Department of Writing

Alumni News

Anne (McKay) Clark (2006) completed a Master’s of Library Science in 2008 and works as the Children’s Librarian at Shiawassee District Library in Owosso, MI. In her position, she buys books for infants through high schoolers, plans and presents programs for the same ages groups, and helps them with homework and other research projects. She also serves on Michigan’s Mitten Award committee.

Janelle (Wing) DeBlaay (2010) works for Zondervan as an Editorial Coordinator in the Curriculum, Church, Academic, Reference, and Resource department. She performs editorial assistant tasks such as proofing and managing the schedule for book production processes.

Amber Eby-Shearer (2004) is an Adoption Counselor for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill animal shelter and education center. She received the Society’s Above and Beyond Award in 2010 and a 2011 Jim Ludwig Continuing Education Grant. Best of all, she helps people find their new four-legged best friends!  

Josh Fish (2008) recently started The University of Alaska’s MFA program focusing on Creative Nonfiction in Fairbanks. In the program, he is a teaching assistant. Since graduating from GVSU, Fish has spent almost two years in Taiwan and China teaching English and traveling.

Hillary Fishler
 (2009) is finishing a Master’s in Public Policy at Oregon State and intends to begin a PhD program. She currently works with three agencies: Institute for Natural Resources in Corvallis, OR; Earth Economics in Tacoma, WA; and Carpe Diem West in Sausalito, CA. The projects within these three agencies focus on valuation of ecosystem services.

T Fleischmann (2005) lives in rural Tennessee. Fleischmann’s book, Syzygy, Beauty, will be released by Sarabande in early 2012.

AJ Gretz
 (2007) is in his second year at Calvin Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity. He recently had a piece published in the online magazine, The Art of Manliness, and is currently co-editing the seminary’s student magazine, Kerux.

Robyn Gordon
 (2010) works in Holland, MI as a Technical Writer at JR Automation. She collaborates with engineers and machine builders to write maintenance, changeover, calibration, and other types of procedures for their machines. She volunteers with WMEAC, which is where she interned while at GVSU, as well as with Bikestock and the Grand River Clean Up.

Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz
 (2003) works for the Kent District Library as the manager of the Caledonia Branch. She was promoted to this position in October 2010 after working with KDL for six years. In this position, she manages a staff of librarians and circulation assistants.

Katie (Lewis) Hayes
 (2005) is employed as the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Coordinator at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. She recently took a group of students to teach English in China for a month.

Abby Heugel (2003) has worked for Great American Publishing for the past four years. She is the Editor (and Head Writer) for two national trade publications, as well as the Interactive Editor of a third. She is responsible for the entire editorial related to the three publications and all online activity, product reviews, art solicitation, and e-newsletters. She has also published freelance features in the Grand Rapids Magazine.

Jessie Levine (2010) works in Ann Arbor at PRIME Research, which specializes in strategic communication. Her role is a media analyst and researcher.  She also blogs for’s food and drink section.

Leah Mastee
 (2010) is the editorial assistant at Kregel Publications, an independent publishing company in Grand Rapids, MI. She writes catalog and back cover copy, reviews submissions, and edits manuscripts. Her responsibilities also include managing freelance editors and proofreaders.

Daniel Michniewicz (2010) landed a technical writing job with LSI in Fort Collins, CO.  He mostly writes documentation for end-users. Some of his documentation writing also stays within the company for the chips and devices that they manufacture.

Meahgan Pear (2007) is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, and serves on the Board of Directors at the American Advertising Federation West Michigan. She also runs Meaghan Pear Designs, which offers marketing and graphic design services to clients seeking brand identity development.

Jacob Powers (2006) earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Boise State University in May 2010. His short story, “Safety,” was awarded 2nd place in Narrative Magazine’s “30 Below2010” contest. He currently teaches at Tallahassee Community College.

Brianna Reilly (2007) completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2010. She recently started a full-time position at Crain’s Detroit Business as a Data Editor.

Jorri (Heil) Smith
 (2008) is the marketing coordinator for Andy J. Egan Co., one of West Michigan’s largest mechanical contractors and fabricators. In this position, she writes press releases, newsletters, content for marketing collateral, and develops the content, design, and code for multiple websites. She also serves on the technology and communications board for the American Marketing Association West Michigan.

Megan Ward (2006) works at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI. She is the Writing and Reading Center Coordinator, which entails running the Writing and Reading Center and overseeing an elementary reading tutor program that places students in local schools to help instructors teach reading. Ward also adjuncts at NMC, teaching one to two introductory composition courses each semester.

All Writing alumni are invited to update entries. Please send information to: Professor Christopher Toth at

Page last modified August 17, 2014