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Helen M. Blier, Ph.D., Director, Office of Continuing Education

Helen is a graduate of Emory University (Ph.D.) and Boston College (M.Ed. and A.B., theology). She joined the Seminary staff in September 2013. She was the former director of student information and organizational evaluation at the Association for Theological Schools (ATS). There she oversaw the administration and use of data-gathering instruments used by the member seminaries as well as consulted with schools to construct assessment protocols for institutional, student learning, and degree program outcomes. She also regularly presented at ATS and Lilly Endowment Inc. events on student data trends and assessment. Blier likewise has conducted research at Auburn Seminary’s Center for the Study of Theological Education and Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

In addition to her work with ATS, Blier has taught at Boston College in the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Duquesne University, and Candler School of Theology. She has also served as an academic counselor at Emory College. As a research consultant, Blier worked with the directors of summer programs for high school youth at Candler School of Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School to design and implement qualitative research protocols to investigate issues of youth faith development and vocational discernment. Her publications and presentations have generally focused on theological education and youth ministry. Blier is a member of the Religious Education Association, American Academy of Religion, and International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.

To contact Helen, e-mail or call 412-924-1346.

Lori Liller Arnold, M.S., Continuing Education Coordinator

Lori began working at the Office of Continuing Education in May 2011. She recently completed the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation (Cohort #39) through Upper Room Ministries and is a member of the Academy Forum. Lori serves as worship leader and logistics coordinator for many of the PTS Spiritual Formation offerings. Her former position was as center administrator for the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center, a National Institutes of Health-funded research center in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her background includes a broad range of experience in event planning, project management, and fiscal management of grant-related projects. Lori earned her master's in information science from the University of Pittsburgh and bachelor's in sociology/anthropology from Chatham College for Women. She is an ordained deacon in the PC(USA).

To contact Lori, e-mail or call 412-924-1345.