Hello, my name is Cortney Stein. I am a born and raised South Floridian, who has always had a passion for learning and reading. During my undergraduate studies at FIU, I was fortunate to be exposed to many different subjects and topics while earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts. I started my career at NSU in the University Call Center in 2002. It was during my time in that office that my passion for helping students, education, and writing drove me to complete my graduate degree here at NSU. I earned an M.A. in Writing, and then started working in the Tutoring and Testing Center in 2010.
One of the best parts of my job is getting to work closely with so many students. As I was forming my educational and professional goals and philosophies during my own schooling, I made many mentors in the supportive and interesting faculty and staff I met. Getting to be a part of that experience for students here at NSU is one of my favorite aspects of my role. I believe in fostering a creative, intellectual curiosity in students that fuels their passion to learn and explore the world beyond the obvious.
Hello! My name is Melissa Montagna. I was born and raised in sunny South Florida. I received my Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Gender Studies right here at Nova Southeastern University. While an undergraduate, I was inspired by several members of the faculty to pursue my Master’s in English, which I later completed at Florida Atlantic University. During my graduate studies, I taught First-Year Writing courses, worked as a writing consultant, and acted as a community workshop speaker. My experiences both inside and outside the classroom showed me how important it is that students have access to academic support and that these services are equipped to meet their needs.
As an NSU alumna, I was thrilled to continue my career as a Shark and contribute to the resources that were so instrumental to me during my undergraduate career. As Associate Director, I work to provide the best tools and training possible for tutors, SI Leaders, peer academic consultants who are such pivotal members of our academic support team. I find it very rewarding to be part of the academic support system that assists students to timely graduation and rewarding careers.
Maryann Mallin Assistant Director of Academic Support Services
Hi, I’m my name is Maryann Mallin and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.
I moved to South Florida after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. After working in the social service field for over 8 years my passion was drawn to helping people continue their education. This also inspired me to obtain my Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Helping students develop and grow at NSU is the most rewarding part of job.
I love spending time with my husband Paul and children Emilia & Elijah. I enjoy reading books or listening to a good podcast. I strive each day to help others and cheering students on throughout their journey.
“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”-LL Cool J
Hello, my name is Wendy van Woerden. I have been working at Nova Southeastern University since March of 2013 after a long career in a managerial position with Entenmann’s Bakery. Recently, I have completed my undergraduate studies here at NSU with a major in Business Management.
My career in higher education started at Broward College where I worked part time as a proctor in their testing center. Soon after I joined the NSU family as the Administrative Coordinator at the Testing Center.
I absolutely love working with students and the professors here. I really enjoy helping the students and it is my goal to take some of the stress out of their test taking experience here at the center.
Hello, my name is Hannah Grantham. I was born and raised here in south Florida. I studied art history at Florida Atlantic University and graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2013. Post-graduation I worked as an art teacher, this gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of students and develop a deep appreciation for education. I began working in the Tutoring and Testing Center in the fall of 2021 as an administrative assistant, and as an administrative coordinator for graduate testing services in July of 2022. I look forward to continuing providing students with a comfortable, and positive testing experience.