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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


 Bethany Besteman

Bethany Besteman brings a background in rhetoric and Renaissance studies to her work as the Graduate Assistant Director of the Writing Center. She completed her MA in English language and literature at Catholic University of America where she is also currently completing her PhD. At Catholic she has taught undergraduate courses in writing and literature and collaborated on curriculum design as the Assistant Director of the Writing Program. Bethany also works as a tutor at the United States Naval Academy Writing Center. Prior to her graduate studies, Bethany worked editing web content for a company based in Michigan. She received a BA in English and History with honors from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.
Rhetoric, History, Renaissance, MLA/Chicago Style, Theater, Grammar

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. Jane has taught courses in Writing, Ancient Literature, Medieval Literature, and Moral Theology.  In addition to these areas, her academic interests include 20th century British and American literature, art, and music.
Grammar, Syntax, Structure, MLA & Chicago Style;  Literature, Theology, Philosophy, Classics, Music

Laurel Howard

Laurel C. Howard is a Masters student in the English department focusing on English Renaissance Literature. She holds a dual degree in Literary Studies and History from the University of Delaware. Her primary research interest is the early English sonnet, but her other scholarly intriggues include English Petrarchism, Shakespeare's history plays, and Tudor and Stuart Britain more broadly.

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


Maggie Morgan

 Maggie Morgan is a westerner from the Plains of Colorado. She received her M.A. in English in 2007 from Auburn University. After teaching mathematics at a high school for one year, she recommenced her academic career earning a second M.A. in French from the University of Nebraska in 2015. Her research interests are in British and French Romanticism and languages in general. This year is her third as a doctoral candidate in CUA's English program.
Literature, Humanities, ESL/ELL

Lindsay Puvel Myers

Lindsay Puvel Myers is an M.A. student in the English Department studying 19th and 20th century American literature. Lindsay received her B.A. in English with a minor in Theology from The Catholic University of America in 2013. She is a freelance writer in her spare time, working mostly with small newspapers, businesses, and websites. Lindsay has also taught high school courses in American literature, Writing and Composition, elementary Grammar, and Creative Writing. She currently serves as the Lead Instructor of the Writing Center and the NCSSS Writing Center liaison. While she enjoys working with students on all types of writing, she especially enjoys working on application materials like cover letters and statements of purpose.


Humanities, Grammar, MLA and APA Style, Application Materials


Monica Schoreder

Monica Schroeder is a PhD student in the English Department, specializing in Late Medieval and Early Modern literature. Before completing her MA in English Language and Literature at Catholic University, Monica received her BA in English literature from Washburn University, where she also worked as a Writing Center tutor. Her scholarly interests include religion, art, philosophy, theater, and classical education.


MLA/Chicago/APA Style, Drama, History, Theology, Philosophy, Resumes and Applications, Grammar.




Mary Cuff

 Mary Cuff is a fifth year candidate, ABD, in the English Department. She specializes in the American nineteenth and twentieth centuries with  a special focus on Civil War literature and literature of the American South. Additionally, Mary has studied classical rhetoric extensively. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Latin and Greek from the University of Dallas and a MA in English Language and Literature with a certificate in rhetoric from the Catholic University of America, where she has taught various writing courses, especially ENG 101, for the past four years.

MLA, Rhetoric, Grammar, English, Classics, Conference Proposals, Applications, Abstracts.





Hannah Bormann

Hannah Bormann is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in the English Department with a focus on early modern literature and the question of woman. She completed her Masters degree in English language and literature at CUA, and holds a dual bachelor's degree with honors in English and French from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. While at Catholic, Hannah has taught undergraduate courses in writing and literature for the last five years. Hannah is currently working on her dissertation on interpretations of Eve in 16th- and 17th-century England, ranging from educational and conduct advice books to female-authored pamphlets to poetic versions of Genesis from Milton and others.

Rhetoric, Renaissance, Literature, History, Theology, Grammar, MLA and Chicago styles






Undergraduate Peer Tutors

Katie Broshek

 Katie Broshek is a senior 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. 


 Elena Perkins 

Elena Perkins is a senior English major minoring in Psychology. Her favorite pastimes include cooking, hiking and marathoning Netflix shows. She also loves reading, particularly classical literature, contemporary poetry, and Gothic fiction. In addition to her work in the Writing Center, Elena is a Student Coordinator for CUA PEERS (Peer Educators Empowering Respectful Students) on campus. Although she is deeply loyal to her home state of Massachusetts, she loves D.C. for its museums and restaurants. Her favorite places in the dictrict are the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art, and wherever the Captain Cookie truck happens to be.

Emma Scandole 

Emma Scandole is a junior 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.

Shannon Edgar

Shannon Edgar is a Senior undergraduate student from Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in International Politics, with a focus on counterterrorism, and a Certificate in Intelligence Studies. After this year, Shannon will be pursuing a Masters related to intelligence and national security related studies. Outside of the Writing Center, Shannon is currently working on publishing two novels and catching up on all of her favorite books.  Additionally, Shannon is a third year RA in Mill South, and enjoying her last year as a part of the CUA community.



Michael Teresa Mellifera

 Michael Teresa Mellifera is a junior undergraduate student from South Philly majoring in Philosophy and double minoring in Theology and Islamic World Studies. Additionally, Michael is a student in the University Honors Program going through the Humanities Sequence. Michael enjoys studying the languages, literatures, philosophies, and histories of Christianity and Islam in the medieval Near East. Upon completion of her undergraduate career, Michael intends to pursue a doctorate in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. She is very interested in learning about the different attitudes, perceptions, and modes of thinking about the human body that persisted in different societies at different times. In addition to being an Undergraduate Tutor in the Writing Center, Michael is also enthusiastically involved with the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, Residence Life, Arabic Society, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Justice for Juniors, and the Gaels Irish Dance Team. 
Michael considers herself a horror fanatic and spends a frankly embarrassing amount of time enjoying the genre in its many media incarnations, including novels, anime, films, and video games. Michael's favorite childhood memories are of watching summer movies with her older brother at the Blue Sky Drive-in in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Rachel de Rosset

Rachel de Rosset is a junior English major. In addition to writing and literature, her interests include history, art, music, and anthropology. During the down time between papers, exams, and research projects, she enjoys curling up with a pair of headphones and a good book. When not in the Writing Center, Rachel is likely to be found working at Mullen circulation, in the stacks, or behind the welcome desk.

Mary Margaret Olohan

Mary Margaret is a senior English major minoring in Theology from Northern Virginia. Her favorite past times include reading whatever literature she can get her hands on, watching Gilmore Girls and Jane Austen movies with friends, hiking in the Shenandoah, and exploring DC coffee shops and book stores. Additionally, Mary Margaret is the President of the CUA English Society and an editorial intern for Verily Magazine.

Peter Varga

Peter Varga is a junior Psychology major, minoring in Theology & Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Neuroscience.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he brings a background in music that spans from classical and flamenco guitar to composition to liturgical organ and choral work.  At CUA, in addition to being an Undergraduate Peer Tutor in the Writing Center, he is the vice president of the Medieval Society, a Student Ambassador for the University Honors Program, and a Research Assistant in the Prospective Memory and Planning Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. 

Frances Lataif

Frances Lataif is a senior English major and Theology minor from Georgia. Her favorite academic pursuits are British literature and history. Frances also serves on the board of Cardinals for Life and enjoys reading, podcasts, The Great British Bake Off, visiting museums, traveling, and pickleball.  






Julia Bergamini

Julia Bergamini is a junior Philosophy/Pre-Law major with minors in German and History. Born and raised in New York, Julia enjoys hiking with her brother, and spending time with her four younger siblings. When not in the writing center, Julia can be found at her other job, or in Starbucks, studying, writing papers, reading German newspapers (it’s great practice) and consuming probably unhealthy amounts of caffeine. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music-- usually classic rock-- and running. She thinks the closest thing to heaven on earth is curling up with a good book and her black cat though. Upon completion of her undergrad, Julia plans on attending law school in hopes of pursuing constitutional law. 

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan is a Junior Media and Communications major seeking a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. He is interested in pursuing production work as well as gaining experience in the world of publications, and he dreams of one day being published. He is far from his native home of Jackson, Mississippi but the charm of Washington, DC is just as refreshing. His hobbies include entering as many writing contests as he can find and talking loudly while watching movies. He loves to read as much as he does to write, from Faulkner to King, and in addition to working as a peer tutor for the Writing Center, he helps produce and edit content for The Khollected, a local DC magazine. Andrew enjoys editing especially and loves to work with creators to bring out the best in anything.




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




Media Studies
Social Work

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


Bethany Besteman, Graduate Assistant 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