Meet the Staff

Christina Carrubba-WhetstineChristina Carrubba-Whetstine

Director, Academic Support and Retention

Dr. Christina Carrubba-Whetstine is the Director of the Rinella Learning Center, Miami University’s primary academic support unit. Christina joined Miami University in 2000 and has provided academic support and various levels of leadership to the Rinella Learning Center since 2002. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history from the University of Indianapolis in 1998 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership in 2015. Dr. Carrubba-Whetstine is committed to providing services to students so that they may transform their learning processes, develop the capacity to reflect on their educational experience, integrate new perspectives into their worldview, and develop an internal voice that will guide them in their life-long learning journey. Christina also teaches a graduate seminar as adjunct assistant professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program on Critical Thinking in Writing. 

Email: whetstc@miamioh.edu


Gary Ritz Gary Ritz

Associate Director

Gary Ritz oversees the Rinella Learning Center’s Collaborative Learning Initiatives (CLI), which includes Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) services and the Undergraduate Associates (UA) Program. Gary also coordinates many of the assessment processes of Rinella; supervises summer orientation programs and does academic advising for SEP students; teaches EDT 110, Rinella’s study strategies course; and provides academic counseling to students. Gary earned his degrees from Ball State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. Gary has earned the Level IV (Lifetime) NCLCA (National College Learning Center Association) Learning Center Leadership Certification and currently sits on the Learning Assistance Review (TLAR) Editorial Board. Before joining Rinella in 2015, Gary was the Director of Ball State University’s Learning Center. In his career, Gary also taught high school and college mathematics and coached various sports.

Email: ritzga@miamioh.edu


Golden Fanning Golden Fanning

Assistant Director

Dr. Golden Fanning is the Assistant Director of the Rinella Learning Center. She joined the RLC staff in 2013 as a Learning Specialist. Golden earned her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 2007 with a major in Psychology and minor in Family Studies. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2009 and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2016, both from Ohio University. Golden oversees the hiring and supervision of the Rinella Learning Center’s team of graduate student staff members and coordinates the Academic Coaching program. Her responsibilities also include providing academic counseling assistance to students and teaching EDT 110.

Email: fanningg@miamioh.edu


Kevin CarrKevin Carr

Learning Specialist Coordinator

Kevin Carr is a Learning Specialist Coordinator in the Rinella Learning Center. He coordinates the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program at Miami, as well as oversees the RLC’s social media presence. He teaches EDT 110 - Learning Strategies for College Success, as well as provides academic counseling that focuses on learning, time management, and organizational skills. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Education from Earlham College in 2005 and 2013 respectively. Prior to joining Rinella in the winter of 2020, Kevin worked as a consultant with high school and college athletic departments and was a director for a nonprofit focused on health, education, and strengthening community. He continues to give back to his community by volunteering with local organizations.

Email: carrk@miamioh.edu


Ghada MahdiGhada Mahdi

Learning Specialist Coordinator

Dr. Ghada Mahdi is a Learning Specialist/Coordinator at the Rinella Learning Center. Ghada coordinates and teaches EDT 110--Learning Strategies for College Success. Ghada also provides academic counseling/coaching that focus on strategies in acquiring and developing learning, time management and organization skills; additionally, she serves on the Miami University Academic Support and Advising Association (MUASAA), assists with the Miami Bound Program, and provides other services that deal with student academic interventions. Ghada earned her Ed. D degree in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education Concertation from the University of South Dakota and her Master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Baghdad. Ghada brings 20+ years of experience in higher education. Before joining Miami University’s Academic Support Center, The Rinella Learning Center, in spring 2021, she taught for eight years at Ferris State University. Ghada enjoys traveling, cooking different kinds of recipes, and meeting people from various walks of life.

Email: mahdig@miamioh.edu


Heather MorrowHeather Morrow

Learning Specialist Coordinator

Heather Morrow is a Learning Specialist Coordinator at Rinella Learning Center, Miami University's primary academic support unit. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral & Social Sciences from Indiana University East in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in 2013. Heather joined Rinella Learning Center in 2015 and enjoys providing academic support and guidance to Miami students. Heather serves as the Tutoring Coordinator within the Collaborative Learning Initiatives program at Rinella Learning Center, and is responsible for training and supervising a staff of approximately 50 tutors each semester. Additionally, Heather teaches RLC’s study skills course, EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success.

Email: morrowhd@miamioh.edu 


Heather RuheHeather Ruhe

Program Associate

Heather joined the Rinella Learning Center as a Program Associate in June 2021. In her role, she provides support for the various responsibilities of the RLC. Heather is a proud alumni of Miami University, having earned her Bachelor's degree in Integrative Studies in 2011. Prior to joining the RLC, she worked in the Admission Office with the Regionals.

Email: heather.ruhe@miamioh.edu


Jacqlyn SchottJacqlyn Schott

Learning Specialist Coordinator

Jacqlyn Schott is a Learning Specialist/Coordinator in the Rinella Learning Center. After earning her Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, Jacqlyn went from working as a graduate assistant for two years in the RLC to joining the staff full-time in 2021. She earned her Bachelor's degrees in English (Literature Studies & Creative Writing) and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2013 from Otterbein University. Jacqlyn's undergraduate studies and passion for theatre have given her a unique lens to bring in the creative arts to her responsibilities of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion; teaching transitional courses and undergraduate research; and providing academic counseling for students. She also brings this lens and love of creating connections to her coordination of both the Miami Access Fellows Program and the Scholastic Enhancement Program.

Email: schottj@miamioh.edu


Natalie MallaleyNatalie Study

Administrative Assistant

Natalie has been with the Rinella Learning Center since December 2016. She started out as the Testing Center Coordinator and is now the Administrative Assistant for the office. Natalie grew up in and around Oxford, Ohio. She attended the Talawanda school district and graduated from Miami University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies, including concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Administration. She has also received her Associate in Arts with concentrations in Communications and Anthropology.

Email: mallalnl@miamioh.edu 


Leslie WoodLeslie Wood

Testing Center Coordinator

Leslie Wood graduated from Miami University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. She is so excited to be back at Miami as the Testing Center Coordinator for the Rinella Learning Center as of September 2021. Leslie loves learning about language and culture, as well as traveling and hiking. She has two feline furbabies, Oliver and Lily.

Email: brownla5@miamioh.edu