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About Our Team

  • Jana Sassong

    Jana Sossong

    Director of Human Resources

    Jana joined Gannon in December 2021.  She began her HR career in 2005 and has held a variety of roles from employment to employee relations.

    She is a proud Gannon graduate and is excited to be working here!  Jana is married and the proud mom of one son and two step-daughters. 


    Robin Senger

    Robin Senger

    Compensation and Benefits Manager

    Robin joined Gannon in November 2022. She has been in HR for close to ten years in a variety of positions, the longest being benefits.

    She was born and raised in Erie, and is married and a proud mother of one daughter and two dogs. She loves to travel and spend time at the beach.

    Robin is a Gannon Alumni and is excited to be back!


    Shane Thompson

    Shane Thompson

    Talent Acquisition Manager

    Shane joined Gannon in January 2023. He has held various roles in Human Resources over the past twenty years, and comes with ten years of direct Talent Acquisition experience.

    Shane grew up in Spartansburg, PA & Jamestown, NY. Following his service in the U.S. ARMY as a Chaplain’s Assistant, he attended Lincoln Christian College & Seminary in Lincoln, IL. He pastored for ten years and was ordained in May 2020. Shane lives in Erie with his wife, two children, and three dogs.


    Raechel Miller

    Raechel Miller

    Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Raechel’s Gannon career began in Marketing & Communications four years ago, and her expertise from her previous career as an HR Generalist in retail is being put to excellent use in Gannon’s hiring efforts!

    Raechel also enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter, and volunteering at Because You Care.


    Nicole Graciano

    Nicole Graciano

    HRIS Specialist

    Nicole joined the HR team in June 2021, coming to us from California. Nicole comes with several years of experience in education in the field of HR.

    A native of Pennsylvania, she and her husband were drawn to Erie, PA as a good place to raise their daughters.


    Heather Michel

    Heather Michel

    HR Generalist/HRIS

    Heather joined the HR team in October 2022. She has a several years of experience with non-profits, social services, and healthcare and is excited to be a part of the HR team.

    Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and can be found walking the shores of Lake Erie looking for driftwood and beach glass.


    Rachel Jessup

    Rachel Jessup

    Administrative Assistant

    Rachel started her HR career at Gannon in April 2022 after about two years in the Cashier’s Office. She has a varied background with extensive customer service experience.

    Rachel was born and raised in Erie. She’s a Gannon mom who loves spending time with her daughter and her son, and volunteering at E.A.R.S.


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    Kelsey Jordan

    HR Assistant

    Kelsey started at Gannon in September of 2022 in the ITS Helpdesk, before joining HR on a temporary basis focusing on special projects. Her experience includes web management, and she has a knack for organization and problem solving.

    Kelsey likes to spend time at home with her fiancé and two cats, playing video games or watching her next favorite show. From north of Pittsburgh, she moved to Edinboro for school and has been there ever since. She’s in love with Edinboro in the fall!