Our People

Communication Center Director

Nick Tatum

Dr. Nick Tatum

Dr. Nick Tatum serves as the Communication Center Director and as a Term Assistant Professor at GMU. He primarily researches instructional communication, focusing on the instructor-student relationship (e.g., rapport) and classroom technology (e.g., cell phone policies).

 

Graduate Communication Center Coordinators

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor, M.A

Hi! My name is Shannon Taylor, and I am a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Communication. I received my B.A. in Communication from Christopher Newport University in 2018 before returning to my hometown of Fairfax, VA to pursue my Master's Degree (Class of 2020) and Ph.D., both in Health Communication, at GMU. In addition to my studies, I teach COMM 101 with the Basic Course team, and am excited to assist in coordinating the Communication Center! Outside of academia, I am on the Board of Directors of Adrenal Insufficiency United, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for patients with various types of rare adrenal disorders. I can often be found singing as a classically trained vocalist, advocating for the care of rare patients, or spending time with my cat, Dauphine, and my two leopard geckos, Stumpy and Mason.

 

 

Briana Stewart

Briana Stewart, M.A

Hi, my name is Briana Stewart and I am a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Communication. In addition to my PhD, I am working on a Graduate Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing in George Mason’s English Department. I received my B.A in Communication from Christopher Newport University before returning to my hometown of Fairfax, VA. To work at an investment services firm. After a year of commuting to Arlington, I decided to return to school to pursue my Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication. I have had the opportunity to teach Comm 100 and Comm 101 and have worked at the GMU Communication Center since Spring 2019. I enjoy helping students find topics they are passionate about, improve their nonverbals, and understand how to apply the lessons learned from their assignments to “real world” situations. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, playing with my Dachshund puppy (Stanlee), traveling, crafting, trying new foods.

 

Communication Center Coaches

Adit Singh

Adit Singh

Hi, my name is Adit Singh and I’m a senior at the School of Business majoring in Information Systems and Operations Management. Although I’ve lived in many different places, I currently stay in Ashburn, VA. I’m a member of the debate team here at Mason and took Comm 101 my freshmen year, and this will be my first year having the opportunity to help students at the Comm Center! I’ve struggled with communication anxiety and public speaking, but my experiences with classroom presentations and the debate team have given me real-world skills that I can still use to help you all succeed with your coursework. I also enjoy research processes and writing speeches. In my free time, I’m usually making music, reading, or playing video games. Hope you help you soon!

 

 

 

Emma Haus

Emma Haus

Hi, my name is Emma and I am a senior at Mason! I am from Fredericksburg Virginia, majoring in Communication with a minor in Sport Management. I have been working at the comm center for about a year now! I have taken comm 101 as well as want to pursue a career in the communication field so its something I am really passionate about! When I’m not at the comm center, I am hanging out with my sisters in Alpha Xi Delta, as well as enjoying being outdoors, hiking, camping or kayaking. I enjoy helping students with their delivery portion of their speeches and encourage them in becoming more confident in their public speaking skills.

 

 

 

Lily Mackenzie

Lily Mackenzie

Hi, my name is Lily Mackenzie and I grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I’m a senior majoring in Communication with a concentration in media production and criticism. I used to get so nervous to do any kind of public speaking. However, I’ve found a lot of ways to get through it successfully and am excited to help others learn ways to manage speaking stress as well. Outside of the comm center, I work as a remote social media intern and at a golf course. I also love hanging out with my roommates and watching shows, and spending time outdoors.

 

 

Kira Bazemore

Kira Bazemore

I’m Kira Bazemore, a senior in my undergraduate program here at George Mason University studying Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. I am originally from the Greater Richmond Area. In college, I discovered my love for Communication and really enjoy sharing it and helping others any way that I can. Outside of classes, I enjoy baking, spending time with my friends and family, and listening to music.

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/Kira

 

 

Mackenzie Kramer

Mackenzie Kramer

Hello everyone! My name is Mackenzie Kramer and I am a Junior at Mason! Although I am an Econ major, I am also super passionate about Communications! I was raised in Annandale, Virginia, and have lived here ever since. I am super excited to get to work with you all, as this is my first semester in the Comm Center! Having taken Comm 101, I look forward to helping other students refine their public speaking, interview, and outlining skills – they will serve you well not only for your time at Mason but as a graduate conducting a job search and as you pursue a career in any field! I also work at a boutique in Old Town, so I am very familiar with the customer service industry aspect of communication. Outside of school, I love to stay active hiking around NoVa, traveling to new places, and hanging out with friends. Some of my favorite things at the moment include Gossip Girl, Fall, hot yoga, Taylor Swift, and Coyote Grill!

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/mackenzie

 

 

Mary Beth Armstrong

Mary Beth Armstrong

Hi, my name is Mary Beth Armstrong. I am an environmental and sustainability studies major with a minor in both ocean science and data analysis. I am in my third year at Mason, hopefully graduating this spring I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa. I have been a part of the Mason debate team going on 3 years but competed in debate 4 years prior to that. I have worked at the GMU Communication Center since Fall 2018. I love helping students figure out how to integrate their passions into their assignments, overcome fears of public speaking, and cultivate better research practices. Outside of school I enjoy trying new restaurants, frequenting bookstores, and baking.

Direct Link: https://commcenter.as.me/marybeth 

 

 

Nick Steinmetz

Nick Steinmetz

Hi, my name is Nick Steinmetz, and I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’m a senior majoring in public administration with History and Women and Gender Studies minors. I currently compete on Mason’s nationally ranked Speech team and have been a part of competitive public speaking for 9 years. I love helping students search for topics and assist with the delivery of speeches. When I'm not working, I’m watching college football (Go Gators!), any reality show (especially selling sunset) and listening to some musical theater.

 

 

 

Noah Graham

Noah Graham

Hello, my name is Noah Graham, and I was born in Wichita, Kansas and lived there all my life until I came to GMU in 2018. Now I'm in my third year at Mason and my second year at the comm center. I am in the Schar school pursuing a degree in public administration with a minor in international security. I have been working on my own speech skills since I joined the debate team at my high school, 6 years ago. I now debate competitively for Mason and hope to use what I’ve learned to help other students become more confident in themselves and their public speaking.

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/noah

 

 

Peter Figueroa

Peter Figueroa

Hello, my name is Peter Figueroa and I am a Senior majoring in Communications with a concentration in Political Communication and a minor in Theater Performance. I’m originally from New York and am very excited to be a part of Mason’s Forensics team where I compete in speech tournaments across the country. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to help others and cannot wait to work together!

 

 

Samantha Brooks

Samantha (Sam) Brooks

Hi, my name is Samantha Brooks and I am a Junior here at Mason. I am majoring in Criminology, Law & Society with a minor in Forensic Science. Before coming to Mason, I lived about 3 hours South in Waynesboro, Virginia. I took Comm 101 in the Fall of 2019 and have been a part of the Communication Center team since Fall 2020. I enjoy helping other students brainstorm project ideas to find a subject that they're excited to speak about. I also enjoy helping students relate their assignments to the work they will do in their career some day or in interviews down the line. Outside of school, I enjoy photography, watching lots of Netflix, and spending time with my family. 

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/sam  

 

 

Sarah Strunk

Sarah Strunk

Hi! I’m Sarah Strunk and I was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. I am a transfer student (Junior) majoring in Film and Video Studies with a concentration in Screenwriting and a minor in Event Technical Production. I am passionate about film and theater and got my background in communication from working on shows, scripts, and sets (communication is necessary in whatever you do!). I especially love to work with students on speech delivery and incorporating their passions into their assignments. I took COMM 101 in the summer of 2020 and outside of school, I enjoy working on my own personal projects (currently a podcast about dreaming), going for socially distant walks with my friend, and dancing like nobody's watching.

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/sarah

 

 

Tom Murabito

Tom Murabito

Hi, my name is Tom Murabito, I am a senior Government and International Politics major and I'm originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. I am also the captain of George Mason's Forensics team where I compete in competitive public speaking, giving speeches similar to the assignments for Comm 101. I have been working at the Comm Center since its start back in 2018 and have had the opportunity to help hundreds of students with their speeches. I understand public speaking can be daunting so my goal in sessions is to help speakers feel more comfortable with both their writing and delivery. Outside of speaking, I spend my days hiking, cooking, or playing with my roommate's new dog Koda.

Direct Scheduling Link: https://commcenter.as.me/tom