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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] - [Focus Group Coordinators]
[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.

Sarah Franco

Sarah Franco

Title: Associate Director
Year in School:
1st Year Doctoral Student
Educational Background: BA in English and Psychology, MA in English, MAT, pursuing PhD in Composition Studies
Birthday: May 18th
Hometown: Batavia, NY
Favorite Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am great at parallel parking.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Oceanside.

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

Brad Dittrich

Brad Dittrich

Year in School: Ph.D. Student
Educational Background: BA English, MA Composition and Rhetoric
Birthday: June 1st
Hometown: Snow Hill, MD
Favorite Book: All of them.  Also, East of Eden is pretty great.
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have an unreasonable affection for newts and penguins, and I’m an unwavering devotee of the oxford comma.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In my office on the third floor; Adelle’s Coffeehouse in Dover.

Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan

Year in School: 2nd Year Grad
Educational Background: BA English, Concentration in Creative Writing and Global Culture, MFA in Poetry in progress
Birthday: September 17th
Hometown: Binghampton, NY
Favorite Book: The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Something you would not know by looking at me: I think star signs are bogus, but I'm really interested in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (developed from the work of Carl Jung) and take the test regularly to see how my personality changes over time (I am currently an INFP).
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the library, in the New Book Room!

Corey McCullough

Corey McCullough

Title: ESL Coordinator
Year in School:
Ph.D. Student
Educational Background: BA English Literature, MA English Literature, MA Environmental Law Policy
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: 2nd Year PhD
Educational Background: BA in English, MA in Creative Writing, PhD in Composition in progress
Birthday: November 15th
Hometown: Clifton Heights, PA
Favorite Book: In the Forest of Forgetting by Theodora Goss
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In a book store or a library.

Focus Group Coordinators

Wendy Van Dellon

Wendy Van Dellon

Title: Outreach Coordinator
Year in School:
4th Year Grad
Educational Background: AA General Studies/Liberal Arts, BA English, minor in Communication, MA English Rhetoric and Composition, PhD Composition Studies in progress
Birthday: October 30th
Hometown: Webster, NY
Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold; anything by Brandon Sanderson
Something you would not know by looking at me: I tend to remember obscure facts, and I know a lot about popular culture.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: If I am not teaching or working on my own degree, you would probably find me relaxing or spending time with friends.

 

Receptionists

Quinn Hughes

Quinn Hughes

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Psychology and Spanish major, Russian minor
Birthday: March 1st
Hometown: "The world"
Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have lived in six countries!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me:
At Breaking New Grounds, or the gym!

Ally Lary

Ally Lary

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Psychology and Justice Studies dual major
Birthday: February 19th
Hometown: Antrim, NH
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Something you would not know by looking at me: My favorite activity is napping.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me:
In class or doing homework

Katherine Lavallee

Katherine Lavallee

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Therapeutic Recreation major, Child Life minor
Birthday: March 29th
Hometown: Webster, MA
Favorite Book: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the ukulele!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Outside of the Upper-Quad.

Ana Zielinski

Ana Zielinski

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Zoology major
Birthday: December 24th
Hometown: Suffield, CT
Favorite Book: Marley and Me by John Grogan
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am very much a dog person!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Studying zoology and chemistry!

Galina Kinsella

Galina Kinsella

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Biomedical Science and Medical and Veterinary Sciences Major, Dairy Management Minor
Birthday: June 23rd
Hometown: Milford, CT
Favorite Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Something you would not know by looking at me: I've wrangled alligators before!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the dairy barn working with the cows!

 

Writing Assistants

AliciaAlec Dufield

AliciaAlec Dufield

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Biomedical Science major
Birthday: June 13th
Hometown: Laconia, NH
Favorite Book: Call Me By Your Name by Andrea Aciman
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the Office for Multicultural Student Affairs or the Alliance Office.

Melissa Durkee

Melissa Durkee

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English major, Spanish minor
Birthday: January 27th
Hometown: Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm a big hockey fan!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the beach!

Yussra Ebrahim

Yussra MT Ebrahim

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Sustainable Agriculture major; Writing minor
Birthday: March 24th
Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
Favorite Book: The Help by Katheryn 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.

Holly Fosher

Holly Fosher

Year in School: Junior
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 dorm, Devine.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas

Year in School: Sophomore
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).

Emily Heidt

Emily Heidt

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English major, Business minor
Birthday: November 17th
Hometown: Newmarket, NH
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a black belt in Tae Kwan Do!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Riding my horse.

Colton Huelle

Colton Huelle

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English Literature major, Russian Studies minor
Birthday: July 15th
Hometown: Bedford, NH
Favorite Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Something you would not know by looking at me: 30% of my personality is a poor imitation of Bob Dylan.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At Adelle's in Dover.

Katie Juster

Katie Juster

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background:  English and Musical Theatre dual major
Birthday: September 21st
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Favorite Book: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Something you would not know by looking at me: I can touch my tongue to my nose!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Painting my nails.

Emma Kantola

Emma Kantola

Year in School: Sophomore
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!

Brandon Lyman

Brandon Lyman

Year in School: Sophomore
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.

Katherine McKay

Katherine McKay

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Political Science and Spanish dual major, Disability Studies minor
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!

Josh Mele

Josh Mele

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Civil Engineering major
Birthday: January 13th
Hometown: Nashua, NH
Favorite Book: Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am petrified of spiders.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Kingsbury Hall!

Avery Normandin

Avery Normandin

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Medical Microbiology major
Birthday: June 24th
Hometown: Manchester, NH
Favorite Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play 10 instruments.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the lab!

Breanne Peloquin

Breanne Peloquin

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Communications major, Writing minor
Birthday: November 4th
Hometown: Derry, NH
Favorite Book: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm obsessed with my cat.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Either watching Netflix at home, at the library, or outside frolicking.

Alyson Roy

Aly Roy

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Occupational Therapy major
Birthday: September 26th
Hometown: Biddeford, ME
Favorite Book: The Last Song by Nicolas Sparks
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a crazy obsession with Jacoby Ellsbury.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the gym!

Kaila Salsman

Kaila Salsman

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English Literature and Biology dual major
Birthday: March 5th
Hometown: Manchester, NH
Favorite Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love Marvel movies.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Wandering through the woods.

Molly Thunberg

Molly Thunberg

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Earth Science major
Birthday: October 19th
Hometown: Concord, NH
Favorite Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love to sail- but I don’t know how to swim!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Ireland.

 

Graduate Writing Assistants

Adam Cogbill

Adam Cogbill

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in English; MFA Creative Writing; PhD in Rhetoric and Composition in progress
Birthday: September 25th
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Favorite Book: Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Something you would not know by looking at me: At one time, I used to be a 200-average bowler.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Hiking, reading, or in the kitchen, doing kitchen-related things.

Ashley Hamill

Ashley Hamill

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Psychology and Religion; MS in Communication Sciences & Disorders in progress
Birthday: September 13th
Hometown: Wilbraham, MA
Favorite Book: Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Something you would not know by looking at me: I ran my first marathon last year.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the Speech-Language-Hearing Center, studying, or enjoying the great outdoors.

Elizabeth Preysner

Elizabeth Preysner

Year in School: Graduate Student, MFA
Educational Background: BA in English, BA Hispanic Studies, MA in progress
Birthday: March 18th
Hometown: Wethersfield, CT
Favorite Book: I’ve read too many to have just one! Some of my favorites are The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: running 45-50 miles a week on the roads of Durham.

 

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