Location: SUB 1, Suite 3600 

Mailing Address: 4400 University Drive MS2E6 Fairfax, VA 22030 

Phone Number: 703-993-2470 

Email: masoncn@gmu.edu  


Students can make appointments multiple ways:


1. Log onto any page within mcn.gmu.edu
Click on the blue button “Schedule An Appointment”
Log in with your Mason credentials (net ID and password)
Click on the blue “Get Assistance” button
Click on “Success Coaching”
Click on “[school/college] Success Coaching”

Then pick your Success Coach from the list. This will take you to their calendar where you can find their appointment availability.


2. Call our office


3. Email us

Meet the Success Coaching Team


Adrienne D. White, Ph.D.  

Dr. White originally came to Mason to work on her Ph.D. as a full-time graduate student, but fell in love with the Mason community. She has now been at Mason for over five years and is a proud Mason alum. Dr. White is thrilled to be able to continue to support Mason students in the work that we do in the Mason Care Network.  Dr. White received her Bachelors degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University, and her doctorate from George Mason University in Education, specializing in Higher Education.



Assistant Director 

Kelly Severo 

I have been an academic advisor for over seven years, first at VCU and now at GMU. I have provided academic support for graduate students pursuing a career in social work and special education. I have a strong interest in student’s health and wellbeing. I am very interested in supporting students through strong academic advising and coaching practices based on a holistic student support model. I want every student to feel as though they have someone at Mason who cares about them and their academic goals. 



Assistant Director 

Whitney Gaston

Whitney Gaston currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Mason Care Network at George Mason University. She has worked in higher education for almost 25 years and her professional experiences include admissions, advising, marketing, recruitment, alumni relations and program planning.  Prior to coming to Mason, Whitney worked for the University of South Florida – Polytechnic Campus as the Director of University Relations.  Her career background also includes working in the community college system in Florida.  Whitney thoroughly enjoys working with studentsfrom recruitment to graduation and beyond. In this role with the Mason Care Network, she looks forward to helping students navigate their educational journey and overcome any challenges or obstacles that “pop up” along the way.    


HR Manager

Kellie Scanlon



Administrative Assistant

Louise Higgins

As the Office Manager for the Mason Care Network, Louise Higgins (she, her, hers) is honored to support a dedicated and enthusiastic team devoted to George Mason University students’ well-being.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Louise has a diverse background. Most recently, she was at Gunston Hall, the historic home of George Mason. One of her proudest accomplishments has been her supporting research for the exhibit Revolutionary Rights.

In her free time, Louise enjoys spending time with her four grown children who live in the area.



Success Coaches

Deanna Bullard 

Deanna is a proud Patriot! She studied Psychology and Criminology at Mason and graduated in May 2014 before heading down to the University of South Florida for graduate school. While at USF, Deanna worked in the Career Services office and studied College Student Affairs, earning her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017. Deanna spent some time in Florida as the Assistant Director of Career Development at a small private university in Florida before moving back to Virginia to be closer to her family. She joined the Mason community again in 2018 when she began working in Student Involvement, and is now very happy to serve as a Success Coach in the Mason Care Network.



Sara Clifton 

Sara graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Communications from Western Kentucky University and participated in Americorp for a year before going on to get her Master’s in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. After graduation she moved to Wichita, KS and worked in Student Activities. Sara joined the Mason Care Network Success Coach team in September of 2019 and enjoys helping students find a program that matches their goals, interests, and passion.



Glenda Cosby

Glenda Cosby received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Students with a minor in Elementary Education from James Madison University, which is where she also earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching.  Prior to joining the Mason Care Network as a Success Coach in June 2020, Glenda participated in the Disney College Program interning at Disney World for a year.  She also has experience working at a few universities in Residence Life, Graduate Admissions, and Student Success.  Glenda is passionate about working closely with students to ensure their success while at Mason and beyond.  She looks forward to meeting you!


Joan Elwood 

Joan loves to travel. She backpacked through Europe at 17 years old after completing high school and has lived abroad in England and Taiwan. She has also traveled to over 20 countries in the world.



Lubna Zia-Uddin 

Lubna graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Religious Studies and received her Master’s from George Mason University in Higher Education with a focus on Student Affairs. Prior to her current role, she worked with Disability Services as a Learning Strategist with the Mason Autism Support Initiative. She feels that each student’s learning path is unique and therefore support, advising, and coaching should be provided in a holistic manner- understanding every aspect of the student. She also believes that it is important for students to feel that they are connected to their campus community so that they can thrive and achieve their goals.



Kye Hopkins (he/him/his)

Kye Hopkins joined the Mason Care Network Success Coach team in January 2020. Prior to his current role, Kye worked in Student Success at Shenandoah University as the Assistant Director for Student Success where he helped support students. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2015 and Master’s of Science in Education Administration Leadership in 2017 from Shenandoah University. He is passionate about helping students and is looking forward to helping them reach their goals.



Christiana Koroma (she/her/hers)

Christiana Koroma is a Success Coach for the Mason Care Network. She joined the team in January of 2020 after completing her Master’s degree at Mason in the Higher Education and Student Development Program. While completing her graduate degree, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for University Life at the Science and Technology Campus in the area of student involvement. She also served as the Vice-President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association for the Science and Technology Campus. Christiana received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. As a first-generation student, she is passionate about assisting students in achieving their definition of success as well as helping them stay connected on campus. 



Taylor “Nikki” Harris (she/her/hers)

Nikki Harris was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Virginia. She received her Bachelors degree in Education Studies from Berea College, a small liberal arts college in Eastern Kentucky. Nikki received her Masters degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She is excited to join the Mason Care Network team as a Success Coach.



Susan Schott

Allison Wallen (she/her/hers)

Allison Wallen is originally from Bronx, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Communication with a minor in Legal Studies from SUNY Buffalo State. She continued at SUNY Buffalo State to pursue a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.  After earning her Masters degree, Allison worked as a Transfer Student advisor for students in the Health and Natural Sciences field. Allison has a passion for helping students find their purpose not only in the classroom but also in life. She joined the Mason Care Network in August 2020 and is ready to co-captain any student’s journey to success.

Taylor Dilley (she/her/hers)

Taylor joined the Mason Care Network as a Success Coach in June 2020. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication and her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio UniversityBefore joining the team at George Mason, Taylor served students as an Academic Advisor and First-Year Seminar Instructor. She understands that everyone’s definition of success is different and works with each individual student to achieve their own version of success. 


Micah Hodges

Micah Hodges joined the Mason Care Network as a Success Coach in June 2020. He is a two-time graduate of James Madison University earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry, with a minor in Africana Studies; and his Master of Education degree in May 2020 in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration. While pursuing his master’s degree, Micah served as the inaugural Graduate Assistant for the Student Leadership Center in his first year and served as the Graduate Assistant for Academic Student Services, coordinating the Academic Success Program in his final yearMicah is thrilled to contribute to the Mason Care Network and impact the success of students. In his workMicah desires to gain holistic insight with students that he meets, cultivate potential within them, and witnesses small improvements towards their goals. He believes in students living positive, self-actualizing lives with both meaning and purpose.