Pooja Shah, Writing Tutor

Hey! My name is Pooja and I'm an International Graduate student. I study literature and I drink coffee all the time. I've been a tutor at the center since Winter 2019, and I would love to help you with your papers. 

I like to play chess and sometimes I'll let you win.

I'm sorry, I mean sometimes can you let me win? 


Other interests include sketching, cricket (the sport), breaking into songs at the most inappropriate times, and crying during TV shows.


Oh, I also like to travel, so much that I bounce continents. 


Uche Agbo, Writing Tutor

My name is


I cok. I write. I read. And I am here to help you write better.

I am always here Thursdays from 11am-2pm.

Samantha Uptmor, Writing Tutor

Hello, everyone! My name is Samantha and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science. I am currently the Director of Foreign Outreach for Student Government so if I’m not here, catch me living in the SG office. In addition to Student Government I am also the Vice President of Cinema’s Finest and secretary for the 1U student organization! I am also the social chair of Phi Sigma Sigma. I absolutely love Disney and recently participated in the Disney College Program. This will be my first semester being a tutor and I am looking forward to it!  

Leland Mitchell, Writing Tutor


My name is Leland Mitchinson and am new writing tutor at the center. I am currently in the English Language and Literature master’s program at the university, and have a bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan.

I grew up in Grand Blanc and attended Grand Blanc High School. I love sports and will talk about fantasy football to anyone who will listen.

If I ever disappear, I am buried under the avalanche of unread books that tower in my room, neglected for schoolwork. Let me know if you have any recommendations for books on the craft of writing.

 Schedule an appointment with me to talk about the writing process, work on assignments, or talk about how Elmore Leonard is the master of dialogue.

I look forward to seeing you in the center.

Bainca Ramirez , Writing Tutor


My name is Bianca Ramirez and I am a new writing center tutor. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program in English Language and Literature. I received my bachelor’s degree from SVSU in English with a minor in Spanish. However, I received most of my education from Hogwarts and was unfortunately sorted into the Hufflepuff house. 


I grew up in San Diego, California and have no idea what I am still doing in Michigan. I can also speak a handful of languages such as English, Spanish, Spanglish, Mandarin, Dog, Parseltongue and can also understand Portuguese, and French.


I am experienced and comfortable working with English Language Learners and Nursing students due to past jobs and experiences. I can help you untangle the messiness that comes along with the writing and revision process while sipping a cup of coffee. 


Look forward to seeing you &

Sí se puede!

Reese Gunn, Writing Tutor

Hey there! My name is Reese and I am in my junior year studying Anthropology. My favorite appointments in the writing center include brainstorming, helping writers to better address their assignments, and formatting. Outside of the Center, I absolutely love to travel as well as being outdoors. I have backpacked across the state, recently traveled to Europe, and have plans to travel to south Asia this summer. In my free time, I pace throughout the hallways on campus, look for cheap flights, and refresh blackboard religiously. Stop in and say hi! I’d love to hear about your recent adventures or help you book a trip on the cheap.

Lauren Purdy, Writing Tutor


Hello! My name is Lauren, and I am a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I am a double major in Mechanical Engineering and English Writing, and I will graduate when I choose 

to. I love to discuss most things under the sun with passionate people, and I jump at the opportunity to travel. I am very blunt by nature, but I’ll try to be nice. I love being a part of the Writing Center for the opportunity to learn new things along the way from any person I encounter.

Marwa Tahboub, Writing Tutor


Majors: Professional Communication, Psychology 


Hey! I’m Marwa, and I’m a writing tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I’m a professional communication and psychology major, and I plan to graduate in 2021. I’m also a Research Assistant in the UM-Flint Forensic/Legal Psychology Lab. In my free time, (when I actually have some free time) I paint, read, and write. I love the UM-Flint Writing Center because its a place to share new ideas and meet people who also want to become better writers.

Amanda Seney, Writing Tutor


Hi!  My name is Amanda Seney.  I like plaid, hot beverages, and being outside (preferably all at the same time).  I also find knitting and Spongebob Squarepants pretty compelling. I’m here at UM Flint to (finally) finish my BA in English-Writing and Anthropology.  I love all kinds of writing. And talking about writing. And talking to writers. And reading things writers have written. You know what would be great?  You should come see me at the Writing Center, so I can have more writers to talk to! You would be doing my family a favor.

Sarah Martini, Writing Tutor

"Hey! I’m Sarah and I am a writing tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I am an English and History major. When I am not working or heading to class you can catch me reading, writing, watching copious amounts of movies, or cooking and baking to my heart's content. I love cats, so if you ask I may or not may show you pictures of my two furry babies.


I excited to read your work and help you get inspired to write more. I hope to see you there!"

Hanna Schian, Writing Tutor


Hello, person looking at Writing Center bios, my name is Hanna Schian. I am the one of the Writing Center’s resident gingers, as well a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. I have strong English skills and extensive experience with historical and argumentative writing heavy on research and analysis. I have knowledge of common formats such as MLA, APA, and Chicago. If you need advice for formulating a thesis statement or finding sources for your upcoming research paper, I can help!

Some of my interests outside of my majors are playing the violin, biology, and working with other writers to hone our craft.

Jordyn Alger, Writing Tutor


Jordyn, reporting for duty. Yes, that’s spelled with a ‘Y.’ Don’t ask me ‘Y.’ 


If you like puns, Pokémon, Pac-Man, or fun plays on alliteration, then I think we’ll be great friends! I’m an English major with a specialization in writing and a minor in Spanish, and I’m always looking to learn new things. When I’m not learning, I like to read, write, and listen to music. Sometimes I even work out, but I’ve been allowing myself a cheat day since 2017. If you have any questions about your writing, I can’t promise I have all the answers, but we can have a good time figuring it out together! 


P.S: Did you know Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird were played by the same man? If you want more strange yet delightful facts, come on down to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center!

Logan Garner, Writing Tutor

"Hi everyone! I'm Logan and I'm a tutor here at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I'm a English-Writing and History double major, and I expect to graduate in Fall 2020. When I'm not studying or working here in the center, I enjoy spending time with my friends, hanging out with my awesome cat, and playing video games. I love the M.E.W. because I've made amazing friends through the center, and work with people who genuinely want to help others improve their work as writers. I look forward to working with you!"

Cherish Dean, Writing Tutor, Aspiring Jack-of-all-trades

Hey y'all, my name is Cherish and I’m a writing tutor here at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I’m a psychology major with a writing minor, but don’t get it twisted, you don’t have to be an english major, writing minor, or anything like that to become a good writer--hopefully during an appointment with me, I can help to show you that :)


In my (dwindling) free-time, I love to engage in creative activities: particularly creative writing and crocheting (which I just learned!). Additionally, I love reading and have a to-read list that could probably wrap around the world two or three times. Also, I’m a cat person. Some other random details about me are that I can ripstik, I’m determined to figure out how a non-STEM major can become an astronaut, and I like running fun 5ks like the Santa Run or Color Run. Come see me and let’s become better writers together!

Jacqui Gilbert, Writing Tutor


Hi there! My name is Jacqui, pronounced the same as Jackie, but it’s cool with me if you pronounce it like “Ja-kwee.” I’m in my last year here at the University, as I graduate in December 2020. I’ve been studying several things! Here’s a mostly complete list:

Major: English

Minors: Dance, linguistics  

Certificate in TESOL

Even though my focus is artsy and communicative, I am curious about everything, so no matter what your paper is, I’d love to look at it with you!  You may have also seen me around the library, as I work there as well. I have a lot of things I want to be when I grow up, but I plan to use my TESOL certificate to teach abroad first. 

 In my free time, I am a cat mom, succulent enthusiast, and a connoisseur of bad puns and whole memes. I also dabble in swing dancing. 


“Let us read and let us dance, for these two amusements shall never do any harm to the world”


Dan Plamondon, Writing Tutor


Howdy Bub! 

I’m Dan, the one and only Kentuckian here in the writing center. When I’m not tutoring, count on me to be inexpertly playing piano, throwing a Frisbee, or struggling to fix my computer.

 I’ll also willingly dive into any and all discussions on Hemingway, Dickens, or Robbie Burns, preferably with some folk music on in the background.

While I always give my full and complete attention to any paper that crosses my path, I’m also the lone History major working at the center and can therefore offer additional commiseration for fellow history, archeology, and anthropology folks. 

Regardless of your paper’s topic, stop by the writing center and I’ll be excited to work and learn with you!

Olivia Miller, Writing Tutor

My name is Olivia and I am a writing tutor. I am a transfer student currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in human biology with a pre-physician’s assistant concentration and a minor in English TCP.


My greatest motivation in life is the fact that I am a mom to two sweet, and sometimes sour, toddlers. When I get a break from changing diapers and seemingly endless homework assignments, I enjoy reading, writing, and watching an inappropriate amount of television.


My favorite kind of writing includes personal statements and creative writing, but I also enjoy helping with pre-writing. I understand APA and MLA formatting and can offer my assistance in those areas… with a little help from Purdue OWL, of course.


I hope to see you in the writing center!

De'Brayah Dukes, Writing Tutor

Hi, my name is De’Brayah, and I am a mystery to many. I always leave people second guessing about me. One thing that no one has to think twice about is my writing ability. I have been writing for five years, and I specialize in creative and argumentative writing. Yet, I am happy to help with anything that you come to the writing center with; I love a challenge. Hope to see you there.  

Sarah Keyser-Brown, Writing Tutor

I earned an M.A. in English Language and Literature with concentrations in Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics, as well as an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Literacy K-12 at the University of Michigan – Flint and have been a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (MEW) since 2012. Education and UM-Flint are a tradition in my family, with my mother, father, son, and soon my husband all being graduates.

The mainstays of education, writing, reading and speaking, are all valuable skills that should never be done in isolation, and the MEW is the optimum venue for writers of all skill levels and interests to seek input from others. I find our writing center to be the perfect place to collaborate, learning with and from each and every writer that graces its doorway. I enjoy the variety, inspiration, and camaraderie I am privileged to experience every minute I spend there.

In my spare moments, (which seem few and far between), I read everything from children’s books to the most recent best sellers, race walk (especially the Crim 10 mile), garden, craft, and bake tasty treats.

I hope to see you around the center soon!

Laura Griglak, Writing Tutor

Greetings! I, Laura, began my journey at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (M.E.W.) in the Fall of 2018. I am a graduate student in the English Language and Literature program, and I got involved at M.E.W. in my starting semester. I had the privilege of working as a tutor at the Tutoring Learning Center at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and once a tutor, always a tutor!


When I’m not doing school, I work as a professional dog trainer. The beasts you see in my picture are A.J. (left) and Sawyer (right), my babies. Now, remember . . . I am a writing tutor here at M.E.W., not a dog tutor. No puppy problems permitted (at least, not during your tutoring session).


Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me! I look forward to working with you on your journey to become a better writer!

Hannah (A.K.A. Cricket) Clark, Writing Tutor

Hello! I’m Hannah. My name is spelled the same forwards and backwards, which is known as a palindrome. If you couldn’t tell from that sentence alone, I’m an English major with a specialization in writing. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish, as well as a TESOL certificate.

Outside of being a tutor, I’m also a front desk worker in the residence halls here on campus. My hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and cracking dad jokes. Come on in and deal with my awkward personality for a while, and who knows, I might even help you become a better writer in the process.

P.S. They call me Cricket because I can chirp like one. It’s an amazing talent to have in really boring lectures.


Vicky Dawson, Writing Center Coordinator


Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in writing 2004, Master's in English, Composition and Rhetoric, 2013

Languages: English, APA, and MLA

I am thrilled to be the Writing Center coordinator. I started my writing center journey in 2002 as a tutor, but as I pursued life and my two degrees, I have come and gone from the Writing Center a few times. My most recent endeavor was as an instructor and EHS coordinator for the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS). I have also worked as a project coordinator for the Women’s Educational Center.

However, I came back to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center fall 2016. I was fortunate enough to be able to step into the very big shoes of my long time mentor and friend, Scott Russell—who retired after 28 years. I hope I can grow into a wise sage just like Scott, inspiring writers and tutors.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband, 2 children, and friends. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, talking, reading, writing, and playing with my menagerie of critters at home--which include 2 dogs, two cats, and 3 crazy chickens.

Jacob Blumner, Director, Marian. E. Wright Writing Center

Major: Life

Class: Beginner

Languages: American

Citation Style: I’m most comfortable with MLA, but I’m okay with APA and know how to find answers to the questions I don’t know.

Favorite Appointments: My own

Biography: Jacob Blumner has been known to bike, fish, hike, camp, woodwork, sew, hug trees, and get sucked into Internet rabbit holes. He also has been known to write and read on occasion. He also has been teaching writing and working in writing centers for a long time.