Senior Financial Manager
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.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
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.
Senior Financial Manager
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.
Director of Finance
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.
Associate Vice President for Community Health and Well-Being
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.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives
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.
Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives
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.
Coordinator of Student Affairs and Project Administrator for the Office of the Dean of Students
Joining the CMU community in 2017, Kate became a member of the Office of the Dean of Students in September 2019. As Coordinator of Student Affairs and Project Administrator, Kate maintains oversight of the Student Emergency Support Funding program and procedures, provides Social Host training and oversight of Alcohol Event Registration, works on a team within the Office of the Dean focused on student support services and resources available within Student Affairs, and collaboratively coordinates the Fifth Year Scholar program. Additionally, Kate administers divisional events, programs, and projects for Student Affairs. She is proud to serve as co-chair of the Staff Council Sustainability Committee. Kate recently completed her MEd at the University of Pittsburgh in higher education management. In her free time, Kate enjoys fixing up her historic Troy Hill home, listening to music and going to shows, art, and thrifting for vintage treasures.
Director of Student Support Resources & Housefellow
Bryan has been working with residential students at Carnegie Mellon since 2010. Part of the Office of the Dean of Students, he leads a team that is focused on student support services within the Division of Student Affairs. He is the proud housefellow for Morewood Gardens, CMU's largest residential community. Bryan completed his undergraduate studies and his master’s in higher education from Penn State University, and his doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. Out of the office, he is likely training for a half-marathon, listening to podcasts, or walking his Samoyed with his spouse, Laura.
Ohio born but Tennessee bred, Caitlin moved to Pittsburgh and began working at CMU in August of 2019. She is the first person you see when you walk into the Office of the Dean of Students. As an Administrative Assistant, Caitlin enjoys being a smiling face to the visitors of the office. She treasures the quick connections with guests and appreciates learning about their day. Caitlin earned her Bachelors in Vocal Music from Lee University in 2018. When she is not at work, she enjoys attending shows hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and walking one of the many hiking trails with her orange tabby, Oliver.
Director for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
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.
Senior Financial Manager
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.
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
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.