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. Currently, some of these tutors are only available for synchronous tutoring, and others are available only for asynchronous tutoring. 

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.

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!

Corey Ehly has spent his career supporting students as they learn and grow. He has held many roles in education, from being a tutor and academic coordinator at YouthBuild New Bedford to his current position where he organizes job/internship experiences for special needs high schoolers in Tiverton, RI. Corey received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clark University and his MSW from Boston University. While obtaining his advanced degrees, Corey was cited as one of the best writers in his class.

Michael S. Geary is an 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. He recently had an article published in The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.

Lisa Jolicoeur is a veteran high school English Language Arts with experience teaching graduate literature courses for teachers.  She holds a B.A. in English from Stonehill College, an M.Ed. from Cambridge College, an M.A. in English from Bridgewater State University, and a CAGS in TESOL from Bridgewater State University.  She is a literacy volunteer with adult English Language Learners and enjoys working with all types of writing projects in the BCC Learning Commons!

Julie Martins graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Medical Assisting program in 2018. She has been an employed medical assistant for 2 years and recently became an ER Tech at a Fall River hospital. She is currently taking her pre-requisites for Nursing. Her hopes are to become an ER Nurse. Her interest in writing began after realizing the power it holds in communication as well as success in education. 

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 pursuing 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 an 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 applications and scholarship letters.

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.