Writing Center Staff


A diverse group of faculty, peer, and professional tutors staffs the Writing Center. We have expertise in virtually every aspect of academic, professional, and creative writing. You are welcome to request any of us by name when you make an appointment or come to drop-in tutoring. Not sure if we are tutoring on your campus? Call your Learning Commons of choice to see who is on the schedule.

Tracy Amaral-Tracey is a part-time instructor in the English department at Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, teaching primarily ENG 090, ENG 101, and ENG 102.  Tracy has also tutored in the Bristol Writing Center for over ten years. Tracy earned a B.A. in English from Saint Anselm College and a M.A. in English from Bridgewater State University and has additional experience teaching at the secondary level. Tracy’s love for all things English, literature, and writing truly demonstrate her interest in and enthusiasm for helping all students to improve the writing skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.

Briana Auclair is a Peer Tutor working with students of all levels. She received her Associates degree from Bristol Community College in 2018 and is currently attending Bridgewater State University for Forensic Psychology, Criminal Justice and Philosophy. Briana is versatile in style, enjoys creating a fun and positive atmosphere while writing and drawing out passion for even the driest of topics.

Amanda Beaulieu-Smith is an Instructor of English, Reading, and College Success. She has experience tutoring ESL students, students of diverse learning abilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She received her B.A. in English from Regis College in Weston, MA, and her M.A. in English from Rhode Island College. She peer tutored writing at Regis College and interned at the Warren Times-Gazette in Warren, RI. She will be happy to help students write essays for any class, resumes, cover letters, journalism articles, literary criticism, and any creative writing projects.

Meredith Brady has an Associate degree in Human Services from Bristol Community College, is certified as a Master tutor by the College Reading & Learning Association and has tutored at Bristol Community College for the past six years with more than half of those years tutoring students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring center. She especially enjoys assisting students from other countries learn how to write in English.  Helping all students unlock the complexities of the English language so they can share their ideas with the world brings her great satisfaction.

Joan Cormier is a Peer Tutor who received her GED from Bristol Community College in 1998 and also received an Associate in Arts degree. In 2000, she began to tutor in Tutoring and Academic Support Center. In 2002, she completed ENG 262: Tutoring in the Writing Center.  The College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified her as a Master Tutor in 2002. She is happy to assist you with all of your writing needs. 

Alexis de Pina is a student and Peer Tutor in the Engineering Transfer program. He hopes to move on to a four-year school and/or get a job in his field but is open to any other possibilities. He successfully completed the introductory English classes and is happy to help with any writing assignment. He also has completed Physics, Math up until Calculus 3, Electrical Machinery, and Programmable Logic Controls. He is passionate about literature, and you can always catch him with a book on his breaks from his hard classes.

Deborah A. Earle grew up in New York State with family ties in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, she has taught math and science on the middle school level in New York State and then fell into business in New York and Connecticut. Deborah started with the Writing Center in 2015 and is a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified Master Tutor. She is a 2018 recipient of the Bristol Community College Silver Shield Award for service. Deborah works with all ages and all subject areas, loves clarifying APA and MLA, annotated bibliographies, and has an emphasis on the sciences. Bring on the lab reports!

Michael S. Geary is Associate Professor of English and the Writing Center Coordinator. He received his B.A. in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and his M.A. from Rhode Island College. He teaches ENG 090, 101, 102, 215, and several literature electives. He has also taught and tutored writing at Roger Williams University and Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. He is happy to help you with MLA & APA essays from any class, research papers, technical reports, resumes, cover letters, and any creative writing project.

Michael Gleason is a Writing Center Tutor for Bristol Community College.  He is also a Supplemental Instructor for two sections of English 101.  Mike tutors to all formats of college writing, especially the MLA and APA formats.  He will look at any writing assignment for any class.  Mike earned his B.A. in Communications with a concentration in print journalism through Roger Williams University.

Jeanne Grandchamp is Professor Emeritus of English at Bristol. Her degrees include: AA (Community College of Rhode Island), BA (Rhode Island College), MA (University of Connecticut) and Certification in Adult Developmental Education (Appalachian State University). She has taught writing and literature, with an emphasis on the writing of both long and short fiction. Besides fiction, she has enjoyed teaching American Literature Precolonial to 1865; Writing about Literature; Topics in English: Blood & Thunder, The Dark Side of American Literature; Comp I: College Writing and Basic Writing Skills. She is eager to help with your writing and research projects.

Kimberly Griffith is an Adjunct Faculty Member and a Writing Center Tutor. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and her M.A. in Holistic Health from Lesley University. She is currently a candidate for a PsyD in Health Psychology. Kimberly teaches HLT 115, BIO 117 and CSS 101. She also teaches Psychology and a First Year Seminar at Lasell College. Kimberly is happy to help you with MLA & APA essays or research papers from any class, technical reports, resumes, cover letters, and any creative writing project.

Daniel Johnson is a full-time student at Bristol Community College, starting in 2017. His current degree is in the Math/Science Transfer program. His writing-related courses include ENG 101 and Honors ENG 102. This is his first semester as a Writing Center tutor. Daniel wishes to continue developing his writing skills outside the classroom and chose to become a tutor. He specializes in writing essays.

Matthew Keefer is a Peer Tutor. His background is rife with proofreading, editing, and arts and entertainment reporting. He maintains a music blog, has fiction published in online magazines, and has been an editor for his own online literary mag. He is currently attending UMass Dartmouth for a Master’s in Education, and has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison 

Anita Hadlock is a graduate of Bristol Community College. She is happy to help students with English and a variety of other subjects including Psychology and History, with an occasional foray into everything else other than Math and Science. She especially enjoys working with determined and persistent students, especially those who have returned to college after substantial absences. She is currently a Senior at UMass Dartmouth.

Julia Macomber is in her third year as a Human Services major and has been a Peer Writing Center Tutor since 2017. As the recipient of a handful of scholarships, clearly, Julia is no stranger to the essays and rubrics affiliated with obtaining them. She conquers research papers in APA format and makes in-text citations a breeze; these assignments are simply no match for her strategic attack mounted against them. Check out her skills in action for yourself by booking an appointment [or attending one of her Writing Drop-In Sessions] today!

Helen Marques is a Master Tutor of English at the Writing Center. She tutors ENG 101, 102, 215 and other specific course material pertaining to the subject. She also tutors Criminal Justice, Portuguese, Spanish, Criminal Law, Contracts and Immigration Law at the Learning Commons. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. She is happy to help you with your academic development.

Alyce Pina is a senior at Bridgewater State University. She will be granted her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology this May 2019. She has been with the Writing Center for two years. She has worked as both a tutor and a supplemental instructor in English 101 courses. Her strong suits lie in creative writing, art, neuroscience, and psychology. Alyce also has experience as a creative writing instructor and ESOL instructor as she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is happy to help with translating, reading comprehension, APA formatting and strengthening writing skills in general.

Sharon Popovsky graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a BA in Economics. She furthered her studies at the University of Texas, Austin, with an MBA in MarketingSharon has over 18 years’ experience writing for the financial and information technology industries, as well as for higher education. Her experience includes technical, promotional, proposal, and policy writing.

Bailey Redmond is a Humanities major at Bristol Community College. He has an interest in education, and his goal in life is to become a college professor. He had taken several college level classes throughout his time in high school, and he has been writing college level essays since his freshman year of high school. He has a fresh and unique perspective on writing, and his areas of strength in writing are as follows: construction of solid arguments, understanding the focus of assignments, and structuring essays. 

Karl Schnapp is Senior Special Programs Coordinator in the Lash Center for Teaching and Learning. He received his A.A. from North Hennepin Community College, his B.A. and M.A. in English at Bemidji State University, and completed graduate coursework in Rhetoric and Composition and 19thCentury American Literature at Miami University (Ohio). He tutors writing and teaches ENG-090, ENG-101, and ENG-102 at Bristol. He taught writing at community colleges, a correctional facility, state and private universities, and he directed the Writing Center at Bridgewater State University.

Chrisanne Souza holds an AA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Bristol Community College, a BA in Literature from Wellesley College and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She has published fiction, memoir, and poetry. She tutors across the disciplines and specializes in humanities writing such as literature, poetry, film, and art. She particularly enjoys tutoring creative writing, close reading, and critical thinking skills. She is also available to assist faculty and staff with advanced degree writing, academic or creative. 

Kris Thompson holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Bristol Community College and is currently pursing a bachelor’s degree at Westfield State in criminology/sociology. In addition to being a Writing Center Tutor, she works as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader in Criminal Justice/Sociology courses. Kris is passionate about helping guide students’ towards excellence in writing, particularly in the areas of annotated bibliography, opinion-orientated essays and research papers. She believes good writing comes from putting your heart into the work.

Harvey Ussach is adjunct professor of writing and public speaking. He received a B.A. from Queens College-CUNY and an M.A. in journalism and communication from American University. He teaches critical essay writing, technical communication, literature, and public speaking, and is a freelance journalist and published writer. He will be happy to assist you in writing essays, papers, following the research process, using correct reference citation and styles, and composing effective job application and scholarship letters.

Shelley Whalen is a Peer Tutor and graduate of Bristol Community College. She is currently a Creative Writing major at Bridgewater State University. She enjoys tutoring as a way to think about expanding her own writing style as well as helping others develop their own. She received a Pass with Distinction on her ENG101 Portfolio, which was reviewed as part of the English Department’s Portfolio Assessment Project. She excels in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and personal essays.

Lillie Wilson is a veteran journalist, science writer, and editor with a portfolio of more than 2,000 by-lines. She received her B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. in English from Brandeis University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.  She teaches professional writing at Roger Williams University and has been tutoring Bristol Community College students in the Writing Center since 2014. She encourages students to bring in writing projects of all kinds, academic and non-academic.