Academic Success Center Tutors

The Academic Success Center provides support to all students through discipline specific, real-time tutoring, interactive webinars, accessible onlTine resources, and personalized feedback so that students may successfully complete their studies and graduate. The ASC promotes a positive and supportive learning environment for all abilities and backgrounds. Together, we find learning success. 

Business Tutors

 Cheron Tolbert 

Cheron Tolbert resides in Georgia and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration. She has been a tutor with the Academic Success Center since 2019. Cheron’s favorite part of her work is helping students. Cheron has a sense of adventure and has skydived.

 Cythia Waddell

Cynthia Waddell has been with the Academic Success Center since 2012. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and holds a PhD in Management with an accounting specialization. Cynthia has worked for the Business Center since its inception. Cynthia enjoys tutoring moments when students have a noticeable breakthrough in understanding. Prior to tutoring at the Business Center, Cynthia worked as a federal law enforcement officer for over twenty years.

  Kathryn Huff (front left)
Kathryn Huff lives in Lousiana and holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics, as well as teaching certification in Social Sciences. In addition to interacting with students, Kathryn plays Jazz piano in the French Quarter (New Orleans.) She also enjoys cooking and gardening, and she is a long time blogger. 

  Kristen Swisher 

Kristen Swisher has been with the Business Center since 2008 and has taught or tutored since 2006. She lives in Arizona and holds a Doctorate in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management. Kristen enjoys personally interacting with students and helping them work through challenges. In her downtime, she enjoys cozy mysteries, the outdoors, and Hallmark movies.

 Matthew Fowler

Matthew Fowler resides in New Jersey and is working toward a PhD (ABD). He has been with the Academic Success Center since early 2020 and has taught or tutored since 2007.  Matthew enjoys helping students build financial acumen that can be used in business and personally. Matthew has lived and taught in Wenzhou, China.

 Monica Hubler 

Monica Hubler lives in New Jersey, and she has a MBA in  accounting and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Accounting, as well as a DBA. She has been with the university since 2010 and has tutored for seven of those years. Monica enjoys helping students learn  course concepts. She enjoys playing on her Ipad. 

 

Math Center Tutors

 Bahram Rajabifar 

Bahram Rajabifar lives in Indiana, and is a candidate for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Baham joined the Math Center team in early 2020, and he has tutored and taught since 2015. Bahram enjoys helping students become independent learners, as well as teaching and learning.

 Brian Gillispie 

Brian Gillispie has been with the Academic Success Center since 2009. He lives in Iowa and holds a PhD in Applied Math. Brian enjoys explaining math concepts to students in a way that they can understand. Brian developed and sold a video game in 2019, and he also has written two editions of a mathematical modeling book.

Edwin Oltmanns lives in Des Moines, Iowa. He has a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s degree in Mathematics. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2008, and he has been in education since 2006. He enjoys helping students learn mathematics. Edwin attended a one room school house where he was the only student in his grade for grades 1 to 7. He is a New York Yankees and Las Vegas Raiders fan.

 Humberto Monsivais 

Humberto Monsivais lives in Lafayette, Indiana and has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019 and has taught or tutored since 2012. Humberto enjoys helping students move forward when they hit a stopping point. Since he was 15, Humberto has not lived in the same place for longer than four years. He is bilingual, and his favorite book genre is fantasy.

 Jack Refling 

Jack Refling resides in South Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and a PhD, all in nuclear engineering. Jack has attended the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University, and the University of Virginia. Jack has been with the Math Center since 2010 and has tutored or taught since 1990. He enjoys seeing and hearing a student understand a concept for the first time. Jack is a co-owner of a patent. 

 Michele Paulsen

Michele Paulsen has been with the Math Center since 2019 and has taught or tutored since 2000. She lives in Wisconsin and has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education. Michele enjoys helping students solve problems. She also enjoys kayaking in Lake Michigan and playing the Native American flute.  

 Mita Tomerlin

Paromita "Mita" Tomerlin lives in Florida and has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019 and has worked as an educator since 2007. Mita  enjoys motivating students to learn by making the concepts easier for them to understand and therefore, helping them achieve their goals and dreams. She loves to play tennis, bake, and travel around the world. Mita was a finalist (top 100) in the 2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, and she has a Boston Terrier named Oreo.

 Shefali Patel 

Shefali Patel is a team lead in the Academic Success Center. She lives in New Jersey and has a Master of Science in Mathematics Education. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019 and has taught or tutored since 2005. Shefali enjoys being able to help students build their skills and overcome their fears of learning mathematics. She has two boys who happen to share the same birthday. Shefali loves to dance and is extremely terrified of spiders and snakes.

 Sherrie Mitchell

Sherrie Mitchell lives in Virginia and has a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2009. Sherrie enjoys working with a diverse group of students, encouraging them, and letting them know they can understand math. She enjoys playing Phase 10 with family and friends.

Science Tutors

 Cecelia Chapin 

Cecelia Chapin is an associate tutor from the flagship West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and expects to graduate with a Master in Public Health degree in December 2020. Cecelia has been with the Academic Success Center since 2018. In addition to tutoring science concepts, she also tutors in the Writing Center. Cecelia enjoys getting to know Purdue University Global students and helping them figure out the best way that they learn. She has  been a vegetarian for over 20 years and has been working on EMT certification.   

 Jenni Rygh

Jenni Rygh has been with the Academic Success Center since 2012, and she resides in Hawaii. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology. Jenni has been a teacher or tutor since 2003. She loves building relationships with students and coworkers. She says it is a great feeling to know she is  a part of helping her students and friends grow. Jeni has a cat named Meow Meow; her  toddler doesn't know the word “cat” yet, so everyone calls her Meow Meow. Jenni has  lived in Japan, Norway, and  Mexico, but Hawaii is her  favorite.

 Lilliana Moreno

Lilliana Moreno lives in Virginia and has a PhD  degree in Chemistry and Forensics, a Master of Science degree in Forensic Sciences and Biology, and a Master of Arts degree in Biomedical Sciences and Anatomy. She has been with the Science Center since 2011.  Lilliana loves empowering students and giving them the knowledge and extra boost of confidence that they need to succeed. Lilliana is  an all natural bodybuilding competitor and enjoys every second of the body transformation process. Lilliana also enjoys an occasional Snickers candy bar when her trainers are not watching.
 

 Melissa Derby 

Melissa Derby resides in Florida and has a Master of Science degree in Instructional DesignTechnologies and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. She has been with the Science Center since 2008. Melissa’s favorite part of tutoring is the moment a student understands the topic, and they get that look of “Oh Wow.” Melissa is a fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. She also enjoys building Legos with her niece.

 Shelly Johnsen

Shelly Johnsen has a Master of Business degree with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. She has tutored or taught since 2013. Shelly enjoys helping students succeed. She and her husband have four  adult children (two boys and two girls). Shelly’s family love sports, especially hockey games and Nascar races. Shelly lives on a small farm in rural Michigan along with her husband, two dogs, a cat, chickens, and ducks.

 Roxanne Miller

Roxanne Miller lives in San Antonio, Texas. She has a PhD in Physiology and Developmental Biology. She is currently in medical school pursuing a DO degree. She began working in the Academic Success Center in May 2020 and has taught or tutored since 2012. She enjoys seeing students have those "ah ha!" moments when she  helps them understand a scientific concept. Roxanne rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle and likes to cook, rock climb, and garden. Roxanne is currently an officer in the US Navy Reserves. 
 

Technology Tutors

  Ibidayo Awosola

Ibidayo Awosola lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he has a Master of Science in Computer and Information Technology degree. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019 and has taught or tutored since 2015. Ibidbayo enjoys making a difference in the lives of students. He has worked in five different countries and is the first person in his family to pursue a doctorate degree.

 Imad Tabarani

Imad Tabarani lives in Kansas and has a Master's degree. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2008 and has taught or tutored since 2003. Imad enjoys helping students understand the concept of how to troubleshoot. Imad loves the outdoors. 

 Jennifer Merritt 

Jennifer Merritt resides in Illinois and has a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019, and she has taught or tutored since 2000. Jennifer’s favorite part of working with students is seeing the “lightbulb” click on when a student grasps a concept. Jennifer loves softball, and she coaches and umpires softball games in her spare time. 

  Maria Lehoczky

Maria Lehoczky lives in Florida and has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Information Technology degree. Maria has been a teacher or tutor since 2006, and she has been with the Technology Center since 2018. Maria loves to travel and is  working on her bucket list of 25 countries. She recently became a United States citizen. She also has a cat that acts like a dog. The cat  follows her, comes when called, and begs for treats.

 Olivia Pollard

Olivia Pollard has a PhD In Management and Information Systems. She has been with the Technology Center since May 2020. She has 16 years of experience in corporate training and higher education.  She loves horror movies, photography, and her Cricut machine. 

 Satish Wadwekar 

Satish Wadwekar lives in Richmond, Virginia. He has a Master's of Science degree in Leadership and Management. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019. He enjoys helping students and learning in the process. Satish loves working on cars and completing home repairs. 

 Steve Long

Steve Long lives in North Carolina. He has a Master of Science in Education degree. He has been with the Academic Success Center since 2005. Steven enjoys working with diverse students. He has a passion for American muscle cars (Camaros and Corvettes).  

Writing Tutors

  Allen Miller

Allen Miller has been with the Academic Success Center since 2006 and has taught or tutored since 1993. Allen holds a Master of Arts in English Literature. He enjoys helping students improve their written communication skills. Allen lives in North Carolina, and he is the father of twins (one boy, one girl). He was featured in a Charlotte magazine as a stay-at-home dad.

 Ashley DiRienzo 

Ashley DiRienzo joined the Academic Success Center team in April 2020. She lives in the New Jersey/Greater Philadelphia area and has a Master's degree in English. She has taught or tutored for three years. Ashley enjoys working with students and helping them learn new concepts and experience break-throughs on their assignments. In her spare time, Ashley coaches youth field hockey.

Chelsea Plunkett 

Chelsea Plunkett lives in Iowa and has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree. She has been with the Academic Success Center since April, 2020 and has taught or tutored for eight (8) years. Chelsea loves helping students develop writing skills they can use to succeed in educational and professional environments. She has a 130-pound St. Bernard mix named Barney Fife. Though Barney is camera-shy, he is usually at her feet as she tutors. 

 Elizabeth Thompson  

Elizabeth is an associate tutor and has a Master of Arts in Communication degree. She has been with the Academic Success Center since April 2020. She has been a teacher or tutor for one (1) year. She loves when students get excited about their progress in writing skill development. Elizabeth is a current PhD student at Purdue University studying digital platforms and innovation. She participates in sprint triathlons and has received a silver medal rating for amateur winemakers in the Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University.

 Julie Freydlin, MA (No picture or bio available)

  Kurtis Clements

Kurtis Clements lives in Maine and has a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has been with the Academic Success Center since April 2020. Kurtis has worked in education since the early 1990’s.  Kurtis enjoys engaging with our learners and helping them with their writing struggles. Kurtis and his family heat their home 100% by wood.

  Melinda Linscott

Melinda Linscott lives in Chicago, Illinois and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in English and the Master of Arts in Teaching English and English Literature. Melinda has been with the Academic Success Center since April 2020 and has worked in education since 2005. Melinda enjoys working one-on-one with students. She is a preacher's kid who has lived in 5 states: Maine, Vermont, Michigan, Idaho, and Illinois. Melinda is excited to be buying her first home in Illinois with her husband. She loves flowers and looks forward to starting a garden. 

  Nancy Feraldi,

Nancy Feraldi lives in New Mexico and has a Master of Arts degree in Writing-Technical Track. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2005 and has been an educator since 1998. She enjoys collaborating and sharing resources and brainstorming writing "tricks of the trade" with diverse students from all departments and levels throughout the university, including students who speak multiple languages.  Nancy is a mother of five and a grandmother of six. She hopes to someday publish her memoirs which include being a Chicago social worker, environmental, peace, and justice activist, and other interesting jobs before she earned her master's degree later in life.

  Rick Kmetz

Rick Kmetz lives in Montana and has a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. He has been with the Academic Success Center since April  2019, and he has been in education since 2003. Rick enjoys sharing what he loves with students who need and value his knowledge. He is an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman.

  Robley Hood

Robley Hood lives in the southern United States. She has a PhD, and she has been with the Academic Success Center since 2009. She has worked in education since 1990. Robley’s favorite part of tutoring is hearing a student say that something she suggested worked. Robley is an avid walker and photographer.

  Terry Fletcher

Terry Fletcher lives in Oregon and has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing and a Master of Science degree in Legal Studies. She has been with the Academic Success Center since 2008 and has taught or tutored since 2000. Terry’s favorite part of tutoring is helping students explore their own thoughts. Terry plans to use her recently acquired Master’s degree in Legal Studies to support her passion for animal welfare in her state. She plans to lobby for better protection for pets.

 Thomas Huston

Thomas Huston lives in Indiana and has a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. Thomas has been with the Academic Success Center since 2019 and has worked in education since 2000. Thomas’ favorite part of tutoring is watching students learn. Thomas is a vegan.

 Travis Murphy

Travis Murphy lives in Indiana and has a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing. Travis has worked in the Academic Success Center since April 2020. He has been a teacher or tutor since 2002. Travis enjoys connecting with students. He loves to travel and has recently taken up bird watching.

 

Academic Center Specialists

 

Abbe M. Breiter MS RD LD/N

 Academic Center Lead Specialist

 

 

 

 Chrissine Cairns, MA

 Learning and Development Specialist

 

 

 

 

 Amy Sexton

 Academic Center Lead Specialist

 

 

Amy Sexton lives in the Appalachian Mountains of Southeast, Kentucky. She has a Master of Science in Language Education and has been with Purdue University Global since 2007. She has been an educator since 1997. Amy enjoys helping students reach their full potential and better their families. Amy enjoys riding on mountain trails and growing flowers.