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Our Staff

The Writing Center is staffed by graduate instructors and undergraduate peer tutors. Our graduate instructors have received highly competitive fellowships and assistantship awards that fund their work in the Center. Our undergraduate peer tutors have been nominated by CUA professors and then selected after a rigorous review and interview process. All Writing Center staff undergo extensive and ongoing training.

Writing Center Instructors


Elizabeth de Mahy

Elizabeth de Mahy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English whose studies focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature, especially the works of female novelists. She is writing a dissertation entitled “The Ethics of Crisis in the Works of Jane Austen.” In 2009, Elizabeth graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Political Science, and Spanish. She received her Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from CUA in 2011. Though born in St. Louis, M.O., Elizabeth grew up in Mississippi and Louisiana. Elizabeth has been an instructor in English composition and literature classes and has also worked as a T.A. in Media Studies.

Jane Forsyth 

Jane Forsyth is an M.A. candidate in the English department.  She is originally from Southern California, and received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College where she focused on Natural Philosophy, Epistemology, and Theology.  For the past four years Jane has taught courses in Writing, Ancient Literature, Medieval Literature, and Moral Theology.  In addition to these areas, her interests include 20th century British and American literature, art, and music.
Grammar, Syntax, Structure, MLA Style;  Literature, Theology, Philosophy, Classics, Music

Laurel Howard

Laurel C. Howard is a Masters student in the English department focusing on nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish literature. She holds a dual degree in Literary Studies and History from the University of Delaware, with a minor in Irish Studies. She has given talks at the American Conference for Irish Studies and several University of Delaware research events, including historical research-focused seminars. Her primary interest is in Irish poetry, prose, and music prior to 1922, but her other scholarly intrigues include the Irish language, Tudor and Stuart Britain and Ireland, Shakespeare's history plays, and Renaissance Petrarchism.


Historical research and writing, Chicago Style, Paper talks and presentations, Poetic composition and analysis


Ann Kuehl

Ann Kuehl is an M.A. candidate in the English department. She is from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and received her B.A. in English Literature, with a concentration in Political Philosophy, from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, where she worked with UD’s academic success office as a Politics Tutor. Ann’s scholarly interests include contemporary poetry and poetics.

Literature, Politics, Philosophy, Rhetoric, MLA Style, Grammar

Amy Marter

Amy Marter is an M.A. student in the English department with an interest in medieval literature. Originally from Indiana, Amy received her B.A. in English language and literature from Christendom College with a minor in Classical studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a peer tutor in Christendom’s writing center and served as an editor of the student journal. She also has editorial experience from working for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. Her scholarly interests include Dante, religion in literature, poetry, and Classics.


MLA style, Chicago style, Humanities, Literature, Classics


Lindsay Puvel Myers

Lindsay Puvel Myers is an M.A. student in the English Department with interests in 19th century American literature, postcolonial literature, and postwar literature, specifically post World War I. Lindsay received her B.A. in English with a minor in Theology from The Catholic University of America. For the past two years, she has taught high school courses in American literature, Writing and Composition, elementary Grammar, and Creative Writing. Lindsay's other scholarly interests include pedagogy, with a particular interest in classical education, and Metaphysical poetry.

Humanities, Grammar, MLA Style, Applications, Resumes, Creative Writing


John Ritenour

John Ritenour is an M.A. student in the English Department. Originally from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, he received his B.A. in English Literature and a teaching certification from Messiah College. John has a wide range of scholarly interests but particularly enjoys 20th century novels. He plans to teach at a public high school after receiving his M.A.

Literature, Secondary Education, History



Monica Schoreder

Monica Schroeder is an M.A. student in the English department with interests in both Renaissance and Modern literature, especially their uses of textual hybridity and classical philosophy. Originally from Indiana, she received her B.A. in English literature from Washburn University in Kansas, where she also worked in Washburn’s writing center as a tutor. Her scholarly interests include art, psychology, narrative styles, linguistics, gender studies, classical education, opera, and history.


Shaun Stiemsma

Shaun Stiemsma is a PhD candidate in English at the Catholic University of America with a focus on early modern drama.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Calvin College and his master’s here at CUA.  He has been a teaching fellow in English at CUA for the past 7 years, teaching courses on writing and literature.  He has also served as the assistant director of the writing program, helping to develop the syllabus and materials for the current iteration of English 101 taught at CUA.  He has also been a writing instructor for over 17 years, working with students one-on-one as well as in the classroom.  Shaun Stiemsma has also served at the director of the Writing Center's 2016 Dissertation Boot Camp.

Undergraduate Peer Tutors

Katie Broshek


Katie Broshek is a junior Psychology major, minoring in Theology and Philosophy. Although much of her college writing is focused on psychological research, Katie still maintains a passion for creativity- always seeking to express ideas in fresh and engaging ways. Thanks to the support of her Keurig and Dunkin Donuts, Katie lives a very caffeinated life. She is often spotted giving tours to prospective students, breaking a sweat on her frequent walks to O'Boyle, or catching up with fellow Orientation Advisors in the Pryz (always with coffee in hand, of course). After graduation, Katie plans to continue writing while pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. 

Rebecca McCarron

Rebecca McCarron is a senior History major and Spanish minor originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is particularly interested in American History especially the Revolutionary War Era, the Young Republic, and the Gilded Age. She also volunteers with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and has just begun a position as a writing intern for Phi Beta Kappa’s The Key Reporter. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and exploring Washington D.C.


Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore is a senior English Major and Philosophy Minor. She loves reading Southern Gothic literature and anything written by Kurt Vonnegut or Billy Collins. Outside the academic world, Rachel enjoys playing ukulele for her first-year residents in North Neighborhood 2 and drinking chai lattes. She has written about literature, philosophy, classics, and drama.

Literature, Humanities, Philosophy


 Elena Perkins 

Elena Perkins is a junior English major who is minoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Her favorite pastimes include cooking, hiking, and marathoning Netflix shows. She also loves reading, particularly classical literature, contemporary poetry, and Gothic fiction. Though deeply loyal to her home state of Massachusetts, Elena loves D.C. for its museums and restaurants. Her favorite places in the District are the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art, and wherever the Captain Cookie truck happens to be.

Emma Scandole 

Emma Scandole is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from New York. In her pastime she loves to listen to music, watch Netflix, and explore the culture and history of D.C. When not giving campus tours as a Cardinal Ambassador, Emma can also commonly be found reading all types of genres with a large cup of iced coffee next to her.

Angelica Sisson

Angelica Sisson is a senior Classics major and Philosophy minor from Phoenix, Arizona. As a student of Greek and Latin her scholarly interests center on rhetoric, tragedy, and the Hellenistic mystery cults. Angelica has previous editing experience as a copyeditor for CUA's undergraduate research journal Inventio as well as being the news editor and copyeditor for CUA's newspaper The Tower.

Looking for an instructor with a strong interest in writing in a particular subject or genre?

All of our instructors can assist you with any writing project or work with you on issues of grammar and citation, but if you’d like to request an instructor who has experience in a particular subject area or genre, please use the following list as a guide. If you cannot find your subject/genre on the list, but would still prefer a referral, please contact Dr. Kevin Rulo for assistance. 

APA Style
Creative Writing
Shaun Stiemsma


Monica, John
Monica, Lindsay, Rebecca


Media Studies
Social Work
Lindsay, Rachel
Lindsay, Monica

Peer Tutor Alumni

Sullivan Maciag, '13

Patricia Mars '14

Wesley Cocozello '14

Eva-Maria Ghelardi '14 

Administrative Staff


Dr. Taryn Okuma, Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program

Dr. Kevin Rulo, Director


Lindsay Puvel Myers, Lead Instructor

Monica Schroeder, Outreach Coordinator



Locations and Hours


Closed holidays and during university holiday periods.

If the university closes for inclement weather (including early closings and delayed openings), the Writing Center will close and appointments scheduled during this time will be cancelled. If this happens, please reschedule your appointment online.

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Contact Us

219 Mullen Library
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064

Writing Center Email:

Writing Center Phone: 202-319-4286
Director: Dr. Kevin Rulo
Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program: Dr. Taryn L. Okuma
Lead Instructor: Lindsay Puvel Myers
Outreach Coordinator: Monica Schroeder