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Writing Center Staff

Neal Haldane   Neal Haldane serves as interim Director of Writing Programs and the Writing Center. He is a full-time professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communication and Writing and has worked at Madonna University for more than a quarter-century teaching Journalism/Public Relations, Writing, and Communication. Before joining Madonna, he worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor, and public relations practitioner.
Frances E. FitzGerald   Frances E. FitzGerald, coordinator of the Writing Center, has also taught composition and journalism classes at Madonna University. She helped launch the Madonna Pen, the campus writing group, and MU Voices, Madonna’s online literary publication. Frances earned her tutor certification through the College of Reading and Language Arts and is a member of the Michigan Tutoring Association. She has a B.S. in psychology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Frances and her husband, Tom, live in Farmington.
Scream   Scream, a blow-up figure inspired by Edvard Munch’s renowned painting of the same name, is the Writing Center’s official mascot. He is on long-term loan from Tom Ward, Frances FitzGerald’s husband. Scream represents the way many students feel when they initially receive writing assignments. Fortunately, the gifted Writing Center tutors understand this and can help students with writing-related anxiety by helping them improve their writing skills and confidence.
Charity Mullaly   Charity Mullaly is an adjunct instructor in the Language, Literature, Communication and Writing Department and enjoys teaching composition, technical writing, and business and professional writing courses at Madonna University. She is a Writing Center Specialist and ESL Tutor at the Writing Center and enjoys tutoring students in their academic writing. She earned her master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Madonna University. She received her bachelor's degree in International Studies, Business Administration, and French at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Diane Baumgartner   Diane Baumgartner is a member of the Michigan Tutor Association and was certified through the College Reading and Learning Association. Diane holds a B.S. from Madonna University and an M.A. in Higher Adult Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. Years ago, when the Writing Center was one table in Room 1300, Diane was one of only two writing tutors assisting students. Today, she is amazed at how much the Writing Center has grown. Diane wants to help students feel less anxious and find their own writer’s voice. She also tracks student contacts and trends in student traffic at the Writing Center.
Caleb Lalinsky   Caleb Lalinsky graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a Michigan Teaching Certification. In 2014 he received from Temple University his MFA in Creative Writing. Today Caleb works as a professional adjunct instructor and writing tutor. When he is not teaching his interests include printmaking, woodworking, painting and video art.
Marwah Ayache  

Marwah Ayache is majoring in secondary education and social studies and minoring in English and philosophy. She serves as both a Madonna University Student Ambassador and a Writing Center Tutor, and she enjoys them equally. She has a passion for writing, reading, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. May the force be with you!

Jillian Law  

Jillian Law grew up in Livonia, Michigan, and graduated from Mercy High School. She is currently majoring in English/Journalism at Madonna University. The only things she loves more than writing are her books and her cats. One day, she hopes to be a published novelist. Jillian enjoys working in the Writing Center because she believes that writing is a skill that always can be improved.

Rachel Shanaman  

Rachel Shanaman graduated from Bellevue High School in 2016. She is now in her first year of the sign language interpreting program at Madonna University. She hopes to eventually be fluent in at least three languages, and travel as often as she can. Her favorite part of writing is the creativity and variety of topics to write about.

Sarah Jacobsen  

Sarah Jacobsen is a chemistry major with a minor in mathematics. After Madonna, she plans to attend pharmacy school. She loves young adult novels, Downton Abbey, and her parrot, Mikko. She enjoys writing lab reports and hopes to someday publish scientific papers of her own.

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Chartease Jackson is completing her senior year, studying Nutrition and Food Service Management. Her next step is to earn a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Her love for writing stems from her imaginative childhood, filled with curiosity and creativity. In her spare time, she enjoys being involved in the arts. She is a member of the Madonna University Chorale, Lyric Theater and plays the piano. She is a firm believer that having a voice or a form of expression in this world is a key component to happiness and hopes to inspire that notion in others.

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Samantha Dunning is a graduate of the Sign Language Interpreting Studies program here at Madonna, and is now a senior in the social work program. Her goal is to go to graduate school to earn a master's degree in social work. In addition, Samantha has been dancing for most of her life and has been a member of the Madonna University Dance Team for the past four years. She is excited to continue developing her love of writing this year and to see where the future takes her.

Gloria Mayer  

Gloria Mayer is an Art Education and ASL Education student. She grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and graduated from Canton Preparatory High school in 2017. She has played sports all throughout her life and is currently a part of the MU Women’s basketball team. Gloria loves music and currently plays four instruments and is beginning to learn her fifth. Art is one of her passions, and she can paint for hours at a time. When she is not at school focusing on athletics or academics, she can usually be found with a pair of headphones and art supplies.

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Cynthia Echeveste graduated from Monroe County Community College with an associate’s in science. She is currently a first-term nursing student and would like to specialize in pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and going to the lake. She loves spending time with her family, friends and her chihuahua Kiwi. Besides graduating from nursing school, her goal is to travel the world and learn about different cultures. She wants to enjoy her life to the fullest, and keep making new friends as well as new experiences.

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Stephanie Langa is an Integrated Science major with a focus on biology. On campus, Stephanie is a student assistant in the Office of First Year Experience, a student ambassador, and a Writing Center tutor. Stephanie enjoys strong coffee, traveling, and reading good books. She hopes to continue her education and begin a master’s program studying Higher Education upon graduating from Madonna.

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Jordan Gunn is a senior at Madonna University majoring in English. He plans to pursue a career in writing and publishing after graduation, so he's very excited to be working in the Writing Center. He enjoys tutoring students, and he feels this experience will help him hone his own writing. On his down time, Jordan is a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars aficionado.

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Raechel Daniels is a psychology major here at Madonna University. She loves to write stories in her free time (what little of it she actually has these days). She also loves helping people, so coupled with her passion for writing, working at the Writing Center is the perfect fit for her. She may come off a little shy sometimes, but she’s always eager to open up and get others engaged in a good conversation. She loves to laugh, and will definitely crack a few jokes to hopefully make students more comfortable.