Meet the staff of the Academic Success and Advising Center.

Michelle Meyer
Senior Director Academic Success and Advising/Director of DSO

  • B.A. History, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • M.A.T, M. A. Learning Disabilities, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Michelle worked for Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Assistive Technology Coordinator and a Learning Disabilities Specialist for many years. As Centenary University’s Director of Disability Services, Michelle coordinates requests for disability accommodations and provides overall administration and management of the Project ABLE and STEP Ahead programs.

Jill Gerlach
Administrative Coordinator

Jill has extensive background in administrative support, human resources and project management. She supports both Academic Success and Disability Services and can answer your questions about the services we provide. Jill grew up in Hackettstown and has fond memories of selling Girl Scout cookies to the students on campus.

Margie Pavlichko
Director of Veteran Services

  • A.A. Humanities, County College of Morris
  • B.A. Individualized Studies, Centenary University

Margie joined the Centenary Community in 2006 as the Administrative Assistant in the Academic Success and Advising Center. She was assigned the veteran/veteran dependent student population in 2007. The “one-stop” Office of Veteran Services was officially created in 2012 with Margie as its first director. She is the primary point of contact for Centenary’s student veterans/veteran dependents, as well as those veterans/veteran dependents living in the greater Hackettstown community.

As the Director of Veteran Services, Margie is committed to assisting this very deserving population and navigating the internal and external systems of higher education and government agencies, so they can maximize their education benefits and all other available services and resources.

Maureen Fallon
Learning Support Specialist, DSO

  • B.S. Speech Therapy, Westchester University
  • M.S. Speech Language Pathology, University of South Carolina
  • New Jersey Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
  • National License, American Speech Language and Hearing Association

Maureen joined the DSO staff in the fall of 2009 after serving as a professional tutor for both DSO and the Academic Success Center. Prior to coming to Centenary University, she worked in private practice and rehabilitation medical settings. Her role as a Learning Support Specialist has allowed her to utilize her background and expertise in new ways to assist students in achieving success in higher education.

Marcella Lamura
Learning Support Specialist, DSO

  • B.S. Psychology, Kutztown University
  • M.Ed. Student Affairs, Kutztown University

Marcella has worked for a social service agency as a therapeutic support staff member and applied behavioral modification techniques to children with autism. She has an extensive background in study skills and was a professional tutor at East Stroudsburg University. Marcella is very patient and understanding of the academic and social demands of today’s college student. She is the advisor for the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for students with disabilities.

Abbie Davis
Academic Support Specialist

  • B.A. English, Minor: Environmental Science, William Paterson University
  • M.A. English, Montclair State University

Abbie has worked in higher education for numerous years. While pursuing her master’s degree at Montclair State University, Abbie worked at Centenary University as a Professional Tutor where she was able to engage and work with students on a daily basis.

Additionally, she taught Developmental English at Middlesex County College for three years, as well as Student Success courses at Northampton Community College. As an Academic Support Specialist at Centenary University, Abbie enjoys being able to assist students in working towards a successful academic career.

Nina Debrot
Academic Support Specialist

  • B.A. Social Work, Rutgers University
  • M.A. Social Work, Rutgers University

Nina received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University where she spent five years studying and growing in the field of Social Work. During graduate school, Nina worked with individuals living with various mental illnesses doing both group and individual therapy.

After graduating, Nina worked in a local high school supporting students with different behavioral needs and developmental disabilities. In the Academic Success and Advising Center, she works alongside students to build skills to achieve success at Centenary University and continued success after graduation.

Laura Rhodes
Learning Support Specialist, DSO

  • B.S. Psychology, Susquehanna University
  • M.S. Social Work, Rutgers University

Laura has worked in behavioral health rehabilitative services (mobile therapy and behavior specialist consulting) and community-based outpatient services. She made her way to Centenary University’s Disability Services Office after working at Centenary’s Counseling Center, which started as her graduate school field placement. In Laura’s free time, she enjoys traveling and taking photographs.

Julie Gallup
Learning Support Specialist

  • B.A. Education, The College of New Jersey
  • M.Ed., Montclair State University

Julie began her career as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher at a private school for students with autism.  She also worked as an assistive technology specialist, where she conducted evaluations and trainings for children and adults with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Julie currently provides individualized academic support to Centenary students in Project ABLE and arranges accommodations for exams with extended time.

Lindsay Galasso
Student Success Coach

  • B.A. Sociology, Moravian College
  • M.A. Leadership and Public Administration, Centenary University

Lindsay came to Centenary University in 2015 where she began working as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor. Since then, she has received a M.A. in Leadership and Public Administration and began working within the Academic Success and Advising Center as a Student Success Coach. As the Student Success Coach, Lindsay’s goal is to offer support, in all areas, to students in order to ensure that they are well-prepared, and successful during their time at Centenary.