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

 

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Marlies Amberger 

Year in School: Junior
Educational Background: BA in English (Text, Business, & Digital Studies), BA in Spanish, minor in Business Administration
Favorite Book: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love to travel!
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: sitting in the MUB with friends 

 
 
 
 
 

Matthew Ciccarello 

Year in School: Senior  
Educational Background: Political Science & International Affairs
Favorite Book: Dance of Dragons by George RR 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 cafe drinking coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Dion

Year in School: Junior 
Educational Background: Business Administration 

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 Union Court 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Heaney 

Year in School: Junior   
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: Sophomore   
Educational Background: Biomedical Science: Medical Veterinary Science 
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Mackillop 

Year in School: Sophomore   
Educational Background: Political Science and Economics Majors 
Favorite Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Something you would not know by looking at me: I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 30 Seconds
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Playing Basketball in the Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kylan Mastro 

Year in School: Sophomore   
Educational Background: Analytical Economics/ minors: philosophy and political science 
Favorite Book: Cat's Cradle 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I am an iced coffee addict
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: questioning my existence, getting angry about politics, or skiing

 

 

Aleigha Raymond 

Year in School: Senior
Educational Background: English w/ dual major in Educational Studies 
Favorite Book: Ahab's Wife 
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love DIY projects and knitting 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: In the library 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diego Smith 

Year in School: Junior 
Educational Background: Business Administration 
Favorite Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Something you would not know by looking at me: I like to DJ in my free time 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: On a rugby field 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Stinneford

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: English Journalism major
Favorite Book: All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Something you would not know by looking at me: I actually love baseball (Go RedSox!)
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: in my room, writing (or reading)
 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Thompson 

Year in School: Junior
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 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eve Glasergreen 

Year in School: MFA in Fiction Writing
Educational Background:  BA in English and French, Cornell University 2019
Favorite Book: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Something you would not know by looking at me: I love bison burgers
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Trail running

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

K. Johnston 

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Kleinschmidt 

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: Somewhere quiet on campus reading, writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 
 

 

 

 

Core Staff

 
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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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 

 

 

 

W. Tyler Paterson

Year in School: MFA in Fiction
Educational Background: BA in English 
Favorite Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, or Headful of Ghosts
Something you would not know by looking at me: I've audition for SNL
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: surfing, training BJJ

 

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 Hunger by Roxane Gay.   
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.

 

 

 

 

Receptionists 

 

Stella Fairall

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: Environmental Conservation & Sustainability and International Affairs major
Favorite Book: Outlander by Diana Gabalden
Something you would not know by looking at me: Currently planning my Canadian road trip
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at the Barn

 

 

 

 

 

Caila Kelson-Kuchtic

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: Communications major; Health Management Policy minor
Favorite Book: The Handmaid's Tale
Something you would not know by looking at me: I'm biracial
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: at the Hamel Rec Center

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Melius

Year in School: Senior 
Educational Background: Nutrition/Dietetics major
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: Sophomore
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Varnum

Year in School: Sophomore
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

Sam DeFlitch 

Educational Background: BA in English & Religious Studies; MFA in Creative Writing
Favorite Book: Mrs. Mike
Something you wouldn't know by looking at me: I have a twin brother. And we look nothing alike. 
If I were not at the writing center, you would find me: Hiking in the Whites with Moose (the dog)

 
 

 

Director

Meaghan Elliott Dittrich 

Year in School: Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and English Composition Studies
Educational Background: BA in Theater & Writing, MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Lit
Favorite Book: There are too many! I do really like 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 dancing and singing to Frozen II with her daughter Elliott, or finding a really good seafood chowder