Meet the Staff

Please use our contact form to send us your questions, comments, and requests by email. You can also use the directory below to contact the appropriate staff member.


LEADERSHIP

Stacey Blackwell - Senior Director

Image of Stacey Blackwell, Senior Director Stacey Blackwell earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from Rutgers University, an M.A in English from The College of New Jersey, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish and concentration in Education from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. After teaching English and composition courses at several PA and NJ colleges and universities, Stacey returned to Rutgers in 2011. She worked as the Director of Training, Outreach, and Academic Coaching before becoming the Senior Director of the Learning Centers. She also teaches a section of the Pedagogy of Peer-Led Learning course required for all first-semester learning assistants. She serves as chair of the RU-NB Student Success Steering Committee and serves on the editorial board of ​The Learning Assistance Review​, as well as on the National College Learning Center Association's (NCLCA) Conference Proposal Committee. Stacey has also earned the Level 3 Learning Center Leadership Certification from the NCLCA.

Stacey Blackwell's office is in Bishop House.


ADMINISTRATIVE

Dr. Anna Beskin - Assistant Director of Administration, Livingston Learning Center

Anna - headshotAnna Beskin earned her PhD in English literature from Fordham University, an MA in English from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. in English from Pace University. Prior to working at Rutgers University, Dr. Beskin was the Interim Director of the Campion Institute for the Advancement of Intellectual Excellence at Fordham University. She has two decades of experience working with college students in various capacities such as instructor, advisor, and mentor. As the Assistant Director of Administration, Dr. Beskin oversees the daily operations of the Livingston Learning Center as well as develops, implements, and evaluates policies and procedures related to operations, student employment, and center management for all Learning Centers.  

Dr. Beskin's office is Tillett Hall, Room 111A.

Samantha Feaser - Senior Administrative Assistant, College Avenue Learning Center

Sam - HeadshotSamantha Jones Feaser earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2011. While completing her undergraduate degree Samantha tutored privately and worked in Human Resources. She returned to Rutgers in May 2012 and became the Administrative Assistant/Supervisor of the Kreeger Learning Center for two years before being promoted to her present position as Coordinator of the Livingston Learning Center and Marketing/Outreach for the LCs. Through her position, Samantha is developing her Higher Education, Student Affairs, Student Development, and Marketing skills. She recently completed her master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, specializing in Higher Education Leadership, through the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

Samantha Feaser's office is in Academic Building - West, Room 1246.

Thomas Cuthbert - Administrative Coordinator, Cook/Douglass Learning Center

Thomas Cuthbert earned his B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. He currently serves as the administrative coordinator of the Cook/Douglass Learning Center. Tom previously served the Learning Centers as the program assistant for the tutoring program.

Tom’s office is in Loree Building, Room 124.

Allison Wierzbicki - Administrative Coordinator, Busch Learning Center

Allison - HeadhotAllison Wierzbicki earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Rowan University in 2017 and then obtained her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University in 2020. Her experience in Higher Education began with her role as Office Assistant at Rowan University’s Campbell Library and continued into her role as an Academic Advising Assistant at Rowan College at Burlington County. With a long-standing appreciation for student success and development, Allison is excited to join the Rutgers University community through her role as the Administrative Coordinator in the Busch Learning Center. 

Allison’s office is in SERC, Room 106A.

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ACADEMIC COACHING

Lucille Leung - Assistant Director of Academic Coaching

Image of Lucille Leung, Developmental Specialist for Coaching Programs Lucille Leung is currently an Ed.D Candidate at the Graduate School of Education in Education, Culture & Society. She has earned her Ed.M in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, and her B.A. in Economics also at Rutgers University. Lucille oversees academic coaching and workshops at the Rutgers Learning Centers, and also works closely with the writing coaching program. In addition, she teaches a section of the pedagogy course (Peer Instruction Education) required for all first-semester learning assistants, Methods of Inquiry for School of Engineering, and serves as an advisor for RU-FIT and SAS FRP.

Lucille Leung's office is in Tillet Hall, Room 111C.

Sarah Kravits - Academic Coach

Sarah - HeadshotSarah Kravits earned an M.Ed in Learning, Cognition, and Development from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education in 2020, and holds a B.A. in English and Drama from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. As an academic coach, she works to empower students to build self-knowledge, agency, and motivation. She leads a variety of workshops for students and serves as an advisor for SAS FRP. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she taught student success courses at Montclair State University and co-authored several student success textbooks for the Keys to Success series, previously published by Pearson Education. She is also a master coaching trainer with LifeBound.  

Sarah's office is located in Academic Building - West, Room 1248.

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LEARNING ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Dr. Corey Ptak - Director of Integrated Academic Support Programs

Image of Dr. Corey Ptak, Director of Integrated Academic Support Corey Ptak earned his Ph.D in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. In his postdoctoral career, Dr. Ptak became interested in STEM education and served as a lecturer at Cornell University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ptak has extensive knowledge of education theory, practice and evaluation. In addition to his teaching in the biological and environmental sciences he has developed and coordinated programs focused on research based teaching practices in STEM classrooms. He also helped found the ACCESS network -- a national information sharing network for programs seeking to improve equity and inclusion in STEM.

Dr. Ptak's office is in SERC, Room 103.

Dr. Anna Sandberg - Senior Program Coordinator, Integrated Academic Support Programs

 picAnna Sandberg earned her Ed.D. in Education, her Ed.M. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and her B.A. in Italian and European Studies from Rutgers University. Anna previously served as the Administrative Coordinator of the Cook/Douglass Learning Center at Rutgers, and as an administrator in the Department of German, Russian, & East European Languages and Literatures and in the Office of Disability Services. She teaches a section of the Pedagogy of Peer-Led Learning course required for all first-semester Learning Assistants, and advises for the SAS First-Year Retention Program. She has also previously taught sections of SAS Honors Program Honors Colloquium and the Students in Transition Seminar (STS). Anna has also earned the Level 2 Learning Center Leadership Certification from the NCLCA. She currently oversees the Learning Assistant (LA) Program. 

Anna Sandberg's office is in SERC, Room 105B in the Busch Learning Center. 

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PEER TUTORING PROGRAM

Mary Ann Cancio - Director of Operations and Direct Academic Support

Mary Ann Cancio earned her Ed.M. from Rutgers University and her B.A. from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. She holds a Certificate in Supervisory Management, NJ Certified Public Manager Program, Department of Personnel, State of NJ. Mary Ann has over 30 years experience in Higher Education in both Student Affairs and Academic Support. Before coming to Rutgers in 1996, Mary Ann worked at St. Peter's College from 1980 - 1982, and The College of NJ from 1982 - 1996. Mary Ann currently directs the Peer Tutoring Program for the Rutgers Learning Centers.

Mary Ann Cancio's office is in Loree Building, Room 124.

Marie Freibergs - Senior Program Coordinator

Marie - HeadshotMarie Freibergs earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. She started working at Rutgers in June 2015 as a part-time Office Assistant for the Office of Academic Services. She then joined the Department of English-Douglass Writing Center as an Administrative Assistant in September 2015. While there, she earned her Ed.M. in Educational Psychology, with a focus on Learning, Cognition, and Development from the Graduate School of Education. Marie is excited to join the Rutgers Learning Centers as the Senior Program Coordinator of the Peer Tutoring Program in the College Avenue Learning Center.

Marie Freibergs’ office is in Academic Building - West, Room 1247.


TRAINING 

Sari Katzen - Developmental Specialist, Training & Professional Development Programs 

Sari - HeadshotSari Katzen earned her M.S. in Biology from the College of Staten Island and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University. Sari has enjoyed working within higher education and has held several academic support positions. She has worked at the Rutgers Learning Centers as an undergraduate physics peer leader called a Learning Assistant (LA), academic coach, and coordinator for the LA Program. She now works as their Developmental Specialist of Training and Professional Development Programs and oversees their Peer Leader Training Program, as well as co-coordinates and teaches their Pedagogy of Peer-Led Learning course offered to peer leaders and students interested in peer education. Sari has also served as an advisor for programs such as RU-FIT, a transition course for first-year international students and the SAS First-Year Retention Program (FRP). Read more about Sari's research and academic history.

Sari Katzen's office is in Milledoler Hall, Room 121.

Dr. Hebbah El-Moslimany - Learning Specialist

Hebbah El-Moslimany earned her PhD in the Learning Sciences, an MA in Education (specialization in the Learning Sciences), and BA in Chemistry and Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. El-Moslimany was a Research Project Coordinator at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the department of Educational Psychology at the Graduate School of Education. Prior to working at Rutgers University, she taught elementary school at a private school in New Jersey.

Hebbah El-Moslimany’s office is in Milledoler Hall, Room 122.