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Pamela Edwards, M.A., M.S., Director / 215-898-6440 / pedwards@upenn.edu

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.


Rochelle Jackson-Smarr, M.A., Associate Director / 215-898-6440 / rjsmarr@upenn.edu

RochelleRochelle Jackson-Smarr is a proud California transplant and is excited to be the Associate Director of PENNCAP and Pre-Freshman Programs (PFP). In this role, she has direct oversight of the daily administration of the PFP program and facilitates ongoing academic support initiatives for PENNCAP students during the academic school year. For the past decade, Rochelle has been working in the field of community engagement as a labor organizer, educational parent organizer, community-based research fellowship program manager and more recently overseeing student leadership programs through community-engagement opportunities at Cornell University. She has a bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State University and a master's degree in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University. In her downtime, Rochelle enjoys eating while shopping, reading a good book, and traveling abroad with friends.


Faith Brown, M.A., Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 / hamilton@upenn.edu

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 16 years. Faith prides herself on being a loving wife and the mother of a sophomore at LaSalle University.




Matthew Armes, M.S., N.C.C., Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 / marmes@upenn.edu

MattIn his third year with PENNCAP, Matthew Armes possesses a strong background in counseling and advising students. Prior to working at PENNCAP, Matt spent five years working as a high school counselor in Berkeley County, WV. In his current role, Matt advises students in accomplishing their educational, personal and career goals while encouraging holistic success. He also coordinates and oversees many of the social and cultural event programs for PENNCAP. His previous work experience 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 Secondary Education from Marywood University. He is a National Board Certified Counselor. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, eating, writing, reading, watching sports, traveling and running.


















Angela Carriero / Administrative Assistant / 215-898-6440 / angcar@upenn.edu

AngelaAngela Carriero was hired as PENNCAP's Administrative Assistant in March of 2017. Prior to this new role, Angela was the file clerk and program assistant at PENNCAP for six years, serving as the Pre-Freshman Program liaison.  She has a life-long goal of traveling to historical sites in Israel, Italy and Japan and enjoys reading, writing and healthy living.  Angela appreciates the strong sense of community PENNCAP inspires and looks forward to welcoming the new students this academic year.