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Pamela Edwards, M.A., M.S., Director / 215-898-6440 /

Pam EdwardsPamela Edwards has worked with college students for over 20 years and has always felt very fulfilled by her career choice.  The most rewarding aspect of Pam's job is watching incoming students blossom into mature, confident adults who are extremely passionate about making their mark on the world. To be able to witness this transformation is truly exciting and is what motivates Pam to continue to do the work that she does. Pam holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics.

Diane Davis, Administrative Assistant / 215-898-6440 /

Diane DavisA native of North Philadelphia, Diane brings vibrancy and efficiency to the PENNCAP office.  2016 marks Diane's 26th year as a dedicated member of the PENNCAP family, and she has provided invaluable time and support to both staff and students.  Diane claims to be a modest cook, but when she's up to the task, she makes a mean shrimp rotini!  What keeps her coming back every year is the family environment and strong sense of community PENNCAP inspires.  Diane loves working with students and watching them mature into accomplished adults; she cherishes her collection of graduation photos given to her by past PENNCAP students.  Diane looks forward to greeting the new students this Fall and helping in any way possible.

Faith Brown, M.A., Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 /

Faith HamiltonAs an academic counselor, Faith Brown loves to be involved with her students on both a personal and professional level. She truly enjoys coaching her students and, for Faith, that means encouraging them to maximize their opportunities and to take full advantage of the resources available to them at Penn.  Faith urges her students to apply themselves wholeheartedly as they face the academic demands of an Ivy League institution.  Faith earned her Master's degree in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Faith worked as an academic advisor at Temple University for five years and has now worked in the PENNCAP office for 15 years. Faith prides herself on being a loving wife and the mother of a recent high school graduate who is attending LaSalle this Fall.

Matthew Armes, M.S., NCC, NCSC, Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 /

Matthew ArmesMatt comes to PENNCAP with a solid background counseling and advising students.  Originally from Erie, PA, Matt spent the past five years working as a high school counselor at Martinsburg High School in Berkeley County, WV. In this role, Matt assisted students in accomplishing their educational, personal, and career goals while encouraging them to be their best. His previous work experience also includes Penn Foster College & Career School and ESPN.  Matthew received a Bachelor's degree in English from Messiah College and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Education from Marywood University.  He is also a National Board Certified Counselor. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, eating, writing, reading, watching sports, and running.

Theresa Suriano, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator / 215-898-6440 /
Theresa SurianoAs Academic Coordinator at PENNCAP for 13 years, Dr. Theresa Suriano approaches all her work with students as an opportunity for intellectual nurturing. Within her career, Theresa has served as a college instructor, administrator, academic advisor, tutor, and writing specialist. In 1998 she earned her Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Penn's Department of English.  While completing her doctorate after a long pause from grad school to raise her son, Theresa gained an appreciation for academic challenges from both sides of the desk. Given that her doctoral research was interdisciplinary, and joyously so, Theresa renders academic support in a similar spirit: urging students to find conceptual connections throughout all of their learning. An Italian-American New Yorker who's now very fond of Philadelphia, Theresa remains a staunch resident of the world of ideas, resolutely convinced that the pen is mightier than the sword, and nurtures herself with Shakespeare, Beethoven, Cezanne, Monet, John Donne, William Golding, Train, good films, and good conversation.