JHBC Professional Writing Office


“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." – David McCullough

The JHBC Professional Writing Office is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who seek to improve their writing in general and specifically hone in on business writing skills. We tutor students across the disciplines in all stages of the writing process, but focus primarily in writing associated with business.

Hours of Operation and Contact

Monday - Thursday: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Friday: CLOSED

Location: JB 462

Phone: (909) 537-3704


How to Make an Appointment

  1. Visit JHBC Resource Network and follow the prompts for account creation or log in.
  2. On the left, select “Schedule an appointment.”
  3. Select the appointment time that best suits your needs. Appointments in our office will be labeled “JHBC Professional Writing Office.” ONLY selected appointments with that label.
  4. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis

Meet Our Staff

Professor Melissa Bakeman

Melissa "Mel" Bakeman, Faculty Director

Years teaching: I have taught at CSUSB for over two decades.

Future career plans: Never grow up, but be responsible in the process.

Fun fact: I have over two dozen animals—including twenty chickens and an indoor pig named Churchill.

Favorite book/movie: Raymond Chandler's Farewell My Lovely/My Butterfly or the Shawshank Redemption

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Marisol Rivera

Major: M.A. English Composition

Future career plans: I eventually want to become a writing professor, and to one day write a textbook.

Fun fact: I grew up on a hog farm in central Florida!

Favorite book: Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice McFadden 

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Chloe Watts

Major: B.A. Liberal Studies 

Future career plans: I want to become an elementary school teacher.

Fun fact: I know ASL and volunteer as an interpreter.

Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Lauren Cook

Major: B.A. Communications

Future Career Plans: I plan to continue my career as an American Sign Language Interpreter.

Fun Fact: I own over 200 movies, organized by studio.

Favorite movie: Happiest Millionaire

Alberto Velasco Jr.

Alberto Velasco, Jr.

Major: B.A. Administration Entrepreneurship Concentration

Future career plans: I want to open my own business. 

Fun Fact: I was a DJ for 15 years.

Favorite movie: Iron Man

Richard Torres

Richard Torres

Major: B.A. Business Administration Cyber Security Concentration

Future career plans: I want to become the CEO of my own private security company.

Fun fact: I have been to 49 out of the 50 states.

Favorite book: 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Tutor Alumni

Congratulations to our past tutors who have graduated! 

Breanna Hinckley

Breanna Hinckley, c/o 2017

B.A. Business Administration

Concentrations: Management and Marketing


Bryan White

Bryan White, c/o 2017

B.A. Business Administration

Concentration: Marketing