MA in PW Student Profiles-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Lea Bridi

Lea Bridi

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: lbridi@andrew.cmu.edu

Lea received her B.A. from West Virginia University, where she majored in English and minored in biology. For the past five years, she has worked in a variety of fields including technical writing and nonprofit administration. She hopes to use the MAPW program to strengthen her technical writing and science writing skills.

Zachary Carlson

Zachary Carlson

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: zcarlson@andrew.cmu.edu

Zachary Carlson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing. He previously worked as an editorial assistant for Wisconsin People & Ideas Magazine and then as the Web Editor for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, an independent non-profit organization. While attending UW-Whitewater, Zachary worked on the staff of The Muse—the campus literary and arts publication—and was a staff writer for the business and technology section of the campus newspaper.

Zachary hopes to use the power of professional communication to advance the mission of non-profit organizations, and he is eager to explore all facets of the field of professional writing.  


Emily Durham

M.A. Student, Professional Writing (Part-Time CMU Staff)

Email: edurham1@andrew.cmu.edu


Katherine Eckenwiler

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: keckenwi@andrew.cmu.edu


Kevin Fedigan

Kevin Fedigan

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: kfedigan@adnrew.cmu.edu

I graduated from Saint Vincent College in 2011 with a B.A. in English. After a brief stint in teaching, I have chosen to pursue another direction with my English degree. I would like to explore options in technical writing, copywriting, editing/publishing, travel writing, or whatever opportunities that may present themselves. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing video games, reading, and running. My biggest hope is to travel the world some day, particularly Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.

Maggie Geier

Maggie Geier

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: maggied@andrew.cmu.edu

Maggie graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Secondary Education Certification in 2012. After college she pursued a career in education. She was an 8th Grade English Teacher in Culpeper, Virginia, a 7th Grade English Long-Term Substitute Teacher within the Hempfield School District, and a substitute for four different school districts after returning to Pennsylvania. Additionally, Maggie has been the Assistant Swim Coach for the Mount Pleasant Varsity Swim for the past two years. While teaching and coaching, she realized she was drawn to professional writing experiences instead of education. During her time at CMU, Maggie is very interested in copywriting and editing, but is also curious about the other avenues within the professional writing field.

William Goldby

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: wgoldby@andrew.cmu.edu


Neha Harve

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: nharve@andrew.cmu.edu


Nathan Healy

Nathan Healy

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: nhealy@andrew.cmu.edu

Nathan graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing focused in Creative Nonfiction. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to work with some amazing teachers and students at both the secondary and post secondary levels. His most formative experience was that which he gained while teaching and working as a program coordinator at a private prep school for court adjudicated youth. This experience has given him the motivation to pursue an advanced degree. With his time here at CMU, Nathan looks to gain practical, applicable experience that will allow him to become a voice for and champion of those populations who are academically underserved or marginalized. Outside of his academic work, Nathan enjoys cooking and eating, staying physically active, and spending time with those he cares for and loves.


Michael Heslink

Michael Heslink

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: mheslink@andrew.cmu.edu

Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a minor in Writing. During his undergraduate career, he was an active member of Sigma Tau Delta and the English club, held a leadership role in his fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and served as an editor for the campus literary magazine, Apogee. In his hometown of Williamsburg, Va. he is employed as a freelance writer for a local magazine, Next Door Neighbors. Michael enjoys reading and is very interested in the world of publishing, but would like to explore all of the options in the professional writing field during his time at CMU.


Allison Hodsdon

Allison Hodsdon

M.A. Student, Professional Writing (Part-Time CMU Staff)

Email: allisonh@andrew.cmu.edu

Allison joined Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute in August 2015 as the Manager of Marketing, Alumni & Employer Relations. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Allison was based in Costa Rica, where she served as the Director of Marketing & Communications for education organization Outward Bound Costa Rica. Her previous experience also includes working in marketing at a fast-paced social media startup in New York City.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business/Marketing through a dual degree program offered by Northeastern University in Boston, MA and ICADE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She is pursuing the MAPW program as a part-time student and is especially interested in expanding her abilities in web design, multimedia design and news writing/public relations.


Allyson Hoover

Allyson Hoover

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: allysonh@andrew.cmu.edu

Allyson graduated summa cum laude from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and concentrated her thesis writing on adaptation theory and the Grimm’s fairy tales. During her internship, she worked as an editor for the Erie County Historical Society to create museum exhibits for their new facility. While at Carnegie Mellon, she hopes to further hone her skills as a writer, while pursuing different career avenues, including copy editing and travel writing. In her spare time, she hopes to continue working on her pet research projects and desires to get to know Pittsburgh better.

Samantha Jamison

Samantha Jamison

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: sjamiso1@andrew.cmu.edu

Samantha Jamison graduated magna cum laude from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in English and a double minor in History and Communication Arts. While in college, Samantha enjoyed studying literature from the Renaissance time period. She eventually completed her senior thesis on Queen Elizabeth I's Golden Speech. After earning her Master's degree in professional writing, Samantha hopes to pursue a career in copywriting. Besides reading and writing, Samantha enjoys playing soccer, coloring, obsessing over piglets and producing content for her new Bookstagram account.

Kylie Janoso

Kylie Janoso

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: kjanoso@andrew.cmu.edu

Kylie graduated Cum Laude from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Professional and Technical Writing with a minor in Creative Writing. During her undergraduate career she completed an internship with Women in Technology International (WITI).

While attending CMU, Kylie would like to explore her options in the professional writing field, but is currently most interested in publishing and digital media design. She hopes to then decide whether to enter the professional writing workforce or pursue future graduate work in rhetoric and composition. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.


Cody Januszko

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: cjanuszk@andrew.cmu.edu


Alexis Morrell

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: ammorrel@andrew.cmu.edu


Erin Mulhern

Erin Mulhern

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: emulhern@andrew.cmu.edu

Erin Mulhern graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Sociology in 2011. From there, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Literary and Cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 2012. Over the past four years, Erin has worked as a freelance grant writer for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and as an Editorial Assistant for the American Economic Review, one of the nation’s oldest scholarly journals in the economics profession. Erin is excited to return to CMU to pursue a degree in professional writing and is currently interested in technical writing. When she isn’t studying or writing, Erin enjoys running in Schenley Park, practicing yoga, gardening, and playing video games.


Emily Nagin

M.A. Student, Professional Writing (Part-Time)

Email: eanagin@andrew.cmu.edu


Annie Rucker

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: arucker@andrew.cmu.edu


Jake Shriver

Jake Shriver

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: jshriver@andrew.cmu.edu

Jake Shriver graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2014.  After graduation, he worked as a CSA for Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh.  Last summer, he moved back to Maryland to begin grad school applications.  During this time, he worked as a substitute teacher for the Washington County Board of Education.  Jake is excited to study professional writing at CMU and wants to pursue a career in technical writing.  In addition to being a student, Jake is also a marathon runner, Rachael Ray wannabe, amateur musician, avid reader, and binge watcher.


Nathan Snizaski

M.A. Student, Professional Writing (Part-Time CMU Staff)

Email: nsnizask@andrew.cmu.edu


Charlotte Underhill

Charlotte Underhill

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: cunderhi@andrew.cmu.edu


Ricardo Wiesner

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: rwiesner@andrew.cmu.edu


Jiexi Wu

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: jiexiw@andrew.cmu.edu