Ms. Fai Howard, Director of the Academic Success Center
Fai joined Edinboro University in August of 2014 with over ten years experience working in higher education administration and academic student success. Fai earned a Master of Science in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2007 and completed her undergraduate degree from Montclair State University in 2002. She is currently completing her dissertation as partial fulfillment of the requirements for her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration with VCU. Her dissertation research explores the assumed roles of advisors and how that role impacts the student advisor relationship. Fai’s personal approach to student success is holistic. She purposefully seeks to understand the whole student to support and guide their academic goals to advance and sustain personal growth to improve the educational success of all students, especially students from diverse and cultural backgrounds (visible and non-visible), students with disabilities, and non-native born students. In her free time, Fai enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, wine festivals, and live comedy shows.
Ashley Wassel, Academic Success Coordinator
Ashley received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She then went on to receive her Master of Education in Educational Psychology in 2009 and her Master of Science in School Psychology in 2010, both from Edinboro University. Ashley is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and is a certified School Psychologist in Pennsylvania. Ashley has an interest in assisting students to reach their potential. Ashley believes that all students can reach their academic and personal potential, provided that they have access to the appropriate resources. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Emily K. Lottes, Academic Success Coordinator
Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2010. Prior to arriving at Edinboro University, she worked in Residence Life at the University of Pittsburgh. Emily is passionate about working with first year students and helping them successfully transition from high school to college. If she could provide one piece of advice to students, it would be “Never be afraid to ask for something you want or need, and know the difference between the two.” Outside of work, Emily loves laughing, traveling, and living life with her friends and family.
Aarron Hunsinger, Academic Success Coordinator
Aarron returns to his Alma Mater after working in the field of behavioral health. Aarron received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Edinboro in 2009, and then in 2011 his Master Degree in College Counseling. Aarron is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Aarron has a special interest in the college population and enjoys providing tools to students to help them succeed. Aarron truly believes in order to be successful, students must receive a balanced, holistic experience while in college. In his free time, Aarron enjoys spending time with his family, dogs and home improvement projects.
Kate Damico-Upham , Academic Success Coordinator
Kate received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and then went on to receive her Master of Education in Reading in 2011 at Edinboro University. Kate is a Pennsylvania State Certified Reading Specialist and a member of the International Reading Association. Kate has a passion for adult education and has been extensively involved in helping students plan for their future. She believes that each student has an individual set of strengths that makes them unique and important to Edinboro University. Kate is eager to help students access those strengths and help them evolve into self-regulated learners. In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family.