Meet the current Officers of the OWCA Executive Board. You can contact the Board at board@onlinewritingcenters.org.


Megan Boeshart Burelle, President

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2024, followed by 1-year term as Immediate Past President

Megan BoeshartMegan Boeshart Burelle is the President of the OWCA. She currently directs the Old Dominion University Writing Center. She began working in writing centers as an undergraduate writing consultant at Ohio State University-Newark in 2010. She is currently working on her PhD in English and working on a dissertation about tutor training for asynchronous screencast tutoring. Her research interests include online tutoring, tutor training, and graduate writing support.

 

 


Oluwayinka Arawomo, Vice President

Length of term: July 2023 to December 2024

Oluwayinka ArawomoOluwayinka Arawomo is the Vice President of the OWCA. She is the past TA assistant director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center. She is currently a 6th year PhD candidate in the Department of English (Composition and Rhetoric program) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught first year composition for four years and supported her students in the writing classroom and one-to-one tutoring in the writing center. Her research interests include online writing support groups for female graduate students, digital writing and rhetoric, Nigerian women’s discourses in digital spaces, and African Feminism.

 

 


Jaclyn Henegar, Secretary

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2024

Photo of Jaclyn HenegarJaclyn Henegar is the current Assistant Treasurer of the OWCA. She began working in writing centers as an undergraduate tutor in 2015, and worked as a graduate assistant writing center tutor at the Old Dominion University (ODU) Writing Center from 2018-2020. She is currently working on her PhD in English at ODU, studying both Native American and Indigenous literatures and cultural studies, and writing center rhetoric and composition. Her current research interests include Native feminisms, community writing centers, and counterstory composition in the freshman writing classroom.

 

 


Vacant, Assistant Secretary

Length of term: 1 year, followed by 1-year term as Secretary


Elle Tyson, Founding Treasurer

Length of term: October 2020 to December 2024

Elle Tyson became a Coordinator for the Online Writing Centers Community in 2020 and is now an Incorporator and Founding Treasurer of OWCA. She worked as both a graduate assistant tutor and a professional tutor while earning an MA in applied linguistics with an emphasis in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at Old Dominion University (ODU). She is working on a PhD in English and is the Assistant Director for ePortfolio & Digital Initiatives at ODU, overseeing the daily operations and tutor training for a digital composition tutoring center, ODU’s ePortfolio Studio. Her current research focuses on best practices for online tutoring, specifically asynchronous video/screencast feedback. She is also interested in exploring XR for tutor training.

 


John Sinclair, Assistant Treasurer

Length of term: January 2024 to December 2024, followed by 1-year term as Treasurer

Photo of John Sinclair, a man with dark hair, a beard, and a mustache, looking down as if reading something

Meet Dr. John Sinclair, or ‘Dr. John’ as he’s warmly referred to. In addition to his roles at the OWCA, where he believes that all instructors should be equipped with the tools needed to help students succeed in writing, Dr. John is an active instructor for doctoral, MBA, business and research courses. Dr. John is also a published author, with a best-selling business book on Amazon, and a prolific writer who shares market insights through daily and weekly newsletters. Driven by a passion for cultivating confident and empowered writers, he channels his professional and teaching experience to support students in their writing endeavors. Drawing from his expertise, Dr. John is dedicated to guiding students on a transformative journey, helping them develop into successful and confident writers. He believes in the profound impact of effective support and mentorship, fostering an environment that empowers students to excel in their writing pursuits.”

 


Vacant, Diversity & Social Justice Chair

Length of term: 1 year, followed by 1 year as Diversity & Social Justice Chair

 


Pallavi Mittra, Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair

Length of term: January 2024 to December 2025, followed by 2-years as Diversity & Social Justice Chair

Pallavi is a woman looking at the camera. She has long dark hair and is giving a small smile.Pallavi is an Academic Coach at the Academic Success Center at National University. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Calcutta (India), a M.S. in Management, a M.Res. in Research Methodology, and a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from the University of Strathclyde (U.K.). Pallavi has presented her research at several international conferences and received a best paper award from the British Academy of Management. For the past 12 years, she has taught undergraduate students and taken an inquiry-based approach to coaching school students in writing skills, and extensively developed multimodal learning content across diverse topics for varied audiences. In her current role, she assists unconventional learners pursuing graduate studies to understand the intricacies of academic writing and find their unique critical voice as scholars-in-making.

 


Madelyn Carroll, Accessibility Chair

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2023

Madelyn Carroll (she/her) is the Chair of the Accessibility Committee. She taught Freshman English and worked as a tutor and tutor coordinator at Rowan University, where she also got her BA and MA in Writing. She is currently working towards her PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she also currently tutors in the Jones White Writing Center, is a graduate assistant with the Writing Across the Curriculum program, and severs as the Social Events Coordinator for the Composition and TESOL Association. Her research focuses on equity in the composition classroom and the writing center.

 

 


Vacant, Accessibility Co-Chair

Length of term: 1 year, followed by 1-year as Accessibility Chair

 


Rasha Alkhateeb, Student Representative

Length of term: January 2024 to December 2024 (term can be renewed)

Photo of Rasha Alkhateeb, a woman wearing a hijab, smiling, and looking forward

Rasha Alkhateeb (she/her) is a PhD student in Literacy Education and a Writing Fellow in The Graduate School Writing Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an Executive Committee Member of the South Central Writing Center Association’s Tutor Talks, a series of virtual professional development sessions hosted by tutors for tutors. Her research interests are in liberation literacies or how students with racialized, politicized, and criminalized identities use writing as a form of schooling resistance. Rasha is a poet and loves recommending books in all genres!

 

 


Jarrett Taylor, Student Representative

Length of term: January 2024 to December 2024 (term can be renewed)

As an experienced, certified tutor, Jarrett Taylor has tutored students at various colleges and
universities in a variety of subjects including Computer Information Systems, Math, and English.
Currently, he works at the Bronx Community College Writing Center, where he takes on multiple
roles.
At the Bronx Community College Writing Center, he is a senior tutor and computer lab
technician. As a tutor, he assists students by answering questions related to the technical side of
writing papers and research. As a Computer Lab Technician, he uses his knowledge and skills to
aid others with a number of issues such as working with specialized software, printer
maintenance, and document recovery. During his free time, Jarrett enjoys playing video games,
watching movies and listening to music.
Being a student representative for the Online Writing Centers Association allows Jarrett to not
only apply his tutoring experience ro various issues but his technical experience as well.
Technology can be found and applied in any capacity for tutoring. Smart boards, smartphones,
and web cameras are just some of the devices that are being used in tutoring sessions. What’s
more, online tutoring has significantly increased compared to ten years ago. As a tutor and lab
technician, it is vital to keep up with the latest and upcoming technology and note how it will
affect the duties of tutors. Technology such as the use of Chat GPT will affect how tutors
approach a student’s work. The tutor may not only have to worry about the quality of the paper,
(s)he would be concerned about the originality of the piece. That is why as a tutor and lab
technician, Jarrett needs to learn more about how to deal with such issues. Technology should
be a tool for tutoring, not its replacement.


Erika Maikish, Conference Chair

Length of term: June 2023 to June 2024

Erika Maikish

Erika Maikish is the Conference Co-Chair of the OWCA. She earned a M.A. in English alongside a graduate certificate in teaching writing and composition from SUNY Stony Brook. For over ten years, she has worked extensively within writing centers as a peer tutor, faculty specialist, and director in addition to teaching rhetoric and composition to undergraduate and graduate students. After over four years at New York Medical College expanding her repertoire to include STEM writing and tutoring programs, Erika has recently joined Drew University as their new Writing Center Director. In her free time, Erika snuggles with her rescue dog and teaches aerial hammock/hoop.

 


Spencer Harrison, Conference Co-Chair

Length of term: June 2023 to June 2024, followed by 1-year term as Conference Chair

Spencer Harrison

Spencer Harrison is the Conference Co-Chair of the OWCA. For the 2023-2024 academic year, Spencer is serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kazakhstan. From 2019-2020, he taught American literature and composition at Boricua College. Spencer served, from 2017-2019 as a New York City teaching fellow and received an MS in Secondary Mathematics Education from St. John’s University. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, he taught first year composition, worked in the Writing Center, and received an MA in English with a focus on creative writing. At Pitzer College, Spencer received a BA in English and is where he first started working as a peer writing tutor. Spencer has presented at the IWCA, EWCA, MENAWCA, IWCA Collaborative, and CCCC conferences. He also participated in the EWCA’s 2023 Summer Institute in Armenia. Spencer’s research interests include internationalizing the Writing Center, multimodal composition, translingualism, code-meshing, synthesizing national academic composition traditions, and working in international and multilingual contexts.


Bri Lafond, Virtual Events Chair

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2024

Bri LafondBri Lafond (she/her) is the Virtual Events Co-Chair of the OWCA. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies and the campus writing center, the Writers Workshop. Her research interests include online writing centers, social media platforms, video essays, and multimodality.

 

 


Vacant, Virtual Events Co-Chair

Length of term: Two years, followed by 1-year term as Virtual Events Chair

 


Amanda Tomanek, Website Coordinator

Length of term: January 2024 to December 2025

Amanda Tomanek (she/they) is a website coordinator for the OWCA. She began working as a student assistant in an ESL computer lab on her undergraduate campus, where her love for peer tutoring began. Amanda received a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University, and spent nearly 5 years teaching EFL and academic literacy at universities in Japan. After holding the position of Associate Director of Learning and Tutoring Services for Writing Support at California State University San Marcos, which has provided online writing support since fall 2019, she is currently an ESOL instructor in the Portland Community College system. Her research interests include equitable practices for multilingual, undocumented, and first-generation college students.

 


Daniel Scharf, Website Coordinator

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2024 (term can be renewed)

Daniel Scharf

Daniel Scharf (he/him) is a website coordinator for the OWCA. He started his career in education teaching English for several years in Germany. He later obtained an MA in TESOL from Portland state University where he worked as an English tutor in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) there. He has taught at several universities in Japan for several years where he was a co-founder of a peer writing center. Daniel is now the International Language & Education Center Program Manager at SUNY Oswego.

 

 


Joni Hayward Marcum, Grant Coordinator

Length of term: Two years

Photo of Joni Hayward Marcum, a woman with blond hair looking forwardDr. Joni Hayward Marcum is Coordinator of the UVU Writing Center and directs the Writing Fellows program. She is a multidisciplinary scholar with a background in media, cinema, and digital studies, English literature, writing programs, and writing centers. She has published scholarship in the film and film history disciplines and has taught writing, English, and film studies at Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned her PhD in 2023. In addition to tutoring undergraduate and graduate students as a writing center tutor herself for six years, Joni has served on the Midwest Writing Centers Association board and mentored graduate students and student employees in first-year writing and writing centers. She has also presented writing center scholarship at the IWCA conference and NCPTW. Joni’s research interests include the intersections of writing and digital literacy, AI and writing, critical AI pedagogy, and research practices, information retrieval, and information organization.


Brian Harrell, Outreach Coordinator

Length of term: January 2023 to December 2024 (term can be renewed)

Brian smiling and wearing a suitBrian Harrell is the Outreach Coordinator for OWCA and is the Writing Center Specialist at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Brian established the NEOMED Writing Center as a campus initiatives pilot program in February of 2022. Brian is active in IWCA, NCTE, CCCC, and TYCA. Brian has worked in online education as a FYC instructor at several universities, including the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he currently teaches asynchronous composition and professional writing courses. Brian has worked in higher education since 2011. Brian is interested in asynchronous, online writing center work as it pertains to medical, pharmacy, and dental students and the high stakes writing they must complete for residency, as well as supporting graduate students in writing their theses and dissertations.