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Director

Sherry Wynn Perdue



(248) 370-3105
wynn@oakland.edu

Before finding a home in the Oakland University Writing Center, Sherry Wynn Perdue completed an American Studies program at Michigan State University and attended the School of Criticism and Theory, then located at Dartmouth College. She has actively participated in curriculum development and peer mentoring in addition to teaching composition within the Writing and Rhetoric Department since 1996. In 2009, Sherry affirmed her commitment to the lively art (and science) of writing at OU by taking the helm of the writing center, where she spends most of her consulting hours collaborating with faculty on their scholarly publications and with graduate students on their theses and dissertations. When she is not teaching or working one-on-one with clients, she is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. Sherry’s concurrent role as a Test Preparation Instructor for the ACT and SAT allows her to guide high school students through the significant transition to college; this position confirms her belief that students need rigorous high school preparation. To that end, it seems only natural that Sherry also devotes her energies to collaborating with high school English teachers as they craft Advanced Placement English Language and Composition courses for their districts. Although Sherry enjoys offering one-day AP workshops at other Midwestern campuses during the academic year, she relishes the week-long summer institutes in which she shares her passion for teaching with secondary educators. Sherry’s publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers, and information literacy have appeared in The Writing Center Journal, Education Libraries, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. In addition to her own writing, she serves as managing editor of the Oakland Journal (and has edited such publications as Re-Visions: Journal of the Women's Studies Program at Michigan State University and The Oil Pipeline Monitor), reviews books for academic publishers, and heads WriteSpace Consulting, an editing and custom writing business. In her fleeting spare time, she vacations with her husband Don and daughter Alexondra in Suttons Bay and enjoys walks with her Standard Poodle Max. 


Operations Coordinator 

Ashley Cerku



(248) 370-3474

Education: BA in English and Writing/Rhetoric
Specialties: Creative writing, Poetry, Research papers, Organization, Draft expansion

Ashley Cerku is currently the Operations Coordinator at the Oakland University Writing Center. She is a recent graduate of OU with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing/Rhetoric with sites on being a future Editor and Novelist. She also likes to work with students and consultants to help create a more interactive writing environment at Oakland University. 


Webmaster, Service Coordinator

Ron DelVillano



(248) 370-3474

Education: BA in English

Ron DelVillano is a recent graduate from Oakland University's English BA program. When not working at the Writing Center, he spends most of his time writing and drawing comics and writing video game reviews for nintendolife.com. Ron often self-publishes his own comics in print and online, but he hopes to someday see one of his comics in print by a publishing company. 


Writing Consultants

Erin Avey



Education: BA in Communication, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: First year writing, Non-fiction analysis, Organization

Erin Avey is a third-year student at OU who started working at the Writing Center in January 2013. She has never driven a car through a car wash, has been ghost-hunting in West Virginia, and has worn a bathing suit at a nude beach in Barcelona. Her favorite quote about writing is one from Steve Martin: “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” 


Debbie Barry 



Education: BA in Social sciences with an education concentration and in English
Specialties: First year writing, Grammar, Word choice

Debbie is a graduate student, majoring in linguistics.  She plans to teach introductory college English and writing after she completes her degree.  In her free time, she is a historical reenactor, focusing on both the medieval European period and the 18th century colonial period on the western frontier, in which she is joined by her husband and her two sons.  Debbie has privately published a number of books centered around genealogy and Vermont history, which are listed on Amazon. 


Sam Boyhtari



Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Sociology
Specialties: First year writing, Grammar/Sentence structure, Creative writing

Sam Boyhtari is a Writing and Rhetoric major, minoring in Sociology. Sam Graduated from Holly High School in 2012—he commutes to Oakland from his home in Davisburg. In addition to his school studies, Sam is an active musician, performing with his band Pines, as well as writing and producing his own solo work under the moniker War War War. He is also very involved in writing fiction, primarily of the horror genre. A few of his favorite authors are Tim O’Brien, H.P. Lovecraft, and Henry James. 


Daniel Brengel



Education: BA in Music and English Secondary Eduction, Minor in German Studies
Specialties: Literary analysis, Music, Theatre

Raised in the rural "thumb" of Michigan, Dan Brengel graduated from North Branch Wesleyan Christian Academy in 2002. After studying musical theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, he moved back to Michigan and worked in banking for several years. Now studying at Oakland University while working in the OU Writing Center, he is pursuing a BA in English with German and Music minors as well as teaching ESL certification. Dan lives in Ferndale with his partner Tony and their two dogs, Darla and Talula. 


Carol Burns-Wortham



Education: BA in English, MA in Counseling
Specialties: Research writing, Graduate level writing

Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Saginaw Valley State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Counselor Education. In addition to working in the Writing Center, Carol is a graduate assistant, teaches classes in the Counseling Department, and counsels clients at a private practice. Carol hopes to obtain a faculty position when she completes her degree. 


Karen Donoughe



Education: BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, MA in Counseling, PhD Candidate in Counselor Education
Specialties: Licensed Professional Counselor, Literature reviews, Scientific writing, Creative writing

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Rochester. She takes a break from that work to assist students in the Writing Center a couple of days a week. Her engineering experience, which includes publishing and presenting a paper at an international conference, allows her to work well with engineering and science students. Karen’s counseling training and experience also allows her to work well with students on research studies, lit reviews, and creative writing projects.


Brittany Forth



Education: BA in Art History
Specialties: First year writing, Creative writing, Brainstorming

Brittany is majoring in art history. If you ask her to pick a favorite art movement you'll be there all day, because it's so hard for her to pick one. Her favorite season is fall. Also, she has never lived outside of Michigan.  


Emily Hagan



Education: BA in Psychology, Minor in Spanish
Specialties: Grammar, Word choice, Brainstorming

Emily Hagan is a junior working toward a degree in Elementary Education. In her work at the Writing Center, Emily specializes in grammatical assistance, brainstorming and outlining, and working with ESL students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and volunteering.  


Victoria Johnson



Education: BA in Creative Writing, Minor in English
Specialties: Creative writing, Poetry, Organization, Voice development

Victoria is a senior Creative Writing major (poetry track), English minor. She's an avid collector of strange coffee mugs, and an adrenaline junkie. In her free time she enjoys distance running, traveling, and hanging out with her two younger sisters, Lucy and Lola, the golden retrievers. There's nothing she loves more than country music and a good read. 


Katie Leonatti



Education: BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement; Minor in History
Specialties: Literary analysis, Creative writing, Poetry, Publishing, Organization, Grammar

Katie Leonatti dreams of being a high school English teacher and a successful writer of poetry and fiction. During her free time, Katie enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and writing. In addition to being a featured poet in Pink Panther Magazine, Katie's poetry was also published in BAC Street Journal, Poetry Now, and Ceremony: A Journal of Poetry and Other Arts.  


Mandy Olejnik



Education: BA with a double major in Writing and Rhetoric and French Language and Literature
Specialization: Organization, Literary analysis, Creative writing, Cinema writing

Mandy is a sophomore here at Oakland University and is aspiring to attend law school following her completion of her dual major of Writing and Rhetoric and French Language and Literature. She is currently planning a study abroad trip to Angers, France and would like to obtain a professional translation certificate before she graduates.  In her spare time, she squeezes in creative writing along with helping out on her family's farm. She eventually aims to deal with international law along with writing professionally on the side. 


Andrew Petrykowski



Education: BA in English, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: First year composition, Brainstorming, Organization

Andrew works for OU Housing as a member of Nightwatch. He likes to think that he keeps students safe from dangerous intruders, but mostly he just tells people when their friends can't spend the night. Other than that and his work at the OUWC, Andrew spends his time reading, playing video games, and trying not to get back into playing League of Legends (He promised that he wouldn't do that to himself anymore). 


Meghan Phelps



Education: Associate's degree in Liberal Arts, BA in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: Organization, Non-traditional students, Integrating sources, and First-year writing

Meghan Phelps began her collegiate experience at Oakland Community College (OCC), working as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for each level of writing class offered at OCC. She also worked as an English tutor for OCC’s Academic Support Center; her experience at OCC totals thirteen semesters. Meghan continues her studies at Oakland University and plans to begin pursuing an MA in Writing and Rhetoric after graduation. Her career goal is to teach writing at the college level because she thoroughly enjoys helping people realize their full potential as writers and as students. 


Adrian Schirr



Education: BA in Creative Writing, Minor in English
Specialties: Outlines, Organization, Creative writing

Adrian Schirr specializes in outlines, organization, brainstorming, creative writing, and close readings of literature. Writing is a passion that she has appreciated for as long as she can remember. This unwavering joy ultimately paved the way to help her succeed in her dream of becoming a published author. Her novel, Under the Orange Moon, was recently picked up by Bandit Publishing. When she is not working on her next novel or roaming the library at Oakland University, she can be found watching her two sons play sports, volunteering at their schools, or even cooking her husband’s favorite meals. 


Brandan Sharp



Education: BA in Secondary Education with double major in English and Spanish
Specialties: Grammar/ENG 215, Creative writing

Brendan Sharp is a senior majoring in Secondary Education - Spanish and English. He is the current president of the Spanish Club at OU and also works as a tutor at Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. His hobbies include listening to music, coaching and judging elementary and high school-level forensics, and being with family and friends. 


Kaitlyn Sheets



Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: First year writing, Organization, Outlining, Spanish

Kaitlyn Sheets is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in Writing and Rhetoric. She is a lover of cows and cats who enjoys reading. She is often spotted capturing the portraits of the woodland creatures around campus. On a serious note, Kaitlyn has a passion for the Spanish language and culture and hopes to study abroad in Argentina. 


Jeremy Wendell



Education: BA in English, MA in English
Specialties: Organization, Outlining, Literary analysis, Composition

Jeremy Wendell is a current graduate student, majoring in English. He plans to have a career in the editing or publishing fields while writing fiction on the side. Jeremy loves sushi, books, wine, and Betty White. 


Reception Crew

Paige Brockway



Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric and Journalism

Paige is a freshmen from Pinckney, MI. She is loving every minute at OU so far! She is involved with the Honors College and is pursuing a double major in Writing and Rhetoric and Journalism with the hope of becoming some sort of writer in the future. 


Mike Medley



Education: BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement, Minor in Biology

Mike Medley is currently a sophomore aspiring to become a high school English teacher. He also works at Oakland University's Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education as an assistant preschool teacher. In his free time, Mike enjoys reading, disc golf, video games, and the Detroit Lions. 


Miguel Rosario-Nieves



Education: BA in Communications

Miguel is a Communications major. He is an islander boy from Puerto Rico who is bilingual, loves sports, and is a non-stop ESPN FANATIC! He loves colorful new fashion trends and plans to have his own clothing line one day as well as open a Latino buffet restaurant. 


Marketing Consultant

Lauren Wolf



Education: BA in Management Information Systems

Lauren Wolf is currently pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems, and will graduate in April 2014. After graduation, she'll be working as a healthcare data analyst. In her spare time, Lauren can be found running, reading, or playing video games.