What We Do

The mission of the General Accounting Department is to maintain and ensure the accuracy and integrity of the University’s General Ledger through account reconciliations and other analyses, provide timely and reliable financial and accounting services to management and the University community, maintain a knowledgeable staff who understands various accounting processes from start to finish, provide accurate and timely customer service, and utilize technology effectively in the operation of accounting functions.

Services
  • Reconcile designated University bank accounts
  • Invoice non-research, non-student tuition accounts receivable
  • Establish, maintain, and disable Entity 02, 03, 04 , 07, 09, and 47 accounts
  • Identify miscellaneous ACH and wire transfers (EFTs) and record to PRISM General Ledger
  • Prepare annual Reports of Unclaimed Property
  • Establish and maintain Petty Cash and Working Funds
  • Investigate check forgeries
  • Risk Management accounting
  • Monitor restricted (Entity 04) account activity
  • Pursue resolution of restricted (Entity 04) and agency (Entity 09) account deficit balances
  • Establish and maintain University endowments and quasi endowments
  • Transfers to/from the principal and income accounts of endowment and quasi-endowment gifts
  • Monthly and quarterly endowment reports
  • Individual endowment information upon request

Staff Directory

Tammy S. Johnson

Director
Email: tjohnson@cfo.pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-6075

Sandra A. LaQuatra

Accountant
direct depositor / direct deposit and credit card cash report review / bank account reconciliations / unclaimed property / misc. accounts receivable reconciliation and reporting / aged trial balance reporting for financial information board books / investigate and resolve various internal and external inquiries / audit schedules
Email: slaquatra@cfo.pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-6290

Colin P. Rawleigh

Endowment Accounting Manager
manage endowment accounting / endowment, quasi-endowment, and life income gift account reports, inquiries, and new account setup / funds held in trust by others / new account setup for purpose codes starting with 22, 27 ,28, 84 / investment income / effectuates sale of security gifts / audit schedules
Email: crawleigh@cfo.pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-7141

Sharon R. Sobol

Operations Manager, Cash & PRISM GL
manage department cash operations policies and procedures / posting processes of PRISM general ledger information (excluding Sponsored Projects Accounting, Payables, Payroll, and the Student Payment Center) / PRISM general ledger import processes / PRISM system security rules / PRISM system access responsibilities for GL, Purchasing, PCard, RPA (selected), and Budget (GL) modules and applications / coordinate monthly and fiscal year-end general ledger closing processes / initiate certain Sarbanes Oxley audit reviews and system access reviews for the Controller / Line of Credit account reconciliations / investigate and resolve various internal and external inquiries
Email: ssobol@cfo.pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-6068

Matthew D. Vecchio

General Ledger Manager
manage new account setup for entity 02, 03, 04, and 09 accounts and inquiries / general ledger account analysis and reconciliations / risk management accounting / standard journal entries / bank account reconciliations / compensated absences accrual / year-end accruals, deferrals and carryovers / transfer subcode usage review / investigate and resolve various internal and external inquiries / audit schedules
Email: mvecchio@cfo.pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-6066

Richard P. Zavolta

Accountant
ACH and wire transfer (EFT) investigation and input / prepaid expenses / inventory / bank account reconciliations / general ledger account analysis and reconciliations / petty cash and working funds review / unclaimed property database maintenance / due diligence unclaimed property / check forgeries / investigate and resolve various internal and external inquiries / audit schedules
Email: rpz4@pitt.edu      Phone: (412) 624-6621