Carnegie Mellon University

Meet our Staff

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Catherine Getchell

Director of the Office of Disability Resources

Phone: 412-268-6121

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.

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Ethan Obstarczyk

Program Administrator

Phone: 412-268-5940

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.


Margaret Morrison Plaza A30
5136 Margaret Morrison St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m.- 5p.m. (by appointment only)