MDCLCA OFFICERS

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski

Immediate Past President

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski

McDaniel College

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski currently works as Writing Center Director at McDaniel College. She previously served as an Instructional Associate in the Rockville Writing, Reading, & Language Center at Montgomery College. She began her career in higher education in 2005 as an Orientation Peer Advisor and admissions staffer at UMBC, where she realized her passion for supporting student success. She completed both a B.A. and an M.A. in American Studies at UMBC and the University of Iowa, respectively. She has also completed a graduate certificate in TESOL at UMBC and a graduate certificate in Strategic Management at Harvard's Extension School. Having taught and tutored at both public and private, 2-year and 4-year institutions, Vanessa has worked to support students from a wide range of linguistic and academic backgrounds, and she firmly believes that empowering students from all backgrounds to engage in academic and public discourse is the central mission of her work.

Kevin Knudsen

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

Vice President

Delana Gregg

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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.

Hilary Bateman

Secretary

Hilary Bateman

Washington College

Hilary Bateman works as the Director of the Office of Academic Skills at Washington College. She began her career in learning centers as a peer tutor at Albright College working with students in History, Sociology, and Math. Hilary has her B.A. in History from Albright College, her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Penn State University, and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. She has been at Washington College since 2015, first as the Assistant Director and now in her current role. Hilary managed tutoring for science, social science, and humanities courses, the embedded tutor program, academic recovery, academic skills tutoring and programming, and oversees disability access services.

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.

Molly Sherman

Student Representative

Molly Sherman

McDaniel College

Molly Sherman is an advanced peer tutor at the McDaniel College Writing Center. She has presented on the ethics of care, care practices, and care modeling with the director of the Writing Center, Vanessa, at the National College Learning Center Association this past February. Outside of the center, she is a student studying economics, environmental biology, and writing. Additionally, she is an organizer with the climate and jobs action group, Sunrise Movement, and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McDaniel College student-run newspaper, along with being a leader in various other student organizations on campus. She has also tutored in Economics and is currently a grader for the Intro to Economics course. Molly is inspired by the role of storytelling in uncovering interwoven systems of care we exist in and using care as a practice with her peers, fellow writers, and the natural world.

Miriam Laufer

Past President

Miriam Laufer

Howard Community College

Miriam Laufer currently works as the Academic Support Specialist in the Learning Assistance Center at Howard Community College. Previously, she worked at the Montgomery College Germantown Writing, Reading, and Language Center, including three years as the manager. Empowering community college students to enhance their literacy skills and achieve their dreams is the mission of her work, and she believes that supporting learning center staff and faculty is an important part of that work. Miriam has been involved with MDLCN since 2015 and is a founding member of MDCLCA. She holds an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English Literature from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Mary Gallagher

Past President

Mary Gallagher

USG

Mary Gallagherworks as the manager of the Center for Academic Success (CAS), the academic support department at the University of Shady Grove (SG). 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.

Cassie Hoddinott

Past President

Cassie Hoddinott

UMBC

Cassie Hoddinott is the Director of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at UMBC where she leads a team of staff and student leaders responsible for eight academic support programs. She has university , community college, and public school experience. By attending Maryland Learning Center Network (MDLCN) and National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) conferences, she became interested in founding an affiliate of the national organization. After the approval of the membership in 2016 to pursue affiliate status, she worked with the affiliate committee to form MDCLCA. She continues working with the elected board of directors to ensure a framework for the longevity of our state-wide organization as a means for learning center staff and students to share knowledge, experience, and opportunities.

Ashley Babcock

Past President

Ashley Babcock

Northcentral University

Ashley Babcock is the Associate Director of the ACademic Success Center at Northcentral University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Global Campus’ Graduate School. She has worked in learning centers for the past decade at four-year, two-year, public, and for-profit institutions. She became involved in the Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA) in 2015 when she worked on planning hte 2016 conference held at Montgomery College. Once she became involved with the group, she immediately saw how useful the group was to help Maryland learning center professionals network and develop professionally. She became one of the founding members of the Affiliate Committee, a group of professionals who worked to launch MDCLCA as a recognized affiliate of the National College Learning Center Association. As President, she continued to get MDCLCA established as an affiliate and worked to establish its back account and finances. She is looking forward to acting in a consulting role as Past-President and is excited for the future of MDCLCA.