Judith Redling, PhD, Associate Provost and Director, Center for Academic Excellence
Joining the administrative team in the CLA Dean’s office in July 2014, Dr. Redling has extensive experience in undergraduate retention efforts, managing initiatives to advance student success. As Associate Dean for Academic Services at Drew, Dr. Redling directs initiatives to identify at-risk students and coordinate interventions, connecting students with academic services and promoting academic engagement with the Drew community of advisors, teachers and peers.
Dr. Redling’s teaching and research experiences focus on learning assessment and pedagogy to improve outcomes for students in STEM disciplines. Her faculty affiliation at Drew is with the Department of Physics.
Nora Boyer, MS, Director of the Math and Science Resources
As Director, Nora is committed to building and supporting collaborative learning communities to ensure student success in math and the sciences. Nora earned her BA in Biochemistry from Drew. After Drew and a short stint in the pharmaceutical industry, Nora began her career in science education. She taught at The Dalton School in New York City for nearly two decades, earned her MS in Chemistry from Rutgers, and also served as Science Department Chair at Dalton for over a decade. Nora remains active in alumni affairs.
Dana Giroux, MA, Director of Accessibility Resources
Dana Giroux is the Director of Accessibility Resources. As Director, Dana works to develop accommodation plans for students who have temporary or permanent disabilities.
Dana joined Drew University in November 2018. She earned her MA in Counseling from Montclair State University and her BA in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dana has worked in higher education for over 10 years. She has served as an Admissions Counselor and Disability Services Office Liaison at Centenary University (formerly Centenary College) and most recently as the Assistant Director of Disability Services at Seton Hall University.
Dana is driven to improve the lives of students through interaction, guidance and advocacy as well as building relationships with and being a resource for faculty and staff.
Erika Maikish, MA, Director of the Writing Center
Erika Maikish joined Drew University as the Director of the Writing Center in September 2022. She earned her MA in English alongside a graduate certificate in teaching writing and composition from SUNY Stony Brook and a BA in English and World Religions from Manhattanville College.
For over ten years, Erika has worked extensively within higher education. She has served in multiple writing centers as a peer tutor, faculty specialist, and director. She has also taught courses on literature and writing to undergraduate and graduate students. Her most recent role at New York Medical College expanded her expertise in STEM-specific academic needs, tutoring programs, and writing. By far, though, her most favorite piece of writing to guide students through is the personal statement with its unique insight into each writer and its power to shape the writer’s future.
Johulin Zuluaga, Student Success Adviser
Johulin graduated from Drew University in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology and French. She is a first-generation, Colombian-American and also a graduate of the Education Opportunity Scholars (EOS) program. Currently she serves as the student success adviser working with Drew’s first year students as they adjust to college.
Before returning to The Forest, Johulin worked with SEEDS (formerly known as NJ SEEDS), where she gained wonderful experience working with students ranging from middle to high school and college. Prior to SEEDS she also served as an AmeriCorps member in City Year New York for an East Harlem middle school.
Mary Yenesel, Administrative Assistant
Mary is an administrative professional with experience in many areas, including budgeting, accounts payable and public relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University – Newark and earned her MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management while working in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining the CAE staff, Mary held administrative positions at another university and at a municipality.