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The Writing Center Staff

The Writing Center staff is dedicated to providing excellent tutorial services to Blinn students. The writing consultants are professional tutors with writing backgrounds. In addition to tutoring students, writing consultants assist instructors in the Parallel Studies labs, give presentations to classes, lead orientation sessions, present student workshops, and develop handouts, worksheets, and writing materials for students. Writing consultants also complete many hours of training and exceed all training requirements established by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), which certifies the Writing Center.

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Abrams Beccera

Abrams received his B.B.A. degree from The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). While there, he also minored in Leadership Studies and graduated from UTPA’s Student Leadership Program. His entrepreneurial spirit is clearly matched by his love for writing as he enjoys poetry and screenwriting. He also hopes to one day publish a children’s book. Abrams joined the Writing Center staff in 2014.

Amy Bilski-Arredondo

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in University Studies at Texas Tech University. One of her areas of concentration was English. A former Blinn College student, she enjoys tutoring students in the Writing Center and assisting instructors in the Parallel Studies labs. Amy joined the Writing Center staff in 2013.

Monica Byrne

Monica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Education from Texas A&M University. She is certified to teach English Language Arts and Reading in grades 8-12. Monica taught first-year English for three years at Texas A&M as a graduate teaching assistant. She enjoys helping students become better writers. Monica started working in the Writing Center in 2004.

Gena Gilcrease

Gena graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Theater Directing. She received an M.A. in film from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Theology and Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute. Gena has taught in adult education for ten years, has written and directed training films, and is working on several writing projects. Gena loves guiding the creative process and a successful writing experience. Gena joined the Writing Center staff in 2013.

Patricia Henschen

Patricia earned her B.A. degree in International Studies and Spanish at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She received her M.A. degree in Literature/Writing/Women’s Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Patricia has taught and tutored at the college level, and she also has worked as a software engineer and technical writer. Patricia began working in the Writing Center in 2012.

Nicole Perkins

Nicole is currently a READ 0305 and 0306 instructor at Blinn College. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in English (creative writing) and a minor in film. She earned her Masters in Education degree from Texas A&M and is certified to teach Reading and English Language Arts in grades 8-12. She has also taught at the high school level. Nicole loves facilitating student learning and engaging students both in the classroom and in the Writing Center. Nicole joined the staff in 2007.

Morgan Pesek Morgan earned a B.A. degree in English at Texas A&M University. She has taught English in public schools in Bryan and Houston, and she has extensive experience helping students with their writing. Morgan joined the Writing Center staff in 2015.

Caleb Mullins

Caleb is a former Blinn College student who went on to earn his B.A. degree in anthropology, with a minor in English, at Texas A&M University. Caleb’s interests include archaeology, medieval literature, classical mythology, and military history. Caleb joined the Writing Center staff in 2014. Caleb is currently pursuing an M.A. degree in English at Texas A&M University.

Marty Reed

Marty is a certified English teacher with 13 years of classroom teaching experience. She also has 10 years of experience working as a dyslexia specialist/academic therapist. Marty has worked in both the Writing Center and the Parallel Studies labs since the fall of 2005. She is a mom of four and a grandmother. She enjoys working with Blinn students and seeing the improvement in their reading and writing skills. Marty joined the Writing Center staff in 2005.

Sharon Roe

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Austin College. She served as a Developmental English and GED instructor at Grayson County College from 1996 to 2003. In addition to her teaching experience, Sharon launched and administered two Conversational English schools in Japan. She enjoys writing and working with students in the Writing Center. Sharon began working in the Writing Center in 2010.

Jamie Saucier Jamie has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester and a B.A. degree in history from Louisiana State University. He has taught and tutored at the college level, and he has experience in designing writing classes. Jamie began work in the Writing Center in 2015.

Bonnie Schroeder

Bonnie graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and a minor in history. She has 32 years of experience teaching in Texas public schools. Bonnie states, “I so love working with reading and writing students. It is very gratifying to watch students obtain knowledge, apply newly acquired skills, and achieve success.” Bonnie has been tutoring in the Writing Center since 2004.

Janalisa Soltis

Janalisa graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. degree in Marketing. She has always enjoyed writing and editing through the years. In fact, she previously freelance edited for the Texas Transportation Institute and is currently serving as a co-editor/writer for the local magazine, Flair. As a Writing Center tutor, Janalisa enjoys being part of those “ah ha” moments with students as they discover and develop their talents as writers. Janalisa joined the staff in 2011.

Dr. Richard Williamson, Director

Dr. Williamson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Journalism, and French and his Master of Arts degree in English at Sam Houston State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas, with an emphasis on American literature and the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Before arriving at Blinn College, he taught English and coordinated the Writing Center at Muskingum University in Ohio. In addition to directing the Writing Center, he teaches English classes at Blinn.