Meet the Staff

The Southern Mississippi Speaking Center is directed by Dr. Laura Stengrim, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. Coordinator Steven Young oversees the day-to-day operations. The consultant team is composed of graduate and undergraduate students who have all completed our nationally certified (by the National Association of Communication Centers) training program. 

 

Dr. Laura Stengrim, Director

 Laura Stengrim, Director Laura Stengrim, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Director of the Speaking Center. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois and came to Southern Miss in 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Young, Coordinator

Steve is a third year Communication Studies Ph.D. student from Poughkeepsie, New York. He is an encouraging consultant who keeps his speakers and appointments on topic with a specific focus outlined in the beginning of each session. His areas of specialization include: PowerPoint presentations, intercultural communication, and group appointments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Nassuna, Graduate Peer Consultant

Rita is third year Communication Studies Ph.D. student from Uganda, Africa. She is an extremely knowledgeable consultant who encourages speakers to dig deep down and figure out elements of the speech process for themselves through dialogue. Her areas of specialization include: organization, outlining, and delivery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Fourney, Graduate Peer Consultant

Sean Fourney, Graduate Peer Consultant

Sean Fourney is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies from Easton, Pennsylvania. As a consultant, he focuses on identifying a purpose and story that each speaker wants to construct before presentation. His specialties include speech outlining, building main ideas, and challenging speakers to think differently about their topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Karen Boger, Graduate Peer Consultant 

Karen Boger, Graduate Peer Consultant

Karen is a first year graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies from Mocksville, North Carolina. She is an engaged worker who is always ready to meet speakers where they are and help them make their experience at the Speaking Center useful, comfortable, and meaningful. Her areas of specialization include: intercultural communication, conference-style presentations, and working with non-conventional speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Bridenbaker, Peer Consultant

Jonathan Bridenbaker, Peer-Consultant

Jonathan is a senior double major in the Departments of History and Communication Studies from Gulf Port, Mississippi. When it comes to the speech writing process, he likes to emphasize outlining as the most essential step to the process, and he encourages speakers to write clear outlines that show the link that each body point has to the topic/thesis. His areas of specialization include: developing attention-getters, transitions, and persuasive speeches. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Goretski, Peer Consultant 

Anna Goretski, Peer-Consultant

Anna is a junior in the Department of Communication Studies from Long Beach, Mississippi. She is an approachable consultant who is patient and takes the time to make sure her speakers fully understand the information before continuing on in her appointments. Her areas of specialization include: outlining, locating relevant sources, and persuasive speeches

  

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Claire Lott, Peer Consultant

Hannah Claire Lott, Peer-Consultant Hannah Claire is a senior in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences from Niceville, Florida. She is an enthusiastic and engaging consultant who brings that same amount of positive energy into every appointment with her speakers. Her areas of specialization include: delivery, interviewing, and group projects.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Mikulec, Peer Consultant

Melissa Mikulec, Peer-Consultant Melissa is a senior in the Department of Management and International Business from Hartford, Wisconsin. She is a very energetic peer consultant who addresses concerns in a knowledgeable, direct, and fun manner. Her areas of specialization include: topic selection, outlining, and organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Nunnery, Peer Consultant

Kelsey Nunnery, Desk AssistantKelsey is a junior in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism from Jackson, Mississippi. She is a very friendly and helpful peer consultant and desk assistant who regularly goes out of her way to ensure speaker satisfaction. Her areas of specialization include: brainstorming, outlining, and interviews. 

 

 

  

  

 

Macie Tullier, Peer Consultant

Macie Tullier, Peer-Consultant

Macie is a sophomore in the Department of Business Administration from Franklinton, Louisiana. She is a focused, driven, peer consultant who encourages and assists her speakers to create unique, influential speeches. Her areas of specialization include: topic selection, organization, and persuasive speeches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison Seymour, Peer Consultant

Madison Seymour, Peer-Consultant

Madison is a sophomore in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism from Purvis, Mississippi. She is a motivational consultant whose goal is to help speakers become as comfortable as possible with the speaking process. Her areas of specialization include: organization, delivery, and persuasive speeches. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlton McGrone, Peer Consultant

Carlton McGrone, Peer-Consultant

Carlton is a junior in the English Department from Jackson, Mississippi. He collaborates well with others in order to get only the highest results. His areas of specialization include: brainstorming, communication apprehension, and informative speeches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashleigh Jambon, Peer Consultant

Ashleigh Jambon, Peer-Consultant

Ashleigh is a sophomore in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education from Gretna, Louisiana. She is an energetic consultant who is always encouraging her speakers to look at a task in different ways in order to reach their full potential. Her areas of specialization include: brainstorming, research, and organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Marshall, Desk Assistant 

Charles Marshall, Desk Assistant Charles is no longer a double major. He is a senior in the Theater Department from Los Angeles, California. He is also a member of the Speech and Debate team. Charles is a quirky and charismatic desk assistant whose skill is only outclassed by his sarcasm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyrus Hill, Desk Assistant   

Tyrus Hill, Desk Assistant Tyrus is a senior in the Theater Department from Moss Point, Mississippi. He is a dedicated and reliable desk assistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Parker, Desk Assistant

Christina Parker, Desk Assistant Christina is a senior in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from Pascagoula, Mississippi. She is very friendly and always smiling. She is consistently willing to help with whatever tasks that need to be accomplished.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Sara Dees, Desk Assistant 

Sara Dees, Desk Assistant  Sara is a sophomore kinesiotherapy major from Chatom, Alabama.