Reid Helford Joins Student Affairs at Pitt–Bradford
In this role, Helford will offer career strategies and professional development to students. His efforts will include working to expand access to the career center and help students form a network by assisting with alumni mentorships and expanding internship and externship opportunities. Additionally, he will help students develop communication skills in professional settings and more actively consider their purpose and direction as they work toward their degrees.
Helford comes to Pitt–Bradford following a decade spent working in prisons, where he helped men transition from solitary confinement to the general population and from prison to the community. A sociologist with a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Kentucky and master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, Helford taught academically for 10 years.
Alumna Michele Cruse Joins Pitt–Bradford as Associate Dean
Michele Cruse (CGS ’00) has joined the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as associate dean of student affairs and experiential education in the Office of Student Affairs. In the newly configured position, Cruse will oversee career services, judicial affairs, first-year experience and orientation, leadership development, and community and student engagement.
In addition to her work as director of TRIO Student Support Services at PCC, Cruse has worked in financial aid and student accounts, and as an adjunct instructor. Cruse also owned her own business and served as co-founder of an organization focused on workshops and education for community members, women, disenfranchised youth and those in alternative education.
A native of Pittsburgh, Cruse comes to Pitt–Bradford from Portland (Oregon) Community College where she served as dean of student development. Cruse earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of General Studies. She received a master’s degree at Portland State University and a doctorate in education at Oregon State University.
Jiebiao Wang Joins Pitt Public Health as Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Jiebiao Wang has joined the Graduate School of Public Health as an assistant professor of biostatistics.
After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics at Renmin University of China in Beijing, Wang completed his PhD in biostatistics at the University of Chicago. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 to join the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoctoral researcher.
Wang’s research interests are designing statistical methods from machine-learning to causal inference to extract meaningful information from massive biological data. His wife is also a faculty member in quantitative methods at Pitt.
Pitt IT Welcomes Shahfar Shaari as Director of Organizational Transformation
Pitt Information Technology is pleased to announce that Shahfar Shaari will join the department as director of organizational transformation. Shaari previously led change readiness efforts related to the implementation of Pitt Worx Talent Center in 2018 and 2019.
In his new role, Shaari will guide organizational change—partnering with key stakeholders and collaborating with end-user groups—on the deployment and adoption of complex IT projects throughout the University. Shaari’s first order of business will be the Pitt Worx Human Capital Management implementation, which includes core HR, benefits, payroll and time and labor modules, and is scheduled to launch in January 2021.
Shaari has more than 20 years of experience leading organizational transformation. Previous positions include management at global firms such as AmerisourceBergen, KPMG and Willis Towers Watson; enterprise technology management; and working with systems by Oracle, SAP, Workday and others.
Human Resources Welcomes Two New Hires
The Office of Human Resources is excited to welcome two new hires to the team:
- Ali Gibson, recruiter, is involved in all aspects of recruiting, hiring and onboarding staff employees.
- Elizabeth Herring, human resources assistant, will provide customer support for HR systems and offer administrative support for the Talent Acquisition and Compensation departments.
OHR welcomes its new teammates and looks forward to the difference they will make at Pitt.
School of Dental Medicine Names Jim Earle to Strategic Development and Operations Leadership Role
Jim Earle, associate vice chancellor for business and auxiliary services in Business and Operations, has been appointed to the position of associate dean for strategic development and operations in the School of Dental Medicine beginning April 1.
He has held key roles at the University for the past 26 years, including leadership positions in both business and auxiliary services and athletics.
"A trusted, knowledgeable and insightful leader, Pitt Dental Medicine will benefit from Jim's incredible leadership," said Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations Greg Scott.
During his 15 years in business and auxiliary services, Earle’s teams have worked hard to advance the University’s mission and count accomplishments that include:
- Initiated and funded more than $200 million in housing construction and renovation projects
- Increased the number of on-campus beds for undergraduate students by 2,000 since 2004 adding Panther, K. Leroy Irvis and Mark A. Nordenberg halls, as well as an expansion to Bouquet Gardens and conversion of Ruskin Hall to undergraduate housing
- Renovated the Schenley Quad to make it a student-friendly space
- Developed and launched the Forbes Street Market grocery store
- Introduced the Choose to Reuse program to promote the use of reusable containers
- Secured four electric box trucks to campus, initiating the use and expansion of electric vehicles in addition to expanding EV charging stations on campus to support our commitment to sustainability
- Renovated the University Store on Fifth and Maggie & Stella’s, driving retail sales through enhanced guest experiences
Earle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
He looks forward to continuing his dedicated service to the University and working with faculty members, staff and students to take the School of Dental Medicine to new heights.
Debra Voss Joins Physical Therapy-Clinical and Translational Research Center
Physical Therapist Debra Voss has joined the research team at the Physical Therapy-Clinical and Translational Research Center (PT-CTRC) in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Voss has more than 25 years of physical therapy experience, primarily in outpatient orthopedics, and has worked extensively in the area of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
Voss attended Marietta College for athletic training and East Carolina University for physical therapy.
Leah Stephens-Howling Named Clinical Education Administrator
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has named Leah Stephens-Howling clinical education administrator in the Department of Occupational Therapy. In this role, Stephens-Howling will support the communication and management of the occupational therapy clinical education program in the UPMC Health System. She received her BS in accounting from Pitt in 2011.
Previously, Stephens-Howling worked in China teaching children English as a second language. She was also a grants administrator for Pitt's Department of Neurological Surgery.
Department of Physical Therapy Adds Brooke Klatt as Assistant Professor
Brooke Klatt has joined the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Klatt has 14 years of clinical experience treating patients with balance and vestibular disorders; her research interest is in optimization of vestibular and balance rehabilitation interventions for people with visuospatial deficits.
Klatt received her BS in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, DPT from New York University and PhD in rehabilitation science from Pitt SHRS. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
Judith Chan Joins School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Judith Chan has been named department financial assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Chan joins the University from JLL, a real estate services company, where she specialized in public institution accounts—specifically the U.S. Postal Service. Prior to that role, Chan worked for American Dental Partners and Brookdale Senior Living. Chan is a graduate of Ohio University.
Christine Solie Joins Pitt as Communications Director for CFO Office
The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer has appointed Christine Solie as communications director. In her role, Solie will develop a communications strategy for the SVC/CFO office, managing presentations to the Board of Trustees and enhancing communications within the office, as well as in responsibility centers supported by the SVC/CFO office.
Solie comes to Pitt from PNC Financial Services Group, where she oversaw financial communications. Her background includes internal and external communications responsibilities at Ford Motor Credit and Nationwide Insurance, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Solie is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Human Resources Names Mark Burdsall Assistant Vice Chancellor of Consulting Services
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is pleased to announce that Mark Burdsall will hold the new position of assistant vice chancellor of consulting services. According to Vice Chancellor Dave DeJong, a new consulting services unit will be composed of the compensation, employee and labor relations and organization development departments.
Burdsall has served OHR and Pitt for 22 years, leading countless organizational transformations in schools and departments across the University to better utilize existing resources and measure the true needs of each unit to achieve their goals. Burdsall has previously held the roles of director of compensation and most recently director of organizational development.
Channing Moreland Named Inaugural Director for SHRS Wellness Pavilion
Moreland most recently served as clinical assistant professor in SHRS’ clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling graduate program. She also served as program coordinator for the Cognitive Skills Enhancement Program at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Set to open in 2020, the Wellness Pavilion will offer student-led and faculty-supervised sessions and services free of charge to the community, including interactive classroom instruction and activity; clinical services like therapies and counseling; and special events such as health fairs, demonstrations and health screenings.
“Channing’s extensive community-focused experience, project management skills and research interests in mentorship, minority leadership and multicultural counseling will be great assets to the Wellness Pavilion,” said Patty Kummick, executive director of SHRS internal and external relations. “I’m confident that, under Channing’s capable leadership, the Wellness Pavilion will flourish and will quickly become a place for residents of the greater Homewood community to seek health and wellness services and information.”
Samantha Ford Joins Office of Sustainability as Project Coordinator
Samantha Ford joins the Office of Sustainability as sustainability projects coordinator. This new position expands the University-wide Pitt Sustainability team, providing greater support for the Pitt Sustainability Plan’s goals and strategy. Ford will help coordinate sustainability projects campus-wide, including leading the Pitt Green Office and Green Lab programs; supporting zero waste events and initiatives; and communicating Pitt’s leadership and innovation across the equity, environmental and economic spectrum of sustainability.
Ford’s professional and educational experience includes environmental analytics, embodied energy of technologies, wildlife conservation and biophilic resiliency initiatives that benefit both people and the planet. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and psychology and is pursuing a master’s in sustainability at Chatham University. Before entering graduate school, Ford was a research associate in the Department of Family Medicine.
Ford is excited to be part of the university-wide Pitt Sustainability team supporting the mission of balancing equity, environment and economics to ensure current and future generations can thrive. If you are interested in getting involved to further the culture of sustainability at Pitt or becoming a Pitt Green Office or Green Lab, please contact Ford at Samantha.E.Ford@pitt.edu.
Matthew Rendulic Appointed Assistant Director of Real Estate Development
The Office of Planning, Design and Real Estate in Business and Operations has appointed Matthew Rendulic to the new position of assistant director of real estate development. In his role, Rendulic will support campus-wide strategies for real estate, including new development initiatives and opportunities that will advance the University's mission.
Rendulic previously served as a project manager in the Office of Facilities Management where he directed capital construction projects at Pitt.
Jodi Cardone Joins Pitt as Director of Real Estate Administration
Jodi Cardone has joined the Office of Planning, Design and Real Estate in Business and Operations as director of real estate administration. In her role, Cardone oversees the University’s real estate and leasing portfolio, including contract management and assessment of new development opportunities.
She joins Pitt from the UPMC Corporate Real Estate team and brings demonstrated experience in commercial leasing, property management and market analysis.
SHRS Names David Beck Chair of Physician Assistant Studies Department
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences announced in November that David Beck, assistant professor, is the chair of the newly designated Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Beck played an integral role in the development of the program since its inception a decade ago. As interim program director, he was instrumental in the program receiving its department status and managing its relocation from the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center in Harmar Township to Oakland's Murdoch Building on Forbes Avenue earlier this fall.
Beck is an American Academy of Physician Assistants Distinguished Fellow; a member of Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants; and was named the 2017 Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.
Brian Bayer Named SHRS Communications Specialist
Brian Bayer has been named communications specialist in the internal and external relations (I&ER) area of the dean's office in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). His responsibilities include video production, updating and maintaining the school's social media accounts and website, designing print and electronic messaging and managing SHRS' digital signage and digital asset management system.
Bayer first joined SHRS in April 2017 as the I&ER administrative assistant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and theatre arts from John Carroll University and is pursuing his Master of International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Bridget Devine, Rebecca Roadman Join Human Resources
This month, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is pleased to welcome two new members to the team.
Bridget Devine, human resources assistant, will provide customer support for HR systems and offer administrative support for the talent acquisition and compensation departments.
Rebecca Roadman, senior HR project manager, will support Vice Chancellor of Human Resources David DeJong and the OHR project team to assist with the implementation, coordination and development of current and future OHR projects.
OHR welcomes its new colleagues and is eager for the next chapter of their careers!
Human Resources Welcomes 8 New Hires
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) has welcomed eight new hires since September. These new staff members have joined the administration, benefits and talent acquisition departments.
Erika Carpio, special projects coordinator, supports various HR special projects, specifically the Pitt Worx implementation.
Brittany Frund, benefits analyst, is responsible for health and welfare plans and enrollment eligibility for the University.
Zach Kurta, recruiter, is involved in all aspects of recruiting, hiring and onboarding staff employees.
Kimberly Kushon, director of operations, oversees business operations for OHR, including policy/procedure development, IT systems support and facilities needs.
Victoria Lancaster, director of shared services, manages the daily workflow of the front desk, supervises the service center staff and handles customer service inquiries.
Jessica Phillips, recruiting assistant, provides customer and administrative support for All-Temps and assistance to recruiters for hiring and onboarding responsibilities.
Tammy Weaver, benefits analyst, is responsible for health and welfare plans, enrollment eligibility and benefits packages for University retirees.
- Lauren Wilson, human resources assistant, provides customer support for HR systems and administrative support for the talent acquisition and compensation departments.
OHR is pleased to welcome its new teammates and looks forward to the difference they will make at Pitt.