock fan (Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, and Ozzy) and love going to concerts.  The search for the perfect college can be very stressful for many students and families.  The Admissions staff are here to help you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have throughout the process. I look forward to talking with you!  


Caitlin C. Sweeney        
Admission Counselor              570.484.2354                 

I graduated from Lock Haven University in 2008 with a B.S. in Sports Administration.  I’m also from Lock Haven and proud to call it my hometown.  After graduating in 2008 I lived in New York City and in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  While I treasure my time spent in NYC and suburbia, there’s just nothing like “The Haven.”

LHU is an excellent educational institution full of beautiful scenery, helpful educated faculty and staff, endless activities, and successful Division I and Division II Athletics to cheer on!  I’m so proud to work for Lock Haven University and I can’t wait to hit the road to inform potential students about the wonders and opportunities of attending our university. 

On a personal note, I’m a huge movie buff and fitness enthusiast!  If you’re into the outdoors the Lock Haven area offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and other adventurous activities! 

Choosing the right college is a big decision and we are here to help you in any way we can!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  I look forward to speaking with you!

Terry Wolfe

Terry Wolfe, M.S.
Admission Counselor

Hello! I am an Admissions Counselor and proud alumni of LHU! Some of you may see me at college fairs and high schools in Southeastern PA. The college selection process is one that can be tough at times, but I am here to help answer any questions you may have. I encourage all of you to stop by and see what LHU has to offer you for your college experience. LHU is a special place where students develop socially, professionally, and academically. From the great external experiences to build your resume, to the many special events on campus, LHU really has all the resources for students to succeed in every way!

I am originally from Harrisburg, PA, but am now lucky enough to call the beautiful rolling mountains and valleys of Central PA home. The Lock Haven area has a real “hometown” feel and offers much to do with many enriching and entertaining activities going on throughout the year. We invite you to visit campus to truly experience all the Haven has to offer!

I am no stranger to the LHU Office of Admissions, as I previously worked here as a graduate assistant. Upon completing my assistantship, I worked as an admissions counselor at another university and also worked for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a short time. I could not be happier to have been able to come home to The Haven and share my stories and passion for the school that has provided me with the tools to be successful in my career.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Valer Dixon

Valerie Dixon, M.A.
Assistant Director 
Clearfield Campus

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If you are interested in careers in Nursing, Business Management, Management Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Health Care Professions then the Clearfield Campus may be the place for you. As a smaller version of the main campus, the Clearfield Campus has a lot to offer. First, we possess educational opportunities at an affordable cost. Second, we have friendly, student-oriented faculty and staff. Third, the campus has an activities board which provides entertainment and learning opportunities for students. The list could go on and on, but you must take the next step to see for yourself.

If you are a student who is exploring his or her options, we are a great place to begin higher education! Check out the Clearfield Campus website to learn more about the campus. The Clearfield Campus also offers select Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration with concentrations in either Management or Management Information Systems and an RN to BSN completion program. Students at the Clearfield Campus range in age from eighteen to fifty and beyond! If a degree close to home is in your future, come and check us out!

On the personal side, I am a 1998 graduate of Lock Haven University with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications and a 2005 graduate of Indiana University of PA with an MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I live locally in Clearfield, PA with my husband, Greg and my son Luke. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA where I graduated from Mount Alvernia High School. I have worked at LHU Clearfield Campus since 1999.

I would like to assist you with your higher education plans, or at least help you learn more about the process and your options. I am here to help students make the transition to college; now it is your turn to take the next step.Please e-mail me with any concerns you may have. I will try to ease any apprehensions about this next big step in your life.

Support Staff

Sharon Vilello

Sharon Vilello

I have worked in the Admissions Office at LHU for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoy my job. My main role consists of overseeing the smooth running of the office. 

We are very proud of our university and our community. Lock Haven is my hometown. My husband and I chose to raise our three daughters here. I am proud to say that my daughters, Danielle, Megan and Lauren, are all LHU graduates.

Clinton County is a wonderful place for outdoor activities and I enjoy spending time on the Susquehanna River, horseback riding or biking in the mountains and just being a part of this friendly community. Contact us in the Admissions Office to schedule a tour and see for yourself what LHU and Clinton County can offer you.  Good luck with your college search. I hope to see you soon in Lock Haven.

Catherine Shope

Catherine Shope
Application Processor                           

I am proud to be a part of the Admissions team here at Lock Haven University.  I was born and raised in Curwensville, PA and graduated from Curwensville Area High School. I have one son, Matthew, who served in the United States Marine Corps and a 4 pound Chihuahua/Toy Fox Terrier named Little Buck.

I received my Associate’s Degree from Newport Business Institute, completing my internship in the Student Financial Services department here at Lock Haven University. I have lived in the Lock Haven area since 1983 and never really knew all that Lock Haven University had to offer until doing my internship on campus. Working here in the Admissions Office has made me want to continue my education. I am currently taking classes and working towards my Bachelor’s degree majoring in Accounting and Business Administration.

We are centrally located with access to major highways. I hope you will let our team show you the many things that Lock Haven University has to offer. We welcome your visit and look forward to meeting you.

Tina Probst

Tina Probst
Application Processor 

I was born and raised here in Clinton County. I graduated from high school, got married, had my children, and own a home all right here in Lock Haven.  I love to travel with my family, but I am always happy to come back home.

I have a wonderful family; I am married to my best friend and have a daughter and a son.

My primary responsibilities include downloading and processing applications as well as entering and filing all high school transcripts and SAT scores for the A-K section of the alphabet. I am always available to answer any questions that you might have. Best of luck to you as you continue through your college search.

Cortney Force

Cortney Force
Communication Coordinator   

As a brief personal history, I graduated from Bald Eagle-Nittany High School in 1995 and live locally with my husband, daughter and son. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May 2000. Since there are so many facets to the Social Work field, I have found that I use the skills that I have learned throughout my college career to help others at LHU on a daily basis. I am honored to be called an alumna of the LHU Social Work Program.

After graduation, I began working in the LHU Alumni, Development & Public Relations Offices in May 2000. I have also had experience in working in the Offices of Academic Technology & Graduate Studies.

In June 2010, I began working as a support staff member in the Office of Admissions. My duties in this position include coordinating the many forms of inquiries that come in to our office for information, sending this information to interested students, coordinating Open House registration, and helping to maintain our website.

During my time as a student and employee, I have enjoyed learning the various workings within Lock Haven University. The LHU Admissions staff members are here to discuss the many aspects of Lock Haven University and how our university can be a stepping stone to your future. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions that you may have about LHU.  Good luck in the taking the next step to your future!

Laura Kellander
Laura Kellander


Born and raised in the Reading/Allentown area, I attended Lock Haven University for my undergraduate education. I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, I worked in the field for several years before transitioning to a privately owned small business in Lock Haven. I am excited to have returned to The Haven to work in the Admissions Office! I live locally with my husband and small children. Being a wife and mother has brought me amazing joy and I relish the chance to share that joy of life with other people.


I chose LHU initially because of the personal attention and endless possibilities available to me. I love the idea of being able to provide that feeling for others as they go through the college search.  Don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office for a tour or meeting with a counselor!