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.

 

Laura Stengrim, Director
Dr. Laura Stengrim, Director 

 

 

 

Carley Young

 

  

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

  

Seth Fendley, Graduate Peer Consultant. Seth is a 2nd year PhD student in Communication Studies and a Speech and Debate coach. In his free time, he enjoys disc golf and long car rides. 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Rita Nassuna, Graduate Peer Consultant. Rita is a 2nd yaar PhD student in Communication Studies. In her time, Rita enjoys jogging, watching figure skating, and reading biographies. 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Steve Young, Graduate Peer Consultant. He is a 2nd year PhD student in Communication Studies. Steve hails from New York and is a sports fanatic. 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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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. 

Anna Goretski, Peer-Consultant  

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 Anna Goretski, Peer-Consultant. Anna is a sophomore in Communication studies. She enjoys movies, music, and puzzles; especially those that Disney related. Ashely Selzer, Peer-Consultant  
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Ashley Selzer, Peer-Consultant. Ashley is a sophomore in Communication Studies and Advertising. She is trained in classical ballet and loves musicals. Hannah Claire Lott, Peer-Consultant  
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Hannah Claire Lott, Peer-Consultant. Hannah Claire is a junior in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is an alum of the Disney College Program, has lived in Hawaii, and is obssessed with Qudoba.  Melissa Mikulec, Peer-Consultant
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Melissa Mikulec, Peer-Consultant. She is a junios in Business Administration. Melissa is obsessed with dogs, spicy foods, and likes watchcing gymnastics. 

Charles Marshall, Desk Assistant  

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Charles Marshall, Desk Assistant. Charles is double major in Communication Studies and Theartre. He is also a member of the Speech and Debate team.