Gwen 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.
Richard 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.
Courtney 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.
Rosemarie Harrington, Lead Consultant Rosemarie began volunteering in the Writing Center in February 2012 and soon was hired as a writing consultant. As lead consultant in the ASC, she continues to promote student writing through consultations and writing workshops; she also creates ASC’s online newsletter. Outside of NOVA Rosemarie tutors reading for a non-profit after-school program and helps its high school seniors with college essays.
Elias Fadlallah, Administrative Assistant In spring 2015, Elias came to ASC as a peer tutor. By fall 2015, he also was working as a front desk receptionist. In 2016 he graduated from NOVA and became ASC’s administrative assistant. In this position he handles administrative duties, trains students as front desk receptionists, promotes ASC activities, and occasionally tutors. Off campus he enjoys playing hand drums, playing soccer, and traveling.