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Alexa Cecil, M.A.
Academic Coaching Specialist
Kearns Hall 106A
843-349-2742
acecil@coastal.edu

I joined the Academic Coaching Department in summer 2018. A West Virginia native, I earned my B.A. in English & Psychology from Marshall University and my M.A. in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University.  I am currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration.

An avid Harry Potter fan and binge watcher of Gilmore Girls and Friends, I enjoy spending time with my husband and rescue pup, Fletcher, and I’m always up for a coffee break. I love to visit new places and hope to travel more once I finish my degree.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – Albus Dumbledore


 

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Angela Dembiczak, M.A.

Academic Coaching Specialist
Kearns Hall 106B
843-349-6404
ajdembic@coastal.edu

Originally from New England, I graduated from Coastal with a degree in History and minor in Political Science. I completed a Master’s in History through the joint program at the College of Charleston and The Citadel, and another in Central and Eastern European Studies at La Salle University.  I briefly worked in the intelligence field before returning to Coastal in 2013 as an adjunct History professor.  I joined the ACED team in Fall 2018.  

I enjoy a variety of movies, tv shows, books, and podcasts although I tend to lean towards horror, true crime, and history.  I love to travel and hope to see as much of the world as I can!  Food may be my greatest passion (don't tell my husband).  I enjoy cooking, baking, and, most importantly, eating!


 

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Jessica Fokken, Ph.D.

Academic Coaching Specialist
Kearns Hall 107
843-349-6973
jfokken@coastal.edu

I made the career shift from teaching English to academic coaching when I joined the Academic Coaching Department in the summer of 2018. I earned my B.A. from Southwest Minnesota State University, my M.A. from Iowa State University, and my Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, all in English. I worked as a Teaching Assistant at CCU for two years before becoming an Academic Coach.

Originally from the Upper Midwest, I moved to South Carolina in 2016. My husband, son, and I love spending time at the beach and Brookgreen Garden. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and board games.


 

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Morgan Marshall, M.A.

Academic Coaching Specialist
Kearns Hall 106C
843-349-2690
mmarsha1@coastal.edu

Originally from a small town north of Pittsburgh, PA, I joined the team in the fall of 2019.  I received my B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and my M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University. During my master’s program, I also took several graduate courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and worked in a variety of settings, including the Office of Student Conduct, Disability Services, and Office of Career Development.

My three loves include my nephew, my doggo, Ginger, and chocolate!  I find that life is better when you’re laughing so I almost guarantee you’ll find a punny joke somewhere when you stop by our office.


 

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Melqaam Shaw, M.A.

Academic Coaching Specialist
Kearns Hall 106E
843-349-6451
mshaw@coastal.edu 

“The promise before you is greater than the pain behind you”, a motto that I have lived by since attending Howard University. I graduated with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film Production in 2015 from Howard University. While at Howard, I became a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Currently, I am enrolled in an Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. My goal is to help students such as yourself use education as a gateway to your dreams. I enjoy smiling, dancing, and exercising.

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