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Full-Time Staff Bios


Sam DeZerga (she/her/hers)
(850) 201-7810

Sam has nearly a decade of higher education experience helping students succeed at every step in their education – from admission to college to walking across the stage at graduation. Sam is a two-time graduate of Florida State University, earning a B.S. in Psychology and Humanities and a M.S. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. Outside of work, Sam is a nature photographer, collector of vintage Pyrex, and a movie buff.


Dani Rowan Hawke (they/them/theirs)
Program Coordinator
(850) 201-7804

Dani Rowan has almost a decade in higher education of tutoring, teaching, and assisting students to become successful independent learners. They have a B.A. in Mathematics from Cal State University of San Bernardino. Their hobbies include playing D&D with their husband and teenage son, video games, and reading. They are also a published fantasy author.

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Jorlyse Dickens
Academic Success Coach
(850) 201-7837

Jorlyse is a South Florida native. She has a Bachelor's in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. She has over five years of coaching and mentoring experience working with a diverse range of students. In her free time, Jorlyse loves going to the beach, dancing, and women empowerment.


Vera Mayes (she/her/hers)
Math Specialist
Math Department Liaison
(850) 201-8122

Vera has an Associates of Arts, Bachelors of Science (Business Administration), and a Masters of Arts (Mathematics). Vera has been in in education for many years, both teaching and tutoring. She loves helping students achieve the “aha” moment and have some fun with math. Vera likes to paint, make jewelry, and travel. She has a husband, two dogs, two cats, and ten chickens.


Chris McDonald
Science Specialist
Sciences Department Liaison
(850) 201-7805

Chris is a Tally Native, a Salsa and Latin Dancer, and enjoys running and trail biking. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at TCC, with a B.S. in Neurobiological Science from the University of Florida, and a M.S. in Medical Science with a concentration in Anatomy from USF.


Jessie Clayton
Technology Specialist
College Success (SLS) Liaison

(850) 201-8267

Jessie has a B.S. degree from Auburn University in Information Systems. He has worked at Tallahassee Community College for over 17 years. Jessie holds orientations, tutors students, and works directly with IT Personnel in troubleshooting hardware and software computer issues. He ensures that technology is coordinated with the classrooms. Jessie is also a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC).


Shekitta Allen
Writing & Reading Specialist
Transitional Studies Division Liaison
(850) 201-7813

Shekitta received her B.A. in English from Valdosta State University and continued with her education and received an M.A. in English, with a focus on 18th-century Gothic Literature. She is a Communications Specialist in the Learning Commons, going on ten years. Shekitta also teaches classes at TCC and Flagler, TCC’s university partner. She enjoys anything Star Wars: Canon and/or Legends.


Alicia Casey (she/her/hers)
Writing Specialist
English Department Liaison
(850) 201-7809

Alicia Casey is from Missouri. She has lived in Tallahassee for 10 years and has two children. Alicia is a published poet. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia, her M.A. in English at Austin Peay State University, and her M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham fellow.


Dr. Jerrie M. Del Vecchio
Writing & Humanities Specialist
Humanities Department Liaison
(850) 201-7847

Dr. Del Vecchio has been with TCC since 2013 as a Learning Specialist in Communication. Previously, she was employed with FSU as an assistant researcher and teaching assistant while pursuing her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her research interests include but are not limited to: Women's Studies, History, Geography, and International Affairs.


Greg Schaberg (he/him/his)
Writing Specialist
(850) 201-8270

Greg has been assisting TCC students since 1998. He received his A.A. from Valencia College in Orlando, his B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics from FSU, and his Master’s in Multilingual/Multicultural Education from FSU. Before attending college, Greg worked as a costume character at Sea World, appearing as Baby Shamu and Pete Penguin – as well as several other adorable sea creatures.


Jamie Smith
Writing & Reading Specialist
(850) 201-7812

Jamie has been working at TCC for just over five years. Prior to working at TCC, she taught English in Oman for about 4 years and 1 year in Saudi Arabia. She also volunteers at the Leon County ESL Literacy Program. She served in the Women's Army Corps until it was disbanded in 1978, and she was integrated into the United States Army. She brags that she wore her Women’s Athena until she left the Army.

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Katie Toole (she/her/hers)
Writing Specialist
Social Sciences Department Liaison
(850) 201-6651

Katie is a native of the Florida Panhandle. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and worked in Adult Education for 10 years before coming to the Learning Commons. She enjoys “old lady” hobbies like cross stitching and collecting dishes.

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