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Learning Commons Professional Staff



Michela Buccini
Interim Director


Master of Education, College Student Personnel - University of Dayton
Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations with a Minor in Sociology - University of Dayton

Michela oversees the Academic Coaching program

One piece of advice for students: College is your time to find out what you are passionate about- what you want to learn and how you want to be involved. Take a risk and go outside your comfort zone to learn something new. Who knows- it could be what you end up loving.

Stacey Martin

Stacey Martin

Assistant Director 


Master of Science, Student Affairs and Higher Education - Indiana State University

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies - Northern Kentucky University

Stacey provides direct oversight in the administration of the Learning Community Program and other First-Year Initiatives. She works directly with Peer Leader Coordinators and Peer Leaders to provide first-year support and mentorship to Learning Communities across campus.

One piece of advice for students: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many great faculty and staff at UC available to assist you in your path through college. Get involved, meet new people, try new experiences, and be proud to be a Bearcat!

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Megan Bucks
Associate Director

Doctor of Philosophy, Organic Chemistry - Purdue University
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry - Grove City College

Megan oversees the MASS Center, Supplementary Review Sessions program, Supplemental Instruction program, Learning Assistant program, and Academic Writing Center.  She focuses on working with faculty who integrate academic supports into their teaching initiatives and, in particular, with the Great Gateways courses.

One piece of advice to students:  Invest in developing your oral and written communications skills because they will be essential for success in any profession that you choose.  Take classes, seek writing support, and identify opportunities to speak and write frequently to increase your comfort level.  Others will realize the impact of your professional accomplishments only if you speak and write about your work effectively.


Brittany Miller
Educational Advisor for Learning Communities


Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience and Biological Sciences–Biomedical Studies - University of Cincinnati

Brittany is responsible for providing leadership for designated areas of the Learning Community Peer Leader Program, as well as other select initiatives within the Learning Commons.  Specifically, she oversees the Peer Leader interview and selection process, the Peer Leader observation process, and is directly responsible for the Learning Commons alumni group and Peer Educator recognition efforts.

One piece of advice to students: Never be afraid to ask for help!  UC and the Learning Commons offer a lot of incredible resources.  Take advantage of them early… don’t wait!

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Rebecca Elliott
Educational Advisor for Peer Tutoring

Master of Education, Higher Education - University of Dayton
Bachelor of Arts, German Studies - University of Cincinnati

Rebecca coordinates the one-on-one Peer Tutoring for both the general student body and student-athletes.

One piece of advice for students: There is no substitute for time on task. Everyone takes a different amount of time to learn something well so make sure to budget the time you need to really master the content.

Darby Thompson

Darby Thompson
Educational Advisor for Supplemental Instruction and Learning Assistant Programs


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Hispanic Studies - Boston College

Darby oversees the student staff for the Supplemental Instruction program, which provides options for collaborative review sessions for students in designated courses. She also oversees the student staff for the Learning Assistant program, which supports students in courses with active learning. 

One piece of advice for students: Continue to seek out friendships with people who are different than the high school or current college friends you have. Sometimes when we are in uncomfortable or new situations, we search for familiarity, but friendships often help us grow in great (and sometimes unexpected) ways, especially when our friends offer perspectives different than our own.


Samantha McMahon
Educational Advisor for Math and Science Support Center


Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies - University of Cincinnati
Master of Arts, Educational Studies - University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Special Education - University of Cincinnati

Samantha oversees the student staff for the Supplemental Review Sessions program and the MASS Center, which provide support for students in Calculus and many other math and science courses.

One piece of advice for students: Seek out new and challenging experiences. You will not only build up your resume, but may find yourself enjoying something you had not considered.

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Hannah Williamson
Academic Coordinator


Master of Education, Higher Education - University of Dayton
Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood Education - University of Dayton

Hannah works with the first-year experience arm of the office. With a background as a K-12 teacher and in higher education, she specifically works with colleges at UC on curriculum development, instructor-led programming, and assessing FYE programs across campus.

One piece of advice to students: Explore campus and get to know what FREE resources are available to you! UC offers many different resources to help navigate the hard parts of college (like financial aid, studying, time management, roommate issues, finding support networks, mental health, etc.). You can’t use what you don’t know…so find out and learn about what you can use to have an even more successful college experience.  

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Wanda French
Program Manger


Bachelors of Science, Business - University of Phoenix

Wanda manages the annual creation and enrollment of Learning Communities.   Providing viable learning communities that support student achievement of specified learning goals/outcomes.


Adrienne Piontek
Program Manager


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with a Minor in Sociology – University of California, Davis

Adrienne supports the office by coordinating recruiting, hiring, selection, onboarding, and weekly timekeeping for student staff members. 

One piece of advice to students:  Introduce yourself to and get to know your professors!  These people will be your references and advocates later in life; you will want them to remember your name when the semester is over. 


Courtney Amicon
Program Coordinator


Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology and Social Complexity Archaeology – University of Cincinnati

Courtney supports all aspects of the office by planning events, coordinating logistics, managing external communications, and handling office management and technology. She also works closely with Wanda to help create Learning Communities for first year students.

One piece of advice for students: don’t be afraid to try something new and learn to be ok with failure. UC offers opportunities to explore any kind of interest you have – academic, social, career-focused – so try something new every semester! And remember, no one is an expert the first time they try something, so don’t feel dissuaded if you fail the first time or first few times.

Learning Commons Graduate Assistants


Emily Rose C.
English and Creative Writing
Assisting the Academic Writing Center

Emily Rose is a PhD candidate in the English and Creative Writing department and a former Taft Fellow. Her research areas include contemporary poetry, disability studies, queer theory, illness narratives, history of eugenics, and how to actively create a more accessible world. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has published poetry and some nonfiction in a wide array of literary journals. 


Jenna Kreinbrink
Occupational Therapy
Assisting Learning Communities and MASS Center

Jenna is a first-year graduate student in the College of Allied Health Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy program. She is a recent UC alum, graduating with her Bachelors of Sciences in Health Sciences this past May. During her undergraduate career, Jenna served as a Peer Leader and Peer Leader Coordinator within the Learning Communities program. Jenna supports two of the Learning Commons programs as a graduate assistant - the Learning Communities program and the Supplemental Review Session program/MASS Center - by accomplishing administrative tasks, developing training and programmatic materials, and general assistance throughout our office.


Paige Reinshagen
Physical Therapy
Assisting Success Skills Workshops and Academic Coaching

Paige is in her second year of graduate school earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the College of Allied Health Sciences. She is a recent alum with her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from UC and she recently worked as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) Leader for Anatomy & Physiology I & II for 3 years. Paige will be coordinating and presenting many of the Success Skills Workshops as well as supporting the Academic Coaching program.


Ravyn Thompson
Major: Immunology

Assisting Peer Tutoring

Ravyn is entering her second year of graduate school where she is pursuing her Master’s of Medicine in Immunology. She is a recent graduate from the University of Louisville, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Ravyn enjoys being in the lab, learning new things, and helping others. When she is not in the lab you can find her at home, being a loving dog mom, or out and about shopping.