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

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English Teaching Major, Philosophy Minor
Favorite Book:  Marley & Me by John Grogan
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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Connor Mullins

Year in School: Senior
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. 

 

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Lilah Cherim 

Year in School: Senior
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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Marissa Parker-Bair

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Political Science and International Affairs, Minor Music
Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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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Natalie Monteiro 

Year in School: Senior
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: Junior
Educational Background: Business Administration Major with Spanish Minor
Favorite Book:  Columbine by Dave Cullen
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. 

 

Rachelle McKeown

Year in School: Senior
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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Tali Cherim

Year in School: Senior
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: Junior
Educational Background: Business Marketing
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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. 

 

Sarah Bizzotto

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English Literature and Theater double major 
Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Something you would not know by looking at me: I can rap the entire Hamilton soundtrack.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the APO office. 

 

Abigail Downer

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: English major
Favorite Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (at the moment)
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have three goats.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Out and about, reading, writing, or running.

 

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Matthew Ciccarello 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Political Science and International Affairs 
Favorite BookDance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin
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. 

 

Kate Heaney 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English and Spanish double major
Favorite Book: The Circle by Dave Eggers and Looking for Alaska by John Green
Something you would not know by looking at me: I met Jimmy Fallon when I was 7.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Watching Netflix or reading.

 

Katie Fabiano 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English and Sociology double major
Favorite BookJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Something you would not know by looking at me: My favorite food is strawberry ice cream.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At the MUB (in the Outing Club office!).

 

Gates MacPherson

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: AA in Liberal Arts, English/Journalism major, minor in Political Science
Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I played the violin for 10 years.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the library!  

 

Maria Yost

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Biomedical Science major
Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have five siblings!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Sitting somewhere outside or walking in between classes.

 

Emily Zieg

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Linguistics major
Favorite Book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Something you would not know by looking at me: I also paint!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Looking for unusual languages in the stacks.

 

Graduate Writing Assistants

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Becca Van Horn

Year in School: MFA in Creative Non-Fiction
Educational Background: BA Government, Spanish
Favorite Book: East of Eden or The 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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Cory Chamberlain 

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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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.  

 

Allison Giannotti  

Year in School: PhD student in Composition 
Educational Background: BA in English Writing and Communication and Rhetoric, MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing
Favorite Book: Oh my heavens, my favorite book changes monthly! But right now it’s Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe.
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a twin (yes, there are two of me)!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Looking for dogs to pet.

 

Carly Husick  

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy
Favorite Book: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Something you would not know by looking at me: I danced for 19 years.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At home writing or watching Netflix.

  

Samantha Riley

Year in School: PhD student in Composition
Educational Background: BA in English, MA in Writing
Favorite Book: It constantly changes but for now it is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.   
Something you would not know by looking at me: I know all the lyrics to the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Hiding in corners of UNH buildings and catching up on reading.

 

Kelly Sennott  

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
Educational Background: BA in Journalism
Favorite Book: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Something you would not know by looking at me: I used to be a competitive figure skater.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Running in College Woods.

 

Lyana Sun Han Chang  

Year in School: Master’s student in Language and Linguistics
Educational Background: BA in Modern Languages (French)
Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I don’t know how to swim.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In my office drinking all the coffee.

 

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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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. 

 

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! 

 

Holly Fosher

Year in School: Masters Student
Educational Background: Recreation Management & Policy Major, Art minor
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.

 

Courtney Landi

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
Educational Background: BA in Literature and Communication
Favorite Book: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey.
Something you would not know by looking at me: I collect souvenir pressed pennies.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me:  At a coffee shop or traveling.

 

Morgan Plessner

Year in School: MFA in Poetry
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. 

 

Receptionists

Abigail LaPorte

Year in School: Senior
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: Senior
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: Senior
Educational Background: Psychology/Justice Studies
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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: Senior
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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Olivia Scobie

Year in School: Senior
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.  

 

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