Meet our Staff
Please feel free to reach out to us.
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.
Salima Clark joined the Office of Disability Resources in December 2021. Prior to becoming a part of Carnegie Mellon’s ODR team, Salima worked in the Office of Disability Services at Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College in 2018 and her master’s degree in education studies with a concentration of leadership and policy from the University of Michigan.
In her free time, Salima enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her cat Nikki.
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 South Hills with his wife Jaclyn, kids Mary and Francis, and pup Benjamin.
Senior Disability Resources Program Administrator
Ethan Obstarczyk has been working in the Office of Disability Resources since November 2013 and transitioned into the role of Senior Program Administrator in the fall of 2021. 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 and is currently working on a master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh.
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 and keeping up to date on the latest movies and video games.
Testing Center Proctor
Jill joined the Disability Resources team in September of 2021. Jill received her BS from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in Athletic Training/Exercise Science, and earned her MEd from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in Athletic Training with an emphasis in psychology. Jill brings with her many years of experience working with students with special needs to help them reach their peak performance, whether it be on the athletic field, in the classroom or with activities of daily living. Jill is also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Before coming to CMU Jill worked as an exam proctor at University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI.
Jill recently moved from Michigan and is thrilled to be back in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh. When not at work Jill enjoys all that Pittsburgh has to offer including seeing concerts, visiting museums and biking the city trails. But her favorite part of being back in Pittsburgh is going to Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt games! Jill is a very proud mother to 3 amazing kids.
Office Contact Information
Margaret Morrison Plaza A30
5140 Margaret Morrison St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213