Meet the current Officers of the OWCA Executive Board. You can contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenelle M. Dembsey, Founding President
Jenelle 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 and leads online group writing sessions 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
Dr. 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
Beth 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.