Meet the Staff
Joanne Briscoe, Academic Advisor
Joanne Briscoe advises undergraduate Sociology, Nursing, and Health Sciences students.
Joanne Briscoe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in School Counseling from The college of New Rochelle. She enjoys volunteering with her local high school, organizing college fairs and helping students prepare for college. In her free time, she enjoys reading and her current book is The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett.
Alexandra Fee, Academic Advisor
Alexandra Fee advises undergraduate students in the Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Business Administration, and Economics programs.
Alexandra Fee earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Politics from the Catholic University of America, and a Master's of Arts in Political Science from Boston College. Alexandra has been working in higher education for the past six years, and enjoys helping students identify their academic goals. She is passionate about student success, running, and tackling her to-be-read pile.
Deryka Nairne, Academic Advisor
Deryka Nairne advises undergraduate Criminal Justice, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity students.
Deryka Nairne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Hood College in Frederick, MD and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. Through these places and experiences, she discovered her passion for helping students navigate their collegiate journey. She strongly believes in the importance of articulating and telling one's story. In her free time, she enjoys leading small bible studies, reading a good book, and photography.
Linda Walton, Academic Advisor
Linda Walton advises undergraduate Mathematics and Education students, as well as advising all undergraduate students in the School of Design, Arts, and Humanities.
Linda Walton holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. She obtained her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs and General Administration at George Washington University. Linda has worked in higher education for over five years, specifically in college mental health. In her free time, Linda can be found practicing yoga, reading, or playing flute with her community concert band.
Student Access Services
Sven Jones partners with students with disabilities to find effective ways to engage their learning .
Sven Jones, Director of Student Access Services
For nearly 30 years Sven Jones has supported learning access for persons with disabilities in three very different contexts; the military, prisons, and higher education. He specializes in developing metacognitive skills with students to mitigate their impairment’s impact. Sven holds Master’s degrees in Policy Management, Counseling, and Special Education from Georgetown University and Santa Clara University.
Maureen Dour, Learning Specialist - Access Services
Maureen Dour strives to create opportunities for students to discover and develop their talents, and to use those to make a difference in the world.
Maureen Dour earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Leadership and Management from Marymount University. She has over a decade of experience working in higher education. Maureen is dedicated to students with disabilities and collaborates with students to ascertain the most appropriate and effective supports and accommodations available to them to enhance their academic strategies for success here at Marymount.
Tutoring and Writing Assistance
Lygie Hinkle, Assistant Director for Learning Resources
Lygie Hinkle leads the peer tutoring program, and collaborates with colleagues to enhance students' intellectual growth and development.
Lygie earned a BA in Political Science and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MS in Educational Psychology from George Mason University, and an EdD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She has over a decade of experience as a college academic administrator and educator and she is a lifelong student of higher education, education policy, and human development. When she is not at work, Lygie enjoys dancing, learning, and travelling.
Dr. John Gilbert (a.k.a. "Dr. G."), Writing and EAL Specialist
Dr. Gilbert advocates for the needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) students and advises students in all disciplines in how to build a foundation to become confident writers and encourages them to engage in learner driven education, which enables students to make their own choices and to take responsibility for their learning.
(Currently on leave)
Dr. Gilbert is a TESOL professional with over 29 years of teaching experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, Master of Science degree in Education, and a doctorate in Education with a TESOL specialization. Dr. Gilbert has taught Developmental English, ESOL teacher education, EFL, ESL/EAL, and EAP courses in classrooms in the United States and abroad. He is also an ACTFL certified English language proficiency tester. Prior to starting at Marymount, Dr. Gilbert taught academic writing at the George Washington University, and graduate research and writing at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which is a division of Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Gilbert has authored numerous articles on second language learning. His scholarly interests are English as a global language, the gender gap in second language acquisition, and the effects of reading media on reading comprehension.
Administration and Operations
Michelle Steiner, Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Michelle oversees The Student Academic Hub, and engages in initiatives that focus on creating ways for students to be their best academic selves.
Michelle earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology (minor in Women's Studies), an MA in Psychology, and a PhD in Experimental (Cognitive) Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. She has spent her entire professional career in higher education, specifically in student support services, to include Disability Services, Academic Advising, Academic Coaching, and Peer Tutoring. She has traversed the US, working at the University of Minnesota, The University of New Mexico, The George Washington University in DC, and finally Marymount University. For fun, Michelle plays Pokemon with her son, Xavier, binge-watches TV shows with her partner, Jon, and cuddles with the family cats - Kahlua, Tsunami, and Storm - while reading books and articles that further her professional and personal development.
Dori Gano contributes to the operations and data management of the Student Academic Hub and manages the front desk alongside a team of student employees.
Dori Gano, Administrative Assistant
Dori Gano earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the College of William & Mary, and worked in the field of market research prior to joining the Marymount team. When she's not in the office, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, exploring new music and movies, and taking in all that the Arlington area has to offer.