The Center is staffed with both professional and peer tutors who are trained in a variety of learning and teaching techniques. The peer tutors, usually successful upperclassmen, are carefully screened and selected. The tutor application includes a recommendation of the major professor, a writing sample, and a tutoring attitude questionnaire. The candidates are then interviewed by a member of the professional staff and must commit to weekly tutor training sessions through out the semester.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Staff Directory:

Dr. Joanne MacEachran: Director, Academic Student Support Services (352) 588-8462

Dr. Joanne MacEachran has been teaching at Saint Leo since 1999. Before coming to Saint Leo she taught for 23 years at a small college in Henniker, New Hampshire called New England College. When her youngest child graduated from college, she had the freedom to travel and moved to the University of Washington in Seattle where she was the Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services and a Learning Specialist. From there, she was drawn to the land of warmth and sunshine and settled in Florida. Dr. MacEachran has a Masters degree in 19th century British Literature from Indiana University and a Doctorate from Harvard University. She is also a foster mom for a Bichon Frise rescue group called Small Paws and has 3 Bichons of her own.

Shannon Greer: Assistant Director, Academic Student Support Services (352) 588-8302

Shannon has been working with students at SLU’s Learning Resource Center since August, 2004. Currently, she manages the Peer Tutor and Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) programs. She also serves as the S.I. Coach for Ernie Williams’ PHI 101 courses. A huge fan of art history, poetry, and philosophy, Shannon is pursuing her Masters of Humanities degree at California State University-Dominguez Hills and looks forward to someday adding “Professor” to her job description. Shannon calls University Campus her “home away from home,” adding, “I care deeply about SLU’s campus, students, faculty, and my amazing co-workers. I cannot imagine loving a job more than I love mine.”

Chris Georgallis: Assistant Director, Disabilities Services (352) 588-8464

Christine (Chris) Georgallis received her B.A. in Special Education/Education from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in Special Education from the University of North Florida. Currently she is working on her Doctorate Degree with a specialization in Special Education. Chris has taught in the public school sectors in Special Education, as well as being the Operations Manager in the retail field. Chris has two adult children, her daughter lives in New York and her son lives in California. Along with spending time with her husband, Bill and their dog, Moe, Chris enjoys cooking (especially traditional Greek dishes), needlework, reading, and traveling.

Patty Pennella: Coordinator, Academic Student Support Services (352) 588-8409

Patty Pennella is the Staff Coordinator for Academic Student Support Services. She has been with Saint Leo University since January 2007. Patty supports Dr. Joanne MacEachran, Director, and Shannon Greer, Assistant Director of the Academic Student Support Services. She also supports Amanda Becker, Assistant Director of the Office of Disability Services. Feel free to contact Patty at extension x8409 with any questions or concerns regarding the Learning Resource Center or the Office of Disability Services.

Roy Marks: Professional Tutor

Roy has been helping students in English and other Humanities subjects for 10 years now. Roy came to SLU after thirty years of teaching English, Speech, and Journalism at the secondary level. He especially appreciates the motivation to succeed which many Saint Leo students exhibit. “The people here are great,' Roy says.

Travis Rathbone: Assistant Coordinator for S.I. and Professional Tutor

Travis has been working for the LRC as a Professional Tutor of English/Composition for three years. In addition to his duties as a tutor, Travis is the Assistant Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction; thus, he attends to, and aids in, the essential, circadian operations of the SI program. Travis graduated from the University of Florida where he studied English Literature, and, needless to say, he reads like a fiend.

Colleen Shanahan: Professional Tutor

Colleen has been with Saint Leo University’s Learning Resource Center as a professional tutor of English/Composition since 2010. Instead of focusing solely on what can be improved in student papers, she likes to point out what students do well. She also manages the Cultural Liaison Academic Support Program (CLASP) for international students and the Center’s social networking pages. Colleen graduated from Saint Leo University in 2010 with a degree in English Creative Writing, and she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 2012 from The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College.

Bill Dentinger: Professional Tutor

Born in Venice, Florida and raised in Northern California. I graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in Mathematics in 2010.I currently reside in Dade City, Florida, and my Current position is Professional Math Tutor at the LRC. My future goals include obtaining a Master of Science in Instructional Design Degree and applying my prodigious math skills to improve the learning of mathematics for students.

Craig Henry: Professional Tutor

Craig obtained his MBA from Saint Leo University in December 2009. Prior to attending Saint Leo, Craig obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton in 1989. After graduation, he spent over five years in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Craig left the service to pursue a civilian career in manufacturing, and he has spent the last 17 years leading business units for various corporations. Craig says, “The atmosphere at Saint Leo and the entire MBA experience has motivated me to share my business experience and knowledge with others.” He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, cooking, traveling, and his two Standard Schnauzers.

Margaurete Romero: Professional Tutor

Margaurete graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Her current tutoring position is Professional Biology and Chemistry tutor at the LRC. Her future goal is to continue on to Graduate school in pursuit of a Masters in Ecology. Having recently graduated from the Math and Science Department, she can identify with the stresses of the program but also the rewards received.

Mary Bupp: ADA/Technology Assistant (352) 588-8461

Mary Bupp has been working for Saint Leo University about 3 years. Originally from Michigan, she earned her degree in Education at Central Michigan University. She eventually became interested in instructional technology and spent 20 years developing, creating and teaching online courses. Mary came to Saint Leo as an Online Academic Advisor in 2008. She joins the LRC staff as our ADA/Technology Assistant. Mary will be working with the Assistant Director of Disabilities Services to help review and support assistive technologies. She loves working with most technologies and will strive to answer your technolgoy questions.