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Dana Bearer, M.Ed.

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dana Bearer joined Bethany College as Vice President for Enrollment Management in August of 2022.

She comes to Bethany from State University of New York, Fredonia, where she helped establish systems to aid in enrollment planning and direct recruiting as the undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and international director of admissions and recruitment. Prior to SUNY, she served as the Director of Admissions at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Associate Director of Enrollment at Clarion University, and the Interim Director of Admissions at Saint Francis College.

Dana has a Master’s of Education with a focus in educational administration from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. She hopes to be an impactful and transformational leader for Bethany College.

Daniel Adams

Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Dan Adams joined Bethany College in March 2019. Prior to his employment at Bethany, he has 20 years of experience in higher education as a Director of Admissions and Readmissions. He is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration / Management.

Dan resides in California, PA, with his wife, Lisa and two children, Alex and Elise. He enjoys family time especially at baseball and soccer games, marching band trips, and high school musicals.

He is also an active member at the United Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in California, PA, where he is the Moderator.

Jill Bittel, M.Ed.

Director of Financial Aid

Jill Bittel rejoined Bethany College as Director of Financial Aid in January 2023. Prior to her employment at Bethany, she has over 20 years of experience in higher education, including three years at Bethany. She also worked at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, California University of Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Technical College. She is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s of Education in Math and Computer Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies.

Jill resides in Jefferson Hills, PA, with her daughter Kendal who is actively involved in competitive cheer and wrestling score keeping. Jill and Kendal formerly resided in Bethany in 2007. Jill is happy to rejoin the Bethany family and return home.

Joel Jarrett, M.A. Ed

Assistant Director of Enrollment

Joel joined Bethany College in July 2021. He has been working in higher education since 2018 and was a Graduate Assistant at West Liberty University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018 from West Liberty University in Leadership and Coaching Education. He then received his Master of Arts in Education degree in 2020 from West Liberty University in Organizational Leadership, specializing in Athletics.

Joel is a native of Wheeling, WV, where he graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He currently resides in Wheeling, WV, with his fiancé Riley Schenk.

Jordan O’Shea

Enrollment Graduate Assistant

Jordan is a graduate student at Bethany working toward a Master of Education in teaching and learning.

She plans to pursue a career in higher education. Prior to Bethany, Jordan earned her bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education from Purdue University and worked for a year as a high school FACS teacher. Jordan is from Lafayette, Indiana.

Tami Samol

Enrollment and Financial Aid Assistant

Tami Samol joined Bethany College in April 2019.

Tami resides in Avella, PA, with her husband, Edward, and three children Geanna (who attends Bethany), Brandon, and Gage. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach in the summer, and cheering on her youngest at sporting events.

She is also very involved with the Avella School District/ Athletics and active in her community.