Meet us

Meredith Boulden

Dr. Meredith Boulden, Director   
About: A native and lifelong Memphian, Dr. Meredith Heath Boulden is a proud alumna of the University of Memphis, where she earned her BA, MA, and PhD in English, with concentrations in Language and Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Literary and Cultural Studies, respectively. As a long-time consultant at the CWC, Meredith used her experience in teaching composition, literature, and ESL to hone her approach to working one-on-one with clients, and it has become her firm belief that every individual, given substantial encouragement and appropriate instruction, can become confident in their capabilities as a writer and speaker. With this philosophy in mind, Meredith endeavors to instill the same level of confidence in the CWC consultants and their clients alike.

Ahmed Alshammari

Ahmed Alshammari, GAD
About:  Ahmed Alshammari is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics program at the University of Memphis. He received his MA in TESOL from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). He taught English at several universities in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Ahmed has been an English language instructor at Umm Al-Qura University since 2018. His research interests include academic writing, English for specific purposes, and Task-based language teaching. He presents his academic work at regional and international conferences. Ahmed likes traveling, hiking, walking around lakes, and watching TV shows.

Amber Alston

Amber Alston, Consultant
About: Amber "AD" Alston is a current Ph.D. student working towards a degree in Communication at the University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor’s (2020) and Master's (2023) degrees in Communication Studies from Texas State University. Amber is currently a graduate Teaching Assistant for the Communication Studies Department and a Writing Consultant at the University of Memphis. Amber has worked with several religious, social justice, Greek-lettered, non-profit, and restaurant organizations in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas to enhance their marketing, branding, and how to effectively communicate and appeal to wider audiences. Amber's academic and research interests are African American Womanist/Feminist rhetoric and how Black women communicate within social, political, and economic discourses. Amber’s professional interests are rooted in social justice, conflict management, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) trainings.

Alyssa Radtke

Alyssa Radtke, Consultant
About: Alyssa Radtke is a PhD student in the English department at UM, where she also received her MFA in Poetry. She enjoys brainstorming papers, most forms of caffeine, and reading fanfiction while procrastinating. She has experience teaching with ENGL 1010 and 1020.

Chelsea Panamero

Chelsea Panameño, Consultant
About: Chelsea Panameño is a first-year MFA student in Fiction with a concentration in Literary Studies. She graduated summa cum laude from Christian Brothers University with two BAs in English and Creative Writing. She enjoys writing about magic, mythology, gender, and everything in-between. When she isn’t writing, she also enjoys playing tabletop roleplay games, listening to horror podcasts, and trying not to kill plants. She has worked as a writing consultant for several years and looks forward to working with students at the CWC.

Hana Alqabba

Hana Alqabba, Consultant
About: Hana Alqabba is a PhD student in the English department at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include Second Language Writing, English for Academic Purposes, and corpus linguistics. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maame Agyeiwaa

Maame Agyeiwaa, Consultant
About: Greetings! I am Diana Maame Agyeiwaa Agyei, although I prefer to go by Maame. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication, delving into the fascinating realm of academia. I originally hailed from Ghana, a land known for its abundance of gold and as the highest producer of delectable cocoa, I take pride in the fact that the chocolate you savor likely originates from my homeland.
My academic journey commenced with an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies specializing in Journalism. For almost a decade, I immersed myself in the world of journalism, reporting on various court cases from the Supreme Court down to the lower courts.
Expanding my horizons, I pursued a Master of Arts in International Studies at Ohio University, focusing on Communication and Development Studies. This allowed me to explore the intricate dynamics between communication and societal progress.
After graduation, I seized the opportunity to make a positive impact by working with Central Ohio Worker Center, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. As the Community Organizer, I had the opportunity to educate, empower and advocate for low-wage and immigrant workers. As somebody who is passionate about grassroots organizing and advocating for marginalized people, I deeply cherished my job while working.
Beyond my professional and academic pursuits, I love to have time for myself. I enjoy reading, traveling, writing, listening to country and classical music, and watching movies.

Madison Hunter

Madison Hunter, Consultant
About: Madison ‘Mocha’ Hunter, a Detroit, MI, native, is one-eighth of Mobile, AL’s award-winning poetry troupe “Powerlines Poetry,” where she is widely known as the spoken word artist “DictionKanari”. She has had the privilege of interviewing literary all-stars Dr. Roxane Gay, Adrian Matejka, and Dr. Jericho Brown. Her work has appeared in Watershed Voice, You Might Need To Hear This, and Oracle Fine Arts Review. Mocha is pro canceled plans, sunsets, charcuterie boards, and keeping the Sabbath. When she isn’t creating, she’s collecting memories with friends, family, and even enemies as well as reading, roller skating (or some rhythmic attempt to stay in gravity’s good graces), vacationing, vinyl record hunting, tasting culture and critiquing cuisine in the gritty and glorious city of Memphis; it is also in this great city that she is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing along with a certificate in African American Literature. Following receiving her MFA, she will be pursuing a PhD in Literature/Literary Studies, specializing in African American Studies and minoring in Anthropology.

Kyle Chitwood

Kyle Chitwood, Consultant
About: Kyle Chitwood is a PhD student in the communication studies program here at the University of Memphis. He previously earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas State University, also in communication studies. His research interests involve the critical and rhetorical analysis of various media as it pertains to cultural discourses and knowledge. Specifically, Kyle is interested in the ways that the musical and discursive aspects of reggae music have been commodified and co-opted in popular culture. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking, reading, spending time outside, and playing and listening to music.

Marissa Corleone

Marissa Corleone, Consultant
About: Marissa Corleone has a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has over five years of experience in the tutoring field, specifically in the literary department. She believes all students have the capability of unlocking their true potential through a little hard work and self reflection. She looks forward to working with all of you this upcoming school year.

<Samantha Guajardo

Sam Guajardo, Consultant

About: Samantha “Sam” Guajardo received her MA from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley in Communication and has entered her 2nd year as a PhD student in Communication from the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Media Studies. Guajardo's research areas are 1.) Latinx rhetoric, 2.) critical regionalism, and 3.) the rhetoric of social movements. Guajardo centers her research around agricultural, immigration, and educational reform, and she employs rhetorical strategies rooted in liberation, civic engagement, and civic awareness. 
Guajardo has also been a consultant for over 3 years at various writing and communication centers and is an instructor for COMM 2381: Oral Communication. 
Guajardo’s teaching philosophy includes engaging in coalition pedagogy, which resists the "banking model," and promotes an education rooted in social change and activism.


Ghadi Matouq

Ghadi Matouq, Consultant
About: Ghadi is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics program at The University of Memphis. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and a certificate in teaching English in international contexts (TEIC) from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Second Language Testing, Second Language Course Evaluation, Second Language Curriculum & Design, Second Language Literacy, and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. She enjoys helping others, and her guiding phrase is "do good, and good things will come back to you."

obri richardson

Obri J. Richardson, Consultant
About: Obri J. Richardson is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Obri is an English Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Black Literary and Cultural Studies, and pursuing two certifications (African American Literature & Women's and Gender Studies). Before enrolling at UofM, Obri pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English at Morehouse College (2018), a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Theology from Virginia Union University (2021), and a Master of Sacred Theology with a concentration in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary of New York (2022). Richardson's research interests are 19th-21st Century African American Literature, African American Literary Theory, Satire, Black Sexualities and Genders Studies, Genealogy, Ethnography, Oral Histories, and Black Film and Television (Post-1980). The quote that guides Obri's personal and intellectual drive is penned by his mentor and M.Div. advisor, Dr. Alison Gise Johnson, who often states, "I am not threatened by your brilliance, but I would starve if I did not have it."

Terie Box

Terie Box, Consultant
About: Terie L. Box is a native Memphian with more than a decade of experience teaching in higher education. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters in Journalism, as well as a PhD in English, Dr. Box has taught first-year Composition (1010 and 1020), Literary Heritage (2201), British Literature since 1750 (3220), and Speech Communication courses. Her research interest primarily centers on the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, and other interests include reading, writing fiction, gardening, baking, swimming and swim coaching, social justice – and saving the elephants.