Academic Support Services

Meet the Academic Coaches

Pat Duffy

Patrick Duffy

Pat was raised in the central NJ town of Hillsborough, and graduated from the University of Denver in gorgeous Denver, CO with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. As an actively engaged leader on campus, Pat realized that he loved being a part of a college community and wanted to continue this path beyond college. After working for a year at DU in Residence Life, Pat attended the University of Connecticut, where he received a MA in Higher Education Administration while working as a graduate assistant in the Department of Career Services, focusing on internship development and placement. After graduation, Pat worked as a Residence Director for three years at Union College, supervising a first-year residence hall, developing a passion for working with incoming first-year students. Through this position, Pat realized how important it was to get first year students on the right path from the start of their college career to ensure success down the road. Pat is most looking forward to supporting all the members of the MSMC community and making sure all students have a positive experience while at the Mount.

Megan Morrissey

Megan Morrissey

Megan was raised in Montgomery, NY, where she still lives today. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in May of 2010 with a BA in Communication Arts. During her senior year of college, she realized that she no longer wanted to pursue a career in communications. With the help of her academic advisor, she re-discovered her love of helping others. She graduated with an MS in School Counseling from Long Island University in May 2012, and began working in the Center for Student Success in August 2012 as an Academic Coach and Advisor. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know the incoming freshmen and helping them discover more about who they are.


Tara Scharf

Tara was raised in LaGrangeville, NY, and graduated from the State University of Oswego, with a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education. During her time at SUNY Oswego, Tara served as a Resident Assistant and while completing her M.S.Ed at Oswego, Tara had a graduate assistantship as an Assistant Hall Director in the office of Residence Life and Housing. It was during this time that she developed her passion for working with college students and decided to continue her journey in Higher Education. After graduation she began working at the Mount in the Office of Residence Life as a Resident Director in a freshman residence hall. Her favorite thing about working with freshman students is the opportunity she had to watch them grow and develop into experienced college students over the academic year. After two years of working in Residence Life, Tara was given the opportunity to continue working with the Mount’s freshman population as an Academic Coach/Advisor in the Center for Student Success. She is most excited about the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students and to help them have a successful freshman year here at the Mount.