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

Tara Sievers-Hunt

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach

Dr. Yvette Morrell

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach

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!

Tara Sievers-Hunt

Write the Damn Dissertation Private Coach


about Tara

(The very-soon-to-be Dr.) Tara Sievers-Hunt is both an alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program and the Director of the Mentorship Program for Write the Damn Dissertation. 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. 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.

Tara Sievers-Hunt

Director of the Mentorship Program for Write The Damn Dissertation


about Tara

(The very-soon-to-be Dr.) Tara Sievers-Hunt is both an alum of the Stuck to Unstoppable program and the Director of the Mentorship Program for Write the Damn Dissertation. 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. 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!

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