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 Skinner, Office Associate

Elizabeth Skinner, Office Associate

Elizabeth is the UWC Office Associate and just started working on her M.A. in English at UAB. In undergrad, she had the opportunity to tutor in UAB's writing center and fell in love with tutoring. Her passion for writing, tutoring, and helping others see their writing potential has led her to pursue her current position at the UWC as well as pursue her M.A. in English.

Fun Facts: Elizabeth likes to sit outside as thunderstorms approach, though close to a door so she can flee to safety if necessary, and is a huge Brandon Sanderson fan.


Toby Camp, Graduate Assistant Director

Toby Camp, Graduate Assistant Director

Toby graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from UAB in May of 2018 and is currently in his second year of graduate school seeking his M.A. in English Literature. His research interests include Modernism, especially James Joyce, and Modern Drama. He is currently researching Mae West’s “gay play,” The Drag, and Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw through the lens of Judith Butler’s performance theory. Toby is a graduate teaching assistant and works at the reference desk in Sterne Library. 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 enjoys fishing and cooking with his awesome fiancée Courtney. He has three cats even though he is allergic.


Jessica Robbins, Graduate Assistant Director

Jessica Robbins, Graduate Assistant Director

Jessica is currently a second-year graduate student working toward an M.A. in English literature. Her research interests range from representations of nonhuman animals in children’s literature to writing center administration and student support programs. Jessica has worked in the writing center for two years, and has previous experience tutoring for the UAB athletics department. She aims to use this experience to create a welcoming and productive space for students and tutors alike in her current position as graduate assistant director.

Fun Facts: Jessica has been crocheting since she was 11 and loves making tiny stuffed animals. When she grows up, she aspires to work in a higher-education context where she can continue helping students.


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 is currently a second-year graduate student working toward an M.A. in English literature. Meegan has contributed poetry and short stories to UAB’s Aura Literary Magazine, participates in a variety of UAB clubs and mentor programs, loves to volunteer, and is currently working on a teaching project for the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC). Her current research project includes nonfiction and historical literature with a focus on the Holocaust and social theory. Meegan loves helping students with every step of the writing process and especially enjoys: all kinds of research, brainstorming, essay structure, writing a variety of essays, personal statements, helping students with essay test preparation, and working with English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Fun Facts: Meegan loves to bake and cook, and she also went to culinary school. Meegan loves her two 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 is currently a second-year graduate student working toward an M.A. in History. Her research interests include racial violence with a focus on lynchings and African American studies. She is proud to be one of the original fellows of the JCMP (Jefferson County Memorial Project) in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, where she is still very active. Tammy will be the head editor for UAB's 2020 edition of the Vulcan Magazine. She has worked in the writing center for two years and is excited to be back helping students this fall.

Fun Facts: Tammy is a huge Boston sports fan and has a crazy rescue cat named Samson. After graduation, she hopes to work in a non-profit organization and continue writing and publishing her research.


Chase Coats, Tutor

Chase Coats, Tutor

Chase graduated in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in History. He plans to enroll at UAB in Fall 2019 to 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. He is also a self-proclaimed 90's Hip Hop aficionado.


Cebastian Cordoso, Undergraduate Tutor

Cebastian Cordoso, Undergraduate Tutor

Cebastian is a senior English major with a concentration in Linguistics. He is currently writing an honors thesis that showcases how the internet interacts with language change. He also enjoys literary analysis and focuses on interactive texts such as video games.

Fun Facts: Cebastian’s interests include video games, philosophy, and listening to debates.


Teresa Davis, Adjunct Tutor

Teresa Davis, Adjunct Tutor

Teresa graduated with an MA in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from UAB in 2018. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English) at the University of Arizona, where she teaches composition, technical writing, and multimodal composition. She began working in the UWC in 2015 as a Front Desk Attendant, then as a Graduate Tutor and Graduate Assistant Director from 2016-2018, and she is happy to continue working in the writing center as an online tutor. Teresa is SafeZone certified.

Fun Facts: Teresa enjoys cooking, baking, and collecting cast iron cookware. She is most often accompanied by her dog, Lucy.


Rebecca Foushee, Graduate Tutor

Rebecca Foushee, Graduate Tutor

Rebecca Foushee graduated from UAB with a B.A. in English Literature and a creative writing minor in December 2018. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in English at UAB. She has contributed poetry, a short story, and an essay to UAB’s Aura Literary Magazine.

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.


Madison Frost, Graduate Tutor

Madison Frost, Graduate Tutor

Madison graduated from the University of South Alabama in May 2019 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. While completing her undergraduate work, Madison worked for the University of South Alabama’s Writing Center. Madison is a first year graduate assistant at UAB where she is pursuing her M.A. in English.

Fun Facts: Madison has been to four different countries including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Japan. Also, Madison was born on Friday the 13th.


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, including Economics and Women’s and Gender Studies. In addition to editorial work on literary and academic journals, Alice volunteers with the Desert Island Supply Co. and is currently conducting research for an inter-disciplinary undergraduate thesis project.

Fun Facts: Alice spearheads the UWC petless tutor coalition, takes coffee black and French-pressed, enjoys podcasts, nice pens and notebooks, and martial arts.


Ashleigh Hancock, Undergraduate Tutor

Ashleigh Hancock, Undergraduate Tutor

Ashleigh is a junior secondary education and English major with a minor in Spanish. Teaching is her passion and future profession, but her other dream job is to be the referee on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. You can find her tending her houseplants, dogspotting around campus, or playing the trumpet in UAB’s marching band and concert ensembles whenever she’s not living it up at the library.

Fun Facts: A performer at heart despite her crippling stage fright, Ashleigh is an avid shower singer and an enthusiastic—but objectively terrible—dancer. Her primary weaknesses (varying in severity) include musicals, school supplies, floral print wallpaper, HGTV, and pasta.


Sara Hardy, Undergraduate Tutor

Sara Hardy, Undergraduate Tutor

Sara is a junior studying History and English with a concentration in Literature. She is the Senior Editor of UAB's Her Campus chapter. After graduating, she hopes to move to New York and pursue a career in publishing.

Fun Facts: Sara has been to 16 countries, but more impressively, she can quote every line from the Disney film Tangled.


Kathryn Hargett, Undergraduate Tutor

Kathryn Hargett, Undergraduate Tutor

Kathryn Hargett is a junior at UAB studying English literature, creative writing, Chinese, and French. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Belgrade Art Studio, and the UAB Honors College. Most recently, she received the 2018 Brittany Noakes Poetry Award and was selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Writing. Find her in Best New Poets, BARNHOUSE, Anomaly, The Adroit Journal, The Miami Rail, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.

Fun Facts: Katy trains in Thai boxing and was part of the University of Nottingham's 2018-19 fighter cohort.


Shannon House, Adjunct Tutor

Shannon House, Adjunct 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.


Brett Hurst, Graduate Tutor

Brett Hurst, Graduate Tutor

Brett Hurst is a Graduate student on the creative writing track. He got his B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at UAB. He has been published in Aura Literature Arts Review for poetry and fiction. His favorite authors are Stephen King, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.

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


Sam Klipsch, Undergraduate Tutor

Sam Klipsch, Undergraduate Tutor

Sam Klipsch is pursuing an Individually Designed Major in Community Development with minors in Spanish and Non-Profit Management. She loves volunteering, especially with Habitat for Humanity (POWER TOOLS!!!), and she hopes to eventually become the director of a non-profit organization in Birmingham. Writing is mostly a hobby, but she is considering grant writing in the future.

Fun Facts: Sam LOVES peanut butter/banana sandwiches and watching Bob’s Burgers. She also founded the UAB Women’s Rugby Club last year.


Nora Krall, Undergraduate Tutor

Nora Krall, Undergraduate Tutor

I will receive my B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing in Spring of 2020. I was a contributing writer in the Professional Writing Club's publication Memorandum. Along with tutoring in the UWC, I currently work at Hall-Kent Elementary school and I spend my summers at summer camp in Highlands, North Carolina, running workshops centered around self expression and creativity (aka lots of fun creative writing!).

Fun Facts: Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time and I have read it about as many times as I have watched the movie. I also have a custom-made ukulele that I taught myself how to play.


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.


Dena Pruett, Graduate Tutor

Dena Pruett, Graduate Tutor

Dena is a first-year graduate student working toward her M.A. in English. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from Northwestern State University. Dena is a graduate teaching assistant and is also the digital content intern for the Department of English.

Fun Facts: When Dena was in second grade she chose “Grandma” when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. She loves embarrassingly bad-for-you diner food, baking, and pop culture trivia. Dena is also a clutch Mario Kart player.


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.


Marrielle Santiago, Undergraduate Tutor

Marrielle Santiago, Undergraduate Tutor

Marrielle Santiago is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Professional Writing at UAB. She has a strong background in STEM and even works as a teaching assistant for Chemistry labs. She also has experience in writing and editing under the University of South Alabama’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

Fun Facts: Marrielle enjoys running and is training for her second half marathon. In her free time, she likes going to Railroad Park and meeting dogs.


Chloe Seabrooke, Undergraduate Tutor

Chloe Seabrooke, Undergraduate Tutor

Chloe is currently earning a B.A. in Secondary Education and English Language Arts. This is her first year working for the UAB Writing Center and she looks forward to the opportunity to help her fellow students succeed in their writing endeavors. Chloe also plays tuba in the UAB Marching Band, Symphony Band, and Blazer Basketball Band.

Fun Facts: Chloe is a self-proclaimed movie buff, junk food enthusiast, and amateur party planner. She likes eating cheese dip, baking, writing short stories, and is a diehard MCU fan.


Maggie Sharp, Undergraduate Tutor

Maggie Sharp, Undergraduate Tutor

Maggie is a sophomore English major who is concentrating in Literature. Beyond tutoring in the UWC, she loves to write and even engages in freelance opportunities from time to time. This is her first year tutoring in the UWC.

Fun Facts: When she's not writing, Maggie usually has her nose pressed to the pages of a book. (More often than not, said book is something written by an old Greek philosopher thousands of years ago.)


Carlee Slay, Graduate Tutor

Carlee Slay, Graduate Tutor

I earned a B.A. in English from Jacksonville State University in May of 2018 with a minor in Communications. For my graduate creative writing thesis, I am writing and illustrating a graphic memoir based on family stories in the genre of southern comedy. I enjoy working with students on personal statements and resumes in addition to helping students with the brainstorming portion of the writing process.

Fun Facts: I can probably quote Spongebob better than you; I am a proud mother of a tuxedo cat named Prissy; I am a ranch dressing addict; and I was voted “Worst Driver” in high school.


Cheyenne Taylor, Adjunct Tutor

Cheyenne Taylor, Adjunct Tutor

Cheyenne Taylor is a two-time UAB grad (BA + MA in English) and current MFA student in poetry at the University of Florida. She has taught composition, professional writing for engineers, and business communication, and will be teaching an introduction to poetry course this fall.

Fun Facts: She lives in Gainesville with her partner and two cats, Ozzy and Evey.


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. She currently serves as one of the online tutors, and from 9-5, she works as a fundraising professional 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.


Ashley Tippit, Graduate Tutor

Ashley Tippit, Graduate Tutor

Ashley is a first year master’s student studying English Literature. During her undergraduate studies, she focused on Mrs. Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf. Like Woolf, she is filled with rage and interested in books with queer representation.

Fun Facts: She loves her dog, Oddball, even more than chocolate. Neville Longbottom is her hero and she can balance silverware on her nose.


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.


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