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

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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



Tutor Alumni

Congratulations to all of our tutors who have graduated!

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Bryan White, c/o 2017

B.A. Business Administration

Concentration: Marketing

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Breanna Hinckley, c/o 2017

B.A. Business Administration

Concentrations: Management and Marketing