Executive Board

Meet the current Officers of the OWCA Executive Board. You can contact the Board at board@onlinewritingcenters.org.

Jenelle M. Dembsey, Founding President

Jenelle DembseyJenelle M. Dembsey (published as J. M. Dembsey) was a co-founder of the Online Writing Centers Community and is now an Incorporator and Founding President of OWCA. She has worked in writing centers since 2010 and been involved in online writing center work since 2012. She has experience managing the day-to-day operations of online writing centers, designing online consulting programs from scratch, and leading online consultant training.  She is currently the Coordinator for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Northcentral University where she initiated an online writing support program for the IRB application. She also studies accessibility and is a member of the International Writing Centers Association’s Accessibility Task Force.

Sarah Prince, Founding Vice President

picture of Sarah PrinceDr. Sarah Prince was a co-founder of the Online Writing Centers Community and is now an Incorporator and Founding Vice President of OWCA. She is also the Associate Director of Resource Management at Walden University’s Writing Center. She earned a BA in English from Presbyterian College in 2004 and an MA and PhD in Women’s Studies in 2011 from Emory University. Sarah has been engaged in Writing Center work—as a tutor, consultant, graduate fellow, and professional staff member—for over 15 years. Her current professional interests include developing effective online writing center practices for adult learners, establishing course and competency-based writing center initiatives in virtual classrooms, and building a professional community of online writing tutors, consultants, staff, and administrators.

Beth Nastachowski, Founding Secretary

picture of Beth NastachowskiBeth Nastachowski was a co-founder of the Online Writing Centers Community and is now an Incorporator and Founding Secretary of OWCA. She has worked in writing centers since she began tutoring as an undergraduate student. She has worked at the Walden University Writing Center since 2010 and is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Writing Instruction. She has particular experience and interest in how writing centers can support writers through webinars, videos, and interactive instruction; accessibility within the writing center; and how writing centers can engage in social issues.

Elle Tyson, Founding Treasurer

Elle Tyson became a Coordinator for the Online Writing Centers Community in 2020 and is now an Incorporator and Founding Treasurer of OWCA. She worked as both a graduate assistant tutor and a professional tutor while earning an MA in applied linguistics with an emphasis in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at Old Dominion University (ODU). She is the ePortfolio Student Support Coordinator at ODU’s Center for High Impact Practices, overseeing the daily operations and tutor training for a digital composition tutoring center, ODU’s ePortfolio Studio. Her current research focuses on best practices for online tutoring, specifically asynchronous video/screencast feedback. She is also interested in exploring the online user experience for both the tutors and the students being tutored.

William De Herder, Conference Organizer

Bill De HerderDr. William De Herder is the Conference Organizer of the OWCA. Currently the Assistant Director of the Michigan Technological University Multiliteracies Center, he has also worked as a graduate consultant in the Central Michigan University Writing Center and a paraprofessional tutor in the Ferris State University Writing Center. He earned his BS in English and Psychology, as well as his MA in Creative Writing, from Central Michigan University. He earned his PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture from Michigan Technological University. His research interests work at the intersections of writing center studies, technical communication, and cultural studies.

Chet Breaux, At-Large Representative

Chet BreauxDr. Chet Breaux is an At-Large Representative of the OWCA. Dr. Breaux directed the Digital Writing Studio at Florida International University (2015-2017), and he currently serves as the Writing Center Director at Athens State University in Northern Alabama. His recent research has focused on graduate writing support for online students, and using writing centers as sites for cross-disciplinary internships.