Dr. Svilar is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from Allegheny College, an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Duquesne University, and an Ed.D. in Leadership & Administration from Point Park University.
Dr. Svilar has worked as a School Counselor at various levels in a few districts in Allegheny County. She also previously worked as an Assistant Principal in a local high school. In addition to her time spent in education, she also has had professional experiences in communications and public relations.
Dr. Svilar is passionate about supporting students academically and emotionally. In her role, she will guide the implementation of the comprehensive services provided by the onsite Health & Wellness Center. Additional support services include supporting students’ learning and health needs by providing direct counseling services while also cultivating a network of community resources and interagency connections to ensure student success.
She will work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to develop and deliver programming that addresses the many needs of college-aged students through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
What does DEI mean to me?
- For me, DEI means acknowledging and celebrating all the ways in which people differ because all people deserve fair treatment and access to programming as well as elimination of barriers so that everyone is respected, engaged, and feels valued.
Why did I join PTC?
- I joined PTC so that I can use my talents in counseling and administration to further develop a comprehensive Health & Wellness program to support students and staff. PTC is focused on improving their Culture of Excellence, and I believe so strongly that culture is inextricably linked to the success of an organization, and that means success for both staff and students.
How did I choose a career in counseling?
- I had been working in Public Relations after graduating from college but knew that I was missing something in my career. I did not feel fulfilled. I spent a lot of time reflecting and realigning my priorities. That led me to go back to school to earn a degree in counseling. Ultimately, I’m a helper. And I wasn’t really helping in the way I needed to when I was working in Public Relations. Now as a counselor, I know that I help students every day in various ways. And that is fulfilling to me. It fuels my intrinsic motivation to do my best for others.