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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!

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.

Sohna Shook

sohna shookI was born, raised, and still reside in Wichita, Kansas. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling. I started my journey with Walden University in 2012, as a human service major, but realized that psychology is and always will be my first love. I completed my classes in 2015 and have been working on my dissertation since then. I consider myself a lifelong learner, always reading articles on mental health issues or problems in the schools. I am a licensed mental health therapist and addictions counselor working in private practice. I work with a wide range of clients such as children, adolescents, couples, and families. In addition, I work with adults who have addictions and co-occurring disorders. I have been married for 4 years to the love of my life and have a 3-month-old daughter who is a handful but such a joy in my life. In my spare time (which is minimum at best), I love watching guilty pleasure shows, practicing yoga, running, reading, and knitting and crocheting. I am excited to be working as an administrative writing assistant for Walden University. Being able to give back to others is something that I am passionate about and, I am grateful for the opportunity.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" ~Maya Angelou~