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Learning Center Management - People willing to mentor

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Available Mentors



What kind of mentoring is available?


In this space, you will find the names and contact information of people in the field of learning assistance, college reading and learning, and developmental edcuation who are willing to help others in their specific areas of expertise.  Please add your name and information to this list if you are willing to help others in the profession...It doesn't matter if you have 1 or 30 years in the field, each of us has expertise and insights that can be useful to others.



Group members


  • Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Ph.D.

               Director of Academic Support

               SUNY Empire State College - Northeast Center

               21 British American Boulevard

               Latham, NY 12110

               tel. (518) 783-6203 Ext. 5939

               fax. (518) 783-6443





               E-mail: Lisa.D'Adamo-Weinstein@esc.edu



     I am currently the Director of Academic Support at SUNY Empire State College's Northeast Center. I have over 18 years of experience in the field of learning assistance and developmental education. I am very interested in    curriculum design for writing, reading and critical thinking courses as well as study skills courses and first-year transition programs. I also have extensive experience in marketing learning assistance programming and strategic planning for learning center growth and staff professional development. I am also becoming quite passionate about providing online academic support services in a variety of multi-media formats for students to access  according to their interests and learning preferences.


  • Penny Turrentine, Ph.D.

     Aztec Academics

     Pima Community College

     2202 W. Anklam Road, A-211a

     Tucson, AZ 85709-0001

     tel. (520) 272-8273

     fax. (520) 206-3119

               Email: pturrentine@pima.edu



     I have been in the learning assistance field for over 30 years. After retiring from leadership of the West Campus Learning Center, I moved into my work with the athletic program at Pima Community College. There are several area in which I am very interested some of which are learning center design, online tutoring, academic support for student-athletes, and program development. I am an evaluator for ITPC and very knowledgeable about tutor training program certification. As a four-time winner in the NCLCA and LSCHE-sponsored web site excellence competition, I have written two books, Champions in the Classroom and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (...and then some).


  • Lucy MacDonald, M.A.,M.A.

     Faculty Emerita

     Chemeketa Community College

     Faculty Trainer - TIDE (Technology Institute for Developmental Ed)

     4977 Brookmeade Dr

     Sarasota, FL 34232

     tel. 941-870-4957

      Email: lucy@lucyonline.com



      I am the egroup publisher for CRLA's Technology and Distance Learning SIG.  At TIDE I do a training on tutoring online, where tutors come online to tutor us, using several different platforms, from NetTutor, Blackboard, and Breeze (Adobe Connect Pro).  Penny and I collaborated on an article in the NADE Digest, called Tutoring Online: Increasing Effectiveness with Best Practices. Fall 2006. Available at http://www.nade.net  I love the technology but only when it supports student learning. I'd be happy to share what works in tutoring online and discuss possibilities, hopes and new directions.              


  • Brenda Edmands

     Email: bedmands@une.edu


  • Janice L. Taylor

     Program Manager, Tutoring Services

     Clark College

     1933 Fort Vancouver Way

     Vancouver, WA 98663

     tel. (360) 992-2773

               Email: jltaylor@clark.edu       


     I am the Program Manager of Tutoring Services at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I have been working in Tutoring Services for over almost 15 years and am responsible for complete hiring, training, and oversight of four separate Tutoring Centers (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Center, Language & Writing Center, Accounting & Business Center, and Transitional Studies Center) and maintaining our online presence through eTutoringOnline.org.  I have seen our services through massive growth, budget cuts, and trepid times.  We have had years of over 45,000 student visits and are now experiencing the current remote operation declines. I understand the challenges of gaining campus buy-in and support and was charged with closing the tutoring "pop-ups" across our campus to create consolidated tutoring services across our college under one single (my) umbrella. I am responsible for bringing CRLA Certification to our Institution and provide the training and certification to our program on a quarterly basis. I have as many as 60 to 120 employees any given quarter and only one full-time employee to assist me in keeping everything on track!  I am the queen of policies and procedures and have many forms and checklists to keep everything on track.


  • Erica Ellard (She/Her/Hers)

               Director, Academic Resource Center

               Adjunct Associate Professor

               Webster University

               470 E. Lockwood Ave.

               Loretto Hall, Room 40


               Email: ericaellard90@webster.edu


     I have run learning assistance centers for more than 15 years. These centers have focused on providing academic coaching/counseling, academic integrity education and resources, disability accommodations and support, programming for students on Academic Probation and/or conditionally admitted, library services, technology support and resources, testing functionality, and tutoring and writing support. I have also developed and managed early alert systems for two institutions and supported students at institutions with multiple sites, including fully online programming.


  •  Dr. Diana Garland, MBA 

          Director of the Learning Commons, BearCLAW

          Certified Learning Center Professional – Level 3


          Professional Development Officer, NCLCA


          113 Meyer Library 

          Phone: 417-836-4229 

           Email  me - DianaGarland@missouristate.edu | www.missouristate.edu


          I’ve worked in Higher Ed for over 30 years and helped start our Learning Commons 12 years ago. Experience at the University includes: academic advisor, outreach and distance learning, dual credit,           international student services and currently in the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing).  I am a co-author of Strategic Development of a Learning Center,  a chapter in Learning Centers for the 21st           Century and have served as an external program reviewer.  I am interested in all academic aspects of the Higher Ed experience and providing life changing opportunities for students.





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