Writing Center

Writing Center Staff

Meet the Staff

Michael Conroy

Hi.  My name is Michael Conroy, and I’m pleased to be the Napa Valley College Writing Center Director.

I have taught English as a Second Language reading, grammar, and composition courses as well as English composition courses at Napa Valley College since 1991.  I invite you to visit our Writing Center and take advantage of the wonderful services that we provide.


Lori Barron Maureen Dolan

Lori Barron
Instructional Assistant III

When I’m not working with students or exploring the wilds of Middle-earth, I enjoy doing voice-over work and writing poetry.  I’ve had the thrill of hosting my own radio show, Sonoma Valley Poetry, on KSVY 91.3 FM.  My poems have appeared in several publications, including ByLine and the international journal Visions.

Maureen Dolan
Instructional Assistant III

After many years as a gardener in Golden Gate Park, I decided it was time to exchange my pruners for a pencil.  I like spending time in my garden, practicing yoga, riding my bike, and volunteering in our community. Each year, my husband and I try to explore a different national park and travel to foreign countries.



Vickie Tharp Loretta Carr

Loretta Carr
Instructional Assistant III

I’m happy to join the NVC Writing Center staff.  My teaching experience includes adult ESL, and I enjoy working with English language learners.  In my free time, I am learning to play the timbales and the accordion because I like Latin music. My little dog, Haley’s Comet, is my traveling companion; we especially enjoy going to the beach.

Vickie Tharp
Instructional Assistant III

Over the many years of tutoring, administering ESL placement tests, and teaching at Napa Valley College, I’ve encountered many interesting people, some of whom have become lasting friends. When I’m not working with students, I love to travel and learn about other cultures, transform neglected or humdrum patches of soil into bloom, and spend time with my family.