About CCMS


Meet the CCMS President and Vice President, along with our, Director of Institutional Effectiveness,  Academic Chair, and Clinical Lab Director.

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP, M.S.

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP, M.S.

President & CEO

Certified in Thanatology, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Crematory Operator, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio & Virginia, Crematory Operator Permit (Ohio)

Mr. Lechner was appointed as the President of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016.  Immediately prior to coming to CCMS he was the Integrated Logistics Systems Division Chief at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Pentagon where he was responsible for ensuring the integrated logistics support for the entire lifecycle of all the Army’s combat platform acquisitions of more than $480 million during a fiscal year or procurement of more than $2.79 billion for the life of the program.

One day after his retirement ceremony from the Army, Colonel Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was asked to revoke his retirement orders and accept an assignment from the Secretary of the Army to Arlington National Cemetery.  He reported in June 2010 as part of a new leadership team empowered to restore honor to Arlington National Cemetery following a serious scandal in 2010.   He served as the Executive Officer, Cemetery Administrator, Deputy Superintendent, and culminated his five-year tenure by serving as Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery until 10 August 2015.

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President Code of Responsibility 

Beth Williams, B.M.S.

Beth Williams, B.M.S.

Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Operations

B.M.S., Licensee, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Crematory Operator, Registered Ohio Notary, Alumna

An alumna of CCMS and the University of Cincinnati, Beth completed her Bachelor of Mortuary Science in 1998 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Thanatology with Marian University. She has been an Ohio Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for over twenty years, is a Certified Master Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Funeral Celebrant.

In 2013, after spending many rewarding years as a practicing funeral director/embalmer, Beth joined the CCMS team. She serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and liaison to the college’s Board of Trustees to ensure strategic development, assessment, and continuity of the college's mission and leadership objectives.

Beth  enjoys connecting with death care professionals as the Director of Continuing Education, as well as the opportunity to mentor students in their academic and practical development as students and registered apprentices.

Beth is a West Chester, Ohio native and resides of the east side of Cincinnati with her husband and two children, son Grey and daughter Lainey.

Teresa Dutko, M.A.

Teresa Dutko, M.A.

Academic Chair / Faculty

Fellow in Thanatology, Certified Funeral Celebrant/Trainer, Certified Crematory Operator

Teresa Dutko, M.A., FT, is Academic Chair and faculty member at CCMS. For 31 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 13 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, CFSP, M.S.

Wanda Mullins Lee, CFSP, M.S.

Clinical Director / Faculty

Certified Funeral Celebrant/Trainer, Certified Crematory Operator, Medicolegal Death Investigator, Licensee

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.

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