Michelle Perrigo, Director of Compliance & Administration

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.

I still draw upon my experiences at D.I.T, when handling the duties of my position as Executive Director of the Association of Diving Contractors International. There are many outstanding Dive Schools throughout the U.S. and abroad, but my decision to attend Divers Institute of Technology is one that I will never regret. 

– Phil NewsumExecutive Director at Association of Diving Contractors International

Dawn Brown, Inventory Specialist/NW Dive Supply 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.

Mark Martinez, NW DIVE SUPPLY Retail Associate

Mark Martinez – Life Support Technician and Gear Specialist
Mark was born in Clear Lake, TX, home of NASA. He was raised in Montana, moved to Seattle to go to college in 2004, and has lived here ever since. Mark joined the life support team at DIT in 2016. He is responsible for maintaining dive gear including hats, cylinders, regulators, and the air spread/compressors on campus. Mark also helps instructors maintain their barges and works with students to teach them how to maintain their gear properly. Mark is certified as a KM Hat Technician, Gorski Technician, and Cylinder Visual Inspection Technician, and holds about a half dozen various regulator certifications as well.

Gary Davis, Student Records Specialist

Gary was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Gary performed as a professional dancer for 20 years in ballet companies, musical theatre and on cruise ships. He has a BFA in Dance from Wright State University. After retiring from the dance world, he has been a “jack of all trades” and has administrative background in the legal, insurance and entertainment industries. He also worked as a records specialist and eventually a legal secretary at several law firms. Gary started at DIT in July 2020 as an accounting assistant and is now the student records specialist as of November 2020.

Jeff Chinberg, Senior 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 35 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.

Kennedy Bailey – Dive Shop Manager

Kennedy was born in Utah and raised in southern New Mexico. After high school, she moved with her husband to the Caribbean, where they lived on and off for three years. Her last year there, she managed a dive shop’s bookings and advertisement. She loved either SCUBA diving or snorkeling everyday with the stingrays and sea turtles. They moved to Seattle in December 2019 so her husband could attend DIT. Kennedy got a position at the dive shop and fell in love with the atmosphere. She is now the Gear Specialist and Dive Shop Manager. Kennedy is here to help students get all the appropriate gear that they will need throughout their schooling.

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