Our Team

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Kimberly Bethea, Ph.D., Director and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Kimberly has a sincere passion for supporting students in their academic pursuits.  Working as an educator for over twenty years, she has taught students at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels.  As the Director of the Academic Resource Center, Kimberly’s primary responsibility is providing programs and services that assist all Duke undergraduate students in realizing their highest academic potential.

Kimberly earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.  Her professional interests include the transition from high school to college, college student success, professional development, and learning strategies.  Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her church, and exploring the Triangle region which she now calls home.

Reed Colver

Reed Colver, M.A., Associate Director and Learning Consultant

Reed is from Philadelphia, PA and Durham, NC. She has lived around the globe, with significant time in Australia working in International Education, when she wasn't surfing, sailing or kayaking. Reed's first job out of college was working for a Deaf theater company. She also has a background in intercultural education, leadership, and training; is a coach and facilitator; and has both professional experience and personal interest in the performing arts. After her around the world voyaging, Reed returned to Durham, NC where she balances her time between work, dancing, time on the water, and the amazing people that are her family.


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Suzanne Crifo, Ph.D., Learning Consultant

Suzanne was raised in Glen Rock, New Jersey. She earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she studied both mathematics and music. After graduating, she lived for a year in Mobile, Alabama as a volunteer working as a case manager for individuals in emergency situations and as a team member at L’Arche. Suzanne earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from NC State. She is passionate about making mathematics accessible to everyone and is excited to work with students navigating the demands of academic life. When she is not in the office, you can find Suzanne doing some sort of fitness activity such as running or yoga. She also founded the LBD 5k: Lace Up to Bring Lewy Down to raise awareness of Lewy Body Dementia.


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Amanda Curtin Soydan, Ph.D., Senior Learning Consultant and Researcher, Office of Undergraduate Education

Amanda was born and raised in South Africa, and loves anything involving being outside — surfing, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, you name it!  She worked and traveled around the globe for a couple years before being the first in her family to attend a university.  Amanda tried on a few academic hats but realized that biology and conservation were her true passions and earned a B.S. in Zoology and Geology, her Honors in Palaeontology, an M.S. in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Biological Science and Technology. Through her own experiences as a student and instructor, she developed an interest in higher education, student development and the science of learning, which is what lead her to the ARC. Being able to partner with staff, faculty and especially students, on evolving learning is a source of real joy. In her free time Amanda continues to work on her biology research and along with her husband, Ben, enjoys the nature, music and foodie vibe in Durham.

Nicholas Irion

Nicholas M. Irion, M.Ed., M.Div., Learning Consultant and Student Engagement Coordinator

Nicholas is a native of Buffalo, New York. He earned a BA in Music Education from SUNY Buffalo State. He also earned a Master of Educational Leadership from Michigan State University, with a concentration in school leadership and student development. Nicholas most recently earned his Master of Divinity from Duke University. He has experience working and teaching on the K-12 and Undergraduate levels. These experiences have led him to have a passion for critically evaluating scholarship, policy, and practice to promote equity, access, and social justice. His interests also include student success, motivational strategies, and students of color experience in higher education. Before coming to Duke, Nicholas worked in several leadership capacities at SUNY Buffalo State, where he focused on educational pipeline programs, career development, and mentoring. Outside of the office, you can find with his Church family, mentoring one of his mentees, hanging with close friends, and/or on his grill at home.

Sonya Jones

Sonya Jones, M.A., Staff Assistant

Sonya Jones became a member of the ARC staff in the Fall of 2016. She has been working at Duke for more 7 years, and working with students is the best part of her job. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Crisis Counseling, and has her Masters in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family. At the ARC, Sonya is the main point of contact for students in need of an appointment with a Learning Consultant, a peer tutor, or a screening for ADHD and other learning disabilities. Her recent educational advancement, coupled with her previous employments, have allowed her to connect with the students on a deeper level. She also serves as point of contact for parents, professors and administrators who have questions about the many services that the ARC provides. You can catch Sonya most mornings walking the Duke wall on east campus, but when she's not there she's either dancing, cooking, and or most of all laughing.

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Morgan Basham (née McCall), M.Ed., Peer Tutoring Coordinator

Morgan is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Her interest in culturally responsive pedagogy and race and identity led her to pursue an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from the University of Virginia, with a gifted education specialization. It was here that she developed a love of education. Before coming to the Academic Resource Center, Morgan served as the Academic Support Services Manager at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She managed the school's peer tutoring program, served as an advisor to students, and managed a centralized testing center for students with accommodations. These experiences fortified her belief in the importance of quality and accessible academic support in students' personal and educational development. She is equally passionate about ensuring that all learning experiences embrace culture as an asset. Morgan is thrilled to be joining the Academic Resource Center as the Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator and excited by the opportunity to contribute to the department's growing support network. When she is not working, you can find Morgan catching up on her favorite Jane Austen novels, baking way too many sweets, and spending time with her family.

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Darla Swann, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Learning Consultant

Darla received her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Psychology); her M.Ed., at the University of Virginia (Educational Psychology); and her B.S. at Virginia Tech (Business Management). Her ARC activities include academic coaching, consulting, screening and conducting workshops. She is a licensed psychologist. She was a first-gen student. Her interests include balancing academic demands with non-academic interests; adjusting to college life; navigating interpersonal issues; the development of learning skills; resilience in the face of everyday challenges; health-related behaviors; and difficult life experiences as unique and valuable. Her interests also include working with and supporting first-generation students, and students with health or neurocognitive issues (e.g.; ADHD, LD, ASD) to help them thrive in their college studies. She's excited about traveling, enjoying the outdoors, connecting with others, and watching her inspiring identical twin boys grow.