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Professional Editing Service Center Bios

Name: Melanie Thongs

About Me: Melanie holds a PhD in Physics (WSU) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Idaho). She focuses primarily on journal articles; dissertations and theses; proposals; and CVs, resumes, and other career documents. When she’s not providing editorial support to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines, she can be found chasing birds around the Northwest with binoculars in hand.

Name: David Mackay

About Me: David has been a scientific editor and proofreader for over 5 years and has edited over 5,000 manuscripts, mainly comprising dissertations, theses, and journal articles. He enjoys learning new information as he helps authors more effectively present their research. He is currently a professor at Columbia Basin College and has taught Dynamics and the Physics, as well as several introductory math classes. David was the lead battery test researcher specializing in developing lithium-ion battery anode technology during his graduate work at Washington State University.

Name: Joseph Perreault

About Me: As an editor, Joseph draws on his fifteen years expertise as a novelist and writer of short fiction with experience teaching composition and creative writing at the college level. Joseph is an ACES certified editor, who is developing a program of instructional writing materials in multiple online formats based on narrative theory, cognitive science, and traditional writing pedagogy. Joseph has a B.A. Classical Studies, Dickinson College, an M.F.A Fiction Writing, University of Idaho, and an M.A. English (Cognitive Narratology), University of Idaho.

Name: Royce Grubic

About Me: An experienced editor and tutor, Dr. Royce Grubic is an award-winning instructor in the Department of Humanities at Western New Mexico University and was part of the original staff of the Graduate and Professional Writing Center at Washington State.  He has a PhD in Religious Studies and Ethics and a Master’s degree in History.  His current clients include students, faculty, and authors in the fields of science, education, history, linguistics, and psychology.