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Meghan Ashdown (she/her)

Operations and Marketing Coordinator

Meghan Ashdown is an accomplished communications and administrative professional. She completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto in 2010, and has worked in various post-secondary student service roles ever since.

Clare Bermingham (she/her/they/them)

Director, Writing and Communication Centre

As Director of the Writing and Communication Centre, Dr. Clare Bermingham is responsible for the development and oversight of services and programs that drive and support communication excellence at the University of Waterloo.



Ileana Diaz

Writing and Communication Advisor, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Ileana (she/they) is a PhD student in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. Ileana has worked at Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, a writing centre, and with the WCC as host of the IBPOC Writing Cafés and some of our Virtual Writing Cafés.

Emma Dunn

Writing and Communication Advisor, Undergraduate Programs (on leave)
Emma is an experienced instructor and developer of writing and communications programming. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from Ryerson and York universities (joint program), M.A. in English (Brock University), and B.Ed.

Jirina K. Poch (she/her)

Workshops and Integrated Programs Coordinator

As the Workshops and Integrated Programs Coordinator, Jirina is dedicated to the support and facilitation of student learning, specifically with the development, implementation, and delivery of online and in person programming for UG, GRAD, and Postdocs.

Jane Russwurm

Writing and Communication Advisor, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Jane has over 10 years experience as a writing and communication advisor, and over 15 years experience in industry – specifically in engineering, operations, and logistics. Jane has been an instructor at the University of Waterloo and at various local colleges, and is a Waterloo grad herself.

Elisabeth Van Stam

Writing and Communication Advisor, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, STEM specialist

Elisabeth is an experienced writing instructor with a demonstrated history of teaching scientific writing at the university level. She holds a MSc. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Western Ontario, and her Masters in Geographic Information Sciences from the University of Calgary.

Stephanie White

Manager, Undergraduate and Peer Tutor Programs (on leave)

Stephanie has taught writing and communication as a course instructor and one-to-one in writing centres for over ten years. At the Writing and Communication Centre, she coordinates our teams of drop-in and course-embedded peer tutors.