Meet The Coaches of

Team Write The Damn Dissertation

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Dr. Amy Cronin Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation

Erica David

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach

Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

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Dr. Yvette Morrell

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach

Dr. Sherlyn Harrison

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Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

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Dr. Heather Hicks

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Dr. Amber Kelly

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Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander

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Dr. Stephanie L. Silva-Del Toro

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Meet The Coaches of

Team Write The Damn Dissertation

Dr. Amy Cronin Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation


about Amy

A seasoned K-12 educational leader and coach, when Dr. Amy Boyd finished her dissertation, she started Write the Damn Dissertation. Since 2018 she has helped over 3000 doc students (and masters thesis students) make progress on their dissertation and thesis through her 5 and 7-day writing workshops, her paid programs, and through one on one coaching. Amy resides on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and 14-year old son, English Mastiff "Murphy", French Bulldog "Cooper", and Ragdoll cat "Sarah".

Dr. Amy Cronin Boyd

Founder and CEO of Write The Damn Dissertation


about Amy

A seasoned K-12 educational leader and coach, when Dr. Amy Boyd finished her dissertation, she started Write the Damn Dissertation. Since 2018 she has helped over 3000 doc students (and masters thesis students) make progress on their dissertation and thesis through her 5 and 7-day writing workshops, her paid programs, and through one on one coaching. Amy resides on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and 14-year old son, English Mastiff "Murphy", French Bulldog "Cooper", and Ragdoll cat "Sarah".

Erica  David

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Erica

Hey everyone! My name is Erica David, and I am a private coach for Dr. Amy Boyd and the Write The Damn Dissertation team. I was born and raised in Wyoming and completed my graduate work in Perth, Western Australia; working with the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science Directorate to earn a Ph.D. in Ecology. My dissertation investigates the ecological and physiological impacts of wind on native vegetation, integrating ecosystem aerodynamics with the science and practice of ecological restoration in post-mine environments.

I found this incredible community in April of 2020, after sitting in the drift for several years following a personal trauma and mental health crisis. This community was the lifeline I needed to work through the storm, finish my dissertation, and find my true purpose. After drifting with minimal progress for years, I have now rediscovered the joy of my research and uncovered mySELF along the way. As an avid nature-lover and creative, when I am not writing I am most often found with my watercolors and my two darling puppies, on an adventure to explore some new corner of the world, chase down a butterfly, or photograph some strange and endemic wildflower.

My coaching mentality draws on past experience, focusing on a self-compassion model and deep mental work, integrated with meticulous goal-setting and project management. We will work together to develop a unique plan to achieve your goals and help you take massive action to complete your dissertation. I am beyond honored to get the opportunity to serve this incredible and fierce community of women and look forward to meeting you!

Erica  David

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Erica

Hey everyone! My name is Erica David, and I am a private coach for Dr. Amy Boyd and the Write The Damn Dissertation team. I was born and raised in Wyoming and completed my graduate work in Perth, Western Australia; working with the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science Directorate to earn a Ph.D. in Ecology. My dissertation investigates the ecological and physiological impacts of wind on native vegetation, integrating ecosystem aerodynamics with the science and practice of ecological restoration in post-mine environments.

I found this incredible community in April of 2020, after sitting in the drift for several years following a personal trauma and mental health crisis. This community was the lifeline I needed to work through the storm, finish my dissertation, and find my true purpose. After drifting with minimal progress for years, I have now rediscovered the joy of my research and uncovered mySELF along the way. As an avid nature-lover and creative, when I am not writing I am most often found with my watercolors and my two darling puppies, on an adventure to explore some new corner of the world, chase down a butterfly, or photograph some strange and endemic wildflower.

My coaching mentality draws on past experience, focusing on a self-compassion model and deep mental work, integrated with meticulous goal-setting and project management. We will work together to develop a unique plan to achieve your goals and help you take massive action to complete your dissertation. I am beyond honored to get the opportunity to serve this incredible and fierce community of women and look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Tara

Dr. Tara is both an alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program (January 2020) and a dissertation coach for Write the Damn Dissertation. She is an a/r/tographer who is grounded in rhizomatic identities of artist, researcher, and teacher. Her own dissertation in critical educational psychology is a methodological bricolage of narrative inquiry, ethnography, a/r/tography, and poetic transcription. It explores the professional journeys of her former students through the creation of a digital ethnodrama building from approaches to currere and the hero’s journey. Through her work in Stuck to Unstoppable, Tara loves to help members find a stronger writer-researcher identity and improve their self-accountability through a renewal of self-efficacy/agency in and passion for their area of inquiry. A Metro Detroit native, Tara is an experienced educator in both secondary and collegiate settings, a playwright, an opera singer, and a lover of scotch.

Dr. Tara Sievers-Hunt

Director of the Mentorship Program for Write The Damn Dissertation


about Tara

Dr. Tara is both an alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program (January 2020) and a dissertation coach for Write the Damn Dissertation. She is an a/r/tographer who is grounded in rhizomatic identities of artist, researcher, and teacher. Her own dissertation in critical educational psychology is a methodological bricolage of narrative inquiry, ethnography, a/r/tography, and poetic transcription. It explores the professional journeys of her former students through the creation of a digital ethnodrama building from approaches to currere and the hero’s journey. Through her work in Stuck to Unstoppable, Tara loves to help members find a stronger writer-researcher identity and improve their self-accountability through a renewal of self-efficacy/agency in and passion for their area of inquiry. A Metro Detroit native, Tara is an experienced educator in both secondary and collegiate settings, a playwright, an opera singer, and a lover of scotch.

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Yvette

Hello! I am Dr. Yvette Morrell, and I am the Stuck to Unstoppable Community Ambassador and a private coach with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a military brat, so I am a child of the world. I was born on Guam. My mom is an islander, and my father was stationed there. I have spent the majority of my life moving every few years. I later joined the US Army and served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. My experiences in the Middle East were instrumental in solidifying my desire to be a lifelong learner.
 
I began my doctoral journey in January 2015. I easily navigated my way through the coursework then became hopelessly stuck in the drift. In January 2020, I came to the harsh realization that I made a mistake, and I had traveled down the wrong path. I spoke to my husband and decided that the spring 2020 term would be my last. One day, I was scrolling through Facebook and an advertisement for Write the Damn Dissertation popped up. Dr. Amy was offering the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop, and it was FREE. I decided I would give it a try. After all, what did I have to lose? I wrote more in those 5 days than I had in the previous 2 years. I was reinvigorated and remembered my why. I was immediately sold, and I’ve never looked back. I have been with Dr. Amy since then. When I started, I didn’t even have an approved prospectus. I just defended my dissertation on May 17, 2021. I wish I could say that once I joined Stuck to Unstoppable it was all smooth sailing. I still had my struggles. I still had to work through the suck and confusion. I still got frustrated with the process. I just never thought about quitting. I knew I had the tools, the support, and the community.
 
From the moment I signed up for this program, I knew I wanted to not only be helped but to also help other women on this journey. I was excited to join the Stuck to Unstoppable program as the Community Ambassador. I was just as excited to join the team as a coach. I am a no-nonsense coach. I am a balance of tough love and gentle nudge. As a mom, wife, and full-time educator, I understand the difficulties of balancing it all and have sound, practical advice for how to navigate the many roles we often play. I can help you develop SMART goals and create a schedule that will help you organize your time, so you can write, work, spend time with the kids, and schedule the occasional date night. I look forward to working with you and watching you become a Phinisher!

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Stuck to Unstoppable Community Ambassador and Private Coach for Write The Damn Dissertation


about Yvette

Hello! I am Dr. Yvette Morrell, and I am the Stuck to Unstoppable Community Ambassador and a private coach with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a military brat, so I am a child of the world. I was born on Guam. My mom is an islander, and my father was stationed there. I have spent the majority of my life moving every few years. I later joined the US Army and served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. My experiences in the Middle East were instrumental in solidifying my desire to be a lifelong learner.
 
I began my doctoral journey in January 2015. I easily navigated my way through the coursework then became hopelessly stuck in the drift. In January 2020, I came to the harsh realization that I made a mistake, and I had traveled down the wrong path. I spoke to my husband and decided that the spring 2020 term would be my last. One day, I was scrolling through Facebook and an advertisement for Write the Damn Dissertation popped up. Dr. Amy was offering the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop, and it was FREE. I decided I would give it a try. After all, what did I have to lose? I wrote more in those 5 days than I had in the previous 2 years. I was reinvigorated and remembered my why. I was immediately sold, and I’ve never looked back. I have been with Dr. Amy since then. When I started, I didn’t even have an approved prospectus. I just defended my dissertation on May 17, 2021. I wish I could say that once I joined Stuck to Unstoppable it was all smooth sailing. I still had my struggles. I still had to work through the suck and confusion. I still got frustrated with the process. I just never thought about quitting. I knew I had the tools, the support, and the community.
 
From the moment I signed up for this program, I knew I wanted to not only be helped but to also help other women on this journey. I was excited to join the Stuck to Unstoppable program as the Community Ambassador. I was just as excited to join the team as a coach. I am a no-nonsense coach. I am a balance of tough love and gentle nudge. As a mom, wife, and full-time educator, I understand the difficulties of balancing it all and have sound, practical advice for how to navigate the many roles we often play. I can help you develop SMART goals and create a schedule that will help you organize your time, so you can write, work, spend time with the kids, and schedule the occasional date night. I look forward to working with you and watching you become a Phinisher!

Dr. Sherlyn E. Harrison

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Sherlyn

Dr. Sherlyn E. Harrison is an early childhood administrator with the Pittsburgh Public School district. As the first African American Early Head Start Program Coordinator, she oversees a high-quality early learning program for infants and toddlers. Preparing their youngest learners for school success while supporting families is the work that Dr. Harrison and her staff are dedicated to daily.

Dr. Harrison's work experiences have been a beautiful marriage of education and psychology with an emphasis on the healthy functioning of the African American family. She is a mother, mentor, advocate, and educator. Centering race while elevating issues of equity, justice, and inclusion are primary to the work that she has been passionate about for over 25 years. 

In the spring of 2021, Dr. Harrison earned the degree of Doctor of Education in Leadership & Administration from Point Park University. Her research focuses on promoting positive racial identity in young African American children, specifically exploring how parents' effective racial socialization practices can be integrated into early childhood. With this applied research, her goals involve both parents and educators. Dr. Harrison’s goal for African American parents is to equip them with the tools to navigate educational systems, strengthen home-school partnerships, and empower them to be the best advocates for their children. Additionally, her goal for early childhood educators is to equip them with the tools to create culturally responsive environments that support the healthy development and academic success for all children.

Dr. Harrison aspires to contribute to the early childhood community by developing programs different from what she experienced as a young child, that is programs that value the diversity of children and families and actively fights against systemic racism and discrimination. Guiding parents and educators in their effort to instill positive racial identity in young African American children is critical to achieving this goal.

"Before I joined the Stuck to Unstoppable (STU) program, I didn’t believe I had the time or the energy to finish the dissertation. I am sure that same feeling resonates with many of you, as well. Because of the tools that I learned in STU, I realized that I did have the time and the energy to write the dissertation. By being intentional with my time, adjusting my habits, and reframing my negative thoughts into positive and believable thoughts, I became amazingly productive. As a coach and mentor, I can support you with making consistent progress with your dissertation by increasing productivity and being fiercely protective of your thoughts and your valuable time. It is my pleasure to serve amazing women like you reach your goals and complete your doctoral journey." - Dr. Sherlyn Harrison

Dr. Sherlyn E. Harrison

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Sherlyn

Dr. Sherlyn E. Harrison is an early childhood administrator with the Pittsburgh Public School district. As the first African American Early Head Start Program Coordinator, she oversees a high-quality early learning program for infants and toddlers. Preparing their youngest learners for school success while supporting families is the work that Dr. Harrison and her staff are dedicated to daily.

Dr. Harrison's work experiences have been a beautiful marriage of education and psychology with an emphasis on the healthy functioning of the African American family. She is a mother, mentor, advocate, and educator. Centering race while elevating issues of equity, justice, and inclusion are primary to the work that she has been passionate about for over 25 years. 

In the spring of 2021, Dr. Harrison earned the degree of Doctor of Education in Leadership & Administration from Point Park University. Her research focuses on promoting positive racial identity in young African American children, specifically exploring how parents' effective racial socialization practices can be integrated into early childhood. With this applied research, her goals involve both parents and educators. Dr. Harrison’s goal for African American parents is to equip them with the tools to navigate educational systems, strengthen home-school partnerships, and empower them to be the best advocates for their children. Additionally, her goal for early childhood educators is to equip them with the tools to create culturally responsive environments that support the healthy development and academic success for all children.

Dr. Harrison aspires to contribute to the early childhood community by developing programs different from what she experienced as a young child, that is programs that value the diversity of children and families and actively fights against systemic racism and discrimination. Guiding parents and educators in their effort to instill positive racial identity in young African American children is critical to achieving this goal.

Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Jenn

Hello! I am Dr. Jennifer O’Neil and am a Dissertation Coach and Mentor with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a born and bred New Englander who was born in Massachusetts and currently live in Southern Maine.  With the help of the Stuck to Unstoppable program I defended my dissertation in August of 2020.

I joined the November 2019 Stuck to Unstoppable for the free 5-day workshop after being in “the drift” for 12-18 months. Immediately I knew that this community and the structure it provided is what I needed to complete my degree. After my initial cohort was finished, I immediately joined the Alumni cohort and just kept joining until I was finished. Writing your dissertation can be a lonely endeavor.  The Stuck to Unstoppable program provides with a community that both understands and supports you on your doctoral journey. As a Dissertation Coach and Mentor, I am here to add another level of support and accountability.

I went back to school to complete my undergraduate degree when I was 38 years old. I quickly followed up with a master’s degree in social work and found myself working in academia. After a few years I decided to apply to a PhD program, was accepted and started that program in 2014. My PhD is in Adult Learning and Development and my dissertation was a qualitative student that explored the experiences of women veterans who completed their undergraduate degrees post discharge.  As an adult learner now in my 50’s I understand the many competing priorities that we all have while we are trying to finish our degrees.  Working together we will clarify your goals and identify the best tools and processes that will move your forward.

My coaching style draws on my social work skills that include using strengths-based model and understanding your environment. We will build on these to create a plan that works for you and helps you achieve the goals that you have set.  I look forward to working with you as you become a Phinisher!

Dr. Jennifer O’Neil

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Jenn

"Hello! I am Dr. Jennifer O’Neil and am a Dissertation Coach and Mentor with Write the Damn Dissertation. I am a born and bred New Englander who was born in Massachusetts and currently live in Southern Maine.  With the help of the Stuck to Unstoppable program I defended my dissertation in August of 2020.

I joined the November 2019 Stuck to Unstoppable for the free 5-day workshop after being in “the drift” for 12-18 months. Immediately I knew that this community and the structure it provided is what I needed to complete my degree. After my initial cohort was finished, I immediately joined the Alumni cohort and just kept joining until I was finished. Writing your dissertation can be a lonely endeavor.  The Stuck to Unstoppable program provides with a community that both understands and supports you on your doctoral journey. As a Dissertation Coach and Mentor, I am here to add another level of support and accountability.

I went back to school to complete my undergraduate degree when I was 38 years old. I quickly followed up with a master’s degree in social work and found myself working in academia. After a few years I decided to apply to a PhD program, was accepted and started that program in 2014. My PhD is in Adult Learning and Development and my dissertation was a qualitative student that explored the experiences of women veterans who completed their undergraduate degrees post discharge.  As an adult learner now in my 50’s I understand the many competing priorities that we all have while we are trying to finish our degrees.  Working together we will clarify your goals and identify the best tools and processes that will move your forward.

My coaching style draws on my social work skills that include using strengths-based model and understanding your environment. We will build on these to create a plan that works for you and helps you achieve the goals that you have set.  I look forward to working with you as you become a Phinisher!"

Dr. Heather Hicks

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Heather

Hi! I’m Dr. Heather Hicks, a certified GIS Professional (GISP), with decades of business and academic experience in the geospatial technology field. I’ve been teaching in higher education since 2004, and phinally earned my PhD in 2021.

My PhD journey started shortly before finishing my Master degree as I explored the university I wanted to attend and reached out to Faculty there. I found my advisor, and she agreed to take me on as a graduate student. Then life happened. My Master’s advisor left, so I had to switch tracks and that delayed graduation by a year. I was able to take a few courses, and really was excited to get into the nitty gritty of my research. I had to take a pause when I had my second child. Then, the following year, I was in an automobile accident that left me with several injuries. I felt like I was sort of student, sort of patient, and I tried to focus on completing coursework and just keeping up with the kids, working full-time, and teaching in the evenings. My research was a distant idea that I couldn’t quite find the time to focus on. After years in the drift, years I spend reading background material and a lot of (then) current articles, I still felt no closer to a done dissertation. I got a proposal approved with a new focus and then I felt stuck again. Despite being a project manager in real life, for some reason, that academic process was more difficult. I found Dr Amy’s 5 day Facebook challenge in 2018, and for the first time, I was able to write a full finishing plan. I made enough progress, not just with writing but with planning, that I enrolled in the May 2019 cohort of Stuck 2 Unstoppable. I finished my preliminary exams in 2019, and defended and graduated in Spring 2021.

As a working professional, adjunct faculty member, wife, mother, and Newfoundland dog guardian, I can relate to an overscheduled life where you can’t see how you can carve out time to focus on research. I get it! I want to help you find the focus and carve out the time you need to not only be a researcher and writer, but a Phinisher as well!

Dr. Heather Hicks

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Heather

"Hi! I’m Dr. Heather Hicks, a certified GIS Professional (GISP), with decades of business and academic experience in the geospatial technology field. I’ve been teaching in higher education since 2004, and phinally earned my PhD in 2021.

My PhD journey started shortly before finishing my Master degree as I explored the university I wanted to attend and reached out to Faculty there. I found my advisor, and she agreed to take me on as a graduate student. Then life happened. My Master’s advisor left, so I had to switch tracks and that delayed graduation by a year. I was able to take a few courses, and really was excited to get into the nitty gritty of my research. I had to take a pause when I had my second child. Then, the following year, I was in an automobile accident that left me with several injuries. I felt like I was sort of student, sort of patient, and I tried to focus on completing coursework and just keeping up with the kids, working full-time, and teaching in the evenings. My research was a distant idea that I couldn’t quite find the time to focus on. After years in the drift, years I spend reading background material and a lot of (then) current articles, I still felt no closer to a done dissertation. I got a proposal approved with a new focus and then I felt stuck again. Despite being a project manager in real life, for some reason, that academic process was more difficult. I found Dr Amy’s 5 day Facebook challenge in 2018, and for the first time, I was able to write a full finishing plan. I made enough progress, not just with writing but with planning, that I enrolled in the May 2019 cohort of Stuck 2 Unstoppable. I finished my preliminary exams in 2019, and defended and graduated in Spring 2021.

As a working professional, adjunct faculty member, wife, mother, and Newfoundland dog guardian, I can relate to an overscheduled life where you can’t see how you can carve out time to focus on research. I get it! I want to help you find the focus and carve out the time you need to not only be a researcher and writer, but a Phinisher as well!"

Dr. Amber Kelly

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Amber

Hello! I am Amber Kelly, a Stuck to Unstoppable Alumni, Dissertation Coach and Mentor for Write the Damn Dissertation. Originally from Los Angeles, I currently live in West Texas with my kids, fantastic husband, and a menagerie of small cats and big dogs. A community college professor by day, I am a Doctoral Candidate at Texas Tech University studying Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, Diversity, and Language. I hold a BFA in Theatre from New York University and Masters in English and History from Sul Ross State University.

My educational story, beginning with my masters, has centered around multi-tasking and pushing the limits of “doing it all.” I spent my early days of motherhood working all day, then reading Dickens to my fussy newborn late into the night so I could write papers for my masters in the rare hours she did sleep. When I began my doctoral program in 2016, I was a mother of two and academic dean, teaching four or five classes each semester. Still, I charged through as a fulltime student drawing praise from my professors. I was superwoman.

Until, in April 2019, several things happened that changed my trajectory. Just days after sailing through my qualifying exam defense, my dissertation chair announced that she was leaving the university. Shortly thereafter, my child had a mental health crisis that put everything else on the back burner. I stepped down from my administrative role, returned to teaching fulltime, and put my dissertation on hold.

The next thing I knew, it was March 2020 and hold had become neglected. My Inner Mean Girl was in the driver’s seat with her foot firmly on the brake of my progress. When the pandemic hit, I promised myself I would say yes to opportunities, which is how I came to enroll in the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop. As someone skeptical of self-help, I realized the first day that Dr. Amy was a smart woman talking to smart women—she was the guide I so desperately needed to help me reclaim my power. I joined the August 2020 Stuck to Unstoppable Cohort and eventually the Private Coaching program. With the help of Dr. Amy, her team, and the ladies in the program, I went from almost no proposal to a defended proposal by the beginning of November 2020. Future Dr. Amber is almost here, so I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with other amazing women who need down-to-earth support as they navigate this tricky phase of their doctoral journey.

Dr. Amber Kelly

Private Coach for Write The Damn Dissertation


about Amber

Hello! I am Amber Kelly, a Stuck to Unstoppable Alumni, Dissertation Coach and Mentor for Write the Damn Dissertation. Originally from Los Angeles, I currently live in West Texas with my kids, fantastic husband, and a menagerie of small cats and big dogs. A community college professor by day, I am a Doctoral Candidate at Texas Tech University studying Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, Diversity, and Language. I hold a BFA in Theatre from New York University and Masters in English and History from Sul Ross State University.

My educational story, beginning with my masters, has centered around multi-tasking and pushing the limits of “doing it all.” I spent my early days of motherhood working all day, then reading Dickens to my fussy newborn late into the night so I could write papers for my masters in the rare hours she did sleep. When I began my doctoral program in 2016, I was a mother of two and academic dean, teaching four or five classes each semester. Still, I charged through as a fulltime student drawing praise from my professors. I was superwoman.

Until, in April 2019, several things happened that changed my trajectory. Just days after sailing through my qualifying exam defense, my dissertation chair announced that she was leaving the university. Shortly thereafter, my child had a mental health crisis that put everything else on the back burner. I stepped down from my administrative role, returned to teaching fulltime, and put my dissertation on hold.

The next thing I knew, it was March 2020 and hold had become neglected. My Inner Mean Girl was in the driver’s seat with her foot firmly on the brake of my progress. When the pandemic hit, I promised myself I would say yes to opportunities, which is how I came to enroll in the 5-Day Think Like a Phinisher Workshop. As someone skeptical of self-help, I realized the first day that Dr. Amy was a smart woman talking to smart women—she was the guide I so desperately needed to help me reclaim my power. I joined the August 2020 Stuck to Unstoppable Cohort and eventually the Private Coaching program. With the help of Dr. Amy, her team, and the ladies in the program, I went from almost no proposal to a defended proposal by the beginning of November 2020. Future Dr. Amber is almost here, so I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with other amazing women who need down-to-earth support as they navigate this tricky phase of their doctoral journey.

Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Janelle

 

Hello, friends! I’m Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander, and I have more than 15 years experience as both a classroom instructor and administrator at the middle school, high school, and college levels. An alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program, I am excited to rejoin Dr. Amy and the crew as a Dissertation Coach and Mentor for Write the Damn Dissertation. As the child of a military dad, “home” is a fraught concept, but I currently live in North Carolina with my partner and the youngest of my two children. My oldest is away at college completing a degree in Nursing. In 2020, I completed my Ph.D. in Literature (with a concentration in African American Lit.) from the department of Literature, Media, and Culture at Florida State University; my research explores anti-racist approaches to literary analysis and instruction. I also hold a MS in Transformative Leadership from Bethune Cookman University and a BA in English from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. I am an avid crafter and have recently gotten really excited about water aerobics.

I started my doctoral journey in 2011, and I still clearly remember the first meeting I had with the graduate advisor. She asked me when I planned to finish the degree, and with confidence, I stated that I would finish in 4 years--2015. I breezed through coursework and, while they were challenging, I completed my prelim exams without any problems. It wasn’t until I got to the dissertation writing that I became hopelessly stuck. With very little guidance on the “how” of writing a dissertation, I found myself in an endless cycle of buying and then discarding self-help dissertation guides that turned out to be no help at all. 2015 came and went, along with my confidence (and lots and lots of tuition money). Once I became a caregiver for a chronically ill family member and then foster parent to two more kids, the dissertation moved solidly on the back burner, and I was ready to give up. I found the 5 Day Facebook Challenge just one month before I planned to quit completely. After the 5 Day, I joined the full program and, still in the midst of parenting and teaching full-time, completed a chapter I had been sitting on for 4 years. From there, I finished 3 more chapters in 3 months and turned in my completed dissertation draft just 5 months after almost deciding to call it quits.

I know what it feels like to have failures in writing start to feel like personal failures. It feels hopeless and lonely. But, trust me when I say that there is hope, and you are not alone. I look forward to helping you find community and reconnect with your purpose through this program. And, I look forward to having an opportunity to remind you that you are still the amazing scholar you were when you started this journey. You got this.

Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Janelle

Hello, friends! I’m Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander, and I have more than 15 years experience as both a classroom instructor and administrator at the middle school, high school, and college levels. An alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program, I am excited to rejoin Dr. Amy and the crew as a Dissertation Coach and Mentor for Write the Damn Dissertation. As the child of a military dad, “home” is a fraught concept, but I currently live in North Carolina with my partner and the youngest of my two children. My oldest is away at college completing a degree in Nursing. In 2020, I completed my Ph.D. in Literature (with a concentration in African American Lit.) from the department of Literature, Media, and Culture at Florida State University; my research explores anti-racist approaches to literary analysis and instruction. I also hold a MS in Transformative Leadership from Bethune Cookman University and a BA in English from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. I am an avid crafter and have recently gotten really excited about water aerobics.

I started my doctoral journey in 2011, and I still clearly remember the first meeting I had with the graduate advisor. She asked me when I planned to finish the degree, and with confidence, I stated that I would finish in 4 years--2015. I breezed through coursework and, while they were challenging, I completed my prelim exams without any problems. It wasn’t until I got to the dissertation writing that I became hopelessly stuck. With very little guidance on the “how” of writing a dissertation, I found myself in an endless cycle of buying and then discarding self-help dissertation guides that turned out to be no help at all. 2015 came and went, along with my confidence (and lots and lots of tuition money). Once I became a caregiver for a chronically ill family member and then foster parent to two more kids, the dissertation moved solidly on the back burner, and I was ready to give up. I found the 5 Day Facebook Challenge just one month before I planned to quit completely. After the 5 Day, I joined the full program and, still in the midst of parenting and teaching full-time, completed a chapter I had been sitting on for 4 years. From there, I finished 3 more chapters in 3 months and turned in my completed dissertation draft just 5 months after almost deciding to call it quits.

I know what it feels like to have failures in writing start to feel like personal failures. It feels hopeless and lonely. But, trust me when I say that there is hope, and you are not alone. I look forward to helping you find community and reconnect with your purpose through this program. And, I look forward to having an opportunity to remind you that you are still the amazing scholar you were when you started this journey. You got this.

Dr. Stephanie L. Silva-Del Toro

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Stephanie

Dr. Stephanie grew up in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, followed by a two-year post-baccalaureate program at Mayo Clinic to further explore host-pathogens interactions. Stephanie then pursued a PhD in Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied white blood cell responses (neutrophils) to a bacterial infection. Stephanie was awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Sloan Scholar fellowship, and various presentation awards in national conferences. She has mentored more than a dozen undergraduates and graduate students in the Allen Lab. Today, she is working as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri where she studies chromatin accessibility and inflammation in infected cells.

After wrestling with the inner mean girl, Stephanie began a journey of self-discovery and embracing her muchness, joining the Think Like A Phinisher Challenge and Stuck To Unstoppable program in 2020. Here she found a support system, a group of friends; but most importantly, a map to navigate her complex mind and embrace her limitless self. She also figured out how to get in a daily flow of writing and how to overcome procrastination kindly but effectively. As a coach for Write the Damn Dissertation, Dr. Stephanie strives to help you identify what is holding you back, and will work with you to make a plan to write your dissertation AND enjoy life, helping you to get that dissertation DONE.

When not involved in her research, Stephanie loves spending time with her favorite people, baking, painting, scrapbooking, listening to good music and eating, all the while taking care of her pup Jelly Bean and her guinea pig Penny. What Stephanie enjoys most is being able to see the world and experience different cultures with her chosen companion, Fernando.

Dr. Stephanie L. Silva-Del Toro

Write The Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Stephanie

 

Dr. Stephanie grew up in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, followed by a two-year post-baccalaureate program at Mayo Clinic to further explore host-pathogens interactions. Stephanie then pursued a PhD in Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied white blood cell responses (neutrophils) to a bacterial infection. Stephanie was awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Sloan Scholar fellowship, and various presentation awards in national conferences. She has mentored more than a dozen undergraduates and graduate students in the Allen Lab. Today, she is working as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri where she studies chromatin accessibility and inflammation in infected cells.

After wrestling with the inner mean girl, Stephanie began a journey of self-discovery and embracing her muchness, joining the Think Like A Phinisher Challenge and Stuck To Unstoppable program in 2020. Here she found a support system, a group of friends; but most importantly, a map to navigate her complex mind and embrace her limitless self. She also figured out how to get in a daily flow of writing and how to overcome procrastination kindly but effectively. As a coach for Write the Damn Dissertation, Dr. Stephanie strives to help you identify what is holding you back, and will work with you to make a plan to write your dissertation AND enjoy life, helping you to get that dissertation DONE.

When not involved in her research, Stephanie loves spending time with her favorite people, baking, painting, scrapbooking, listening to good music and eating, all the while taking care of her pup Jelly Bean and her guinea pig Penny. What Stephanie enjoys most is being able to see the world and experience different cultures with her chosen companion, Fernando.