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.
Michael Kleinfelder, Director of Placement
Mike is a DIT graduate who has been an instructor at the school since 2007. In his diving career, Mike has worked with inland companies in Seattle, San Francisco, and Louisiana. Most recently, Mike has trained DIT students with courses on the M/V Response for Sur-D O2 Deep Dives and the HEO2 Mixed Gas Theory/Finals Week
Advice for DIT Students and Alumni
“Remember, in the water, you’re working in an environment that we as man, are not meant to be in. Place safety as your highest concern not only for yourself, but also for all those you work with. Share your knowledge and experience. Strive to keep your work ethic high and work as a team.”
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.
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.