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Academic Success Center Manager:

Renée Mitchell-Matsuyama
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Renée Mitchell-Matsuyama is the Manager of the Academic Success Center at JHSON. She moved to Baltimore in the summer of 2018 with her wife and their two cats, after having spent several years running a college women’s center in Minnesota. Originally from the West Coast, Renée attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned degrees in both English and Student Affairs. In addition to women’s center administration, Renée also has extensive experience in teaching, writing consultation, and general student support and advising. When she’s not at work, Renée enjoys weightlifting, cooking, and exploring all the interesting, weird, and fun things to do in Baltimore

Academic Success Center Tutors:

  • Nasrin Akter

    Nasrin AkterProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Chronic

    Bio: Hi! My name is Nasrin Akter, and I'm an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certified physician from Bangladesh. My diverse experience in healthcare allowed me to care for many different patients both in terms of culture and disease processes. I have a wide-ranging of interests from bedside patient care to the clinical research to teaching. I really enjoy teaching through sharing my knowledge and explaining in a simple language. In college, I used to tutor fellow students in physics and mathematics. I have also tutored pathophysiology for MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice students through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Besides I have tutored my peers informally by helping with preparing for exams. It is amazing to interact with diverse students and watch their growth from the beginning to the end of the semester. As a tutor, my goal is to strengthen the knowledge and build the confidence of my tutees in class and during care for someone’s loved one.

    I am a mother of a six years beautiful girl, wife, daughter and Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana, 2005) and cancer (2015) survivor. Values that guide my life are “Respect, Open-mindedness, and Optimism.” My long-term goal is making a difference in people’s lives who are suffering from mental health, sleep disorders, and cancers. In my free time, I love exploring new places with family and friends, cooking Bengali cuisine, hiking and doing yoga.

    I'm super excited to work with Academic Success Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to pursue my passion, and I look forward to learning and flourish together!

  • Corey Crowe

    Corey CroweProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Health Assessment, Pharmacology

    Bio: Hey my name is Corey. Born and raised at the Jersey Shore. I have my undergraduate degree in Dietetics/Nutrition from James Madison University. After graduation I went on to serve 2 years in the Peace Corps as a Public Health Educator/Nutritionist in a small village in Peru. When I came home, I decided to change career paths and got my CNA license and worked in a psychiatric nursing home. I then applied for nursing school and accepted an offer to attend Johns Hopkins.

    My career goals are to work at a level one trauma center in the ICU and eventually go back to school to get my doctorate as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I enjoy learning and I look forward to using the knowledge I have gained to help guide new students to become proficient in the information taught to us during this program.

  • Marcella Hill

    Marcella HillProgram: DNP Advanced Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner

    Can tutor: Biostatistics

    Bio: My name is Marcella Hill and I'm currently in my 5th semester of the FNP DNP program. I'm originally from Chicago and I have been a registered nurse for 4 years. I have a background in acute care and school nursing. I'm currently working at Henderson-Hopkins as a community health nurse. I hope to work with under-represented communities as a family nurse practitioner to increase preventive health services and decrease health disparities.

  • Caresse Hollendoner

    Caresse HollendonerProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Biostatistics

    Bio: Hello! My name is Caresse Hollendoner and I am in my 4th semester of the MEN program. I have B.A. in cultural anthropology from Western Washington University and a B.S. in pre-med biology from McKendree University. I have a passion for learning anything about biochemistry, microbiology, and chemistry (pathophysiology and pharmacology were my favorite courses). When I have spare time, I enjoy reading books about infectious diseases and virology. I also love doing research! I received a grant from a national honor society to conduct an independent study and presented my results at a national conference in 2018. Currently, I am working with an interventional radiologist and collaborating with plastic surgery at JHH on a new research study. Additionally, I have clinical experience working as an EMT and emergency room technician.

    As a student, I have benefited a great deal from one-on-one conversations with my instructors, mentors, and peers which I believe had a great influence on my academic success. As a tutor, I hope to pass along some of the advice and assistance that I received, and find the best way for students to learn and retain material.

  • Cindy Koo

    Cindy KooProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Complex

    Bio: My name is Cindy Koo and I am a 4th semester student in the MEN program. Prior to nursing school, I earned a Master's in Higher Education Administration and worked in various roles, but they all had one thing in common: student success. I am committed to helping students reach their realistic academic goal. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and still reside there with my husband and dog. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Rebecca Lange

    Rebecca LangeProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology

    Bio: Rebecca is a second semester MEN student. Nursing is her second (or third?) career: she started in clinical neuroscience research then moved into the aid sector, spending time living in Israel and India and working for the non-profit GiveDirectly. She comes to Baltimore from NYC by way of Maine, Rhode Island, and Boston, and currently lives with a few roommates, two wonderful cats, and many houseplants. She loved first semester and is excited to be tutoring the next cohort!

  • Emily Lengel

    Emily LengelProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Pharmacology, Chronic, Complex

    Bio: I’m a 5th semester student who is interested in pursuing critical care nursing in the PICU setting. Before attending Hopkins, I received a B.S. in Biology from Wheaton College in Illinois, where I was a lab assistant and tutor for microbiology. After I graduated from Wheaton College, I spent a year as a high school science teacher in Pennsylvania, teaching physical science, biology, chemistry and honors physics. Although I loved my time in the classroom, my life-long love of medicine lead me to apply to Hopkins. My experiences as a tutor and as a classroom teacher have given me a lot of insight into how to explain difficult concepts to different learning styles, which is a challenge that I love to continue to tackle as a tutor for Hopkins! When I’m not tutoring, I love practicing lettering, expanding my art side business, and spending time with my friends exploring Baltimore.

  • Katie McNabb

    Katie McNabbProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Chronic, Complex

    Bio: Katie McNabb is currently in her final semester of the JHSON MSN: Entry into Nursing Program. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, Katie realized her passion for helping others and contributing to the public health issues of HIV, Tuberculosis, and substance use disorder locally and globally. This realization led her to Baltimore and the profession of nursing. At JHSON, Katie had been involved in the SOURCE Community Outreach Program and served as both a Helene Fuld Patient Safety and Quality Fellow and Paul D. Coverdell Fellow.  She ultimately plans to pursue a career as a Nurse Ph.D. and an Adult Nurse Practitioner caring for patients with HIV and Nurse.

    Katie also has experience as a policy analyst, consumer advocate, and expert witness in the energy and telecommunications industries. In her free time, she enjoys competing in the sport of weightlifting, tweeting (@kcmcnabb) and listening to audiobooks & podcasts.  Her favorite book is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.

  • Hải-Anh Pham

    Hải-Anh PhamProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Biostatistics

    Bio: Hai-Anh Pham is in her last semester of the MSN: Entry into Nursing Program. She came to SON right after completing her B.A in Biology in Rhode Island. Her interests during her undergrad years ranged from studying reproductive patterns of wasps to working with adolescents with sickle cell disease and their caregivers. Born and raised in Vietnam, she now finds Baltimore to be her second home in the US. As a nursing student, she is highly involved in promoting sexual and reproductive health through the Midwifery and Women’s Health Group.

  • Luke Politi

    Luke PolitiProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Complex

    Bio: My name is Luke, I lived in Santa Cruz, California before moving to Baltimore. I have an undergraduate degree in Child Development from Cal Poly. After graduating I lived in Granada, Spain and worked as a teacher at a bilingual elementary school, teaching students from K-3rd grades. I hope to one day be a pediatric nurse, and potentially continue on to be an NP.

  • Rachel Purser

    Program: DNP Advanced Practice

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology

    Bio: Hello! My name is Rachel and I am in the 5th semester Adult Gerontology Primary Care DNP program. I earned a BA in Anthropology for the University of North Texas in 2009 and then worked towards a certificate in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. After a few years working in management, I attended Baylor University School of Nursing’s Fastbacc 1 year BSN program. I’ve worked and precepted critical care for three years at neuroscience and cardiovascular / cardiac surgery ICUs and earned my CCRN in 2017. Originally from Dallas, TX, I have also lived in Atlanta, GA and currently reside in Detroit, MI with my husband who is stationed here with the Coast Guard. I will apply my experience and expertise from my academic, professional nursing and management careers to help guide you during your experience here at JHU SON. I look forward to working with you!

  • Jill Slattery

    Jill SlatteryProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Health Assessment

    Bio: Jill Slattery is a member of JHUSON's Spring 2020 cohort. Originally from Chicago, she moved to the East Coast to attend the College of William & Mary, graduating with a dual degree in Government & Public Health in 2013. Prior to nursing school, she worked as a strategy and operations consultant in Washington, DC serving a wide-array of federal government and pro bono clients. Jill moved to Baltimore with her husband and two cats to attend Hopkins in August 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running (particularly at Disney), skiing, baking and traveling!

  • Lauren Smulcer

    Program: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations, Chronic, Complex

    Bio: Lauren is a fifth semester MEN student with prior work experience in energy policy and consulting. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2006. Lauren is married to a soldier in the U.S. Army and is a mother to two little girls. She grew up in Houston, Texas, loves animals, reading 19th century British literature, and scuba diving.

  • Aaron Speer

    Aaron SpeerProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Chronic, Complex

    Bio: Aaron Joseph Speer is currently enrolled as fourth semester student in the JHSON MSN, Entry into Nursing Program. He was born and raised in Los Angeles California, and moved to Baltimore in the beginning of 2018 for nursing school. Aaron attended University of California, San Diego, where he earned a BS in Human Biology. He is also an executive board member of the JHSON Men In Nursing chapter, which promotes diversity in the nursing profession. Aaron has a life-long passion for tutoring, and over a decade of experience, tutoring professionally, and as a volunteer. During his free time he likes to rock climb, experience Drag shows, and play board games, all while in the company of amazing friends.

  • Lauren Totonis

    Aaron SpeerProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Foundations, Pharmacology, Complex

    Bio: Hello! My name is Lauren Totonis and I am in my 5th semester of the MEN program. I am passionate about pediatric and neonatal nursing, and am hoping to work in a NICU after this program. I am a part of the SON research honors program and am currently doing research in the neurology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital, investigating a rare CNS disease called neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. Prior to this program, I completed my bachelors degree in Psychology at Denison University. Ultimately, I love to tutor because I like to help make studying more efficient and enjoyable! 

  • Kevin Valentine

    Kevin ValentineProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Pathophysiology, Foundations

    Bio: Kevin Valentine is a 24-year-old MEN student that’s just trying to get through his first winter but sometimes gets confused that socks are gloves (cue the “awww”). When he’s not in class or clinical, Kevin can be seen beelining towards his 6th plate of appetizers at formal events, eating a pot roast on the 2nd floor on the SON, and just eating in general. He enjoys long walks to Safeway with a giant thermoregulated water bottle in his hand. Kevin often speaks in puns that may elicit an automatic eye-rolling response. He holds his friends & family deer to his heart (he really loves deer puns for some reason) and always make sure to take care of them, which aligns with the fact that Kevin is a Leo aka the protecting lion sign. Get Kevin as a tutor and he’ll protect you from select all questions on exams that are “good practice for the NCLEX.” Kevin graduated with a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology degree from UC Davis in 2017 aka you’ll never flinch again when you hear “RAAS” if he tutors you for patho.

  • Jiaojiao Wright

    Jiaojiao WrightProgram: MSN – Entry into Nursing

    Can tutor: Biostatistics

    Bio: I am a 4th semester JHU MSN student. I graduated from Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2013, then received my master’s degree in medical translation and interpretation from Xian Jiaotong University in 2015. Even though I have not taken math courses since high school, I got an A in Statistics while I was taking prerequisites in Ohio University. I love biostatistics and developed an efficient way to learn it. I got 100% on first biostatistics exam. In addition, I am a research assistant at JHU Center for Innovative Care in Aging, I enjoy using biostatistics in real world.