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Center for Student Success Directory

Paul David Spradley, Ed.D. 
Director, Center for Student Success 
412-397-6848 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Paul has a long history with Robert Morris University receiving first his B.S in Communications/Media Productions and then his M.S in Instructional Leadership from RMU. He earned his doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. In addition to a wealth of professional experiences, Paul has had the pleasure of serving as a Hall Director in Residence Life and the first Director of Multicultural Student Services here at Robert Morris University. He is in the final stages of his Doctorate in Education in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

As Director, Paul is responsible for the daily operations and supervision of all staff of the Center for Student Success. Additionally, he works with every facet of the Center for Student Success to ensure we are reaching our collective goals of student retention and the demonstration of academic success for every undergraduate student at Robert Morris University.

Tracy Frazier, M.A. 

Associate Director, Act 101 Director, Center for Student Success
412-397-6814 phone
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Tracy earned her M.A. in Communication Studies and her B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Robert Morris University since August 1997.  During her time at RMU, Tracy has worked in various positions, including the Coordinator for the Act 101 Program, a Learning Specialist for the Act 101 Program, a communications tutor, an instructor for the Communication Skills Writing Lab at the Moon Campus, an instructor in the Adult and Continuing Education Department, as well as an adjunct instructor for the Communications Skills Program.

Tracy joined the Center for Student Success in 2002 as the Tutorial Coordinator.  In 2007 she was promoted to the Assistant Director and to Associate Director in 2016.  Tracy continues to provide counseling service to students, is an instructor in the First–Year Experience Program, and she teaches a Communication course each semester. She also coordinates the Lending Library program.

Lauren Speerhas, M.A.

Assistant Director 
412-397-6869 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Lauren earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Geneva College and her B.A. in Communication, Public Relations from the University of Mount Union. Previously a graduate assistant and Area Coordinator within the Office of Residence Life at RMU, Lauren has been with the University since 2011. As the Assistant Director, Lauren will oversee the First-Year Seminar Program (FYSP) and will serve as the counselor for the Early Success Program (ESP) within the Center. She is an instructor for FYSP, a campus advisor for Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and a staff mentor within the Women's Leadership and Mentorship program.  

Michelene Cain, B.A.
Secretary III 
412-397-6862 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Michelene earned her B.A. from Argosy University and is currently enrolled for the MBA program at RMU. She started at RMU in 2013 with the Uzuri Think Tank before joining the Center for Student Success in 2015. Her primary duties include assisting the Director, Center for Student Success, data collection, scheduling appointments and arranging programs, as well as assisting with the FYSP, ESP, Tutoring, and DSS services.  

Armani Davis, M.A. 

Counselor and Retention Specialist 
412-397-6821 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Armani earned his M.A. in Intercultural Communications and Conflict Management from Edinboro University and his B.A in Marketing Communications from Duquesne University. 

Armani comes to the Center from The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship foundation in the city of Pittsburgh, where he served as a Special Projects Coordinator. He is in the beginning stages of The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Management and Leadership degree program here a Robert Morris.Armani’s primary responsibility as the Counselor and Retention Specialist is to provide a comprehensive and culturally sensitive set of support services designed to ensure the academic success of students as measured by retention and graduation rates. 

Nicole Law, M.S. 

Athletic Academic Support Counselor
412-397-6815 phone
412-397-6316 fax
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An alumnus, Nicole earned both her M.S. in Communications and Information Systems and M.S. in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University.  She holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.  As a previous graduate assistant for the Center for Student Success, Nicole worked as the Peer Counselor for the ACT 101 Program as well as an instructor for the First–Year Experience Program.

In 2007, Nicole joined the Center for Student Success as the Counselor/Tutorial Coordinator.  In this capacity, she assists students with academic and personal concerns including course registration and planning, participates as an instructor for the First–Year Experience Program. In 2016, Nicole moved to coordinating support services for athletes at the university.


Andrea Shultz, M.S.W. 

Act 101 Counselor 
412-397-5241 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Andrea earned her M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh and her B.S.W. from Chatham College.  Andrea joined the Center for Student Success in 2009 as the secretary and was promoted to counselor in 2015. Andrea works closely with the Act 101 student population. She offers counsel on adjusting to university academic standards, course planning, and using campus resources. She will also serve as an instructor in the First-Year Seminar Program.

Ellen H
itchins, M.S.

Counselor and Tutorial Coordinator 
412-397-6828 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Ellen earned her M.S. in Higher Education from Robert Morris University and her B.S. in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Toledo.  She has been with Robert Morris since 2012 in the Department of Organizational Leadership. Ellen is responsible for the coordination of services for students with disabilities where she provides guidance and support to students and assists them with registration and organization of their courses.  She also helps with obtaining e-file texts and obtaining accommodations for all students with disabilities.    

Grace Novacek, M.S.

Counselor, Coordinator - Services for Students with Disabilities 
412-397-6884 phone 
412-397-6316 fax 
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Grace earned her M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College and her B.S. in Sport Administration from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.  Grace joined the Center after her work as a Program Specialist at Beaver County Rehabilitation Center, where she developed and coordinated an internship program for high school students enrolled in special education courses.  As the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, Grace is responsible for obtaining and connecting students with necessary accommodations.  As a counselor and instructor for the First-Year Experience Program, Grace supports students academically and personally throughout their transition and journey at Robert Morris University.     

The Center for Student Success
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