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Meet Our Editors

BetterEdit draws on a network of university-qualified and industry-experienced editors, writers, and other skilled individuals. Each editor is carefully screened and vetted during our hiring process. More importantly, many of our editors stay with BetterEdit.com for years. This allows not only the administrators but also, and more importantly, the editors to establish long-term working relationships with our clients--most of whom we very quickly get to know by name. We look forward to helping you with all your editing needs and to getting to know you too!

Editors

  • Amy Gralewski - [ Read more about Amy ]
    MA, Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology; BA, English, University of Illinois.

  • Bonnie Mancini - [ Read more about Bonnie ]
    BA International Journalism, Biola University; Perpetual Member, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University; Semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt through the Council for Christian Colleges and University's Middle East Studies Program.

  • Cherry Russell - [ Read more about Cherry ]
    PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Sydney; BA, Indonesian and Malayan Studies (First Class Honours), University of Sydney.

  • Craig Moore - [ Read more about Craig ]
    PhD, Geochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.; MS, Geology, University of Akron, U.S.; BS, Geology, University of Akron, U.S.

  • Jennie Townsend - [ Read more about Jennie ]
    BA (with distinction) Cross-Cultural Communications, Mary Baldwin College; American International University in London; Graduate Diploma International Trade Law, American University of Paris; Certificate, Graduate Center for Intercultural Studies, Georgetown University.

  • Keith McLennan - [ Read more about Keith ]
    MA (First Class Honours in English Literature, University Medal), University of Sydney;BA (First Class Honours in English Literature; Modern History, French), University of Sydney.

  • Lauren Methena - [ Read more about Lauren ]
    B.A., English Literature (minors: Music and French), Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Junior Year Abroad at University of Reading, England.

  • Maggie Lyons - [ Read more about Maggie ]
    MA, Public Communication (American University, Washington DC)BA, French (German and music minors; University of Wales).

  • Peter Stephan - [ Read more about Peter ]
    PhD, American Studies, University of New Mexico; MA, English and History, North Texas State University; BS, Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University.



Head Administrator

  Fiona Marissa, CPA

  contact@betteredit.com
  MEd, College of William & Mary; MS, University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce; BA (Honors), University of Arizona; AA, Central
  Arizona College; current studies: John Tyler Community College. Fiona speaks English (US & Australian), Spanish, Persian (Farsi) and is
  learning Arabic. Travels: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, The Philippines, Guam, USA (including Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, Honduras & The Netherlands. Fiona's favorite places are the beaches of Newcastle, Noosa, and Guam; she looks forward to one day hanging out with her family in a hut over the water on Bora Bora. Her favorite foods are Persian, Southeast Asian (mostly Thai), Indian & Arabic dishes--and don't forget Aussie meat pies, Virginia peanut soup & Texas style barbecue.


Support and Admin Staff

  Joyce May

  contact@betteredit.com
  BS Industrial Education,
  Mindanao State University
  Institute of Technology

  Susan

  contact@betteredit.com
  BFA - Sculpture,
  Virginia Commonwealth University



Editor Profiles

Amy Gralewski

MA, Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology; BA, English, University of Illinois

Amy is a seasoned technical writer and editor, having worked for over a decade in the information technology, communications, and healthcare industries. She has written and edited numerous types of user documentation, and is an expert in MS Word. In addition, Amy is the Director of PR and Marketing for a skydiving center in Wisconsin. In this capacity, she has extensive experience creating marketing materials and managing social media.

In addition, she has been editing doctoral dissertations for students in the fields of psychology, education, and business for the last few years. She enjoys working with different students and learning about new subjects.

Fields of expertise
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Technical Writing
  • Education
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • APA 6th Edition
  • Editing experience
  • Dissertations
  • Theses
  • Resumes
  • Graduate Essays
  • Marketing Materials
  • Computer Hardware/Software Documentation/Online Help
  • Amy was lucky enough to be able to travel to Europe during her high school years—twice! She had amazing experiences on her trips to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Because she loves SCUBA diving, Amy is partial to visiting the Caribbean. Her travel wish list includes going to Africa for safari and visiting the Galapagos Islands. As far as her travels in the USA, the most amazing place Amy has visited is Alaska where she had the opportunity to skydive into the middle of a glacier! Amy especially likes traveling out West to Moab, Utah, and to Colorado—where she gets to ski! Amy's exposure to Spanish in high school and college has opened up her interest in learning more about the Spanish language. ¡Qué bién Amy!

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    Bonnie Mancini

    BA International Journalism, Biola University; Perpetual Member, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University; Semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt through the Council for Christian Colleges and University's Middle East Studies Program.

    A rigorous classical course of study at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute taught Bonnie the basics of how to read well, think well, and write well. Helping writers express their stellar ideas in stellar words is her passion. She is equally acquainted with academic papers and journalistic pieces.

    In pursuit of her degree in International Journalism, Bonnie spent a semester abroad in Cairo studying Arabic and Middle Eastern culture. This, combined with extensive travel in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, fuels her understanding of intercultural communication and adjustment. She is currently polishing up her knowledge of Spanish language and Latin American culture through involvement with her children's dual immersion school.

    Bonnie is engaged in paid and volunteer editing work that includes trade magazine articles, an arts blog, training manuals, and newsletters. She also writes occasional newsletter articles and website content.

    Fields of expertise
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Journalism
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Christianity
  • World Religions
  • Editing experience
  • Essays
  • Magazine Articles
  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Essays
  • Term Papers
  • Instruction Manuals
  • Newsletters
  • Marketing Materials
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    Cherry Russell

    PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Sydney; BA, Indonesian and Malayan Studies (First Class Honours), University of Sydney

    Cherry is a retired professor with more than 30 years' experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate coursework
    and research students. She is also a researcher in her own right, having published two books (The aging experience and Where it hurts: An introduction to sociology for health workers), six research monographs and 40 scholarly papers in
    journals and books.

    She has supervised 16 research students to successful completion of their theses (PhD, Master) and subsequent publication of their work. For some years she ran a series of workshops on 'Writing for Publication' at the invitation of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney. As part of her extensive involvement in public sector committees, government advisory bodies and community groups, she has also written numerous reports for non-academic audiences.

    Cherry's early love was languages. She studied European and Asian languages and linguistics for her undergraduate degree, then worked for several years as an editor for commercial publications. After completing a PhD in social science, she embarked on her academic career in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney where she taught health sociology, gerontology and qualitative research methods.

    Since her retirement Cherry has continued to work as a freelance editor. She is highly experienced in guiding students for whom English is a second language to improve the accuracy and clarity of their written work.

    Fields of expertise
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Gerontology
  • Health Sciences
  • Qualitative Research
  • Writing for Publication
  • Academic Writing
  • Research Proposals
  • Grant Applications
  • Editing experience
  • Essays
  • Essays (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Reports
  • Theses
  • Dissertations
  • Research Proposals
  • Grant Applications
  • Job Applications
  • Resumes
  • Journal Articles
  • Commercial Publications
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    Craig Moore

    PhD, Geochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.; MS, Geology, University of Akron, U.S.; BS, Geology, University of Akron, U.S.

    Craig's career in the geological sciences has included stints as an exploration geologist (precious and base metals) in the continental US, Alaska, Brazil, and South America; as a field geologist for the Indiana Geological Survey; as an independent contractor performing computer simulations for major oil companies; and as the director of the stable isotope research facility at Indiana University, Bloomington. Craig was the Energy Industry guide for About.com and has written scripts for two audio books - one on wine and one on oil. He has coauthored a number of articles published in scientific journals and several that appear as chapters in books.

    Craig has presented talks at many national and international meetings and at several universities. He has edited a number of journal articles, extended abstracts, and dissertations that were written by students and professionals whose native language is not English.

    Craig is an avid reader of classic science fiction novels, an accomplished cook, and is currently establishing an experimental vineyard at his home in Indiana. He loves to travel and has traveled throughout the United States and in over 20 countries-usually far from the typical tourist areas.

    Fields of expertise
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Astrogeology
  • Ocean and Atmospheric Science
  • General Science
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Energy Sciences
  • Stable Isotope Studies
  • Enology
  • Editing experience
  • Scientific Journals
  • Grant Proposals
  • Web Sites
  • Dissertations
  • Theses
  • Technical Reports
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    Jennie Townsend

    BA (with distinction) Cross-Cultural Communications, Mary Baldwin College; American International University
    in London; Graduate Diploma International Trade Law, American University of Paris; Certificate, Graduate
    Center for Intercultural Studies, Georgetown University.

    Jennie has contagious enthusiasm and expertise developed through a lifetime of global experience as an expatriate. Australian by birth, European by education and American by nationality, Jennie earned her credentials by living, learning and working in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia and North America. She brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on her editing work.

    Jennie's specialty in cross-cultural communications allows her to work with people of diverse backgrounds and variations of English skills and she has the innate ability to form win-win situations with people, leading to enhanced writing products. Her first writing accolade was winning a national writing competition in Australia when she was eleven years old, and she continues to write hoping one day to produce the "great published novel".

    Serving on the board of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) in various capacities and currently as a member of the US Advisory Board, Jennie founded, edited and published the organization's quarterly journal, The Gulf View. She also served on the board of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates in various capacities.

    Fields of expertise
  • Cross-Cultural Communications
  • International Relations
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Country Orientations
  • Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing experience
  • Business Journal Editor
  • Journal Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Contracts
  • License Agreements
  • Training Programs
  • Job Applications
  • Resumes
  • Business Documents
  • Research Projects
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    Keith McLennan

    MA (First Class Honours in English Literature, University Medal), University of Sydney; BA (First Class Honours in English Literature; Modern History, French), University of Sydney

    Having taught English literature for ten years in the universities of Sydney and NSW, Keith is well acquainted with both the major writers in English and the needs of students generally. He is particularly well acquainted with political and military history, modern German history, and art.

    Keith has edited several company annual reports and two PhD theses, one on Japanese craft and the other on Taiwan art history in the twentieth century. He has also worked on business documents for Chinese companies, e.g. the California Gardens real estate development in Beijing and the Baoshan industrial district in Shanghai. In April 2004 Keith published an article on a Sydney Holocaust survivor ("Walking among the Shadows") in the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Fields of expertise
  • English
  • Political History
  • Military History
  • German History
  • Art
  • Asian Studies
  • Editing experience
  • Annual Reports
  • Business Documents
  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Reports
  • Theses
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    Lauren Methena

    B.A., English Literature (minors: Music and French), Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Junior Year Abroad at the University of Reading, England.

    Lauren is "A Writer Who Knows How to Sell." Her areas of expertise are in selling and marketing through powerful, persuasive copy.

    Lauren also has extensive print and web journalism experience, going all the way back to her high school days. She keeps
    her formal writing skills sharp by taking on feature articles for local websites in her home base. Lauren takes on diverse
    writing assignments, including editing and proofreading books and helping individuals in job transition write and improve their cover letters and resumes.

    One of Lauren's talents is being able to take complex topics and make them easily readable and understandable to a general audience. Her fields of expertise and research skills expanded greatly while working for a corporate training and publishing company where she booked speakers for a wide variety of training topics that ran the gamut from OSHA safety training to HR and leadership. Once she booked the speakers, she also edited and collaborated with them on writing their marketing copy, often becoming familiar with the topic while learning on the fly. Lauren's unique selling point is her ability to get up to speed rapidly.

    What's more, having traveled and studied abroad in Europe and Canada and having a diverse group of friends from around the world, Lauren has an inclusive, global outlook on communication.

    Fields of expertise
  • Business
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Website Content
  • Women's Issues
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Project Management
  • Productivity/Time Management
  • Arts
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • English
  • French (language, culture, literature)
  • Technical Writing
  • Consumer Finance
  • Editing experience
  • Websites
  • Marketing Materials
  • Books
  • Computer Software Documentation
  • Essays
  • Job Applications
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • News and Feature Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Blogs
  • Social Media Posts
  • Press Releases
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    Maggie Lyons

    MA, Public Communication (American University, Washington DC); BA, French (German and music minors; University of Wales)

    Maggie has more than thirty years of experience as an editor and writer of academic documents, business materials, and fiction. She has served as a marketing and public relations executive and fundraiser for cultural and academic organizations including Oxford University; as a developmental editor for the academic electronic publisher The Teaching Company; as a copyeditor for publishers Palgrave, Continuum, and Simon & Schuster; as a music teacher; and as an English teacher in a French high school. As an academic editor, she has worked with disciplines ranging from geology to advertising theory and from political theory to classical music, and has several years of experience as an ESL editor. She is conversant with both American and British English editorial styles. She is also the author of fiction and nonfiction for children.

    Fields of expertise
  • Arts
  • Children's Fiction/Nonfiction
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music History and Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • World Religions
  • Editing experience
  • Essays
  • Corporate Reports
  • Cover Letters
  • Dissertations
  • Essays
  • Fiction Manuscripts
  • Marketing Materials
  • Press Releases
  • Query Letters
  • Theses
  • User Manuals
  • Web Content
  • White Papers
  • Maggie was born and raised in the UK. She now lives in Virginia in the USA. Maggie has enjoyed her travels in Europe (including Romania), Ethiopia, Mexico, and many states in the USA. Maggie loves French bouillabaisse, Thai coconut chicken soup, and Mexican margaritas. She enjoys exploring the hillside villages of Provence; the gardens of Charleston, South Carolina; and the desert around Tucson—among a million other things. Maggie Lyons—keeping the spark of discovery in her life alive!

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    Peter Stephan

    PhD, American Studies, University of New Mexico; MA, English and History, North Texas State University; BS, Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University

    Pete is a retired English professor and technical writer-editor. His varied educational background has enabled him to work comfortably with documents in a variety of fields.

    In the academic world, Pete has taught literature, technical writing, composition, and computer documentation. He has published articles and has given presentations at professional society meetings.

    In the world of work, Pete has worked for government contractors to the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Land Management. He has edited environmental impact statements and assessments. He has developed online documentation and edited extensive reports for human exposure studies. And he has written user guides and other documentation for custom-developed software.

    As an independent consultant, Pete has taught seminars in technical writing, business writing, and grammar both in government agencies and in industry. He received recognition from the Society for Technical Communication for a maintenance and operation manual he wrote for a complex equipment installation.

    As a freelance editor, he has edited term papers and reports, theses and dissertations, journal articles and book chapters in architecture, business, education, and social sciences. He has also edited short fiction and novels. Pete’s goal in editing other people’s documents is simple: He wants the author to be able look at the edited document and say, "Yes! That’s just what I wanted to say."

    Fields of expertise
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing and Editing
  • World Literature
  • Western American Literature and History
  • British and American Folk Music
  • History
  • Environmental Studies
  • Computer Documentation
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Editing experience
  • Academic Papers
  • Theses
  • Dissertations
  • Journal Articles
  • Books
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Computer Manuals
  • Resumes
  • Fiction
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