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Connors Writing Center

Meet the staff

The Connors Writing Center is composed of undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals from all different majors and backgrounds. We are a group of unique individuals who are committed to helping people in the university community improve their writing. While we collectively know lots of things about writing, we bring more than just a love of words to the Writing Center. We understand that writing can be tough, and we’re glad to be here to help.

Our writing assistants are undergraduate and graduate students who come from all different a variety of majors and academic backgrounds here at UNH. We hire writing assistants who possess strong writing and reading skills and bring with them experience in peer tutoring, teaching, writing, and leading. All our writing assistants attend an orientation and bi-weekly staff development meetings. Undergraduate writing assistants complete a semester-long training course, INCO 529 Writing Consultation. Most importantly, all CWC writing assistants share a commitment to collaboration and writing, both yours and their own.

 

[Writing Center Directors] - [Core Staff]
[Receptionists] -
[Writing Assistants] - [Graduate Writing Assistants]

Writing Center Directors

Molly Tetreault

Molly Tetreault

Title: Director
Year in School: Post-Grad
Educational Background: M.Ed / MA
Birthday: January 21st
Hometown: Lisbon, NH
Favorite Book: I’m currently really into Wendell Berry essays.
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m training for my first half marathon.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At BNG, Flatbreads, or Pirates Cove in Rye.

Brad Dittrich

Brad Dittrich

Title: Associate Director
Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA English, MA Composition and Rhetoric, current PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric.
Birthday: June 1st
Hometown: Snow Hill, MD
Favorite Book: Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Something you would not know by looking at me: I do not care for rabbits. They're evil.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Adelle’s in Dover, a kitchen somewhere, watching TV or reading when I should be writing a dissertation.

David Cataneo

David Cataneo

Title: OWL Director
Degree: Journalism (author of five nonfiction books)
Favorite book:
Cannery Row
Something you wouldn’t know by looking at me:
I have a dial-up modem.

Core Staff

Corey McCullough

Corey McCullough

Title: ESL Coordinator
Year in School:
Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA English Literature, MA English Literature, MA Environmental Law Policy, PhD in Composition Studies in progress
Birthday: October 1st
Hometown: Hartland, VT
Favorite Book: The Collected Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love welding.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Procrastinating.

Matthew Switliski

Matt Switliski

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in English, MA in Writing Studies, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in Composition in progress
Birthday: November 15th
Hometown: Clifton Heights, PA
Favorite Book: I can't answer that.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In a book store or a library.

Receptionists

Abigail LaPorte

Abigail LaPorte

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Occupational Therapy, Nutrition minor
Birthday: March 6th
Hometown: Gorham, ME
Favorite Book: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Something you would not know by looking at me: I lived in Nebraska until I was 10.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the library or at the gym.

Brooke Kealey

Brooke Kealey

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Nutrition: Dietetics
Birthday: January 26th
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am a cat lover.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Outside enjoying the weather.

Katie Westcott

Katie Westcott

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Nutrition major
Birthday: June 23rd
Hometown: Queensbury, NY
Favorite Book: Ender's Game
Something you would not know by looking at me: My favorite animals are sloths.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Watching Netflix.

Riley Kirk

Riley Kirk

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Biomedical Science major
Birthday: June 1st
Hometown: Standish, ME
Favorite Book: Rina's Promise
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love ice fishing.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me:
Drinking coffee on my couch reading

Stephanie Sykes

Stephanie Sykes

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Honors Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology major, Africana & African American Studies minor
Birthday: June 3rd
Hometown: Harwich Point, MA
Favorite Book: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’ve been a rower for six years!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the lab working on lobster research.

 

Writing Assistants

Brandon Lyman

Brandon Lyman

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Economics and Mathematics dual major
Birthday: October 14th
Hometown: Stratham, NH
Favorite Book: Torn between1984 by George Orwell and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Stephen Daldry
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love metal music.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At Philly.

Connor Mullins

Connor Mullins

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: English, Education with a German emphasis
Birthday: August 6th
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Favorite Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m a huge fan of anything comic book related.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: On the 4th floor of the library.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English Journalism major, Environmental Conservation minor
Birthday: October 5th
Hometown: Hanover, NH
Favorite Book: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love rock climbing.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Outside (on a mountain or grassy spot on T-Hall lawn).

Emma Kantola

Emma Kantola

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Business Administration major, English minor
Birthday: March 4th
Hometown: Andover, MA
Favorite Book: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m a vegetarian.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At Dunkins!

Holly Fosher

Holly Fosher

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Recreation Management & Policy Major, Art minor
Birthday: December 9th
Hometown: Candia, NH
Favorite Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Something you would not know by looking at me: I broke both my arms once.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In my room, binge watching The Office.

Kate Sutherby

Kate Sutherby

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Communication with Business Application
Birthday: May 1st
Hometown: Stoneham, MA
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love pizza!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the beach.

Madison Schaefer

Madison Schaefer

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English, Justice Studies
Birthday: February 12th
Hometown: South Burlington, VT
Favorite Book: From this past semester, The Outermost House by Henry Boston
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have an identical twin.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Drinking coffee and reading a book, outside somewhere ideally.

Melissa Proulx

Melissa Proulx

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English
Birthday: March 1st
Hometown: Bow, NH
Favorite Book: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm an officer of Amnesty International UNH and despite being on the reserved side, I'm passionate about standing up for causes I believe in.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Getting coffee with friends, watching cool shows on Netflix, and exploring art and fashion whenever possible.

Morgan Plessner

Morgan Plessner

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English, Arts (Photography)
Birthday: February 10th
Hometown: Verona, NJ
Favorite Book: White Noise by Don DeLillo
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Running, at the gym, reading.

Natalie Monteiro

Natalie Monteiro

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Neuroscience
Birthday: August 8th
Hometown: Hudson, MA
Favorite Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love animals!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Studying in the library.

Nicole Tremblay

Nicole Tremblay

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English Teaching
Birthday: May 15th
Hometown: York, ME
Favorite Book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love animals (my favorites are dogs and penguins).
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: On the beach!

Rachelle McKeown

Rachelle McKeown

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: English, Ecogastronomy
Birthday: February 18th
Hometown: Seymour, CT
Favorite Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm a vegetarian.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In my room.

Sameer Panesar

Sameer Panesar

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Political Science
Birthday: August 25th
Hometown: North Hampton, NH
Favorite Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Something you would not know by looking at me: I grew up in Northern Maine.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Hiking.

Svetlana Kozikowski

Svetlana Kozikowski

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Philosophy, English Literature
Birthday: April 1st
Hometown: Wilmot, NH
Favorite Book: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Something you would not know by looking at me: I like to run.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In College Woods.

Yussra Ebrahim

Yussra MT Ebrahim

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Sustainable Agriculture major, Writing minor
Birthday: March 24th
Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
Favorite Book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love to make comics!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Walking outdoors, or drawing and writing in my room.

 

Graduate Writing Assistants

Ashley Doonan

Ashley Doonan

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Literature, developmental psychology minor, MA in English Literature in progress
Birthday: December 13th
Hometown: Danvers, MA
Favorite Book: This is one of the most difficult questions for me to adequately answer! It’s a close tie between Salman Rushdie’s Shame and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Always Rises
Something you would not know by looking at me: I was born on Friday the 13th!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Consuming inordinate amounts of espresso at a local coffee shop

Christopher Messinger

Christopher Messinger

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Literature, concentration in Spanish Lit, MFA in Poetry in progress
Birthday: June 10th
Hometown: NYC & Eastern Long Island
Favorite Book: Refusing Heaven by Jack Gilbert
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm the one responsible for Stonehenge.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Close by, reading and writing.

Katherine McKay

Katherine McKay

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Political Science and Spanish, Disability Studies minor; M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education and Assistive Technology in progress.
Birthday: February 8th
Hometown: Goffstown, NH
Favorite Book: Blue is for Nightmares Series by Laurie Faria Stolartz
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the violin!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Busy at work in my room!

Kayla Cash

Kayla Cash

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BS in Communications, MFA in Poetry in progress
Birthday: April 26th
Hometown: Greenville, VA
Favorite Book: The Lost Pilot by James Tate
Something you would not know by looking at me: I had an intense Southern accent until I was 16.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Watching Netflix in inappropriate public places.

Lauren Short

Lauren Short

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in English and Humanities, minor in Spanish, MA in English, PhD in Composition in progress
Birthday: September 15
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Favorite Book: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have an irrational fear of insects that buzz.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Romping around Ham Smith, the library, or off somewhere making detailed to-do lists.

 

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