Mary Gallagher works as the Manager of the Center for Academic Success (CAS), the academic support department at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). She began her career in student support in 2005 at Syracuse University, when her passion for writing and the mechanics of the English language inspired her to work as a writing consultant in the Syracuse University Writing Center and the University Athletic Department. She joined the staff of USG in 2009, and has served as CAS’s coordinator, senior coordinator and acting interim director. At both USG and Syracuse, Mary works to support diverse and non-traditional students, including language learners and transfer students, to build skills and overall approaches to strategic learning. Mary is passionate about education and continual learning: she holds an MA Degree in Bilingual Education from UMBC, is currently pursuing a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture (also from UMBC) and is an alumna of the Education Pioneers Summer Graduate Fellowship.