Erin G. Leuthold, M.S Ed
In case you’re a person who doesn’t exactly know what you want to do with your life, Erin Leuthold didn’t either. She had three changes to her major in undergrad at Niagara University, finally settling on a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Then a year after graduating decided to pursue her true love of working with students and went to Nazareth College to earn a Master of Science degree in Inclusive Education.
Starting out as a special education teacher in Upstate NY, Erin worked with students from kindergarten to seniors in high school, spending the majority of her teaching career at the high school level. Erin did not envision ever leaving the classroom until life threw her a curve ball and she found herself living in Philadelphia with her husband and four young children. Erin found an adjunct teaching position at Camden County College in the Garden State Pathways Program and realized that she really enjoyed working with college age students as well! This led to a Coordinator of Accommodations position at Holy Family University in Philadelphia which led to an Assistant Director of Disability Services at Swarthmore College and finally to a Director of Disability Services at Rutgers University – Camden. Erin quickly learned that Rutgers Camden is truly a remarkable place and sees herself here for the foreseeable future.
Erin’s advice is to stick with it, we all have our gifts and unique abilities. If you ever want to stop in to chat about teaching, working in higher education, or life in general, her door (or Zoom) is always open!
Taryn Cooper, M.A
Hello there! My name is Taryn Cooper and I am the Coordinator of Accommodations for the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Did you know, the most common mineral found on Earth is called quartz? While I received my Master’s degree from Rowan University in Higher Education Administration, this fun fact is brought to you by my Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Stockton University! When I am not hiking around looking for rocks, I am meeting with students to talk about their experiences and how our office can best support their needs. I also connect with faculty and staff to serve as a support for the campus community. As a first generation student myself, I understand how challenging it can be to navigate new processes and to step foot in a new environment. Part of what I love the most about my job is being able to develop positive relationships with students and helping to build their self-advocacy skills.
I know what you’re thinking; how does a person go from geology to disability services? Great question! Please feel free to stop by the office so we can chat about my life choices. But more importantly, please reach out if you want to learn more about ODS and how we may assist you.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Jones, M.S
Gabby started her career working with individuals with disabilities shortly after graduating from Salisbury University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. In 2017, Gabby earned her master's degree in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology with a concentration in organizational development from Walden University. Gabby had worked in residential counseling, special education, and employment support before coming to Rutgers University- Camden in January of 2020. As the Office of Disability Services' Accommodation Administrator, Gabby is often the first point of contact for students, faculty, and staff and oversees many of the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Gabby manages the testing unit for exam related accommodations, conduct pre-screen evaluations, and works closely with student workers. Gabby has enjoyed becoming a part of Camden's unique and close-knit community, which feels more like a family than an institution. Also, Gabby's favorite part of her job is working with students to remove academic barriers for better learning. Lastly, Gabby likes to use her free time to read books, do art and crafts, Zumba, and play with her three giant dogs!