Advisors

Pitt Dance Marathon Advisors

Lexie Elliot
President & Executive Secretary Advisor 

Michael Dolinger
Membership Advisor

Victoria Bianco
Finance Advisor

Dianne Mares
Recruitment Advisor

Jared Ward
Finance Advisor

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Adam Gaus
Marketing Relations & Media Outreach Advisor

Hunter Stewart
Operations Advisor

Katy Tufts
Programming Advisor

Lynsey Kriegel
Hospital Advisor

Derek Litts
Dance Marathon Advisor

The PDM advisors play an integral role in the functioning of Pitt Dance Marathon. This team of advisors provides our board with support and guidance in order to ensure the success of PDM. Read below to learn more about their role in PDM!

Lexie Elliot

President & Executive Secretary Advisor 

What is your job title at Pitt? Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Why did you become a PDM advisor? PDM is an AWESOME student organization and it is great to see so many students do good for others. Nothing brings me more joy than to see college students rally around a great cause, and enact serious change for the common good. The passion the fraternity and sorority community has for PDM is invigorating. One of my favorite lines is “many hands make light work” which is definitely shown through the hard work and collaboration done by PDM.

What inspires you about PDM? The children and family who are fighting for their lives and I want those children and those families to know that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE. It is an honor to contribute and support their successful student ran philanthropy. I am truly a part of something greater than myself.

Michael Dolinger

Membership Advisor

What is your job at Pitt? Parent and Family Liaison, Office of Student Life

Why did you become a PDM advisor? First off, I love working with students who are dedicated to working together for a common goal! And the goal is such a great cause? That’s icing on the cake!!

What inspires you about PDM? The fact that there is no ceiling. We can never do enough, or help out too much. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh helps so many in need, that we as a community can even add to a fraction of what they do should push us all to do more!

Victoria Bianco

Finance Advisor

What is your job at Pitt? Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement (PAE)

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I was involved with PDM board as an undergraduate student and never stopped being passionate about the mission. PDM changed my life for the better, and I will always be grateful for my experience. Now as a Pitt staff member, I am excited to give back to PDM in a new way.  

What inspires you about PDM? I am inspired by the passion and commitment of the PDM students. They are dedicated to improving the program, ultimately to create a better experience for the kids at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. PDM students are making an incredible difference in the Pittsburgh community and giving their peers an opportunity to be a part of something much greater than themselves. 

Dianne Mares

Recruitment Advisor 

 

What is your job at Pitt? SORC Administrative Assistant

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I became a PDM advisor to be able to contribute to one of the largest student organizations at Pitt.This organization embodies a strong connection to a cause that is shared by all members involved. I felt that, with an extensive dancer background, I could
contribute to an organization by merging my interest with students’ enthusiasm and produce something that exemplifies Pitt pride.

What inspires you about PDM? PDM’s passion and dedication is something that radiate to each participant. I take this feeling and apply it to my job, my family and my community, reaching above and beyond what is required of me. Involvement in PDM is a positive experience that is not only exciting but provides me an opportunity for self-development.

Jared Ward

Finance Advisor 

 

What is your job title at Pitt? Residence Director for Sutherland Hall East and West

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I became a PDM advisor because I love giving back to the community and children in need. Seeing the impact it makes on others is something that keeps me coming back every year. I have been involved in Dance Marathon for over 6 years.

What inspires you about PDM? What inspires me about PDM is working with a group of individuals who volunteers their time into a cause that impacts the lives of others.

Adam Gaus

Marketing Relations & Media Outreach Advisor

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What is your job at Pitt? Digital Marketing Coordinator

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I am a PDM advisor because I believe in the cause and the difference that the students involved in PDM make. I have a cousin that has been a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for several years, and I know from his experiences there that what we do makes a difference in the lives of the patients there.

What inspires you about PDM? I am inspired by the amount of time and dedication the students involved in PDM have. People do not always realize how much work goes into making Pitt Dance Marathon happen every year.

Hunter Stewart

Operations Advisor

What is your job at Pitt? Resident Director 

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I became a PDM advisor because of my long history in undergraduate as part of a Dance Marathon organization, and because I wanted to give back to the community and the kids here in Pittsburgh. Additionally, I am always looking for ways to get involved in supporting student leadership on our campus, and helping students navigate event planning, fundraising, and community involvement positions them to be the best people they can be!

What inspires you about PDM? Being part of something so much bigger than myself! It is incredibly powerful to see hundreds of students come together in commitment to “standing for those who can’t” and raising money for the kids at Children’s Hospital. PDM reminds me that as negative as things might seem nowadays, these students are truly changing the world with their love and passion.

Katy Tufts

Programming Advisor

What is your job at Pitt? Assistant Manager, William Pitt Union

Why did you become a PDM advisor? I became a PDM advisor to strengthen my advising skills and contribute to a great cause on Pitt’s campus.

What inspires you about PDM? The student leaders’ dedication to the organization and how they truly wish to make an impact both on campus and throughout the Children’s Miracle Network.

Lynsey Kriegel

Hospital Advisor

What is your job at CHP/CMN? Development Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation

What inspires you about PDM? The amount of students that come together to support such a great cause and a make a difference in pediatric care. It is incredible to see the dedication and passion everyone puts into supporting their local Children’s hospital and the patients treated there.

Derek Litts

Dance Marathon Advisor

What is your job at CHP/CMN? Dance Marathon Manager

What inspires you about PDM? I love seeing the impact that PDM has on Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University! It’s so inspiring to see so many students come together to fight for the next generation. I am humbled to be part of this movement.