Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. David R. Hanna, PT, DPT, MS, ATC

Program Director, Associate Professor –– Athletic Training Program

Dr. David R. Hanna, PT, DPT, MS, ATC, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., began his career in athletic training in 1996 at West Liberty State College after earning his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University. He served as assistant athletic trainer for one year at West Liberty, from which he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in biology. The following year he accepted the position of head athletic trainer at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. After serving at WVU Tech for two years, he moved to South Dakota, where he worked as an athletic trainer for Sioux Valley Hospital, Elk Point Jefferson High School, and the University of South Dakota for a short time before returning to the Ohio Valley to assume the dual positions of head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and for the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the Indoor Football League.

He spent six years in this position before resigning in 2005 to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University. His additional experience includes serving as a clinical athletic trainer for the Wheeling Hospital Physical Therapy Department and working as the head athletic trainer for various local high schools and numerous local summer sports camps. While earning his doctorate, he was instrumental in providing the legwork necessary for the development and approval of the new athletic training major at WJU. He was graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August 2007, at which time he was hired as the department chair and program director for the WJU Department of Athletic Training. David remained in this position through the 2011-12 academic year and successfully oversaw the program through its inaugural accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2010. In addition to his full-time duties as a professor and chair, he served the university by adjunct instructing in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

David’s graduates have found employment in clinics, high schools, and professional sports, as well as gaining successful acceptances into a wide variety of graduate schools in athletic training, physician assistant, counseling and psychology, physical therapy, and medical school.

David returned to the Hilltop in August of 2012 to head the development of the Athletic Training Education Program at West Liberty University. As program director/associate professor, he is responsible for the curriculum development and overseeing the program through an accreditation process by the CAATE. In addition to these duties, he continues to adjunct in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at WJU; he is an active physical therapist in the West Virginia Birth to Three System (early intervention), where he evaluates and treats children from ages newborn to three years of age. David also works on a casual basis as a physical therapist at the outpatient physical therapy department at Wheeling Hospital.

He resides in Wheeling with his wife, Carrie, and their three children, Graceylyn Mae, Lilyan Morgan, and Wilson David.

    • Professional Certifications and Licensure:
      • 2007 – current Licensed Physical Therapist
      • 1996 – current National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certified Athletic Trainer
      • Current CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer – American Red Cross

Hannah Harnar, MS, ATC

Athletic Training Faculty Instructor/Clinical Education Coordinator

Hannah Harnar, MS, ATC, is a 2007 graduate of Southeast High School in Ravenna, Ohio. Following graduation, she attended the University of Mount Union and pursued a bachelor of science degree in athletic training with minors in exercise science and health. While an athletic training student, Hannah was assigned to various athletic teams including UMU football, men’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s indoor track. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Mount Union in 2011 and began to pursue a post-graduate degree at Kent State University. While pursuing her master of science degree in exercise physiology with a concentration in athletic training, she also served as a teaching assistant in the Kent State Athletic Training Program. Hannah was responsible for the pre-professional students pursuing athletic training as well as many other professional-phase courses in the Athletic Training Program. In addition to teaching in the Athletic Training Program, she also served as an instructor for the First-Year Experience course on campus. Hannah graduated from Kent State with a master’s degree in the spring of 2013.

In August 2013, she began her professional career at West Liberty University as a faculty instructor/athletic trainer. Hannah’s roles include serving as a preceptor and instructor in the WLU Athletic Training Program, within the Department of Health and Human Performance, as well as working with the WLU women’s soccer, women’s basketball and football teams.

In August 2015, Hannah took over the role of Clinical Education Coordinator for the WLU Athletic Training Program.

Hannah is originally from Newton Falls in Northeast Ohio and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


Meleesa Wohleber, DHSc, ATC

Assistant Professor–Athletic Training Program

Dr. Meleesa F. Wohleber, DHSc, ATC, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned a bachelor of science degree in athletic training in 2000. She went on to pursue her master of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic administration at James Madison University, while performing athletic trainer coverage for men’s and women’s swimming/diving, tennis, fencing, and golf and supervising athletic training students. Upon graduating from JMU in 2002, Meleesa became the assistant athletic trainer for men’s and women’s swimming/diving and softball at the University of Louisville. She also worked with Frazier Rehab Institute Sports Medicine in Louisville for local sporting event coverage in the city as well as performing fall preseason orthopedic screenings for local high schools.

In 2006, Meleesa became an athletic trainer at the US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ. She conducted patient care for recruits completing basic training for the Coast Guard and active duty members assigned to Station Cape May and the Training Center. During her time at the Coast Guard, Meleesa completed a doctorate of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 2010.

In 2013, Meleesa became a faculty researcher and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. As a co-investigator on the injury prevention and performance optimization research initiative, Meleesa performed musculoskeletal assessments, collected injury epidemiology, and coordinated communications between university faculty and military leaders at the Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, FL. As part of the research study, she also performed field data collection during military training to identify potential musculoskeletal injury risk. From 2016-2017, Meleesa was part of a similar research study at Pitt, this time at the US Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC.

In August 2017, Meleesa arrived to West Liberty University as assistant professor in the athletic training program. She will teach courses within the athletic training program and the Department of Health and Human Performance. Meleesa currently resides in Bethlehem, WV


Herb Minch, MS, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Herb Minch, MS, ATC, a West Liberty native, has held a position of athletic trainer and other titles at West Liberty University since 1994. He is a 1985 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, a 1989 graduate of West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and a 1990 graduate of West Virginia University with a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training. Herb began his athletic-training career in Wheeling as a clinical athletic trainer for a private physical therapy outpatient clinic. After serving four years in the clinical setting, Herb took the opportunity at West Liberty State College to be its first full-time athletic trainer, and he remains in that position today as the head athletic trainer.

During this time at West Liberty, he attained National Registry EMT – Paramedic certification and served as the head women’s softball coach as well, for 17 seasons.

In 2013 he was promoted to a faculty position and had served as the WLU Athletic Training Program’s clinical education coordinator until August 2015.  He now remains the Head Athletic Trainer for the WLU athletic teams and is the Head Women’s Softball Coach.

Herb has been involved outside of the institution in a variety of capacities including the following: WVATA president from 1998-2000, chairman of the WVIAC athletic trainers committee twice, a member of the WL Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1996, an AT for the OVAC ALL-STAR charity football game since 1987, volunteer medical assistant at the Ogden Classic since 1987, and numerous other camps and clinics as an AT.

He continues to hold membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, and certification as an AT, registration as an AT in W.Va., and state certification as a paramedic.

Herb resides in Valley Grove with his wife, Ashlea, and their three children — Kailey, Zachary, and Alivia.


Jerry Duncan, MS, ATC, CES

Senior Athletic Trainer

Jerry Duncan, MS, ATC, CES, grew up northeast of Pittsburgh in the city of New Kensington and attended Mercyhurst University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. He furthered his athletic- training education as he was graduated from West Virginia University with a master of science degree in the same field. Following his graduate work at WVU, Jerry became the head athletic trainer of the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, a position he held for six years. In addition, he was the head athletic trainer of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds, head athletic trainer at Bellaire School District, a member of the outpatient physical therapy department of Wheeling Hospital, an instructor of cycling, and a member of the staff at CentreTown Fitness in Wheeling.

In 2011, Jerry resigned from professional hockey and his other positions to become the head athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University. During his two years at WJU, he was involved with all the athletic teams but focused primarily on men’s basketball, rugby, soccer, and women’s Lacrosse. In addition to clinical work with the athletes at WJU, Jerry became an adjunct instructor in the Athletic Training Program.

With the development of an Athletic Training Program at West Liberty, full-time faculty positions were created. The opportunity to become a faculty member while also developing an education program was attractive to Jerry, and he resigned his position at Wheeling Jesuit University and accepted a faculty position with West Liberty in August of 2013. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Jerry will also work with the football, track, and cross country teams.

In August of 2017, Jerry was promoted to Senior Athletic Trainer for the WLU Athletic Training Staff.  He currently works full-time in athletics and provides healthcare coverage for the football and wrestling teams.  Duncan is also a clinical preceptor for the athletic training students in the WLU Athletic Training Program.

Jason Coleman, MS, ATC

Athletic Trainer

Jason C. Coleman, MS, ATC, a Wheeling native, was graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in the spring of 2005. He attended West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education/athletic training. During his time as an athletic training student at WVU, he gained a wealth of knowledge in both the classroom and the clinic in a variety of sports assignments. They included assisting with in-season/spring football, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, rowing, and spending his senior year working with the 2009-2010 men’s basketball program, which captured its first Big East Tournament Championship in school history and won the East Region en route to the NCAA Final Four. In addition, he was able to work lacrosse and field hockey summer camps at the University of Virginia and volunteer at Healthworks Rehab and Fitness in Morgantown, W.Va. He received his certification as a licensed athletic trainer in June of 2010.

Soon after graduating from WVU in the spring of 2010, he accepted a graduate assistantship position with the University of Akron, where he oversaw both the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. The men’s team won back-to-back indoor and outdoor Mid-American Conference Championships. In addition to his sport assignment, he was a summer athletic training intern for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Coleman completed his post-graduate studies at Akron in 2012, where he was graduated with a master’s degree in exercise physiology/adult fitness.

Jason is currently a staff AT for all West Liberty University athletic teams. His main assignments are men’s and women’s soccer and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also serves as a preceptor in the West Liberty University Athletic Training Program.

He currently resides in Wheeling, W.Va.


Melanie Cheek, MS, ATC

Athletic Trainer

Melanie Cheek is a lifelong resident of Brooke County, West Virginia. She graduated from West Liberty State College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She worked for a time at West Liberty before returning to School in 2011. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

After an internship at West Liberty University, she accepted a position at Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness. While there she worked with athletes of all ages and sports. She specialized in soft tissue work and rehabilitation.

Melanie accepted a position at West Liberty University in the fall of 2016. She currently covers the volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, golf, track and cross-country teams on campus.  Cheek is also a clinical preceptor for the WLU Athletic Training Program.

Leanna McMillen, ATC

Graduate Assistant

Leanna McMillen, ATC, was born and raised in Tippecanoe, Ohio, on the family farm with her parents and two older brothers. Being a stand out softball player in high school, she decided to continue her softball career at West Liberty University in 2010. After serious thought, she entered the Athletic Training Program where she had extensive experience at a variety of venues including: women’s soccer, women’s basketball, football, baseball, local high schools, and also an outpatient physical therapy clinic. She successfully obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training in 2016 as part of the first graduating class, in Athletic Training, at West Liberty. In August 2016, Leanna began pursuing her Master of Arts Degree in Sports Leadership and Coaching through West Liberty. She also serves as a graduate assistant, with her time split between the Athletic Training department and being an Assistant Softball Coach.  She provides athletic training coverage to the WLU football team, and serves as a clinical preceptor for the WLU Athletic Training Program.

Leanna is very excited to see what opportunities come her way in the next few years with softball and athletic training alike.