Carnegie Mellon University

Our Leadership Team

Melanie Lucht

Melanie Lucht

Associate VP & Chief Risk Officer

Melanie Lucht is the Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Carnegie Mellon University.  In this role, Melanie oversees the following Organizations: Environmental Health and Safety, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, and Risk Operations.

Under Melanie’s leadership, her teams support the mission, values, and strategic objectives of the university by sustaining and enhancing a safe and healthy environment, and supporting organizational resiliency with a risk-conscious culture. She oversees the development and deployment of risk management tools and practices across the university, and leads a cross-functional group to provide risk intelligence to university leadership and inform strategic decision making.

Melanie’s tenure with Carnegie Mellon began in 2013 as the Senior Manager for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Services.  In 2017, Melanie was appointed the Assistant Vice President of the newly formed Enterprise Risk Management department while also serving as interim director for each of the Organizations reporting to her.  In August of 2018, Melanie was promoted to Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to her years at Carnegie Mellon, Melanie was the Vice President for Enterprise Business Resiliency at PNC Financial Services, and has an extensive background in the insurance industry. 

Melanie is a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), a member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Certified Continuity Manager (CCM). In 2017, she was recognized internationally by the Business Continuity Institute as Continuity and Resiliency Professional of the Year for the private sector.  In 2018, she successfully completed the first offering of the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Executive Education Program at the Heinz College. The only woman in the class of 16 executives, she was a member of the project team that achieved top honors in the program.  Melanie serves on the Advisory Board for Terra Dotta, and is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association.  

Melanie received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in administration of justice from Mercyhurst College.

Contact

Ashley Grgurich
Executive Assistant II
(412) 268-6452
Email: agrguric@andrew.cmu.edu

Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos

Director of Risk Operations

Frank Marcopolos is the Director for Risk Operations in the Enterprise Risk Management Department for Carnegie Mellon University. Under Frank’s leadership, the team supports the mission, values, and strategic objectives of the university by working with campus partners to effectively identify, analyze, treat, and monitor university risks, while consistently scanning for emerging risks. The team accomplishes this through active collaboration with subject matter experts, providing risk training and awareness, establishing and managing a university risk register, and through the administration of technology services that support the Enterprise Risk Management program. The team is also responsible for identifying and monitoring Key Risk Indicators and Key Performance Indicators for the university.

Frank's tenure with Carnegie Mellon University began in August of 2018. Before his service at CMU, Frank was a Risk Manager, then the Senior Risk Manager at the Texas State Office of Risk Management in Austin, TX for over six years. Prior to that, he was a Risk Manager at GCG Risk Management, Inc. in New York City for over five years, working with clients in New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) safety groups.

Frank is an Associate in Risk Management-Enterprise Risk Management (ARM-E), an Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP). He holds a State of Texas Risk Manager license, as well as a Property and Casualty Insurance (General Lines) license. He has earned the Infrastructure Liaison Officer (ILO) designation through his work with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the Texas Governor's Center for Management Development.

Frank received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corps from 1995-1998.

Contact

Ashley Grgurich
Executive Assistant II
(412) 268-6452
Email: agrguric@andrew.cmu.edu

Francisco Molina

Francisco Molina

Director of Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

Francisco is the Director of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (including Emergency Management) services at Carnegie Mellon University. Francisco’s role in the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) organization, is to provide the guidance, tools, and governance commensurate with the strategic mission and risk tolerance of the university and its divisional units so that they may continue to provide critical services in the event of a disaster or significant business disruption.

Before CMU, Francisco worked for most of his career in the financial private sector in organizations such as AEGON/Transamerica in the U.S., The National Bank of Mexico (now Citi-Banamex) in Mexico City and other international locations implementing, maturing, and managing business resiliency programs and projects to identify, mitigate, and respond to enterprise operational risks.

Francisco holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Valle de Mexico, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Francisco was an adjunct faculty member at Norwich University - Master of Science in Business Continuity and has served on the Board of Directors of Safeguard Iowa Partnership, as Vice President of the Business Resiliency Professionals of Wisconsin. He was also founding member of the Wisconsin Business Emergency Management public-private partnership,

Outside of work and professional activities, Francisco volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) serving as staff officer with specialty qualifications in Community Emergency Response Teams, General Emergency Services, and Mission Air Crew (Mission Scanner and Aerial Photography).  He has also been a member of the Red Cross Disaster Services in Wisconsin.

Contact

Ashley Grgurich
Executive Assistant II
(412) 268-6452
Email: agrguric@andrew.cmu.edu

Shailendra Singh

Shailendra Singh

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Shailendra Singh is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) at Carnegie Mellon University. In this role, Shailendra oversees laboratory safety, workplace safety, fire safety and hazardous waste management. His team supports the University’s mission to establish a safe and healthy environment for the CMU community and to lead compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Shailendra was the first EH&S Manager at Brammer Bio, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for cell and gene therapies, where he developed the entire EH&S program from the ground up. Before Brammer, he lead a team of EH&S professionals and managed the Chemical Hygiene Program at the University of Delaware. Shailendra also worked as a laboratory safety specialist at the University of Florida (UF), where he was part of an EH&S team that manages over 3000 labs.

Before to his career in the EH&S world, Shailendra worked as a research scientist in the Department of Chemistry at UF, where he developed new technologies for heterocyclic synthesis, ionic liquids, and green technology. He was also part of a team in the College of Pharmacy at UF to develop new drugs for cancer and thalassemia treatment. This NIH funded research program sent two drugs to clinical trials and generated several patents. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles in international journals.

Shailendra received a doctoral degree in chemistry from Jamia Millia Islamia University and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a member of several professional societies (CSHEMA, ACS, ABSA, AAAS). He also volunteered during natural disaster emergencies (Hurricane Irma) in Florida and served as a judge at various Science and Engineering Fairs.

Contact

France Rogoff
EH&S Administrative Assistant II
(412) 268-5609
Email: francer@andrew.cmu.edu

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Jennifer Bett

Jennifer Bett


Business Continuity Program Specialist

Phone:  412-268-5685
Email: jbett@andrew.cmu.edu

william maerkle

William Maerkle


Sr. Consultant for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

Phone:  412-268-4278
Email: wmaerkle@andrew.cmu.edu

kurt massarelli

Kurt Massarelli


Sr. Consultant for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

Phone:  412-268-2839
Email: km2x@andrew.cmu.edu

Environmental Health and Safety

Kris Agharaad

Kristopher Agharaad


Biological and Radiation Safety Technician for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-7502
Email: kagharaa@andrew.cmu.edu

neha chawla

Neha Chawla


Environmental Health and Safety Research Specialist

Phone:  412-268-3221
Email: nehac@andrew.cmu.edu

Rebecca Cicco

Rebecca Cicco


Workplace Safety Manager for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-3760
Email: rcicco@andrew.cmu.edu

Christina Goyda

Christina Goyda


Industrial Hygienist for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-4844
Email: cgoyda@andrew.cmu.edu

Jeffrey Harris

Jeffrey Harris


Chemical Safety & Hazardous Materials Manager for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-7501
Email: jjharris@andrew.cmu.edu

Steven Lane

Steven Lane


Fire Safety Specialist for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-5092
Email: srlane@andrew.cmu.edu

Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson


Senior Manager, Laboratory and Research Safety for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-8405
Email: alawson@andrew.cmu.edu

Paul Minor

Paul Minor


EH&S Specialist for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-6624
Email: pjminor@andrew.cmu.edu

Thomas Plietz

Thomas Plietz


Fire Safety Manager for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-9404
Email: tplietz@andrew.cmu.edu

France Rogoff

France Rogoff


Administrative Assistant II for Environmental Health & Safety

Phone:  412-268-5609
Email: francer@andrew.cmu.edu

mary sickles

Mary Sickles


Training and Communication Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety

Phone:  412-268-2590
Email: msickles@andrew.cmu.edu

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Aaron Riddle


Workplace Safety Specialist

Phone:  412-268-1585
Email: ariddle@andrew.cmu.edu

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Nathan Newsom


Workplace Safety Specialist, Contractor Safety

Phone:  412-268-5246
Email: nnewsom@andrew.cmu.edu

Risk Operations

Ahren Hollis

Ahren Hollis


Systems Administrator for Enterprise Risk Management

Phone:  412-268-8411
Email: ahren@cmu.edu

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Christopher Duffey


System Analyst for Enterprise Risk Management

Phone:  412-268-5352
Email: cduffey@andrew.cmu.edu