Meet the Staff


The Southern Miss Speaking Center is directed by Dr. Laura Stengrim, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. The Coordinator, Carley 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 






Carley Young, Coordinator. I am an encouraging tutor who always strives to give my clients the confidence to perform their best. I try to meet the student at their level to help them succeed. Specialties: Informative speeches, interviewing, group presentations, finding sources/information



Mo Ismail, Peer-Consultant  


Mo Ismail, Graduate Peer Consultant. Communication is an essential aspect of life regardless of its format. Thus, my goal is to lead you towards solidifying a strong and positive foundation for communicating effectively and creatively. During sessions, together, we will focus on organizing your overarching message and fine-tuning delivery. I am ecstatic in the prospect of working with you! As well as establishing an energetic and comfortable environment that will help you produce exceptional work that is to your liking and makes you proud.



 Lakelyn Taylor, Peer Consultant 





 Lakelyn Taylor, Peer-Consultant. I am a tutor who tries to get clients interested and excited about their projects. I try to ensure that every client feels as confident about their assignments as much as I possibly can. I try to use my knowledge about communicating to help clients reach a new level with their assignment. Specialties: Structure, outlining, delivery, visual aids.


Joshua Hitchcock, Peer Consultant


 Josh Hitchcock, Peer-Consultant. My tutoring philosophy entails being open and friendly. I also have an attitude of always being willing to help and I am someone who cares. Specialties: Persuasion, delivery, business-setting 









  J.D. Rimann, Peer-Consultant

J.D. Rimann, Peer Consultant. As a History and English double major, I believe that crafting a great speech begins with putting together a  solid written foundation. As a peer-consultant, then, I place a premium on assisting my clients in laying that foundation, helping them build up their confidence as they are constructing their speech. Specialties: organization and structure, debate, non-verbals, and delivery



Jonathan Bridenbaker


Jonathan Bridenbaker, Peer-Consultant. When it comes to the speech writing process, I really like to emphasize outlining as the most essential step to the process. With a clear outline that shows the link that each body point has to the topic/thesis, the speech writing process becomes so much easier and more organic. I also love helping to create attention-getters, develop transitions, and construct persuasive speeches.