Meet Our Staff

A Tribute

We wish to start this page with a tribute to our former Director, Amy Parelman, who served our UMD community for over 25 years. She was committed to her work and will be missed indeed. To her we extend our sincerest thanks for the love and support she offered us throughout the years.

Amy Parelman


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Through her WRC work, Amy tried to be a catalyst for student peers giving voice to one another and shaping their collective future, an enterprise filled with much humility, awe and laughter. Her interests include (and, I imagine, still include) writing across the curriculum/writing to learn, ESOL, developmental reading, identities in the WRC, political literacy and equity. Outside the WRC she enjoyes organic gardening; traveling, both through reading and on foot; contributing to social and environmental activism; and loving her children, Grace and Will, and her husband Dave. 

It was Amy’s great honor to have served as director of the WRC since 1993. She received her B.A. in English and History from Tufts University and an M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing from Brown University, along with supplemental TESOL coursework completed at UMass Boston. She worked as an Editorial Assistant and Interim Managing Editor in the Trade Department at Houghton Mifflin Publishers in Boston, MA; a TESOL instructor in Cuenca, Ecuador and the UMD Colombia Teacher’s Program; a part-time ranger on Coskata-Coatue conservation land; and an instructor for UMD’s First Year English writing, reading, ESOL and Tutoring/Fellowing in Writing courses as well as for oral/written communication courses in the region.




Susan Hagan

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Interim Assistant Director

Susan has taught first-year English at UMass Dartmouth for seventeen years and brings this specialized knowledge to her work supporting tutors at the WRC. Susan enjoys writing, gardening, meditation, yogaask her about these subjects or her son and you're sure to see her light up with enthusiasm! In addition to her work in the English Department and the WRC, Susan teaches in the Clemente Course in the Humanities and is the Online Tutoring Coordinator for the tutoring centers on campus.


 Susan Savaria

Writing Center Assistant

Interim Assistant Director

Susan earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachuetts Dartmouth and has taught first-year English at UMD for eighteen years. She has a long history at the Writing and Reading Center, having started her employment as an undergraduate 22 years ago and has continued her involvement in the Center (on and off) ever since. It is safe to say that she loves this university and her work in general, be it in the classroom or the WRC. In addition to those loves, her heart extends to three others--  her husband, Andrew, and her two amazing children, Olivia and Asher.


Raksa Proeun

Writing & Reading Center Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her 

Program: English Literature/History/Education

Year: Graduate

Interests: Watching movies, gaming, and reading

Tutoring: Literary theory and analysis 

WRC Tutors


Daberny Antione

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology, Crime and Justice Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Interests: Music theory, video games, cooking, murder mystery novels

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: English, history, current events, MLA format, organization


Busola Awobode

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Graduation Year: 2022

Interests: writing,reading,movies,drawing

Tutoring Specialities/ Favorite Topics: Englsih, creative and argumentative writing, history, organization


Alyssa Buffington


Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Graduation Year: 2021

Interests: reading, writing, baking, video games, history

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: English papers, argument essays, historical papers, proper essay formatting, brainstorming/outlining


Alyssa Langmeyer


Prounouns: She/Her

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year 2021

Interests: Politics, science fiction, cooking

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Argumentative and research papers, outlining, political science papers


Christopher McGuiness

Pronouns: He / him

Major: History

Graduation Year: 2020

Interests: History, reading, movies, TV, video games

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: History and English


Matthew Millman

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Pronouns: He/him

Major: Psychology

Year: Graduate Student

Interests: History, biking, movies, and games

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: Psychology writing, sociology, and brainstorming


Kasey Neves

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: Fall 2020

Interests: Taekwondo, reading, writing, drawing, painting, music

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: English, environmental science, psychological thrillers


Katrina Perry

Pronouns:She / her

Major: Crime and Justice

Graduation Year: 2020

Interests: Playing field hockey and hanging with friends

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics:


Kayleigh Sauyet

Pronouns: She / her

Major: English undeclared

Graduation Year: 2021

Interests: Reading, writing, riding horses, and film

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: English, creative writing, philosophy, film


Ashley Street

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Anthropology

Graduation Year: 2021

Interests: Reading

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: English, history


WRC Receptionists


Caroline Dacosta

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Crime and Justice Studies

Graduation Year: 2022

Interests: Soccer, music, learning new languages

Makayla Jordan

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Graduation Year: 2021

Interests: Makeup, sleeping, and writing

Jose Marin

Pronouns: He / him

Major: Biology Concentration Pre-Med

Graduation Year: 2020

Interests: Anime, reading, video games, music, TV, biking, hiking

Maia Rogers

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: 2020

Interests: Writing, scary movies, video games, chicken broccoli alfredo

Evan Tima

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Business and Marketing

Year: Junior

Interests: Music, photography, traveling