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Peer Tutors & Consultants

Alexander Gilbert • Cellular and Molecular Biology 1994
After graduating, I went to medical school at New York University and then did my advanced medical training at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I specialize in transplant nephrology and am an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute. 7/19

Doug Bouws • Political Science 1995
Graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2002 with Masters in Divinity. Spent 14 years NE of Sacramento as Pastor of Hospitality at Granite Springs Church. Now live near Grand Rapids, MI as a legacy gift coach/consultant--help non-profits market gifts in the Will to their most loyal donors. 7/19

Christina Consolino • French 1995
I received my PhD in Physiology in 2003 and taught college-level anatomy and physiology until May 2019. My work has been published in Brevity Blog, Flights, HuffPost, Short Fiction Break, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where I serve as Senior Editor. I'm also co-author of Historic Photos of University of Michigan. I currently teaching writing classes through Word's Worth Writing Center in Dayton, Ohio, and work as a freelance editor and writing tutor. In my spare time, I read, write, run, and spend time with my husband and four children. 7/19

Stacy Robin Mansoura • Practical English (ICP) 1995
After graduation, I focused on technology at a consulting firm, a Fortune 500 company and eventually a university, while completing a few graduate degrees. In 2003, I launched The Degania Group, positioning established and emerging companies for growth, sale and investment. “On the side,” I’ve volunteered as an EMT and served in multiple roles for not-for-profits focused on economic development, education and women's issues. Currently, I spend the majority of my time in-house with a long-time client, responsible for marketing, growth, client experience and innovation. I live in NJ with my husband and 1-year-old daughter. 12/16

Robert Yoon • Political Science and Communication 1995
I was a peer writing tutor back in the 1990s when it was still called the English Composition Board. I am now a political journalist, having clocked more than 17 eventful years as CNN's Director of Political Research. In that role, I mostly covered campaigns and elections, with a special emphasis on preparing for presidential debates and Election Nights. Now, I'm back in Ann Arbor as the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication and Media. I teach classes on the role of the news media in campaigns and elections. My experience at Sweetland/ECB has been extremely helpful in working with students to make the most impact with their writing. Outside of the classroom, I'm also the host of a journalism-themed radio talk show on WCBN-FM called The J Word. 7/19

Brooke Ingersoll • Psychology 1996
I received my PhD in experimental psychology for UC San Diego in 2003. I am currently a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at Michigan State University, where I conduct research on the development, evaluation, and implementation of community-viable interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. I am a co-author of an evidence-based parent-mediated intervention curriculum for young children with ASD. 7/19

Dr. David LaMond • BGS 1996
Dr. LaMond is a nutrition and prevention expert; who is a successful medical entrepreneur. Dave developed and operates numerous successful medical practices, along with a consulting company which helps physicians and medical practitioners operate successful independent practices. Drawing from his foundation and board certification in Family Medicine, he developed the innovative medical principles behind the Blue Sky MD concept of total patient care. Blue Sky MD has appeared on the INC 5000 list three times; as one of the 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the US. Dave has been a featured speaker for numerous medical conferences and has been a business and health consultant and has made several appearances on health television broadcasts. 7/19

Denise Schimmoeller • English 1996
I completed an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in 2000. I spent the last 20+ years in the training and development field, serving clients in the automotive, retail and beverage industries. Since 2008, I have worked as a Development Leader at Deloitte. My team and I partner with internal clients to create and execute talent development strategy in alignment with their business goals. I aim to provide value by fostering an environment of continuous learning that enables others to perform at their optimal level. I guess you could say that I've never stopped coaching! I currently live in South Lyon, Michigan with my husband and 2 children. 7/19

Patience (Atkin) Jones • Comparative Literature 1997
I'm a principal with Graphicmachine, a marketing and business growth consultancy that specializes in helping architecture, engineering, and construction firms connect with the right clients. Graphicmachine is based in Kansas City, Missouri, but works with clients nationwide. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 and practiced criminal defense and commercial litigation in New York City before changing industries and relocating to Kansas City in 2010. I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for ArtsKC (the regional arts council) and as a member of the Speakers Bureau for RAINN, the country's largest ani-sexual assault organization. 7/19

Kristin Arola • English 1998
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University where I focus on the intersections between cultural rhetoric (specifically American Indian Studies) and multimodal composing practices. I earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. My first academic position was at Washington State University where I directed an undergraduate program in Digital Technology and Culture and served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. In 2017, I returned to Michigan where, amongst other things, I enjoy spending my summers in my homeland, the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 7/19

Alan Goldenbach • History 1998
Spent 12 years as a reporter with The Washington Post, before moving over to academia. Now in my fifth year as an Asst. Professor of Journalism at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. 7/19

Kristina Curkovic Pasko • English 1998
After graduating UM, I went to law school and practiced law for 14 years in New Jersey before transitioning into a career as a high school English teacher at a private school in northern New Jersey. Now, I again get to work with students on their writing.  I loved my job as a U-M peer tutor, and one of my favorite things about teaching is sitting down one-on-one with students and their written work. 6/17

Charles Scrase • English 1998
After graduation I worked as an editor for a marketing research firm, and then joined the Peace Corps, where I taught computer skills and literacy, before starting my own non-profit in the same country (St. Vincent) doing the same work. After that, it was on to business school at Duke, where I got my MBA. Ever since then, I've been working at Google, where I lead customer services operations for North America and serve as the site lead for our Ann Arbor office. 7/19

Christopher Tam • Bachelor of Business Administration 1998
After graduating from Ross I worked in the consulting mines and got my MBA from UCLA. After getting my MBA I worked in marketing for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas and now work for Hilton. I am immensely grateful for being a Sweetland (then "English Composition Board") Peer Tutor, as it strengthened my writing skills and gave me a lot of confidence. Communication is a key part of any corporate management role, and I always look for great writing skills in anyone I hire. 6/18

Lori Webster • English 1998
I joined Teach for America after graduation and spent seven years in New Orleans as a teacher and a nonprofit leader. Today, I am the Grant Writer and Manager for Albuquerque Public Schools, where I work on behalf of over 83,000 students and 11,000 employees. 6/17

Laura (Leffak) Berger • BA English Lit.; BA Religious Studies
I moved to NYC and got a Master’s in Social Work, worked in that field for eight years, eventually moved back to Michigan with my family and returned to school for nursing. We now live in Cleveland where I work as a critical care nurse at Cleveland Clinic. 12/19

Adrienne Gutierrez Bitter • Communications 1999
Lived in Chicago, Detroit, London, and D.C. working for a media agency, specializing in creating human experiences for brand engagement. Love to travel and fortunately work on global accounts that take me across the world. Married this handsome man and had these adorable twin gentlemen, who are now 18 months-old. Recently moved to Saudi Arabia, for my husband’s career. The company I work for has a local office so am the rare working woman in Riyadh! Given this diplomatic adventure, I decided it was time to get back to my writing roots and started a blog to document our experience. 8/17

Shana Anderson • Biology 2000
I returned to U-M in 2009 to pursue my MBA. I now work as a Strategy Consultant for a small boutique firm based in Ohio. My middle son was born with Down syndrome, so I also own and operate a company called Reeve's Tees that makes Down syndrome awareness t-shirts and provides work to adults with developmental disabilities. 10/16

Laura Berger • BA 2000

I live in West Hartford, CT and I work as an intensive care nurse in a hospital. 

Jeff Merritt • Political Science 2000
From 1998-2002, I worked with U.S. State Department-sponsored democracy programs in Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro. Upon returning to the U.S., I served as Executive Director for the Center for Civic Responsibility and in 2005 founded Grassroots Initiative, the nation’s first not-for-profit election consulting firm. In 2010, I joined New York City government where I now serve as Director for Innovation. In my current role, I’ve led a range of technology efforts including the launch of the .nyc top-level domain and announcement of LinkNYC, a private-public partnership to build the largest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world. 10/16

Christine Veenstra • Biology & English 2000
I am a medical oncologist and health services researcher at the University of Michigan. I care for patients with colorectal cancer. My research focuses on factors that impact the quality and value of cancer care and I have a particular interest in improving outcomes for survivors of colorectal cancer. 10/16

Adam Docks • Political Science 2001
Since 2006, I have practiced law at Perkins Coie LLP, based in the Chicago office. I am the firmwide Co-Chair of the Hotels & Leisure Industry Group, specializing in transactions involving hotels. In addition, I serve as the Chicago Chair of the Attorney Development Committee. Outside of work, I am a board member of the US Holocaust Museum, focusing on educational initiatives. I live in Highland Park, Illinois with my family. My children have not yet experienced a win over Ohio State. . . 7/19

Jen Misthal • Englisg & Political Science 2001
Came home to New York City to teach middle school English and history. When I’m not grading, I’m running and training for marathons. 9/19

Joshua Sherman • Political Science 2001
After graduating from Michigan, I returned to NJ for law school at Rutgers University in Newark. I earned a J.D. in 2004. I then served for two years as a law clerk for a federal judge in Trenton, NJ. After my clerkship, I went to work as a litigator at a law firm in New York City. I then served as the Assistant Chief of the Securities Fraud Prosecution Section for the NJ Attorney General's Office. I am now Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in New York City. I live in Livingston, NJ with my wife and three children (9-year-old boy, 7-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy). 7/19

Danielle DeLonge • English 2002
I live in Milford, Michigan, and work as a Technology Communications, Training and Change Manager for Plante Moran. The tools I gained from working in the Writing Center help me everyday as I share important technology concepts to everyone in our professional services firm. The ability to communicate clearly, and help others do the same, is still important in professional environments. 7/19

Kristin Rosella • English 2002
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2002, I attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where I specialized in litigation and became a student assistant for the legal writing program. After that, I worked in corporate litigation at two different law firms, Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago and DLA Piper in New York, before shifting into human rights law. Currently, I work as a Senior Legal Consultant for a defense team at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, a hybrid criminal tribunal investigating and prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. I also work as a Senior Legal Counsel for a start-up nonprofit, Project Expedite Justice, which seeks justice for survivors of international and transnational crimes in East Africa and Southeast Asia. I am currently based in Cambodia and Singapore. 7/19

Margaret Vincent • English 2002
Following undergrad, I attended Michigan's Law School and graduated in December 2005. I currently live in Chicago and work remotely as Senior Counsel for Stocksy United, an artist-owned stock photo co-op based in British Columbia, where I am also still regularly called upon for my proof-reading skills. In addition to my legal position, I am also a contributing photographer to the co-op. 11/16

Channelle Kizy-White • Economics 2003
I am currently living in Commerce, Michigan and have been practicing law for over ten years. I went to law school in Chicago at Loyola University School of law and now have my own law firm based in Southfield, Michigan. My practice is focused on all domestic matters such as divorce, custody, child support and other related matters. I practice in the Tri-County area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties). 7/19

Katherine Banks McBride • Theatre Performance 2003
I am an actor, teacher, and facilitator living in Ann Arbor. As an actor, you can catch me on Netflix’s Mindhunter or you can see me or hear my voice on many commercials including Ford, Volkswagen, Just Wink, Perkins, or Hotel Indigo. Locally, I can be found performing at Williamston Theatre or Tipping Point Theatre. As a facilitator, I lead workshops on leadership, communication, and sales across several industries. I teach drama at Greenhills School and still work as a private writing tutor! 8/19

Rachel Barak • English; Spanish Minor 2004
After graduating from U-M, I was a high school English teacher for several years in South Florida. In 2007, I heard through the grapevine that Google opened an office in Ann Arbor. I ended up landing a job there and moving back to Ann Arbor. In the 12 yrs since joining Google, I've worked in various roles in learning and development in three US Google offices. Currently, I manage the global executive coaching program supporting Google’s leaders worldwide out of the Boulder, CO office. I also moonlight as a competitive youth soccer coach! 7/19

Nasim Deylami Fussell • History 2004
I am a partner in the public policy and regulation practice at Holland & Knight in Washington, DC, where I work at the intersection of trade law and policy. I help craft advocacy strategies for clients seeking to influence trade negotiations or legislation; represent client before Congress and the executive branch; and advise on the political risks associated with cross-border transactions. 2/22

Nicolette Gabel • Psychology 2004
I live in Ann Arbor and I work as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Health System. I am an Assistant Professor of the UM Medical School. My job involves providing psychotherapy, teaching, conducting research, and also administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments. The lengthy report writing requires a high level of communicative expertise for which I can thank my time tutoring at Sweetland! 10/16

Jennifer R. Garner • English and Political Science 2004
I graduated from The University of Michigan Law School in 2008. I moved to Chicago immediately after graduating from law school. I am now a partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. I am a member of the real estate group, and I work on transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, leasing and finance of office, multi-family, industrial and retail properties. 7/19

Julie Goncharov • English 2004
I am a new resident in Gilbert, Arizona, reinventing my career in the field of corporate training. After 10 years working as a Production Specialist, Business Analyst, and IT Trainer at a major corporation in the Chicago area, I now assist a rising social media coach with business process development and workflow solutions. Throughout my career, I have used the knowledge I gained from Sweetland Writing Center of helping others produce clear objectives in their writing to enhance my own library of documentation. 10/16

Geetha Lakshminarayanan • American Culture; Mathematics Minor 2004
After teaching high school math, I’ve transitioned to being a teacher educator. I currently work for Stanford University supporting pre-service teachers earning their credential in secondary mathematics teaching. I also support math teachers around the U.S. and internationally through video-based teacher coaching. I still draw on the questioning techniques I learned at Sweetland that position me as a coach rather than an authority! 7/19

Tracy Tancredi • English 2004
I am a High School English Teacher at Dakota High School in Macomb, MI. I teach AP Literature & Composition, Medical English 12, and English 12. 7/19

Amy Abernathy • English and Music (School of Ed. Teacher Certification) 2005
A love of language, learning and self-expression has guided my journey. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in Texas where I live with my husband and two sons. After undergrad I became a substitute teacher and reading coach. In 2007, I began teaching Language Arts and quickly discovered a passion for working with children who fell outside developmental norms. This led to my position as a campus RTI (Response to Intervention) Coordinator and Dyslexia Interventionist. From there I obtained an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. My work serves as an ongoing reminder to the limitless capacity of communication.  7/19

Thomas R. Campion, Jr. • Organizational Studies & German 2005
After completing a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics in 2010, I joined Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City where I am now an Associate Professor. What I learned about peer tutoring through Sweetland has a had a large impact on my professional development. 7/19

Megan Maciasz DiSanto • Political Science 2005
After graduating, I accepted a full-tuition scholarship at Roger Williams University School of Law, graduating in 2008. I passed and was admitted to the bar in three states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York). After a one-term clerkship with Chief Justice Paul Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (a position requiring and heavily focused on strong writing skills) and two years in private practice, I joined the City of Providence Solicitor's Office in 2011. As a Senior Assistant City Solicitor, my practice is focused largely in litigation and appellate work. I use my writing skills daily. I live in Providence, Rhode Island with my husband and two sons. 7/19

Erin Rachel Kaplan • English Literature, Political Science, RC Drama 2005
After graduation I worked for a couple of years and then moved to NYC for my Masters in Educational Theatre at NYU. After finishing I worked as a teaching-artist and educator for several years in New York/ New Jersey before I began my PhD in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. After three years at CUNY I transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder to finish my dissertation which I will be defending in December of 2019. I am currently teaching undergraduates at CU and working at the Student Academic Success Center as an Inclusive Excellence Coordinator. 7/19

Lindsy Krauser • English & Political Science 2005
I currently reside in Michigan, am a mom of 4, and am a public high school teacher. I teach both English and Social Studies. 7/19

Daniel Krawiec • Political Science 2005
Since graduation, I attended law school and lived in South Florida for nearly 15 years. I recently moved back to Michigan and practice management-side employment law in Detroit. 7/19

Jamie Lukos • Kinesiology 2005
Dr. Jamie Lukos is a branch head in the Basic and Applied Research Division at the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific in San Diego, CA where she supervises a diverse group of 30 scientists and engineers. She is also the lead scientist for the human-machine teaming group and subject matter expert in neuroscience with 22 publications, 2 book chapters, and 2 patent applications. Her work leads to a better understanding of the neurological basis of human decision making in operationally-relevant environments and informs algorithm development for physiological monitoring devices, human-machine teaming bidirectional communication and fieldable brain computer interfaces (BCIs). 7/19

Lauren McDonnell • English & French 2005
After a career in public relations as a technical writer, I decided to return to graduate school to become a teacher. I now teach literature, writing, and English as a second language at the Lycée Français de Chicago, a French international school. I still implement key learnings from my experience at the Sweetland Writing Center in my daily teaching. I am also the go-to "editor" in my family for all things written! 10/16

Gina Pensiero • American Culture 2005
Since graduation, my professional focus has been on the emerging discipline of content strategy. I've been a content strategist for, Huge Inc. and, now, at Facebook on their news product team. Outside of work, I still enjoy writing, recording and performing music. I live in Brooklyn, NY. 10/16

Kristin Taber • English w/ Teaching Certificate 2005
For the past 11 years I've been teaching English at Forest Hills Eastern High School in Ada, MI just outside of Grand Rapids. Along with being co-chair of the department, I teach AP Language and Composition to a great group of ambitious 11th graders, a Creative Writing seminar for some artistic and hilarious seniors, and I partner with a colleague from the History department to co-teach a blended World Lit and World History humanities class. In my spare time I like to garden and bake, and I even dabbled in some very amateur food blogging back in 2014. 10/16

Zeenah Ghouse • Business 2006
After a year with Americorps, I went on to complete a degree in law with an LLM in taxation. I’ve been working in financial services since then living in New York City. 7/19

Ashley Jardina • Political Science 2006
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2006 and finished my Ph.D. in political science at Michigan in 2014 (a three-time graduate!). I now live in Durham, NC with my golden retriever named Maize, and I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. My first book, White Identity Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in February of 2019. 7/19

Anne Joling • English; History 2006
After graduating from Michigan I went to work for the University's Institute of Continuing Legal Education as an assistant editor for about a year and a half. In the summer of 2008 I relocated to Madison, Wisconsin to attend law school at the University of Wisconsin. Although I was reluctant to enter Badger territory, I found out quickly that Madison is a wonderful city, and generally speaking, my continued dedication to being a die-hard Wolverine was mostly tolerated. While in law school I met my now husband and after graduating in December of 2010 I decided to make Madison my permanent residence. I am now a senior attorney at the domestic litigation firm of Cordell and Cordell where I practice family law and am also working to build a collaborative divorce practice. 10/16

Katie Lorenz Lowes • English; Spanish 2006
I moved to Chicago to pursue my MBA in Marketing & International Business at Loyola University, worked as a Spanish-language media buyer at Starcom, promoted healthy lungs and clean air at the American Lung Association and led over 150 school assemblies on the importance of building good character as Miss Illinois 2008. I currently work at Edelman in healthcare business development, teach dance fitness classes and still use one of Sweetland’s hyper-secure passwords (among other skills). 12/17

Jerin Phillip • Biomedical Engineering 2006
After a 2-year stint at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, I returned to U-M for a Master's in Public Health with a health policy concentration. I started my career overseeing quality and population health for a Medicare-Medicaid project at the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services in Lansing. Since then, I've worked in Washington, DC for the National Academy for State Health Policy lowering prescription drug prices and The Pew Charitable Trusts combatting the opioid epidemic. In my spare time, I continue to put my Sweetland skills to good use helping others with their writing and teaching standardized test prep. 7/19

Christopher Saddler • Cellular and Molecular Biology 2006
Medical school Wayne state SOM, University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine residency, and Infectious Disease Fellowship. Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI with focus on the Immune Compromised Host. 7/19

Jesse Smith • Political Science & Philosophy 2006
After graduating in 2006 I went on to law school at Washington University in St. Louis. I moved to Chicago in 2009 and spent my first few years as an attorney in fairly traditional legal practices. In 2013, I moved away from the law firm world and into the growing industry of managed legal services. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to move to London and open my firm's office there. I recently returned to Chicago, but I still oversee all London operations. 7/19

Lindsey Belzyt • English and History 2007
For the past 13 years I have been teaching ELA and ESL. Currently I am the Middle Years Programme Coordinator for grades 6-10 for Royal Oak Schools in Michigan, and function as a workshop leader and consultant for IBO. 7/19

Sarah Braunstein • English 2007
After graduation, I spent 8 years working for Google holding a variety of positions including account management, digital campaign strategy, internal marketing, and product commercialization across offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Beijing. I currently reside in Chicago and am a full-time graduate student pursuing a Masters of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design (ID). On the side, I enjoy playing music with my band Ovef Ow! 10/16

Sara Franklin • English & Spanish 2007
Editor at Sourcebooks 2007-2010. Law school at Northwestern University School of Law, JD 2013. Corporate finance attorney at Winston & Strawn, 2013-present (Chicago). 7/19

Amanda Nichols Hess • English 2007
I'm an academic librarian at Oakland University in Rochester, MI -- my experience as a writing tutor continues to impact my own work as a scholar and my work with students in their research. Our campus writing center is located in the library, which is fun, and I'm able to pitch the important work they do because I know it first-hand! 7/19

Jeff Parker • Honors Mathematics and Philosophy 2007
I can’t believe it has been ten years since working at Sweetland! It hasn’t felt a day over two…speaking of seems to be a thematic number of the past decade for me. I now have two beautiful ladies in my life: my wife Stefanie and my daughter Ellie. We have purchased two houses in that ten years and have now added two dogs to our family. I have worked at two different companies, the most recent of which is Quicken Loans in downtown Detroit where I lead a team in Business Intelligence. Life is two (too) good. 6/17

Holly Richardson • French and Francophone Studies 2007
Since graduating from U-M in 2007, I've made a career writing, thinking, and organizing projects in the non-profit sector. I've had the opportunity to serve at a variety of organizations, ranging from community-based non-profits working on hyper-local issues to the Greater Philadelphia YMCA to National Public Radio (NPR). To further develop the love of language that I cultivated at Sweetland, I completed a MA in language and communication from Georgetown University's Linguistics department in 2011 - a program I highly recommend! As a professional writer in the non-profit sector, everyday I'm grateful that I found my voice and confidence in writing at Sweetland. 7/19

Rebecca Soares • English 2007
Working as a writing tutor at Sweetland and serving as a teaching assistant for the Summer Bridge Scholars Program at Michigan made me realize that teaching was my passion. After graduation I began my doctorate in literary studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I taught freshman English and various special topics literature courses. I earned my PhD in English in 2014 and am currently a Senior Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. My scholarly work has been published in Women’s Writing, Victorian Poetry, and Victorian Periodicals Review and my co-edited collection, The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s, was published by Routledge in 2018. 7/19

Sherry Grace Gabriel • English 2008
Upon graduation, I completed my MPH from Columbia University and my DrPH from UCLA. Next, I worked for a boutique strategy consultancy focused on the life sciences in New York City for eight years before transitioning to my current role as the Director of Commercial Strategy and Insights at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Sweetland helped hone my skills to write effectively and succinctly – a skillset that proved invaluable since leaving Ann Arbor. 1/23

Becky Shapiro Herrick • English; German 2008
I'm a children's book editor in New York City. I worked at Scholastic for many years, and after a brief stint at Sky Pony Press, I'm now a freelance editor, working with Scholastic's licensing group as well as various other publishers and individuals. 7/19

Andrew Kahn • English 2008
I moved to Ann Arbor in 2016 with my wife, also a U-M grad. We continue to enjoy life in this wonderful college town. I am approaching two years with, where I cover Michigan's men's basketball and football teams. 7/19

Desiree Lauricella • Psychology; Women's Studies 2008
Desiree is a litigation attorney in Chicago, IL, and is the Principal/Owner of her own law practice, the Law Office of Desiree L. Lauricella, LLC. Her clients include small and middle-market businesses in a variety of fields, real estate brokerages, condominium & homeowner's associations, property management companies, financial institutions, and individuals. She is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys serving as the current President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Chicago, mentoring high school and college students, volunteering with UM's College of LSA Dean’s Young Alumni Council, and spending time with her husband, Robby, and two bunnies, Pebbles & Scotch. She never misses a Michigan Football game and loves all Detroit sports teams, despite her fellow Chicagoans trying to convert her allegiances for over ten years. 8/19

Krista Mathews • Classical Archaeology & English 2008
Since graduating, I spent nine years at Target Corporation learning and working in retail before relocating in 2017 to Park City, UT, where I am the Vice President of Partner Management at 7/19

Clare McGuire • English; History 2008
After graduating from U of M, I lived and worked in Philadelphia for two years working at an Americorps position and then in residence life at a university. After Philadelphia, I went to graduate school in Bloomington, Indiana for public finance and policy analysis and then moved to DC to work for a federal consulting firm. I moved to Chicago in 2015 for a job in the budget office at Chicago Public Schools, and am now working in budget and operations for the University of Chicago Poverty Lab. 7/19

Michele Meredith • Comparative Literature; French 2008
After graduating from Michigan, I moved to New York City to teach English in the South Bronx through Teach for America. After four years of teaching, I went back to get a graduate degree in International Affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and started working at New Visions for Public Schools, an education non-profit and school support organization in New York City. About a year and a half ago, I took a job as a program officer on the K-12 team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 7/19

John Sloan • Economics; German 2008
After graduating from Michigan, I taught English in Germany through the Fulbright program and pursued a Masters in development studies from the London School of Economics. I have since worked as an economist with the United Nations in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and now currently at UN Headquarters in New York. 7/19

Jake Smith • Political Science 2008
After graduating, I moved to Minneapolis to attend law school at William Mitchell College of Law. I live in Minneapolis and am currently a tax consultant in the international tax group at KPMG LLP. I focus primarily on cross-border M&A and tax planning for multinational corporations. 10/19

Natasha Stagg • Creative Writing 2008
Attended University of Arizona for a MFA in Fiction, worked as an editor for fashion magazines, published two books with Semiotext(e), and continues to work in New York and Paris as a writer and consultant. 7/19

Imran Syed • Political Science 2008
I attended the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in 2011. I am now a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and I teach in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. My work involves supervising law students who are working on cases involving prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted. I have been fortunate enough to have helped win the release from prison of nearly a dozen innocent men and women. I also teach a seminar course in the Michigan Innocence Clinic as well as a separate law school seminar course on forensic science and the law. 7/19

Emily Niedzwiecki Chonde • Political Science 2009
I currently live in Washington, DC and serve as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance where I work on criminal justice policies related to conditions of incarceration and support DOJ's implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). In this role, I guide and oversee implementation of the national Standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities across the nation. Prior to joining DOJ, I was a Research Associate at ICF International in Fairfax, VA where I conducted social science research and program evaluations in the areas of victimization, prisoner-reentry, juvenile justice, and education for at-risk youth. 10/16

Amy Fingerle • Program in the Environment 2009
I have worked in aquatic ecosystems since I graduated from UM. My work and post-graduate studies have taken me to the Great Lakes, the coast of Oregon, and northern Iceland. I now live in a remote community in northern California, where I coordinate the fisheries program of the Salmon River Restoration Council, a community-based nonprofit. 7/19

James Kunz • History 2009
I graduated in 2009 with my wife (also a Sweetland alum!) and moved to Easton, Maryland. We both teach in public school in the same county: I teach government and history, and she teaches Latin. During the summers we travel the world, taking advantage of our DINK (double income/no kids) status. 10/16

Colleen Lawson-Thornton • English; American Culture 2009
Since graduating, I have been working as a special education teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. I currently serve as my school's Special Education Liaison, Philosophy teacher, and Student Activities Coordinator. My work focuses on helping students become their own educational advocates, and providing students with opportunities to shape our school's culture through leadership programming. 10/16

Cameron MacConomy • Political Science 2009
I live in Los Angeles (most of the time) where I work as a film and television producer. I find material or ideas for movies and TV shows, then shepherd those ideas into existence. A lot of my time is spent working with screenwriters on their scripts. So, not much has changed since my time as a Peer Tutor! 7/19

Rachel Matz • English 2009
I am currently a high school English teacher and newspaper advisor in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. While teaching, I earned a master's degree in education technology and am currently pursuing coursework in education leadership. In my classroom, I am passionate about pursuing student-centered instructional strategies, including many of the peer review strategies used at Sweetland. When not teaching, I spend my time with family and also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts and musical soundtracks, and exploring with my dog. 1/23

Yevgeny Shrago • Economics; Philosophy 2009
After graduation, I worked for a year at a public policy research firm and then attended Harvard Law School. After graduating HLS in 2013, I spent 4 years working as a government lawyer, including stints with the Treasury and the Obama White House. In 2017, I moved to Atlanta and am now a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group office there. 7/19

Adrienne Szpyrka • English 2009
Adrienne Szpyrka is currently an associate editor at Running Press Kids, based in Philadelphia, PA. Before coming to Running Press, she was an editor at Sky Pony Press in NYC. She acquires primarily middle grade and young adult fiction and is always looking for new authors! 10/16

Amanda (Schuetz) Szymanski • Sociology and Political Science 2009
Since 2009, I have been living and working in Ann Arbor. My focus is social science and health policy research. I've worked in survey research operations at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research; health services research and quality at the University of Michigan Health System; and currently, at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health as a Project Coordinator for federal contracts through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 7/17

Betsy Varnau • French & Francophone Studies; Political Science 2009
Immediately out of undergrad, I taught abroad in Guadeloupe for 6 months to get more on-the-ground experience in a French-speaking country. After returning to the States, I got a job at CareerBuilder and worked there for 5 years doing Corporate Marketing and Product Marketing. I now live in Chicago. I'm in my second year of law school at Northwestern University and I am tentatively going to be working for a large law firm in Chicago after I graduate and pass the bar. 10/16

Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse • Political Science; Minor in Music 2009
After graduation I worked multiple jobs, including jobs at a local restaurant as a waiter, at American Friends Service Committee doing correspondence with the incarcerated, and at Sweetland as a tutor with incoming freshman. In 2011, I attended Harvard Law School. Graduated in 2014 and moved to Minneapolis where I now work at the Public Defender's Office. 10/16

Amna Agha • Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, Honors 2010
I left The Sweetland Writing Center with a fascination with the writing and editing process, having worked as a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students for several years. This experience led me to a career as an editorial writer. I then went on to pursue interests in education and cognition, working as a resource teacher at an international school before matriculating in a PhD program for school psychology at Michigan State University, where I aim to gain a deeper understanding of how students develop literacy. 8/19

Alexander Davidson • English & History 2010
Alexander Davidson is an author, secondary educator, certified reading specialist, and donut aficionado. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan and an MAT in Literacy Education from Madonna University. He has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English since 2011 and has presented at multiple conferences at the local, state, national, and international level. While teaching reading and writing to middle school and high school students, Alexander Davidson strives to create written works that will interest his students and teach them valuable lessons at the same time. His first novel The Visitor's Choice: A Search to Make Things Right (Ferne Press, 2014) is the recipient of the Silver Award for Young Adult Books from Mom's Choice Awards and two awards from the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for first place in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal and second place in Young Adult Fiction. He can typically be found Instagramming his current read alongside a photogenic beverage from the local coffee shop. Check out more at 7/19

Charlotte Eichman • English Language and Literature; Women's Studies 2010
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010, I received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013. I practiced as a trial attorney at a mid-sized firm in Cincinnati for two years. For the last four years I’ve been employed at a common pleas court just outside of Cincinnati, where I am a magistrate judge. I reside nearby in Newport, Kentucky. 8/19

Michael Garber • Spanish 2010
I live in Atlanta and am working on a PhD in Epidemiology at Emory. My experience as a writing tutor definitely helped prepare me for this. Lots of writing in academia. 7/19

Eliezah Hoffman • Political Science & Psychology 2010
After working as a math teacher for 4 years and going to graduate school, I now work as a grant writer for a nonprofit in San Francisco. I use all the editing and tutoring skills I honed as a peer tutor every day to help people in my organization explain the activities they oversee to secure funds for important programming in my community. 7/19

Jes Kane • Secondary Education 2010
Since graduating from my undergrad at UM, I went on to teach for a few years in Melbourne, Australia and then work at the National Bank of Australia in their Marketing team. After spending some time in the corporate world, I decided to return to UM for a Masters in Social Work, where I graduated with a degree in Corporate Philanthropy. Post Masters, I got a job at Google and have worked in Google's Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and now Sydney's offices! I currently work as the Google Account Manager for the Australian Government. 7/19

Janelle Pangilinan  • Political Science 2010
Since graduating, I have held a few different positions. After graduate school, I went on to teach English Language Arts and Social Studies at the middle school level. From there, I transitioned into higher education, moved out of Michigan, and worked as an Academic Intervention Specialist in central Illinois. I also taught Reading Strategies, College Writing, and Global Culture/Study Abroad courses. Just a few months ago, I moved back to the mitten and now work for the Office of Education Abroad at Michigan State (don't misunderstand, I am a LOYAL Wolverine for life) as the Curriculum Integration Specialist. I'm so grateful for Sweetland, as I think it had a huge impact on my professional career, especially my work with students! 7/19

Danielle Prieur • English 2010
I was a high school English teacher at a small, private school in Michigan for four years teaching English literature and composition. I went back to school last fall (Northwestern University) to get my masters in journalism and now I'm working as a writer and editor in Virginia. 10/16

Elissa Sarno • Psychology 2010
Since graduating, I earned my PhD in psychology from the University of Maryland and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, where I am currently a Research Assistant Professor. I am also a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in downtown Chicago. 1/23

Ian Wilhite • Public Policy 2010
Ian Willhite currently serves as the Deputy National Press Secretary & Director of African American Messaging for the Beto for America campaign. Immediately prior to joining the campaign, Wilhite served as the Press Secretary and spokesperson for Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ legal organization. During O’Rourke’s historic U.S. Senate campaign, Wilhite also served the Communications Director for African American Outreach. Wilhite began his career on the hill as an aide to both Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Wilhite is a Michigan native who has a law degree from Boston College Law School and a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. 10/19

James Wong • English & Biology 2010
I relocated to Boston, MA and work as a patent attorney. My new firm is a virtual firm that allows me to work remotely, so I'll be traveling to Asia for the fall! Go Blue! 7/19

Allie Asher • Business 2011
Since graduating from Michigan, my career has been in marketing. I completed my MBA at NYU, and I have worked at a few different companies, building marketing strategies for a variety of products. Currently, I lead marketing for the New York Times Cooking product ( I live in Brooklyn, NY and spend my free time trying as many new restaurants as possible! 7/19

Lena Brinjikji  • Psychology & Spanish 2011
After graduating, I went to the University of Notre Dame Law School (slight conflict of interest). There, I focused on Global Studies, and interned abroad in Lima, Peru, and studied abroad in London, England. After obtaining my JD, I clerked at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. Now I practice commercial litigation and transactional law at a law firm in New York City. I use my writing skills daily. 8/19

Brad Estes • History 2011
After graduating from the University of Michigan, I attended The University of Texas School of Law and received my J.D. in 2014. I am currently a corporate litigator at a law firm in San Francisco. Through law school and now in practice I have relied on my peer tutoring training and experience. Understanding the collaborative writing process is critical to working as a lawyer. Tutoring students from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds has directly translated to writing collaboratively with different litigation stakeholders, including attorneys, judges, clients, and expert witnesses, each with their own take on writing. 10/16

Jacqueline Kauza • English & Anthroarchaeology 2011
I went on to get my Master's degree in Written Communication with a focus on Teaching of Writing from Eastern Michigan University. I am currently living in Hilliard, Ohio, working on my PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy at Ohio State (sorry, my fellow Wolverines, this is only temporary!). My major area of study is writing center theory and practice, so maybe I can bring what I've learned back to Sweetland one day! I’ve also been traveling around the world: Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Jordan, and a variety of countries in Europe, Central America, and southern Africa! 10/16

Katelin Krieg • English 2011
I am currently a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Minnesota. I study Victorian literature and science, and my dissertation examines attempts by Victorian men of science and letters alike to overcome the limitations of human perception in the pursuit of truth. While I'm currently on fellowship, I've taught our University Writing course and a range of courses in the English Department over the past six years. 10/16

Lisa Liu • English & Asian Studies 2011
I moved to New York City the summer after graduation, and began classes at Fordham University's School of Law. After graduating in 2014, and obtaining my legal license in 2015, I began my first legal job at a mid-size corporate firm in Times Square practicing Corporate Structuring and Securities Law. I then went to clerk for the Hon. Arthur F. Engoron at Manhattan's Supreme Civil Court. After almost three wonderful years with Justice Engoron, I joined the NYC-based law firm Warshaw Burstein, LLP as an Associate. In the meantime, I am also developing my repertoire as a real estate broker, assisting my friends and clients in purchasing their first-time homes and/or investment properties. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America), a real estate organization that connects Manhattan's top attorneys, brokers, developers, and financiers. 7/19

Kendra Furry • English & Spanish 2012
After graduating, I got a job in corporate communications in Lansing, MI. I spent three years in that position before taking an opportunity within the company in human resources on the training and development team, where I am now the administrator. I have continued tutoring and work with a woman from Venezuela who is learning English. She earned her U.S. citizenship in 2018! I am also keeping ties to my Sweetland roots by serving as a writing coach for the Michigan-alumni-founded Detroit Writing Room. 7/19

Valerie Nafso • English 2012
Since graduation, I became a high school English teacher in Farmington, MI, and then in Troy, MI, where I have been working with students to prepare them for college-level reading/analyzing, writing (all different forms), and communication. I work with students on essay-writing, poetry, basics of writing, and how to find their voice in writing. I love being able to teach what I know so well because of Sweetland, as well as using resources I gained through Sweetland. 8/19

Shoaib Abdur Rasheed • Arabic & Islamic Studies 2012
After graduation, I spent one year studying Arabic and Islamic studies as part of the Shaykh-ul-Hind Program at Darul Qasim in Glen Ellyn, IL. Then I enrolled in medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, followed by in internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, MI. I am currently back in Ann Arbor doing a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. I use the skills I learned peer tutoring every day as I teach patients how to improve their health. 7/19

Mike Showalter • Economics 2012
I took a year after college to travel--Shanghai, New York, and Pittsburgh, among other places. After that year off, I enrolled at Yale Law School, and just graduated from YLS this spring. I am currently working as a law clerk for a federal judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Milwaukee, and will be moving to Washington D.C. when this job is completed next August to work in litigation at a law firm. 10/16

Kevin Tshiamala • English 2012
Kevin Tshiamala is the Marketing & Communications Director for the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® in Southfield, MI servicing the Metro-Detroit Area. Kevin’s an experienced writer with a demonstrated history of working in various industries such as finance (Quicken Loans), automotive (FCA), textile manufacturing (GroupeSTAHL), & hospitality (Galley Group). Skilled in Media Relations, Sales, Social Media, and Product Management, Kevin is a strong marketing and communications professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. 7/19

Cece Zhou • English & Political Science 2012
I've loved being able to combine my passions for writing, design, and public education through a career in education communications and marketing. I currently serve as the Communications Director for Teach For America in Indianapolis and have previously worked in higher education and school district administration. 7/19

Adrianna Katsimpalis • English w/ secondary teaching certification 2013
I have been tutoring in some capacity or another since I left Sweetland! I worked for two years in the Academic Resource Center at NYU Shanghai and now manage Student Services, including tutoring, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. I'm also just starting to volunteer as an adult literacy tutor. Tutoring at Sweetland solidified my interest in education, especially in working one-on-one with students, and has absolutely changed the course of my career so far. 10/16

Logan Corey • Creative Writing & Literature (RC) 2013

I recently left my position as Director of Admissions, Recruitment, and MLC Administration in the UM Residential College to join the UM Ford School of Public Policy as their Senior Recruiting Coordinator. Just before I left, I was presented with the Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Award as part of the annual LSA staff awards (while in costume as Arthur Dent from "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" per the event's literary theme). I use my skills honed at Sweetland everyday - from how I approach collaboration and editing to writing and revising new content. :) 1/24

Millie Mo • Biochemistry 2013
I completed my B.S. in Biochemistry in 2013 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2017 from the University of Michigan. After finishing a year of post-graduate advanced residency training, I'm now practicing as a clinical pharmacist at a specialty pharmacy in Michigan. In my career as a pharmacist, I'm continuing to use the skills I learned during my time as a Sweetland peer writing consultant towards my patient care activities and interpersonal communications with other teams. Definitely reach out if you have any questions for me. Go Blue! 7/19

Adam Kennedy • English and Program in the Environment 2013
After graduation I moved to Vietnam to teach English in Ho Chi Minh City. I returned the next year to work at the Zingerman's Bakehouse and apply to law school. I'm getting my JD at Michigan and planning to work at a law firm in Chicago after graduation. 7/17

Yevgeny Shrago • Economics and Philosophy 2013
I'm working as an attorney in Washington D.C. focusing on the intersection of climate change and financial regulation. I lead a team at a nonprofit doing policy development and advocacy. I often work on developing my team members writing skills. I use the techniques I started building at SWC to help my team members grow as writers while cultivating their own voices. 1/23

Jennifer Xu • English 2013
Went to medical school at the University of Michigan, then moved to Southern California for additional training. Will be staying on as faculty at University of California, Irvine as a general cardiologist. I had great memories working at Sweetland! Always thought I was going to pursue writing as a career but I’ve found many commonalities in healthcare so please reach out if considering a career in medicine! 1/23

Melissa Bruno • Philosophy 2014
I live in Atlanta, GA and am currently attending graduate school at Emory University. I am pursuing a Master's in Public Degree in Epidemiology with a certificate in socio contextual determinants of health. 10/16

Zeinab Khalil • International Studies; MENAS 2014
Zeinab Khalil worked at the Sweetland Writing Center from 2011 to 2014. After graduating, she went on to work at Open Society Foundations, where she built meaningful partnerships between local government officials and the communities they represent to decarcerate NYC's public systems. She has previously worked with the Arab American Association of New York, the QUWA Anti-Violence Project, and the Center for Appellate Litigation. Zeinab earned her BA from the University of Michigan, her MA from Yale University, and her JD from Columbia Law School. 4/21

Melissa Glassman • English; Judaic Studies 2014
I was recently admitted to the New York State Bar and am currently practicing Child Welfare Law at the Administration For Children's Services. In this position I litigate Child Neglect and Child Abuse matters on behalf of the City of New York. I am truly enjoying the legal field and hope to continue to "protect and promote the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families" as is the mission statement of the Administration For Children's Services. 7/19

Emily Goldstein • Secondary Math Education 2014
I’ve been a teacher in Phoenix. This will be my sixth year. I’ll be teaching geometry and AP Calc AB this year. 7/19

Neeyati Shah • Communication Studies 2014
I'm a Community Engagement Librarian in Madison, WI. I work with community groups, nonprofits, and city government to develop programs and services with a focus on equity and social justice. My experiences with the Minor in Writing and peer tutoring at Sweetland inform my research/reference practice, grant writing, and ability to communicate and collaborate with different audiences on a daily basis. 7/19

Jeff Clark • Economics; Political Science 2014
After graduation I moved back to my home town in Redford, MI, and took a job as a Management & IT Consultant at a firm in Troy, MI called Xede Consulting Group (pronounced like 'exceed'). Since then, I have moved to New York City to work for as a Solutions Engineer. LinkedIn: jclarkjr93. Go Blue! 7/19

Joseph Yancho • Neuroscience 2014
After graduation, I attended dental school, also at the University of Michigan. After graduating in 2018, I entered active duty with the Navy, as I used the HPSP scholarship for grad school. Practicing dentistry in the Navy, I've lived in Chicago, San Diego, and Japan, and am soon going to be separating and going into private practice back in Michigan. Tutoring at Sweetland helped me become more of a team player and an effective communicator - skills that have served me well in my career so far. I'll always be thankful for what I learned in my time at Michigan - Go Blue! 1/23

Shannon (Housley) Zimmer • Political Science 2014
I began law school at Wayne State University in 2017 and am currently a Summer Associate at Honigman LLP in Detroit. 7/19

Suhail Noor • Informatics 2014
Graduated with degree in Informatics, went to Johns Hopkins for Masters in Health Sciences Informatics, been working at Stanford Healthcare in Palo Alto, CA as a clinical system's analyst for a little over a year. Still use the communication skills learned from Lila's training course! 10/16

Serena Bidwell • Neuroscience; English 2015
After graduating from the college of LS&A with a double major in neuroscience and English, I completed a master's degree in global public health epidemiology (2017) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I then spent about two years working as a researcher at Stanford University's Department of Surgery, and I am currently starting medical school back in Ann Arbor. Go blue! 7/19

Matt Burns • Business Administration 2015
After earning my undergraduate degree, I returned to Michigan for a Masters in Accounting. In my transition to the "real world," I moved back to Chicago and became a licensed CPA. I currently work in accounting, and while it's plenty of number crunching I still get to use skills I developed during my time in Sweetland. In my free time, I love to travel and stress about the Cubs. 7/19

Ana Maria Guay • Classical Languages and Literatures, minor in Translation Studies 2015
After U of M, I received an MPhil in Classics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge scholar. Although I originally went on to graduate work in Classics at UCLA, my experience with Sweetland had made a life-changing impact. I switched my focus, received a graduate certificate in writing pedagogy from UCLA, and am now a full-time Writing Learning Specialist (including supervising our writing peer tutor program!) at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. 1/21

Chris Haddlesey • Music Education 2015

My time as a Sweetland eHygiene Tutor ended up being the catalyst for my career: it led to an adjunct lecturer position at the School of Dentistry, in which I encourage my writing students to take advantage of everything Sweetland has to offer, and a full-time job in medical editing. I work remotely from Philadelphia for the time being, but I hope to return to Michigan soon. I use the skills I learned at Sweetland every day and am thankful to have been given the opportunity. 1/24

Patty Hazle • Architecture 2015
Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I’ve worked at architecture firms in Michigan and the Netherlands. I’m invested in grass-roots organization, material circularity, and design organized around the principles of commoning—values I’ve engaged through work constructing off-grid, natural buildings in the US and UK, and participating in activism with Extinction Rebellion. I’m currently a Master of Architecture candidate at Princeton University, where as an Assistant Instructor for a graduate studio, I apply concepts learned at the writing center on a daily basis. I help my peers express ideas, discern between higher and lower-order concerns, and develop working processes. 1/23

Yona Isaacs • Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience 2015
Since graduation, I have continued living and working in Ann Arbor! I'm currently involved in research projects examining the relationship between kids' and adolescents' genes, behavior, and brain structures and how these factors relate to mental health issues. I'm also in the process of applying to graduate school to continue similar lines of research. And I'm still actively missing the Sweetland community, and hope everyone is doing great things! 10/16

Greg Keller • Neuroscience 2015
After graduation, I moved to Madison, Wisconsin to work for Epic Systems. Epic is one of the largest providers of Healthcare Software in the world. Here at Epic, I work as a Usability Coordinator which allows me to develop, run and analyze studies with physicians and nurses to improve their efficiency and overall satisfaction when using our product. I always speak fondly of my time at Sweetland, and regularly utilize the skills I developed there to create and improve professional content. 10/16

Sarah Levy • English & Political Science 2015
I live and work in Columbus, Ohio at Alliance Data, a credit card marketing and loyalty company. My role lies within the Marketing Product and Capabilties department on the Mobile Loyalty app delivery team. I help to support the development and delivery of our mobile app products, working with developers and client partners alike to create apps that truly provide the best user experience for our cardholders. Even though I live in enemy territory, I love the people I work with and the ever growing, laid back vibe of the city of Columbus! 10/16

Jamie Monville • English Language & Literature 2015
I currently live in Ann Arbor and work for LSA's Instructional Support Services advising the BlueCorps program. Day to Day my eight student workers and I help students, faculty, and staff with their technological needs. This ranges from assistance with a first time computer backup to workshops on the Adobe Suite. Every day presents a different set of challenges, which is why I love it so much. 12/16

Andy Peters • English Language & Literature 2015
I returned to U-M a month after graduation to earn my Master's in Educational Studies through the Secondary MAC program. From there, I taught high school English at a Michigan charter school for a year before relocating to Houston, TX. I continued working as an online English teacher at the same Michigan charter school for two years while also supporting hundreds of Houston students as a private tutor. Now, I work as a manager for a Houston-based tutoring company, where I oversee a team of peer and pro tutors while assisting with the company’s publications and continuing to do one-on-one tutoring. 8/19

Gabrielle Valentic • Linguistics; English 2015
After graduating from U-M, I continued with my education in Applied Linguistics (M.A. Applied Linguistics ‘17) and Education, specifically Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction ‘19). Currently, I am working as the Writing Specialist for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Online Campus Writing Center, supporting students in writing their Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations. I also provide editorial services as a contract editor for academic journals, book publishers, and collegiate assignments. In my work in higher education, I have been developing a program that provides embedded instructional/classroom support and teaching methods for faculty who work with linguistic minority students. The program will help instructors to support linguistic minority academic achievement through validation of linguistic identities and linguistically inclusive pedagogy that accounts for cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, and intercultural rhetoric differences. I have been presenting this work at conferences across the country, and am always surprised by how many people share a Michigan and Sweetland alumni background! 7/19

Layne Vandenberg • International Studies & Spanish 2015
Following graduation, I was a Fulbright research scholar in Brazil and completed a Master's degree at the Yenching Academy in Beijing, China. I am now a PhD student in the Joint PhD programme hosted by King's College London and the University of Hong Kong. 7/19

Isaac Ahuvia • Sociology 2016

I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University. I use the skills I learned at Sweetland all of the time in my role, both in my own writing and when working with mentees. I always emphasize structure and organization in writing, and regularly encourage mentees to use reverse outlines when writing research papers. 1/24

Ashley Austin • English; Latin Minor 2016
Currently, I am the Digital Content Author at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago, serving as a member of the UX team. My central duties involve adapting content on financial topics for the internet and consulting with the different business units to increase the company's website performance. After my graduation from Michigan, I spent 1.5 years working in the legal and political communications industries in Washington, DC. From there, I went on to obtain a M.S. in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, where I studied both in Chicago and San Francisco. 7/19

Sarah Bedoyan • Cellular and Molecular Biology; History 2016
I am living in Cleveland, OH, completing my fourth year of medical school at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine. I am also pursuing a Master's Degree in Bioethics. This Fall, I plan on applying to residency programs in Pediatrics. In my spare time, I enjoy good books and bad coffee, campy sci-fi movies and being a distraction to my studious medical school friends. It's hard bleeding Maize and Blue in Buckeye territory, but I'm fighting the good fight. 7/19

McKenzie Campbell • Women's Studies 2016
Since graduation in April 2016, I have completed both an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, and the SecMAC (Masters of Arts and Certification) program at the University of Michigan School of Education. Now, I am employed as a middle school Educator and an Academic and Behavior Support Specialist and have enjoyed starting my professional career in the Ann Arbor area. I love working with students to develop their voices and empowering them to change the world. Sweetland was an early part of my career as an Educator and I love that I get to live my feminist and social justice values in both my professional career, and my personal life. 7/19

Sam Corey • Political Science, Psychology & History minor 2016
After graduating, I moved to a rural community in Vietnam to teach English and learn Vietnamese as a Princeton in Asia fellow. Thereafter, I worked as a fellow for the ACLU of Michigan, and then maneuvered into a career in journalism. I worked as an intern at Michigan Radio's daily news program, Stateside and an alternative magazine in Detroit before moving to California. I'm now again in a rural community - this time reporting at The Union in Grass Valley. 7/19

Madison Dettlinger • English & Political Science 2017
Since graduation, I've lived in New York City working in publishing. I recently took a job in the marketing division of Penguin Random House, and I couldn't be happier! I'm thankful to Sweetland for helping me hone the communication skills that are so crucial at my current job. 7/19

Sara Guttentag • Psychology and English 2016
After graduation, I moved to New York to conduct research with children with autism and ADHD at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health. Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in the Combined School/Clinical Child Psychology program. 7/19

Marie Michels • English 2016
I live in New York City, where I work as an associate editor at Penguin Random House. My Sweetland experience taught me so much about effectively working with writers, and I use those skills every day as I edit novels! 1/23

Alexandra Page • International Studies & Political Science 2016
I am an associate attorney at Rhoades McKee downtown Grand Rapids, MI. I use the skills I learned listening to writers at Sweetland to draft briefs that capture my clients' stories and present those stories to the court. 2/22

Allison Raeck • Communication Studies 2016
I'm a copywriter at Redhead Design Studio, a marketing, branding and design agency in Lansing, Michigan. I write copy for anything from publications to social media posts to billboards. If I’m not writing, I’m editing other peoples’s writing (prompting fond flashbacks of my time at the Peer Writing Center). Previously, I worked at a public relations agency in Chicago that serves with business-to-business tech startups for two years before finding my way back to Michigan. 7/19

Jacob Rainey • Psychology 2016
After earning my undergraduate degree from UM, I worked at Michigan Medicine as a Medical Scribe and in various research labs at UM. Since then, I have returned to school at UM to earn my Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology while also working as a Graduate Student Instructor in Biology. Currently, I am applying to Ph.D. programs that will allow me to further my education for an academic career around mental health. 7/19

TJ Sell • Spanish; Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience 2016
I've lived in Washington, DC since graduation. My first job was as a research associate at a higher education technology firm, and now I work for KIPP DC, a public charter school system as a data analyst. I recently received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Andorra for the 2019-20 school year. 7/19

Ally Wright • English (Creative Writing subconcentration) 2016
In 2017, I graduated with a Master's in Education from U of M's Secondary MAC program and have been teaching freshman English in urban schools since the fall of 2017. I live in Ann Arbor with my partner, and spend an awful lot of time working with high school students on their writing! 7/19

Jerrin Lee • Psychology 2017
After graduating, I continued my clinical research journey, and I am now a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut. I use the skills I learned at Sweetland on a daily basis -- whether it's to write up and publish research findings, complete clinical documentation notes and reports, help my students with their essays and assignments, or provide feedback to colleagues and mentees -- writing continues to be an integral part of my career and life. 1/23

Brie Winnega • English 2017
After graduation I moved to Austin, Texas to start working on my doctorate. I'm going on my third year in the English PhD program at the University of Texas at Austin, where I also work as an Assistant Instructor. 7/19

Shiyuan Yin • Economics and Political Science 2017
After college, I went to law school at the University of Pennsylvania and lived in DC and Silicon Valley. I now work in NYC helping startups and tech/life science companies in all stages of their life. I use my listening and communication skills developed at Sweetland when I speak to founders. 1/23

Danielle Colburn • English 2018
I've been working in management consulting at Capgemini Invent since January 2021. I send a lot of emails, and most of my job right now is creating communications for my client. I rely every day on the writing skills I learned at Sweetland. And I keep my love for reading and writing alive with a book club with my best friends in Chicago! 1/23

Sareena Kamath • English and Spanish 2018
I currently work as an editor at Zando, an independent book publisher based in New York City. Though I now edit and acquire book-length works of fiction, the broader skills I practiced at Sweetland— collaboration, empathy, communication— continue to impact my current approach. 1/23

Edwin Mayes • English & German 2018

I spent a year working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany after graduation. That experience convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career in education, so I returned to U of M to earn a Master's degree and become certified. Now, I teach middle school English in Bentonville, Arkansas. I use the interpersonal skills and writing expertise that I developed at Sweetland every day. 1/24

Sita Subramanian • BBA 2018

I now work in Capital Strategy at Bank of America, reading and interpreting new banking regulations and helping to write the bank's annual capital, recovery, and resolution plans. 1/24

Skylar Burkhardt • Psychology, Organizational Studies 2019

Today I serve as the Data & Impact Manager at an out of school time program based in Detroit, the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG). Part of my role is overseeing the literacy mentoring program at DBG, which has historically utilized external volunteers. One of my favorite parts of my time at DBG has been helping build out peer mentoring within the academic department. Our high school students are now a significant percentage of our volunteers everyday. 1/24

Lars Johnson • English and EEB 2019
I am currently a PhD student in Literatures in English at Cornell. In addition to research, I teach first-year writing seminars, which means that I put my writing pedagogy skills from Sweetland to use all the time! 1/23

Adela Baker • English 2020

I am a 2L at Harvard Law School planning to work in corporate tax law at an internship this summer. At Harvard, I'm involved in Christian Fellowship and spend time reading for my fiction book club and providing LSAT and law school personal statement tutoring. I think of my experience in the Peer Writing Consultant Program at Sweetland often, and use the skills I learned there of how to structure writing, play a supporting role in advising writers on their work, and build rapport with new people almost every day. 1/24

Zofia Ferki • Creative Writing - Literature, German 2020
I graduated in May 2020 during the outbreak of the pandemic (my last official university event before everything shut down was our weekly Sweetland meeting, and I wouldn't have had it any other way). After that, I stayed inside for a year and a half in order to avoid corona. That was incredibly rough. During this time I applied for and was accepted as a freelance contributor to write jokes for The Onion and Reductress, a long-time dream of mine. I also collaborated with fellow UM alumni to launch our own comedy website, The Whole Wheat Post, which parodies the health and wellness industry. In 2021, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. I also started doing stand-up comedy shows in English and in German. I intend to stay in Germany for as long as possible and pursue stand-up as a full-time career. 1/23

Ameera Kamalrudin • Psychology and Linguistics 2020
I’m currently back home in Malaysia working with the U.S. Embassy here as the EducationUSA program coordinator, where I promote higher education in the U.S. via free advising and outreach programs for Malaysians. Sweetland sparked my interest in student advising and I apply my skills via personalized interactions with university applicants, especially pertaining their personal essays. 1/23

Akili Echols • Sociology (Law, Justice, and Social Change) 2021
Next year (2021-2022) I will be completing a year of service at City Year Detroit. 5/21

Kaitlyn Ender • Psychology 2021
I am pursuing my MSW at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. My focus areas are child welfare, as well as leadership and management. I plan to continue using my writing as a tool to advocate for children and give them a voice. 5/21

Rachel McKimmy • Program in the Environment 2021
I'm living in Vermont, doing a year of service through ECO AmeriCorps at the Department of Environmental Conservation's Clean Water Initiative Program. In my free time, I'm volunteering with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants as an English tutor for refugees in Vermont. :) 1/23

Julianna Morano • English 2021
I’m working my first full-time job as an education reporter at The Fresno Bee’s Education Lab. I’ve been living in Fresno since I started the job in March 2023. I was just talking to a colleague yesterday, who I found out also worked at a writing center at UC Merced during her undergrad. We both talked about how we learned more about writing at the Writing Center than possibly anywhere else! I also think tutoring taught me how to build trust in a short span of time — vital for a job that requires one-on-one interviews all the time. Missing Sweetland from 2,000 miles away! 1/23

Emily Wolhart • Economics 2021
After graduation, I moved to Washington, DC where I work as a data analyst in the insurance industry. Even though my job involves lots of coding and number crunching, I still use the skills I developed through Sweetland daily. On the weekends, I love exploring the city and watching Michigan football. Go Blue! 11/21

Michaela Minnis • Public Policy 2022

I am now living and working in Washington, D.C. as a Global Child Health Policy Assistant at the American Academy of Pediatrics, a medical member society and a children’s health advocacy organization. I advocate to Congress and the Administration on global children’s issues, and I use both written and verbal communication to do this. Thanks to being a Peer Writing Consultant at Sweetland for 2 years, I can confidently use writing and verbal one-on-one communication to advocate on children’s issues to a variety of audiences. 1/24

Natalie White • Biology, Health and Society 2022
I am currently attending Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo! I have helped with Kalamazoo Literacy Coalition, working on improving English skills in ESL learners and will serve on the admissions committee in 2023. Go blue! 1/23