Meet our Staff
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Do you have questions about exam scheduling, proctoring or delivery? Contact Ethan Obstarczyk, Program Administrator by email or at 412-268-5940.
Director of the Office of Disability Resources
Catherine Getchell began in her position as director of Disability Resources at Carnegie Mellon in November 2016. Prior to that, she was a counselor and then district administrator for 12 years at Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, a state agency that assists people with disabilities in obtaining employment and independence. During her time at OVR, Catherine worked with individuals with a wide variety of disabilities including physical, sensory, cognitive and emotional disabilities. This experience has allowed her to make a smooth transition to working with students at Carnegie Mellon. She received her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Yale University in 2002 and her master’s in rehabilitation counseling in 2004.
In her spare time, Catherine enjoys playing the trumpet, riding her bike, hiking, kayaking and cooking. She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, two cats and Seeing Eye dog.
Patrick joined the Disability Resources team in July 2019. Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Duquesne University and earned his master’s degree in rehabilitation science and technology with a focus in counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the ODR team, Pat held several positions in the counseling and rehabilitation field, including work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at OVR and a Disability Management Coordinator at UPMC Workpartners. Patrick has always had a passion for assistive technology and disability advocacy and is looking forward to working with the students and families at CMU.
When not at work, Pat spends his free time following Pittsburgh sports, listening to music, and cooking for his family. Most weekends, Patrick can be found biking along the rivers and through the woods around Pittsburgh. Pat currently resides in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife Jaclyn, daughter Mary, and pup Benjamin.
Ethan Obstarczyk has been working in the Office of Disability Resources since November 2013 and transitioned into the role of Program Administrator in the fall of 2016. Before coming to CMU, he worked at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, assisting with the coordination of a Hepatitis B study. A people person by nature, Ethan enjoys the day-to-day interaction with the students of CMU and their families when they visit campus. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2007.
When not at CMU, Ethan can typically be found watching and cheering on the Pittsburgh sports teams, especially his beloved Pirates. He also enjoys going to concerts, playing softball and keeping up-to-date on the latest movies and video games. He lives in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and their two cats.
Office Contact Information
Margaret Morrison Plaza A30
5136 Margaret Morrison St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213