Dana has worked in higher education for nearly 15 years, and has focused her path on highlighting the needs of students with and without learning disabilities.
Dana is committed to connecting with students, learning about their goals, and creating a personalized approach to work together in the college search or through executive function coaching.
Dana earned her M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. There, Dana self-designed a dual concentration in Higher Education Management and Reading, Writing, and Literacy, allowing her to study the intricacies of college and university systems while also exploring the ways that students learn best. She later pursued her Certificate in Postsecondary Disability Studies from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education’s Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, further exploring the needs of college students with disabilities.
Dana has worked in a range of post-secondary institutions, including large, urban, public institutions including the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Rutgers University, Camden, where the majority of her students were the first in their families to attend college (“first-gen”), and highly selective colleges and universities, such as Babson College, Connecticut College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dana’s work has focused on connecting with students and families, identifying students’ needs, discussing the fit of different schools and programs of study, and providing academic support and accommodations. As an individual with learning disabilities, Dana is both personally and professionally committed to helping students identify their strengths, weaknesses, areas of interest, and ways to find their unique path to success.
Dana has also researched and co-written on the importance of Disability Awareness Training in higher education. To read Dana and her colleagues’ work, please click here.