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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.



Jennifer Toadvine, Ph.D., Head Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 / toadvine@upenn.edu

Jennifer ToadvineJennifer brings a passion for counseling students and leading them towards success. She comes to us from Penn State University at their Brandywine campus where she led their Counseling Services. In her role at Brandywine, Jennifer developed and supervised a Masters-level internship program to provide greater student access to mental health services on campus. She worked collaboratively across departments to develop a Care Team to support students of concern while also providing faculty and staff psychoeducation regarding best practices with high risk students. Jennifer was also instrumental to the development of the Peer Assistant and Leadership (PAL) program in which experienced students offer mentorship and guidance to incoming first-generation students adjusting to their college experience. Prior to Brandywine, Jennifer worked as an academic advisor and instructor at Walnut Hill College. She also previously worked as an in-home family therapist at Child Guidance Resource Centers. Jennifer is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Education from Widener University, a Master's of Science in Couple and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Elon University.


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 this will be her 18th year at PENNCAP. Faith prides herself on being a loving wife and the mother of a Senior at LaSalle University.




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

MattIn his fourth 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.


















Robert Jenkins, M.Ed., Academic Counselor / 215-898-6440 / rjenk@upenn.edu

RobertRobert is from Philadelphia, PA. Prior to his start at PENNCAP, he provided in-home family therapy and individual services in the Philadelphia area. Robert attended Penn State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health in Schools and Developing Communities. He is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. While in University Park, Robert worked as the Program Assistant Coordinator mentoring and providing resources for first-generation freshman students in the Eberly College of Science. In this capacity he worked to assist a diverse set of students in maintaining their scholarships in their time at the university. Robert also piloted a counseling program in a local charter school providing mentorship and guidance to a wide range of students. He is dedicated in encouraging others to give an honest effort in balancing their lives, and assisting students to reach holistic success. Robert has prior experience in facilitating dialogues, group therapy, and family therapy. In his spare time he loves to explore the city of Philadelphia, practice yoga, play tennis, and read.