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Peer Tutors & Consultants

Christina Consolino • French 1995
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2003 and currently work part-time at Sinclair Community College, where I teach Anatomy and Physiology. I am the co-author of Historic Photos of the University of Michigan and have been published in Flights, The Huffington Post, Short Fiction Break, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where I serve as Senior and Profiles Editor. I'm working on finding an agent for one of my novels, and I live in Kettering, Ohio, with my husband, four children, and several pets, all of whom play a central role in my blog, Heptadecagon. 10/16

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

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

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

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

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. Since 2014, I have been working as a Deputy Attorney General for the NJ Attorney General's Office. I am the Assistant Chief of the Securities Fraud Prosecution Section. I live in Livingston, NJ with my wife and three children (6-year-old boy, 4-year-old girl, 1-year-old boy). 11/16

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

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

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

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 Audible.com, 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

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

Ashley Jardina • Political Science 2006
I finished my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan (three time graduate!). I am now an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 10/16

Jerin Phillip • Biomedical Engineering 2006
I attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis immediately after undergrad. I left halfway through my 3rd year to pursue a Master's in Public Health, which I acquired from the University of Michigan, focusing in health policy. I currently work for the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services as a Quality Analyst. I also teach SAT prep on the side. 10/16

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

Christopher Saddler • Cellular and Molecular Biology 2006
Medical school Wayne state SOM, University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine residency, and Infectious Disease Fellowship. Infectious Disease Staff, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI with focus on the Immune Compromised Host. 10/16

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! And, I have to admit -- I STILL use the Purdue OWL almost daily :) 10/16

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

Andrew Kahn • English 2008
I moved to Ann Arbor in the summer of 2016 with my wife, also a U-M grad. We are thrilled to be back. We moved from Elmira, NY, where we were for 1.5 years. Before that I was working in Manhattan and living in Queens, NY. I am a freelance writer and editor. I mostly cover sports, including U-M’s teams. I also edit a neuroscience publication for a nonprofit. 10/16

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 six 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. 10/16

Clare McGuire • English; History 2008
After graduating from U of M, I lived and worked in Philadelphia for two years doing Americorps and then 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. After a few years in consulting, I moved to Chicago and am now a manager in the budget office at Chicago Public Schools. 10/16

John Sloan • Economics; German 2008
Since graduating from Michigan, I taught English in Germany through the Fulbright program and pursued a masters degree in development studies from the London School of Economics. I currently work as an economist with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 10/16

Natasha Stagg • Creative Writing 2008
Attended University of Arizona and attained MFA in Fiction, worked as Editor for V magazine in New York, published a novel with Semiotext(e). I live in Brooklyn and work as a consultant for brands. 10/16

Becky Shapiro Herrick • English; German 2008
I live in New York City and am a children's book editor. I worked at Scholastic for seven years and now work at Skyhorse Publishing. 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

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

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

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

Amy Fingerle • Program in the Environment 2009
I have been working with fish and aquatic ecosystems since I graduated from UM. My work and studies have taken me to the Great Lakes, the coast of Oregon, northern Iceland (where I completed a master's degree), and the high desert of northeast California. I also spent a summer "thru-hiking" the Pacific Crest Trail, which stoked my passion for our incredible public lands. I am currently employed as a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. 11/16

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

James Wong • English & Biology 2010
I live in Cleveland, OH and work as a patent attorney for an IP law firm. 10/16

Alexander Davidson • English & History 2010
Alexander Davidson lives in Clawson, MI and is an English teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He is an author, educator, and certified reading specialist. He presents at teaching conferences, including the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing, the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference, the international Jesuit Schools Network’s Colloquium, and more. While teaching, he strives to create written works that will interest his students and teach them valuable lessons at the same time. His award-winning young adult fantasy novel, The Visitor's Choice: A Search to Make Things Right, was published in 2014. 10/16

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 from U of M, I went on to get a master's degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City in 2011. I then began my PhD in counseling psychology at University of Maryland in 2012. I am currently living in Washington, DC and will graduate with my PhD in May 2018. 10/16

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

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

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

Cece Zhou • English & Political Science 2012
I've been doing public relations and communications for K-12 school districts and, most recently, the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno (as the name implies, I currently live in Reno, Nevada). I enjoy building/growing relationships between educational institutions & their communities and fostering partnerships for the improvement of K-12 public education. 10/16

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

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 (Residential College) 2013
After graduation I spent a year still connected to Sweetland as the OWL for U-M Dentistry students and traveled to FL with a team of current and recent grad peer tutors to the NCPTW! Before graduation, however, I started work as a part-time private ESL tutor (putting those Sweetland skills to use!) in the Ann Arbor area for pre-K - adult students. I briefly continued this work full time, before I joined the Residential College Staff as the Student Affairs Coordinator. I have recently stepped into the role of RC Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator. Ann Arbor is my home base for myself, my partner, and our 70 lb lap dog. 11/16

Millie Mo • Biochemistry 2013
I'm currently in the middle of my rotations year of pharmacy school, and I will be completing my PharmD from the University of Michigan in April 2017. At this point I am planning to apply to post-graduate pharmacy residency programs. As an important note, I'm constantly using the skills I learned during my time as a Sweetland Writing tutor towards my patient care activities and interpersonal communication with others. Please reach out if you need anything - I'm always happy to help fellow Sweetland enthusiasts if I can! 10/16

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 completed her BA at the University of Michigan in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies and Gender Studies. Since graduation, she served as a foreign policy intern at The Century Foundation, where she researched civil society mobilization and transitional governance. She is a Kathryn Davis Fellow, which she used to start the QUWA Project, a women’s anti-violence and political organizing program for displaced Arabic-speaking women. She has lived in Turkey working with refugee women, and has also spent time working at the Arab American Association of New York as a community organizer and policy associate. This past summer she worked at the UN Development Program, where she focused on electoral capacity building in Arab and North African states. She is currently finishing up her master's in policy and global affairs Yale University where she specializes in critical development studies. 10/16

Melissa Glassman • English; Judaic Studies 2014
I am currently living in NYC completing my third year of law school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. I have a concentration in Family Law and hope to pursue a career in litigation in NYC. 10/16

Neeyati Shah • Communication Studies 2014
I'm living in Vancouver, British Columbia and finishing up my master's in library and information studies at UBC. I'm working at the Asian Library on campus, helping to rebuild a student/volunteer-run LGBTQ2IA+ library called Out on the Shelves, and part of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) at my school. I’m currently in the process of starting a zine about social justice and librarianship for the PLG and I have no idea what I’m doing, but it’s fun! After I graduate, I’m hoping to work as a public librarian and develop collections and services that center marginalized people. 10/16

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'). I have since moved out of my parents' house and into an apartment close to downtown Royal Oak. Go blue! 10/16

Joseph Yancho • Neuroscience 2014
After graduating in 2014, I went straight into dental school here at the University of Michigan, so I haven't moved far! I am enjoying living in Ann Arbor, especially with all the new experiences of grad school. I am currently in my third year (of four), and will be working as a dentist in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. 10/16

Shannon Housley • Political Science 2014
Immediately following graduation, I began work at a law firm in Washington, DC where I remained for two years. I recently moved to Minneapolis, MN to serve in Minnesota Reading Corps (an organization of AmeriCorps) and am currently serving there while I complete my law school applications. The next step is unknown! 10/16

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

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

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

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

Chris Haddlesey • Music Education; English Education minor 2015
My experience as a Sweetland Peer Tutor and eHygiene Tutor lead directly to my becoming a Medical Editor at STATinMED, an Ann Arbor-based publishing firm. I help large medical companies like Pfizer prepare their research for presentations and publications. I’ve also maintained my relationship with the School of Dentistry: I am teaching a series of faculty workshops, and the faculty is seeking grants for a writing course that I would lead. I’m supporting my wife through her PhD, gaining skills to help with her dissertation, and thankful for Sweetland and all of the opportunities it has opened for me. 10/16

Matt Burns • Business Administration 2015
After earning my undergraduate degree, I returned to Michigan for a Masters in Accounting. Upon completing that, I moved back to Chicago to take the CPA and prepare for a job at PwC, which I am excited to begin shortly. I'm grateful to have had opportunities to travel throughout Europe--and briefly to Africa--since graduation, and I hope to continue to explore as I start my professional life in earnest. 10/16

Gabrielle Valentic • Linguistics; English 2015
Currently, I am a full-time Instructional Associate at the Tarrant County College Northwest Academic Learning Center in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, working with students in a writing tutor capacity and as an ESL/ESOL instructor. 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. 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! 11/16

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, which I attended on a Gates Cambridge scholarship. I am currently a PhD student in Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 10/16

Serena Bidwell • Neuroscience; English 2015
I still live in Ann Arbor and am currently finishing my master's degree in public health. I spent the summer traveling in Southeast Asia for a project involving pediatric cancer trends. At the conclusion of this school year, I plan to apply to medical school. 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

McKenzie Campbell • Women's Studies 2016
Since graduation in April 2016, I have become a full-time Masters of the Arts student at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I am interested in research about how women learn about their bodies and their sexualities. After this two-year program, I am planning to pursue a PhD. I would love to connect with the Sweetland community who are interested in feminism, first-generation and community college transfer student topics! 10/16

Isaac Ahuvia Sociology 2016
After graduation I moved to Chicago, where I do anti-poverty policy research at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. I loved my time as a peer writing consultant, and the approach I developed in writing and giving feedback shows up a lot in my day-to-day work. Also, the Sweetland mug is a great piece of office decor. 10/16

Marie Michels • English 2016
I am working in book publishing—specifically, I work for a literary agency. I'm currently an assistant at Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management, where I evaluate and provide editing suggestions for manuscripts. 10/16