Nick Crivello—Director of Placement
Nick joined the Admissions team at Divers Institute in October 2008. In 2015, he took over as Placement Director. If you are a graduate of DIT and need help finding employment in the dive industry, give Nick a call.”
Advice to New Divers
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. The more we know, the more we can help you. The best students and the best divers are the ones who realize the importance of teamwork and communication.”
Nanette Rohrbaugh—Director of Finance & Human Resources
Nanette was born in Red Bluff, California and grew up throughout the U.S. since her Dad was a Radar Operator in the Air Force. She has lived in Battle Creek, Michigan; Klamath Falls, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Glendale, Arizona, before coming to Seattle. Nanette worked for biotechnology giant ICOS Corporation, Ascentis Corporation and Root Sports prior to joining DIT in March of 2011 as the Director of Finance and Human Resources.
Michelle Perrigo, Director of Compliance & Assessments Coordinator
Michelle is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who moved to Seattle in 2010 from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned a B.A. from the College of Wooster and a Master’s of Social Work from Western Michigan University. Michelle spent 12 years around higher education in student leadership development and curriculum/program implementation as a student organization advisor. She’s also worked as a mental health counselor in Michigan and Seattle. Michelle came to DIT in August 2011 as the regular front desk substitute. She is now the Director of Compliance managing the school’s ACCSC accreditation and serving the Training department and industry by organizing applications for prior learning/top-up assessments so industry divers and DIT graduates can advance their certifications and expand their commercial diving opportunities.
Advice to New Divers
“Remember to breathe. If you forget that, it’s all down hill from there. Also, treat with respect everyone you meet, whether they seem important or not. How you treat others shows who you really are.”
Lynda Sharp— Registrar, Student Services
Lynda joined the DIT staff in 2011 with a background in proprietary and public schools and a Master’s in Education. Lynda oversees student and alumni records and maintains the Learning Resource Center on campus.
Tera DeRita – Front Desk / Administrative Assistant
Tera was born in San Diego but grew up in Bellingham, WA. Tera has worked many years in customer service. She is a certified phlebotomist and came to DIT in May 2017 after working for Ricoh at Amazon in Seattle.
Quote to live by: “if you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Jeff Chinberg– Staff Accountant
Jeff was born and raised here in the Seattle area and is a lifelong Seattleite except for 2 years he spent in Houston, TX. He loves the PNW landscape and is a fan of trains, the ocean, and the mountains. His educational background included a preference for learning on dry land. He studied Accounting at UW and Seattle University, but he actually started working part-time in accounting his senior year of high school and has spent 30 years in the accounting field. Jeff previously worked for a various companies including Plywood Supply, NBBJ, Clearwire (now absorbed by Sprint), and Symetra. Jeff joined the Accounting team at DIT in March 2016.
Freddie Perez— Accounting Specialist
Freddie was born in Puerto Rico, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his B.A. in Marketing Communications from Columbia College. Freddie had worked for T-Mobile, Atom Films, and Headbone Interactive prior to joining DIT in March 2011. Freddie is the Accounting Specialist and manages student accounts and payments.
Advice to New Divers
“Pay your bills.”
Sofia Cardozo, NW DIVE SUPPLY
Sofia moved to Seattle from Missoula, MT almost four years ago. Born in Tampa, Florida she is second generation Colombian-American, and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Sofia received her Major in ecological and organismal biology and a Minor in music from the University of Montana and has proceeded to work in a field where she can pursue her passion for wildlife and the ocean. As the Assistant Retail Manager of NW Dive Supply she finds what gear works best with each student. In her free time, Sofia enjoys recording violin for various artists across the PNW. She also goes scuba diving as frequently as she can, always looking for Giant Pacific Octopus and the ever elusive Six-Gilled Shark
Her advice for incoming students is; learn as much as you can, from as many people as possible. Don’t burn bridges, any connection you make is a new door filled with possibilities. Enjoy every day as much as you can, you’re only here for 7 months and you’re doing some pretty cool stuff.
Dawn Brown – Accounting Specialist/Retail Operations Manager
Dawn was born and raised in Dallas Texas and moved to Seattle in 2015 after living in Colorado for 3 years. She spent five years working for the Dallas Cowboys as their Key Account Manager in Merchandising, she also has over a decade’s worth of experience in inventory management and accounting.