Meet the Student Success Team


David LermanDavid Lerman

Senior Director,  Student Success and Support  | 434.961.5430


David enjoys working with students to help them reach their full potential through personal growth, development and the accomplishment of acquiring an excellent education. He has run the PVCC community garden since 2007 and enjoys talking about books, hiking, plants, and cooking. Once upon a time he dropped out of college to sell used cars during a recession - so he's very passionate about you staying in school!

Debbie Ashby

Debbie Ashby

Student Success Advisor | 434.961.5360


Debbie has worked as a counselor in many different capacities from the West Coast to the East Coast, from high school to higher education. She is passionate about helping students find their goals and explore options to achieve them. Debbie is in her tenth year working at PVCC, including time as a Career Coach in Charlottesville High School. Being a first-generation student raised by a single mother with limited income, Debbie is in touch with many of the issues students face at PVCC. She loves helping others! Outside of work, Debbie is active in the community, enjoys local adventures and spends much of her time exercising, reading and playing with her dog, Boomer.


Stella RoweStella Rowe


Stella is a work-study intern who enjoys connecting students to Student Success advisors. She grew up in the Charlottesville area, and this is her second year attending PVCC. She plans to transfer to UVA after obtaining her associate degree, and her passions include music, psychology, running, and film. She also tutors part-time in the PVCC Writing Center.