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Meet the VAWLTers!

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Virtual Academic Writing & Library Tutors can help you with any of your writing assignments and goals.

Michelle Lisi, VAWLTer
Michelle Lisi is the Coordinator of the VAWLT. A poet and short story writer, Michelle earned her MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University before moving to Maine to work in writing centers and teach English and Humanities courses. She loves coffee, her almost-8 year old, and her cats; hates team sports, Play-doh, and the word “moist.”

Emma-Marie Banks, VAWLTer
Hi everyone! My name is Emma, I am 23, and currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. I love to help people, and especially help people learn. I am an avid ‘outdoors-person’ and spend most of my free time finding something to do out in the wilderness. I live ‘on a mountain in Maine’, so that helps. I love to help people with the writing process and I am what you could call a ‘grammar freak’. I like to try to think about writing assignments in a creative way, and I am always looking for ways to make remembering little rules easier. Let me know how I can help you!! :)

Michelle Roderick, VAWLTer
Hello everyone! I am in my second year at UMA, I have four children and one on the way, we love to snow mobile, hike, fish, and go four wheeling. I love to write both academically and for fun. I love to write, as well as help others learn the writing process. I am always thinking up little rhymes or songs to help me remember certain grammar rules, and I have even shared them with my children’s ELA teachers. I look forward to working with you and helping with any of your writing needs. :)

Ellen Rollfs, VAWLTer
Hello! My name is Ellen, and I am a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine but am originally from the suburbs of Massachusetts. I am majoring in Linguistics with a concentration in Deaf studies and have been working towards fluency in American Sign Language. My favorite things include making faces at babies when their parents aren’t looking, horrible chick flicks, and dogs that look like their owners. I hope to work with people learning English as a second language and spend as many days as possible at the beach after graduation. Happy writing!

Nick Dustin, VAWLTer
Hello everyone, my name is Nicholas! I am striving to achieve a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Information Security Systems. I plan on graduating sometime around the year 2020. Information literacy is where I thrive and it is this expertise I plan to bring to you as a VAWLT tutor. Even though I work with technology I strongly enjoy physical activities and adventures; especially mountain biking and mountain hiking. When I am not recreating or VAWLTing I enjoy working on personal research related to philosophy and science. I am very excited to be here ready to help you as both a tutor and a peer!

Stacey Brownlie, VAWLTer
Hello all, my name is Stacey and I’m the Acting Director for Off-Campus Library Services. I hold a B.A. in English with a minor in Journalism. I also took classes in advertising, graphic design, speech and communications during my undergraduate days… in other words, I had a difficult time settling in a major! I also have my M.S. in Library Science and I’ve worked in the libraries for 12 years. I love helping students see research as a journey and scholarship as a conversation. The most important elements of my life include my partner, my son and daughter and my parrot, Kiki. I used to be a competitive figure skater and I now live on coffee and kindness.