ASC Staff


Gwen McCreaGwen McCrea, Learning Specialist Liaison for the Liberal Arts Division
Gwen’s background is in lifelong learning, from outdoor learning for children to adult education. She started at NOVA as a Writing Consultant in the Writing Assistance Center. In her position at ASC, Gwen oversees the academic skills workshop programming, works with students individually as an academic coach, and works closely with faculty in the Liberal Arts Division. Gwen is finishing her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota. Any free time she has left over after that is spent with her family and pursuing her other interests, including travel, hiking, gardening, and science fiction. For more information about Gwen, please visit her blog.

RichardRichard Noble, Learning Specialist Liaison for the Math, Science & Engineering Division
Dr. Richard Noble III is a Learning Specialist for the Academic Success Center at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been committed to sharing his passion for mathematics for over twenty years.  In particular, Dr. Noble has been involved with numerous activities that aim to broaden and encourage participation in STEM among underrepresented groups. He currently resides in Arlington with his wife Alfiee, two children (Morgann and Myles), and father-in-law (Al). For more information about Richard, please visit his blog.

CourtCourtney Boland, Coordinator of the Academic Success Center
Courtney joined the ASC team in July 2014 from West Virginia University. As the Coordinator of ACE, Courtney oversees all of the ASC Services and currently serves as the chair of the Tutoring Service Working Group. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys sightseeing, shopping, hiking and spending time with her furry babies, Sammy and Sophie. For more information about Courtney, please visit her blog.

OscarDr. Oscar Schiappacasse Ph.D, Professional Tutor
Oscar received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Salamanca University in Salamanca, Spain. While earning his Ph.D., Oscar was a Professor at Santa Maria University. Oscar has over 35 years of experience as a math professor. After retiring in 1999, Oscar joined the NOVA family as a math trainer and instructor. Oscar has a strong passion for math education and is always ready to share his love for understanding math.