Our Staff

Catherine Savini

Catherine Savini, Director

Parenzo 218
(413) 572-5569

Catherine Savini is the director of the Reading and Writing Center and the coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative. Her research interests include writing centers, WAC, composition and rhetoric, and critical service learning. As an instructor of writing, her goal is to teach students how to find problems and questions worth pursuing and support students in using writing for social change. Catherine is the co-editor of a website called MotherShould? (mothershould.com) for women on the fence about the kid question. 

Carlin Mackie
Carlin Mackie, Assistant Director

Carlin Mackie holds degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass. His stories and poems have appeared in Hobart, Copper Nickel, and ILK, among others.  He teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the Assistant Director of the Reading and Writing Center.  He focuses on working with multilingual students, helping them to achieve academic success while maintaining their own voice.

Sarah J. Heim
Sarah J. Heim, Professional Consultant

Sarah J. Heim is a professional writing consultant at the Reading and Writing Center. She has taught composition at Westfield State University since 2005. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as a professional journalist and editor in San Francisco and Boston. She has covered a wide range of topics, and her writing has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Magazine, MIT’s TechnologyReview.com, Adweek, Stanford Magazine, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and the Huffington Post. She is passionate about helping students find their voice and discover new ways to communicate through writing.

Michael Antoinetti, Professional Consultant

Michael Antoinetti is a professional writing consultant at the Reading and Writing Center. He has taught English composition at Westfield State University since 2015. He earned an MFA in fiction from Southern Connecticut State University, and his writing has been featured in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Philadelphia Review of Books. He is passionate about music, synthesizers, and environmental issues. He won’t make you read your paper aloud if you don’t want to.

Meghan Donnelly, Graduate Writing Consultant
Masters of Social Work

Meghan is a graduate student, studying psychology for school guidance counseling. In addition to working at the Reading and Writing Center, Meghan is also a graduate assistant with the Common Goods food pantry. She holds her bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish, and enjoys working with English Language Learners. Meghan is dedicated to helping students discover their own unique and effective ways to communicate through writing.

Olivia Hampersoomian

Olivia is a psychology major at Westfield State. She is currently involved in the Musical Theater Guild, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and is an inductee into the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. In addition to working in the Reading and Writing Center, Olivia also works as a Residential Assistant. She believes that the Reading and Writing Center is a great tool for students to develop their writing skills!

Madeleine Hebert

Maddy is a Theatre Arts major here at WSU. She is a technical and design student who spends most of her time in the Ely Blackbox working on productions. She is the upcoming president of the Student Theatre Association. She thinks that there is always room for improvement when it comes to the writing process and that every student should find what works for them. 

Ashley Linnehan

Ashley is an English major who is also seeking certification in Secondary Education. She is involved with Persona, SEAM, SHAC, and Sigma Tau Delta on campus, as well as being the Associate Student Representative for the Eastern Region for Sigma Tau Delta, and the Project Proposal Writer for the Commonwealth Honors Program. In addition, she is in the process of completing her Senior Honors Project about dialectical and linguistic diversity in the RWC.

Nicholas St. Pierre

Nick is an English major with a writing concentration at Westfield State.  To him, writing is a vehicle for expression.  There a few places where we can be so entirely ourselves other than in our writing.  He believes that the best writing does not come from spontaneous moments of brilliance, but rather dedication, scrutiny, and most importantly, revision.     

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