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Meet Our Team

Staff at Bidwell Training Center are ready to support you in your educational and career success

Dedicated to Your Success

At Bidwell Training Center, our staff are equipped to help you through every step to get career ready for a fulfilling job. Staff work hard to support students with one-on-one attention. Our environment of support, care, and understanding will quickly get you the skills to feel confident entering the workforce.

Administration & Staff

Kimberly Rassau, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Ellen Mixon
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ken Huselton
Senior Director of Operations, Financial Aid Director

Susan Cooper, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Academic Support

Thomas Fowler
Senior Director, Human Resources

Pat Dougherty

Jarene Barnes
Placement Officer

Tiaona Cade
Career Services Coordinator/Professional Development Instructor

Amy LaSota
Recruitment Coordinator/Community Liaison

Carrie Jacobus
Senior Admissions Representative

Patricia Gambridge
Admissions Representative

Dominic Igiebor

Audra Pavloski
Student Services Coordinator

Maureen Kowalski

Regina Hergenroeder
Student Advisor

Stephanie Champ
Administrative Assistant, Horticulture

Andrew Krizman
Administrative Assistant, Medical Training Programs

Mark Wallace, BS
General Manager, Greenhouse

Carol Kenney-Martin
Sales Representative, Greenhouse

Cheyenne True, BAS
Greenhouse Technician

Rachell Dille, BS
Medical Training Programs/Coordinator

Sonia Weese, BS
Greenhouse Grower

Traning Program Directors

Karen Kollar, Medical Training Programs
MBA, Pennsylvania State University
MS, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Denison University

David Bramson, Horticulture Technology
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Management, University of Pittsburgh

Mark Kriss, Chemical Laboratory Director
BS, Chemical Engineering- Penn State University
Secondary Science Teaching Certificate, University of Pittsburgh

Cindy Tuite, Culinary Arts Director
BS, Hospitality Management, Florida International University
AS, Culinary Arts, Community College of Allegheny County
AS, Hotel Management, Community College of Allegheny County


Rebecca Arena, Culinary Arts Program Instructor
AA, Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts

William Bernhardy, Academic Support Reading Instructor
BA, Secondary Education, California University of Pennsylvania
MA, Adult and Community Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Brian Buskey, Catering Chef
AS, Culinary Arts, Westmoreland County Community College

Keith Butler, Culinary Arts Program Instructor
AA, Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts
AA, Culinary Arts, Community College of Allegheny County

Tiaona Cade, Professional Development Instructor
BS, Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, Point Park University

Kaitlyn Caramela, Horticulture Technology Program Instructor
Diploma, Horticulture Technology, Bidwell Training Center

Cheryl Coleman, M.A.Ed., Medical Training Program Instructor
MA Curriculum Design & Instruction/Adult Education, Point Park University
BS Psychology, University of Illinois-Urbana

Susan Cooper, Certificate of Education, University of Sussex, UK
M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Northeastern University
Ph. D., Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Jennifer Ehrenberger, Horticulture Technology Program Instructor
BS, Horticulture, Penn State University
MA, Sciences, Tropical Plants & Soil Sciences in Horticulture/ The University of Hawaii at Manoa
Graduate Classes, Science, Ohio State University

Patti Frank-Caputo, CHEP, Culinary Arts Program Instructor
AA, Foodservice & Restaurant Management /Mission College

Piper Gensler, Horticulture Technology Program Instructor
BS, Biology, Grove City College

Jodi Johnson, CCMA, Medical Training Program Instructor/Director of ERMA Curriculum
AS, Community College of Allegheny County

David Lester, Academic Support Math Instructor
BA, Communications, Duquesne University
M.Sc. Financial Planning, American College

Janel Morrison, Horticulture Technology Program Instructor
BS, Botany, Miami University (Ohio)

Josifiani Moyo, Academic Support Math Instructor
BS, Mathematics and Chemistry, Waynesburg University
M.Sc., Chemical Physics, Purdue University

Selena Orkwis, Culinary Arts Program Instructor
AA, Culinary Arts, City College Brighton & Hove Foundation
BA, Hospitality/University of Brighton

Rikk Panzera, Culinary Arts Program Instructor
AOS, The Culinary Institute of America

Paul Putala, Chemical Laboratory Technician Program Instructor
BS, Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Chris Saccamango, Medical Training Program Instructor
BS, Health Services Management /Independence University
RHIT, CCS, Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS AHIMA Approved Trainer
AS, Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus
AS, Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus

Deanna Gilkey Schmuck, M.S., Chemical Laboratory Program Instructor
MBA, Robert Morris University
BS, Business Management, West Virginia University

Is Bidwell Training Center Right For You? Come For a Visit!

You are invited to attend an Information Session any Monday or Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. You can tour the campus, meet with staff, and get answers about all our programs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bidwell Training Center and exploring your future career options, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 412-402-9761