Meet the Staff

Writing assistants are undergraduate and graduate students at UNH who come from a variety of different majors and academic backgrounds. They are passionate about writing and love talking about writing with their fellow students.

Writing assistants continually work on their practice as writing assistants, attending staff training and development meetings throughout the semester. Undergraduate writing assistants complete a semester-long course, INCO 529: Writing Consultation, in order to learn about writing center conferencing. Graduate Writing Assistants complete a semester-long training during their first semester in the writing center. 

The writing center also employs a wonderful group of undergraduate student receptionists who will welcome you to the Center during your visit. They keep the CWC running smoothly!

 

Interested in joining the staff?

 

Undergraduate Writing Assistants

 
Andrea Engen

Andrea Engen

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English Teaching Major, Philosophy Minor
Favorite Book:  Marley & Me
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m vegan.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Studying at home or in the library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brandon Lyman

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Economics, Statistics minor
Favorite Book: Torn between 1984 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Connor Mullins

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English, Education with a German emphasis
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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Kantola

Emma Kantola 

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Business Administration and English dual major
Favorite Book: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m a vegetarian who eats more pasta than vegetables.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At dunks! 

 

 

 

 

Kate Sutherby

Kate Sutherby 

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Communication with Business Application
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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lilah Cherim 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English, French minor
Favorite Book: Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m in the U.S. Marine Corps.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Doing homework in the MUB or at the gym. 

 

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Maren Crabill 

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Environmental Conservation & Sustainability, International Affairs, Spanish minor
Favorite Book:  Song of the Sparrow
Something you would not know by looking at me: I spent a semester in Spain.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Outside!

 

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Marissa Parker-Bair

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Political Science and International Affairs, Minor Music
Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love cats!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: on T-Hall lawn. 

 

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Morgan Plessner

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English, Arts (Photography)
Favorite Book: White Noise by Don Delillo
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Running, at the gym, reading. 

 

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Natalie Monteiro 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Neuroscience
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. 

 

Paige Gibson

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Business Administration Major with Spanish Minor
Favorite Book:  Columbine
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have four sisters—we were all born on a Thursday afternoon.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at Paul or finding something to do outside. 

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Rachelle McKeown

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English, Ecogastronomy
Favorite Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander 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. 

 

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Sameer Panesar

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Political Science
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

 

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Tali Cherim

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English and Women’s Studies double major, minor in French
Favorite Book: Too many favorites! But I really love the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
​Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a twin sister.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the MUB. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taylor McAnney

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Business Marketing
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m an avid wake boarder.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: library basement. 

 

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Tyler Arnold

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Psychology, English Minor
Favorite Book: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the drums!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Playing with my dog.

 

Graduate Writing Assistants

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Becca Van Horn

Year in School: 2nd year Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA Government, Spanish
Favorite Book: East of Eden or History of Love
Something you would not know by looking at me: I really like puppets.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: On a hike or playing with a dog.  

 

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Brittany Smith 

Year in School: 2nd year Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA Political Science and Italian
Favorite Book: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love country music.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Either in one of the science libraries or in my apartment playing video games. 

 

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Christopher Messinger

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Literature (Concentration in Spanish Literature); MFA in Poetry in progress
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

 

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Cory Chamberlainn 

Year in School: PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition
Educational Background: BA English, MA English with Rhetoric Composition Specification
Favorite Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play a lot of soccer.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: hanging out with my dog. 

 

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Courtney Landi

Year in School: Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in Literacy & Cultural Studies and Communication double major, Minor in Business Administration
Favorite Book: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love urban landscape photography, reading travel guidebooks from cover to cover, eating entire pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy ice cream in one sitting, and collecting souvenir pressed pennies.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Reading/writing at a coffee house, wandering around a bookstore, or traveling the world. 

 

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Scott Lasley 

Year in School: PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition
Educational Background: BA in English, MA in English
Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Something you would not know by looking at me: I’m a big fan of B-movies and bad movies.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Teaching English 401 or working on the 4th floor of Dimond.  

 

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Victoria Sottosanti 

Year in School: 2nd year Graduate Student
Educational Background: BA in English
Favorite Book: Men We Reaped
Something you would not know by looking at me: I dance Ballet!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: drinking coffee, writing a memoir, loving my husband. 

 

Core Staff 

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Danielle Lavendier

Year in School: PhD Student
Educational Background: BA English Literature, MA English Literature
Favorite Book:  The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the clarinet!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the library, drinking coffee 

 

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Holly Fosher

Year in School: Masters Student
Educational Background: Recreation Management & Policy
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. 

 

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Lauren Short

Year in School: PhD Student
Educational Background: BA in English and Humanities, minor in Spanish; MA in English; PhD in Composition in progress
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:  Tucked away in some library corner making detailed to-do lists. 

 

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Meaghan Elliott Dittrich 

Year in School: Ph.D. Student in Composition and Rhetoric
Educational Background: BA in Theater & Writing, MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Lit
Favorite Book: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: cooking at home or writing at Adelle’s coffee shop! 

 

Receptionists

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Abigail LaPorte

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Occupational Therapy, Nutrition minor
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.

 

 

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Brooke Kealey 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Nutrition: Dietetics
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.  

 

 

 

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Jacqueline Melius

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Psychology/Justice Studies
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm a transfer student from James Madison University
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the MUB!

 

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Kim Ip 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: History and Political Science
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Catching up with friends at Breaking New Grounds. 

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Matthew Ciccarello 

Year in School: Freshman
Educational Background: Political Science and International Affairs 
Favorite Book: Dance of Dragons
Something you would not know by looking at me: I own a HUGE Lego collection.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Sitting in a café drinking coffee. 

 

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Olivia Scobie

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Spanish minor
Favorite Book: The Help  or Eleanor and Park
Something you would not know by looking at me: I had my tonsils out when I was 17. 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the library anyways :) or at the gym.  

 

Associate Director 

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Brad Dittrich 

Year in School: Ph.D. Student
Educational Background: BA English, MA Composition and Rhetoric, current PhD candidate in composition studies
Favorite Book: The Silmarillion, A Short History of Nearly Everything
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a (perfectly reasonable) fear of rabbits.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: with great difficulty. Hiding somewhere, writing a dissertation. 

Director 

Molly Tetreault

Molly Tetreault

Educational Background: BA English and Political Science; M.A. English Literature; M. Ed Teaching Writing
Favorite Book: E.B. White One Man’s Meat
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Sampling all the good eats in Newmarket