ASP Staff Information



Dr. Chad H. Bennett, Ed. D 
Interim Program Director

Dr. Bennett earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University.  He is recently earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through Duquesne University.  Before he came to the Academic Success Program, Dr. Bennett worked as the Academic Coordinator of Student Athletes for Shippensburg University for over 4 years.  Prior to that he served as the director of a youth shelter in Harrisburg, Pa, while also playing a stint of professional soccer in the USL.  In addition, Dr. Bennett has presented at the local, state and international level and has been published in the monograph for the Educational Leadership Development Conference at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, England.   Dr. Bennett enjoys spending time outdoors participating in various sports, enjoys music, doing home improvements and lives with his wife in Shippensburg.

"Find the course that will bring you happiness. Don't be that person who looks back and has regrets. Always listen to your heart and soul for these will never fail you in life." - Chad

Beverly Wallace


Rebecca Lee Harris

Ms. Rebecca Lee Harris, MS
Instructor and Academic Advisor

Ms. Rebecca Lee Harris earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and her Master's degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Ms. Harris is currently working towards her Doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvannia. Ms. Harris has presented at conferences on the local, state, and national level, most recently at the 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in 2014. Her research interest areas include first-year students, first-generation students, academic advising, and summer bridge programs.

"The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. If you do not make that contribution, no one can." -Rabbi Harold Kushner






Mr. Curtis Spencer
Transition and Outreach Counselor

 Karen Hamilton

Ms. Karen Hamilton



Grant Heydenreich
Graduate Assistant and Academic Coach

Mr. Grant Heydenreich received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University. He is currently in his final year as a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. Grant has experience working as a resident assistant or two years, volunteering for People Involved Equally (PIE), and was an intern counselor at an addictions treatment center or one year. Grant is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, loves baked macaroni and cheese, and has traveled to Jamaica. To new incoming students, Grant's advice is to get involved on campus. Whether it be volunteering, employment, Greek life, or intramural sports; make these next four or more years some of the most memorable years of your life.



Rianna Grissom
Graduate Assistant and Academic Coach

Ms. Rianna Grissom received her Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in communication from Edinboro University. She is currently a second year graduate student pursing Master's in Psychological Science. She was formerly a graduate assistant for the Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes. During her undergraduate career she served as a writing tutor and first-year student mentor or the Robert C. Weber Honors Program. Rianna loves to travel and studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. She is a dedicated foodie who loves trying new things and taking pictures of what she is eating. She also really enjoys getting to know people and learning from others. To new incoming students, Rianna's advice is to not limit yourself; have different groups of friends, get involved on campus and in your department, and never second guess an opportunity. One open door can turn into countless others.



Kalia Tirado
Graduate Assistant and Academic Coach

Ms. Kalia Tirado graduated from Shippensburg Univeristy with a Bachelor's degree in Human Communication Studies in 2014. She is pursing a Master's in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Kalia's leadership experience includes being a member of Promoting Excellence through Establishing Relationships for Success (P.E.E.R.S) and served as president to the Latino Student Organization. Her passion and enthusiasm to help others lead to employment with the Multicultural Student Affairs Center, an internship at the Conference Center, and also a mentoring positioning with ASP, all at Shippensburg University prior to becoming a graduate student. Kalia is the oldest of eight. Her favorite sports are volleyball and football. She is also obsessed with anything Disney and superhero! To new incoming students, Kalia shares a song to live by, Pocahontas - Colors of the Wind. "You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew."


Mary Butler
Graduate Assistant and Academic Coach

Ms. Mary Butler received a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Shippensburg University. Currently, she is pursing a Master's in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Mary's involvement with New Student Orientation, Exercise Science Club, and various campus sports and clubs helped shaped her leadership skills. Ms. Butler is a die hard Tar Heels fan! She enjoys playing sports, volleyball, basketball, and rugby to name a few. Her favorite food is shrimp. To new incoming students, she shares her favorite quote, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -Marianne Williamson Everyone on this earth is capable of greatness, strive for it at all times.

Joann Noel
Graduate Assistant and Academic Coach

Ms. Joann Noel received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Joann loves to snowboard. She has lived in Scotland for a year and is going to be a brand new aunt for the first time next month. To incoming new students, Joann encourages students to get involved on campus as much as possible! Looking back on her college experience, the one thing that helped her with the transition to college from high school was getting involved in campus activities. By getting engaged in various clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities within the campus community, she could open many doors for her as a student. This is the time to not only grow academically, but also discover your passions and interests that you'll take with you for the rest of your life.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in our shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." -Dr. Seuss