LEADERSHIP

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

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

President & CEO

Certified in Thanatology, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Crematory Operator, Licensee

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.

Mark D. Ivey, M.B.A.

Vice President & COO

Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Crematory Operator, Licensee

Mr. Ivey was appointed Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science by President Jack E. Lechner, Jr. in April of 2018. Mr. Ivey manages the daily operations of the college.

Mark is a dual Ohio licensee and Certified Funeral Celebrant, bringing over 25 years of experience in funeral service and business/cemetery management. He is a 1990 graduate of CCMS and former GM of the Ivey Funeral Home and Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton, Ohio.  He has gained additional  experience in the death care profession through employment with leading companies both public and private, including Gibraltar Remembrance Services of Indianapolis, Carriage Services Inc., and the Anderson Funeral Homes of Ohio.

Mark earned his BA degree in behavioral science in 1989 from Juniata College in Pennsylvania before coming to CCMS. He completed his MBA degree in management in 2001 from Thomas More College in Kentucky.

Mark has been an instructor at CCMS since the fall of 2013; he has lectured in the legal issues courses as well as assisted when needed in other programs.  Mark joins the leadership team at CCMS as the V.P. / Chief Operations Officer.  His extensive background in management, hospitality services, leadership, community service and funeral service will enhance the staff and faculty at CCMS as well as better prepare our students and college for the future.

Mark lives in Ross, Ohio with his wife, Leslie (also a 1990 CCMS graduate and practicing funeral director), and their three daughters.  He has been a OHSAA football official for 20 years and enjoys spending time with his kids and their sports, as well as woodworking and other various hobbies and interests.

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.

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.

Beth Williams, B.M.S.

Special Assistant to the President / Director of Institutional Effectiveness 

B.M.S., Licensee, COCP, CPC, Certified Funeral Celebrant, Registered Ohio Notary, Alumna

An alumna of CCMS and the University of Cincinnati, Beth completed her Bachelor of Mortuary Science in 1998. She is an Ohio Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Master Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Pre-planning Consultant.

In 2013, after spending many rewarding years as a practicing funeral director/embalmer, Beth joined the CCMS team. She serves as Special Assistant to President & CEO, Jack E. Lechner, Jr., and as liaison to the college’s Board of Trustees, ensuring development and continuity of leadership objectives.

Beth  enjoys connecting with service professionals and  alumni as the Director of Continuing Education and Alumni Relations for the college. She also appreciates the responsibility of mentoring students in their development as adjunct faculty in the Clinical and Restorative Art labs.

Beth and her husband of sixteen years reside on the east side of Cincinnati with their two children, son Grey, and daughter Lainey.

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