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Meet the Staff


Andrea Rosso Efthymiou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Writing Studies & Rhetoric
Writing Center Director
Originally from California, Andrea has worked in writing center administration in the New York area since 2007. Andrea researches how working in a writing center affects tutors' civic engagement. Outside of the writing center, she can often be found cooking, swimming, or traveling with her family.

Marilyn Buono, Ph.D.
Writing Center Assistant Director
Adjunct Associate Profession, Writing Studies & Rhetoric
Marilyn received her PhD in Literacy Studies and her MA in English Literature from Hofstra University, and has taught at the University for the past sixteen years using a multimodal approach to college writing. In her spare time, Marilyn can be found decorating the Writing Center bulletin board, watching superhero films, and escaping to Lake George.


Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, Alicia is currently a sophomore at Hofstra majoring in dance education. She enjoys helping with brainstorming and organizing, but especially likes writing show reviews in the performing arts.

Allie is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She holds a BA in Psychology, Theatre and Media Studies from the University at Buffalo. Allie previously worked as an entertainment writer for the website Bustle and as a copywriter for several companies. Outside of school, Allie loves movies, yoga, museums, trying new restaurants, and weekend trips upstate to visit her family in her hometown of Voorheesville, NY.

Ashley V.
Originally from New Jersey, Ashley V, one of many Ashley's in the Center, is a current junior at Hofstra, double-majoring in Creative Writing and Television. When she's not in the Center, Ashley is one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief for Hofstra's Nonsense Humor Magazine. She can tell an okay joke, a decent story, and is really good at simply existing.

Brandon is from New York and has spent much of his life between Queens and Brooklyn. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health. In the future, he plans to work with health organizations and programs that help marginalized communities. Brandon specializes in brainstorming, outlines, social justice topics, public health, and linguistics.

Dani is a sunny woman from Brooklyn, New York, who is currently a student in the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Previously, attended Hofstra University where she completed her major in English Literature. When Dani isn't in the Writing Center or the law library, she can be found painting, reading or binge watching episodes of Shameless.

Isaac grew up on several military bases in the U.S. and Germany, but currently lives in Northern New York (like, way up there). He is a double major in Latin and Classics with a concentration in Classical languages and literature, graduating in 2019. He enjoys literary and film analysis papers and in his free time he enjoys the TV show Black Sails and video games.

Jamel is an adjunct faculty member in Hofstra's Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department. Jamel graduated with this master's degree from Hofstra University and currently teaches courses in Public Speaking and Oral Communication.

Jennifer D.
I am a learning specialist at Student Access Services. I have enjoyed working at the Writing Center for many years. I have a Master's degree in Education from Boston College. I am enthusiastic about learning and look forward to working with you.

Kara is from northern Maryland, and is working towards bachelor's degrees in Drama and Creative Writing. Outside of the writing center, she can be found writing her novel and reading. Kara enjoys brainstorming, literature, and argumentative essays.

Originally from New Hampshire, Kirsten is pursuing a degree in Publishing Studies. She loves to read, bake, and solve logic puzzles. Interested in any fiction work, Kirsten can always be counted on for a book recommendation. She specializes in MLA format, brainstorming, and argumentative essay writing.

Maia is an undergraduate student studying Publishing and Fine Arts, hailing from Clifton Park, New York. In addition to being a writer and artist, she is also captain of the Women's rugby team here at HU. You'll probably see her strutting around campus with her red headphones in and a rugby ball tucked under one arm. Her specialties are creative pieces, formal essays, brainstorming, grammar, and editing. Feel free to bring her food as she is always hungry.

Michael is a writer, traveler, and teacher from Boston, Massachusetts. His research interests include Dutch-American History, American Literature, and Basic/First Year writing.

Morgan is a TV Writing/Producing major from Vernon, New Jersey with minors in Creative Writing and Writing Studies. When she's not writing in her classes, at work, or just for fun, she enjoys dancing with Hofstra's Danceworks Productions (where she serves as the Secretary as well as a performer) or binge watching TV shows and movies.

Nicole is a native Long Islander. She is an English Literature major with minors in Writing Studies and Public Relations. She enjoys reading, watching The Office, and traveling. Nicole likes helping clients with brainstorming and outlining.

Russ(ell) was born and bred, here, on Long Island, but has successfully escaped to Queens, where he currently resides. An English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, he specializes in fiction and poetry, as well as analytical and argumentative essays. When he is not captive to the merciless grind, Russ enjoys reading, writing, classic rock, and uninterrupted sleep.

Tom is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. He is original from Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained his degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Tom previously worked for a non-profit in Reno helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment. In his free time, Tom loves to read, write, and play music in his free time from school.

Tyler is a current MFA student from Long Island who also holds a BA in Theatre and English literature. In addition to everything literary and writing-based, he is a massive film buff and can usually be found wandering NYC in search of the next screening or exhibition.

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