Meet Your GA's

CASA Graduate Assistants
Nathan Court

Nathan Court

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hi, my name is Nathan and I am the incoming Graduate Assistant for CASA.  I am excited to begin working and to become a part of the Villanova community. Before Villanova, I received my undergraduate degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.  I loved the people I met in Rochester and the constant snowfall during the winter, but I am excited to begin my journey at Villanova. While at Villanova I will be working toward my Masters degree in Communication and look forward to furthering my education.  I am originally from South Jersey and I am thrilled to be close to home and WAWA for the first time in four years. I cannot wait to begin my time at Villanova and serve for CASA.

Nicholas Manai

Nicholas Manai

Graduate Assistant for Community Outreach and Programming

Hi, I’m Nick and I am very excited to be a part of the CASA team this year. At Villanova I will be enrolled in the English Department and plan to study the contemporary American novel to learn more about how writers view the relationship between the individual and the community. Originally from the Philadelphia area, I was an undergraduate at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA where I discovered collard greens and ate my first plate of grits (they’re both incredible). In addition to studying literature and creative writing, I also played baseball. Being a collegiate athlete was a major time commitment, but it taught me some seemingly cliché lessons, like how to lose gracefully and monitor my ego.

After college I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, or what kind of person I wanted to become, so I looked for a job I could work online in order to do some traveling. I got certified in ESL and started teaching English over an internet phone to Korean Businessmen in Seoul, South Korea. I used the opportunity to backpack through Europe, visit some of my students in Seoul, and travel through South America. The majority of the time I stayed with locals kind enough to host me on their couches. My experiences taught me a lot about bridging cultural gaps, but also gave me a lot of time to think about more personal issues, like my relationship to technology. However, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in Philadelphia and to take part in the incredible music scene here.

In the end, all of the many, many profiles we create and update for our online selves are inadequate. I think these profiles try to pin down our personhood into a definable object, when in fact we are all too many things, forever changing, to adequately describe with a profile pic and a few words. To slightly misquote the great American Walt Whitman, “we are large we contain multitudes.” So stop by CASA and say hello to the real me!

Maurice Mitchell

Maurice Mitchell

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hello! I am Maurice Mitchell, a Graduate Assistant for Retention this year in the Center for Access, Success and Achievement. I was born and raised in the Olney section of Philadelphia. My undergraduate education is in Criminology and Computer Science. During my time at Villanova I was involved in the AAP program, UNITAS, Prison Literacy Program, Sister’s Returning Home, Black Cultural Society, and National Society of Black Engineers to name a few. For the next couple of years, I’ll be working towards a MS in Cyber Security.

I believe that guidance is an essential factor for the best results during the undergraduate years of education and I’m happy to provide that assistance. We are a product of everything we go through and we all excel in different ways. I’m excited at the opportunity to interact with the students this year and help cultivate their talents.

Pierre Venescar

Pierre Venescar

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hi there!  My name is Pierre, and I am a Retention & Program Coach Graduate Assistant in the Center for Access, Success and Achievement. I feel very privileged to be a part of the CASA staff while I pursue my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling here at Villanova.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of New Jersey, where I collaborated with professors on many research studies. I found interest in investigating factors that promotes the development of healthy individuals and communities, as well as positive youth development among low-income, ethnic minority urban youth. I studied abroad for a semester in England and I was able to travel to twelve European countries in that time span. Studying overseas was an opportunity of a lifetime and the experience expanded my yearning to understand, work with, and help others. Since my time abroad I have been an avid traveler, mainly by going to different parts of the United States. I enjoy hiking, running, and meeting new people.

I am very thrilled to bring my experiences to the Villanova community, and to support as many students as I can during my time at Villanova. I am committed to creating and supporting an inclusive learning community and to assisting students from diverse backgrounds grow and develop to the fullest degree possible.