Staff and Leaders


Jen Gruendler

Campus Minister

Director of The Wesley Foundation

Jen Gruendler has been in State College since late August 2014. She loves that God has called her to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Paul’s UMC and Wesley Foundation where she gets to work daily with a diverse group of amazing Penn State students from around the state, country and world. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelors from University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!). She has a passion for exploring the intersections of faith and life and justice, for enjoying the great outdoors, and believes grace and love can transform just about anything. She is a Minnesota girl at heart, who loves Jesus, the mountains, college sports, Chai tea, large bodies of water, and sound theology. Her favorite job in the world is being “Aunt Jenny” to her beautiful and spunky niece, nephew, cousins and Godchildren. If you are looking for support, looking for a way to grow in your faith, or just want to sit and chat about life over tea and coffee she would love to get to know you! 


Sue Justice

Abba Java Coffeehouse Manager 

Sue graduated from Penn State in 1990 with a degree in elementary education. She hopes that Abba Java is a place where students can come to feel "at home" - safe, loved, and refreshed. Her favorite part about Abba Java is meeting and getting to know students! She loves hearing about their studies and plans for the future! Sue is a mother of three daughters and an animal lover who is also "mom" to two dogs, a parrot, and a horse. Sue is the person to contact if you wish to volunteer or get more involved at Abba Java! 


Carly Noonan

Student Ministry Assistant 

Major:  Marketing & Psychology 

Hometown: Horsham, PA

Favorite Place in State College:  Old Main Lawn 

Favorite Breakfast Food:  Tofu Scramble 

 Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life?  "A thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come so that you may have life, and have it in its fullest" John 10:10


Kelli Herr

Student Ministry Assistant

Major: Community, Environment, and Development

 Hometown:  Haymarket, VA

 Favorite Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Coffee Break

 Favorite Place in State College: Abba Java (how corny)

 If you could have one super power what would it be: The ability to take away anyone's (including myself) stress 


Taylor Pawlik

St. Paul's and Wesley Intern 

Major: Chemical Engineering

 Hometown: Huntington Mills, PA

 Favorite Place in State College: The Life Sciences Bridge on campus. I could sit and watch people walk by all day!

 Favorite Breakfast Food: Home fries!

 Favorite inspirational quote  that helps guide your life?

"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans" -Kobi Yamada


Kylie Doran

Abba Java Event Intern

Major: Anthropology and Russian

Hometown : Collegeville, PA

Favorite  Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Peanutbutter Swirl

Favorite Place in State College : The duck pond by the Hintz alumni center (especially when there are baby ducks in the springtime)

If you could have one super power what would it be : teleportation - so I would never be late to anything plus I could travel anywhere in the world for free


Marissa Flora

Abba Java Volunteer Management Intern

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia

Favorite PSU Creamery flavor: Happy Happy Joy Joy

Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life:  “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9


Evan Knaff

St. Paul's Children's Ministry Intern

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Cookies n Cream or Death by Chocolate

Favorite Breakfast Food: Egg White omelet with Spinach and ham/ Waffles

One super power: I would want the ability to fill anything, i.e., a water bottle, gas in my car, my bank account


Chandler Robey

 Abba Java Event Intern

Major: Advertisement/ PR

Hometown:  Biglerville PA

Favorite  Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Peachy Paterno

Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life: " Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly" - JFK


Michaela Shover

Abba Java Management Intern

Major: Smeal Business School

Hometown: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania



Clarisse Solis

Local and Global Health Ministries Intern

Major: Immunology and Infectious Disease 

Hometown: Born in Manila, Philippines | Family currently in Montgomery, AL

Favorite  Penn State Creamery Ice cream Flavor: Wicked caramel sundae

Favorite Place in State College: Arboretum 

Favorite inspirational quote that helps guide your life: "The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want." -F. Scott Fitzgerald 


Robert Nytrom

Graduate Student Leader

Major: PhD Candidate Meteorology


Favorite Place in State College: Penn State Golf Course


Favorite Creamery Ice-cream: Death by Chocolate


Any Super Power? Atmokinesis... endless case studies and control over the chaos.



Mitch Ake

Wesley Leadership Team Student Leader 

Major:  Kinesiology 

Hometown: State College, PA

Favorite Breakfast Food:  Home Fries

 Favorite Scripture:  Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.



Karen Morgan

Wesley Assistant

Karen grew up in State College and has attended St. Paul's her entire life.  She graduated from Penn State in 2004 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.  Karen, her husband, Steve and two boys, James and Zachary currently reside in Pine Grove Mills.