Meet the Staff

Learning Commons Full-Time Staff Bios


Dr. Nicholas Vick
(850) 201-8195 

Dr. Vick is the Director of the Learning Commons and the Honors Program. He has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University and over 10 years of experience leading academic support programs and learning centers in community colleges. Outside of work, he is a major tennis fan.    


Dr. Merry Beth Low
Program Coordinator
(850) 201-8239

Merry is an avid soccer player. She also plays the guitar and keys, sings, and is obsessed with her two felines, Auby and Napoleon. Merry has a B.A. in International Relations and French, an M.A. in Religion, an M.A. in French Literature and Language, and a Ph.D. in French Literature and Language.


Tiayka Green
Office Manager
(850) 201-8199

Tiayka is a native of Texas. She holds an Associate's degree from Tallahassee Community College and is currently completing a degree in Business Administration at Saint Leo University Online. In her downtime, Tiayka likes to spend time with her family and create memories with her kids. 


Vera Mayes
Math Specialist
(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.


Noah Schmidt
Math Specialist
(850) 201-7803

Noah graduated from Niceville High School in 1996, has two BS Degrees from FSU in Mathematics Education and Actuarial Science, and a MS Degree in Financial Mathematics. He likes to bowl, take walks, watch college football, and attend Bible Class. Noah was also a walk-on football player at Florida State University from 1996-1998. 


Dani Rowan Hawke
Math Specialist
(850) 201-7804

Dani Rowan has been teaching/tutoring students for nearly 10 years. She has an A.A in Liberal Arts with Emphasis in Math and Science, a B.A. in Mathematics, and is currently working on her M.A. in Instructional Design & Technology. She has a fiancé, a teenage son, a dog, and a cat. She is also a published fantasy author, hardcore gamer, and a major fan of Star Wars and Final Fantasy. 


Chris McDonald
Science Specialist
(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.


Dr. Jerrie M. Del Vecchio
Humanities/Writing Specialist
(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
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. 


Alicia Casey
Writing Specialist
(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. 


Katie Toole
Writing Specialist
(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.


Shekitta Allen
Reading/Writing Specialist
(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.


Jamie Smith
Reading/Writing 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.


Jessie Clayton
Technology Specialist
(850) 201-8267

Jessie has a B.S. degree from Auburn University in Information Systems. He has worked at Tallahassee Community College 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 Association of Florida Colleges (AFC).


Sam DeZerga
Success Coach
(850) 201-7810

Sam has over six years of experience working with college students and helping them succeed through every step in their education. She loves the outdoors and plans to visit at least 50 Florida state parks over the next year. Sam is a 2x graduate of FSU, with a B.S. in Psychology and Humanities ('14) and a M.S. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies ('20).

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Learning Commons Tutors & Coaches



Sam Chandler

I-Ting Lee

Mohammed Namadi 


Sergio Salinas 

Imani Eatman

Skyler Lewis 



Ammar Mahboob


Chase Davis


Justin Whittaker


Kristie Beeman




I-Ting Lee


Sam Chandler

Kimberly Cummings



Sergio Salinas


Alia Green


Margaret Plummer



Ben Kepple


Skyler Lewis


Kristie Beeman 



Ammar Mahboob


Chase Davis


Justin Whittaker


Erika Boone




Anthony Brandy 

Rosalia Haddix




Stephanie Austin 


Anthony Brandy

Alice Cappa



Josalin Hughes

Ann Ross


Success Coaches



Ashley Rutledge
(850) 201-7819


Daniella Itzhak
(850) 201-7845


Gabriella Gallardo
(850) 201-7816



Gabrielle Jackson
(850) 201-7818


Kristie Kirk
(850) 201-7844


Lauren Bradley
(850) 201-7814



Miguel Pumariega
(850) 201-7843


Reginald Daniels
(850) 201-7824



Additional Subjects



Stephanie Austin
Subject: Philosophy 


Kimberly Cummings
Subject: Psychology


Mohammed Namadi
Subject: Computer Programming



Imani Eatman
Subject: Computer Programming

Alex Soto
Subject: Accounting, Economics, Technology