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Gwen McCrea, Learning Specialist Liaison for the Liberal Arts Division

Gwen McCreaGwen’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. 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 completing her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota. She spends her free time with her family and pursuing her other interests like 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

Richard NobleDr. Richard Noble III is a Learning Specialist for the Academic Success Center at NOVA's 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 20 years. 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, two children and his father-in-law. For more information about Richard, please visit his blog.

Courtney Boland, Coordinator of the Academic Success Center

Courtney BolandCourtney joined the ASC team in July 2014 from West Virginia University. The Coordinator of ACE, Courtney oversees all of 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 fur babies, Sammy and Sophie. For more information about Courtney, please visit her blog.

Dr. Oscar Schiappacasse, Professional Tutor

Oscar SchiappacasseOscar 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.
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