About Jess


I started contracting as a dissertation editor in 2012 after discovering cubicle life just wasn’t for me.  From there, I quickly recognized a growing need for experts equipped to help doctoral students (especially those in online programs) navigate the dissertation process.  I slowly began assisting students through different phases of their dissertations and had four clients call me their “dissertation angel” in the same week.  From there, Dissertation Angels was born.

I am passionate about helping my clients finish their doctoral degrees, and I’m particularly drawn to helping students who have found themselves stuck in the process because of issues with their chairs, committee members, or schools.  In the last few years, I’ve noticed an increasing trend in strategies employed by schools, which appear to intentionally delay students from finishing.  I’ve now been working with these schools and programs long enough to recognize the antics and help my clients employ immediate strategies to put an end to them.  Ivory Tower politics and business strategies should not delay your progress.  And if it is, I’d love to hear from you so we can stop the madness.

Other than serving as a fierce advocate for my clients, I am an expert at all phases of the dissertation process.  There’s a formula to dissertations — I’ve cracked the code, which means I’m able to help my clients complete their journeys in a fraction of the time typically required.  My goal is always to help my clients produce strong dissertations in as little time as possible.

Prior to becoming a Dissertation Angel, I worked as a Weeki Wachee mermaid, personal trainer, and high school English teacher. As a cyclist, I’ve ridden all over the country, participated in more century bike events than I can count, been clipped by cars, tumbled by paceline accidents, chased by dogs, and t-boned by an F-150.  I completed the 4,200 mile transam bike ride and have summitted 53 of Colorado’s 58 14,000 foot peaks. I’m currently traveling the country in my 44-foot fifth wheel with my two dogs, Lola and Lucy.

My hunger for life and upbeat attitude comes through in my business.  I aim to have fun, uplifting relationships with my clients.  Life (and academia, especially) is serious enough.  Together, we can make anything exciting and enjoyable — even writing a dissertation!


Dissertation Angels