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Who We Are


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 by blitz at Carl.P.Thum@Dartmouth.EDU .



Holly Potter, Manager, Tutor Clearinghouse. 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 by blitz at Holly.A.T.Potter@Dartmouth.EDU .



Leslie Schnyder, MSW, Assistant Director. Leslie received her MSW from the University of Southern California, where she specialized in mental health and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Leslie works with students through individual advising, workshops, and special programs/presentations. Leslie joined the Academic Skills Center after spending time counseling community college students impacted by domestic violence and women experiencing homelessness. She has previous experience working in student affairs, specializing in retention, academic empowerment, and academic support of underrepresented students, as well as other diverse student populations. Leslie can be reached at (603) 646-2014 or by blitz at Leslie.Schnyder@Dartmouth.EDU



Karen Lenz, Administrative Assistant. 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 at




Monica Erives, Tutor Clearinghouse Assistant.  Monica is a recent Dartmouth graduate, class of 2014. She majored in Environmental Studies and was an active member of Thursday Night Salsa and the Dartmouth Organic Farm. At the Tutor Clearinghouse, she works to match students with peer tutors and conversation partners and assists Holly Potter to maintain the Peer Tutoring Program. After her work with TC, she hopes to get a masters in Landscape Architecture to become a practicing landscape architect. She can be reached by blitz at





DaVeon S. Smith, Academic Study Groups Intern. DaVeon is a rising senior Sociology major from Lancaster, California. He will be working alongside Leslie Schynder to help oversee the Academic Study Group program at Dartmouth during the summer term. Outside of his studies, he is an on campus DJ and the social chair for the Afro-American Society. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, DaVeon hopes to go to Law and Business school in the hopes of gaining both his JD and MBA degrees. DaVeon can be reached by blitz at Academic.Study.Groups@Dartmouth.EDU.



Last Updated: 9/12/14