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.

Anna Jones

Anna Jones

Graduate Assistant for Community Outreach and Programming

Hi, my name is Anna Jones, and I will be joining the CASA High School Partnership team!  Here at Villanova, I will be a part of the School Counseling master’s program.

I’ve sort of taken the long way around to Villanova.  Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I received my undergraduate degree from Bucknell University with a double major in Psychology and Italian Studies.  While at Bucknell, I worked in the Writing Center, held positions in my sorority, conducted research, studied abroad in Italy, and worked on the school newspaper.  After graduation, I moved to Italy to teach English.  I lived in a tiny town in Northern Italy called Verolanuova, and taught at two different high schools, working with almost 1,000 students.  I met so many new people who truly opened my eyes to a different culture, and was able to travel to 42 different cities.  I also learned how to handle the idiosyncrasies of a different country...like no heat for the entire winter.  It certainly taught me how to be flexible and resilient--but I wouldn’t change my experience for the world!  Since moving back to the United States, I have been living in Austin, Texas and working as an elementary school teacher.  While I love teaching academics, I’ve found that my passion lies in counseling students, hence my decision to attend the School Counseling program at Villanova.  I’m excited to hone my counseling skills as a GA for CASA, as well as through my master’s program.

I love figure skating, all things Italian, delicious food, exploring new places, taking obnoxious amounts of photos of everything, reading, and binge-watching TV.

I am so excited to join the Villanova and CASA community!  Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime!

Chesi Tronchoni Bello

Chesy Tronchoni Bello

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hello! My name is Chesy and I am so excited to join the Villanova community and the CASA team as a Retention and Program Coach. I’m an international student from Caracas, Venezuela. I received my undergraduate degree from Temple University in Music Therapy, and now I’ll be starting my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Villanova. During my time at Temple I enjoyed being an RA, a member of the Music Therapy Club, and the music director of an a cappella group; I loved being involved on campus and creating long-lasting relationships. Now I am a Board Certified Music Therapist, and I’m so passionate about connecting and helping people through music.

I have fallen in love with the Philadelphia area and its food, music, and diversity (even though it’s way colder than my sunny home country!). When I’m not busy with work I like playing instruments, reading, watching Netflix, doing yoga, exploring the city, and traveling to Spain where my family now lives! I’m so excited to start this new chapter at Villanova and I can’t wait to meet the students at CASA.

Shonda Walters

Shonda Walters

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hi! I am Shonda Walters, and I am a Graduate Assistant for Retention this year at CASA. I am elated to be a part of CASA this year and uplift students that are in a similar position that I once was.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in Enterprise Risk Management, and I minored in Psychology. At Penn State, students of color make up a very small subset of the population (about 5% for African Americans). Being a student of color, and the only African American in my major at the time was a humbling experience. Being connected to organizations that have the mission to develop individuals to become their best self (like CASA) provided me with guidance, empowerment and the tools to succeed. Ultimately, I believe the support systems I had in college helped me realize my value, and graduate with high honors.

Straight out of college I worked for one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms for 2 years (KPMG). Also, I volunteered with a non-profit organization called MindRight. MindRight provides mental health coaching to high-school teens through text to promote self-compassion, self-care and a healthy mentality by utilizing Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I realized that impacting lives by promoting mental health brings me the most joy, so I have decided to make it my full-time career.

At Villanova, I will be pursuing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I am excited to share your college journey with you and be your GA! Feel free to visit me or reach out and say Hello!