Our Staff


Dawn Capozzolo

Senior Financial Manager


(412) 268-2796

With Housing Services since 2003, Dawn has had roles in nearly every area within the department. Currently as Senior Financial Manager within the Office of the Dean of Students, Dawn continues to ensure that Housing Services is a good steward of revenue received from each resident and that financial information is presented to leaders in a way that allows them to make sound decisions for housing's future and daily operations. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her fur babies.
Gina Casalegno

Gina Casalegno

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


(412) 268-2075

Proud to be part of the Tartan family since 2002, Gina serves as vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. She works with an outstanding team of colleagues who are committed to enhancing the CMU experience and supporting student learning and success. Gina’s passion for a career working with students began at the University of California at San Diego, where she studied psychology and theater, and continued at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her M.S. from the School of Education. When she’s not cheerleading student endeavors at CMU or relishing conversation and coffee with a student, Gina can be found enjoying the great city of Pittsburgh with her husband Matt, and their kids, Thomas and Julia.
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Rita Ciccariello

Senior Financial Manager


(412) 268-1787

As a Senior Financial Manager for the Division of Student Affairs, Rita is responsible for financial reporting and budgeting for Residential Education, Orientation, Pre-College and Conference & Events Services. She also makes sure that these areas comply with university financial policies and procedures. Rita started at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 in Student Activities (now known as SLICE) and enjoys the camaraderie that working at a university provides. When not at work, Rita is either running or reading a book. Her favorite vacations alternate between hiking national parks and reading on the beach. Rita has been married to Ed Reidy for 30 years and has two children, Patrick and Jack.


Jennifer Cox-Siegel

Director of Finance


(412) 268-8038

The greater part of Jen’s varied responsibilities for the Division include creating and entering the budget into Oracle Financials, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures, tracking execution and completion of financial projects within each department and working with auditors on any requests. Jen’s first love is being a parent to her two young sons. When she and her husband have rare time to themselves, they enjoy trying new restaurants throughout Pittsburgh and planning their next vacation.

Maureen Dasey-Morales

Associate Vice President for Community Health and Well-Being


(412) 268-1301

With over 18 years' experience working in higher education, Maureen has been part of the CMU community since 2018. She provides leadership to departments focused on holistic well-being including Counseling and Psychological Services, Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives, University Health Services, and Wellness Initiatives. Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, Maureen earned her bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany-State University of New York. In her free time, she enjoys time with her husband and daughter, traveling, seeing musical theater and dance, baking, and cheering on her favorite sports teams, especially the Buffalo Bills.


Joanna Dickert

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives


(412) 268-2140

Joanna Dickert serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership and oversight of division-wide assessment efforts while serving as a link to related work within the Vice Provost for Education division and with other partners across the university. Currently in her 15th year at Carnegie Mellon, her previous work has included program development and student engagement related to undergraduate research, national fellowship advising, academic integrity, student conduct and women’s leadership. In addition to her work in OCSI, Joanna is a PhD student in the Department of Evaluation and Measurement at Kent State University. Through the alignment of a student-centered process with an evidence-based approach to decision making, she is interested in exploring how assessment and evaluation can optimize student learning, particularly in metacurricular experiences.

Holly Hippensteel

Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives


(412) 268-2075

Holly first came to CMU in 1998 and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives. In her role, Holly facilitates divisional professional development and strategic planning efforts and oversees functions in student conduct, diversity initiatives, and assessment and evaluation. Holly is the Student Affairs Liaison to the Heinz College and supports the overall graduate student experience in partnership with other units.  Holly is also a self-described “history nerd” who loves to share nuggets of Carnegie Mellon trivia and a proud mom of three kids who have grown up way too fast.


Lauren Lesko

Financial Assistant


(412) 268-3317

Lauren serves as the Financial Assistant for the Office of the Dean of Students. She supports financial processes for the Office of Residential Education, the Office of Community Standards & Integrity, and the Office of Orientation, in addition to other various programs and departments within the Division of Student Affairs. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Lauren has been with CMU since 2015. In her free time, you can find her chasing after her two-year-old son, Henry.


Megan MacGillivray

Coordinator of Student Support Resources


(412) 268-1993

Megan joined the Office of the Dean of Students in June of 2018, after completing her clinical graduate work within the Career and Professional Development here at CMU. As a Coordinator of Student Support Resources, Megan helps students navigate the obstacles they encounter in their everyday lives. She works with students to build a support network both on and off campus, to ensure their individual needs are met while obtaining their academic, personal, and social goals. When not on campus, Megan enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and trying new restaurants.


Lorrie Safar

Director for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs


(412) 268-7802

Lorrie serves as an administrator with the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students. Her passion and focus is centered on organizational effectiveness and professional development in support of our work with students. Joining Carnegie Mellon back in 1991 while completing her undergraduate studies at Duquesne University and pursuing master level courses at CMU, Lorrie’s roles have been many over the years, including positions at the SEI, GSIA (Tepper Business School), and various opportunities within the Division of Student Affairs. When she is away from the office she loves her family, food, travel and a good movie.

Kieran Salada

Financial Assistant


(412) 268-3156

Kieran started with Student Affairs just this past December as a financial assistant specifically with SLICE, CES and Pre-College. Her duties include expense reimbursements and journal entries. Outside of work, Kieran loves to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and relaxing with her dog and 2 cats.


Nicole Sommer

Senior Financial Manager


(412) 268-4765

Nicole started her career at Carnegie Mellon fresh out of college in the Finance division and has been in the Office of the Dean of Students since 2013. As a senior financial manager, Nicole creates and enters budgets, manages all spending and oversees financial operations for Counseling & Psychological Services, Health Services, Student Affairs IT, Student Affairs Marketing, the Career & Professional Development Center, Community Health & Well-Being and the Office of Community Standards & Integrity. Outside of work Nicole keeps busy with her 3 dogs and enjoys cooking all types of Italian food and spending time with her family. 


Shari Zingle

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


(412) 268-5601

Shari serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Students Affairs and Dean of Students. She finds great joy in her daily connections with students, colleagues and faculty, and relishes her role as aide-de-camp to our energetic and dynamic VP and Dean of Students. Outside of work, Shari and her husband Roger enjoy visits with their two grown children and are passionate fans of the arts - appreciating the best in music, movies, plays and musical theater.