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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 has enjoyed working with students in a variety of ways throughout her career. She worked at James I. O’Neil High School throughout college and right after graduation before realizing her true passion was to work in higher education. She made the leap to higher education by working at Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Assistive Technology Coordinator and a Learning Disabilities Specialist for 10 years. In 2015 she accepted the position at Centenary University as the Director of Disability Services and eventually moved into her current role as Senior Director of Academic Success and Advising/Director of Disability Services in 2017. Michelle is the administrative supervisor for the ASAC team, but also works directly with students to support their academic growth. She enjoys all components of her current position, but the best part is watching students develop skills and meet their potential.

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 became official 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 in 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.

Marcella Lamura
Student Success Specialist

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

Marcella worked at Northampton Community College as a Disability Services Specialist and Academic Advisor prior to joining the DSO staff in 2013. She has an extensive background in study skills and was a Professional Tutor at East Stroudsburg University for a few years. Marcella began her professional career working for a social service agency as a Therapeutic Support Staff member and applied behavioral modification techniques to children with autism. She is very patient and understanding of the academic and social demands of today’s college student. Marcella is also the advisor for the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for students with disabilities.

Abbie Davis
Student Success Specialist/Tutoring Center Coordinator

  • 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 academic strategy courses at Northampton Community College and Centenary University. As a Student Success Specialist at Centenary, Abbie enjoys being able to assist students in working towards a successful academic career.

Julie Gallup
Assistant Director of Disability Services

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

Julie began her career as a paraprofessional and substitute classroom teacher at a private school for students with autism.  In addition, she has worked as an assistive technology specialist, where she conducted evaluations and trainings for children and adults with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.  She has also volunteered at several non-profit organizations to promote arts accessibility.  Julie currently provides individualized academic support to students in Project ABLE and arranges accommodations for exams as well as note-taking.

Lindsay Galasso
Student Success Specialist

  • 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 a Student Success Specialist, 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.

Pamela Cavanagh
Student Success Specialist

  • B.S. Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsburg University
  • M.Ed. Higher Education- Reading Specialist, East Stroudsburg University

Pam began working in higher education as a professor, teaching Developmental Reading and Writing and Freshman Seminar.  As a professor, she realized she wanted to work with students on a more individualized basis.  Pam made the transition from faculty to administration in order to assist students at a personal level in their pursuit of a college degree.

As a Student Success Specialist, Pam’s goal is to assist students in developing the skills and strategies needed to achieve their college goals and future endeavors.

Kimberly Ambler
Student Success Specialist-Academic Advising/English Language Learner Support

  • M.A. Urban Education with English As A Second Language Specialization, New Jersey City University
  • B.A. Health and Exercise Science, Health Promotion Fitness Management, Rowan University
  • NJ Teaching License: ESL Education, Health Education, Elementary K-5
  • CRLA Certification: College Reading & Learning Association, Tutor Training

Kimberly has worked for Centenary University in the International Department, where she was an ESL Professor, tutor, and an International Admissions Counselor. She also founded the Community ESL class that is offered at Centenary. She taught ESL for Warren County Community College and for adults in the surrounding communities through various programs, such as Guiding Good Choices, Workplace ESL, and Health and Safety classes in English and Spanish for The American Red Cross. She provides academic coaching, advising, and conducts workshops for students.