Office of the Dean


Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing

Sandra J. Engberg, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education and Professor | 412-624-6616
Oversees the MSN and DNP degree programs, accreditation, evaluation, student international activities, faculty practice and the activities of the office of Educational Technology & Innovation.

Julius Kitutu, PhD, MSc, MEd

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Alumni Relations and Assistant Professor | 412-624-2408
Provides academic and non-academic support services for students, including recruitment, admissions, graduation, placement processes and administering of scholarships.  Implements School of Nursing goals related to Public Relations, Marketing, Website and Special Events.

Kathryn R. Puskar, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor | 412-624-5731
Oversees the baccalaureate programs, accreditation, evaluation, and Nursing Honors program.

Cynthia Allshouse, MBA, CPA

Assistant Dean for Administration | 412-624-6905
Manages key administrative functions of the School, including financial and grants administration, space management, personnel management and administrative support.


Erin Breen, BA

Building Assistant | 412-624-9021
Assists the Senior Building Operations Manager. Addresses building help tickets and troubleshoots problems with photocopiers, security cards, and keys. Processes billing of photocopying and supplies.

Linda Chang, BA

Personnel Manager | 412-624-3866
Coordinates HR functions and services for staff personnel and appointments of faculty, post docs, students and adjunct/secondary faculty.  Assists supervisors and administrators with employee actions. Oversees personnel data, analysis and reports.  

Shawna Clites, BS

Administrative Assistant | 412-624-5731
Serves as administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. Staff support for BSN Council and Evaluation Steering Committee.

Nancy Cottom, MA

Grants Analyst| 412-624-3898
Assigned to Health and Community Systems, assisting with all pre and post award sponsored research projects, including individual fellowship grants (F series) for students whose mentor is assigned to HCS, and all training grants (T series) for the SON.

Kathleen Donatelli

Financial Analyst | 412-383-8841
Accounting responsibility for School RDF, restricted (non-scholarship), and capital accounts; oversight of Dean’s office operating expenses; serves as the School's primary resource for PRISM, P-card and PantherExpress; assists with payroll and WePay.

Stephanine Duplaga, BA

Executive Assistant to Dean Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob | 412-624-7838
Serves as Executive Assistant to the Dean, Office Manager, and administrator of the Dean's calendar, NIH funded research, and budgets. Handles faculty promotion, Board of Visitors, and faculty orientation. Support staff for Dean’s Council, Total Faculty, and ARPT.

Debra Evansky, BA

Grants Manager | 412-624-839
Develops, directs and supervises the Grants Administration function within the school. Serves as the primary liaison with the Office of Research.

Roberta Fiore, MSN, RN

Clinical Site Coordinator | 412-624-6082
Coordinates clinical placements for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Monitors affiliation agreements (contracts) with outpatient clinical agencies utilized by graduate program; assures compliance in all affiliation agreement requirements.

Janine Gould, BS

Grants Analyst | 412-648-8511
Assigned to Acute and Tertiary Care (ATC), assisting with all pre and post award sponsored research projects, including individual fellowship grants (F series) for students whose mentor is assigned to ATC.

Leah Nace, BS

Administrative Assistant | 412-624-5320
Serves as administrative assistant to the Assistant Dean for Administration. Assists with administrative and personnel functions, including the appointment of students workers and GSA/TA/TF/GSRs. Monitors and maintains current and archived personnel records, including RN Licensure and certifications. Staff support for Bylaws/Policy and Planning and Budget Committees

Karen Sellitto

Laboratory Support | 412-624-9016
Supports the skills and simulation laboratories, including setting-up, scheduling, operating equipment, interacting with WISER staff, ordering/maintaining inventory and reconciling the budget.

Rosemary Williamson

Administrative Assistant| 412-624-6616
Serves as administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education and the Associate Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation. Staff support for Academic Integrity, MSN Council, and Courier service.

Deborah Zipay, BS, MBA

Associate Budget Director | 412-383-9585
Prepares the annual operating budget, monitors spending, evaluates fiscal operations and oversees payroll. Serves as administrative supervisor for financial grant activities.

Kathleen Zoldos

Senior Building Operations Manager | 412-624-9579
Serves as building manager for the Victoria Building, including all aspects of the building operations as they affect the residents. Coordinates building construction and space management.