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About: Meet Our Leaders

Brian Timmerman

Brian TimmermanDirector of the Writing Center

Brian joined the writing center in 2007 and has served as director since 2011. He received his BA at the University of Minnesota, Morris and his MA in English literature at the University of St. Thomas. When he has the opportunity to work with students, he enjoys focusing on global writing issues: thesis development, paraphrasing, transitions, etc.

Amber Cook

Amber CookAssociate Director of Faculty Outreach and Support
Contributing Faculty in the Academic Skills Center

Before joining Walden’s writing center in 2005, Amber served as managing editor of Music Research Forum, taught courses at the community college level, and worked in the writing center of a military university. She joined Walden as a writing tutor and has presented at many residencies and webinars throughout her tenure. In her current role as Associate Director of Faculty Outreach and Support, her main focus is supporting faculty in their work with student writers. She ensures that course instructors have the necessary resources and strategies to assist their students, providing training and development opportunities online and at faculty meetings. Amber holds a bachelor's degree in music with an English minor from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in musicology from the University of Cincinnati.

Amy Kubista

Amy KubistaAssociate Director of Writing Services
Contributing Faculty in the Academic Skills Center

Amy earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Hamline University. Amy is currently enrolled in Walden’s EdD program. In addition to working in the Writing Center, Amy also teaches some of Walden’s WCSS support courses, so she has the unique perspective of being a student, staff member, and faculty member. Amy has been with the Writing Center since 2009 and enjoys supporting students and working with the Writing Center’s brilliant, hard-working staff.

Learn more about Amy in our podcast spotlight interview.

Anne Shiell

Anne ShiellManager of Writing Instructional Services
Contributing Faculty in the Academic Skills Center

Anne Shiell is a manager of writing instructional services in the Walden University Writing Center. She is also a contributing faculty member for student support courses in Walden’s Academic Skills Center. Previously, she was a writing instructor and the coordinator of social media in the center. Anne holds a BA in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MA in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she taught composition courses as a faculty member in the Department of Writing Studies.

Beth Nastachowski

Beth NastachowskiManager of Multimedia Writing Instruction
Contributing Faculty in the Academic Skills Center

Beth earned a BA in English Literature from Viterbo University and an MA in English Literature from the University of St. Thomas. Beth coordinates the Writing Center’s student webinars and self-paced modules, along with teaching at residencies and cohosting the Writing Center’s podcast. She is also a contributing faculty member for Walden’s WCSS support courses. She is passionate about helping writers clearly communicate their ideas and vision for social change to readers.

Kelly Chermack

Kelly ChermackManager of Editing Services
Contributing Faculty in the DBA Program
Contributing Faculty in the Human and Social Services PhD program

Kelly Chermack first joined the Walden Writing Center as a dissertation editor in 2012. Since then, she has become a manager of editing services, and works to support the whole editing team.  Dr. Chermack earned a BS in Sociology (with an emphasis on statistics) and a PhD in Sociology (with an emphasis on work and organizations), both from the University of Minnesota. In her own research, she specializes in organization theory, workplace policy, and research methods. Dr. Chermack is also contributing faculty in Walden's Human and Social Services PhD and Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) Programs.

Martha King

Martha KingAssociate Director of Doctoral Capstone Quality Initiatives

Martha started as an editor with the Writing Center in 2005, having worked as a contract editor for Walden students since 1998. She was manager of the editor team for 6 years before moving to her role as associate director. She holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in English as a Second Language, both from the University of Minnesota. Martha enjoys collaborating with students and faculty to help produce well-written doctoral research that reflects the students' efforts and represents the high standard of Walden dissertations.

Paul Lai

Paul LaiManager of Website and Information Resources

Paul Lai joined Walden's editing team in 2011 after teaching college English for 10 years. He has published academic essays on contemporary Asian North American and Indigenous writers. He has also taught information literacy courses at a community college and works at a public library in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Paul received his bachelor's degree in English from Yale University, a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in library and information studies from St. Catherine University. He now manages the Writing Center's website and other information resources.

Rachel Willard

Rachel WillardManager of Writing Instructional Services

After Rachel graduated from Northwestern College with a BA in English-Writing, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English speaking courses at a small university in southern Turkey. There she worked with both university students and faculty members to improve their English skills. Rachel continues to work with adult students and English language learners on both a professional and volunteer basis, and has been a part of the Walden Writing Center since the autumn of 2011.

Sarah Prince

Sarah PrinceManager of Writing Across the Curriculum

Sarah Prince earned a BA in English from Presbyterian College in 2004 and an MA and PhD in Women’s Studies in 2011 from Emory University. Her research interests include patterns of female friendship in contemporary women’s novels and changes to physical conceptions of self based on those friendships. At Walden University, she enjoys helping students develop the confidence, clarity, and unique critical voice it takes to become effective and articulate scholarly writers.

Tobias Ball

Tobias BallManager of Editing Services

Editor Tobias Ball earned a BA degree in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the Univeristy of Minnesota, an MSt from Oxford University in England in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with a focus on Religions in Antiquity, and an MLIS from Dominican University. His interests include the history of printing, early books and manuscripts, and access to information as is it relates to academic research. If you look hard enough you will find his published poetry.