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image   Ann Russell is the Writing Center Director and the Writing Program Director for Madonna University. She is new at Madonna, having started in Aug. 2006. Ann has taught writing at various Michigan colleges, but most of her experience was in the University of Michigan system where she also directed a writing center and a writing assessment program. She left teaching for a while and worked as a journalist, ending as the editor of two community newspapers. She has also been a freelance writer, and has published more than 35 “genre” short stories. Ann has an A.B. in English and German from the University of Michigan-Flint, an A.M. in English Education from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Michigan State University. Her dissertation topic was a history and case study of Michigan’s oldest writing center that Ann directed for several years. Ann lives in East Lansing with her family.
image   Scream, a blow-up figure inspired by Edvard Munch’s renowned painting of the same name, is the Writing Center’s official mascot. He is on long-term loan from Tom Ward, Frances FitzGerald’s husband. Scream represents the way many students feel when they initially receive writing assignments. Fortunately, the gifted Writing Center tutors understand this, and can help students with writing- related anxiety by helping them improve their writing skills and confidence.
image   Frances E. FitzGerald, coordinator of the Writing Center, has also taught composition and journalism classes at Madonna University. She helped launch the Madonna Pen, the campus writing group, and MU Voices, Madonna’s online literary publication. Frances earned her tutor certification through the College of Reading and Language Arts and is a member of the Michigan Tutoring Association. She has a B.S. in psychology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Frances and her husband Tom live in Farmington.
image   Qolette Jackson is a graduate student in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Madonna University. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University and left with a passion for learning languages and cultures. During her spare time, she can usually be found with her nose in a sappy romance novel or scribbling her own works of art. Her past tutoring experience includes international students, refugees, and undergraduates, and she is thrilled to be a part of the staff at the Writing Center.
image   Marian Woyciehowicz Gonsior is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the ESL Program at Madonna University. In addition, she has taught ESL at Oakland Community College and the University of Detroit Mercy. At UDM she also served as the assistant coordinator of the American Language and Culture Program. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Madonna and an M.A. in Spanish from New York University. Writing is her first love, so some of her favorite moments are those she spends talking about writing with students and colleagues.
image   Charity Mullaly has earned her master's degree in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Madonna University. She received her bachelor's degree in Business and French in the International Studies program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her writing experience includes three years as a proofreader and copy editor for the Association for Operations Management (APICS), Greater Detroit Chapter. She enjoys teaching composition courses at Madonna and working as a Writing Center Specialist and ESL Tutor at the Writing Center.
image   Krista Dawkins has been a student at Madonna since 2009 and a tutor at the Writing Center since 2010. She is studying to be a teacher of Spanish and English and is currently completing her student teaching in the Garden City school district. Her favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, Joe Hill, and Jim Butcher.
image   Laura Haldane has now embarked on her last 30 weeks at Madonna. She has spent many lovely days working in the Writing Center over the past three years and greatly enjoys working with students to improve their writing. Majoring in environmental science and English will hopefully help her achieve her goal of becoming the next Rachel Carson. She loves Britain—especially London—and hopes to work as an environmental manager and/or English teacher after she receives a doctorate (or maybe two).
image   Diane Baumgartner has been a writing tutor since fall 2006. She is a member of the Michigan Tutor Association and was certified through the College Reading and Learning Association. Diane holds a B.S. from Madonna University. Four years ago, when the Writing Center was a single table in Room 1300, Diane was one of only two writing tutors assisting students. Today, with our fabulous space, computers and staff of 20, she is amazed at how much the Writing Center has grown. “I like that everyone is focused on students becoming better writers.” Diane’s goals are to help students feel less anxious and find their own writer’s voice.
image Rebekah Phillips is a writing major at Madonna University. When not busy scribbling stories, her hobby since seventh grade, Rebekah can be found reading or playing clarinet. When it’s warm and sunny outside, she also enjoys playing tennis with her friends. Rebekah has always loved helping people with their writing, and she is ecstatic about working in the Writing Center and is looking forward to helping you with your scribbles!
image Gwen Higgins is glad to be in her second year at Madonna and to be living in the dorms. She plans on majoring in child development. She is currently involved in IGNITE Young Adult Ministry as well as Campus Ministry. Her greatest passions are reading, working with children, and traveling. Someday she hopes to visit Europe and make a difference in the world. She loves being at Madonna, and she’s very enthusiastic about working in the Writing Center.
image Hannah Faber is a second-year student at Madonna University, studying Language Arts with a minor in Elementary Education. She aspires to one day make a difference in the world by educating young students in her future classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, volunteering, reading and spending time with friends. She looks forward to working with you at the Writing Center!
image Annie Rossow is passionate about helping others to succeed. Personally, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world to pass along knowledge to someone else. It is her dream to lead a classroom in front of hundreds of students. She won’t stop until there is “Doctor” or “Professor” in front of her name. Besides her love of helping others, she is a writer; a spiral-bound notebook and pen is never too far out of reach. If she is not writing, she can be found on a tennis court or spending time with her boyfriend.
image Heather VanHartesveldt is majoring in writing at Madonna University. Her goal is to write young-adult novels and to see her work on the shelves of bookstores one day. She loves to read, watch baseball, and spend time with her family, especially her twin sister, who also attends Madonna. When she isn’t writing, she’s at the movies, which is one of her favorite places to be during her free time. She looks forward to helping you with your assignments!
image Lawren Dame is majoring in writing (most likely professional and technical). She has always loved anything to do with reading, writing or art, and was drawing ever since she could hold a pencil—and writing soon after! Lawren is incredibly excited to be working at the Writing Center, and hopes to help spread her love of writing to those she tutors.
image Sara Sabadosa is a pre-medicine student at Madonna. She is from the south suburbs of Chicago and lives on campus to avoid the 4.5-hour commute. She feels extremely fortunate that her high school emphasized professional writing and cannot wait to share her tips and tricks with you! In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, drawing, and volunteering.
image Kevin Finch has learned and inherited skills to enhance his educational journey at Madonna University and his future endeavors. A highly gifted poet and speaker, Kevin is pursuing a bachelor of arts in Oral Communication. He is a part of Bridging Lost Gaps, an African-American male initiative at Madonna. He is also a peer mentor, helping incoming freshmen to smoothly transition into the Madonna culture. He welcomes all students to Madonna’s famous Writing Center.
image Sarah Kosel recently graduated from Madonna University with a B.A. in Sign Language Studies and English. She decided to return to Madonna as a graduate student in the TESOL program and is thrilled to be working in the Writing Center once again. Occasionally, she likes to pretend she has free time, which she uses to scribble stories, drink tea, and read good books.
image Sally Freels is adjunct ESL faculty at Madonna University. She previously taught English to Spanish-speaking adults in Southwest Detroit. After earning her BA from the University of Utah in art history, Sally earned her first master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University, Denver. She spent 12 years as a nonprofit fundraiser. Eventually, Sally pursued her second graduate degree through Madonna’s MATESOL program as it embodied her greatest interests: languages, diverse cultures, and teaching. An avid traveler, Sally challenges herself to visit two countries a year. She lives in Ferndale, Michigan, and is engaged to her favorite German travel companion.
image Desmond Thompson is a sophomore in Communications Studies here at Madonna University. He is involved with the Bridging Lost Gaps program, Madonna’s cross country team, and a host of different organizations for students. Thompson—also known as the shyest man on campus—is a very open-minded individual who will always stand up for his fellow student. 
image Marius Sidau was born in Romania in 1978 and immigrated in the U.S. in 2005. He holds degrees in sociology (BA) and anthropology (MA) from Madonna and Wayne State University. His professional interests include listening to people and their stories. Marius’s life goals are best defined by an authentic Franciscan spirit combined with a strong work ethic for the pursuit of positive social change and justice. SWEEP is the perfect place to achieve these goals.
image Kayla Daugherty is a senior at Madonna, majoring in journalism/public relations. In addition, she has explored other areas of study, with minors in both Spanish and political science as well as a certificate in international studies. When she is not studying or working in the Writing Center, she can be found running outside or hanging out in the Take 5. For the past two years, Kayla has been a member of Madonna's cross country team. She is looking forward to graduating in May and pursuing a career in news production. Ultimately, she plans to earn a master's degree in journalism.

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