Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Meet our Staff

Academic Affairs
Barbour Library
Business Office
Church Planting Initiative
Continuing Education
Doctor of Ministry Program
Field Education
Information Technology
Institutional Advancement Office
Kelso Museum
Metro-Urban Institute
Miller Summer Youth Institute
Placement Office
President's Office
Student Services
World Mission Initiative

Academic Affairs

Heather Vacek   Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty As dean, Heather works with the faculty to develop the Seminary's curriculum and academic policies as well as program and course offerings. As vice president, she oversees the operations of the Academic Affairs and related offices.
Anne Malone  
Registrar Anne manages the functions of the Registrar’s Office including the registration process for new and returning students, scheduling courses offered each term, maintaining student academic records, processes transcript requests, and maintaining degree audits to certify students for graduation. Additionally, Anne assists students and faculty in navigating their respective portals and works with the dean and faculty on future course offerings.
Holly McKelvey   Administrative Assistant to the Faculty and Director of Field Education Holly provides support to multiple faculty to assist in their teaching, research, and writing responsibilities.
Ramona Spencer   Administrative Coordinator Ramona assists in the day-to-day operations of the Dean of Faculty's office, including coordinating commencement.


Jim Downey  
Vice President for Enrollment, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness Jim serves on the Seminary’s administrative cabinet and oversees the Admissions Office as well as the Seminary’s accreditation. He works closely with the Board of Directors and other leadership to determine the Seminary’s strategic plan. 
Derek Davenport ’05 / SYI ’97   Director of Enrollment and Recruitment Stategies Derek serves the Seminary in overseeing issues surrounding admissions and retention, which allows him to serve both incoming students and current students. In addition to work with students, Derek coordinates with various departments on issues of enrollment.
Cheryl De Paolis   Director of Financial Aid Cheryl coordinates the financial aid program for students. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans.
Hallie Isadore   Office Manager Hallie serves the vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness with various projects related to institutional effectiveness, prospective students, enrollment, and the admissions process.
Anthony Rivera   Director of Admissions Tony deals with everything related to admissions from recruitment, to answering questions about our degree programs, to helping applicants through the application process. He is the main contact for international students and coordinates the visit events.

Barbour Library

Michelle Spomer   Director of the Barbour Library Michelle oversees all aspects of the library.
Karen Baughman '06   Technical Processor Karen puts the finishing touches on new materials added to the library.
Scott Eckes   Library Evening Supervisor Scott oversees library operations in the evenings.
Diane Faust   Serials Librarian Diane coordinates which magazines and periodicals the Seminary offers.
Sandra Howard   Cataloger Sandy ensures that our resources are recorded and can be located in the Seminary's database.
Ellen Little   Circulation Manager Ellen oversees the library’s circulation desk activities (checking books in and out, entering new borrowers, updating records, and the like). She also trains and supervises the students who work in the library.
Alyson Pope   Head of Library Public Services Alyson provides one-on-one research assistance, coordinates reference services, and develops instructional resources for library users.
Mark C. Russell   Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian Mark handles Interlibrary loan (borrowing materials from other libraries). He also provides reference assistance and oversees library operations on select evenings.
Mariam Sogoian   Acquisitions Librarian If you need a book or an article, just let Mariam know and she will make sure to purchase it for our library, or pass it on to our interlibrary loan librarian to loan it for you from another library.
Darlene Veghts   Head of Technical Services Darlene coordinates the cataloging and processing of library materials.

Business Office

Ann Getkin   Vice President for Finance and Administration Ann oversees the financial and other administrative functions of the Seminary, including facilities, information technology, human resources, and food service. She is a member of the senior leadership team.
Ellen Frisco   Senior Accountant Ellen takes care of the Seminary payroll including work support. She handles tax forms along with benefit questions. Ellen is also responsible for accounts payable for the Seminary.
Dennis Kelly   Controller As the controller, Dennis plans and directs the accounting and financial operations of the Seminary.
Carolyn Koszarsky   Accounts Payable Coordinator Carolyn is the accounts payable coordinator and assists with payroll.
Karen McMahon   Human Resources Manager Karen manages the Seminary's human resources.
Carol Spotts   Accountant and Student Housing Coordinator Carol takes care of the Seminary's accounts receivable and is in charge of on-campus housing.

Church Planting Initiative

Chris Brown '08   Church Planting Initiative Coordinator Chris leads the newly created Church Planting Initiative.

Continuing Education

Helen Blier   Director of Continuing Education Helen determines the Seminary's CE offerings. She is working to develop new programs for church leaders and lay persons.
Lori Arnold   Continuing Education Coordinator Lori manages the daily operations of this office and orchestrates support of its events.

Doctor of Ministry Program

Susan L. Kendall   Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program Susan directs the Doctor of Ministry program. She recruits new students, can answer your questions about the program, and often teaches courses. Learn more the D.Min. program.
Ramona Spencer   Administrative Coordinator Ramona  assists the Doctor of Ministry Director in the daily operations of the office, student support, and class preparation.


Tom Fulton   Facilities Director Tom manages the facilities department which is charged with maintaining the Seminary's grounds.
Darryl Allen   Custodian Darryl works in the student housing building to provide clean living spaces.
Jesse Bagley   Painter Jesse serves as the Seminary's painter.
John Bendzsuk   Stationary Engineer John can be found providing general assistance as well as working in the Seminary's mailroom as needed.
Bob Cieri   Custodian Bob ensures that McNaugher is clean and welcoming to the PTS community and beyond.
Sandy Cieri   Custodian Sandy oversees Calian Hall and provides custodial services to the students and visitors in that building.
Jerome Costelnock   Maintenance Jerome works in campus housing to keep the apartments running smoothly.
Al Demeri   Custodian Al takes care of the library and chapel ensuring clean spaces.
Dan Holmes   Director of Mail and Print/Copy Services Dan serves all members of the community in sorting and delivering the mail as well as coping and mailing a variety of communications.
Joe Mafrici   Assistant Facilities Director Joe assists in managing the Seminary's facilities and can be found working in a variety of trades.
Robert Marnik   Stationary Engineer Robert is the Seminary’s “comfort specialist” in charge of the heating and cooling operations.
Audrey Starr   Custodian Audrey works to keep Long Hall clean and ready for special events and daily lectures.

Field Education

Cathy Brall   Director of Field Education Cathy coordinates students and churches in the Field Education program.
Holly McKelvey   Administrative Assistant to the Director of Field Education Holly provides support the director of the Field Education program.

Information Technology

David Middleton   Director of Information Technology David is in charge of the Seminary’s technology infrastructure including the Seminary’s network, servers, databases, websites, telephone system, printing resources, and software solutions as well as support for these systems.
Brian Fidell   Network Administrator Brian assists the IT director in managing the Seminary's network including phones and e-mails. He provides IT support to employees.
David Keys   Database and Website Administrator David runs reports from the Seminary's database, oversees the functionality of the Seminary's website, and is in charge of the Seminary's website portal for students, faculty, and staff.
Joshua Morden   Network Technician Josh assists the IT department in a variety of roles and provides A/V, as well as support services.

Institutional Advancement Office

Thomas Pappalardo   Vice President for Advancement and Marketing Tom is a member of the Seminary's Cabinet and manages the fund-raising efforts.
Carolyn Cranston '99   Director of Alumnae/i and Church Relations Carolyn works with alums to host the annual Alumnae/i Days events, Phonathon, and graduation brunch. Additionally, she is the liaison between the Seminary and supporting churches.
Nancy Hammond   Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement and Marketing Nancy provides general support to the VP for advancement. Additionally, she processes the Seminary's gifts and oversees the office's work-support students.
Amanda Kile  
Senior Development Officer Amanda builds relationships with the Seminary’s friends and donors, focusing on annual gifts, major gifts and planned gifts.
Melissa Logan   Director of Communications Melissa manages the Seminary's communications including print and online, social media, and website. Additionally, she is the contact for media relations and advertising.
Sandy Smith   Hospitality Receptionist Sandy coordinates the Seminary's master calendar of events and related activities including catering, AV, and guest housing.
Connie Gundry Tappy   Coordinator of Donor Services Connie generates special events and communications for donors to the Seminary.

Kelso Museum

Ron Tappy   Director of the Kelso Museum Ron coordinates the special lectures and takes students and other volunteers to Tel Zayit, Israel, where the Seminary sponsors an excavation. 
Karen Bowden Cooper '98   Curator of the Kelso Museum Karen welcomes visitors, researches, and special groups to the museum. She also works to bring additional materials for display.
Nancy Lapp   Curator Emerita Nancy assists in the museum's operations and continues to write about the excavations done in 1969-1970 by her late husband Paul.

Metro-Urban Institute

Kimberly Gonxhe '07  

Director of the Metro-Urban Institute Kimberly directs the Christian Leadership Certificate Program and the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry in addition to visioning the future of MUI and how the Seminary can serve the urban community.

Katie Yates   Administrative Assistant to the Metro-Urban Institute Katie provides administrative support for the MUI program, and helps to coordinate the program’s educational opportunities as well as other MUI events and promotions in the greater Pittsburgh community.

Miller Summer Youth Institute

Erin Davenport MSW ’05   Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute Erin Davenport co-directs the Miller Summer Youth Institute with her husband Derek. Erin plans the two-week long Institute held every summer on campus at PTS for rising high school seniors. She also serves the more than 450 alumnae/i of the program year round by holding reunions, communicating with them on social media, and traveling to visit them.
Derek Davenport ’05 / SYI ’97   Director of Enrollment and Co-Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute Derek is the co-director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute and works to bring high-school-aged youth to campus to explore theological education.
Danielle Harris   Administrative Assistant to the Miller Summer Youth Institute Danielle assists the co-directors in the general operation of the program.

Placement Office

John Welch '02   Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement and Dean of Students John coordinates placement events for students on campus.
Danielle Harris   Administrative Assistant to the Placement Office For Placement, Danielle communicates with the churches and posts open positions.

President's Office

David Esterline   President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education President Esterline works with the Seminary's leadership team to determine the Seminary's core focuses and new programs. He is a faculty member and teaches courses cross-cultural theological education.
Linda Smith   Administrative Assistant to the President Linda Smith assists President Esterline in his daily activities as well as schedules his calendar and makes his travel arrangements. Additionally, Linda is a Notary Public and can serve all members of the PTS community in this capacity.

Student Services

John Welch '02   Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement and Dean of Students John is a member of the Seminary Cabinet and oversee all matters related to community life and engagement and student services such as placement and pastoral care needs. 
Danielle Harris   Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Director of Financial Aid Danielle coordinates the Preaching Association which provides students with opportunities to preach in local congregations. Additionally, she supports the dean with administrative tasks. Danielle also works with the Financial Aid Office to coordinate the work-support program.

World Mission Initiative

Donald Dawson   Director of the World Mission Initiative Don leads the mission focus at the Seminary that seeks to engage students in what God is doing in the world through short-term cross-cultural mission experiences and other exposures.
Jennifer Haddox '06  
Associate Director of the World Mission Initiative In addition to assisting with the regular functions of the WMI program, Jen serves as a trip leader and is the point person for WMI communications.
Katie Yates   Administrative Assistant to the World Mission Initiative Katie provides administrative support for the WMI program, and helps to coordinate missions trips, conferences, and other opportunities the program offers.