MEET THE TEAM

It’s so nice to meet you!

 

Below you’ll find the members of your PIMS Team who will assist you during your tenure as a student at PIMS. Each member of the team provides specific, task related duties. We encourage an open communication between our students and the PIMS administrative staff.

Local Phone Number: 412-362-8500, extensions provided below.

Toll Free Number: 1-800-933-5808

Fax: 412-362-1684

 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR DEAN:

THE PIMS FAMILY:

Dr. Barry Lease

Program Director, Chief Operating Officer, PIMS Board Member

Contact information:

While his primary duty is the institute’s program director, Dr. Lease serves as overseer of the FUNERAL SERVICE SKILLS PRACTICUM. Dr. Lease is invested in managing the business and operational affairs of the institute, as well as maintaining accreditation status and compliance with regulations of the state and other governing bodies. Additionally, Dr. Lease oversees the continuous quality improvement initiative tasked by the PIMS Board. As a member of the Board of Directors at the school, Dr. Lease is also involved in resource allocations, strategic planning and development.

DEAN MICHAEL S. BURNS, M.ed.

Dean of Faculty and Students

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Mr. Burns has a full range of responsibilities at the institute including, but not limited to: curriculum/teaching oversight, student support, management of the RA residency, campus life, and faculty administration. In addition, he is the Certified Trainer for your Celebrant training is you wish to do so while enrolled at PIMS.

In short, he should be your “first stop” with academic or classroom issues (unless of course it is a specific content question related to a specific course then you should ask your course instructor).

Nicole Elachko, MBA

Registrar and Director of Administrative and Student Services

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

With her purview, Mrs. Elachko supervises admissions, matriculation, registration, class scheduling, business affairs including the bookstore and related resources, financial aid as well as lending a hand to student development and success.  For students, Mrs. Elachko can also provide support and assistance regarding the technical platform and course access issues. Due to performing admin tasks at every level, she may be the most well-rounded in terms of general information and support at the institute.

Karen Rocco, MBA

Bursar and Financial Aid Administrator

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Mrs. Rocco returns to her financial aid roots as she is transitioning back into the direct processing of student aid. Subsequently, all things financial aid should be coordinated with Mrs. Rocco. Additionally, Mrs. Rocco serves as the Bursar responsible for accounts payable and financial statement reconciliation at the Institute. Finally, Mrs. Rocco is tactically responsible for institutional reporting at the State, Federal, and Local level.

ANNIE L. CERUTTI

Business Office Advisor, Social Media Manager, and P/T Faculty

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Miss Annie is part of the Student Services Team and can specifically assist you with business office affairs (e.g. bill paying).  As a P/T Faculty member, you will have classes with Ms. Cerutti and she also may serve as a point of contact for platform technical issues unrelated to specific course content or course issues . Additionally, she is the person you can contact who will “lift your spirits” when you “hit the wall.”

 

KEVIN DROBISH

Admin Coordinator and P/T Faculty

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Mr. Drobish is part of the Student Services Team who introduces all student to PIMS and the ItsLearning platform via the orientation and general advisement. He also serves as a point of contact for platform technical issues unrelated to specific course content. As a student services provider, Mr. Drobish assists with administrative advisement including transfer credits, state requirements, PRE AND CO-REQUISITE COURSES (e.g. Accounting and Math) as well as matriculation and registration matters. Finally, Mr. Drobish is an instructor online and teaches several courses.

Nick Ricci

F/T Faculty

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Mr. Ricci is a full-time faculty member who teaches both online and on campus. While his primary duties are teaching, Mr. Ricci also plays a key role in the Clinical Embalming Program and RA Residency. Finally, Mr. Ricci also helps out (when available) with general administrative assisting tasks at the Institute and provides an assist to Ms. Cerutti in managing our social media presence.

Maria Sproull

Admission Advisor

PRIMARY contact information is available through IM of Its Learning. Other contacts include:

Mrs. Sproull’s primary duties at the Institute include admissions advisement, helping prospective students, recruitment, and orientation. In the admission process to PIMS, you were likely to have met Maria. As a member of the full-time administrative staff Maria also assists with general administrative assisting tasks at the Institute including helping with creatives and social media, so make sure to stay connected!

Sydney

Chief Pup Officer & Guard Dog

Contact information:

  • Simply call her name when you see her

With a herding background, Sydney is here to “herd” you in the right direction. She has a keen sense for knowing when you need a smile, and in return, she simply asks for a scratch behind the ear or two. Sydney is a valuable member of our team who is always just a call away. When you see her around the institute, be sure to tell her what a good girl she is.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PIMS TEAM IS EAGER TO ASSIST YOU DURING YOUR TENURE AS A DE STUDENT AT PIMS. IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF HELPING YOU OBTAIN YOUR GOAL TO BECOME A FUNERAL SERVICE PROFESSIONAL!

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