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The Writing Center - About the Tutors

Director

David R. DiSarro, Ph.D.
David earned his doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University in July 2011.  He has a M.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University, where he was also a Graduate Research Fellow, and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington.  David has taught numerous courses in writing, rhetoric, and research at Endicott, Southern Connecticut State University, and Ball State University, as well as designed courses in the History of Women’s Writing and Rhetoric and Writing for the Digital Age.  In addition, David has tutored writing across the disciplines, presented at national and regional conferences, and has published several poems and short stories in print and online literary journals.  His current research involves use of activity theory in creative writing classrooms and examining the assessment practices of undergraduate creative writing programs.  David tutors in the Writing Center alongside the other Professional and Peer Writing Tutors.  He can be reached by phone at (978) 232 - 2237(978) 232 - 2237 or by e-mail at ddisarro@endicott.edu

Professional Writing Tutors & Graduate Assistants 

                      Amy Cohn                         

       Julie Jensen                           

    Patricia Shepherd          

                      Robert Connolly

       Judah LeBlang

    Wendy Warren Austin

                      David DiSarro

       Lachlan Magee

    Samantha Williams
                      Ellen Goldstein       
 

 

Peer Writing Tutors

                    Kevin Duffy

  Ashley (Ash) Monks                  Alyson Stearns

                    Samantha (Sam) Garrity          

  Kimberly Pavlovich                  Kara Summerly*

                    Emily Fournier 

  Shannon Ryan
                Brittany Tomasetti   

                    Nicole LeLacheur 

  Ryan Socolow
               
 

*2013 - 2014 Endicott College Writing Fellow 

Professional Writing Tutors & Graduate Assistants

Amy Cohn
Although Amy grew up in New York City, she has spent almost her entire adult life in the Boston area. She graduated from Binghamton University with honors in history and election to Phi Beta Kappa and went on to work in publishing for a year. Then she returned to school to earn an M.A. in children's literature at Simmons College. A long career in children's literature and publishing ensued, part of which included (and still includes) wearing an educator's hat (teaching courses in children's literature to undergraduate and graduate students). Amy came to Endicott College and the Division of Academic Resources seven years ago, splitting her time among the Writing Center, one-on-one work with students, and occasional teaching. She enjoys every part of this community tremendously--students, colleagues, and those breathtaking ocean views.  Amy is married with two high-school age children.

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Robert Connolly, D.P.M.
Bob Connolly comes to Endicott with experience teaching writing and grammar in the English as Second Language (ESL) department at North Shore Community College.  He also acted as a tutor and night coordinator of the ESL Multimedia Lab.  Bob is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Chemistry (1985).  He received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1990, followed by a two year podiatric surgical residency at the Affiliated Hospitals of New York.  In 2011, Bob graduated from Salem State University with a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language.  Bob lives in Lynn with his wife and two sons, ages 10 and 13.  Bob is also involved with many community organizations, mostly dealing with the protection and advancement of young people, including the Advisory Board of the Lynn Division of Children and Families, the Lynn Youth Street Outreach and Advocacy (LYSOA), Straight Ahead Ministries, the Community That Cares Coalition (CTC), as well as other organizations.

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Ellen Goldstein
Ellen has a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an M.F.A. in poetry from Emerson College in Boston. She began tutoring at Carleton and has also tutored at the Boston Architecture College. She has been a copy editor and a bookseller, and has published poetry in a wide range of journals. When not tutoring, she is a freelance editor. 

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Julie Jensen
Julie holds a B.S. in elementary education from Salve Regina University and an M.A. in foundations of teaching and curriculum from Fairfield University. Julie was a public elementary school teacher for 10 years in Connecticut and Massachusetts school systems. During this time she was a cooperating teacher for graduate and undergraduate education majors, and a district mentor to beginning teachers. She has also served as the assistant program director for the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English. In addition, Julie was awarded a fellowship through the University of Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut Writing Project, where she developed and ran a workshop on maintaining student voice in non-fiction writing. Julie lives on the North Shore with her family.

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Judah Leblang
Judah Leblang grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH in the 1960s and '70s.  He has been writing and performing in the Boston area since 2000, and has performed to sold-out audiences in Cambridge and Boston, and at venues in New York City and Tampa, FL.  Judah's stories include such topics as bad dates, unrequited love, hearing loss, the heartbreak of being a fan of bad (Cleveland) sports teams, the highs and lows of middle age, illness, wellness, and ultimately -- hope. 

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Lachlan Magee
Lachlan graduated from Endicott with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) in May 2013.   He is an international graduate student from Melbourne, Australia. After completing his studies, he plans on returning to Melbourne to seek out a career in the financial industry. He was also a member of the Endicott College Scholars Program and the Endicott College Men’s Basketball Team. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, fishing, playing sports, relaxing to music, and spending time with friends. He has ambitions to one day continue to travel around the world and discover new places.

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Patricia Shepherd
Tricia holds a certificate in business administration from Katharine Gibbs (1972), a B.A. in Individualized Studies (2008) involving 33 Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) credits, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (2010) from Goddard College.  Tricia worked in business for seven years before having children.  Since then, she has lived in/worked as a teacher, librarian, and administrator in Casablanca, Morocco; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Cairo, Egypt; Blue Hill, Maine; and Asmara, Eritrea.  Interested in educational leadership, she served as student trustee while at Goddard and is on the Miss Hall's School Board of Visitors.  She has been Class Reunion Chair four times at Miss Hall's and is in her second year on the Boards of Stewards for the Clockhouse Writer's Conference at Goddard.  She researches genealogy and writes poetry, fiction, short stories, and nonfiction.  Four mornings a week, she works in the Center for Teaching and Learning and three afternoons in the Writing Center (since September 2011).  She currently lives with her husband in Gloucester, MA and Blue Hill, ME.  They have an engineer son and a culinary daughter, both live on the west coast.

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Wendy Warren Austin, Ph.D.
Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2000), an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue (1988), and a B.A. in Humanities from University of Houston (1985).  For 23 years she taught Technical Writing and First-Year Composition at Edinboro University (near Erie, PA), and also at Framingham University, Purdue University, and Miami University.  Prior to teaching, she was a copy editor for the Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald.  She recently moved to Boston to be with her husband, Dan, who teaches at Northeastern University School of Law.  Three of their four children are finishing college, while their oldest is a successful graphic artist in PA.  Wendy has published articles on plagiarism, e-reading, professional writing, new media, and digital writing.  She is looking forward to working directly with students again after a semester of diverse consulting projects.

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Samantha Williams
Samantha graduated from Endicott with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010 and worked as a tutor at the Endicott College Writing Center from 2007 - 2012.  She recently completed a year-long master's program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  Her degree in Research Methods of Psychological Science has expanded her background in psychology and neuroscience research, as well as her main interest in studying Alzheimer's disease.  Samantha is excited to apply her freshly learned skills to her previous writing center experience and is passionate about encouraging students to get excited about writing.  She currently resides in Rhode Island and is looking forward to rediscovering New England after a full year of living in the UK.

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Peer Tutors
Peer Tutors are certified by the
College Reading and Learning Association  

Kevin Duffy
Kevin is a junior honors student from Reading, MA.  Even as a finance major, Kevin knew immediately the Writing Center would be a critical academic resource.  He adores both his Endicott family and the surrounding North Shore community.  At Endicott, Kevin serves as the Vice President of the Class of 2015, and as a Residence Hall Associate for Healthy Living.  Along the North Shore, Kevin works as an industrial sales associate at Fastenal in Peabody, volunteers for the North Shore Habitat for Humanity, and plays in the North Shore baseball league.

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Samantha (Sam) Garrity
Sam is from Berlin, MA, but has lived in Hurricane, UT and Kilmarnock, Scotland and hopes to move to Wellington, New Zealand.  She is a sophomore Nursing student and is involved with REACH.  In her free time, she water-skis and competes in national competitions.  In addition, she is a volunteer EMT and volunteers with a Pit Bull rescue league.  She tries to spend as much time as she can with her two dogs.

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Emily Fournier
Emily is majoring in psychology with a criminal justice concentration. She grew up in Shrewsbury, MA, but moved to Leicester, MA two weeks before starting her freshman year at Endicott. She is a member of REACH Peer Education, the Law and Justice Club, and the Endicott College Scholars Program.  Emily was awarded the position of Endicott College Writing Fellow for the 2012 - 2013 academic year and worked closely with Prof. Saltikoff's PSY 302 (Research Methods) students. She also works off campus at the Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. is criminal psychology and to become a criminal psychologist.

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Nicole LeLacheur
Nicole is from Lowell, MA and is majoring in communications with a concentration in contemporary journalism. Nicole is a staff writer for the Endicott Observer and enjoys writing, blogging, crafts, traveling, and going to the beach. She hopes to one day write for a magazine like Real Simple, or do something in the field of writing.

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Ashley (Ash) Monks
Ash is an honors student majoring in Communication with a concentration in Digital Film and a minor in Creative Writing.  She's traveled here from the not-so-far-away land of Londonderry, NH, where she discovered her passion for telling a good story.  Alongside writing, she has a strange addiction to research, organization, and planning surprises.  Her dream is to be a published author before she graduates.

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Kimberly Pavlovich
Kimberly is from Northampton, MA. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communication.  She hopes to work in either publishing or advertising.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, making jewelry, and spending time with friends and family.  

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Shannon Ryan
Shannon is majoring in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management.  She is from Nashua, NH.  Shannon is a member of the Endicott College Scholars Program, as well as Endicott's Event Management Organization.  After graduation, she hopes to pursue her interest of DIY projects and working with people by working for an event planning company in a busy New England city.

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Ryan Socolow
Ryan is a Liberal Studies major with a concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Sociology, and a minor in Psychology.  He is from Westford, MA.  At Endicott, Ryan is a member of the Lacrosse team, the Endicott College Scholars Program, Liberal Studies Honor Society, and President of the EC Alliance.  After graduation, he plans on traveling and eventually earning a Ph.D. in sociology.

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Alyson Stearns
Alyson is a Psychology major with a minor in Human Services.  She is from South Windsor, CT.  Alyson hopes to become a substance abuse counselor when she graduates from Endicott and go to graduate school for a masters degree.  In her spare time she enjoys playing softball, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Kara Summerly
Kara Summerly is a Visual Communications major with a concentration in Graphic Design, and she is from East Greenwich, RI.  Along with tutoring at the Writing Center, Kara is also a member of the Endicott College Scholars Program and a Writing Fellow for the spring 2014 semester.  In her spare time, Kara loves to paint, draw, spend time with friends and family, relax at the beach, and travel as much as possible.  

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Brittany Tomasetti
Brittany was born and raised in Massachusetts, coming to Endicott in 2010 as a Nursing major, with a minor in International Studies.  Brittany is a member of the Endicott Scholars Honor Society, and treasurer of the Student Nurses Association.  She enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.  She hopes to continue her travels upon graduation from Endicott.

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