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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 via email at Carl.P.Thum@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 academic coaching, workshops, and special programs/presentations. Additionally, Leslie organizes and develops group peer learning spaces for academic courses through management of the Study Group Program within the Tutor Clearinghouse. 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 via email at Leslie.Schnyder@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 via email at Holly.A.T.Potter@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 via email at Academic.Skills.Center@Dartmouth.EDU



Monica Erives D'14, 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. After her work with the Tutor Clearinghouse, she hopes to get a masters in Landscape Architecture. She can be reached via email at Tutor.Clearinghouse@Dartmouth.EDU.



Jennifer M. Decker, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Jennifer is beginning 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 Tutor.Clearinghouse@Dartmouth.EDU.



Addy Adewusi, Academic Skills Center Intern. Addy is a senior Mathematics modified with Studio Art major from Jamaica Plain, Mass. Addy applies her design background to create and rejuvenate visual media and marketing materials for the ASC. She also assists Carl Thum and Leslie Schnyder in researching best practices for learning and scholarship at Dartmouth. In addition to interning at the ASC, Addy tutors mathematics and microeconomics. After she graduates in June, Addy will be staying in the Hanover area to work as a Studio Art Intern, an assistant to an installation sculptor, and intern at the Alliance for Visual Arts in Lebanon. Addy can be reached via email at AddyA.15@Dartmouth.EDU.



DaVeon S. Smith, Academic Study Groups Intern. DaVeon is a senior Sociology major from Lancaster, California. He will be working alongside Leslie Schnyder to help oversee the Academic Study Group program at Dartmouth during the winter 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.


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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 Joel.H.Mccoy.16@Dartmouth.EDU.



Alanna Kane, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Alanna Kane is a sophomore Government major, concentrated in International Government and Public Law, and International Studies minor from Long Island, NY. As a Tutor Clearinghouse intern, she collaborates with the Academic Skills Center on various projects surrounding marketing, promotion, and social media. In addition to working with the TC, Alanna is the Director of Public Relations for DartMUN, the event planner for MOSAIC, a member of Student Assembly's Diversity and Community Committee, 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.



Brandon D. Cooper, Academic Study Groups Intern. Brandon is a rising sophomore and Philosophy major from Grand Prairie, Texas. He will be working alongside Leslie Schnyder 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 Academic.Study.Groups.Dartmouth.EDU. 



Dominique "Dom" Dadekian, Tutor Clearinghouse Intern. Dom is a freshman from Milford, NH. She is interested in biology, education, and Spanish, but is still unsure of what she wants to major in. At the Tutor Clearinghouse she helps to oversee the social media presence of the organization. When she is not in class, she enjoys snowboarding and is looking forward to learning how to ski at Dartmouth. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, Dom hopes to travel the world and become a doctor, a teacher, or some combination of the two. Dom can be reached via email at Tutor.Clearinghouse@Dartmouth.EDU.







Last Updated: 6/5/15