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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.

Sarah Franco

Sarah Franco

Title: Associate Director
Year in School:
Doctoral Candidate
Educational Background: BA in English and Psychology, MA in English, MAT, PhD in Composition Studies in progress
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: 4th year Grad
Educational Background: BA English, MA Composition and Rhetoric, PhD in Composition Studies in progress
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.

Joe Gilbert

Joe Gilbert

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in English; MFA Fiction; MA in Linguistics in progress
Birthday: October 2nd
Hometown: Greenland, NH
Favorite Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Something you would not know by looking at me: I used to be a poker dealer
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Rolling dice and eating junk food in a basement full of nerds for game night. Clackety-clack!

Corey McCullough

Corey McCullough

Title: ESL Coordinator
Year in School:
4th year Grad
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: 3rd year Grad
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.

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!

Riley Kirk

Riley Kirk

Year in School: Junior
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

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.

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!

Stephanie Sykes

Stephanie Sykes

Year in School: Junior
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.

Katie Westcott

Katie Westcott

Year in School: Junior
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.

 

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.

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!

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: 3rd year Grad
Educational Background: BA in English; MFA Creative Writing; PhD in Composition studies 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 Doonan

Ashley Doonan

Year in School: First Year MA in English Literature
Educational Background: BA in Literature, developmental psychology minor, MA 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: First Year MFA in Poetry
Educational Background: BA in Literature, concentration in Spanish Lit
Birthday: June 10th
Hometown: NYC & Eastern Long Island
Favorite Book: Refusing Heaven by Jack Gilbert
Something you would not know by looking at me: Too many things! If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Close by, reading and writing.

Elizabeth Preysner

Elizabeth Preysner

Year in School: 2nd year Grad
Educational Background: BA in English, BA Hispanic Studies, MA in Literature 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.

Lauren Short

Lauren Short

Year in School: 1st year PhD
Educational Background: BA in English and Humanities, minor in Spanish, MA in English
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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