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

 

Jocelyne Bisson (she/hers)

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: majors in Business Administration and Political Science 
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the clarinet and I love to bake
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at the MUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camryn Copp (she/hers)

Year in School: Sophomore 
Educational Background: major in Hotel and Hospitality Management
Favorite Book: The Princess Saves Herself in This One, by Amanda Lovelace
Something you would not know by looking at me: I know American Sign Language.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Taking a nap. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzie Dion (she/hers)

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: Business Administration major/psychology minor 
Favorite Book: The Book Thief
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play tennis
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Spending time at the MUB 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Donahue

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: English/Journalism major
Favorite Book: Micro 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am a dancer
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Doing homework at Philly

 

 

 

 

 

Bryce Gauthier (he/his) 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Major in English Literature/ Philosophy; Justice Studies minor
Favorite Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm an avid skier!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Senate Office (SGC)

 

 

Brian Heaney 

Year in School: Senior   
Educational Background: Communication/Economics 
Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have always wanted to be fluent in another language 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Spending time with friends, preferably outside

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Kowalski 

Year in School: Junior   
Educational Background: Animal Science (Pre-Vet track)
Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am in the UNH Wildcat Marching Band Drumline
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: On the football field with the marching band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izzy Lopez 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Major in Wildlife Conservation, minor in Geospatial Analysis
Favorite Book: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Something you would not know by looking at me: I collect vintage books!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Hiking in College Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Montanus 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: English major, minor in creative writing
Favorite Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Something you wouldn't know by looking at me: I absolutely love manatees.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In Hamilton Smith! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Skylar Packel (she/her) 

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Psychology major, possible anthropology minor
Favorite Book: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Something you would not know by looking at me: Music from the 70s is my favorite era
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: All the Mills or Breaking New Grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Perry 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Major in Classics
Favorite Book: The Time Keeper
Something you would not know by looking at me: I LOVE thrift shopping
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At Breaking New Grounds or Bubble Bee

 

 

 

 

Ana Rusha (she/hers) 

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Nursing major
Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Hosseini
Something you would not know by looking at me: My parents moved to the U.S. from Albania and I can speak Albanian.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at my sorority house! Or in a lab/clinical!

 

 

 

 

 

Eliza Shearman (she/they)

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Major in Classics; minor in English
Favorite Book: The Penelopiad and The Picture of Dorian Gray
Something you would not know by looking at me: I've been to 8 countries
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: hiking College Woods

 

 

Wynn Thompson (they/them)

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Favorite Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have a pet gecko
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In College Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Writing Assistants 

 

Abby Davenport (she/hers) 

Year in School: PhD in English Literature
Educational Background: BA in in English
Favorite Book: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm non-binary! 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At a coffee house, reading, working, and/or feeding by caffeine habit.

 

Jen Daly (she/hers) 

Year in School: PhD in Composition Studies
Favorite Book: Toni Morrison Beloved, Sheila Heti Motherhood, anything by Neil Gaiman
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love anything and everything horror!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: knee deep in research on a whatever I am interested in at the moment.

 

 

 

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Indigo Rhys Hallett (they/them)

Year in School: MFA in Creative Writing
Educational Background:  BA in English (Writing Concentration)
Favorite Book: it's a toss up between Margaret Atwood's The Tent and Rosanna Warren's So Forth
Something you would not know by looking at me: I started undergrad as a Genetic Engineering Major
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Exploring somewhere I've never been before. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Cunningham-Frisbey 

Year in School: PhD in English Composition 
Educational Background: AA in Liberal Arts; BA in English/Professional Writing; MA in English 
Favorite Book: So many, I couldn't tell you 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I watch a lot of trash TV and PBS documentaries 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At home in my PJs, binge watching Netflix and writing 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ann DeCiccio (she/hers)

Year in School: PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition
Educational Background:  MA Writing & Literature
Favorite Book: Educated by Tara Westover
Something you would not know by looking at me: I was born in England and came to the United States on the Queen Mary ocean liner
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: in the Dimond Library or at home playing with grandkids! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lena Gemmer

Year in School: MFA in nonfiction
Educational Background: BA in English and History
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Something you would not know by looking at me: I can write backwards.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: brainstorming my next essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Hall

Year in School: PhD in English Composition 
Educational Background: BA in English; MEd in Elementary Education; MFA in Creative Writing 
Favorite Book: Prydain Chronicles 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I've been to/worked at 9 colleges 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Walking around campus 

 

 

 

Rebecca Sperry (she/hers)

Year in School: MFA in nonfiction
Educational Background: BA and M.Ed
Favorite Book: Bread Alone, both books by Rupi Kur, Pillars of the Earth
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am obsessed with hiking.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: in the woods.

 

 

Core Staff

 

Ashley Barry 

Year in School: PhD in English Composition 
Educational Background: BA in English; MA in English 
Favorite Book: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I collect vintage Pyrex dishes 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Cape Cod 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Clark-Barnes

Year in School: PhD in English Composition
Educational Background: BA in English; MA in English; Graduate Certification in TESOL
Favorite Book: Paradise Lost
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love cheesy detective stories
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: in a park, seeking sunshine

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Colton Huelle (he/him)

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
Educational Background: BA in English
Favorite Book: The Brothers Karamazov
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: playing basketball or watching birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Kleinschmidt (she/hers)

Year in School: PhD in English 
Educational Background: BA in Secondary Ed & English, Minor in Math; MA in English 
Favorite Book: Othello 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I still have two baby teeth 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: baking all of the yummy treats, reading OG Star Wars fiction, and taking chill walks outside.

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Roy 

Year in School: PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition
Educational Background: BA in English, MS in Publishing
Favorite Book: I hate to pick, but I did love The Passage series!
Something you would not know by looking at me: I practice yoga!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Reading on a bench in the sun.

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Receptionists 

 

Juliette Ambs (she/hers) 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Psychology and Justice Studies majors
Favorite Book: The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Something you would not know by looking at me: I speak French and am working on adding a 3rd major
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: in my room or taking a walk around campus.

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Melius

Year in School: Masters in Nutrition 
Educational Background: Bachelors in Nutrition/Dietetics
Favorite Book: A Thousand Acres
Something you would not know by looking at me: I play the piano!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: on T-Hall lawn if it's nice out!

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Montross

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Neuroscience major, switching to Occupational Therapy
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Something you would not know by looking at me: I can deadlift 315 lbs!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: hanging out with friends or watching Netflix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Sheehan (she/hers)

Year in School: Sophomore
Educational Background: Human Development and Family Studies
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Something you would not know by looking at me: I sail
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at the beach

 

Maddie Tavolieri (she/hers)

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Psychology major; Dance minor
Favorite Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Something you would not know by looking at me: I was born deaf in my left ear
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at Zumba in the HRC

 

Taylor Varnum

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Favorite Book: Anything by John Green or The Hunger Games series
Something you would not know by looking at me: I have an artistic side
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: At a cycling class in the gym! 

 

 

 

 

Associate Director

Cyndi Roll  (she/hers)

Year in School: Masters in Public Administration
Educational Background: BA in Pyschology
Favorite Book: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Something you wouldn't know by looking at me: I am ambidextrous.
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Curled up in my favorite comfy chair with my miniatue dachschund (Cooper) tucked against my side, reading. 

 
 

 

Director

Meaghan Elliott Dittrich (she/hers)

Educational Background: BA in Theater & Writing, MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Lit, Ph.D. in Rhetoric and English Composition Studies
Favorite Book: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx or nearly any British "who-done-it"
Something you wouldn't know by looking at me: I have Canadian citizenship
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: baking/ cooking, reading, spending time singing and twirling to Disney's Frozen and Moana with her daughter Elliott, or finding a really good seafood chowder.