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Our Philosophy

We come alongside and consult with writers at any skill level in their ongoing development. Student success is best achieved when we serve the objectives of their professors.

Nathan Zingleman, Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in English
Working on Master's Degree in English
Experience: ESOL instructor
Small business owner


Professional Writing Consultants

Adam Seiler

Education: BA in English Literature at Wisconsin Lutheran College
MA in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University
Experience: Four years as a writing tutor at Lone Star College
Online writing tutor for Houston Community College; Taught TSI Preparation Course
“I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” Flannery O’Connor     

Sandra Bernstein

Education: B.S. in Education Indiana University
M.S.in Education Purdue University  
Experience: 37 Years of Teaching in Conroe ISD
Trained in Gifted and Talented


Elizabeth Dunbar

Education: BA in Sociology from OSU
BA in Economics from OSU
Experience: Living in Russia for a year and a half
Published article in 2010 WAC journal; Level 1 certified tutor
"After so many lonely years, I know what life and love may be Now, if I sleep-I shall sleep fulfilled." - Bertrand Russell

Anita Kapila

Education: BA in Education and Political Science from University of Delhi
Texas Educators Certificate
Experience: Level II CRLA Certification
20 years as teacher and tutor; enjoys reading and writing prose and poetry
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Einstein

Pam MacCabe

Education: Educated under the British system on the Channel Island of Guernsey
Experience: The Foreign Office in London and The British Embassy in Tehran, Iran
Medical Transcription
"Life is a feast for the grateful.  There is always something to be thankful for."  - Dwight Edwards, Pastor/Author

John Wood

Education: Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity International University
Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University
Experience: Tutor in Financial Literacy
Creative Writer of Poetry and Fiction
"Whatever else you get, get understanding." (Prov. 4:7b)


Faculty Writing Consultants

Nathalie Brandes

Education: Master of Science in Geology
Experience: Professor of Geosciences
Graduate program coordinator
Articles published in scholarly journals

Rahula, Basnagoda

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in English
Master of Arts in Literature
Experience: Professor of English
Meditation teacher, public speaker and published author

Ron Heckelman

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in English
Experience: Professor of English
Learning/Writing Center director
Articles published in scholarly journals

Fiona Ross

Education: BA in government and politics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland
MA and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Post-doctoral research at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Experience: Teach and research on American and Texas politics. Works with students on internships, honors projects, CAC presentations and WAC journal entries.
“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.” - Nelson Mandela

David Zimmerman

Education: Ph.D. University of North Texas, Modernist American Literature
B.A. (English and Philosophy) and M.A.(English) St. Mary's University
M.T.S Oblate School of Theology, Systematic Theology
Interests: Bicycling, Fiction (Weird Fiction/Fantasy), Kayaking
"The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing." - Marcus Aurelius

The Write Place Advisory Board

The Write Place is pleased to have the support of many faculty from our campus community who are committed to writing across the curriculum.

The Advisory Board members for 2016-2017 are Professors Ron Heckelman, Dominic Beggan, Martina Kusi-Mensah, Nathalie Brandes (Chair), Anitha Iyer, Nishi Mathew, Craig Livingston,  and Nathan Bezayiff