School of Education

Success Mentors


Bob Frigo 
Bob works in the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement where he helps students engage as active citizens through involvement with local nonprofit organizations and schools. He is able to help students be successful at Elon, both in and out of the classroom. Bob can also assist with preparation for study abroad, graduate schools, and summer experiences.
Moseley Center 230
(336) 278-7222 | bfrigo@elon.edu
 

Dr. Mat Gendle, Ph.D.
I am particularly well-equipped and willing to help students get organized and create structure in their lives; talk about preparation for graduate school and careers in neuroscience, psychology, and biomedicine; discuss issues related to classwork-life balance, and; work through issues related to access to, and affordability of, study abroad experiences. My academic interests are neuropharmacology/behavioral neuroscience/service learning. I enjoy competitive running, fitness, cars and performance driving.

Professor of Psychology and Faculty Ombudsperson; Associate Director, Project Pericles; Faculty Mentor, Periclean Scholars Class of 2019
Global Commons 216
336-278-6431 | 
mgendle@elon.edu
 

Dianne Ford
I am the Coordinator of Library Electronic Resources, and Librarian for Life and Health Sciences. I am interested in helping everyone with library research for their assignments!  As a former biologist, I’m especially interested in women in science, special challenges for women in STEM fields, and mentoring science majors.  I’m an aspiring Spanish speaker. I can help a mentee with learning their way around how Elon campus works, and also help to make class assignments more successful through strong library research. I love to hike and swim and spend a lot of time outside.  I live on a 25-acre farm in southern Alamance County that is designated wildlife habitat; I maintain huge native plant gardens there.  Of course I love to read!  I love international travel and teach study abroad at Elon.
You can email or chat with me from this link, or make an appointment in my calendar: http://elon.libguides.com/dford.
Belk Library 213 | 336-279-6584

Keren Rivas
I am an Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and a 2004 Elon graduate (School of Communications). Originally from Peru, I am proficient in Spanish and enjoy sharing my Hispanic heritage with others and answering questions regarding my own experiences as a first-generation college graduate. I am particularly interested in helping students find ways to make their Elon experience meaningful, particularly for those who might not see themselves reflected in the larger student body, by connecting them with existing resources on campus. I also want to support students who are looking for ways to maintain/grow their cultural/ethnic identity. My interest include journalism, communications, diversity issues, women's issues (serious ones); traveling, antiques, dogs (lighter ones). 
Keren Rivas, Office of University Communications
336-278-7401 | 
krivas@elon.edu

Aisha Mitchell
I am a 2012 Elon graduate in my 3rd year at Elon, building and managing relationships with employers to market great internship and post-graduate opportunities to students.  I am willing and able to help in a variety of areas including: career exploration/goal setting, connecting you with the breadth of opportunities to engage at Elon outside of the classroom, and general life at Elon or beyond advice. I am easy to talk to and extremely open. Being a student doesn’t feel that far away, and I am willing to help in any way I can! Outside of work, I love to travel, try new foods and restaurants, and being outside.
Assistant Director of Corporate and Employer Relations, Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences
Moseley Center 151
36-278-5965 | 
amitchell9@elon.edu

Anita Smith, Ed.S, LPC
Anita is a first-generation college graduate. Her undergraduate degree was in psychology and graduate degrees in counselor education. Anita is prepared to help students manage stress, balance time commitments, establish connections with faculty/staff/other campus partners, develop independent life skills (budgeting, cooking, etc.), and navigate interpersonal relationships. She has several professional and personal interests including: assessment, psychology-statistics included, poetry, and meditation/mindfulness.
Community engagements: ALANAM Sisterhood Circle, Active Minds
Staff Counselor, Counseling Services
R.N. Ellington Heath & Wellness
(336) 278-7288 | asmith111@elon.edu
 

Rhonda Waller
I work in Global Engagement and am the Director of Study Abroad. My academic interest is in Education, World Languages & Cultures. I was a first generation college student myself and I was someone who thought study abroad might not be possible (financially, academically) even though I was passionate about doing it. Needless to say I figured it out and it changed my entire life. I went on to teach English abroad in Japan after college and I love talking about that experience. I can be a sounding board as you process your first year experience at Elon. I hope I can support students in developing a plan for classwork-life balance and I can help students work through issues related to access to, and affordability of study abroad/study USA experiences. I can help students apply for their first passport! I love animals (we have two cats). I love binge watching TV series (Stranger Things is my recent favorite). I also love eating - my obsession is finding the best breakfast taco in North Carolina. 

Global Commons 308
336.278.5185 | rwaller3@elon.edu

Tina Kissell
I am Tina Kissell, Ed. D., Assistant Director for Disabilities Services.  Tina has completed her 3rd year at Elon following a long history as a school psychologist and public school administrator (32 years).  In her current position , she works with students registered with Disabilities Services (currently about 13 % of the student population) facilitating accommodations to allow appropriate access to the college curriculum.  Her interests include promotion of student self-advocacy, disability awareness, and varying learning styles.  Outside of Elon, Tina lives in the country where she and her husband raise English Golden Retrievers.
Duke 108G
Office (336) 278-6500, Fax (336) 278-6514
tkissell2@elon.edu

Oscar Miranda
I’m a current senior, majoring in psychology and very passionate about educational equality. Coming from a low-income household and being a first-generation college student, I have come to realize how valuable and life-changing a college eduction really is. It is for this reason that I am involved with many college-access and success oriented programs around campus and the surrounding community. During my time at Elon, I’ve had the opportunity to be an President Executive intern, College Access Team and Summer Mentor with the Elon Academy, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity brother, S.M.A.R.T. Mentor, Astronomy TA, The Village Project Tutor, and former President of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). I am willing and able to help students on a variety of topics like getting involved on campus, finding a job/internship, time management, becoming acclimated to campus, and anything else you may need. I love listening to music, hiking, weightlifting, longboarding, and going out to eat off-campus with friends.

Dr. Kathy Gallucci
I want to be a mentor because as a student, I needed a mentor to help me navigate my college experience, and had none. I am the fourth of six children from a blue-collar family, and four of us went to college. My Dad, a machinist, did not go to college, but he was able to earn some college credits in the Army Air Corps and became a pilot during WW II. My Mom, the eldest of four, had to drop out of high school to help support her family when her Dad suffered an work-related accident . I was the only one of my siblings to go to college in another city. After graduating from a convent high school, I went to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, a majority male, Jesuit college, without any financial or emotional support from my parents. As a biology major, I had science and math professors who were all male, and most of my classmates were financially more secure than I was. I had no faculty or staff mentors, and no female role models.
I supported my husband while he finished his Masters in fine art and we moved to Greensboro and then decided to go back to get my Masters in Marine Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill. I began teaching at Elon 3 years later and have now begun my 33rd year here. While working at Elon, I earned my PhD in science education from NC State.
My main  focus here at Elon has been to develop the biology curriculum for the non-science major. I have written two lab manuals, and I do pedagogical research on how students learn science. I am a case study teacher, and have presented and published on the case study method for several years. Currently, I am working on a project to “flip” the non-majors course using original and professional videos for student homework, combined with active learning activities in the classroom. I have also taught the Global Experience, Population Biology, Current Issues in Biology, Integrated Science (MEd program), Women in Science, and study abroad courses in Europe, the Galapagos, and Samoa. I am the Elon liaison for the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars Program, a member of the Voices of Discovery speaker series, and a Sustainability Scholar. I have two grown children who are both professional artists. My husband does public art and owns a sculpture business in Greensboro, where he employs five assistants.