Our editors and coaches offer impeccable editing skills, a meticulous eye for detail, and a caring and supportive approach to their work with students, faculty, and academic and career professionals. Learn more about our team!


Amanda Blakewood Pascale, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Amanda Pascale is a faculty member in higher education administration and educational leadership. She is an experienced educator who has chaired and served on dozens of dissertation committees and who enjoys mentoring and working with students to help them produce their best work. She is well versed in the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) and has a keen eye for detail.

Prior to joining the faculty, Amanda held several administrative positions in higher education, including Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of the Graduate School. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Central Florida, an MS in college student personnel, and a PhD in higher education administration, both from the University of Tennessee. For her dissertation, Amanda tested a model of faculty intention to leave, comparing model fit for faculty women in STEM and non-STEM disciplines. She published a follow-up article in the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education titled Supports and Pushes: Insight into the Problem of Retention of STEM Women Faculty. Amanda has an established publication record in peer-review journals and edited books and serves on the editorial board for NASPA’s flagship journal, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP). She has also presented her research at over 40 national and international conferences. Amanda’s scholarly interests lead her to examine how identity development and identity transition can impact student success, particularly for students who are members of underrepresented groups.


Andres Guzman, MA
Professional Development Coach and Editor

Andres Guzman has extensive training in the field of higher education and human resources. Andres holds a BA degree from Portland State University in economics, sociology, and international studies with a thematic focus on development studies and a regional focus on Latin America. He received an MA degree in sociology from the University of Oregon with an emphasis on environmental sociology. He is the winner of two notable awards from the University of Oregon: the Promising Scholar Award and the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award. Andres spent a year as a participant of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber’s Latino Leadership Program. The program enhances the leadership and management skills of Latino leaders by positioning them to continue advancing in their employment while also promoting community leadership through volunteerism on public boards and commissions. He is a past employee of Oregon Health & Science University, University of Oregon, Mercy Corps, and Mt. Hood Community College. He currently serves as a student organization advisor for multicultural, business, and honorary student groups at Portland State University.

Andres works closely with undergraduate and graduate students in all fields on edits to personal statements, college essays and applications, cover letters, resumes, scholarships, fellowships, grants, curriculum vitae, and more. He also supports academic and career professionals in all fields on edits to book reviews, cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn page reviews, lesson plans, organizational training materials, blog posts, social media content, and more. Andres is also passionate about coaching individuals on leadership development, job search strategies, networking, and presentation skills. His approach to teaching, editing, and coaching is supportive and encouraging. He strives to communicate respectfully with his writers and seeks to meet students or professionals where they are in their journey to effectively convey and express their ideas.

Outside of coaching and editing, Andres strongly believes in the power of exercise, particularly running, hiking, and yoga, as a way to breathe through life and build the capacity for self-compassion and self-love. Andres also enjoys giving back to the community. He is a strong social justice advocate serving on the Diversity Action Council at Portland State University to recruit and retain students of color and to bring culturally-responsive trainings and workshops to campus. In addition, he serves as an Advisory Board Committee Member for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), which works to protect community and environmental health.


April Hardy, BA
Writing Tutor

April Hardy is an English writing teacher, tutor, coach, and mentor committed to heartfully assisting students and professionals at all academic levels of academic and career-related writing development. April has taught the art of writing for over 20 years, helping individuals and groups of elementary through graduate-level students grow as writers. She fell in love with reading and writing at an early age and began tutoring her peers in high school and college.

April earned a BA in English and leadership at the University of San Diego and worked at the Writing Center on campus. She moved on from college to thrive as an elementary through high school language arts teacher and an academic writing coach for students pursuing higher education. She has extensive experience not only as an educator, but also as a business manager, community outreach leader, curriculum developer, and entrepreneur. April is also a yoga teacher and a mother, and she believes that every person of every age, stage, and background has the potential to grow. Along with helping others to reach self-directed academic and professional goals, she is passionate about being a mentor for maintaining self-awareness and life balance.


Ashley Haygood, EdD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Ashley Haygood has spent the last 14 years in the education sector, teaching at both the K-12 and postsecondary level. She spent three of those years abroad in Indonesia and South Korea, teaching students across all grades and from a variety of cultures. She has served in different capacities at the university level, from Graduate Teaching Assistant to Manager of Faculty Development. She enjoys seeing both students and faculty thrive in their roles and develop into stronger writers, researchers, educators, mentors, and leaders. Currently, she oversees the Global Operations office within Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. This allows her to further her understanding of and practice in intercultural effectiveness.

Ashley holds a BS in communication, an MA in communication, and an EdD in educational leadership from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in global management from Arizona State University. Her dissertation examined how short-term mission trips impact cultural intelligence development in undergraduate students. She has used this research and her certification in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias to provide training to students, faculty, and staff in university settings. When not assisting with international research projects, Ashley enjoys exploring her new home of Arizona (the Wild West, in particular), crafting, watching historical documentaries, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.


Brian Janssen, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Brian Janssen is a student affairs educator, faculty member, and faculty athletics representative who enjoys helping students improve their academic writing skills. In his classes and research projects, Brian assists master’s and doctoral students as they learn to apply the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). As a faculty member, Brian edits theses, dissertations, web pages, research presentations, and publication drafts.

Brian has held administrative positions at Miami University of Ohio, Northern Kentucky University, The Ohio State University, and Portland State University. He holds a BA in history and political science from Denison University, an MS in educational leadership and student development from Miami University (OH), and a PhD in higher education, student affairs, and educational psychology from The Ohio State University. Brian’s dissertation focused on mentoring relationships between graduate teaching associates and contingent faculty members and social justice issues related to adjunct faculty. He published a follow-up article titled Paradigm Shift: A New Look at Contingent Faculty Members in Higher Education in Comparative and International Higher Education and has presented his research at regional and national conferences. Brian has a strong academic background in student development theory and educational psychology and is an active member of several professional associations including NASPA, NCAA, and FARA.

Brian’s is passionate about leadership and identity development of historically underrepresented and at-risk student populations. Additionally, he researches issues related to student-athlete well-being, mental health, and adjusting to life after sports.


Emily Daniels, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Emily Daniels has been in education for roughly 20 years, domestically and abroad. Her interests in crossing cultures and striving for greater equity began even earlier, during time spent on the Dakota Reservation in Lake Andes, South Dakota, leading her to further explore Whiteness, injustice, and racism. A continuing question throughout her personal and professional life has been, How can we make the world a better place in our everyday moments and our larger society?

Dr. Daniels began her teaching career as an ESL instructor in San Francisco, and then moved to Hungary, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and circled back to the United States somewhat reluctantly. While abroad, she studied German, Spanish, and a smidgeon of Hungarian while learning to navigate various European transit systems.

Emily earned her BA in intercultural studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, her MA in social justice in intercultural relations with a concentration in diversity leadership at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and her PhD in teaching, curriculum, and change at the University of Rochester. Her qualitative dissertation had a strong Freirean standpoint and centered on transformative urban educators and the power of care, critical pedagogy, and hope in urban schools.

Emily’s interests in writing span decades. The power of the written word to shape and change reality and generate greater equity continues to fascinate her. She has published books (one solo and one co-edited), articles, and book reviews, and she has presented regularly at national and international research conferences over the past 12 years. Her favorite part of academia has been forming close-knit relationships with students, and she has mentored young people from numerous backgrounds.

As a single mother, antiracist educator, and passionate yogini in training, Emily believes in the power of people to change the world for the better. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, taking short hikes, baking gluten-free goodies, and signing social justice petitions.


Jay Larson, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Jay Larson is a higher education professional with a passionate commitment to the vital, invigorating role of written academic dialogue. As editorial assistant for NASPA’s Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, he supported authors at all career stages, advising on clarity, grammar, and APA formatting. Whether reviewing journal submissions and conference proposals or reading a manuscript for a colleague, Dr. Larson’s editorial work rests on respecting and retaining the author’s original voice while assisting to craft their work for inclusion in a robust dialogue.

Jay holds a BA and MA in history from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Following years as an educator in Asia, he is sensitive to linguistic and cultural concerns of authors who are English language learners. In China and Thailand, Jay worked closely with local faculty, helping them refine their written English work. This experience provided the impetus for his article, Other Voices: Authors’ Literary-Academic Presence and Publication in the Discursive World System, in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Jay’s other research interests include critical pedagogy, cross-cultural teaching and learning, and internationalization of higher education.

Cherishing the education community he calls home, Jay has organized and supported professional development activities at local and national levels, including the annual NASPA conference. He has lent a hand to workshops, roundtables, and other events targeting research methods, writing and publication, teaching, and career building for early-career education professionals.

Jay enjoys life with his partner Amy, a fellow educator who daily enhances his work and life, and his dog MeiMie, who keeps him grounded by being decidedly unimpressed with any accomplishment that does not involve squeaky toys or food. When he is not working, Jay indulges his obsession with obscure jazz, blues, and underground rock and can often be found keeping company with his 250-record vinyl collection.


Jen Wegner, EdD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Jen Wegner serves as the Executive Director of Undergraduate Business Administration in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the Tepper School in September 2017 and leads the curricular and co-curricular initiatives within the academic program. She previously worked at the University of Michigan, Lesley University, and the Community College of Vermont. Dr. Wegner’s teaching and facilitation experiences include a mentorship/leadership course, LeaderShape, first-year seminars, and a university course on social psychology in residence settings. She is the Chair of the National Board of the NASPA Center for Women and co-founded the University of Michigan’s Women in Student Affairs chapter. She is a proud alumna of the 2014 Alice Manicur Symposium for Women Aspiring to be Chief Student Affairs Officers.

Jen’s research interests include the culture of “busy” within professional environments, the intersection of women’s higher education career ascension and professional development, and women’s leadership development. She completed her EdD in higher education administration at New England College, her MEd in higher education student affairs from the University of Vermont, and a BA from Oakland University. She spends her free time with family and friends, reading nonfiction, cheering for her favorite football and hockey teams, and traveling in the United States and abroad.


Jennifer Wood, MS
Professional Development Coach and Editor

Jennifer Wood is a freelance editor and higher education professional. Jennifer earned her BA in psychology with a minor in exercise science from the University of California, Davis and an MS in counselor education with a community emphasis from California State University, Sacramento. She started her career as a grants administrator for the State of California, overseeing approximately 50 three-year grants for K-12 schools implementing early intervention programs. While in graduate school, a meeting with a career counselor set her on a path to her current career in higher education. Over the past decade, Jennifer has used her many skills to coordinate and counsel in the following areas: student employment, community job placement, recovery counseling, disability resource management, and supervision of student employees. She is proudest of her work increasing awareness of intersectionality and social justice issues as Chair of the Sacramento State Multicultural Center Advisory Council. She has since moved to Santa Cruz and works at University of California, Santa Cruz as a counselor for the MESA Engineering Program, a program for underrepresented students in engineering majors. Jennifer coaches first-generation, low-income students of color in navigating a research institution; in turn, students coach her on miscellaneous newfangled technologies and pop culture references. It’s not clear who is learning more from whom.

Jennifer is passionate about higher education and human development, as well as dismantling institutional systems of oppression (e.g., racism, ableism, and sexism) that hold students back from their full potential. Jennifer loves to read and is often found in her favorite chair with a cup of fresh-brewed, loose-leaf tea at her side. She is owned by a grumpy cat (who may or may not be responsible for cat hair in said tea). On the weekends, Jennifer lives her dream life in Santa Cruz: going to yoga classes and coffee shops, walking on the beach, and hunting for thrifted treasures. She firmly believes in the healing powers of self-care, creative pursuits, and impromptu dance parties.


Jill Dunlap, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Jill Dunlap is the Director for Research and Practice at NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) based in Washington, DC. In addition, Jill has been an adjunct faculty member at a diverse range of institutions, teaching in the fields of sociology, political science, and women’s studies. Jill is currently an adjunct political science instructor at St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Jill completed her PhD in political science and public administration at Northern Illinois University, where her dissertation work focused on the experiences of students impacted by sexual violence on campus. Jill’s research can also be found in the 2016 book, Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus: Challenging Traditional Approaches Through Program Innovation. Jill recently co-authored a chapter titled, “From Guns to Transgender Students’ Rights: When Policy and Personal Positions Do Not Align,” which will be published in the forthcoming book, Contested Issues in Student Affairs: Dialogues about Equity, Civility, and Safety. She regularly presents at national conferences on the topics of equity, inclusion, and violence prevention.

Prior to joining NASPA, Jill worked closely with college student survivors of interpersonal violence in a professional capacity for more than 14 years at three different campuses. In 2014, Jill served as the nonfederal negotiator representing 4-year, public institutions on the Violence Against Women Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. In 2016, Jill was invited to serve as program reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury. Jill is also proud of her volunteer work on social justice and equity issues in and around the Chicago area.


Jill Young, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Jill Young’s professional and academic experience is firmly rooted in the public sector and higher education. Dr. Young earned her BA in European studies and German from Vanderbilt University. She earned her MPA and PhD in public administration from Arizona State University with concentrations in public policy analysis and public finance. Jill also has significant practitioner experience as a fiscal and management analyst for the Arizona legislature and the Office of Budget, Planning, and Management at a large university. Her dissertation research focused on state fiscal sustainability, and her current research interests are multidisciplinary, centering around fiscal, environmental, and community sustainability.

Jill is also a faculty and program coordinator at Northern Arizona University. She works with students of all backgrounds and ages and enjoys helping them reach their goals. When Jill is not working, she enjoys traveling with her family, taking long walks, gardening, and cooking.


John Miller
Director of Web Development

Creativity at work and at play. A musician at heart, home brewer, and chef for fun, John focuses his professional time on creating the digital, print, and other marketing elements his clients need to reach their goals. A jack-of-all-trades, John’s background is varied with over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, project management, graphic design, email marketing, web development, user experience, and more. He will almost certainly catch that detail most assume, “nobody is ever going to notice,” and loves the process of translating client vision into reality.

John graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 with a BA in music. He currently resides in Long Beach, California with his wife Whitney, son Walton, and dog Buddy.


Jolyn Dahlvig, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Jolyn Dahlvig earned a BA in social work from Pacific Lutheran University; an interdisciplinary MA combining gender studies, adult education, and college student affairs administration from Oregon State University; and a PhD in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Dahlvig’s research interests include the intersection of gender and leadership within explicitly Christian organizational contexts and the experiences of student affairs administrators within the changing landscape of higher education.

Jolyn works as an educational entrepreneur (contingent faculty) for several institutions: University of Louisville’s master educator course (a collaborative project with the U.S. Army to equip officers to teach and lead within a university setting), Geneva College’s MA in higher education program, Bethel College’s EdD program in higher education leadership, and Azusa Pacific University’s EdD program in higher education leadership. Before prioritizing teaching opportunities, Jolyn served as a student affairs administrator for 15 years. Student success coaching and substantive writing feedback have been consistent hallmarks of Jolyn’s teaching. Jolyn’s approach to coaching and editing reflect an understanding of positive psychology constructs like mindset, motivation theory, and a professional background in holistic adult development. Providing feedback on student papers and serving on doctoral dissertation committees has honed Jolyn’s expertise and appreciation for APA guidelines. Outside of work, Jolyn enjoys walking, gardening, and spending time on the Oregon coast.


Joy Milano, Ph.D.
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Joy Milano has been a journalist, editor, and college faculty member, teaching writing, speech, literature, and leadership. She has worked as a grant administrator at the state government level and as a researcher at a large public university, as well as a registrar and director of assessment at a small, private college. She holds a BA in English from Michigan State University, an MEd in adult and higher education with an English specialization from Grand Valley State University, and a PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education, also from Michigan State. She is mom to a son, a daughter, and an Olde English Bulldogge, grandmother of two, and wife of her best friend.

As a teacher, Joy believes that all students can find their voice and expand their “writer’s toolbox” to represent themselves and their ideas effectively. She takes a developmental approach to empower her students to succeed. As a faculty member and doctoral student, she coached peers on writing their dissertations and research articles and on creative projects. She is co-author of a forthcoming chapter on community engagement at Michigan State University and co-editor of a recently released collection of papers commemorating the 10th Global Internship Conference for the Academic Internship Council. Joy’s research areas include online education, technology in education, mindfulness, and leadership. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and home improvement projects.


Karen Lafferty, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Lafferty has spent over two decades helping people improve their writing, first as a high school English teacher and now as an academic editor. She is a patient and encouraging editor who enjoys helping writers develop their voice. She has led workshops on the editing style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) at San Diego State University and has guided manuscripts through to publication in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Karen earned her BA in French literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MA degree in French literature at New York University, living for a year in Paris, France. Her experience attending university classes overseas gave her empathy for working with writers for whom English is a second (or third or fourth) language. She completed her PhD in education in the joint doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. Her dissertation examined how veteran teachers’ practices contribute to how student teachers learn about the life of schools and classrooms. She is particularly interested in how experts make their knowledge visible to novices.

Karen tailors the level of editing to an individual’s needs, whether it be for a website, dissertation, journal article, job document, or grant application. She can adapt to multiple style guides. Above all, she grounds her work in clear, respectful communication between writer and editor.

Karen’s passions outside of her work include volunteering for the Ocean Discovery Institute, a San Diego nonprofit that uses marine science to transform the lives of youth by introducing them to conservation and science careers. She is also an avid hiker and a baker.


Karina Viaud, EdD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Karina Viaud is Senior Officer for Parent and Family Programs at the University of California, San Diego and has worked with the parent population since 2011. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, working at private and public campuses within student affairs, enrollment management, and university relations. In these roles, she has worked with diverse groups of students. She has also served as a guest lecturer for both master’s and doctoral programs at FairEssays and the joint doctoral program between UC San Diego and California State University, San Marcos. Karina is active with NASPA and AHEPPP and supports graduate students in a variety of ways.

Karina’s dissertation involved the educational experiences of first-generation doctoral students of color. Demonstrated by the narrative approach in the study, she believes in the power of voices and stories that bring deep insight to the everyday lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented persons in dominant cultures and systems. Karina also believes that educators contribute to the shaping of students’ experiences through everyday behaviors. Because of her research on doctoral students, she has a deep understanding of the doctoral experience for women, working professionals, first-generation students, and other students pursuing terminal degrees. Karina advocates for the success of and communicates challenges experienced by doctoral students.

As an academic coach and editor, Karina’s goals are to support students, listen and meet students’ goals, and create a space for students to grow and learn. Each student’s work represents their voice on a topic that is important to them, and therefore is a part of Karina’s journey as a team member of Heartful Editor.

Outside of work, Karina enjoys finding a new place to eat and Yelping about it. She really enjoys coming home from work to decompress while listening to Bossa Nova music. She is also becoming a regular practitioner of meditation.


Katie Sorokas, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Katie Sorokas has spent her career empowering students and professionals to feel strong and resilient in their pursuits, whether it be an academically excellent thesis or developing an executable strategy to achieve a new skill set and opportunities in the workplace. With an academic background rooted in creating equity and reducing barriers, Katie blends her “challenge and support” style of leadership with an empathetic and candid communication style to develop strong coaching relationships with students and professionals. Katie enjoys working with clients during the editing process to produce “aha moments” in clarity and form and developing a client’s own editing skill set.

Katie holds a BA in women’s studies and Master of Public Health degree from The Ohio State University. She earned her PhD in health education from Kent State University, where her research focused on the effects of sexual violence on the academic success of college women. Katie’s background in women’s healthcare, residence life, and research grounds her strength as a leader and as a social justice educator and advocate. She has served on multiple committees and work groups to reduce barriers to success for marginalized students and is an educator of the Green Dot bystander strategy, as well as a Certified Health Education Specialist.

When not serving in her professional role, Katie can be found on her homestead in Ohio raising chickens, goats, and bees along with her little boy. She is an active volunteer and activist in her community and serves on the board of Sunbury Urban Farm. Katie also writes personally on several blogs and is a small business owner of a wood-fired pizza truck.


Katrina Pimentel, EdD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Katrina Pimentel has a diverse educational background that includes an EdD in educational leadership, an MA in education (curriculum and instruction), and a BS in gerontology, and has extensive research and mentoring experience.

Over the past 5 years, Katrina has engaged in educational research and curricular projects aimed to promote the equitable access, inclusion, and success of students across the P-20 system as a research assistant at Sacramento State. Katrina has also served as a thesis and dissertation mentor and is especially adept in supporting the needs of English Learners and first-generation college students. Afforded with exceptional faculty mentors, Katrina has learned that good mentors provide guidance and encouragement in ways that allow students and faculty to become drivers of their own research and develop their capacities as writers. Katrina has been able to continue to exercise her passion for academic research and writing as Associate Editor for the Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies (JTLPS), a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office of The California State University and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at California State University, Sacramento. As a mentoring journal, Katrina has a wealth of experience providing thoughtful and recursive feedback to authors.

Katrina’s research agenda is grounded in critical theory and dwells on the intersectionality of gender, race, class, policy, curriculum, and leadership. Her dissertation, Dismantling Rape Culture: A Critical Examination of Androcentrism in America, challenged the oppressive forces that are embedded in language, entrenched in culture, and has led to multigenerational sexism, misogyny, and misguided masculinity. Katrina received the 2017 Graduate With Distinction Award and a 2018 Outstanding Dissertation recognition for this transformative research, as it poses an affront to the trans-generational attitudes, stances, and dispositions that allow rape culture to permeate many aspects of our society.


Kim Burdett, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Burdett is an academic editor with almost three decades of experience in higher education. Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in social ecology with an emphasis in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine; an MS in counseling with a specialization in student development in higher education from California State University, Long Beach; and a PhD in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She has held administrative positions at the University of California, Irvine and Chapman University. Her dissertation focused on how students choose colleges. Her research, still downloaded at a significant rate per month, suggests that although how a student chooses a college is a complicated process, an active and multifaceted Internet presence is a significant way a college or university attracts students.

Kim is an advocate for all students, with years of experience working with college students of all ages, graduate students, and high school students as they explore and apply to colleges. Kim’s passion is for working with students in the college application process, and she ensures that students write and present their essay and application in the best way possible, enhancing the likelihood of admission to the college or university of their choice.

Kim edits papers, theses, dissertations, and other written material. She is committed to helping all students reach their potential.


Kristen Tarantino, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Kristen Tarantino is an academic editor with over a decade of experience in higher education. A native of Virginia, Kristen earned her BA in religious studies and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MEd in higher education administration from the College of William & Mary, and her PhD in educational policy, planning, and leadership with an emphasis in higher education and a cognate in college teaching from the College of William & Mary. Her dissertation explored how trauma impacts the graduate student experience and proposed a process through which students can work toward personal growth in the aftermath of trauma.

Kristen’s academic writing and research centers on college student learning within a variety of contexts. She has conducted and published research on how students make meaning from their college experiences, such as participation in institutionally supported programming and how students integrate their learning across contexts. As a parent of a child with special needs, Kristen has a special interest in educational research that includes vulnerable populations and is always looking to provide the best ethical guidance to her students in matters of controversial research topics or methods.

Passionate about supporting student development across the lifespan, Kristen has taught and worked with students from kindergarten through graduate school. She has taught at the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, specializing in designing learning environments and assessment for college student learning, as well as for Newport News Public Schools. Her belief that learning extends beyond the classroom pushes her to volunteer her time by mentoring and facilitating leadership development workshops for college student leaders.

Outside of her professional life, Kristen enjoys cooking, reading a good book while her basset hound snores on her lap, and spending time with her husband and three boys.


Lindsey Dippold, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Lindsey Katherine Dippold is a clinical assistant professor in higher and postsecondary education at Arizona State University. Dr. Dippold became passionate about student success in higher education while still an undergraduate student studying psychology at James Madison University. Her MS in counseling and college student development provided a solid framework for early positions in orientation and career services at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She served as a career counselor and administrator as well as a career development course instructor for 7 years at Florida State University, where she also completed her PhD in higher education and leadership studies.

Lindsey has also served as an AmeriCorps college counselor, a dissertation chair for online students, a private academic editor, and an adjunct faculty member at her local community college, and she is dedicated to helping students attain their educational goals. Her research interests and work include topics related to generational differences, adjunct faculty concerns, community colleges, international higher education, and leadership theory. When she’s not teaching or editing, Lindsey enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and running around the great outdoors.


Maureen Guarcello, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Maureen A. Guarcello has more than 15 years of higher education experience in academic and external affairs. Her research focuses upon the ways predictive and learning analytics inform student success interventions and higher education policy. Before joining San Diego State University, Maureen was a full scholar and graduate research assistant at the University of San Diego’s Mobile Technology Learning Center and in the Department of Leadership Studies.

In 2018, Maureen received the University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Outstanding Supplemental Instruction Research Award for her work on the article, Balancing Student Success: Assessing Supplemental Instruction through Coarsened Exact Matching. The publication, published with SDSU colleagues, recognizes the presence of selection bias in student success interventions and applied a method to reduce bias in the data, ultimately producing a more accurate measure of student support in high-challenge courses at SDSU. Maureen’s career has taken her from California State University, Long Beach to the University of Hawaii; University of California, San Diego; and ultimately to San Diego State University, where she partners with faculty, administrators, and students, developing timely and effective programs to help students succeed in high-challenge courses. In addition to student success initiatives, Maureen measures the use and efficacy of instructional technologies in the classroom.

Maureen has a BA in communication studies/marketing from California State University, Long Beach, an MA in nonprofit leadership and marketing from the University of San Diego, and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of San Diego. Maureen is affiliated with AERA, ASHE, ADHO, and is an AAC&U Certified Nonprofit Professional.

When she is not geeking out on data and technology, Maureen runs half marathons, attends as many concerts and festivals as possible, and she is an unapologetic San Francisco Giants fan.


Megan Krone, PhD
Director of Academic Coaching and Editing

Dr. Megan Krone is a collegiate recreation professional at DePaul University. Dr. Krone earned a BS in physical education and English education at the University of Michigan, an MA in applied professional studies at DePaul University, and a PhD in leadership studies with a focus in higher education at the University of San Diego. Megan’s dissertation examined mental health practices and the stigma of mental health on college campuses. Her academic writing focuses on caring campus communities, emergent leadership practices, and access to higher education, particularly for historically underrepresented populations.

Full time, Megan works in collegiate recreation and oversees club sports, special events, and the team challenge programs at DePaul University. As a collegiate recreation professional, Megan is highly engaged with Leaders in Collegiate Recreation (NIRSA) and focuses her professional service on social sustainability, organizational development, leadership theories and practice, social justice, professional development, and research and assessment. Megan also serves on the editorial board of the Recreation Sports Journal.

Megan has always loved reading, writing, and editing. As an undergraduate student, she took several creative writing courses, relishing editing her peers’ work as much as her own writing. Megan enjoys using her love of grammar, syntax, style, organization, and formatting to support writers’ goals (e.g., organizing a literature review, formatting a thesis or dissertation, completing an academic assignment, or submitting an article for publication). Megan strives to give feedback in a manner that maintains the writer as the owner and expert of their work. Having pursued a nontraditional academic path as an editor, Megan seeks to promote learning, independence, and authenticity.

Outside of work, Megan loves to try new things and keeps a blog about her adventures, which range from making homemade pasta to learning to surf to enrolling in a doctoral program. She enjoys traveling, trivia, and being active. Megan is also an avid sports fan and regularly carves out time in her schedule for college football and international soccer, especially the World Cup.


Meri Beckham, EdD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Meri Beckham is a faculty member in educational leadership at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Beckham teaches master’s and doctoral students in a variety of courses, serves on dissertation committees, and coordinates writing support programs. She also works as a community college counselor, advising students majoring in health occupations. Meri earned a BA in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, followed by an MEd from Harvard University. In a bold career move, she then earned an AS in nursing from Long Beach City College, gained employment as a Registered Nurse, and completed a BSN from California State University, Dominguez Hills while working full-time. After many years in nursing, Meri realized she loved being at college and found a way to work there. She has been in the field of student affairs ever since, earning an M.S. in counseling and student development in higher education from California State University, Long Beach, and finally an EdD in educational leadership from University of California, Irvine and California State University, Long Beach.

Meri’s research focuses on personality influences on learning, studying, writing, and use of time, from the perspective of Myers-Briggs theory of psychological types. As an MBTI Master Practitioner©, Meri values and honors individual differences in writing style, proofreading skills, attention to detail, and habits related to time and deadlines. She appreciates students as they are and respects their understanding of best practices and strategies for their own learning.

Meri loves gardening, time with family, including her three young grandsons, and vacations to Kauai. She enjoys solving editing “puzzles,” listening to books on CD as she commutes, and consuming ice cream and See’s chocolates of all flavors.


Mitch Green, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Aside from his day job as a public sector economist, Dr. Mitch Green is a Research Scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He has taught courses in political economy, economic statistics, and applied microeconomics at Franklin & Marshall College. Mitch has also offered seminars in economic history and cost-benefit analysis at Portland State University. His areas of research include economic history of the American West, political economy, energy and housing policy, and post-Keynesian microeconomic theory. Most recently, his publications have focused on pedagogy in economics. Dr. Green received his BS in economics at Portland State University and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Mitch has a passion for teaching and mentoring nontraditional students. Mitch’s experience as a first-generation college student and Army veteran provides him with perspective into, and empathy for, the specific challenges facing students who bring rich and varied experiences into the classroom and to their writing projects. He ranks helping students to find their voice and develop strong writing and argumentation skills, while overcoming institutional barriers, among his greatest joys in life.

When he is not editing and coaching or doing economist things, Mitch can be found participating in local efforts to advance progressive policy objectives, playing in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, or singing karaoke. Sometimes he does all of these things at once.


Molly Morin, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Molly Morin currently serves as a higher education administrator in Indiana. Molly earned a BA in sociology and elementary education from the University of La Verne (ULV) and is a proud two-time Terp. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she completed an MEd in counseling and personnel services with an emphasis in college student personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). After working full-time in Southern California, Molly returned to UMCP to pursue a PhD in higher education, student affairs, and international education policy. Her dissertation sought to better understand the career pathways and lived experiences of Latina/Chicana senior student affairs officers utilizing a testimonio methodology. Molly’s research interests focus on the experiences of underrepresented and underserved populations, especially Latina and women of color administrators and underrepresented minority students.

Dr. Morin is a scholar-practitioner who is committed to the success and retention of all students, especially graduate students from underrepresented minority backgrounds and first-generation college students. Her professional work experiences in higher education span the areas of academic advising, first-generation college student support services, STEM education, academic support programs, study abroad programs, and veteran student services. As a Latina first-generation college graduate from Southern California, Molly takes pride and responsibility in supporting the next generation of education scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and leaders. As a recent Ph.D. graduate, Molly is excited to serve future doctoral graduates through coaching and editing support tailored to their individual’s needs. During her undergraduate years at ULV, Molly served as a writing tutor and looks forward to formally delve back into her passion for offering feedback and APA guidance to graduate students and faculty.

During her free time, Molly enjoys traveling to new places, watching Netflix/Hulu, taking Zumba classes, and staying connected to her family and friends in California and Maryland.


Natalie Schonfeld, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Natalie Schonfeld is an academic editor with almost three decades of experience in higher education. Dr. Schonfeld earned her BA in French and government at Pomona College, her MA in public policy at California State University, Chico, and her PhD in education at Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation examined how biculturalism and engagement in multiple cultural contexts benefit student success in higher education. Natalie has worked in both student affairs and academic affairs, and she is committed to working for institutional change that furthers student access, engagement, participation, and success. When not working, Natalie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and exploring, and the company of a good book.


Nicole Ferry, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Nicole Ferry is Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director for the School of Applied Leadership at City University of Seattle. Nicole received both her BS in psychology and her PhD in cultural studies and social thought in education from Washington State University. Her research focuses on the areas of leadership, social justice, gender, and sexuality studies, with special interest in how the neoliberal context has shaped the purposes, practices, and discourses of leadership development in higher education. Nicole has presented aspects of her research at national and international conferences, and has been published in the journals of Leadership, Gender Issues, and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. She has also won three awards for her dissertation work, including the Jepson School of Leadership Studies’ 2018 Fredic M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. As an educator, Nicole has taught on social justice and leadership since 2013, including courses on global leadership, women’s studies, academic success, and youth cultures. In 2017, she won the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award, an award that goes to educators who were nominated for their effectiveness and creativity in the classroom.

Beyond Nicole’s commitments to teaching and research, she is also a dedicated practitioner and collaborator on several projects that engage local schools and communities directly. As a co-founding and contributing member of the educational collaborative, Allies to Advocates (A2A), she creates customized, interactive workshops for educators and administrators across the state of Washington who seek to examine diversity policy and practices within their schools, particularly for LGBTQIA+ populations. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys good food, travel, playing with her dogs, and rock climbing.


Nikki Kiedrowski, MBA
Director of Finance and Administration

Originally from Colorado, Nikki earned her BS in kinesiology and dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. It was there that she discovered her love for working with special populations, such as cancer patients and those in remission, while she volunteered with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehab Institute. Upon graduation, she moved to San Diego to work for a start-up company developing natural supplements for patients receiving autologous stem cell therapy. During her 15 year career in natural supplements, she took over the Director of Operations role and obtained her MBA from the University of Phoenix. In 2015, she made a career and physical move to Portland, OR to start her own company working with some of Portland’s best residents: cats and dogs. Nikki manages the finances, business operations, and strategic planning for a small list of up-and-coming companies.

When she is not thinking about her next company or sorting through profit-and-loss statements, she loves to enjoy Oregon and all of its natural beauty, yoga (she is a registered yoga teacher), traveling, and of course, time with her husband and their two children: Sophie, the cat, and Millie, the dog. She loves to study wellness, meditates regularly, and knows that, above all, laughter cures just about everything!


Paige Haber-Curran, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Paige Haber-Curran is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State University. Dr. Haber-Curran has been on the faculty at Texas State since 2011 and, since then, has also served as Program Coordinator for the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program. Paige earned her undergraduate degrees in business management and German studies from the University of Arizona, her MA in college student personnel from the University of Maryland, and her PhD in leadership studies from the University of San Diego.

Paige has been teaching at the college level for over 14 years, working with undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. As an educator, Paige is passionate about helping students develop holistically and academically. She has extensive experience coaching students and fellow colleagues on academic writing and research. Additionally, Paige is a prolific author. She has published three books, two edited books, and over 40 book chapters and journal articles on a wide range of topics within the fields of student affairs and leadership studies. She has been recognized for her teaching and scholarship through numerous university and national awards. In Spring 2018, Paige served as a Fulbright Scholar in Salzburg, Austria and greatly enjoyed teaching and conducting research at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

Paige is actively involved in professional associations within the fields of student affairs and leadership studies, and she serves in volunteer roles and presents her scholarly work annually at professional conferences. She lives in Austin, Texas with her family and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, skiing (not in Texas of course!), and spending time with friends and family.


Sabrena O’Keefe, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Sabrena O’Keefe is driven by a passion to help students become the best version of themselves. She holds an administrative position focusing on leadership and service programs at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus. Dr. O’Keefe is also an adjunct instructor for the First Year Experience course and an Exploring Leadership course for public administration. She earned an AAS in computer networking and a BS in human resource management from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, an MEd in student affairs and higher education from the University of South Carolina, a graduate certificate in conflict resolution and consensus building, and a PhD in higher education administration from Florida International University. Her dissertation was titled, “The Development and Initial Validation of a Self-Assessment for Global Leadership Competencies.” She is also a certified practitioner of the MBTI Step I & II instruments by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type and Strengths Based Education by Gallup.

Sabrena’s research interests include leadership competencies, student learning outcomes, global leadership, quantitative survey development, and quantifying student learning in co-curricular involvement. She has a few publications and has presented nationally several times on these topics. Outside of work, Sabrena enjoys rollerblading, cardio kickboxing, country music, and spending time outdoors in the sunshine.


Sara Headden, MA
Professional Development Coach and Editor

Sara is a passionate career development professional committed to helping individuals discover the skills and confidence necessary to pursue their goals. She holds a Master of Arts in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Texas State University. She has worked with college leadership programs, women’s centers, student conduct, career services, teaching, and community college internship development. In her years working in higher education and private career coaching, Sara has enjoyed working with a wide range of individuals, focusing on nontraditional student populations and transitioning career professionals.

Sara provides coaching and editing support at all levels to students and career professionals who are working toward that next step. Her approach to coaching is collaborative and personal. Every individual brings a unique story, and that story often includes valuable skills and experiences that do not show up on paper. Sara helps bring those stories to life by offering alternative presentation options that capture the essence of what is intended. She takes the time to understand the specific needs of her students and clients, meeting them where they are and moving forward together.

Sara lives in Austin, Texas and spends as much time as she can hiking and exploring outside with her family. An outdoor enthusiast and a strong believer that education starts in the earliest years, Sara also teaches an outdoor nature-based class to toddlers and caregivers. Some of her most important life lessons have come from her students, both young and old.


Sara Kathleen Henry, PhD
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Henry is the founder of Heartful Editor and serves as the Editor-in-Chief. She is an expert in the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Sara has held administrative positions at the University of California, San Diego, California State University (Humboldt and Sacramento), City College of San Francisco, and Portland State University. She holds a BA in communication from Arizona State University, an MA in postsecondary educational leadership and student affairs from San Diego State University, and a PhD in leadership studies and higher education administration from the University of San Diego. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between students’ use of technology and social media and their psychosocial well-being and sense of community on campus. She has a strong academic background in student development and leadership theory and stays actively involved in professional associations to further her own learning on current trends and issues affecting student success and well-being.

Sara works closely with graduate students, doctoral candidates, and faculty members on course papers, theses and dissertations, and manuscripts or book chapters for publication. She also supports academic and career professionals on edits to websites, personal statements, resumes and cover letters, curriculum vitae, slide decks and conference presentations, marketing and outreach materials, blog posts and social media content, technical manuals, and more.

Sara resides in Portland, OR, and when she is not living her dream supporting Heartful Editor’s students and the editorial team, she is spending time with friends and family, traveling abroad, hiking or at a barre class, attending a concert or lecture, listening to a wide variety of music genres, reading a classic or completing The New York Times crossword puzzle, or playing with her sweet Havanese, Cuba.


Sherry Early, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Sherry Early is an assistant professor at Marshall University’s South Charleston Graduate Campus in Leadership Studies. She spent 10 years as an administrator in residence life, leadership development, service learning, diversity initiatives, and has taught numerous leadership courses. Dr. Early served as a co-chair for the NASPA Knowledge Community for Student Leadership Programs and has presented at state, regional, national, and international levels. She serves as the NASPA Region II Faculty Council Representative, Co-Chair for Research and Scholarship for the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community, and is on the NASPA 100 Anniversary Educational Programs Committee. Sherry was also a member of the ACPA 2017 Convention Planning Committee overseeing the candidate experience for Career Development and Advancement.

Sherry received her BA in communication and her MA in student affairs administration from Michigan State University, and she earned her PhD in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.


Tanya Romaniuk, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Tanya Romaniuk is a dedicated, empathic professional educator with over 15 years of experience advising and coaching undergraduate and graduate students across multiple disciplines. She earned both her master’s and a doctorate in her home country of Canada: an MA in linguistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a PhD in linguistics at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Trained as a qualitative sociolinguist and discourse analyst, Tanya has always held a strong passion for the power of language and the study of human communication. Her master’s and doctoral research focused on political discourse and gendered ideologies in the context of Toronto’s 2002-2003 mayoral election and the 2007-2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States, respectively.

She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2013 after accepting a tenure-track job as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Portland State University (PSU). In this role, she regularly reviewed and edited academic papers, grant and fellowship applications, master’s theses, research presentations, and publication drafts for both her students and colleagues. She has a demonstrated ability to write, edit, and publish across disciplines and domains, and she has a strong record of publication, including multiple solo-authored and collaborative peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She has also presented her research at over 30 regional, national, and international conferences, where her work has been recognized by earning top paper awards. During her time on the tenure track, while the majority of her time was focused on teaching and research, she discovered that her true passion lay in the formal and informal opportunities she had to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students and to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. In December 2016, she relinquished her tenure role and accepted a full-time position as an academic and career advisor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at PSU.

In her current role, Tanya works closely with undergraduate students, advising them on degree requirements, university processes and procedures, coursework, and career pathways, and helps them implement academic plans that match their unique needs and goals. She finds this work meaningful and rewarding, especially when she is able to motivate and inspire students to accomplish their goals in the direction of their hearts. Tanya is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors, the global community for academic advising, and she is passionate about keeping up-to-date on current and emerging best practices for academic advising, retention, and career success. She is particularly interested in working to strengthen and foster strong relationships between advisors and faculty members, which she sees as essential to increased student retention and success.

When not working, she enjoys traveling to new places, exploring food and drink at home and in and around the Portland area, and staying as active as possible by swimming, hiking, biking, and golfing.


Vivienne Felix, PhD
Academic Coach and Editor

Dr. Vivienne Felix is a higher education administrator with experience in high school-to-college transitions, strategic planning, and experiential education. Additionally, she has taught English to speakers of other languages in both nonprofit and academic settings. Passionate about empowering students to define their own vision for success and set goals accordingly, her research interests include policies and practices related to postsecondary access and completion, diversity, and inclusion, with special attention applied to the experiences of immigrant, undocumented immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous students.

Vivienne holds a BA in international affairs from Lafayette College and an MA in education from the University of Connecticut. She earned her PhD in higher education administration with a specialization in comparative and international education from Bowling Green State University. Vivienne is an active member of several professional associations including NASPA, ACPA, NSEE, and CIES. Outside of work, Vivienne can be found working on a number of crochet, knitting, and photography projects.


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