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.


Stacey Blackwell - Senior Director

Image of Stacey Blackwell, Senior Director Stacey Blackwell earned her M.A in English from The College of New Jersey, her Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from Rutgers University, 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 course (Peer Instruction Education) required for all first-semester learning assistants. Stacey serves on the editorial board of ​The Learning Assistance Review and the NCLCA Newsletter​, as well as on the NCLCA Conference Proposal Committee.

Stacey Blackwell's office is in Bishop House. Phone: 848-445-0984 Email:


Topher Sutton - Department Administrator, Livingston Learning Center

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Topher Sutton graduated from Rutgers College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Psychology, and obtained his Master’s in Education from the College Student Affairs program at Rutgers University. He served as a Residence Director at The College of New Jersey for three years before returning to Rutgers to serve as a Program Coordinator for Student Support Services. He is joining the Learning Centers as Department Administrator, and is very excited about bringing his positive attitude and creativity to help the Learning Centers continue to run effectively and ultimately have more students utilize their resources.

Topher Sutton's office is in Tillett 111A. Phone: 848-445-0982 Email:

Dijon Marie Coss - Senior Administrative Assistant

Dijon Marie Coss graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a BA in History. She is currently enrolled at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy taking graduate courses in Public Policy. She previously worked at University College with nontraditional students and at the School of Social Work with graduate students. Her interests lie in education policy and its potential to promote economic growth. She sees her current position Administrative Coordinator with the Learning Centers as a continuation of her role as an advocate and facilitator of student success. She looks forward to providing a positive learning environment and promoting the programs at the Busch Learning Center to assist students in reaching their academic goals.

Dijon’s office is in SERC 106A within the Busch Learning Center. Phone: 848-932-1659 Email:

Samantha Feaser - Administrative/Marketing Coordinator, College Avenue Learning Center

Samantha 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 Rm. 1125. Phone: 848-932-0566 Email:

Anna Sandberg - Administrative Coordinator, Cook/Douglass Learning Center

Image of Anna Sandberg, Administrative Coordinator for C/D Learning Center Anna Sandberg is currently an Ed.D. student at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education in the Education, Culture, & Society program. She earned her Ed.M. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education in 2017 and her B.A. in Italian and European Studies from Rutgers University in 2013. Prior to joining the Learning Centers, Anna worked at Rutgers in the Department of Germanic, Russian, and Eastern European Languages and Literatures and in the Office of Disability Services. She has taught sections of Honors Colloquium, a required course for SAS Honors Program students, and sections of the Students in Transition Seminar (STS) required for all SAS transfer students. Anna oversees the Cook/Douglass Learning Centers and provides administrative support to the Learning Assistant (LA) Program.

Anna Sandberg's office is in Loree 124. Phone: 848-445-0989 Email:


Lucille Leung - Developmental Specialist for Coaching Programs

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 the LSAMP STEM Research Preparation course.

Lucille Lu's office is in Bishop House. Phone: 848-932-0570 Email:


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 103. Phone: 848-445-1662 Email:

Sari Katzen - Program Coordinator of Integrated Academic Support Programs

Sari Katzen earned her M.S. in Biology from the College of Staten Island and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University. Sari coordinates the Learning Assistant (LA) Program at the Learning Centers and teaches a section of the pedagogy course (Peer Instructor Education) required for all first-semester LAs. She has also worked as an undergraduate Learning Assistant for Physics for the Sciences 193 & 194, Lead Academic Coach, Program Coordinator for the NSF-funded project: Preparation in STEM Leadership (PSL), and advisors for RU-FIT, a transition course for first-year international students, and the SAS First-Year Retention Program. Read more about Sari's research and academic history.

Sari Katzen's office is in SERC 105 B within the Busch Learning Center, SERC 106. Phone: 848-445-0981 Email:


Aisha Ciafullo - Developmental Specialist, Training & Professional Development Programs

Image of Aisha Ciafullo Aisha Ciafullo earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the School of Engineering in 2010, and her Ed.M. in Mathematical Education from the Graduate School of Education in 2016, both at Rutgers University. Since 2010, Aisha has had the opportunity to serve as a tutor, peer mentor, counselor, academic coordinator, academic coach and course instructor for the Rutgers student population, as well as surrounding communities. From 2012-2017, she taught the School of Engineering’s Methods of Inquiry for Engineers course which focused on student development of skills that enhance their personal, academic and professional experiences. Aisha also previously served as an Academic Coach for the Learning Centers from February 2015 – August 2016, working with a variety of student populations. She independently taught a section of the pedagogy course (Peer Instructor Education) required for all first-semester learning assistants for Fall 2016 & Fall 2018, co-taught a section of the course for Fall 2017, and has co-coordinated the logistics & curriculum of the course for the 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 academic years.

Aisha Ciafullo's office is in Tillett 111 B. Phone: 848-445-0987 Email:


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 Academic Peer Tutoring Program for the Rutgers Learning Centers.

Mary Ann Cancio's office is in Loree 124. Phone: 848-932-0567 Email:


Dr. Shawn Taylor - Director of Assessment and Writing Coaching

Shawn Taylor earned his D.Ed. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, and his M.A. in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from the School of Management and Labor Relations also at Rutgers University. Shawn directs the Writing Coaching Program and oversees assessment of learning center programs.

Dr. Taylor's office is in Academic Building West Wing 1247. Phone: 848-932-1662 Email: