Office of the Dean


Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM


Cynthia Allshouse, MBA, CPA

Associate 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.

Betty Braxter, PhD, CNM

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education | 412-624-7188
Oversees the baccalaureate programs, accreditation, evaluation, and Nursing Honors program.

Yvette Conley, PhD, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship | 412-383-7641
Provide leadership for the School's scientific and research programs. 

Julius Kitutu, PhD, MSc

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Alumni Relations and Associate Professor
Chief  Diversity Officer | 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.

Elizabeth A. Schlenk, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN

Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education and Associate Professor | 412-624-4103
Oversees the MSN and DNP degree programs, accreditation, evaluation, and faculty practice. 

Susan Sereika, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and Education Support Services | 412-624-0799
Oversees research and education support services through the Center for Research and Education (CRE) and Educational Technology and Innovation (ETI).


Cassandra Abramski, BA 

Administrative Assistant | 412-624-5731
Serves as administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education. Staff support for MSN Program Director, MSN Council, and Academic Integrity.

Mohammed Abdel Fattah, 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.

Madeline Berry, MA

Personnel Administrator 
Coordinates and processes employee actions for appointments of faculty, post docs and adjunct/secondary faculty.  Assists supervisors and administrators with employee actions. Staff support for the Faculty Search Committee.

Nancy Cottom, MA

Grants Analyst| 412-624-3898
Assigned to HCS, has accounting responsibility for all pre and post award sponsored research projects, including individual fellowship grants (F series) for students whose mentor is assigned to HCS.  Also provides grants management to all training grants (T series) for the School.

Jennifer Cupp, MS

Financial Coordinator | 412-383-8841
Accounting responsibility for payroll expenses/registers, Dean’s RDF, restricted (non-scholarship), and capital accounts; oversight of Dean’s office operating expenses.  

Stephanine Duplaga, BA

Executive Assistant to Dean Christine E. Kasper | 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 reviews, Board of Visitors, and new faculty orientation. Support staff for Dean’s Council, Total Faculty, and ARPT.

Debra Evansky, BA

Grants Manager | 412-624-8392
Develops, directs and supervises Grants Administration within the school. Accounting responsibility for research-related endowments and pre-award responsibility for ATC.   Serves as primary liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Janine Gould, MPPM, CRA

Grants Analyst | 412-648-8511
Assigned to ATC, has accounting responsibility for all post award sponsored research projects, including individual fellowship grants (F series) for students whose mentor is assigned to ATC.  Coordinates SPAR and effort certification process for the School. 

James Harris, BS,CAPM

Building Operations Manager | 412-648-4668
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.

Erin Hrizo, BA

Administrative Assistant | (412) 624-8284
Serves as administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. Staff support for BSN Program Director and BSN Council.

Sharon Joyner, MPW

Personnel Administrator
Coordinates and processes employee actions for staff, temporary staff, student worker personnel and appointments of graduate students.  Assists supervisors and administrators with employee actions.

Jennifer Larson, MS

Clinical Placement Administrator | 412-624-6082
Manages affiliation agreements utilized by the undergraduate and graduate programs. Monitors compliance with faculty and student clinical requirements. Provides electronic medical record access for individuals and follow-up on potential violations. Maintains student tracking databases for academic service partners.

Alice Liang, MBA

Grants Analyst| 412-383-2803
Assigned to HPD and DNA, has accounting responsibility for all pre and post award sponsored research projects, including individual fellowship grants (F series) for students whose mentor is assigned to those departments. 

Lynnea Lombardi, MEd

Program Manager | 412-648-9401
Responsible for advising students in the School of Nursing about global experiences and study abroad programs. Develops, promotes, and operates logistics for the Panther Programs for the School of Nursing.

James A. Miller, BA

Personnel Manager | 412-624-3866
Manages HR functions and services for School personnel and provides strategic personnel support to departments. Responsible for personnel data analysis and reporting.

Lucinda Morgan, MEd

Director for International Affairs | 412-383-3202
Collaborates in the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of international programs and arrangement of curricula and formation of policies and procedures for international students, visiting scholars, and partnerships. Liaison for global activities and initiatives.

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.