The Pitt Alumni Association staff is a talented group of individuals working together to support the university and at the same time provide opportunities for alumni and Pitt students to stay connected to each other and the University of Pittsburgh.


External Relations

Jana Sestili Assistant Executive Director

Jana has oversight for the External Relations team. She oversees the association's marketing program, including affinity and educational programs, sponsorship relations and opportunities. She develops and directs the association's comprehensive programming efforts including alumni outreach initiatives through club, chapter, constituent group initiatives, councils, awards, and the student ambassador program - the Blue & Gold Society. Jana has oversight and management for large University-based alumni events and programs including athletic game day, post-season bowl and NCAA event collaboration. Jana serves as a liaison to the Association's Executive, Finance, and Governance Committees. Jana is the point person to Athletics.

Ron Idoko Director of Pitt Clubs & Councils

Ron serves as the primary liaison for the Pitt Alumni Association to its geographic clubs and special interest groups/councils. He works directly with alumni volunteers and communicates with them on a regular basis through training programs, meetings, conferences, and attending events through which the clubs and special interest groups/councils sponsor. Ron identifies alumni for the establishment of new geographic alumni clubs and supports the overall alumni association events and programming as assigned.

Austin Crull Director of Young Alumni & Student Programs

Austin directs student and young alumni programming.  He manages all student programs including a comprehensive student acquisition/retention program/strategy for the Student Alumni Association (SAA).  In addition, Austin also develops a comprehensive strategy for all young alumni programming and manages alumni volunteers in event programming and identifies and cultivates volunteers for leadership development. 

Marcie Johnson Manager of Alumni and Student Programs

Marcie works directly with the Director of Young Alumni and Student Programs and helps to develop strategies for the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and Blue and Gold Society. She is responsible for the management and execution of all event planning, logistics for the SAA and assists with the Blue and Gold society functions and initiatives. She will also assist with Young Alumni cultivation and event planning. 

Shannon Mischler Director of Regional Clubs & Advocacy

Shannon serves as the primary liaison for the Pitt Alumni Association to its regional clubs, affinity councils, and Pitt Advocates. She works directly with alumni volunteers and communicates with them on a regular basis through various training programs, meetings, conferences, and signature events, such as Pitt Day in Harrisburg and Pitt Networking Day. Shannon works closely with the Pitt Office of Community and Government Relations to connect Pitt Advocates with elected officials and others in support of the University of Pittsburgh.

Rachel Parker External Relations Coordinator

Rachel Parker reports to the Associate Director of External Relations and Alumni Programs and is responsible for assisting in the planning and coordination of Alumni Relations programs and events including university-impact events, meetings, lectures, and receptions.  Rachel also provides administrative support to the Assistant Executive Director.

Alumni Operations

Jeff Gleim Senior Executive Director, Operations

Jeff directs alumni office administration, works with the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors and is the budget and personnel administrator.

Jon Malek Director of Alumni Marketing and Business Development

Jon is responsible for the overall management of the membership dues program including alumni acquisition and retention. Jon researches and manages affinity/revenue generating programs for the Association. Jon is liaison to the Board for the Membership Committee.

Diane Martin Executive Assistant and Alumni Board Coordinator

Diane provides administrative support and infrastructure to the Pitt Alumni Association and coordinates the activities/functions associated with the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors.

David Schatz Computer Consultant

David Schatz works through Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) and provides desktop support to the alumni staff two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday).

Jessica Caldwall Office and Budget Coordinator

Jessica coordinates alumni office operations, works with staff on financial issues, verifies level reports, tracks expenses for operating accounts, and prepares financial forms and reports. Jessica works with Procurement on contracts. Jessica assists with preparation of department's fiscal budget and supervises and coordinates department's work study students.

Rick Antolic Alumni Coordinator

Rick is the alumni coordinator/receptionist for the alumni relations office and provides support for various members of the department.  He is the first point of contact for alumni and friends contacting or visiting the Pitt Alumni Association.