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.


Elizabeth Slatsky, Office Associate & Tutor

Elizabeth Slatsky, Office Associate & Tutor

Elizabeth has a B.A. in English with a concentration in literature and a minor in professional writing. In undergrad, she had the opportunity to tutor in UAB's writing center and fell in love with tutoring. Her passion for tutoring and helping others see their writing potential has led her to part-time tutoring at the UWC as well as her current position as the UWC's Office Associate.

Fun Facts: Besides tutoring, Elizabeth loves a good cup of tea (though coffee is nice too), sitting in quiet nooks, the smell of fall and spring, hiking, thunderstorms, ballroom dancing, writing fantasy and bad poetry, bullet journaling, and deep, meaningful conversations.


Shannon House, Graduate Assistant Director

Shannon House, Graduate Assistant Director

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.


Nathan Kitchens, Graduate Assistant Director

Nathan Kitchens, Graduate Assistant Director

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.


Samantha Anne Baine, Undergraduate Tutor

Samantha Anne Baine, Undergraduate Tutor

Samantha is a senior English major with a concentration in Literature. On campus, she is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. This is Samantha’s first year as a tutor in the UWC.

Fun Facts: Besides working in the UWC, Samantha also works at a bookstore, drinks tea, and hangs out with her cat, Dionysus.


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.


Meegan Bleil, Graduate Tutor

Meegan Bleil, Graduate Tutor

Meegan received her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Bevill State and her B.A. in English with a concentration in literature from UAB. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the UAB English Department and is currently working on her M.A. in English. Meegan has contributed poetry and short stories to UAB’s Aura magazine and is currently working on a teaching project for the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC).

Fun Facts: Meegan loves to cook and went to culinary school. She also loves her four fur babies, coffee, and enjoys reading the classics, dystopian literature, and anything with a strong historical theme.


Tammy Blue,  Tutor

Tammy Blue, Graduate Tutor

Tammy earned her B.A. in English from UAB with a concentration in Professional Writing in April 2018. She is a second-year UWC tutor, and first-year graduate student - majoring in History.

Fun Facts: Tammy is a huge Boston sports fan, and was recently adopted by a stray cat named Samson. She is looking forward to the adventure of grad school and is happy to be back at the UWC with fellow writers, tutors and friends; Jessica(s) Robbins & Smith.


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 2019 she will graduate with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Montevallo. Within the roles of graduate assistant and then adjunct faculty, she has worked in the Writing Center the last seven years.

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


Toby Camp, Graduate Tutor

Toby Camp, Graduate Tutor

Toby graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from UAB in May of 2018 and is currently a graduate teaching assistant pursuing his M.A. in English literature now. He takes a lot of pride in his working class background since he is the first college graduate in his family.

Fun Facts: Toby has an exceptional amount of knowledge about cartoons. He has three cats even though he is allergic.


Michelle Cheng, Undergraduate Tutor

Michelle Cheng, Undergraduate Tutor

Michelle is a junior English Literature major and Music minor. In addition to tutoring at the UWC, she works as a library assistant and a freelance cellist.

Fun Facts: Michelle adores food, music, and books. You will most likely find her in a library or restaurant with a book (or three) nearby.


Chase Coats, Undergraduate Tutor

Chase Coats, Undergraduate Tutor

Chase is an undergraduate senior with a major in English Literature and a minor in History. He will graduate in Fall 2018, and plans to enter UAB's fifth year program where he will pursue a Masters in Secondary Education.

Fun Facts: Chase enjoys attending concerts/sporting events, exploring everything the Magic City has to offer, as well as writing short stories and overly vague poetry. Chase is also a self-proclaimed 90's Hip Hop aficionado.


Laura Jane Crocker, Undergraduate Tutor

Laura Jane Crocker, Undergraduate Tutor

Laura Jane is majoring in English with a concentration in professional writing. As an undergraduate, she has participated in many unique internships around Birmingham in digital marketing, content creation, blogging, social media, and copywriting.

Fun Facts: LJ spends her time binge-listening to podcasts and watching Great British Bake Off. She loves board games, trying new foods, and traveling to Boston.


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.


Kristin Entler, Graduate Tutor

Kristin Entler, Graduate Tutor

Kristin has a B.A in English from UAB. She writes for local newspapers and magazines while attending graduate school and training her new service dog, Azzie, who goes with her everywhere.

Fun Facts: When she isn’t doing either of these things, she can probably be found binge watching Friends on Netflix.


Rebecca Foushee, Undergraduate Tutor

Rebecca Foushee, Undergraduate Tutor

Rebecca Foushee is a senior English Major with a Concentration in Literature. She has contributed poetry and a short story to UAB’s Aura Literary Magazine. Rebecca is graduating in December 2018 and hopes to begin pursuing her Master’s degree.

Fun Facts: Rebecca is a comedy movie connoisseur and can quote many movies of the top of her head. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat, Simba.


Hunter Freeman, Undergraduate Tutor

Hunter Freeman, Undergraduate Tutor

Hunter is in his last semester of his senior year at UAB. He is earning a B.A. in English (Professional Writing). After graduation, Hunter wants to move out of Alabama and see where he can apply his talents. When he isn’t buried with work, Hunter plays video games and walks his dog, Milo.

Fun Facts: I love to travel when I can. I’ve been to South Korea and driven from Florida to Washington (corner to corner).


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.


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.


Brett Hurst, Undergraduate Tutor

Brett Hurst, Undergraduate Tutor

Brett is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. He is planning on going to graduate school after he graduates in December. This is his first semester working as a tutor in the writing center.

Fun Facts: Brett enjoys writing, traveling, going to the movies, attending concerts, and reading.


Moniqua Mackey, Front Desk Attendant

Moniqua Mackey, Front Desk Attendant

Moniqua is a sophomore majoring in finance. She loves volunteering and meeting new people. After graduation she plans to give back to the community and own a business.

Fun Facts: Moniqua loves listening to the latest music and baking up just about anything in the kitchen. She also has experience playing the piano.


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.


Katherine Popple, Undergraduate Tutor

Katherine Popple, Undergraduate Tutor

Katherine is a sophomore with an English Literature major with a minor in Creative Writing. She looks forward to graduating in 2020 and immediately moving to whatever city is the coldest and has the most robust public transit system.

Fun Facts: Katherine loves the gothic and supernatural genres; she believes Carmilla is the best vampire novel but that Dracula is okay. She likes tabletop games, cats, and nice pens.


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, Graduate Tutor

Jessica Robbins, Graduate Tutor

Jessica earned a B.A. in English from UAB in April 2018. As a graduate student, she is studying rhetoric and composition with particular interest in writing center studies. This is her second year to tutor in the University Writing Center.

Fun Facts: Jessica has been crocheting since she was 11, and loves making tiny stuffed animals.


Carlee Slay, Graduate Tutor

Carlee Slay, Graduate Tutor

I have a B.A. in English with a minor in communications from Jacksonville State University, where I also served as a tutor for the writing clinic in addition to being a writer and contributing editor for the Odyssey Online. I would love to one day write comedic young adult novels and comics.

Fun Facts: I’m a professional calligraphist, I have a tuxedo cat named Prissy who lives up to her namesake, and I’m a huge fan of The Golden Girls.


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.


Tim Tipton, Adjunct Tutor

Tim Tipton, Adjunct Tutor

Tim Tipton works in the Writing Center as a Distance tutor. He has been an instructor with UAB since 2012, providing instruction in English Composition, Rhetorical Analysis and Literature: Introductory, American, British and World literature. Completing a BS Degree in Education from Jacksonville State, with minors in music and English, he began his career as an elementary educator. Eventually, he entered the academic arena of higher education. His academic accomplishments include a BA in Music and an MA in English/Creative Writing, both from UAB.

Fun Facts: When not engaged in the classroom, his interests include writing Creative Nonfiction, honing his skills as a pianist (Chopin rocks!), and keeping his Yorkie, Margo, happy.


Amy Thomas, Adjunct Tutor

Amy Thomas, Adjunct Tutor

Amy earned an M.A. in Literature from UAB in 2015, and she also holds a B.A. in English from Mississippi State University. This is her eighth semester in the Writing Center, and she currently serves as one of the online tutors. From 9-5, she works as a fundraising professional and grant writer in Birmingham's non-profit sector.

Fun Facts: Amy's hobbies include: checking out new restaurants in Birmingham, talking about doing yoga, and cooking better than your mother.


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 senior majoring in English with a concentration in Literature. Once she finishes her undergrad, she will pursue an MBA in Marketing. This is her third semester working as an undergraduate tutor in the UWC. Whenever she gets a break from work, school or childcare, she enjoys going to music festivals and traveling.

Fun Facts: Her dog, Armani, is deathly afraid of her newborn.


Marissa Waite, Front Desk Attendant

Marissa Waite, Front Desk Attendant

Marissa is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She plans to attend medical school after she graduates to become a doctor.

Fun Facts: Her cats Max and Callie are her whole world and she has more pictures of them than you can count.


Christian Ward, Undergraduate Tutor

Christian Ward, Undergraduate Tutor

Christian is an English major from the Southern Californian desert. He has years of experience as a music instructor, and he looks forward to helping others tame the gnarly beast that is writing. 

Fun Facts: Christian is a professional fiddle player, and he met Justin Timberlake once without realizing it.


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