Writing Program Advisory Board
The Writing Program Advisory Board is a group of professionals who provide feedback and offer advice to the Department of Writing throughout the year. As writers, editors, freelancers, technical communicators, digital and social media specialists, the members of the board are key partners in the Department’s commitment to build productive relationships with the community and to offer fulfilling internship experiences to its students. The Department hosted its first annual one-day visit with the board on March 23, 2016. During the visit, board members met with students and faculty members, visited classes, reviewed curricular goals, and shared their feedback with the Department.
Having dived into her love affair with words at an early age, Erin Bernhard is no stranger to writing great copy. She's proud to represent the digital marketing and publishing industries as the Digital Content Strategist at Oneupweb as well as the former Managing Content Editor of The Awesome Mitten. She wields a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and extensive experience in content development, digital marketing strategy, and social media management — and she’s always hungry to learn more.
Erin has a knack for storytelling and a passion for listening that have proven to be the winning combination when it comes to great client relations. Communication is the key to success in any business and Erin stops at nothing to ensure that her subjects' and clients’ voices are heard. She's incredibly passionate about sharing her knowledge with future generations of writers.
Robyn Gordon is a GVSU alumnus with a BA in Professional Writing. In 2011, she began working as a Technical Writer for JR Automation Technologies LLC, a company in Holland, MI that produces custom automated industrial machinery for an international customer base. In that role, Robyn collaborated with engineers and machine builders to write user manuals and assemble technical documentation packages for the equipment. In 2013, Robyn began serving as the Lead Technical Writer. As the lead, she became responsible for maintaining consistence between writers at five locations and for developing the team of writers and the tools they employ, including software and equipment for photography and videography.
Robyn’s responsibilities also include collaborating on a quarterly newsletter, managing JR’s fundraising committee, developing an onboarding program to support large volumes of company growth, and providing general “wordsmith” assistance to departments and employees in need.
Mara Naselli is an editor and writer. Her essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Hudson Review, Agni, and elsewhere, and she writes a regular column on literature for 3 Quarks Daily. She received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2013 and is a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She is a former senior manuscript editor from the University of Chicago Press and continues to teach manuscript development at the University of Chicago Graham School. www.maranaselli.net.
Pamela Patton is owner of Paragraph Writing Services. She works with advertising and marketing agencies, business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and non-profit organizations, creating and managing content for print, A/V, broadcast, and web.
She is an award-winning communications specialist, experienced in marketing, advertising and public relations. She has an extensive background in business-to-consumer, business-to-business, corporate and non-profit communications, creating and managing content for print, A/V, broadcast, and web.
Pamela is Vice President and ADDY Chair of the West Michigan Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She earned a degree in Communications from GVSU, and holds a Masters in Marketing Management from Aquinas College. She teaches as an adjunct in the GVSU School of Communications.
Meahgan Pear is the National Business Line Marketing Manager for Advisory Services at BDO USA LLP, a global accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Prior to joining BDO, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for a local accounting firm in Grand Rapids. As a strategic marketer, Meahgan combines creative passion and analytical skill to drive results and identify growth. Her passion for the field of marketing runs deep, and being able to tell the stories of amazing brands through multi-channel strategies is why she loves what she does. She specializes in brand strategy and value proposition design, inbound marketing, customer experience strategies, digital marketing and automation and lead generation. Meahgan is actively involved in the community, sitting on several nonprofit boards and committees, including her extensive work with the anti-human trafficking movement. She is a current board member and certified trainer for Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) and Co-Chair of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Marketing Association (AMA) West Michigan and is a member of the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM), serving on the editorial team for the Journal of Accounting Marketing. Meahgan, a graduate of Grand Valley State University, was recently named one of GRBJ’s 40 Under Forty business leaders in Grand Rapids.
Mike Salisbury is a literary agent for Yates & Yates. Based in Orange County, CA, Yates & Yates represents leading communicators, Including John Maxwell, Jon Acuff, Jen Hatmaker, Jefferson Bethke, and Jennie Allen. For over twenty-five years Yates & Yates has been an industry leader, partnering with publishers like Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster and many more. Along with representing authors, Mike’s fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Midwestern Gothic, among others. In 2012, Grand Valley’s Summer Film Project made his short story “Horizontal Accidents” into a film. He received his degree from Grand Valley State University in 2006 as a double major in professional writing and communications and received his MFA in fiction from Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR). He lives with his wife and daughters along Michigan’s West Coast.