Writing Center

Writing Center Staff

Writing Center Director

Gina EversGina R. Evers directs the on-campus Writing Center at Mount Saint Mary College. In this capacity, she hires, trains, and supervises the Writing Center staff; collaborates with Mount faculty and staff on writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives; develops co-curricular, writing-related programs and celebrations; and oversees the day-to-day administration of the Writing Center.

Evers holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Ithaca College. Prior to her work at the Mount, Evers taught College Writing courses at American University, where she also tutored a diverse student population in two different writing-center environments. Evers has worked within the field of higher education for the past 10 years, serving in the areas of residential life and judicial affairs, campus activities, and alumni relations. She is also a published poet and nonfiction writer. Evers is originally from Chicago, Ill. She can be contacted at either gina.evers@msmc.edu or 845-569-3626.


Writing Center Coordinator

Mark CassettaMark Cassetta is the Writing Center Coordinator at Mount Saint Mary College. In addition to welcoming visitors into the Writing Center (WC), he is responsible for managing the WC schedule, maintaining its web presence, coordinating events, and collaborating with work-study students.

Cassetta graduated from Marist College, where he worked as a professional tutor in the Writing Center for five years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Writing with a minor in Psychology. Currently he is working on a five-novel YA fantasy series and hopes to be published by a major publishing company. He can be contacted at mark.cassetta@msmc.edu or 845-569-3629.



Writing Center Tutors

Writing Center Tutors are current Mount Saint Mary College students who assist their peers in all stages of the writing process. Through one-on-one, fifty-minute consultations, tutors can help students brainstorm and organize ideas; structure sentences, paragraphs, and essays; strengthen their arguments; incorporate research and appropriate systems of citation into their writing; improve their grammar and style; and more! Writing Center Tutors are also involved in planning and facilitating writing-related, on-campus events.

Writing Center staff

Allyson Sickler is a junior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying Psychology and Criminology with a concentration in Juvenile Justice. Along with being a Writing Center tutor, Allyson is also a note taker and test proctor for the Office of Disability Services. Some strengths she is able to offer include organization, brainstorming, and outlining. She is an avid dog lover and enjoys ending a busy day with a book in hand.  Allyson is a local to the area; she resides in Newburgh, NY.

Writing Center staff

Danielle Petricca is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is an English major with a concentration in Adolescent and Special Education. Danielle is a student ambassador; she also acts in the main stage productions at MSMC. A handful of things Danielle is passionate about includes: reading, writing, theatre, education, feminism, The Office, and horror movies/books. She has been reading and writing her whole life and will continue to do so forever. Ask her to show you her book tattoo on her ankle - she won’t bite! Danielle is from Long Island, NY.

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Elyana Feliciano is a junior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying Psychology with a minor in English. Elyana is active on campus as an admissions ambassador, work-study in Student Activities, and as the secretary of Latino Student Union (LSU). She hopes to become an author of a children’s book. Working as a Writing Center Tutor is her next step to becoming a better reader and writer. She believes that writing is an art form that is not just for displaying facts. Her strengths include organization, research, grammar, revision, argument, and sentence structure. She is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Writing Center staff

Tam Lam is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying Nursing. Tam serves as secretary of the Nursing Student Union on campus. She has spent time tutoring English as a Second Language to elementary school students and English - Essay Writing at the high school level and the college level. Some of her strengths include organization, planning, and grammatical revision. Tam is from Marlboro, NY.

Writing Center staff Tim Sacks is currently enrolled in the graduate education program here at Mount Saint Mary with the hopes of one day becoming an English teacher. When not engaged in pedagogical activities (such as giving lectures on Russian classical music to compliment his radio show, “Cracked Classical” on WVKR), he writes. A lot. Tim’s written, directed, and staged several plays. In addition, he’s written short stories, novellas, poetry, sketches, and flash fiction. At the University of Massachusetts Tim was the director of a long-form improv comedy troupe that toured throughout the state and participated in the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City. He's run a successful workshop for improvisers of all stripes and performed standup at the Comedy Jam Festival and Carmine’s Comedy Club. Thanks to his background in writing, teaching, and performing, Tim has developed a unique skillset that treats reading, writing, and literacy assignments in a holistic way. Tim is from Hopewell Junction, NY.
Writing Center staff Leanna Riccardi is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College and she is currently studying Chemistry. She enjoys reading, writing, and helping others. Her interests outside of school include gaming, drawing, robotics, and cooking. She hopes to one day write and program a video game.  She is eager to see you at the Writing Center!
Writing Center staff

Troy Watson is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. He is an English major seeking a dual certification in Adolescent and Special Education. On campus he works as the stage manager for MSMC Theatre and does work with Different Stages, another theater club on campus. Troy loves writing essays on literature and won the 2017 MSMC Writing Contest with his essay “Gulliver’s Travels and Colonialism”. Additionally he is currently writing a script for “Does It Make a Sound?” - a play he hopes to produce at the Mount. He is especially good at thesis development and structuring essays. Troy is a commuter from Marlboro, NY. *(On leave during Fall 2018)*

Writing Center staff

Kelsey Simeone is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying English in Childhood Education with Special Education and Early Childhood Extension with a double minor in Psychology and Mathematics. She is the vice president of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew and is also a scholar leader, an admissions ambassador, and a member of the Honors Program. Her strengths include organization and outlining. Kelsey is originally from Newington, Connecticut. *(On leave during Fall 2018)*

Writing Center staff Brea Smith is currently a sophmore at The Mount. She is majoring in English Education (five-year program). She loves reading. A lot. In fact, during the summer of 2012 she read over 30 books to win her school’s book-a-thon. She also has a passion for writing and hopes to one day have a book of her own published. In her free time, Brea enjoys helping others; loves planning fundraisers; going on midnight runs; and helping people with disabilities have fun and be more comfortable in school.


Writing Center Work-Study Students

Mount Saint Mary College work-study students are a vital asset to the Writing Center. Our students aid in welcoming visitors into the office, and assist in the important behind-the-scenes duties that are important in ensuring the Writing Center runs smoothly. Work-study students are also involved in the planning and facilitating of writing-related, on-campus events.

Writing Center staff

Arriana Annicchiarico is currently a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in Childhood Education, with a minor of History. Arriana loves baking, watching theatre/musicals and reading books. Her dream is to travel all around the world one day, and collect souvenirs from other countries. She is from Beacon, NY

Writing Center Work Study

Kaitlyn Ciervo is a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College. Kaitlyn is a Nursing major and aspires to be a nurse practitioner one day. Cheerleading and skiing are her favorite things to do. She loves to read thrillers and her favorite authors are Tess Gerritsen and Stephen King. She is a member of the Nursing Student Union and the Aging United Club. Kaitlyn is from Long Island, NY.

Writing Center staff

Fiona Jamieson is a sophomore at the Mount majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She aspires to be a travel/stringer journalist. She loves exploration, nature, animals, and is interested in traveling the world. An active and experienced writer, Fiona has been published in a book on war veterans; her essay – a story covering World War II in the Pacific – was prominently featured. Her hobbies consist of reading, writing, hiking, and singing. Fiona is originally from Hartland, Connecticut.

Writing Center staff

Madison Matos is currently a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in History/ Political Science with a concentration in Childhood Education. Madison enjoys traveling, learning new things, and animals. She is a current member of C.I.R.C.L.E and is looking forward to joining more clubs at MSMC. Madison is from Middletown, New York, but currently lives in Walden.

Taerikko Monroe is currently a freshman at Mount Saint Mary’s College. She is majoring in Psychology and aspires to be a clinical psychologist. Taerikko loves to draw, travel, watch YouTube, and dance. Her dream is to travel to Toronto, Canada and Paris, France. She is from Newburgh, NY.

Writing Center staff

Lindsay Ostrander is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in Nursing with a minor in theatre. Her hobbies include singing, improvisational comedy, and photography. She is also the treasurer of the Literary Society at MSMC, a new book club for lovers of literature. Ostrander is a local native of the Hudson Valley.

Writing Center staff Nick Tucker is a member of the Class of 2021 at Mount Saint Mary College. Currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology, his end goal is to be a criminal psychiatrist. He greatly enjoys having long philosophical conversations on the complexities of life and spending time with his friends. Nick is extremely personable and has a welcoming personality he shares with all individuals he meets. He is a member of numerous clubs at the Mount such as C.I.R.C.L.E., Catholic Relief Services, Essence of Poetry, Latino Student Union, and several more.

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