DeAnna directs the Peer Mentoring Program, the Hypatia and Galileo living-learning communities, invents collaboration, and other programs related to the retention of current engineering students.
Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Morgan State University, May 2019; M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, May 2010; B.S.Ed., Secondary Education Social Studies, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, May 2007.
A strong advocate for the retention of at-risk students, conducted research on retention rates of minority students in predominantly white institutions. Her professional interests and research focus on the retention of underrepresented and underserved students with a concentration on first-generation college students.