Meet the Staff

Jaclyn Wells, Director

Jaclyn Wells, Director

Jaclyn received a Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Purdue University in 2010. Her book, Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (co-authored with Allen Brizee), describes a three-year engagement project involving the Purdue OWL and two adult literacy organizations in Lafayette, Indiana. Jaci has directed the UWC since 2012. You can read more about her on the Department of English website.

Fun Facts: To date, Jaclyn has never lost a game of Seinfeld trivia. Her corgi mix, Travis, is Instagram famous.


Kathleen Kryger, Co-Assistant Director

Kathleen Kryger, Co-Assistant Director

Kathleen has a B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo, where she tutored at the Harbert Writing Center. She is currently working on her M.A. thesis and will graduate in May with an M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition).

Fun Facts: Kathleen is also a part-time climbing coach, has free-solo climbed the Second Flatiron, and is fueled by cold-brewed coffee, tacos, and dark chocolate.


Teresa Davis, Co-Assistant Director

Teresa Davis, Co-Assistant Director

Teresa has a B.A. in English from UAB, with a concentration in Professional Writing and Public Discourse, and a minor in Sociology. She will complete her M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) in May 2018, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. Her research areas include the industrial development of Birmingham and the use of digital media in composition.

Fun Facts: Teresa is always ready to talk about animals, Harry Potter, and conspiracy theories, and she is unapologetic about her love of teen melodramas.


Rononda Jones, Office Assistant

Rononda Jones, Office Assistant

Rononda earned her B.S. in Finance from UAB. During her undergrad experience she was a Blazerette in the Marching Blazer Band. She is now a mother to a four-year-old, Aubree O’livia. In her spare time, Rononda enjoys volunteering with the Susan G. Komen organization and the Ronald McDonald House. She will start school in spring 2018 at UAB, majoring in Accounting with a minor in Human Resource Management.

Fun Facts: At the age of 35, Rononda still dances. She enjoys dancing and singing with Aubree.


Davina Bell, Graduate Student Tutor

Davina Bell, Graduate Student Tutor

Davina received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Columbus State University (Georgia) in 2004. She also pursued a B.A. in English from Auburn University Montgomery. She is currently a first-year graduate student working on her M.A. in English Literature.

Fun Facts: Davina is a certified Zumba Instructor. She also enjoys traveling, cruising, and going to reader conventions and luncheons.


Miriam Bellis, Adjunct Tutor

Miriam Bellis, Adjunct Tutor

Miriam received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami in 1996. She has tutored and/or taught composition, literature, and gender studies courses at one college and five universities in Texas, Maryland, Florida, and Alabama. At UAB, she has taught sophomore literature courses. She has tutored in the UWC for five years.

Fun Facts: Miriam enjoys meeting new people, traveling, singing, and movie- and theater-going.


Tammy Blue, Undergraduate Tutor

Tammy Blue, Undergraduate Tutor

Tammy is an English major with a concentration in professional writing. In 2015 she published her first article in Southern Edition — a personality profile on UAB's History Department Chair and professor, Dr. Colin Davis.

Fun Facts: Tammy was an actress in Hollywood for over 10 years (Freaks & Geeks, Roswell) before training exotic animals for film/TV. She's lived all over the country and is a HUGE Boston sports fan.


Jessica Bonner, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica Bonner, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica graduated in 2010 from Samford University with a dual-major B.A. in English and Communication Studies. Afterward, she received an M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition concentration) from UAB in 2013 as well as a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Montevallo in 2017. In the roles of graduate assistant and then adjunct faculty, she has worked in the Writing Center the last six years.

Fun Facts: Jessica is a “professional student” who enjoys hanging with family, tutoring children in subjects like reading and math, learning more about speech-language pathology, and (apparently) going to school.


Taylor Byas, Graduate Tutor

Taylor Byas, Graduate Tutor

Taylor earned her B.A. in English from UAB with a concentration in Creative Writing. During her undergraduate experience she tutored for the Athletics Department, and hopes her skills will be just as useful in the University Writing Center. She is currently a first year graduate student, working on her M.A. in English Creative Writing.

Fun Facts: Taylor loves all things artsy; she paints, writes poetry and fiction, sings, and devours novels in her free time.


Halley Cotton, Adjunct Tutor

Halley Cotton, Adjunct Tutor

Halley has been with the writing center since 2014. She graduated from UAB with her masters in English and specializes in poetry, English as a Second Language (ESL), and tacos. In addition to working on staff with the Birmingham Poetry Review, she is also the senior poetry editor for Nelle.

Fun Facts: Halley probably makes better cheese puns than you do. Also, she is an avid outdoors enthusiast and Birmingham eccentric.


Rachel Daniel, Adjunct Tutor

Rachel Daniel, Adjunct Tutor

Rachel received her M.A. in English (critical thesis track) from the University of Montevallo in 2012, where she taught freshman composition. Currently she also serves as a full-time academic advisor in UAB’s School of Education. Visual culture studies is her scholarly jam.

Fun Facts: In her free time, Rachel is an avid cyclist (Le Tour de Ham), an artist who creates with upcycled materials (The Upcycled Muse), and a volunteer for a plethora of events around Birmingham. If you’re having a rough day, just ask to see a picture of her cat, Arthur.


Andrew Faustmann, Adjunct Tutor

Andrew Faustmann, Adjunct Tutor

Andrew received his M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from UAB. He has been tutoring at the UWC and teaching UAB composition courses since 2015. In addition to tutoring and teaching, Andrew works as a technical writer. 

Fun Facts: Andrew enjoys the outdoors with his wife and three dogs. When indoors, he can be found watching lots of movies, playing board games, and eating delicious food.


Sarah Goggans, Adjunct Tutor

Sarah Goggans, Adjunct Tutor

Sarah received her M.A. in English with a concentration in literature from UAB in 2016. She teaches freshman composition at UAB and has tutored in the Writing Center for four years.

Fun Facts: Sarah loves reading (mostly Stephen King and fantasy novels), improving her score at Galaga, and playing all sorts of bar trivia.


Alice Grissom, Undergraduate Tutor

Alice Grissom, Undergraduate Tutor

In Spring 2020, Alice will receive B.A.s in History and English (linguistics), and plans to collect a slew of minors along the way. In addition to tutoring at the UWC, she volunteers with DISCO's Weekly Writer's Corps.

Fun Facts: Among her passions, Alice primarily counts words, martial arts, and black coffee.


Shannon House, Graduate Tutor

Shannon House, Graduate Tutor

Shannon has a B.A. in English with a minor in French from the University of South Alabama. She wrote movie reviews and contributed articles for the campus newspaper, The Vanguard. She is working on her M.A. in Literature and will graduate in May of 2019.

Fun Facts: Shannon owns over 300 movies. She loves traveling, concerts, and dogs of all kinds.


Kasey Hullet, Graduate Tutor

Kasey Hullet, Graduate Tutor

Kasey received his B.A. in Communication from the University of Alabama in May 2017. His studies ranged from his double major in Journalism and History, to his double minor in Creative Writing and the Blount Scholars program. He has written for The Crimson White, Dateline Alabama, The Fairhope Courier, and Mosaic Magazine. From writer, to editor, he has a lot of hats to pull from. Now, he is getting his Masters in English with a focus in Creative Writing.

Fun Facts: Kasey enjoys singing and playing guitar, visiting historic places, and eating deep dish pizza.


Sarah Jennings, Adjunct Tutor

Sarah Jennings, Adjunct Tutor

Sarah graduated from UAB with her M.A. in English Literature, concentration in Creative Writing, in 2014. She taught English Composition for three years and now works as a grant writer for a local non-profit organization.

Fun Facts: Sarah writes short stories and draws in her spare time. She also loves to hang out with her seven-year-old pit bull, jam at concerts, and binge watch her favorite shows.


Nathan Kitchens, Graduate Tutor

Nathan Kitchens, Graduate Tutor

Nathan has a B.A. in political science from the University of Kentucky. He is now a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the UAB English Department, after spending some time in law school and teaching high school Spanish.

Fun Facts: Nathan loves movies, Twitter, and his three-legged cat, Naomi.


Shelby Morris, Graduate Tutor

Shelby Morris, Graduate Tutor

Shelby went to UAB for undergrad, focusing in professional writing. Currently she is working on her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition and looks forward to graduating in May.

Fun Facts: For fun, Shelby likes discussing fine cheeses, Seinfeld, and Disney. When she isn't tutoring, she can be found dressing up her cat.


Patrick O’Neal, Graduate Tutor

Patrick O’Neal, Graduate Tutor

Pat received his B.A. in English Lit from UAB, and couldn't be happier to keep his education going at his Alma Mater. Pat hopes to earn a position teaching once he receives his M.A. and loves helping students with essays and other class projects that might need revision or simply a fresh set of eyes.

Fun Facts: Pat spends what little free time he has writing or watching whatever he can find on Netflix. He's more than likely going to be seen wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a cup of coffee in his hand.


Kathryn Palmer, Adjunct Tutor

Kathryn Palmer, Adjunct Tutor

A native of New Orleans, Kathryn came to Birmingham in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. She received a B.A. in English from Loyola University New Orleans in 2006 and, after a brief time in publishing, pursued an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, graduating from UAB in 2013.

Fun Facts: Kathryn loves helping with cover letters, application essays, and personal statements. Currently, she lives in Birmingham with her partner and seven animals.


Nick Reich, Adjunct Tutor

Nick Reich, Adjunct Tutor

Nick graduated with an M.A. in English (Literature) from UAB in spring 2017. Alongside tutoring at the UWC and teaching composition courses, Nick is also currently working on scholarship focusing on LGTBQ+ inclusivity in writing centers and representations of queer intimacy in 19th-century American literature. Nick is SafeZone Certified.

Fun Facts: Nick can be used as a reliable reference for such topics as Lord of the Rings (films and novels), strong female vocalists, cheesecake, and the inner lives of cats. His dog, Eve, thinks he’s really something.


Jessica Robbins, Undergraduate Tutor

Jessica Robbins, Undergraduate Tutor

Jessica is an English literature major at UAB and will graduate in April with her B.A. Before working at the writing center, she tutored in student-athlete support services where she specialized in composition, literature, and communications courses. 

Fun Facts: In addition to being an avid reader, Jessica also loves cooking and spending time with her cats (even if they don't always enjoy spending time with her).


Anna Sims, Undergraduate Tutor

Anna Sims, Undergraduate Tutor

Anna is in her final year of undergrad, majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Public Discourse. She is also part of the Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate Program.

Fun Facts: Anna loves dance and knows an unnecessary amount of information about John and Hank Green.


Elizabeth Slatsky, Undergraduate Tutor

Elizabeth Slatsky, Undergraduate Tutor

Elizabeth graduates in December with a B.A. in English. She is literature major with a professional writing minor.

Fun Facts: Elizabeth enjoys most creative activities, especially writing fiction. She also competes in ballroom dancing!


Jessica Smith, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica Smith, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica Smith is a librarian by day and teaches EH 101 at night. She has taught K-12 and college English since 2002.

Fun Facts: Jessica’s favorite authors are Kafka and Duras.


Cheyenne Taylor, Adjunct Tutor

Cheyenne Taylor, Adjunct Tutor

Cheyenne received both her B.A. and M.A. in English from UAB, focusing on creative writing (poetry) and professional writing. In addition to being a tutor, she is a freelance writer and part-time librarian.

Fun Facts: Words are most of what she does, but she can also be found watching over-the-top 80s movies, playing tabletop games, and hanging out with her cat Ozzy.


Harley Thomas, Front Desk Attendant

Harley Thomas, Front Desk Attendant

Harley is a pre-nursing major going into her second year. She hopes to work in a pediatric clinic after graduation. She is the vice president of the American Red Cross Club and enjoys donating blood as well.

Fun Facts: When she isn’t studying, Harley enjoys listening to pop punk, reading, binge watching Rick and Morty, and drawing.


Dannyelle Waite, Undergraduate Tutor

Dannyelle Waite, Undergraduate Tutor

Dannyelle is a junior with a major in English, minor in Business Administration, and a concentration in Literature. This is her first year as an undergraduate tutor in the UWC.

Fun Fact: In her free time, Dannyelle enjoys playing piano and spending time with her two adopted pit bulls, Boog and Sosa.


Maggie Wiginton, Front Desk Attendant

Maggie Wiginton, Front Desk Attendant

Maggie is a senior at UAB studying Public Relations. She works as a student assistant at the UWC's front desk, and is the Coca-Cola Campus Ambassador at UAB.

Fun Facts: When she's not on campus, Maggie enjoys live music, being outdoors, pasta, and dogs.


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