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.
Marius Sidau   Marius Sidau was born in Romania in 1978 and immigrated to the U.S. in 2005. He holds degrees in sociology (BA) and anthropology (MA) from Madonna and Wayne State University. His professional interests include listening to people and their stories. Marius’s life goals are best defined by an authentic Franciscan spirit combined with a strong work ethic for the pursuit of positive social change and justice. SWEEP is the perfect place to achieve these goals.
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.
Teresa Wenderski   Teresa Wenderski is a Sign Language Interpreting major who graduated from Brighton High School in 2013. She is hoping to also receive an associate’s degree in writing so that she can continue to pursue her passion with a strong knowledge base to draw upon. One day she hopes that her books will be enjoyed nearly as much as she enjoys reading other authors’ books now.
Delvonta' Pinkston   Delvonta’ Pinkston grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Northwestern High School. He is now a communication major in his second year at Madonna University. Although he knows it sounds like a plug for the Writing Center, he really loves writing and how therapeutic it can be. By working at the Writing Center, he hopes to help students not only with their writing, but to also help them discover their own love for writing.
Maria Rigato  

Maria Rigato is not only a Writing Center tutor, she is also a student ambassador with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and a tutor in the Center for Personalized Instruction. Playing the piano and singing are her passions, as well as American Sign Language and sports. One of her dreams is to travel around the world. Her motto for life is, “Pray as though it depends upon God; work as though it depends upon you, but don’t be afraid to ask for help.” She can’t wait to see you at the Writing Center and soon!

Caitlyn Feasel  

Caitlyn Feasel is majoring in American Sign Language Education at Madonna University. Her main goal for her education is to receive her master’s degree so that she may teach at a Deaf school. Her hobbies include reading, playing soccer, and watching The Walking Dead. She has one younger sibling and two black cats named Tom and Jerry. She enjoys writing and hopes that, because of the Writing Center, you will learn to love writing too!

Justin Micallef  

An Information Technology major at Madonna University, Justin Micallef is a versatile adorer of all words written and spoken. The only thing more precious to him than his bookshelves are his cats and his ability to write. As an advocate for the writing process in both its execution and development, Justin believes that everyone has the potential for greatness and looks at all prospective writing students as future authors whom he'd love to read. Cultivating writing in all forms remains his greatest aspiration and one he holds the most admiration for.

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!

Emma Noble  

Emma Noble graduated from Northville High School in 2014 and is working on her BSN at Madonna University. She enjoys writing in her spare time and would probably pursue a career as an editor if it weren't for her love of nursing. She is also a member of MU Spectrum and is an active member of the group whenever her busy schedule allows it. She is always happy to help nursing students—and students from any other major, of course—who are looking for help with their writing.

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.

Lavenah Pola  

Lavenah Pola, a graduate student at Madonna University, will graduate in the fall of 2017 from the TESOL program. She graduated from University of Mosul with a B.A. in English in 2005. She has taught English as a second Language (ESL) in the past. She is currently working as a pre-school teacher at Matrix Head Start. Lavenah enjoys tutoring at Madonna Writing Center. She says, “My teaching experiences motivate me to benefit others.”