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About: Meet Our Administrative Writing Assistants

Administrative Writing Assistants

The Administrative Writing Assistants (AWAs) interact with Walden students in the Writing Center by responding to inquiries about writing resources, grammar, APA, and other various writing topics at As Walden students themselves, the AWAs are enrolled in various programs and can understand the spectrum of Walden students’ writing needs and questions. Get to know the AWAs by reading more about them!

Amanda Archer

Amanda ArcherMy name is Amanda Archer. I live in the Chicagoland area with my wife, Phyllis, (now legally in all 50 states) and two sons. Reid is 2-years-old and Drew is 1-year-old. They are a year and twenty days apart. They are my motivation for all that I do, and I do a lot!

I work full time for McDonald's Corporation as an Instructional Designer. I have only been in the position for about 2 months but have been in the training and development field for over 10 years now. I began my career as a teacher in early childhood, but it didn't take long for me to find my passion for adult education especially within a corporate setting. I have developed multiple new hire training programs and management development curriculums. Having the ability to impact adults and how they learn is my passion. This is part of the reason I choose to spend part of my busy schedule answering the questions students have about writing. Knowing I am helping adult learners motivates me to continue to grow and learn as well.

Ashley Hill

Ashley HillI was born in Ohio. My childhood was an idyllic upbringing. I grew up riding horses, barrel racing, and playing with the numerous animals that we had at our house. The town in Ohio I grew up in has as its "claim to fame" that it was the birthplace of John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the earth. I moved to Oklahoma when I was 10, and my interest shifted into writing poetry and short stories, something that has continued to be a hobby and passion of mine.

After three years of switching colleges and majors, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University. The last year of my bachelor's program was my first year of experience with online classes. I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom that I had to set my own schedule through the online environment. As a result, when I started to research graduate schools, Walden University was my top pick due to its online setting and the overall mission for the university. I started the MPH program in December 2009 at Walden and graduated in February 2012. During the program, I gave birth to my one and only beautiful child! She is the funniest and sweetest person and I truly cherish being a mother.

Plugging on, I started in the doctoral program in Public Health (Epidemiology) in June 2012 (my daughter's first birthday)! I anticipate my degree completion in June 2016. My research interests are mainly in infectious diseases with a special concentration in zoonotic diseases. I am ecstatic to start working at the Writing Center and incorporate one of my passions into my new job! I am already learning a few new things through the plethora of resources at the Writing Center.

"What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable." -- Roger Ebert

"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." -- Meister Eckhart

Leah Silverman

leah silvermanI currently live nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southwest part of Virginia. It’s a wonderful place for hiking, which I love and often do. My husband and I have three sons, ages 8, 6, and 3. They are Minecraft kids, and 90% of the conversations in my home are about building plans.

I am pursuing my PhD at Walden in the Public Policy and Administration program. My emphasis is policy analysis, and my research focus is policy on women’s issues. I am also on the executive board for a small nonprofit that focuses on activism for gender equality. My aim is to work as a professor, engaging in activism on the side.

I’m thrilled with the opportunity to help fellow Walden students with their questions about APA and writing. I’ve gained so much from my experience with Walden, and I hope to pay it forward.

Valamere S. Mikler

valamere miklerHello, from sunny South Florida. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, Master of Arts Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Business Management from Liberty University, an Organizational Development Certification from the Institute of Organizational Development, and am currently pursuing my PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, focus on Organizational Diversity and Social Change.

Having a passion for helping others, I devote my time cultivating valuable relationships within my community. I spend my free time volunteering for the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation’s Community Advisory Board, American Psychological Association, and other organizations. Currently enrolled in the Catalyst for Miami’s StepUp Miami leadership class and participant in the USF Community Real Estate Development (CRED) program, I seek to assist in advancing the quality of life for urban residents and enhancing the physical, social and economic health of inner-city neighborhoods. Through various community outreach initiatives, I am an advocate for social change, justice, equality and inclusivity.

When I am not saving the world, I take on the role of a foodie, where I often take advantage of the culturally diverse restaurants in the city of Miami every change I get. My favorite restaurant is Texas de Brazil because it has a 100-item side bar and a savory meat selection!