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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



Alphonso F. Saville, IV, Interim Associate Director. Alphonso is a PhD candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a native of Memphis, TN and earned a BA in Africana Studies and Creative Writing from New York University and an MA in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. His dissertation, The Gospel According to John Marrant: Religious Consciousness in the Black Atlantic, 1755-1791, studies the life and writings of John Marrant, North America's first ordained minister of African descent. His research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth century African-American religious history, the interstices of black spirituality and black expressive culture, and theoretical issues in the study of African-American life and history. Alphonso advises students individually and works with Student Interns in the Academic Skills Center. He is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Study Groups program. You can reach Alphonso 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, Tutor Clearinghouse Assistant.  Monica is a recent Dartmouth graduate from Arleta, California.  At the Tutor Clearinghouse, she coordinates and promotes peer tutoring and conversation partner services, as well as assists Holly Potter with TC programmatic activities. She can be reached via email at



Jennifer M. Decker, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Jennifer is in her second year in the MALS program at Dartmouth. Her focus area is Cultural Studies. She is originally from southwest Colorado and is an alum of Fort Lewis College where she earned her BA in Humanities. Jennifer enjoys attending her teenager's rock climbing competitions and motivating him to practice the piano, during her free time. She hopes, one day, to attain her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, in the field of Sociology. Jennifer can be reached via


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Joel H. McCoy, Academic Skills Center Intern. Joel is a Junior Economics major from Memphis, Tennessee. He will be working part-time with the Academic Skills Center throughout the year and is responsible for managing the Academic Skills Center social media and marketing. Joel can be reached via email at



Brandon D. Cooper, Academic Study Groups Intern. Brandon is a Junior and Philosophy major from Grand Prairie, Texas. He will be working alongside Alphonso Saville and his fellow interns to help operate and manage the Academic Study Group program. Outside of his studies, Brandon is a member of the Dartmouth football team and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, Brandon plans to attend business school in hopes of working in the sports, business and entertainment field. Brandon 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



Alanna Kane, Academic Skills Center Intern. Alanna Kane is a Junior Government major and a Double Minor in International Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Long Island, NY. As an ASC intern, she works on various projects surrounding marketing, research, promotion, and social media. In addition to working with the ASC, Alanna is the Director of Public Relations for DartMUN, the event planner for MOSAIC, a member of the Dartmouth Glee Club, and a member of Sigma Delta Sorority. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, she hopes to pursue her passion for justice and human rights by attending law school. Alanna can be reached via e-mail at


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Missy Cantave, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Missy is a senior majoring in Neuroscience from Tinton Falls, NJ. At the Tutor Clearinghouse, she is responsible for the office's social media accounts and marketing as well as research projects. Outside of her studies and work, Missy is a member of Dartmouth EMS, Sigma Delta sorority and a co-president of Pre-Health Mentor Corps. Upon graduating from Dartmouth College, she will be attending Geisel School of Medicine. She can be reach via email at



Abrm McQuarters, Study Groups Intern. Abrm McQuarters is a Junior Government major, concentrated in International Relation, and Education minor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a Study Group intern, he helps oversee the Academic Study Group program at Dartmouth during the fall term. In addition to working with the ASC, Abrm is a member of the football team, a SEAD mentor, and co-leader of Bethel Campus Fellowship. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, he plans on pursuing a career in international diplomacy or attending seminary. Abrm can be reached via e-mail at










Last Updated: 3/30/16