MDCLCA OFFICERS

Kevin Knudsen

Immediate Past President

Kevin Knudsen

George Washington University

Kevin Knudsen is the Director of Academic Commons in the Division of Libraries and Academic Innovation at the George Washington University. Kevin began his journey in the field of learning assistance as an undergraduate peer tutor while attending Salisbury University. As a tutor, he learned how much of an impact peer educators can have on student learning and success. Kevin holds a B.A. in History with a Secondary Education concentration and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Post-Secondary concentration ('13 and '15, respectively, both from Salisbury University). He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning at GW and is a founding member of the MDCLCA.

Delana Gregg

President

Delana Gregg

UMBC

Dr. Delana Gregg has worked at UMBC since 2002, most recently as the Director for Academic Learning Resources at UMBC's Academic Success Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UMBC, her research focusing on the effects of high impact practices on the success of first-generation college students.

Elysse Meredith

Vice President

Elysse Meredith

Montgomery College

Elysse T. Meredith is the Director of the Writing, Reading, and Language Center at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies (English Literature, French Literature, and Art History) and a M.Sc. in Medieval Studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as well as a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA. She has been involved with MDCLCA (then MDCLN) since 2016 and is a founding member of MDCLCA. Her research interests include linguistic diversity, emotional labor, and multilingual composition. As a lover of languages with an international academic background, she is passionate about helping students develop as writers by discovering their own voice.

Amanda Sharpe

Secretary

Amanda Sharpe

UMBC

Amanda Sharp currently serves as the First-Year Academic Advocate at UMBC. Prior to joining the Academic Success Center team, Amanda worked in Housing and Residence Life in Louisville, KY, and New Student Programs in Champaign, IL. She earned a B.A. at Indiana University Southeast, an M.Ed. in Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Education Leadership at Frostburg State University.

Heather Holmes

Treasurer

Heather Holmes

Salisbury Uniersity

Dr. Heather Holmes is the Director of Student Achievement at Salisbury University. She has been a higher education administrator for 35 years with experience as an educator in student and campus life; progressive experience in academic advising, academic support programs, grant administration, residence life, student union management, orientation, first year experience, student activities, student conduct, Greek life, and leadership. In 1999, Dr. Holmes earned her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo where she served as the Director of Orientation and Student Activities. She holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University (1990) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Cortland (1986). She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Society. She has been certified by International Center for Supplemental Instruction at UMKC. She is a member of NASPA, NCLCA, MDCLCA and CRLA. Dr. Holmes serves as the co-advisor to Relay for Life at Salisbury University.

Sarah Longwell

Marketing and Communications Officer

Sarah Longwell

Stevenson University

Longwell is the Director of the John L. Stasiak Academic Link at Stevenson University where she oversees the Tutoring Program, Writing Services, Peer Assisted Learning Program, and the Testing Center. She has been involved with MDCLCA since 2020. Longwell earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Redlands. Longwell's career centers around empowering students and pushing for greater equity and accessibility in higher education.

Larkin Diener

Student Representative

Larkin Diener

McDaniel College

Larkin Diener is a senior at McDaniel College majoring in Psychology with an interest in behavior and learning. She is a current writing center tutor and will be working with MDCLCA for the first time starting this year.

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski

Past President

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski

McDaniel College

2020 - 2021

Miriam Laufer

Past President

Miriam Laufer

Howard Community College

2019 - 2020

Mary Gallagher

Past President

Mary Gallagher

Universities at Shady Grove

2018 - 2019

Ashley Babcock

Past President

Ashley Babcock

The College of Westchester

2017 - 2018

Cassie Hoddinott

Past President

Cassie Hoddinott

UMBC

2016 - 2017