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Meet Our Staff


Meet our staff! All of our Writing Consultants are instructors or graduate assistants at FGCU.

Ali Ayala

I am currently pursuing my B.A. in English at FGCU. This is my fifth year working as the receptionist at the Writing Center, and I love it. We all work hard to create a great environment for both our tutors and our visitors!

Chad Brodbeck

I am currently an M.A. candidate in the Department of Language and Literature. Prior to this, I studied Philosophy and Biology at FGCU, my alma mater. I worked previously in genetics and neuroscience research, and I like to play Bach and Beethoven on the violin.

Lynn Bolderson

In 1988 my husband retired from the Detroit Police Department, and we relocated to Fort Myers. I’d enjoyed a long career in retail management, but I decided it was time to try something different. I thought it would be fun to teach English, my reasoning being: “I like to read and know lots of words. Why not give it a whirl?” So, after earning my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education-English from FGCU, I did four years teaching in middle school. Yikes! Those kids are fast and freaky. . . . I was whirlin’ like a dreidel every day.

It didn’t take me long to realize that I would need more education if I was going to find my niche, so it was back to FGCU for a master’s degree. Now I teach Composition I and II and tutor at the Writing Center. Ah… nothing but books and words and fabulous discussions every day. I believe I’ve found my dream job.

Sarah Burt

As the Writing Center’s Program Assistant, I work to make sure that students are getting the most out of our resources. I earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from FGCU. In addition to working at the Writing Center, I also teach Composition I & II at FGCU. For the past three years, I have worked as a professional writer and editor for a number of local businesses, and I enjoy bringing this experience to the students at the Writing Center.

Linda Campbell

I finally decided what I want to be when I grow up . . . a reader, writer, and teacher--and the Writing Center is just the place to practice all three! I came to FGCU over ten years ago, first to study creative writing and then to complete a master's degree in English. I have been on campus ever since and continue to enjoy the writing adventures I share with fellow students. I enjoy working with students on MLA, creative writing, and literary analysis.

Barbara Fischer
I currently work as a private music instructor, among other things, so teaching is a pretty big part of my life. I completed a B.A. in Communication (with a PR emphasis) in 2013 and currently am enjoying pursuing an M.A. in English. Two of my favorite things about working in the Writing Center are tutoring students who come in from French classes and the amount that I've learned from working in the Writing Center.

Jason Forrest

I have been a writing consultant for five years. I am also an instructor for ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 here at FGCU. I hold a B.A. in English Writing & Rhetoric from St. Edward's University (Austin, TX) and an M.A. in English where I focused on rhetoric and the teaching of composition from Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX). I have helped all sorts of students with their revising and editing concerns, but I particularly enjoy exploring ideas, talking about language, and enabling students to write everything they want to convey.

Andrea Foster

I am from Rochester, NY. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Fredonia and my Master of Education in School Counseling from the University at Buffalo. I am a Counselor at an elementary school and I am also a Graduate Assistant with the Department of Language & Literature, pursuing a second master's degree in English. I enjoy working with all types of students in all phases of the writing process, but I most enjoy helping students with pre-writing and essay organization.

Tom Goldman

I am a practicing lawyer licensed in the State of Florida. I am currently attending FGCU as a graduate student in English and working in the Writing Center. I am a francophone, having lived and worked in France/Monaco for fourteen years. In particular, I enjoy working with French-speaking students.

Matt Jacobson

I am an FGCU alumnus currently completing on my master’s degree in English. I also teach ENC 1101 and 1102 at FGCU. My writing and tutoring interests include both academic and creative writing.

Vanessa Lynch

Although I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, I grew up in Naples, Florida, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from FGCU. In addition to tutoring at the FGCU Writing Center, I also teach middle school English. I enjoy helping students at all stages of the writing process, but my favorite is editing, revising, and documenting sources.

Cathy McLaughlin

I have worked as a tutor in the Writing Center for three years, and prior to that, I worked for Adaptive Services at FGCU for three years. In the past, I have worked as a Reading Specialist, Special Educator, and French Teacher for grades 7-12. I taught for 25 years and tutored reading throughout my teaching career. I am a certified Orton Gillingham Specialist for dyslexic students, and I am fluent in French. I enjoy working with students who need pre-writing help, and I also like helping students clarify the meaning of what they have written.

Allison Serraes

I am a second-year graduate student of English. My writing style favors clarity and precision with tightly organized paragraphs. Some of my favorite tutoring topics include essay brainstorming; organization; MLA, APA, and Turabian documentation; and comma usage. I also enjoy helping students with assignments from a variety of disciplines such as environmental studies, criminal justice, composition, creative writing, biology, and social science.

Morgan Souza

I am a second-year English graduate student and composition instructor at FGCU. I hold a B.A. in English from FGCU. My tutoring interests include helping students write personal statements for applications, showing students how to strengthen their topic sentences, and helping students effectively organize paragraphs and information in their writing.

Angel Taylor
My name is Angel Taylor, and I Have been tutoring at the Writing Center here at FGCU since 2008, when I was a graduate student. I finished my bachelor's and master's degrees here at FGCU, and I have also been teaching here since 2009 -- first as a Teaching Assistant, then as an adjunct instructor, and now as a faculty member. While I enjoy helping students with all kinds of assignments in the Writing Center, I most enjoy working with creative writing pieces and literary essays... no surprise there I guess! I also find the psychology, sociology, and forensics assignments to be fascinating as well.

Rebecca Youngblood

I graduated from UCF in 2010 with my bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, I started a working in the clinical research field for retinal diseases with the National Ophthalmic Research Institute and stayed in that career for almost three years. I always wanted to teach, so I left my career to continue with my English education by pursuing a master’s degree in English at FGCU. Although I am new to the Writing Center, I enjoy tutoring, and I especially love helping students through the paper planning process, focusing on organization and brainstorming ideas.

Emily Vallier

I hold a BA in English and Anthropology from University of Rhode Island, and two MAs, one in English and one in Applied Linguistics, both from University of Massachusetts/Boston. I also studied Literature and History for a year in York, England.

Before joining the FGCU faculty and the Writing Center staff in 2008, I taught English as a Second Language in the Boston area, directed study abroad programs in Europe and South Africa, and owned a neighborhood market in New Hampshire. Here, I teach composition in the Department of Language and Literature as well as the interdisciplinary course, Foundations of Civic Engagement.

I love working in the Writing Center because I get to work with students from all disciplines, at all levels of their academic experience. I enjoy the collegiality of our staff and look forward every year to meeting the new consultants who join us.