Carnegie Mellon University

CMULead Cohorts

The CMULead program aims to prepare our talented and dedicated staff to take on leadership roles that will ensure our university is in good hands well into the future.

In 2019 the first CMULead cohort formed and graduated 22 participants of the leadership program. The second cohort started in the spring of 2020; however,  the program was paused due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The cohort resumed in the summer of 2021 and graduated 27 participants in September of 2021.  To date there have been a total of 49 graduates of the CMULead leadership program. Below you will find a list of the graduates from each cohort.

Name  Title Department
Richelle Bernazzoli Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships Undergraduate Research Office
Amanda Berneburg Director, Online Strategy Marketing and Communications
Kenny Blair Principal Media Equipment Technician Computing Services
Amanda Bodnar Physics Assistant to Department Head Physics
Emily Brown Assistant Director of Executive Education Programs Heinz College
Lenny Chan Associate Director - Residential Education Residential Education
Hannah Diorio-Toth Manager, Office of the Vice President for Operations CIT Development and Government Relations
Rachel Dolcich Manager, Office of the Vice President for Operations Office for the Vice President for Operations
Matthew Frye Senior Treasury Analyst Finance
Ross Garin Assistant Head Of Music School of Music
Jason Glenn Principal Systems Analyst University Libraries
Susan Hiser Executive Director, Campaign Planning and Operations University Advancement
Angie Lusk Program Director of Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives Community Health and Well-Being
Beth Maxwell Customer Priorities Manager/Project Manager SCS Computing Facilities
Shryansh Mehta Director of Marketing for Heinz College Heinz College
Michael Poljak Academic Counseling Coordinator Academic Development
Shannon Riffe Director, Communications University Libraries
Nick Ryan Business Manager Department of English
Al Scheuring MCS IT Manager MCS Dean's Office
Ian Smith Computing Services Manager Tepper of School of Business
Derek Sommer Director, Business Applications Development & Support Business Systems and Services


Name Title Department
Christine Bedillion Executive Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs Research
Sean Beggs Director of MISM Heinz
Heather Bragg Executive Director, Office of Research, Integrity and Compliance Research
Beth Callaway Director, Sponsored Project Accounting/Receivables Sponsored Project Accounting
Alison Campbell Senior Manager, Business Innovation Computer Services
Joy Cavaliero Senior Associate University Registrar Registrars Office
Ashley Chludzinski  Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations Tepper School of Business
Rebecca Cicco Senior Manager, EH&S Enterprise Risk Management
Monika De Reno Associate Director for Research ISR: Institute for Software Research
Gary Dilisio Associate Director of Undergraduate Education, Information Systems Dietrich
Ed Dunlea Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations for MCS MCS Dean's Office
Christine Gilchrist  Academic Program Manager MCS
Andrew Girard Head Women's Tennis Coach/Operation Manager Intercollegiate Tennis
Gretchen Graff Business Manager Libraries
Gabby Gueguen Senior Staff Accountant Enrollment Services
Chris Hertz Principal Academic Advisor Mechanical Engineering
Matt Hoolsema Research Designer and Analyst Institutional Research and Analysis
Jenn Joy-Wilson Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects CFA Deans Office
Christopher Kamerling Senior Manager, Business Applications Development & Support Business Systems and Services
Kristin Lavery Assistant Director and Business Manager Gelfand Center
Stefanie Oldfield Executive Assistance to the Dean of MCS MCS Dean's Office
Elena Papadakos Assistant Director OIE Operations
Jennifer Pesci-Kelly  Executive Director, Advancement Communications Advancement
Michelle Porter Director of Parking and Transpiration Services Parking and Transportation
Ken Rose Director, Project Management Office Libraries
M. Shernell Smith Executive Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Student Affairs
Jennifer Sobol  Director of Foundation Relations Advancement
Ali Spetz Project Administrator Provosts Office
Gladys Sripasert  Director of Public Policy and Management Programs Heinz
Lara Steiner Senior Director, Marketing Marketing and Communications