Faculty and Staff - MAPS

Carl I. Fertman, Ph.D., MBA, CHES is an associate professor in the department of Health And Physical Activity and Executive Director of the Maximizing Adolescent Potentials (MAPS) Program, both in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise are evidence-based health program and service design and implementation, substance abuse prevention, mental health education, and school and community organization collaboration.

Jennifer Ely, M.S. serves as the Program Director of MAPS and is an instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity. She is responsible for alcohol and other drug prevention programming in participating schools throughout Allegheny County. She provides program development for a professional counseling staff, consults with school districts, and develops new and ongoing health promotion initiatives. She represents MAPS at the Shanntate, County, and local levels. Jennifer has expertise in community collaboration, conducting school and community-based needs assessments and implementing evidence-based programming. Jennifer has been invited to present at several local and national conferences on the topic of prevention programming.

Ann Flaherty, M.Ed. is a Social Services Liaison in the Fox Chapel Area School District. She has broad experience in providing prevention, mental health education, and consultation services including individual and group psycho-education, crisis intervention training, and program development for school systems, school staff, families, and Student Assistance Programs. Ann participates in parent education workshops about adolescent development in area middle and high schools. She also has extensive experience in conducting Leadership Training for Pittsburgh's area youth through the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Winchester-Thurston School and Dorseyville Middle School. Ann has frequently been a guest lecturer at local universities and colleges on the topics of general psychology, adolescent development, crisis intervention skills, family management, and interagency collaboration. Ann recently presented at three national conferences: Pennsylvania School Counselor Association, Pennsylvania Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association. She also provided consultation for the School of Education summer program Physical Activity Camp for Kids (PACK) and in the Bridges the Gap program as a preceptor.

Gregg Dietz, M.A., M.Ed. specializes in prevention and intervention work at Shaler Area School District with students in grades 5-12. He has also facilitated groups for college students, both at the University of Pittsburgh and at Point Park College where he was also the mental health therapist. His areas of expertise are group work, drug and alcohol, violence prevention, and organizational leadership and social change. Gregg has presented at numerous state and local professional meetings and conferences. He has conducted in-services for many school districts in the area. He served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. He is an artist who has been schooled in the areas of sculpture and painting and has renovated six houses. Both personally and professionally, Gregg strives to enrich the connection between the body, mind, and spirit. He has worked for the MAPS Program since 1983.

Susan M. Fink, M.S.Ed., NCC, is the Social Services Liaison for Fox Chapel Area High School and O'Hara Elementary School. As part of the Student Assistance Team, Susan concentrates on the "whole student" in terms of providing support and addressing challenges. Susan works with families to help connect them with community resources that will benefit them. In the school, Susan works with students to activate their natural strengths and connect them to school supports. Susan conducts groups with students to address issues such as Anger Management, Social Skills, and Relationship Aggression. Susan is the sponsor for the Gay Straight Alliance in Fox Chapel Area High School. Susan is a former Naval Officer and lives with her husband and three children in Ben Avon.

Meghan May Roman, B.A. serves as the Education & Community Outreach Coordinator of MAPS and is an instructor for the Department of Health and Physical Activity. She provides leadership and development of the community component of the program in addition to being a liaison to community organizations. She coordinates the ongoing implementation of community-based drug and alcohol prevention, and mental health promotion programming. Meghan is responsible for staff development to outside organizations, supervision of student interns, program services, development, and evaluation.

Judy Bowlus is responsible for all administrative documentation and reports for the MAPS Program. She maintains the budget and is responsible for all financial and accounting duties.