Writing Center

West Chester University

Dr. Margaret Ervin
Associate Professor of English
FHG Library Room 251


Staff Profiles

Writing Center Administrators

Dr. Margaret Ervin, Director

Dr. Margaret Ervin is a graduate of Harvard (BA) and the Teaching, Writing, and Criticism program at University of Albany, NY (PhD). She has taught Composition at both the undergraduate and MA level at West Chester University since 2003, and was the Writing Center Director from 2007-2013, resuming the directorship in 2015. She is also the President of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association. Her passion is writing center work because of the way it simultaneously benefits peer consultants, the writers they work with, and the professors who teach writing. Writing Centers aren’t just win, win. In the same way that a teacher never knows where her influence will reach, writing centers are powerful. They create an infinite cascade of wins. In 2013, she founded the Institute for Business Writing at WCU in order to bring writing center pedagogy into the public sphere.

Amanda Scheibner, Assistant Director of Campus Outreach

I am a graduate student in the Writing, Teaching, and Criticism track of the English department. My research interests include writing center pedagogy, community in the businessplace, and women in popular culture. When I’m not in the writing center or class, I enjoy traveling, cheering on my New York sports teams, and consuming HBO television programming. I’m also training for a few 5ks, so if you see me limping around, that’s why. Mostly I’m excited to be a part of the writing center community and helping others gain confidence in their own writing. 


Administrative Aides

CJ McGowan

Hi! My name’s CJ McGowan. I’m a freshman here at West Chester, and I grew up right in town. I am an English Education major, and I hope to one day teach at the high school or college level. I am very passionate about poetry and I love discovering new things. I enjoy watching movies as well, especially really bad action movies. If you’re reading this then I hope to meet you soon!

Gabriella Terry

Hi, my name is Gabriella Terry! I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology, with a minor in History and French, with hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. I am a member of the sorority, Alpha Phi and a lot of my time is devoted to it! In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and traveling!

Sean Yellock

Hello, I’m Sean, last name Yellock. A little about myself: I’m 19 years old, April birthday. I like to describe myself as your typical video geek. I enjoy all things video game related, I dabble in computers and computer technology, a fixation I gained in my earlier teens. In fact, when I was 12, I got in trouble for taking apart our family computer. Yeah, I was that kid. I grew up in a town called Chester, about 25 minutes away from here and while I’m currently undecided with my major, I want to hopefully go into physics.



Writing Tutors

Audris Ahn

Hi, I'm Audris! I earned my bachelor's degree right here at West Chester University, and I am excited to be back and enrolled in the M.A. TESOL program. I have been in the Army for seven years and I love travelling. This will be my third year volunteering abroad; I am leaving for Nepal in the fall to teach English for two months. In my spare time, I tend to either take naps or attend fitness classes. My life isn't that exciting. 

Brea Allen

Brea is a first year Graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. This is her first year working in the Writing Center. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University as well. Brea hopes to become a licensed counselor and tend to families as a mobile therapist. She loves spending her free time taking road trips and going to Zumba and is excited to continue being a Golden Ram!

Jose Mesen

My name is José Mesén and I am a Junior pursuing a BSED in English Education.  I am also a Resident Assistant for Killinger Hall. During the summer I worked as a camp counselor for the Kennett Area YMCA.  Outside of the Writing Center you can find me at the gym, playing guitar, or wandering the great outdoors.  I have a pet Olive Tree named Jefferson (who I love very much), he is 5 years old and he likes to party.  My favorite animal is the Sea Turtle and my favorite color is blue.  With all that being said, I will be looking forward to working with everyone this year.    

Ben Morgan

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and is enrolled in West Chester’s graduate English program. He has a heart for teaching and might even do it. Ben is keen on shell games and prefers subtitles to dubbing, but he admits more things should just taste like chicken.

Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin is currently a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program of study. After achieving a B.A. in Religious Studies and English, and minoring in Theatre and Dance, she has decided to combine all of these interests in a creative and intuitively responsive way. Furthermore she intends to not only assist in sharing academic principles regarding writing techniques, but also inspire ingenuity through real life experiences and through the art and skill of writing.

Ian Ball

Ian Ball is a first year graduate student on the Writing, Teaching, Criticism track. After completing his mater's, he hopes to pursue another (possibly in creative writing,) work toward a PhD in English Literature and eventually land a job teaching at Temple University working under Samuel R. Delaney. In other words, he will never be finished school.
He is a lover of all things film, and will happily bore you to death with his extensive "knowledge" on the subject given half a chance. He is also, most importantly, the proud parent of two beautiful children, Zinnia ,2, and Hendrix 1, (yes, you read that correctly,) whom he raises with his amazing girlfriend, Molly, also a first year grad student at WCU. 


Peter Hornbach

Peter is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in geology, as well as a second bachelor’s degree in general biology.  He received a BA in anthropology from Kutztown University in 2012 and began his time at West Chester in the summer of 2013.  Originally from Philadelphia, his work experience ranges from the military to construction to driving a horse-and-carriage in Philadelphia’s “Olde City” locality. 

He’s a licensed skydiver and scuba-diver and plans to pursue a doctorate in physical anthropology after completing his current degrees.  He enjoys writing poetry, playing chess, and revising his currently unpublished science fiction novel, which depicts the backdrop of an exciting futuristic dystopia.  Peter has had an affinity for writing since a young age and is eager to share that passion with his fellow students.             

Shannon McGinley

Shannon is a graduate student in the TESOL program and coordinates Conversation Partners for the Writing Center.  After earning her B.A. in communications from Temple University, she worked in law and insurance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling abroad, playing golf and attending as many Union and Phillies games as possible.

Sam Hershey

Samuel Hershey graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing. He is currently working towards his master’s degree of English in West Chester’s new creative writing focused program. Sam has had his creative pieces published in a number of small journals and magazines including; From the Fallout Shelter, Green Blotter, North Central Review, and Jukepopserials.com. His favorite hobbies include board games, soccer, and reading science fiction.

Allison Cleary

My name is Allison Cleary, and I am a junior majoring in B.S.Ed. English on the Writings track. I am also a Resident Assistant in Allegheny Hall. I grew up in Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, and I have always had passion for writing. I am a member of the English Club, the Creative Writing Club, and Daedalus literary magazine. When I am not working or doing homework, I love to read, write, and spend time with friends and family. My goals are to become an inspiring high school English teacher and to publish books and poetry.​

Zoey Mills

My name is Zoey and I'm an English major in the Writing track and hopefully I will be graduating this May. I live just outside of Philadelphia. I plan to further my education with a PhD in Medieval English Literature. When I'm not focused on school I spend a majority of my time reading mostly science fiction or historical fiction. I also love to binge watch shows on Netflix and waste an unreasonable amount of time on YouTube and Tumblr. I look forward to working with you this semester! ​

Ellen Santa Maria

Hi there! This is my second year as a writing consultant, and I am so pumped to be back. I love working here, and I adore this team of people. When I’m not busy being a Communication MA student, or talking about Breaking Bad, I’m probably sitting on the couches, pampering our fish, Edgar! Thanks for taking the time to read this bio, but I’d much rather you say hello (and so would Edgar!) See you soon!


Writing Center Staff 2013-2014

Writing Center Staff group photo