Pamela MacBrayne: Executive Vice President
Tracy Lentz: Director of Operations, Program Director and
Dean of Academic and Student Services
Brian Kasler: Vice President of Business and Technology Services and Special Projects
New York, NY – American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI) Interim President Dr. George P. Connick announced three senior staff promotions at the nation’s largest mortuary science school today. Dr. Connick, who on January 1 succeeded Meg Dunn after she served as President for the last 24 years, promoted three senior members of AAMI’s leadership team.
Dr. Pamela MacBrayne was named Executive Vice President, a role previously held by Dr. Connick. Tracy Lentz was appointed Director of Operations, Program Director, and Dean of Academic and Student Services. Brian Kasler has become Vice President of Business, Technology Services and Special Projects.
“I am so fortunate to have a team of leaders that will help us advance AAMI’s mission as we continue to be the leading and most innovative funeral service school in the nation,” Dr. Connick said. “Pam MacBrayne brings decades of experience in academia and has earned the respect of faculty, staff and students.
“Tracy Lentz, a graduate of AAMI, has been part of the funeral service industry for more than two decades and has excelled as Dean of Student Services,” Dr. Connick said. “Brian Kasler brings his managerial and financial expertise to help ensure AAMI’s continued growth.”
Dr. MacBrayne, earned both an M.S. (University at Albany) and an Ed. D (University of Maine) in educational administration. She has worked in higher education for more than 40 years and been part of the AAMI family for 13 years, including the last five years as Director of Academic Integrity.
“I lam excited about working with our incredible faculty and staff to continue AAMI’s long history and tradition of providing first-class funeral service education for the next generation of funeral directors,” Dr. MacBrayne said. “As the number of students matriculating online continues to grow, we are expanding our ability to recruit and teach students from across the country.”
Ms. Lentz has an M.A. from Sam Houston State University, a B.S. from Stony Brook University and is a 1996 graduate of AAMI. She has been an instructor at AAMI for 10 years and has been Dean of Student Services for more than two years.
“I listen and talk to our students every day and I know how hard they are working. We have a great staff outside the classroom and incredible faculty to teach our students,” Ms. Lentz said. “As a proud alum, I’m excited to be part of the AAMI team that will guide the school to our centennial and beyond.”
Mr. Kasler, also a graduate of AAMI, holds a B.S. from Wagner College and an MBA from St. John’s University. He has had a long career in various aspects of the funeral services industry, including serving as deputy executive director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. Most recently, Mr. Kasler was Vice President for Operations and Student Services.
“AAMI is a great place to work because the staff, faculty and administration have a shared focus on educating our students and advancing the institution. While it’s nice to work at the best funeral services school in the country, it’s even nicer to make the best even better,” Mr. Kasler said.
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service offers its funeral service associate degree program both Online and On-Campus and students may attend either full-time or part-time. Physically located on Manhattan’s West Side and accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), AAMI has been the nation’s leader in Funeral Service Education for over 90 years. AAMI’s website is www.aami.edu