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Academic Support & Access Center


Academic Support and Access Leadership Team

  1. Marianne Huger Thomson, Senior Director, Academic Support & Access

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    Marianne Huger Thomson serves as the Senior Director of the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC). In this role, Dr. Thomson oversees academic support resources, disability services, and the student athlete support program. Prior to her role in t… More

    Send email to Marianne Huger Thomson

    (202) 885-3467

  2. Deborah DeMille-Wagman, Director, Academic & Disability Support

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    Deborah DeMille-Wagman joined the staff at the Academic Support and Access Center in October 2005. Working as a part-time academic support counselor is a second career for her. Previously, DeMille-Wagman was a lawyer in the field of court administrat… More

    Send email to Deborah DeMille-Wagman

    (202) 885-3360

  3. Juliann Winn, Associate Director, Learning Resources

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    Juliann joined the Academic Support and Access Center team in June of 2015. Specializing in academic support and retention initiatives, she leads the Learning Resources team in offering academic skills support, tutoring, and supplemental instruction.… More

    Send email to Juliann Winn

    (202) 885-3339

  4. Ashley Rozendaal, Assistant Director, Student-Athletes, ASAC

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    Ashley Rozendaal is the Assistant Director of the Academic Support and Access Center where she oversees the Student-Athlete Support Program. The Student-Athlete Support Program provides academic support and life skills development for all student-ath… More

    Send email to Ashley Rozendaal

    (202) 885-3185

Counseling Staff

  1. Linda Mass, Senior Counselor

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    Linda Mass joined the counseling staff of the Academic Support Center in the fall of 1987. Her field of expertise is the impact of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on the social, emotional, and academic development o… More

    Send email to Linda Mass

    (202) 885-3360

  2. Brian Lee, Counselor

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    Brian Lee joined the Academic Support Center in August 2009. Prior to American, Brian worked at a number of colleges and universities providing academic, therapeutic, and multicultural support to college students. Brian enjoys music, photography, sci… More

    Send email to Brian Lee

    (202) 885-3360

  3. Meaghan Molineaux, Counselor

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    Meaghan joined the staff of the Academic Support and Access Center in the spring of 2014. Meaghan has a background in providing academic and social support to students with disabilities. She has previously worked in both disability support and counse… More

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  4. Sharyl Pattillo, Counselor

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    Shari Pattillo is the counselor for international students in the Academic Support and Access Center. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in TESOL from American University. Before coming to the Academic Support… More

    Send email to Sharyl Pattillo

    (202) 885-3360

Learning Services Program Staff

  1. Nancy Sydnor-Greenberg, Coordinator, Learning Services Program

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    Nancy Sydnor-Greenberg has been Coordinator of the Learning Services Program in the Academic Support and Access Center since the fall of 2005. Prior to joining AU, she worked as a free-lance writer for national advocacy organizations, covering nation… More

    Send email to Nancy Sydnor-Greenberg

    (202) 885-3360

  2. Anna Whiston, Counselor, Learning Services Program

    Anna joined the Academic Support and Access Center as the Learning Services Program Writing Mentor and a Writing Lab Counselor in fall 2013. Anna now works with first-year and upper-class Learning Services Program students, as well as other AU stude… More

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Student-Athlete Support Staff

  1. Shilah Richardson, Assistant Counselor-Student Athletes

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    Shilah joined the Academic Support & Access Center staff in August 2014 as the Assistant Counselor for Student-Athletes. Prior to AU Shilah received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in coaching and masters in Higher Educa… More

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  2. Elena Paolini, Academic & Life Skills Counselor for Student Athletes

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    Elena joined the Academic Support and Access Center staff in August 2015. Prior to AU, Elena spent two years as an Academic and Life Skills Coordinator within the Athletic Department at Syracuse University. There, she primarily worked with the Women’… More

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Disability Accommodations Staff

  1. Amanda Harrison, Accommodations Coordinator

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    Amanda Harrison joined the ASAC in fall of 2010. Amanda serves as an Accommodations Coordinator, helping students with disabilities access and participate in the AU community. She is also a doctoral student at American, studying European history.

    Send email to Amanda Harrison

    (202) 885-3363

  2. Nicole Schoeb, Manager, Disability Services

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    Nicole joined American University in November 2009. Nicole is an AU Alum with an undergraduate degree from the College of Arts & Sciences, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs.

    Send email to Nicole Schoeb

    (202) 885-3360

  3. Erica Gillaspy, Accommodations Coordinator

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    Send email to Erica Gillaspy

    (202) 885-3483

Learning Resources Staff

  1. Ira Fabri, Learning Resources Coordinator

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    Ira Fabri holds an MA in International Communications, with a concentration in Global Media Studies, from AU's School of International Service. She also holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Torino, Italy. She started her career a… More

    Send email to Ira Fabri

    (202) 885-3360

  2. Alisa Louther, Assistive Technology Specialist

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    Alisa Louther joined American University in April 2015 as the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Academic Support and Access Center. Alisa is open to helping students, staff and faculty learn about Universal Design, and technology AU provides. Sh… More

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  3. Ricardo Maisonneuve, Interim Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction

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    Ricardo received his Bachelor's in Multimedia Journalism from Florida Atlantic University. He is also an American University alumnus, receiving his Master's in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to arriving at America… More

    Send email to Ricardo Maisonneuve

    (202) 885-3443

Operations and Front Office Staff

  1. Cathy McDonald, Coordinator, Operations & Administration

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    Cathy McDonald came to AU and the Academic Support Center in the summer of 2003, having worked previously in undergraduate admissions at another university. McDonald is committed to the mission of the ASAC and enjoys working collaboratively to provid… More

    Send email to Cathy McDonald

    (202) 885-3369

  2. Nicole Orphanides, Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Nicole Orphanides joined the staff in 2012 and currently serves the needs of students by connecting them with the academic support resources available at the university. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts from the American University in History and a M… More

    Send email to Nicole Orphanides

    (202) 885-3360