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About: Editors

Kelly Chermack

Kelly ChermackManaging Editor 
Contributing Faculty in the School of Human Services 

Kelly Chermack first joined Walden University 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. 

Tobias Ball

Managing Editor

Editor Tobias Ball earned a BA degree in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University 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.

Angie Drennen

angie drennanSenior Editor

Angie Drennen holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and an MA in English from the University of St. Thomas. She has over 5 years of tutoring experience in writing, math, and reading. She fell in love with academic editing while reformatting over 300 pages of research on Hemingway. Since then, Angie has edited articles and manuscripts under various research assistant positions. When not editing, she can usually be found working on a sculpture or art piece of some kind.

Carey Little Brown

Senior Editor
Coordinator of Templates and Formatting Resources

Carey Little Brown has worked for more than 20 years as a professional editor specializing in APA Style. In 2012, she joined the Form and Style team at Walden University, bringing previous experience as the lead editor of an academic editing company. She holds a BA in Linguistics from San José State University and an MS in Psychology from Walden. As Coordinator of Templates and Formatting Resources, she creates and updates doctoral capstone templates and associated documents and provides advanced capstone formatting support.

Dan Fleischhacker

dan fleischhackerSenior Editor
Coordinator of Form and Style Administration

Dan Fleischhacker joined Walden University as an editor in 2015. He has a BA in English (emphasis on literature) from the University of Minnesota and a MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Hamline University. His thesis, a short story collection titled, “Come Back to You,” was a finalist for the Outstanding Fiction Thesis Award in 2010. Prior to joining Walden University, Dan worked as a graduate writing consultant while a student, and then full-time as the writing consultant supervisor at Hamline University’s Writing Center and as a faculty writing tutor at Metro State. He also taught first-year composition at Hamline University. 

Dayna Herrington

Dayna HerringtonSenior Editor
Coordinator of Capstone Multilingual Student Writing Support

Dayna Herrington joined Walden University in 2014. Dayna earned BAs in English and French from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. She also holds an MA in French and an MA in English, with an emphasis in TESOL, both earned from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She has over 10 years of full-time experience teaching writing, spoken language, and pedagogy courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dayna has also taught English abroad in Brussels, Belgium and Wuhan, China and has studied abroad in France and in Burkina Faso, West Africa. In her free time, she enjoys camping, traveling, competitive swimming, and keeping up with her two children. 

Learn more about Dayna in our blog spotlight interview

Denise Long

Denise LongSenior Editor

Denise Long joined the team at Walden in 2019. She holds an MA in English from University of Illinois, where her research on contemporary American literature and gender studies was recognized with the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. She’s been an editor for over 15 years and has taught college-level courses in writing and literature. Denise also writes fiction, and her work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and she's been awarded various writing residencies and fellowships.


Jenny Martel

Jenny MartelSenior Editor Jenny Martel Houck joined Walden University in 2014 with a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in English Literature, and over 15 years of project management, developmental editing, and communications experience. She has studied and worked in Spain and Venezuela and has completed extensive doctoral coursework in education and andragogy. She enjoys direct coaching of students and writers as well as teaching and presenting to larger groups. Her interests include writing fiction, art and design, travel, running, yoga, and spending time with her husband, children, and chihuahua.

Joe Gredler

Joe GredlerSenior Editor
Contributing Faculty in SKIL

Joe has taught writing and APA courses in Walden’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services since 2005. He joined the editing team in the Office of Research and Doctoral Services in 2015. Joe’s editing background includes 6 years at Meadowbrook Press, where he worked primarily on parenting titles. Joe has a BA in English from Mercyhurst University, an MA in English from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Education from Walden. When he is not busy editing and teaching, Joe enjoys conducting research and presenting findings at conferences and in journal publications.

Meghan Irving

Meghan irvingSenior Editor
Coordinator of Chapter Edit Services

Meghan Irving joined the Form and Style team as an editor in 2015. She joined Walden University in 2010 as an academic advisor for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership where she worked with master's-level students until moving to Form and Style. Meghan also assisted with Walden’s student communications department writing, editing, and distributing communications. 

Meghan has a BA in English with a Writing Concentration from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and an MA in English from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. She taught composition and literature classes at K-State and worked in their Writing Center. 

Nathan Sacks

Nathan SacksSenior Editor

Nathan Sacks joined Walden University in October  2012. He received a MA in English Language and Literature from NYU in May 2012. He is originally from Ames, Iowa and currently lives in LA. As a scholar he is interested in literary analysis, history of genre, and film studies. When not mentoring students he occasionally writes children’s books, plays guitar, and hangs out with cats. 

Rose Gold

Rose GoldSenior Editor

Rose Gold joined the Form and Style team in 2020. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD in English from UCLA, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. Her scholarly work focuses on 19th century British literature, queer theory, and aesthetics. Rose is also a fine artist specializing in portraiture and figurative painting. 


Sam Herrington

sam herringtonSenior Editor

Sam Herrington joined the Form and Style team in 2017 after 15 years of teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in academic writing and other language skills. He holds a BA in both history and French, an MA in English (with a specialization in TESL), and an MA in French. When he is not working and/or playing with language, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, immersing himself in nature, and playing his fiddle. 

Sara Witty

sara wittySenior Editor

Sara Witty joined Walden University in 2015 with a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She was the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and a grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of her research on the architecture of American mental hospitals. Her interests include institutional architecture, French critical theorists, and producing a broad range of visual art. 

Tara Kachgal

tara kachgalSenior Editor

Tara Kachgal joined the Form and Style team in 2015, with a PhD in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in telecommunications from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a BS in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has extensive experience working as a researcher and faculty member and instructor at U.S. colleges and universities. In her editing work, she enjoys helping students and faculty to craft polished works that are clear, engaging, and informative. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in animal rescue and at a community garden.

Bethany Duarte

Bethany DuarteSenior Editor

Bethany Duarte holds an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a BA in History from Oklahoma State University. She has 12 years of diverse experience as a writer, editor, and editorial consultant, specializing in nonfiction, historical fiction, and doctoral writing. A teacher at heart, she also developed and taught a first-year composition course designed for nontraditional students utilizing research begun at Johns Hopkins on modern writing communities in the digital age. If she isn't editing, she is likely kayaking, hiking with her dog, reading, or trying to finish her first novel.