Meet Your DLA Team
With graduate degrees in English, and more than 50 years' combined Master's- and PhD-level editing experience, together with the success our clients have enjoyed, there are no better editors than ours in the business.
Terry Cummings, Editor
Joined DLA Editors & Proofers in 2012
Terry’s parents instilled a love of literature in her as a toddler with the classic work, Fox in Socks, which is still one of her favorites. As a young girl, though, she would often get in trouble for reading under the covers by flashlight when she was supposed to be asleep. She enjoyed writing, but by high school, it was evident that teaching was her stronger gift. She chose to combine reading, writing and teaching into a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and, later, a Master of Science in Education degree at Baylor University so that she could help students develop their writing while also sharing literature and poetry with them.
Although the medium is different, Terry takes the same approach in editing her clients’ writing and providing feedback as she did in the classroom. She helps writers of all backgrounds improve their voices, seeking strengths while identifying weaknesses, and tailors her advice to each client's individual needs, whether in academic papers, business documents, or manuscripts. She finds personal statements especially lend themselves to teachable moments, and enjoys learning her clients’ stories as she guides them in narrating them confidently and proudly in pursuit of their life-changing goals.
Terry loves reading in many genres, including historical and humorous fiction, young adult literature, children’s books, and nearly any story with a dog in it, although she refuses to read the chapter in which the dog dies. Among her favorite authors are Patrick McManus, Ann B. Ross, Richard Peck, and the author/illustrator team of Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger. In her free time she enjoys photography, serving new recipes to friends and family, training and showing dogs in AKC Obedience, and making animal-assisted therapy visits.
Dania Mahmoud, Editor
Joined DLA Editors & Proofers in 2015
Dania's love for storytelling was sparked by the Harry Potter series; as a young girl, she was notorious for reading through math class and stealing her mother's robe, which she was convinced was a wizarding cloak. Eventually, Dania's literary interests became more varied, and she became determined to contribute her voice to the written world. As an English-Creative Writing major at the University of Houston, she published several short fiction pieces and gained a reputation for her thought-provoking critical analysis essays.
When Dania became a writing tutor at the Honors College, she discovered the joy of helping students enhance their critical arguments by encouraging them to dig deeper into texts, reconsider essay organization, and recognize grammatical errors. Several times, this required her students to dig deeper into themselves.
One such student was a sixth grader with dyslexia. In their first session, he was reluctant to open his textbook, let alone read and analyze the assigned story. He struggled before finally revealing he had trouble seeing the letters in order. That’s when Dania took a new approach; she asked him to read aloud, guiding him through the words he had trouble with. At the end of every page, she would ask him how he could relate the story to his own experiences. He began to grow in self-confidence and soon found he could answer assignment questions on his own. After their last session together, he thanked Dania for the help she had given him, and for the success he had achieved as a result.
From analyzing the changes needed to make a dissertation APA compliant to assessing a candidate’s background and qualifications in guiding him or her to achieve a compelling personal statement, Dania brings the same thoughtful and detailed approach to every project. A native Houstonian, she enjoys biking through her neighborhood and frequenting local coffee shops with a journal in hand.
Ann Harshbarger received her Master of Arts in English Literature and Composition from The Ohio State University. While there, she collaborated on drafting and editing a grant project for the American Theological Library Association that digitally archived material from an extensive rare books collection. She worked closely with strict formatting guidelines as well as Library of Congress subject heading cataloging. Additionally, she instructed numerous undergraduate composition courses for the university.
Prior to joining DLA Editors & Proofers, Ann spent seven years teaching English Literature and Composition in both secondary and post-secondary school settings. Her career has focused heavily on not only the instruction of successful writing skills, but also on the research, editing and revision needed to compose a successful document, particularly dissertations, theses and academic articles following APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian formatting guidelines. She also continues to remain active in academia by submitting theoretical, literature-based seminar papers to conferences and publications.
Ann spends her leisure time cooking and baking for family and friends. She is also an avid reader and enjoys the work of early 20th century modernists such as Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys and Richard Wright, in addition to more contemporary authors like Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston.