Faculty & Adjunct Instructors
Faculty / Clinical Faculty
B.M.S., Licensee, Alumna
Leigh Combs is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Kentucky and Ohio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from CCMS in 2016 with her Bachelor’s Degree. She is also an active duty veteran of the United States Army having served and deployed as a medic with 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC.
Since graduating, Leigh has worked in various roles in death care, including recovery for the Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio, and she currently contracts for a NKY funeral home in Restorative Art. She returned to CCMS in October 2018 as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor and was hired as a faculty member in May 2021.
Leigh is married fellow CCMS graduate, John Combs, and both reside in Burlington, Kentucky with their goofy goldendoodle, Zeus, and independent feline, Odin.
E.C.C. Director/Faculty/Clinical Lab Instructor
B.M.S, Licensee, C.C.O, Alumna
Born and raised in southeastern Indiana, Toby had not considered a career in death care until he found his way into funeral service as a second career following a twenty-two-year career in collision repair. Due to an unforeseen change in circumstances, he began working in a hometown area funeral home and immediately felt the call to service the needs of those experiencing loss.
After earning his Associate degree at CCMS, Toby served his apprenticeship in his home state of Indiana, where he earned his Funeral Director license. He found a rewarding balance serving his hometown community while also giving back to his alma mater through service as an adjunct instructor in the CCMS Clinical and Restorative Arts curriculum.
After five years of service in his community, he made the decision to leave full-time funeral service practice to pursue his newfound passion and calling to death care education, subsequently earning his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree with CCMS. While pursuing a few of the prerequisite courses to qualify him for acceptance into the CCMS BMS program, he concurrently earned a structural welding certificate, along with three welding certifications. During that time, Toby also accepted the opportunity to teach community college students welding fabrication. He found the time spent teaching, and previous service as a peer tutor, very rewarding.
Toby shares, “My time as a CCMS student was amazing, thanks to the faculty, staff, and administration. It was, therefore, an easy decision when the offer to join the nation’s premier death care educator and team of distinguished educators was presented to me. The college’s commitment to excellent and transformation of death care for future service professionals is the perfect mix. It affords the opportunity to fulfill my calling to death care, along with my desire to contribute to the education of students with an undeniable desire to learn from the best.”
Toby lives in Southeast Indiana, where he is a husband, father, and dog father.Toby and his wife Loretta have given a loving home to several rescue dogs over the years.When time permits, Toby enjoys several hobbies including, but not limited to, woodwork, leatherwork, and metal fabrication.He and Loretta also enjoy spending time next to a campfire.
Academic Chair / Faculty
M.A., Fellow in Thanatology, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Funeral Celebrant Trainer
“The funeral ceremony can be critically important in helping families begin the grief process in a healthy way. By supporting the college, alumni can partner with us in helping to create the next generation of funeral service care givers to the bereaved.”
Teresa Dutko, M.A., FT, is Academic Chair and faculty member at CCMS. For 35 years she has taught the College’s social science curriculum, including courses such as Social Aspects of Death and Dying, Professional Relationships in Funeral Service, Psychology of Grief and Counseling and Aftercare in Funeral Service. Teresa coordinates the CCMS Assessment Program (CAP) designed to ensure student learning and improve institutional effectiveness. She also serves as the College’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) and The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB).
Teresa holds the Fellow in Thanatology (study of death, dying and bereavement) advance-practice credential through the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a Death and Grief Studies Certificate through the Center for Loss and Life Transition. A certified funeral celebrant for 16 years, Teresa is also one of the celebrant trainers for CCMS bachelor’s degree students.
In her leisure time, Teresa enjoys reading, cooking, and practicing yoga. She is married to writer and educator, Louis Martinelli. Together they enjoy hiking, canoeing, playing golf, and traveling.
Wanda Mullins Lee
College Registrar/ Faculty
M.S., Licensee, CFSP, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Funeral Celebrant Trainer, CCO, CPC, Medicolegal Death Investigator, Alumna
“I wish for our students to grow their knowledge, increase their ability, build their confidence, become passionate caregivers, and better our profession. With the education and skills obtained at CCMS, the support of alumni, and the mentoring of exceptional funeral professionals they will obtain these goals.”
Wanda (Mullins) Lee is an Indiana and Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a Certified Funeral Celebrant, a Certified Funeral Celebrant Trainer, and a Certified Indiana Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI). She is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association, the Ohio Embalmers Association, the Indiana State Coroner’s Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association. Wanda is authorized to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the guidelines of the courtesy card Act (KRS 316.14).
Wanda is a 1996 graduate of CCMS where she earned her Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Indiana University and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Walden University. Wanda has taught a variety of courses at CCMS and serves as our Clinical Lab Director. Wanda is also the Coroner in Franklin County Indiana. She serves on the Board for Franklin County Emergency Management Services (EMS) and is a member of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) Chief’s Association. She also serves on Indiana’s Region 12 Child Fatality Review Team aimed at identifying areas of risk and reducing child deaths.
Wanda lives in Franklin County, Indiana with her husband and two sons. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, going to the occasional Red’s game and attending her boy’s sporting events.
Interim Clinical Director/ Faculty
M.Ed., Licensee, C.C.O, Alumnus
“Confidence tempered with humility. Graceful competence and bountiful empathy. Love for humanity and appreciation for the value of life. A funeral director requires all of these. Since 1882, the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science has assembled quality individuals with these traits and set them on the most worthy of paths; service to those in need.”
John Vinnedge is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Ohio having served in funeral service since 1998. He is also a veteran of the United States Army having served with the XVIII Airborne Corp in Fort Bragg, NC from 1995 to 2003 in both active and reserve duty status.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from CCMS in 2012 and earning his professional licenses in 2013, John has returned to join the Faculty as Clinical Lab instructor, as well as teaching Embalming Theories I & III, Microbiology & Pathology, and Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals. John is a CANA certified crematory operator and authorized to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the guidelines of the courtesy card Act (KRS 316.14). John earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati.
John is a proud dad of two children and cherishes his time as a husband and father. In his spare time he enjoys film, literature, and spending time in the great outdoors for both sport and leisure.
B.M.S., Licensee, Alumnus
Adam Dwyer graduated from CCMS in 2001 and went on to do trade services for the Greater Cincinnati Funeral Trade Company & Crematory. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kentucky and Ohio and has six years of funeral home experience. Adam is a Clinical Adjunct Instructor with CCMS.
Senta L. Folds
B.M.S., Licensee, Master Embalmer, Alumna
Senta L. Folds is a 2002 graduate of CCMS and has been an Ohio licensed embalmer since 2008. Senta is currently the master embalmer for Renfro Funeral Services, Inc., and a Clinical Adjunct Instructor with CCMS. Senta has held the position of secretary and treasurer for United Funeral Directors and Embalmers of Southern Ohio since 2012 and has been a member of Delta Gamma Pi Sorority since 2002.
Ms. Folds, who set out for a career in the funeral profession in 1999, has worked at a variety of funeral homes and trade services in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Clinton, MD; Alexandria, VA and Los Angeles, CA. She feels the funeral profession is a true calling and ministry, and it fulfills her mission to obtain a wealth of experience working with different cultures, subcultures, ethnic groups, orientations and nationalities. Senta gained her motto, “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all” from the late Mr. William F. Boyd, Sr. of E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., where she completed her apprenticeship in 2003 – 2004. “Be your best in all you do and give your families all they want and more.”
A.A.S., Licensee, DMORT, Alumnus
Michael Gedert, a 1981 CCMS graduate has been an Ohio licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1982. He worked for over 25 years as a funeral director/embalmer and served as a location manager and preneed advisor with 2 funeral firms. In 2007, Michael left funeral service and accepted a position as an Account Executive with Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company, a preneed life insurance company.
In 1987, he joined the Ohio Funeral Directors Association Mortuary Response Team and served as the team’s Policy Board Chair from 1999-2004 and 2011-2013. He became a member of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) in 1997. His involvement in DMORT advanced with his appointment as DMORT Region V Training Officer in September 2002. In March 2003, he became a member of the DMORT Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) Team and went on to become Deputy Commander of the DMORT DPMU Team 2007. Currently, he is serving as a member of the DMORT Victim Information Center (VIC) Team.
Disaster deployment history includes: Hurricane Floyd, North Carolina (1999), World Trade Center, New York (2001), Flight 587 Crash, New York (2001), Walker County Crematory, Georgia (2002), Providence Night Club Fire, Rhode Island (2003), Flight 5481 Crash, North Carolina (2003), Hurricane Charlie FEMA logistics mission (2004), commuter airline crash Kirksville, Missouri (2004), Hurricane Katrina (2005), Flight 5195 crash, Lexington, Kentucky(2006), 2 private planes collide, Sharonville, Ohio (2007), Flight 3407 Crash, Buffalo, NY (2009) and American Samoa Tsunami (2009), private plane crash, Paulding County, Ohio (2014).
Deployment experiences include serving multiple times as the Information Resources Section Leader, DMORT Task Force Logistics Chief, DPMU Team logistics support, DPMU Team Leader and Family Assistance Center interviewer. This diverse assortment of missions has provided a broad perspective for disaster mortuary response.
Joel L. Getts, PhD
Licensee, Pastor, Alumnus
Author, educator and pastor, Joel Getts has been involved in education for most of his life. After spending nearly two decades owning and operating two funeral homes in southwest Ohio, he continued his education in pastoral ministry. Joel studied history extensively at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. He is a 1979 CCMS graduate, the Church Leadership Academy of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and holds certifications in Biblical Counseling and Life Coaching from the Light University of Forest, Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia College in Wilmington, Delaware and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. He also earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the St. Luke School of Biblical Studies in Hephzibah, Georgia. He has authored and contributed to several books on theology and history over the last 15 years. Since 1999 Joel has also compiled over a dozen continuing education courses for various licensed professionals throughout Ohio. He has been an adjunct instructor at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science since 2009 and a continuing education seminar presenter for the Central Institute for Educational Advancement in Dayton, Ohio since 2001. He currently serves as the pastor at Trinity Church of Miamisburg, Ohio. He and his wife Jeri, reside in Miamisburg.
A.A.S., Licensee, Alumnus
Pete Minges is a 5th generation licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Indiana. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1984, with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching mass fatality response. Pete is also a certified mass fatality instructor with The Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Since graduation Pete has worked at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home in Cincinnati and Harrison, Ohio. He is very active with the Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis Club serving as both president and Lt. Gov of the Southern Ohio District. He also volunteers numerous hours with the Harvest Home Fair Association.
Pete has been a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Mortuary Response Team (OFDA-MRT) since 1998. In 2000 he joined the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) and has been deployed to Hurricane Katrina (2005), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Joplin Tornado (2011), Paulding County Ohio plane crash (2014), Summit County plane crash (2015) and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017). Pete is currently the co-commander of the Ohio Mortuary Operational Response Team (OMORT).
B.A., Licensee, Alumnus
Marty is the Clinical Lab Manager of the Anatomical Education and Research Laboratory for the Body Donation Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science since 1999. Marty earned his Bachelor’s Degree from CCMS in 1997. He teaches the Gross Anatomy for the Embalmer Program at the college and has been involved in many other facets of the Anatomy Curriculum.
Andrew J. Nurre, CPA
A.S.S, Licensee, Alumnus
Drew is a 1995 graduate of CCMS. Throughout his life he has had careers in both in Funeral Service and Accounting. In funeral service. he grew up in a funeral home doing transfers and working visitations throughout high school and college. Later he owned and operated multiple funeral home locations.
As an accountant, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA in Accounting and Finance. He worked as an internal auditor with Chiquita Brands International traveling all over the world. He has worked in public accounting for the past 13 years doing tax work, accounting and business consulting.
Drew serves on the Board of Directors of Cincinnati Federal Savings and Loan, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee, and has served on boards of various charitable and community organizations.
Drew loves spending time supporting his children with their academic and athletic endeavors.
Holly Sauerbrunn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University in 1990, with a BA in English and minors in speech and Honors. She went on to achieve a Master’s degree in English at Indiana University. Holly has been teaching English for over 20 years, both at CCMS and at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
A.A.S., Licensee, DMORT, Alumnus
Tim is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio. Tim’s father founded the Schmidt-Dhonau Funeral Home, currently the Schmidt-Dhonau-Kucner Funeral Home in Reading, Ohio in 1932.
Tim graduated from CCMS in the spring of 1974. He then worked with his father and two brothers until he retired in 1997.
In 1999 Tim became involved in disaster response, joining the Ohio Funeral Directors Association Mortuary Response Team (OFDA-MRT). In 2000, Tim was accepted as a member of the federal mortuary response team know as Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). Tim’s first response was to New York City on September 11, 2001. Tim has remained active on both teams and served as the Policy Board Chair for OFDA-MRT.