Staff

Alex “Red” Bittner in a blue sweater
Veterans and Pitt-Greensburg staff members Alex “Red” Bittner and Lisa Reffner are drawing on personal experience to make sure student-veterans feel supported the moment they step on campus. Learn about their program’s efforts.
David Hickton in a black suit and blue tie
David Hickton, the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, is taking a leave of absence from Pitt to play a critical role in overseeing how trillions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding are spent.
Jones and her daughters
Ray Nell Jones, an administrative assistant in Pitt’s Office of Student Life, got quite the shock Thursday when a Zoom call turned into a giveaway from Ellen DeGeneres. Jones founded a nonprofit organization that helps single moms in need.
A person at a computer in a blue shirt
Working from home is the new norm for many employees. University of Pittsburgh experts share their advice for creating a more ergonomic work space, making time for exercise and more.
Scott O'Neal in a red sweater in front of a choir
As part of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, public health project manager Scott O’Neal recently debuted the role of Satan in a metal opera based on “Paradise Lost.” The production was the brainchild of Stewart Copeland of The Police.
LaMonica Wiggins, headshot, gesturing with her hands
LaMonica Wiggins, the new entrepreneurship librarian at Pitt’s University Library System, works with people who are exploring new business ventures and assists them with industry, company and market research to support their ideas.
Tashbook in a denim shirt
In her new book, advocate and law librarian Linda Tashbook offers practical advice as well as nuts-and-bolts legal information that family members of those with mental illness need.
Kristin Davitt, a woman in a blue shirt in front of a white background
The role — which is new to both institutions — will see Davitt directing institutional advancement for the University and leading the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, which raises funds for all of Pitt’s Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC.
Kiersten Todt
Kiersten Todt, the former executive director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, will be representing Pitt’s Cyber Institute in Washington, D.C.
Heather Lyke was introduced as Pitt's new athletic director at a press conference in the Petersen Events Center.
The first female athletic director in Pitt's history, Lyke brings with her a history of nationally lauded successes and a track record exemplifying her dedication to student-athletes.