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 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
Clinical Director / 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.
Faculty / Clinical Faculty
B.M.S, Licensee, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Master Funeral Director and Embalmer, CCO, Alumna
“Together we as faculty, staff, alumni and community members help educate and prepare students to become the best death care professionals this country has ever seen. Through education my hope is that we breed confidence in each student and hope for their future, which will one day result in them impacting a family that has had a life changing loss”.
LaToya Henderson is a licensed funeral director in the states of Ohio and Kentucky, having served in funeral service since 2011. After graduating Cum Laude from CCMS in 2011 and obtaining her professional degrees in 2012, she was able to gain experience in the death care profession by working with families from different backgrounds, social classes, ethnicities and religions. LaToya has returned to CCMS to join the Faculty as a Clinical Lab Instructor and teaching Business Law and Ethics, Funeral Service Management II &III and Historical to Contemporary Funeral Practices. LaToya is a CANA Certified Crematory Operator as well as treasurer for the Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association.
LaToya and her husband Jon-Paul reside in Fairfield Township; together they have four children Jon-Paul II, Hailei, Hannah and Taliah. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, running, reading, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and attending her children’s extra-curricular activities.
Faculty / Clinical Faculty
M.Ed., Licensee, CCO, 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.
Licensee, CCO, Medicolegal Death Investigator, Alumnus
Chris is a staff director/embalmer for a Dayton area funeral home. He is a 2005 graduate of CCMS, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in business management. He holds licenses to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He previously served as a deputy coroner for several years in Northern Kentucky. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army, having been deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007. Chris has been married to his wife, Traci since 2005 and they have 3 children.
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.
Rick Sammons has over 35 years experience in the accounting industry, the past 11 years guiding companies toward successful financial and accounting solutions as owner of RightPath Business Advisors. He received his accounting degree from the University of Cincinnati, his CPA in 1991 and his CMA in 2003.
Rick is experienced in dealing with the accounting and reporting needs of manufacturers, distributors, construction and service organizations with revenues ranging from $1 to $40 million. His expertise includes working on company budgeting and forecasting reports, capital equipment purchases, vendor contracts, sales tax issues, coordination with external organizations and the conversion of accounting software programs.
His work at continuous improvement enables him to identify opportunities to reduce a company’s cost structure through the use of efficient and effective processes to reduce procedural time, freeing time to provide analysis of accounts to identify opportunities to reduce costs or increase revenue opportunities.
Rick currently serves as a member of the Pastoral Council at St. Gertrude Parish, as a sacristan for the parish, and sings in their choir. He served six years on the board of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and six years as President of the Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Rick enjoys time at church in adoration and reading Clive Cussler, Star Wars books, and books on the lives of the saints.
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.
John Joseph Sennhenn, Jr.
B.S., Licensee, Alumnus
John is currently the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer at Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes in Northern Kentucky. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is authorized to practice in both Ohio and Indiana under the guidelines of each state’s courtesy card. John is currently acclimating to the CCMS clinical setting, where he will serve as a Clinical Adjunct Instructor in the near future.
John graduated Cum Laude from CCMS in 2012 with an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science. While at CCMS he served as class Vice-President and worked as a clinical lab assistant. John also holds an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education (Grades 4-9) from Ashland University. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, listening to music and spending time with his family and friends.
B.S., Licensee, DMORT
Bob Shank Jr. is an Ohio licensed Funeral Director. Since 1999, he has been the Marketing Specialist and IT Director for the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, in Columbus, Ohio. For 10 years prior to that, Bob was the Executive Vice President and General Manager at WSN Company, in Perrysburg, Ohio serving the company as a Licensed Funeral Director.
In 1990, Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Ohio State University, where he majored in Information Systems and minored in Accounting.
Bob joined DMORT Region V in 1992 and was appointed as the Region V Deputy Commander in 1998. In the same year, Bob joined the DPMU (Disaster Portable Morgue Unit) team, where he was made Deputy Commander in 2006 and served until his resignation from that position in late 2009. Bob served the DPMU team as the technical specialist responsible for the set up and maintenance of all computer, communications and electronic equipment. Bob also contributed to the federal team as a trainer and educator: from 1995 to 2000, Bob was a member of the NDMS Functional Working Group on Training and Education and has enlightened thousands of participants in hundreds of presentations he has given. Bob also helped in developing the SOP between DMORT and the National Transportation Safety Board, the Mass Fatality Incident Response Course at EMI, VIP level 1, Level 2, and FAC training curricula for federal team members.
Bob has participated in numerous deployments: Comair Flight 3272 (Monroe, Michigan 1997), Korean Air Flight 301 (Guam 1997), Amtrak Train Crash (Bourbonnais, Illinois 1999), Oklahoma City Tornadoes (Oklahoma City 1999), Hurricane Floyd (Tarboro, North Carolina 1999), Egypt Air Crash, (Providence, Rhode Island 1999), Alaska Air Flight 261 (Ventura, California 2000), Executive Air Crash (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 2000), World Trade Center Tragedy (New York City, New York 2001), Crematory Disaster (Noble, Georgia 2002), US Air Flight 5481 (Charlotte, North Carolina 2003), AA Flight 5966 (Kirksville, MO 2004) and 6 weeks on the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina. These missions have given Bob a wide variety of experience in transportation, terrorism, and both large and small scale response.