Meet the Staff

Amber Engelson

Amber Engelson, Ph.D.

Writing Studio Coordinator
Associate Professor of English & Communications
Chairperson, Dept. of English & Communications

Writing Associates  


Kathleen Hayman

Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a double major in English literature and secondary education. I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a kid, and recently discovered that I want to take my passions further and help other people learn to love them across schools. When I’m not in the Writing Studio, I love traveling, baking, and playing with my cat!

Sam HerringtonSamantha Herrington

Hello! My name is Sam Herrington and I use she/her pronouns. I am a junior majoring in History & Education with a minor in Political Science. I am also the Treasurer for Political Science Club on campus. During my time at MCLA, I have taken classes in multiple disciplines that have helped me write essays, research papers, and more. In my spare time, I like to travel and listen to podcasts. I will be available for in-person, synchronous and asynchronous appointments this semester.  I look forward to meeting you through the Writing Studio soon!


lydia Lydia Jung

Hi there! My name is Lydia Jung, and I use they/them pronouns. I’m a Performing Arts major with concentrations in Theatre and Music. I’ve been involved with the Harlequin musical theatre club, and I enjoy knitting, baking, and writing poetry in my spare time. I love telling stories and listening to the different ways people communicate, and I look forward to working with and learning from many different writers this year. Hope to see you in the Studio soon!

Julia MaddalenaJulia Maddalena, Writing Studio Manager

Hi there! My name is Julia Maddalena. I'm a senior and an English Major concentrating in Writing and Literature. I'm happy to help you with any writing project you have, from literary analyses to lab reports. I'll be working mostly asynchronously this semester, but I'm still very excited to work with you on your writing!


Chloe MascitelliChloe Mascitelli

I’m Chloe, I’m a junior and I use she/her pronouns. I am an English and Secondary Education major with a concentration in literature. I have always loved writing, especially creative writing. I will be doing in-person and asynchronous tutoring this semester. I’m so excited to work with you!


Emily SEmily Sienkiewicz

Hello there! My name is Emily and I use she/her pronouns. I'm a senior English & Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. This semester, I'm attending MCLA remotely which means I will be tutoring asynchronously. I enjoy working with all types of writing, but I have a soft spot for research papers, long-form fiction, and business writing. Whatever you bring to the Writing Studio, I'm happy to help you with. Since quarantine began, I've been staying busy reading, watching old movies, hanging outdoors, and doing a ridiculous amount of puzzles. I hope you're all staying safe and I look forward to working with you!!