Tutors and Staff


a.k.a. our TRs (trusted readers)

Hi everyone! I'm  Andrea Bialosuknia , an LAH major here at DCC. As a part-time student who's been here for a few years, I'm really excited to
continue tutoring in the WC. When I'm not here, I can be found consuming various forms of media, attempting to cook, hiking, reading and writing (shocker), shouting about television, and trying to learn new things. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and it means a lot to be able to work with other students and help them become more comfortable with their voices as writers. Everyone’s got something worth saying; working in the Writing Center, it’s just rewarding to have a part in that process.

Hello everyone, my name is Paul Christian , and I am  starting my fourth semester this fall. I am currently in the Engineering program, and planning to transfer and finish a four-year degree, most likely at New Paltz. I moved here to New York last fall, and I really like it so far. Outside of class I enjoy traveling (new places especially), reading and scuba diving. This will be my first time working in the Writing Center, or even tutoring at all - it should be a great experience, and I am really looking forward to seeing you all in there. As a non-traditional student, I will take an extra year to finish up here at Dutchess, so hopefully I will have plenty of time to spend in the Writing Center, getting to know all of you - thanks!

Hey everyone. I am Diana Cruz , a Liberal Arts and Humanities major. I planning on transferring soon and majoring in political science. Beside school, I enjoy visiting art galleries, watching documentaries, and reading large books. I look forward to collaborating with you on your writing assignments.

Hi, my name is Sarah Hoffman and this is my fourth semester here at DCC. I'm a liberal arts and humanities major and hope to transfer to a four year school. In my spare time I enjoy baking, DIY-ing, and curling up on the couch for a good movie! This semester will be my first tutoring in the Writing Center, and I'm quite excited about it. The art of communicating ideas, both through the written and spoken word, has always interested me. I am looking forward working with my fellow students in the Writing Center to improve our writing skills together.


Greetings, dearest public of the Writing Center! My name is Eric King. I am an adolescent education in literature major, entering into my fourth semester at DCC. Although they were not my forte during my grade school years, both writing and education are among my greatest passions. Many of my greatest inspirations came from the pages of creative literature. One could say that I learned more from writers like Dumas, Stevenson, and Tolkien than I did from any of my previous teachers. Writing allows us to give emotion, ethics, ideals, dreams, and information a physical manifestation that will endure even beyond the memory of individuals and culture. It can grant us a window into the past, clarity in the present, and foresight for the future. 

I aspire both to be a novelist who creates worlds of his own and a teacher who reveals how much we can derive from all aspects of life. Life is what we make of it, and as students it is on us to work towards becoming more than what we are. I am very excited to begin working in the Writing Center and help you accomplish your own endeavors here at DCC.



Leslie LaForge :  A little about myself: I'm an English major; I love to write & help others!







Hi! My name is Daniel Molloy and this will be my fourth semester here at Dutchess Community College. Last year, I attended DCC as a high school senior from Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, New York via the Bridge Program. Currently, I am an Honors Program student enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Humanities honors tract. I decided to stay here at DCC and finish my degree because I was truly astonished by all of the incredible opportunities that this college has afforded me: from my position as Vice President of the Political Science & International Relations Club (and soon to be Presidency!), to a seat in Vassar College’s National Model United Nations course, in which I was named Head Delegate of our delegation, as well as being awarded the distinguished title of Chief Justice of DCC’s Student Government Association (SGA), for which I will be serving as such during this academic year. I am beyond excited to begin my work as a tutor here in the Writing Center! Writing has always been one of my many passions as well as one of my greatest ongoing challenges! I truly believe writing to be continuous learning process through which we may develop the skills and know-how to become better students, citizens, and even individuals by building upon prior knowledge and experience to further enhance our analytical capabilities as well as our methods of conveying thought, theses, and rationale.

Remember, “Education For a Democracy of Excellence.”



Hi there! My name is Melissa Morris and this will be my third semester here at DCC and my first semester working as a tutor. I'm a nursing student, member of the Army National Guard with a tour overseas under my belt, and I'm passionate about all sorts of things. I look forward to devoting all the skills I've learned in the classroom environment and beyond to better serve each and every student that comes to the Writing Center, whether it be brainstorming, critical thinking, or even venting about a tough essay in a relaxed environment. I'm open minded and a great listener! I know that talking directly to a professor can sometimes be a little intimidating, so I encourage all students to give us a shot and let's work together to see your writing goals come to fruition.


Hi, my name is Sean Nichols , and I look forward to getting to know any of my fellow peers through one of the greatest expressions of the mind: writing! I have been enrolled at Dutchess Community College for four semesters and hope to make my fifth the most intellectually challenging and rich yet. My college major is a major decision I have not been sure about until now. I have taken engineering, music, and general science courses --all of which were part of a wonderful educational experience. However, not until very recently have I discovered a passion for the infinite arrangement of words. I intend to major in English with a concentration in creative writing. So, let the papers and due dates come and perhaps together we can learn to take on and appreciate any writing assignments that come our way while, of course, always working to enhance our abilities as writers.

S'up world; my name is Aidan O'Callaghan and I'm a freshman at DCC in my fourth semester. I've loved to read and write my entire life, and have been employed at the Red Hook and Hyde Park Observers (local newspapers) as a contributing writer and journalist since late 2012. I am extremely excited to begin tutoring in the Writing Center, as I can think of nothing I'd like to do more than facilitate better writing and assist my fellow students in achieving their academic aspirations.

Hi, my name is Zack Remling . This is my fourth semester here at Dutchess Community College, and my first working in the Writing Center. It is my personal belief that all writing should be short and sweet, so I am going to be as quick as I can. I joined the Writing Center because college has brought about some great changes in my own writing over the last year. It is my impression that working in the Writing Center will be a great chance for me to explore my own writing further, and at the same time help others find their own style of writing. I'm decently knowledgeable in most subjects, which I feel will allow me to help any and all students that come into the Center regardless of the assignment. I am currently an LAH honors student, looking to transfer once I have gotten my degree. All in all, I hope that our time together will be both fun and productive.



Ricky Sanchez  I've met some of the most genuine people and found accessibility to the greatest resources during my time at the Writing Center. Not only has the Writing Center assisted in developing my abilities as a writer, but it has improved my critical thinking skills as well. The support, hospitality and quality time the WC Staff offers is an opportunity everyone should take. It is my sole purpose to share this gift with you all, and I hope you find your time here as useful as I have.

Hi, my name is Jill Shavkin .  I was a student here at Dutchess in the early 90s but never finished.  Four years ago, I decided it was about time to finally get my associate's degree!  It was one of the best decisions I've made.  Dutchess is an even better college than I remember.  Unfortunately, I am not able to attend full-time because I need to work full-time.  I am having the time of my life taking just one or two courses a semester and serving as a trusted reader in the Writing Center! 



Hello, my name is Eric Tomik . I am a business administration major with aspirations to transfer to a four-year school. This is my second semester at Dutchess, and my first semester as a tutor for DCC. I also serve as a Volunteer Tutor for the Children's Home in Poughkeepsie. Outside of school, I like to stay active in the community. I am a volunteer on the Board Committee for Dutchess Outreach, and I help assist the community luncheon for the Westminster Presbyterian Church. I enjoy helping others achieve and succeed, and I look forward to spending this semester helping you!






Hi everybody! My name is Hannah Zimmermann . This spring semester I will be graduating from DCC. I’m currently majoring in humanities and social sciences. I wish to transfer in the fall and pull off a double-major of criminology and psychology. This semester will be my first time being a tutor; however, I have experience as a teacher’s aide for special needs students up to the age of eighteen. Outside of school I love to figure skate, and I also love photography. I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing and I’m very excited to start helping other students understand their writing assignments better and become more comfortable with the art of writing itself. I can’t wait to see what this semester brings, and I hope I can help you enhance your writing skills!



Tom Denton,
Professor, English and Director of the Writing Center
 Last year was the Writing Center's busiest ever. More and more students are using our tutoring services to strengthen their writing and thinking skills, improve course grades, and enjoy a comfortable campus home where they find new friends. This year we aim to experiment with some new writing technologies that might give writers tools to capture and process their sessions, enhancing the opportunities for revision. denton@sunydutchess.edu


Leigh Williams, 
Professor, English and Director of the Teaching Resource Project
The focus of the Teaching Resource Project is the Roundtable Lunch Project, a bi-weekly discussion on issues of teaching that brings together faculty and staff from across the disciplines. The Writing Center also sponsors an annual professional development workshop for faculty. In addition, at instructors’ requests, we offer workshops to students and classes in subjects such as writing research papers and taking essay exams.  williams@sunydutchess.edu 

Edwina Gray
Teaching Lab Assistant, Writing Center Computer Lab
Hi, I am usually the first face you will see when you enter the Writing Center. I’ve been here for about twelve years now, and each semester presents its own challenges as well as joys. I am here to share both with you. I often get questions ranging from, "Do you know what time the bus comes to the Main Mall," to "How do I create a database in Microsoft Access?" So feel free to stop by and drain every fiber of my being! Just kidding, looking forward to your visit. gray@sunydutchess.edu

Shannon Flynn – Professional Tutor Hello, students,welcome to the Writing Center! We're here to help you take the stress out of writing college papers so you can focus on what you want to say. At the Writing Center, you can even make friends with APA style, if that's what your assignment requires. As for me, my professional background is in book publishing and advertising. I have a history book coming out next year and a group art show in Manhattan this fall. My masters degree is in Secondary Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and I enjoy traveling and studying languages. I look forward to meeting you. Have a happy and productive semester.



Ryan James McGuckin Professional Tutor and Coordinator of Student Academic Persistence. Hi, my name is Ryan and here at the Writing Center I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your reading and writing questions, ideas, and observations regarding any stage of your assignment. Whether it involves drafting, revising, focusing on a few technical aspects of your writing, or anything that involves the texts and materials for your class, I am looking forward to meeting with you. Beside my time in the Writing Center, I am also an English PhD student in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture concentration at Louisiana State University. My research involves looking at language and communication as a series of designed and managed networks, found in a variety of mediums, such as the fine and performing arts, architecture, photography, film, and writing. These interests guide my university teaching and service as well as the work I do here at the Writing Center.


Henry Ricci, Professional Tutor I am excited to be here working with you on any and all writing assignments but very interested in seeing creative writing assignments as well. From my years of tutoring here in the Writing Center, I am again proposing the "money back guarantee" for your session because I know you and your paper will benefit from the experience, and you will enjoy yourself. How can you go wrong with that? I received my Master's from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut in English with a writing concentration and am a professional writing tutor here at Dutchess. PS. The administration has not (yet) approved my guarantee idea, but stay tuned!