Contact Us

Field staff

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

Academic Programs

  • Helen E. Petracchi
    Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Keith Caldwell
    Associate Dean For Student Success 
    (412) 648-3921 
    Toya Jones
    Director, BASW Program
    Dr. Yodit Betru
    Director, MSW Program
    Dr. Christina Newhill
    Director, PhD Program

Admissions and Student Affairs

  • Jessalynn Oliver
    Recruitment and Enrollment Manager; Ombudsperson
    (412) 624-6302


Career Services

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

Center on Race and Social Problems

Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

Computer/Technology Support

Frank Puchalski
Systems Administrator
(412) 624-3195

Continuing Education

  • Molly Allwein
    Director of Professional and Continuing Education 

  • Shana Stein
    Continuing Education and Quality Assurance Coordinator
    (412) 624-6902

Development and Alumni Relations

Jocelyn Horner
Director of Development

Devin Cecere
Development Associate for Alumni Engagement

Field Education

  • John Dalessandro
    (412) 624-5969 
  • Melvin Cherry
    Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer
  • Amy DeGurian
    Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer
    (412) 624-6033 
  • Alicia Melnick
    Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer
    (412) 624-4071
  • Riley A. Riley
    Administrative Assistant
  • Deborah Robinson
    Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer/Director of the Home and School Visitor Program
    (412) 624-3844

Finance and Business

  • Megan Soltesz
    Director of Administration
    (412) 383-0515

  • Michael Jasek
    Payroll and Personnel Coordinator

Marketing and Communications

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

Recorders Office /Academic Records

  • No one at this time.