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Carl Thum, Ph.D., Director. Carl received his doctorate from Cornell and his B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Carl works with students on an individual basis, presents workshops, road-shows, and mini-courses, and provides coaching for students with ADD. Carl is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing and teaches several courses including Writing 5, a first-year writing course and the Learning at Dartmouth course. Carl may be reached at (603) 646-2014 or via email at


Jennifer Decker

Jennifer Decker, M.A.L.S, Interim Assistant Director. Jen received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Originally from Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Jen and her family relocated to the Upper Valley in 2014 to pursue her MALS degree. Her thesis investigated class division in American culture. One of her oral histories was published in the spring of 2016. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Jennifer worked in social services in her home community and organized a number of volunteer efforts to bring relief to disadvantaged populations. Jen advises students individually and works with Student Interns in the Academic Skills Center. She is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Study Groups program. You can reach Jen at



Holly Potter, Assistant Director. Holly graduated from Granite State College in June, 2009, with an Associate's Degree in Behavioral Science. She came to the Academic Skills Center in April, 2002,  after spending five years in the Dean of the College/Office of the Class Deans. Holly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tutor Clearinghouse, working closely with all study group leaders and tutors throughout the academic year. You may reach Holly at (603) 646-2014 or via email at



Karen Lenz, Office Manager. Karen received her B.A. degree in geology from Smith College. Karen previously worked at the Lovelace Women's Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico for four years as a childbirth educator and doula. She also spent over ten years working with the Nature Conservancy in Maryland and Virginia. While working with The Nature Conservancy, she served in various roles ranging from Office Manager to Conservation Coordinator. At the Academic Skills Center, Karen will be working closely with students. Karen can be contacted via email at


 Monica Erives

Monica Erives, Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator.  Monica received her B.A. from Dartmouth in 2014. Her responsibilities at the Academic Skills Center include recruiting tutors, coordinating tutor and conversation partner matches, overseeing student employment and all things Kronos-related, as well as assisting Holly Potter with other TC programmatic activities. She can be reached via email at



Jonathan Lu, Academic Skills Center Intern. Jonathan is a freshman and intends to major in economics. He is from Coral Springs, Florida. As an intern, Jonathan will be assisting Dr. Thum in various projects for the Academic Skills Center. Outside of his studies, Jonathan serves as the President of the Love Our Troops Letter Project, a letter writing initiative dedicated to honoring U.S. soldiers; in addition, he enjoys rock climbing, running, and swimming. Jonathan may be reached via email at


Dartmouth Study Group Intern 2016

Niamé Daffé, Study Groups Intern. Niamé is a rising junior from Mali and Swaziland and she is double majoring in Biology and Sociology. Niamé will be working full-time at the Academic Skills Center over the summer as the Study Groups Intern. On campus, Niamé is the Community Outreach Officer for the Dartmouth African Students Association (DASA), she dances with SOYEYA and she is an intern for the Pathways to Medicine Program. After graduating from Dartmouth, Niamé hopes to pursue an MPH with the goal of working in public/global health. Niamé can be reached via email at



Ali Siddiqui, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Ali is a rising senior from Closter, New Jersey. He is a neuroscience major. Ali will be working full-time this summer at the Academic Skills Center as the Tutor Clearinghouse intern. On campus, he is also a member of Al-Nur, GlobeMed, DUJS, CAPS, the Patient Support Corp, and the Pre-health Mentor Corp, and he does research as well. He also enjoys nature, walks, and writing. Ali can be reached via email at


 Picture of Academic Skills Center intern, Andrea Nease.

Andrea Nease, Academic Skills Center Intern. Andrea is a rising senior from East Hampton, Connecticut. She is a studio art major with a concentration in sculpture. Andrea will be working full-time this summer at the Academic Skills Center as the ASC inter. On campus, she is President of Panarchy and the arts editor of Mouth magazine. She has a passion for the arts and spends much of her free time sculpting, writing poetry, and indulging in photography and filmmaking. Andrea can be reached via email at  










Last Updated: 8/10/16