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

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 can be reached at 848-445-0984 or

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 can be reached at 848-932-0567 or

Aisha Ciafullo - Developmental Specialist of Training Programs

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. Over the course of the past 6 years, 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 for local communities. Since 2012, she has taught the Methods of Inquiry for Engineers course for the School of Engineering - a course focused on various aspects that contribute to student development of skills that can 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 will be teaching a section of the pedagogy course (Peer Instructor Education) required for all first-semester learning assistants.

Aisha Ciafullo can be reached at 848-445-0987 or

Karen Collingwood - Administrative Coordinator, College Avenue Learning Center

Karen Collingwood has been working at Rutgers since 1988. She is the Administrative Coordinator of the College Avenue Learning Center located in the Academic Building at 15 Seminary Place West. She is responsible for scheduling space management and communications for the College Avenue Learning Center, as well as managing Center personnel, maintenance, and administration.

Karen Collingwood can be reached at 848-932-1659 or

Samantha Feaser - Administrative/Marketing Coordinator, Livingston 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 can be reached at 848-932-0566 or

Sari Katzen - Program Coordinator of Integrated Academic Support Programs

Sari Katzen earned her M.S. in Biology from the College of Staten Island in 2015 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 worked at the Learning Centers since Fall 2012 in previous positions: Learning Assistant for Physics for the Sciences 193 & 194, Lead Academic Coach, and the Program Coordinator for the NSF-funded project: Preparation in STEM Leadership (PSL). Read more about Sari's research and academic history.

Sari Katzen can be reached at 848-445-0981 or

Lucille Lu - Developmental Specialist for Coaching Programs

Lucille Lu 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. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D at the Graduate School of Education in Education, Culture & Society. 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.

Lucille Lu can be reached at 848-932-0570 or

Anna Sandberg - Administrative Coordinator, Cook/Douglass Learning Center

Anna Sandberg 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. Anna oversees the Cook/Douglass Learning Centers and provides administrative support to the Learning Assistant (LA) program.

Anna Sandberg can be reached at 848-445-0989 or

Dr. Alice Seneres - Director of Integrated Academic Support Programs

Alice Seneres earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; her dissertation research compared the classroom learning environments of the hybrid and traditional course formats. She has earned her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and her M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. After working as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard for several years, she returned to higher education as a Teaching Instructor of Mathematics at Rutgers University, and was awarded one of the 2015 SAS Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She was a Fulbright scholar in Germany before becoming the Director of Integrated Academic Support Programs for the Rutgers Learning Centers.

Dr. Seneres can be reached at 848-445-1662 or

Topher Sutton - Department Administrator

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 Departmental 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 can be reached at 848-445-0982 or

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, oversees assessment of learning center programs.

Dr. Taylor can be reached at 848-932-1662 or

Nipa Onulak - PSL Program Coordinator

Nipa Onulak can be reached at