What follows is a short list of my associates, people that I have worked with and can recommend for their expertise in different areas, listed in alphabetical order by last name. 

Editor and Writing Coach

Write On MBA

Mary Beth Averill

Dr. Mary Beth Averill, Owner

Mary Beth is a writing coach, consultant, editor, and life coach. With a doctorate in Biology from the University of Oregon, she has been an academic writer since the late 1960s. Currently, in addition to her private clients coaching, she is a consultant with the Smith College School for Social Work as an adjunct Professor, providing research advising to social work Master’s and doctoral candidates.

If you would like help finalizing your writing project, with editing and verbal support, contact her.

Mentoring and Coaching

From PhD to Life

Crop-for-NathanV-150x150Dr. Jen Polk, Owner

Jen works as an academic, life, and career coach for graduate students and PhDs. To put it simply, she helps PhDs launch meaningful careers. Her two main types of clients are dissertators and career launchers. She cares about people with PhDs, not about their research or teaching or publications or “the field” or time to completion or even whether they finish graduate school in the first place. She wants her clients to do what’s right for them.

If you are feeling stuck in graduate school or as you are just finishing graduate school, contact her.

Virtual Assistant Services


Maggie Powell, Owner

Maggie is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing, communications and website maintenance. Prior to becoming a virtual assistant, she spent ten years in the nonprofit sector as an administrator and fundraiser for large and small environmental organizations.

In addition to her VA work, she blogs about sewing and DIY at her own blog Miss Maggie Makes and for other blogs in the sewing world.

If you are interested in her services for your business you can contact her through her website.

Organization Services, Residential

STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services

Jennifer Truesdale

Jennifer Truesdale, Owner

STR8N UP is certified by the BCPO, Board of Certification for Professional Organizers and Jennifer is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers as well as ICD, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and abides by all three of the organizations strict code of ethics. Client privacy and respect are of the utmost importance.

If you would like help with organizing home space for closet, kitchen, or garage, either in person or by phone, you can contact her.