Allison Venella begins her second year as Coordinator of Student Services for the Villanova Athletics Department. She graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business in May of 2008. Allison held two internship positions within the athletic department at Villanova before becoming full-time. Her main focus as Coordinator of Student Services is the well-being and development-of of Villanova's student-athletes. She is currently enrolled as a student in the Master of Public Administration Program at Villanova University.
She is in charge of the department's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), a student-athlete group made up of two or more representatives from each varsity supported team. She is the coordinator for Villanova's NCAA Life Skills & Student-Athlete Affairs programs which includes development and programming in the areas of: leadership, career development, personal development and community service.
Allison plans and executes both personal and career development educational programs for the student-athletes during their time at Villanova. Allison is also the athletics department main contact for coordinating all community service events. Some of the main events Villanova University student-athlete participates in annually include: Villanova University's St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, Villanova University's Special Olympics Fall Festival, an Adopt-a-Family program during the holidays, and work with the each one counts Foundation.