Meet your First Year Success Coaches


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Joan Elwood

My name is Joan Elwood and I am a ITK certified success coach for the Mason Care Network. I have been here for over twenty years and have loved working with Mason students. I think the college years are a critical time in a student’s life and I enjoy being a part of their experience. My undergraduate degree is in education and my graduate work is in human resources which are both a great fit for success coaching. For fun, I love to travel and have been to over twenty seven countries in my lifetime. I have also lived in Asia, Latin America and Europe. 

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Christiana Koroma Bello

Christiana Bello is a Success Coach for the Mason Care Network. She joined the team in January of 2020 after completing her Master’s degree at Mason in the Higher Education and Student Development Program. While completing her graduate degree, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for University Life at the Science and Technology Campus in the area of student involvement. She also served as the Vice-President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association for the Science and Technology Campus. Christiana received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. As a first-generation student, she is passionate about assisting students in achieving their definition of success as well as helping them stay connected on campus.