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Staff

The staff of the Center for Writing Excellence are dedicated to making your visit to the CWE a positive experience.

We welcome you and look forward to working with you!

Program Director

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Melinda Knight

Professor and Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, English

Phone
973-655-7442
Email
knightm@montclair.edu
Location
Bohn Hall

Research/Interests: Rhetorical Theory and Practice, Writing Centers, Writing in the Disciplines, Computers and Composition, American Cultural Studies.

A scholar and practitioner, Professor Knight brings expertise in rhetorical theory and practice, business and professional communication, writing across the curriculum and American cultural studies. She conducts undergraduate and graduate courses at Montclair State University and supervises student teachers. Additionally, she advises educational and governmental organizations on corporate communications topics and develops professional communication programs for a broad spectrum of clients in business, not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Professor Knight has been awarded grants from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Wallerstein Foundation, among others. She has also been the Editor of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly since 2010.

Assistant Director

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Alicia Remolde

Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, Academic Affairs

Phone
973-655-7442
Email
remoldea@montclair.edu
Location
Bohn Hall

Areas of Interest: Community writing projects, Women’s Studies, Asian women’s literature, classic monster movies.

Before joining the CWE, Alicia enjoyed working for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Montclair State. She likes meeting students, faculty and staff from across campus and learning about their interests. Alicia thinks stories and storytelling are a fascinating and powerful part of our lives, both in their hearing and telling. She encourages writers at all levels to make use of the CWE, for all kinds of writing.

Program Coordinator

CONSULTANTS

Alan Smith

Senior Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: composition writing, creative writing, songwriting, creative arts

Extracurricular:  Music, natural building, visual arts, carpentry, organic farming, cooking

Alan is in The Porchistas, a very busy, Montclair-based, independent rock band. He spends several months of each year at Rancho Mastatal in a remote, old growth rain forest, teaching people how to build earthen structures and live sustainably.  Alan enjoys being able to help students make their papers better while simultaneously improving their overall writing ability, which is why he works in The Center for Writing Excellence.  He says, “The challenge of guiding writers to a better place, a more confident and empowered place in their writing is as rewarding today as it was when I first started. I thoroughly enjoy my job.”

Alice Freddi Beresin

Alice Freddi Beresin

Senior Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: American and French Literature, Art and Art History, and Learning Disabilities

Extracurricular: Drawing, travel, reading, gardening and going to the theater

This is Alice’s fourth year working at the CWE. Alice also tutors middle school, high school and college students in composition, research and study skills. She has worked with students on the reading and writing sections of the SAT and has helped high school seniors on college essays and applications. A number of Alice’s private clients have learning differences. Alice currently freelances as an illustrator for private clients and has illustrated books for Prentice Hall, Inc., Jossey-Bass, and John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, Alice is on the board of directors of the off-Broadway theater company, VOICETheatre, where one of her duties is editing grants and promotional material.

Alison Nolan

Alison Nolan

Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: Business writing; creative non-fiction writing; writing through technology; writing through literature; grammar, proofreading and editing; MLA, APA and Chicago styles; first-year and developmental writing; transitioning from high school to college; career writing and academic advising; reading, writing and learning strategies across the curriculum

Extracurricular: Karaoke, yoga, cooking

Alison received her MA in English with a concentration in writing studies and her BA in English with a minor in business from Montclair State. During her graduate career, Alison was a graduate assistant for the CWE and upon receipt of her MA she continued as a consultant. She returns after completing an appointment at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Alison has previously taught first-year writing at Montclair State, developmental reading and writing at Union County College, and English/Language Arts at the high-school level. In addition to the CWE, Alison presently works in communications in a corporate environment. She is excited to continue working with writers at her alma mater!

Brian McBrearty

Brian McBrearty

Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: Resume screening, cover letter development, technical report construction, business case analysis, APA Style

Extracurricular: Philadelphia sports teams, country music, golf, and craft beer

Brian graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Management and International Business and a minor in Psychology.  Brian is now pursuing his MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Montclair State University. Prior to becoming an MA candidate, Brian worked in marketing with The Russell Athletic Corporation. Most recently he has been working for The Clark Associates, a restaurant equipment wholesaler based out of Lancaster Pennsylvania. When Brian is not at work or in class he is an avid golfer and enjoys watching all Philadelphia sports teams. Brian enjoys working with students of all disciplines in order to create a mutually beneficial atmosphere of knowledge sharing. He finds consulting rewarding and enjoys seeing students grow as they hone in on their writing skills throughout their academic career.

Camilla Finch

Camilla M Finch

Senior Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: News writing for television, newspapers and magazines. Expertise in economic and business journalism.

Camilla has worked professionally as a journalist in both the television and print fields for 25 years. She rose through the ranks to become a producer at ABC Network News working on the programs, “20/20”, “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and “Business World”. She specializes in writing about business and economic issues for both television and print. She is also a founding member of the Lydia Johnson Dance Company as well as a founding member of Youthnet, the after-school program that serves the South Orange and Maplewood school districts.

Dana Sobel

Dana Sobel

Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: APA Style, research papers, literature reviews, writing for psychology

Extracurricular: Running, color guard, yoga, and blasting musicals in the car

Dana recently graduated from Georgian Court University with her bachelor’s in Psychology. Her academic interests center around motivation and burnout in the workforce with a particular interest in burnout in athletes. She ran track during her undergraduate studies and also invested much of her time into conducting research and extracurriculars such as the Women in Leadership Development program. Outside of the university setting, she enjoys writing, yoga and working as a color guard instructor. Dana has always enjoyed writing, both academic and creative, and wants to help others gain confidence in their writing skills.

Deanna Mattia

Deanna Mattia

Consultant

Subjects/Areas Expertise: Creative Writing, Secondary English Education and American Literature.

Extracurricular: Listening to country music in the car, long nights binge-watching all things Bon Jovi related on the I-pad, Saturday mornings drinking coffee and watching Food Network, cooking and baking (chocolate is the solution to everything), traveling and taking nature photos, and writing short stories on rainy days.

Deanna followed her dream of attending Montclair State University where she received her BA in English with a minor in creative writing and her MA in American literature. She also spent time in the Education program but is currently exploring the vast career opportunities an English degree has to offer. Deanna is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and published a short story in their literary magazine. She dreams of one day publishing a novel and exploring the beauty of Ireland. Deanna is passionate about a career in writing and helping writers improve in the CWE.

Emily Ann Lagg

Emily Ann Lagg

Senior Consultant

Extracurricular: Old movies, loud music, good books 

Emily is currently a law student at Rutgers with an interest in intellectual property. She was previously an adjunct professor at Montclair State University in the First-Year Writing Program. In addition to being a consultant at the CWE, she has also helped facilitate community writing groups. She received her MA in English from Montclair State and her BA in Literature from American University.

 

Justin Ghansiam

Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: Business writing, poetry, Creative writing, storytelling, MLA, International Business, Management, Marketing

Extracurricular: Socializing, massive film geek, singer, dancer, photographer, poet, aspiring DJ, and a person who loves to live life to the fullest!

Justin graduated from Montclair State University in 2019 with a BS in Business Administration and an International Business concentration. He is currently pursuing his MBA with a dual concentration in Management and Marketing. Justin works as a retail supervisor at the Home Depot and participates in numerous events both on and off campus. When not working at the Home Depot, Justin spends time practicing his vocals, dance moves, DJ mixing skills, or watching a movie. As long as he is living a life filled with adventure, that is enough for him. Justin enjoys working with students from across different cultures and backgrounds and strives to change the world with one individual at a time.

Kristine D Witko

Senior Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: Second language writing, Praxis test prep, writing for the teacher education program, reading comprehension, impromptu essays

Extracurricular: Taking Portuguese classes, attempting to learn how to dance salsa and bachata, reading about history and education, traveling, writing

After receiving her MAT in Teaching English as a Second Language, Kristine spent several years splitting her time between New Jersey and Rio de Janeiro. While she lived in Brazil, she managed a nonprofit that provided educational services to children in a favela, or slum. She currently serves as its Director of Education and still returns often. She has currently settled in the United States again (for now) where she works as an elementary ESL teacher. She has nine years of experience working with the Center for Writing Excellence and one year of experience as a literacy coach for the Center of Pedagogy. Kristine loves working in the center and has greatly enjoyed watching students strengthen their writing skills over time.

Norman C De Filippo

Norman C De Filippo

Senior Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: Poetry, Samuel Beckett

Extracurricular: Listening to all sorts of music while sitting in traffic; sitting in traffic; complaining about sitting in traffic; reminiscing about having time to play guitar and bass; walking Molly, his American bulldog terrier, while avoiding bears; watching the night sky sink into the soil from behind a desk; breaking things and fixing things that break.

Norman began his undergraduate studies at William Paterson University, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the college newspaper and the literary magazine. After two years at William Paterson, Norman transferred to Boston College where he spent most of his time reading poetry and waiting for the T to take him someplace warm. In 2001 he graduated with a BA in English literature.

During the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters Norman was a graduate assistant at Montclair State University. He aided four professors with three projects. He spent half of his time conducting research at the New York Public Library and the other half of his time performing online research. In the spring of 2012, Norman completed his MA thesis on three twentieth-century Irish novels and their depictions of the home, Irishness and their characters’ descents into various underworlds.

In addition to his work at the writing center, Norman is also an Adjunct Professor at Essex County Community College where he teaches a variety of writing and literature courses. Norman enjoys working in the writing center and loves working with students on their writing.

Valerie Saturen

Valerie Saturen

Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: First-year college writing, American literature, creative writing, journalism, and writing in the humanities

Extracurricular: Reading, hiking, learning new things and going on adventures in New York City

Val received her MFA in Creative and Professional Writing in 2018 from William Paterson University, where she currently teaches first-year college writing. She believes writing is an extremely valuable skill no matter one’s life path or career goals, and she enjoys watching writers develop their ideas and become more confident in their writing. In addition to teaching and consulting, she loves working on creative writing projects, especially writing for young adults. In her past experience as a freelance journalist, she wrote features about current events, environmental sustainability, and a wide variety of other topics. She loves working with all kinds of writers on every type of writing!

GREETERS

Alexis Antico

Alexis Antico

Head Greeter and Consultant

Subjects/Areas of Expertise: APA style, analysis, journalism, creative writing

Extracurricular: Playing with her pittie Lulu, binge-watching TV shows and gaming

Alexis graduated from Montclair State University with honors in 2014. She enjoys freelancing for online entertainment sites where her main focus is op-eds and think pieces. Alexis is an avid reader and enjoys writing flash fiction and poetry. When not writing, she’s probably thinking about her dog, Lulu.

 

Namrata Amin

Namrata Nitin Amin

Greeter

Prior to the CWE, Namrata worked at a non-profit organization that aided survivors of human trafficking where she advocated for victim visa rights. Her time there was spent working with those who spoke little or no English to ensure that their experiences were communicated efficiently and privately to other organizations who could help further. As a multilingual writer herself, Namrata freelances as a translator and is excited about working at the CWE and the resources it provides writers, especially to those whose first language is not English. Outside of professional interests, she is passionate about her Malaysian roots, travel, South Asian Fiction, her attempts at writing a collection of short stories and the New York Yankees.