Staff Team

Tom & Joanna Sperlich
Campus Director

Tom and Joanna met each other through their involvement with Cru at Penn State. After receiving degrees in Psychology, they got married and joined staff in 2006. In 2016, Tom was named the Campus Director for Penn State Cru, and throughout his and Joanna’s staff life, their love for PSU students and Happy Valley has only grown.

They have three kids: Emma (8), Jacob (5), and Carter (2.5). Emma is currently finding many ways to express her creativity. She likes to write books, draw beautiful pictures, do everything Pokemon, and ride her bike. Jacob is into Lego Ninjago, Hotwheels and anything active. Carter is just about potty-trained and gives the best hugs.

Tom is an avid reader (think classics, spiritual formation, and fantasy), loves to play games (current top shelf ones are Dominion, Azul, and Hanabi), is still a raging fan of Lost (yes, you read that right), and is addicted to Coke (the drink). Joanna enjoys the challenge of trying a new recipe, especially if it is a dessert. She loves to sit down with a good cup of coffee and either a good book or a great friend. She also can’t get enough of Emma, Jacob, and Carter’s laughter and personality.

Alex & Hannah Verseput
Campus Director

Alex and Hannah met at Penn State in 2013. Alex is a graduate of Calvin College in Michigan and came to Penn State for graduate school. Hannah came to Penn State in 2007, graduated with a degree in English and joined staff with Cru in 2012. Upon marriage, the Lord captivated their hearts for student and faculty ministry. Alex currently spends most of his time with faculty and grads while Hannah spends most of her time with undergrads. Whenever you meet them, you can tell by their personalities it's a perfect fit. They have two boys: Milo (4) and Silas (1). They love to be outside as a family, listen to music and read.

Tobin & Cassandra Simonetti

Tobin and Cassandra met while students at Penn State. They were involved in a wide variety of capacities within Cru during their time in Happy Valley. After graduation the Lord sent them out, Tobin headed overseas and Cassandra headed to Washington, DC. They love serving with Cru here at Penn State. Tobin serves part-time with Cru and is a Food Science Research Tech for Penn State and Cassandra serves full-time with Cru.

They are passionate about creating the space for everyone around them to come to know Jesus more, no matter where they are in their faith. It is their joy to exhort, encourage, and equip those around them to walk fiercely with the Lord. And it is a privilege to serve at Penn State.

Tobin loves anything to do with food. With a degree in Food Science, he’s always uncovering new things in the kitchen, firing up the grill, and enjoying creating delicious dishes. He’s always up for a good story, whether in a new movie, the pages of a book, or the life of a friend. Cassandra loves quality time with friends, bringing beauty and life to something old or unwanted, crafting and creating, as well as pursuing health and fitness.

When a new adventure is beckoning, both Tobin and Cassandra love to jump right in.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you!

Josh & Kathryn Himes

Josh and Kathryn met through their involvement with Cru at Penn State and were married in January 2015. Josh received a degree in Civil Engineering while Kathryn received a degree in Physics. They spent a few years working in their respective fields before coming back to their alma mater for vocational ministry. In July 2020, they welcomed a new addition to their family: Levi Paul! Parenting has been a joy-filled adventure together.

In ministry Josh loves teaching truth through leading a Bible study, speaking at Cru weekly meetings, or sharing his faith. Kathryn's favorite part of ministry is walking through life with other women and sharing wisdom and encouragement through discipleship.

Josh is highly extroverted and loves spending time with people. He loves being active and learning new things in God’s Word. Some of his favorite hobbies are disc golf, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and playing board games. Kathryn loves building close relationships with friends and students over a chai tea latte. One of her favorite things to do is bike to a good hammocking spot to read. She also enjoys hosting friends and family, playing the piano, and trying new recipes.

Abe and Jordyn Skacel

Abe and Jordyn met in Penn State Cru when Abe was a sophomore and Jordyn was a freshman. They both graduated in 2017 and married that year as well. Abe holds a philosophy degree while Jordyn holds a Biobehavioral Health degree. They have a son, Spurgeon, who was born in May of 2020 and love being parents together!

Jordyn loves getting to disciple women in their walks with Jesus. She also especially enjoys the first few weeks of the semester when we are “blitzing” to find new students and engage freshmen. She was born and raised in Central PA and grew up with a love for PSU. She enjoys everything there is to do outdoors in PA from hiking and canoeing to hunting and camping. She is a cat lover and enjoys baking, crocheting, and playing games of any kind. One of her favorite roles is being a mom to her little boy.

Abe enjoys coaching and discipling students, as well as any opportunity to open the Bible with someone else. He loves learning and reading, especially non-fiction. As a learner, Abe loves talking about questions people have about Christianity, especially the difficult ones. One of his favorite phrases to hear is, "I have a question..." He is also an avid fisherman. Whether it is hiking up a mountain stream or fishing from a canoe on a local lake, he rarely passes up the opportunity to make a few casts.