Provost Scholars Program Team

Portrait of Dr. Faye Gary

Program Director

Dr. Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN, is the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair and Professor of Nursing at the Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. Dr. Gary also holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. Her passion for excellence and assisting the next generation of Provost Scholars inspired her to build and expand the Provost Scholars program through the plans of two visionary leaders: Provost William Baeslack and Superintendent Ms. Myrna Loy Corley. Her work with these leaders has resulted in the Provost Scholars serving over 95 students in the city of East Cleveland and impacting the future of middle and high school students over the past six years. Dr. Gary received her bachelor's degree in Nursing and Sociology from Florida A & M University, her master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing (Child and Adolescent) and Anthropology from Saint Xavier College in Chicago, Illnois, and her doctorate degree in Childhood Behavioral Disorders and Anthropology from the University of Florida in Gainsville, Florida.

Lee Thompson portrait

Dr. Lee Thompson, is the Associate Director of the Provost Scholars Program and a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at CWRU. She has been Mentoring the same student in the Provost Scholars Program for five years. In her other work supporting the Provost Scholars, she has presented for the University Intensive Seminar, served on the steering committee, and secured outside grant funding for the program. Dr. Thompson may be reached via email at

Program Staff 

Portrait of Kate Klonowski

Kate Klonowski is the Coordinator of the Provost Scholars Program and a proud Cleveland area native. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University, has a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster, and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Klonowski is very excited to be working in this novel and innovative program. Please contact her for information about the Provost Scholars Program, and she will be available to assist you if you have questions or concerns.

David Van Leer

David Van Leer is a volunteer and active mentor with the Provost Scholars Program. A native of Cleveland and an alumnus of Glenville High School, Mr. Van Leer has served in numerous administrative capacities in the East Cleveland School District, including as Assistant Vice Principal at Shaw High School. He first began serving with the Provost Scholars in the fall of 2017 by assisting the Program Director, Dr. Faye Gary, with managing the multi-faceted nature of the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions, overseeing the homework completion of the Provost Scholars, and assisting the students in completing complicated assignments. Additionally, he provides unique support to the Parents College at Case and is dedicated and passionate in his commitment.

Maranda Priah

Maranda Priah is the Research Assistant for the Provost Scholars and a Junior at Case Western Reserve University double majoring in Sociology and Psychology. She is part of a youth council for a nonprofit in Cleveland called Empowering Youth Exploring Justice (EYEJ). Maranda is also a Provost Scholar Alum! She looks forward to developing and supporting the many components of the Provost Scholars Program, particularly alumni engagement.