Staff

Receptionists

Eunice Ahn

Eunice is currently a second-year physical therapy student at UMB. She received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. Eunice enjoys hanging out with her three dogs, discovering new places to eat, and staying active. 

Graduate Peer Writing Consultants

All of our Graduate Peer Writing Consultants participate in a 40-hour training experience before they are available for appointments.

Alex Huss

Alex is a New York native who received her BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, Alex worked at a law firm and a domestic violence shelter before ultimately finding her way to Thailand, where she taught English for a year. Alex is pursuing her MSW at UM's School of Social Work. She is passionate about traveling, Harry Potter puns, Baltimore, and the writing process.

Allison Cavanaugh

Allison is Pennsylvania native and received her BA in Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College. After completing her undergraduate degree, Allison spent two years as an AmeriCorps fellow at Public Allies Delaware and The Choice Program in Baltimore. Allison is pursuing her MSW at UM's School of Social Work. Allison lives in Baltimore and enjoys coffee, traveling, and spending time with her menagerie of animals and reptiles.

Amanda Fox

Amanda is currently pursuing her master’s in Social Work at UMB. She received a bachelor of science degree in Psychology and Exercise Science. Amanda worked at her school’s tutoring center as an undergrad, specializing in psychology advanced research courses. Literature reviews and scientific writing are her passion, but Amanda truly enjoys working with writers from any discipline! Knitting is her favorite pastime, but she finds life much more enjoyable when accompanied by her cat.

Aubrey Baird

Aubrey is currently pursuing an MSW at UM's School of Social Work. She received her BS in Psychology and Family Science from Towson University in May 2017. While at Towson, Aubrey worked as a writing assistant for nearly two years at their Writing Center, finding particular joy in working with students writing about psychology and social justice. In her free time, Aubrey loves cuddling with her 1-year-old puggle named Sadie, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ben Black

Ben is pursuing an MSW at UM's School of Social Work. After majoring in English Literature at the College of William and Mary, Ben spent 10 years working at various trade associations in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was a program coordinator for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Minority Fellowship Program. Ben lives with his wife in Silver Spring, Md., and spends most of his free time listening to music, traveling, and looking for a good cup of coffee.

Catherine Anthony

Cat is a Philadelphia native and earned her BS in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently completed an AmeriCorps program, Public Allies Pittsburgh, where she served as a program voordinator and worked on community engagement programs at a local nonprofit. Cat is enrolled at UM's School of Social Work. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, cooking, and traveling.

Chelsea Gleason

Chelsea is an MSW student at UM's School of Social Work. After studying Urban Studies and Sociology at Barnard College, she worked at a nonprofit providing services to the homeless in New York. She traveled and volunteered in Latin America before coming to Baltimore, where she is a worker-owner at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Chelsea is a creative writer excited to help students with the writing process.

Clara Van Gerven

Clara was born in Belgium and has a BA and MA in English Language and Literature from the Catholic University of Leuven. She has spent the last 10 years working in technology advocacy for blind consumers but has relinquished that glamorous career to pursue an MSW at the UM School of Social Work. Clara retains her love for disability advocacy, the English language, books, and, as an immigrant, feels strongly about working with immigrants and refugees. In her copious free time, Clara reads, watches silly sci-fi, and pets cats.

Emily Smith

Emily is an MSW student at UM’s School of Social Work. She spent four years as a program associate at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, where she supported the Baltimore Community Fellowships Network, a corps of social entrepreneurs and advocates working to meet the needs of underserved communities. She has an MSc in Literature from the University of Edinburgh and loves to dissect all aspects of the writing process.

Esther Eom

Esther is pursuing her PharmD at UM's School of Pharmacy. She previously graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she majored in Psychology. Esther worked as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate writing and rhetoric course at VCU and has always taken an interest in writing. In her free time, she loves to read for fun, ride her single-speed bike, discover good restaurants and coffee shops, and travel.

Jason Dollar

Jason is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was a staff writer on Loyola’s Entertainment Law Review. Although he has been licensed to practice law in California for 17 years, he continues his education at UM’s School of Social Work, where he is sub-specializing in the Employee Assistance Program. An Annapolis native, Jason moved back to Maryland after living in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, Calif., where in addition to law he worked as a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Jason has a passion for the creative arts and writes poetry in his spare time.

Laura Taliaferro

Laura is  a student in UM's MSW program. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Psychology and Hearing and Speech Sciences. She has worked in research laboratories in both of these fields. Additionally, she has completed graduate coursework in Clinical Audiology, the study of hearing and balance disorders. In her spare time, Laura loves cooking, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time outside with her boyfriend and her pug, Rocky.

Rachel Timmins

Rachel is an MSW candidate at UM's School of Social Work. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College in 2009 and her master of fine arts degree in Studio Art from Towson University in 2012. She has taught at Towson University and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rachel lives in inner-city Baltimore with her partner, pug, and three cats. You can see her artwork at www.racheltimmins.com.

Rupini Shukla

Rupini is a Maryland native who received her BS in Biology and BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2016. After graduation, she worked as a dental assistant at a pediatric dental office and a librarian at her local library. She is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, completing her master of public health degree in Epidemiology. Her ultimate goal is to attend dental school. In her spare time, Rupini enjoys good coffee, baking, books about anything and everything, nerdy jokes, and long nature walks. 

Victoria Wolf

Victoria is working toward her PharmD at the UM School of Pharmacy. She graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., with a BS in Biology. Victoria worked previously as a writing consultant at Juniata College. In her free time, Victoria enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her cat, Natty Boh

Virginia "Ginna" Greene

Ginna spent her childhood and adolescence in Anne Arundel County, then spent half of each year in Tampa for her undergraduate education at the University of Tampa. While there, she received a BA in Psychology, participated in or led yearly leadership and diversity retreats, was a student coordinator for research, and spent days off at the beach in perfect weather. Now she is back in Maryland and exploring her new home of Baltimore while working toward an MSW at the UM School of Social Work. Ginna loves learning, dogs, cooking/eating, and reading.

 

Writing Center Center Leadership

Isabell C. May, PhD

Dr. Isabell May has been directing the Writing Center at UMB since early 2017. Dr. May also serves as faculty in the UMB Graduate School's Science Communication Program, where she teaches "Technical Writing" and "Writing a Journal Article." Before her tenure at UMB, Dr. May oversaw the Writing Center at the University of Baltimore, founded the Writing Center for Academic English at Leuphana University in Luenburg, Germany, and directed the Center for Academic Success at the Universities at Shady Grove. She earned her PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A native of Germany, Dr. May came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and has resided in Maryland, with a two-year interruption in Lueneburg, Germany, ever since. If Dr. May is not busy writing her blog, researching, or working with writers, she can be found swimming in URecFit's amazing pool or at an Orioles game.

James Wright, MFA

James Wright has taught English composition, English as a Second Language (ESL), literature, and creative writing in community centers, public schools, and universities in Japan, China, Malaysia, and the United States. As a university multilingual writing specialist, he focuses on translingual pedagogy and curriculum development, global literacies, and the politics of multilinguality. His current research interests include the neurology of multilinguality and university contingent educator advocacy. In the UMB Writing Center, James serves as the assistant to Director Isabell May, trains consultants to work with writers from diverse backgrounds, and supports these writers through individual consultation and advocacy for university policies and practices consistent with the multilingual realities of learning and working in the 21st century. He lives with his spouse Tania and daughter Daniela in Baltimore City, where they speak Spanish, English, and Japanese, insist on immigrant American rights, and celebrate Ecuadorian-inspired food, music, and dance.