Meet Our Staff

Shawn Mahoney Kuba

Director of the Learning Center

& Coordinator of the Mentor Advantage Program

LPC, Ed.D.

Shawn grew up in the suburban Washington, D.C. area. She earned a bachelor of science in secondary education/social sciences and two master degrees – one in education and another in community counseling/mental health from Villanova University. In 1979, she started working with students who have learning challenges at the Hill Top School in Rosemont, PA. There she served in two roles - as a teacher and group therapist. Moving with her husband Mike (director of Wesleyan’s Health and Counseling Center) and daughter Katie to Buckhannon, Shawn began working in the Learning Center’s Special Support Services Program as a counselor in 1988. In 1999, she became the director of the Learning Center. In 2006, she finished her doctorate in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University publishing her thesis on the transition and persistence of college students with diagnosed learning disabilities. She is the Coordinator of the Mentor Advantage Program and serves as instructor in the Transition to College I & II classes for first year students enrolled in the Mentor Advantage Program. The class integrates a theory to practice model of self-regulated learning and college study strategies during the first semester and focuses on personal wellness in the second. Shawn also teaches in Wesleyan’s first year seminar program and serves as a member of the pastoral council and adult education committee for her parish, Holy Rosary. She and Mike live in a small log home in the beautiful hills outside of Buckhannon, West Virginia. 

 

Suzanne Haas

Comprehensive Advisor, Tutoring System

M.A.

Suzanne's connection with Wesleyan began when she was in the sixth grade and her father became the Director of Admissions. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1967 with a degree in elementary education. She continued her education at West Virginia University and earned a Master's degree in Reading in 1969. She left her West Virginia hills to explore the world and experienced life around three cities in the megalopolis of the eastern seaboard: Washington, DC, New York, and Baltimore before following the interstate highways and country roads back to home: Buckhannon and Wesleyan. In 1991 she received a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate as a Reading Specialist from the state of West Virginia. She joined the Learning Center in 1981 as instructional staff. In that position she initiated and coordinated the Campus Services component for the Learning Center. She became a Comprehensive Advisor and Tutor Supervisor with the Learning Center in 1999.

 

Denton King

Comprehensive Advisor, Math Practica, External Testing Accommodations

M.A.

Denton is a retired educator who enjoys working in Wesleyan’s Learning Center four days a week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bowie State University and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Maryland with additional endorsements from West Virginia University. Prior to working in the Learning Center, Denton worked as an elementary school teacher, a middle school math teacher, and an elementary and middle school principal. He enjoys living in the country with his wife, Sandy and yellow lab, Fronce. When not working at Wesleyan or on his tree farm, he writes and plays his own form of folk music. Denton is active in his church and community.  He has one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a nine year old grandson. Anyone of the three can talk him into just about anything they want. Denton was the Director of Special Education in both Lewis and Upshur Counties. Our students greatly benefit from Denton’s enjoyment of teaching math skill development.

 

Susan Marshall

Comprehensive Advisor, Assistive Technology Coordinator

M.A.

Susan is a West Virginia Wesleyan College alumna, having graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Experimental Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. She has worked in the Learning Center since August 2007, acting as a comprehensive advisor, technology lab coordinator, and instructor of college study strategies classes. Susan’s interests include knitting, yoga, bluegrass and old time music, and enjoying local Appalachian culture and festivals.

 

Anita Dib

Comprehensive Advisor, Coordinator of the Daytime Check-In Program

M.A.

Anita is a West Virginia native who lives in Barbour County.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Alderson Broaddus College, double majoring in Political Science and Speech/Communications.  In 1995, she furthered her education with a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from West Virginia University.  Anita spent more than 15 years teaching in the public school system in classrooms for students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and mild impairments.  She and her husband, who is an active duty Public Health Service Officer, stay busy with their two children and their activities.  She is an avid volunteer for organizations such as 4H, Boy Scouts of America, and Animal Friends of Barbour County.

 

Jeff Burnett

Comprehensive Advisor, Recruiter

M.O.L.

When Jeff isn’t traveling to share the benefits of our Learning Center, he serves students as a comprehensive advisor and study strategies instructor. Jeff earned both a Bacherlor of Arts and Master's of organizational leadership degrees from Evangel University in Missouri, where he worked for a decade in various admissions roles. His career has also included broadcasting, marketing, and banking. Jeff is the campus pastor for Horizons Church in Junior, WV. He is married to Kim, who works as a school reading specialist. They live in Belington, WV with their four children, two Goldendoodles, and a cat. Besides his family, Jeff loves music, coffee, movies, sports and Jesus – not necessarily in that order. His Gallup signature strengths are Positivity, Maximizer, WOO, Communication, and Connectedness.

 

Teresa Buckner

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

B.A.

Teresa graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in university studies.  She has worked in the Mentor Advantage Program as an organizational mentor and strategic content tutor since the program was developed in 2007. Her professional background includes work in the accounting field and in the hospitality industry. Teresa is active in the community, supporting her children in activities including sports and 4H.

 

Mariah Huffman

Daytime Check-In Tutor

B.A.

Mariah Huffman is a native of Craigsville, West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Upon graduating from Nicholas County High School, Wesleyan was Mariah's first choice for her college education. She was attracted to Wesleyan for a number of reasons including its small class sizes and the opportunity to develop close relationships with faculty and staff. Mariah is currently enrolled in a graduate program in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.  

 

Diana Johnson

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

B.S.

Diana Johnson was born in Morgantown grew up in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. She obtained a BS in Chemistry Education from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1994.  Diana taught in the public school system for 16 years, most recently in Monett, Missouri where she taught Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. After spending most of their lives away from West Virginia, Diana and her husband, Greg were glad to recently move to Elkins, West Virginia where he is employed by Davis Memorial Hospital. They have two grown children and three Scottish terriers.  Diana enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with family, and bicycling. 

 

April Keating

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

B.A.

April is a 1990 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been tutoring in the Mentor Advantage Program since 2008. She has experience in journalism and teaches yoga. Married to Dr. Bernard Keating (philosophy), they have three children, all of whom were homeschooled. She has a dog and three cats, and enjoys cooking, swimming, writing, music, dancing, and dark chocolate. April is a kinesthetic learner.

 

Margaret Mitchell

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

M.S.N.

Margaret graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1978 and from SUNY at Binghamton with a master’s in family nursing and a certificate as a family nurse practitioner in 1981. Professional experiences include establishing a family nurse practitioner based health clinic at McMurry College in Texas, adjunct faculty at WVWC, and private practice. More recently, she has served as the volunteer area director for Buckhannon Young Life. She and her husband have resided in Buckhannon for over twenty-five years. She has three adult daughters. Margie enjoys quilting in her spare time including creating her own designs and in 2010 she was juried into Tamarack (a West Virginia artisans exhibit and store).

 

Lynda Halverson Selan

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

M.A.

Lynda has lived in many places during her life. She grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin and Buckhannon, West Virginia, moving to Buckhannon when her mother started to teach at West Virginia Wesleyan. In college, Lynda majored in architectural design, and graduated from MIT. Lynda chose to be a full-time mother while she and her husband, Greg, raised 5 children. When she returned to the work force, education became her second career. She has master’s degrees in elementary and special education at all levels. She in the taught in the Illinois and West Virginia public schools before coming to WVWC. Her oldest son is also a Wesleyan graduate. Lynda enjoys knitting and cross stich as well as reading, cooking, and being with her family.

 

Alyssa Stadelman

Daytime Check-In Tutor

B.A.

Alyssa was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was one of four seniors who graduated from Robinson Township Christian School. The small class setting allowed her to understand the importance of one-on-one instruction.  Alyssa graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She will begin a two-year graduate program in Multi-Categorical Special Education in the fall of 2013. Alyssa works as the morning day-time check-in mentor for the Learning Center.

 

Jodee Wilt

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

M.S.

Jodee grew up in New Jersey and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The College of NJ.  After working for an advertising company for five years, she decided that teaching and working with young adults was her true passion.  She earned her Master’s of Science in Teaching from Rowan University.  Jodee taught high school math for seven years in New Jersey and Texas.  In 2012, Jodee and her family moved to Buckhannon, her husband’s hometown, and in 2013 she joined the staff of the Learning Center to work in the Mentor Advantage Program. Jodee’s interests include playing the piano, cooking, baking, gardening, and exploring the beautiful Mountain State with her husband and daughter.

 

Brandi Wykoff

Strategic Content and Organizational Tutor

B.A.

Brandi was born and raised in Buckhannon, West Virginia and is a 1995 Buckhannon Upshur High School graduate. She recently graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  Brandi is raising three boys who keep her busy.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, singing, and reading.

 

Bill Pastorius

Coordinator of Lindamood-Bell®* Methods

M.A.

Bill earned both of his degrees from West Virginia University - he completed his Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary English specialization) in 1996 and Master of Arts in Reading, 2003. He taught English at Frankfort High School for 5 years, before moving to Johnson City while his wife did research at East Tennessee State University.  After the birth of his daughter in 2009, Bill moved back home to West Virginia and began working as a reading clinician here at Wesleyan’s Learning Center in May of 2010. He has been the Coordinator of Lindamood Bell®* Methods program since August 2011.

 

Carolyn Baisden

Lindamood-Bell®* Methods

B.S.

Carolyn was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but moved to Buckhannon and became part of the Wesleyan family as a child. Both of her parents taught at Wesleyan. English and reading were always a strong interest and aptitude, but her career path evolved over a period of years. Her degree from Wesleyan was in home economics and English, and after graduation she taught English in Columbus, OH. After she and Richard were married, they were both employed as teachers in the Dover City Schools, Dover, OH. This was her introduction to working with students having difficulties in reading. The birth of their first child changed her direction for the ensuing years, but her interest in and commitment to the cause of reading proficiency had been established as a life-long focus. When their fourth and last child went to pre-school, she re-entered the field of education.She was offered a position in the WVWC Learning Center in 1993. She has served as a Lindamood-Bell clinician, the technology lab night supervisor, and the administrative assistant to the director. These last few years she's been busy with her husband, their adult children, and eight adored grandchildren at home, at church, at their camp on the Middle Fork River, and at the Bailey School Restoration Project. She reads, writes poetry, and keeps a journal; she also enjoys gardening and sewing. She has returned to the Learning Center as a Lindamood-Bell clinician.   

 

Kathy Chapman

Lindamood-Bell®* Methods

M.A.

Kathy moved to Buckhannon in 1989.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Fairmont State.  She completed her Master of Arts as a Reading Specialist in 1985 at Marshall University.  She has thirty-three years teaching experience teaching in public school in West Virginia.  During that time, she taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  She has one daughter who attends West Virginia University.

 

Margie Miller

Lindamood-Bell®* Methods

B.A.

Reading, the conveyance which transported this young girl from rural West Virginia to imagined real places, also directed her teaching career. It led her to schools in Southwestern Ohio and Southern California in the 1950s; to Montgomery County, Maryland, in 1960-89. Margie instilled a joy for reading in six young grandchildren, as with her daughter and son, their parents, years earlier.  Upshur County Read Aloud and Literacy Volunteers benefitted from her reading initiatives in 1990.  West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Learning Center established a program using Lindamood-Bell®*Methods in 1992 and trained her as a reading clinician. Seven decades of application have refined those reading skills with enlightenment, entertainment, and empowerment. Margie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia Wesleyan.

 

Tessa Smith

Lindamood-Bell®* Methods

B.A.

Tessa was lucky enough to be raised in Buckhannon. After graduating she moved away to pursue her education. She lived, studied, and frolicked in various areas of the country, including Frostburg, MD and Boulder, CO, ultimately returning with a Regent’s Bachelor of Arts degree from Shepherd University.  Tessa is fascinated with her beautiful daughter and considers motherhood to be one of the greatest blessings of her life.  Any free time is spent passionately enhancing her spiritual life and improving herself through self-examination. (Or watching Netflix.)  She lives with two somewhat well-behaved dogs in downtown Buckhannon and couldn’t be prouder of her hometown.

 

Carla Waldo

Test Lab Supervisor

B.A.

Carla graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in sociology and anthropology.  She and her husband, Mark, have raised two sons. Her primary career focus has been human services with an emphasis on community behavioral health. She is a past board member of the Upshur Senior Center, Upshur Human Resources, and Buckhannon Work Adjustment Center. Carla has been the coordinator of the Upshur Parish House community garden for the past two years, facilitates a Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program class, and provides parent training for divorcing couples. She became part of the Learning Center team in 2008 as coordinator of the Test Lab, moving into the supervisory role in 2010. Carla is happiest with her hands in the garden dirt or working with her knitting needles.

 

Ciara Goff

Test Lab Coordinator and Proctor

B.A.

Ciara is a West Virginia Wesleyan College alumna; she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, also concentrating her studies in Education and Dance. Along with being the Test Lab Coordinator, she pursues her interest in dance by working as an instructor at the Dance Factory in Buckhannon. Above all, Ciara loves spending time with family, especially her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Alette.

   

Lisa Parks

Administrative Assistant

A.A.

Lisa and her husband David have been blessed with two beautiful daughters - Daphne and Deidre. Lisa has earned an associate’s degree in accounting and data processing. Before joining the staff of the Learning Center at Wesleyan, she ran a daycare out of her home for 16 years. She is a youth leader at Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston and is active in her community. She and David organize and participate in the river cleanups and trash pickups in Weston. She works with Project Kid Care and promotes recycling. Lisa also enjoys spending time with their six (yes 6) dogs.  

 

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