Van D. Westervelt, PhD, Director
Van joined the LAC staff in 1998. He received a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland; an MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University; and an MA and PhD in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in Child-Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Virginia. Prior to his work at WFU, he spent 17 years working as a Clinical Psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Van has participated in medical service projects in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border and in Saudi Arabia. His area of expertise is in assessment and intervention for students with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Outside of work, he enjoys perfecting his tennis game, hiking with his family, and the occasional fishing venture.
Michael Shuman, PhD, Associate Director
Michael joined the LAC staff in 1997. He received a BA in French and Music from Furman University; an MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina; and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to providing academic counseling to WFU students, he specializes in the needs of students with physical, visual, and hearing impairments. Also, Michael provides ADHD coaching and coordinates LAC’s assistive technology and peer tutoring programs. His research interests include college student athletes and academic motivation. He enjoys reading, running, music, and spending time with his wife and spirited sons.
Shelly Cardi, PhD, Staff Psychologist
Shelly joined the LAC staff in 2011. She received a BA in Psychology from West Virginia University; an MA in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College; and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at West Virginia University’s Curruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services in July 2011. Prior to her graduate training, Shelly danced professionally for the Disney Corporation in Orlando, FL and Tokyo, Japan. In the LAC, Shelly provides academic counseling and support services to WFU students and assists in reviewing psychoeducational evaluations and implementing accommodations and services for students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other cognitive disorders. Her research interests include women’s issues, victimization, and forgiveness. Shelly enjoys yoga, hiking, sampling new music, and spending time with her family.
Wende Walker, BIS, Administrative Coordinator
Wende joined the LAC staff in 2014. She received her BIS in Sociology from Winston-Salem State University. She gained her hospitality and administrative management experiences as the Director of Catering with Hyatt Hotels and several other hotels in Orlando, Durham, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem markets. For eight years, she worked in Charlotte as a Human Resources Manager, taught courses at Central Piedmont Community College, and served as a Board member for several non-profit organizations. Most recently, Wende worked as Audience Development and PR Manager for the North Carolina Black Repertory Company in Winston-Salem. As Administrative Coordinator, Wende manages the daily operation of the Learning Assistance Center and is responsible for providing information and support to students, visitors, parents, faculty, and staff. In addition, she manages the office scheduling system and works directly with students and faculty to assist in the provision of academic accommodations for WFU students with disabilities. Wende volunteers in her spare time and enjoys gourmet cooking, family gatherings, and watching classic black and white movies.
Donalee White, BA, Tutor Coordinator
Donalee joined the LAC staff in 2003. She received her BA in English (writing track) at High Point University and an AA from Forsyth Technical Community College. Prior to joining the LAC staff, Donalee worked as a reporter for the Kernersville News and served as secretary for Winston-Salem Writers in 2009-2010. In the LAC, Donalee serves as the tutor coordinator and is responsible for the daily operation and supervision of the peer tutoring program. She manages the recruiting, hiring, and training of tutors, and she coordinates assigning tutors to students who request tutoring services. In addition, she maintains payroll and other administrative functions of the program, including database maintenance and end-of-year reporting. Donalee enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail and creative writing. She dreams of the day when her children’s books are published.
Counseling Graduate Assistants
The Learning Assistance Center’s four counseling graduate assistants play a significant role in providing academic support services to WFU students. Each graduate assistant meets individually with WFU students to help them refine and develop effective study strategies and skills that contribute to academic success at WFU. Currently, three of the graduate assistants in the LAC are pursuing their MA in Counseling at WFU and one is completing an MDiv through the WFU School of Divinity.
Graduate Student Workers
The two graduate student workers in LAC contribute to the overall operation of the Learning Assistance Center. They are responsible for assisting the LAC staff in managing requests for peer tutors and other academic support services. In addition, the graduate student workers assist in coordinating staff schedules and assistive technology requests, which includes providing texts in alternative format. Both of our graduate student workers are pursuing an MDiv in the WFU School of Divinity. Lindsey Altvater is a 2nd year graduate student, and Corinne Causby is a 1styear graduate student.
Location: 117 Reynolda Hall
Mailing Address: PO Box 7283, Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7283
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (Excluding Holidays)