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2117 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Act 31 Questions

Please refer any questions regarding the on-line training to the PA Child Welfare Resource Center.  Technical assistance may be requested by e-mailing or calling 717-605-0236.

Administration Contact List

Office of the Dean

Larry E. Davis, Dean

Megan Soltesz
Director of Administration
(412) 383-0515

Rosemary Rinella,
Assistant to the Dean & Manager of Personnel & Administrative Services
(412) 624-6337

Monica Ceraso,
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
(412) 624-6304 

Shana Stein,
Administrative Assistant
(412) 624-6902

Academic Programs

Dr. Valire Carr Copeland,
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
(412) 624-6324 

Keith Caldwell,
Director, BASW Program
(412) 648-3921 

Gwen Melnick,
Director, MSW Program
(412) 624-6854

Dr. Jeffrey Shook,
Director, PhD Program
(412) 648-9365

Admissions and Student Affairs

Philip S. Mack,
Director of Admissions
(412) 624-6346

Jessalynn Oliver
Admission and Financial Aid Coordinator
(412) 624-6302

Career Services

Bobby Simmons,
Director of Career Services
(412) 624-6354 

Center on Race and Social Problems

Dr. Larry E. Davis,

Penelope (Penny) Miller,

Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

Dr. Helen Cahalane,
(412) 624-6386 

Michael Schrecengost,
Fiscal Administrator
(412) 624-1957 

Joseph F. DiPasqua
Program Administrator
(412) 624-6310 

Computer/Technology Support

Frank Puchalski,
Systems Administrator
(412) 624-3195 

Continuing Education

Tracy Soska,
Director of Continuing Education
(412) 624-3711 

Shana Stein
Administrative Assistant
(412) 624-6902

Development and Alumni Relations

Tony Gacek,
Director of Development
(412) 624-8604 

Field Education

John Dalessandro,
(412) 624-5969 

Melvin Cherry,
Field Education Coordinator

Amy DeGurian,
Field Education Coordinator
(412) 624-6033 

Alicia Melnick
Field Education Coordinator
(412) 624-4071

Riley A. Riley
Administrative Assistant

Deborah Robinson,
Field Education Coordinator/Director of the Home and School Visitor Program
(412) 624-3844 

Finance and Business

Bridget Ridge
Finance Manager

Marketing and Communications

Shannon Murphy,
Director of Marketing and Communications
(412) 648-9404 

Recorders Office /Academic Records

Marcia Piel,
(412) 624-6303 

Mary Pat Elhattab,
Student Services Specialist
(412) 624-6348


Dr. Gerald Cochran,
Associate Dean for Research

Laurie Mejia
Research Manager