Roger and Joyce Howe: The founders of the Howe Writing Center

HWC Staff

The Howe Writing Center has two full-time administrators, three graduate assistants, and a team of graduate and undergraduate consultants, welcome staff, graphic designers, and marketing interns.

Administrative Staff

See full bios for all of the HCWE administrative staff.

Kate Francis ( is the HWC Manager. She facilitates the daily operations of on-campus HWC locations and oversees the writing consultants, welcome staff, the marketing team interns, and the graphic designers. 

Jenelle M. Dembsey ( is the Coordinator for Technology and Accessibility. For the writing center, she coordinate online writing appointments and trains online writing consultants.

Kyle Larson ( is a Graduate Assistant Director and a second-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. He now conducts training seminars, undergraduate mentoring, and anti-oppression writing center research.

Ryan Vingum ( is a Graduate Assistant Director and a second-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. He is involved with leading seminars/ongoing consultant training, mentoring, and researching and assessing consultant training and transfer.

Luke Shackelford ( is a Graduate Assistant Director and a first-year masters student in the Philosophy department. He assists in online training and research, as well as coordinates the HCWE Writing Associates Initiative.

Student Leadership Team

Brie M. is a double-major in biology and English, with a double-minor in marketing and Spanish. She enjoys Pizza Hut dinner boxes and is addicted to videos of unlikely animal pairs being friends.

Clara M. is an English literature major and rhetoric and writing minor who spends her days drinking tea at Kofenya and coming up with the perfect Instagram caption to document said tea drinking.

Evan D. is a creative writing major with a minor in classical humanities. He spends most of his time reading, writing, or otherwise creating and consuming stories. If he’s not doing that, he’s probably busy with the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society or justifying a trip to Graeter’s.

Marc P. is double majoring in French and French Education. He enjoys alternative music and does not regret watching every episode of The Office fourteen times through.

Mira P. is a political science and economics double major with a Spanish minor. On campus, she’s a senator in Associated Student Government and an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also loves Kanye West, queso, and power naps.

Rachel V. is a marketing major and an entrepreneurship minor who loves turtles, enjoys baking cookies, and strives to look like Jennifer Aniston when she's 46.

Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Caroline P. is currently a finance and political science double-major. She enjoys unnecessary online shopping, Netflix, and drinking too much Diet Coke.

Courtney R. is majoring in AYA English education and minoring in political science. When she isn't running all over campus for classes and various organizations, she enjoys pretending to be a hipster and hiking. She aspires to one day own a pug of her own, dress it in various tuxedos, and address him as Mr. Snuffleupagus from time to time.

Faiz S. is a sophomore accounting and finance double major with a minor in management and leadership. His favorite shows are The Office, Game of Thrones, and Modern Family. On top of that, he likes spending as much time with his friends as possible and going to the rec.

Haley H. is a creative writing and English literature double-major. She believes guacamole should be its own food group and takes too many BuzzFeed quizzes.

Hien (Evelynne) L. is currently an English literature major. She enjoys learning languages, playing with cute animals, and trying out new baking recipes, although she's terribly good at burning pastries.

John W. is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in general business. When he’s not consulting, doing math problems, or watching The Office, he’s flying airplanes.

Karen A. is a public administration and strategic communication major who might pick up a minor in criminology. She loves dogs, running, and re-watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

Lauren K. is a junior studying English education and creative writing. On campus, she is a member of the dance team and a sorority. She loves animals, fitness, and all things Disney!

Leah S. is a marketing major with a business legal minor. She is majoring in business so she doesn’t starve but actually just wants to be a novelist. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority on campus and likes to live her life in various extremes.

Miranda C. is a social work major from Cleveland who aspires to one day work in a hospital. When she's not binge watching Orange Is The New Black, you can find her either at the rec or eating queso at Fiesta Charra. She loves Nicholas Cage, succulents, and LaCroix.

Nick F. is a professional writing and psychology double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. He sees Skyline Chili as his lifeblood and enjoys watching Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and period dramas like Mad Men in his free time.

Phoebe M. is an individualized studies major focusing on creative writing and social justice. When she’s not catching up on Gilmore Girls, you can usually find her studying at King or grabbing dinner at Quarter Barrel with her friends. She hopes to one day own at least three dogs, preferably French Bulldogs.

Shannon D. studies English literature, art and architecture history, and classics. She enjoys smelling books in her free time and loves Mexican food, conspiracy theories, and History channel’s Vikings.

Tara V. is a biology major, looking to double-major in environmental science. She loves reading, listening to music from the late 1900s, and being around/working with/learning about animals.

Taylor T. is a psychology major with two minors in theatre and creative writing and spends much of her time with the organization Cru or hiding away with her tea and journal.

Welcome Staff

Colleen E. is double majoring in international studies and finance with a French minor. In addition to working at the writing center, Colleen also works in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide. She very much enjoys traveling and plans to study abroad twice during her time at Miami.

Danielle R. is a marketing major and spanish and supply chain minor. She loves traveling and hopes to work abroad someday. She also loves reading and running in her spare time.

Karen H. is a biology major with two minors in neuroscience and supply chain. She loves to try different kinds of food, make bubble tea with friends at home, and go to different rooftops in New York.

Rachel S. is an anthropology major with a minor in History. She loves movies, food of all shapes and sizes, and hours spent pouring over a good book.


Kaitlyn K. is a double major in graphic design and marketing. She is active on campus and loves to play volleyball. She also loves traveling and going to the movies in her free time. She hopes to one day be a designer in the movie industry.

Marketing Team

Emily R. is a marketing major and fashion design minor. She loves to travel and enjoys baking. She is the Director of the Honor Code for the Business Student Advisory Council, a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. (aka Carrie R.'s sister)

John P. is a marketing major and a part of the Business Fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon. He loves to spend time with his friends and is also a member of the Social Fraternity Kappa Alpha Order on campus.