Meet Our Staff

Amy Parelman


Director, Writing and Reading Center

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Through her WRC work, Amy tries 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 writing across the curriculum/writing to learn, ESOL, developmental reading, identities in the WRC, political literacy and equity. Outside the WRC she enjoys 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 has been 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 has 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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Writing Assistant

Susan has taught first-year English at UMass Dartmouth for fourteen 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.



WRC Tutors

Monica Anderson

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Business Management

Year: Junior

Interests: Art, hockey, working with animals

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: Literature analysis

Daberny Antione

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology, Crime and Justice Studies

Year: Sophomore

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

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

Zackary Dickinson

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Sociology/Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: Social theory/commentary, politics, and video games

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology and descriptive writing

Shelby Fontaine

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Year: Junior

Interests: Baseball

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology 


Timothy Howard

Pronouns: He / him

Major: Political Science

Year: 2021

Interests: Politics, history, English, law

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: Research papers, résumés, personal statements


Linzy-Anne McAuliffe

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

Interests: Art, yoga, dance, travel, music

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: Psychology, APA format, literary analysis

Christopher McGuiness

Pronouns: He / him

Major: History

Year: Junior

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 

Sarah Murphy

Pronouns: She/her

 Major: History, Education
Year: Senior
Interests: Swimming, reading, poetry
Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: History, Chicago citation, EDU

Kasey Neves

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology

Year: Sophomore

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

Year: Junior

Interests: Playing field hockey and hanging with friends

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics:

Kayleigh Sauyet

Pronouns: She / her

Major: English undeclared

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Reading, writing, riding horses, and film

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

Barbara Shaddix

Pronouns: She / her

Major: English Literature and Criticism


Interests: Literature, writing, traveling

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: Literature analysis, literary theory

Ashley Street

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Anthropology

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Reading

Tutoring Specialties / Favorite Topics: English, history


WRC Receptionists

Charlie Chen


Pronouns: They/them

Major: Sociology

Year: 2019

Interests: Video games

Caroline Dacosta

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Crime and Justice Studies

Year: Freshman

Interests: Soccer, music, learning new languages

Makayla Jordan

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Makeup, sleeping, and writing

Serinah Kingsley

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Computer Science

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Theater, drawing, reading, anime, video games

Jose Marin

Pronouns: He / him

Major: Biology Concentration Pre-Med

Year: Senior

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

Maia Rogers

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

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

Evan Tima

Pronouns: She / her

Major: Business and Marketing

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Music, photography, traveling