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Consultant biographies



Amanda is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying English and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling. She is also in the DirecTrack to Teaching program. This is Amanda’s second year consulting, and she is excited to explore ideas with writers at all stages of the writing process, especially planning and brainstorming!


Amy is a sophomore studying Management Information Systems and Finance. She enjoys every aspect of the writing process whether it be the early brainstorming/outlining stages or the final revisions. Amy especially loves working on personal statements, academic essays of all types, and creative writing. Outside of SWS, you can find her either reading, baking, or rollerblading/ice skating (depending on the weather).



Angela is a third-year studying Developmental Psychology and minoring in Urban Studies. She has experience working with creative writers, second language learners, and writing within the humanities. Angela especially loves working with writers who are looking to explore their identities and lived experiences through writing. She recognizes also that academia has traditionally excluded Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer and disabled stories from being told authentically. Angela is intentional in creating a space where all stories feel respected and valued.


Anne has been a teacher of writing for the last 25 years both in the U.S. and overseas, and a Multilingual Learner Specialist writing consultant for the last five years at the U of M. She likes to work on all kinds of writing with students, from application letters, to course lab reports & essays, to dissertations. She says, "Bring it on(line)!" She speaks French but does better consulting in English. This photo is of her very BIG dog, Millie, who is just as tall as she is—maybe taller on her hind legs...



Ariana (she/hers) is a Ph.D. candidate in Culture and Teaching within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research is focused on Asian American educational issues and socially just pedagogies. She is familiar with supporting various kinds of writing, but is especially excited to support personal statements, argumentative essays, literature reviews, research papers, and reflective writing. She has a medium-level proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Hmong. She loves listening to BTS, being in nature, cooking, and traveling.



Aysha is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience and Technical Writing. This will be her second year as a writing consultant and she looks forward to helping writers out on their journey. She is also fluent in Mandarin and can help with both academic and creative pieces alike.

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Caty T. is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, with a background in Women's and Gender Studies. She loves helping writers in the early brainstorming and outlining stages, as well as supporting writers working on applications, personal statements, and fellowships.



Czarina (za-ree-nah) is a junior Neuroscience major with a minor in Leadership. She is fluent in both English and Tagalog. Czarina enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in working with students across different majors and disciplines. With Czarina's strong STEM background, she enjoys helping students with their lab reports, especially chemistry and biology. She also enjoys helping students with cover letters, resume revision, and personal statements! During her free time, she loves cooking new recipes. She is very excited to work and consult with writers who seek to improve their writing!



David is an eighth-year Ph.D. candidate (Theatre Arts and Dance & Chicano and Latino Studies). He has participated in and co-facilitated the UMN C4W Dissertation Writing Retreat and thrives on regular dissertation check-ins with fellow grads. As someone who often struggles to clarify complex ideas, he is most excited to work with grads and undergrads across disciplines who are looking to communicate their thoughts more clearly without sacrificing their own unique voice. He speaks Spanish proficiently, has an engineering background, and is a veteran of the US Navy (submarines).


Dee (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in Conservation Science working in the fields of human ecology and conservation social science using transdisciplinary research. Her scholarly work focused on understanding human connections to natural, social and built environments and developing tools to aid discussion and decision making that advance just and sustainable practices in conservation and development work. In addition to English, she speaks Portuguese and Portunhal/Espanglish :)

She is passionate about scientific communication and working with writers across disciplines on their academic papers, proposals, opinions pieces, and oral presentations (and geeks out about slide presentation). On a personal note, Dee loves cats, cooking competition TV shows, and utopian/dystopian/horror/thriller fiction.


Dillon is currently pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science. He currently has an English B.A. and minored in Creative Writing. He enjoys helping writers find their voice and fine-tune their technical skills through a variety of editing techniques. Dillon previously worked in the UW–Stevens Point writing lab and has experience consulting with many different forms of writing such as resumes, applications, literary papers, argumentative essays, poetry, and prose.


Ethan is a senior studying English, Technical Writing and Communication (TWC), and Linguistics. He researches composition theory, pedagogical studies (specifically concerning writing instruction), and rhetorical theory. After graduation, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and composition to work as a professor and Director of First-Year Writing at a large research institution. In the Center for Writing, Ethan enjoys working on research and academic essays of all types. In his spare time, he enjoys going out with friends, travelling to new places, reading great books, playing volleyball, and watching sitcoms and comedy movies.


Gabby is a second-year majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish and Fashion Studies. She speaks English and fluent Spanish. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time outdoors and reading. As a consultant, Gabby wants to work with writers at all different stages of writing. She enjoys working with multilingual students and learning about different identities and languages! It is very important to her that a student's voice and identity is reflected in their writing, and she hopes every writer feels comfortable sharing their work and leaving confident in where they want to take their writing next!



Gabrielle is an avid language learner, and is constantly working to better understand communication and accessibility in education and language learning communities. She is active in the Ojibwe language revitalization community on and off campus, and is pursuing two B.A. degrees in Ojibwe Language and Speech–Language–Hearing Sciences. Gabrielle most enjoys working with students on identity-based pieces, crafting arguments, looking at organization, and helping students decolonize language within their writing. Gabrielle is also proficient in German and loves to use both of her languages within consultations. In her spare time, Gabrielle likes to hike, sew, and do puzzles with her grandma.


Grace is a senior studying Business and Marketing Education. She's also pursuing a minor in Management. Ever since she moved to Minnesota in 2014, Grace has loved being out in nature. Her favorite activity is to ride her bike, stop by a forest or field, and just enjoy the natural beauty of our state. This has played a major part in her consulting style: she likes helping with more contemplative writing assignments. Grace is also proficient in cartooning, and loves geeking out over cartoons and comics whenever she has the chance.

Hana A.

Hana A. is a junior studying Political Science and Economics. She's an international Egyptian student (the picture you see is of the beautiful Muhammad Ali Mosque in Cairo). She enjoys creative and argumentative writing and reading books of every genre that is available, ever. Hana has been in a relationship with procrastination for so long, and they are extremely happy together. But if you are reading this bio, it means she hasn't missed her deadline to submit it, and that counts for something.

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Hana H. (she/her/hers) is a second-year undergraduate who is majoring in English with a possible minor in Communications. Hana loves to read and write, and is looking forward to working with a diverse spectrum of writers!


For her own writing, Jasmine (she/her/hers) finds getting started to be the hardest stage of any project, but for whatever reason, she loves supporting other writers' brainstorming. She also enjoys supporting high-stakes writing such as statements of purpose and fellowship essays, as well as theses and dissertations. She likes to strategize about how to break up a big project into manageable chunks—in ways that work for the writing and learning style of the writer. Jasmine also has researched the experiences of BIPOC doctoral writers and thinks a lot about the tension that many people encounter when they write in the academy. Jasmine grew up speaking Cantonese and English at home and is an alum of the U’s American Studies doctoral program.


Jennifer D.

Jennifer D. has been a writing consultant for five years. She has also taught in the Department of Writing Studies. Jennifer enjoys helping students throughout the writing process, especially brainstorming and organizing ideas. She is also excited to work on higher stakes writing, like application materials. Jennifer is most familiar with writing in the humanities. Her background is in American and Asian American Studies, but she is interested in collaborating with students across disciplines.

Jennifer N.

Jennifer N. is starting her ninth year as a writing consultant; she values collaborative knowledge exploration, and she hopes to hold space for writers to find joy and ease in their writing process. Jennifer loves helping writers at all stages of writing (though she particularly adores brainstorming and reorganizing). As an interdisciplinary scholar, Jennifer is comfortable working across a wide range of disciplines, from Environmental Science to Sociology to History, and on writing types ranging from lab reports to personal statements. Outside of SWS, Jennifer is passionate about food - growing, foraging, cooking, eating, sharing, and even exploring it in her Ph.D. research.


Joe has worked as a writing consultant in writing centers with several years of experience working with students whose first language is not English. He’s a consultant who enjoys learning about writers and the contexts of their writings. Joe speaks French, Spanish, and some American Sign Language (ASL) as well as English. He has a BA in Spanish and an MA in Spanish Linguistics and is a student in the master’s program in TESOL. His interests include linguistics, literature, teaching, and cooking.


Julie is a first year writing consultant at SWS and a senior at the University of Minnesota pursuing a B.S. in computer science. Though she spends a lot of time writing code for her classes, Julie tries to write (of the non-coding variety) in her spare time (and secretly prefers it!). She has experience working as a writing consultant for the class Ethics in Computing here at the University and strives to be a consultant who makes writers feel welcome and encouraged to learn more about writing. Outside of academics, Julie likes to bake soft cookie recipes and spend time with her family.

Katie L.

A liberal arts nerd who majored in English; had almost-minors in Music, Art History, and Philosophy; switched focus in graduate school from Victorian Literature to Composition to Writing Center Studies; and took a loooong time to finish her own dissertation, Katie (she/her/hers) enjoys working with and learning from writers from across the disciplines. She wishes she could take more classes, including math, with which she struggles mightily. As a consultant, she is empathetic; curious about the ideas and experiences that writers want to share; and truly, nerdily, gleefully excited to support other people as they write. Katie is interested in collaborating with writers on finding ways to use their own voices and bust open new possibilities for writing in—or against—the university, or whatever other spaces and systems matter to them.


Keng is an undergraduate writing consultant studying English and Hmong with Minors in Asian American Studies, Creative Writing, Leadership, and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling—primarily interested in the intersections of diversity, language, and voice. As a writing consultant, Keng is excited to collaborate on any craft of writing, but especially enjoys conversing over creative writing, literature reviews, research papers, and personal statements. Keen on bringing out the ideas, voice, and strengths of the writer, he hopes to support them in their process wherever they may be. Now, in his free time away from school, Keng loves playing volleyball, traveling, listening to KPOP, and watching anime.


Kerry (she/her/hers) is a dedicated educator who has an M.A. in Teaching ESL in Higher Education and has worked in a number of English language programs around the Twin Cities in addition to her work at the Center for Writing. She loves talking through the structure of papers and working with writers on how to organize complex thoughts into logical papers with smooth transitions. She very much enjoys analyzing the more formulaic aspects of papers as well as discussing the creative choices. Outside of teaching, Kerry loves hiking, hanging out with her dogs, and sometimes cooking.



Kim is a consultant who is also a teacher in the Department of Writing Studies. Kim is one of the Department’s Multilingual Learner Specialists and has worked in this role for over 20 years. Kim has taught first-year writing, technical and professional writing, and graduate writing. Kim is excited to now consult and teach completely online. Kim feels energized and looks forward to working with you on any kind of writing you are doing at any stage of the writing process!

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Kirsten has been working in writing centers for over 30 years, since her days as an undergraduate English major at Carleton College. Along the way, she picked up two more English degrees at UW-Madison and taught many literature and writing courses, but her favorite space for teaching and learning continues to be one-to-one writing consultations. She especially loves working with writers across the disciplines, who feed her curiosity about the world, and she enjoys collaborating at any stage in the writing process, from drawing mindmaps for brainstorming to finding just the right words for a final draft. When not working at the UMN, she travels to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to hang out with black bears like this one in her front yard.


Lauren is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Her research explores the public relations and corporate philanthropy of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States. She graduated from Texas A&M with a major in History and minor in Biochemistry. She taught high school U.S. History and Government before pursuing graduate school. This is Lauren’s fifth year as a writing consultant. She most enjoys helping students develop their ideas—brainstorming is her favorite—but she happily works with students on all parts of their writing. At the core of her practice, Lauren wants students to feel welcome, respected, valued, and heard. Lauren has a loud laugh and will enthusiastically share pictures of her dog and cats if prompted.


Lisette is a fourth year with a double major in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Latino Studies. She loves to travel and the picture you see is from a trip to Oregon that she took to visit friends she met during her exchange in Puerto Rico. In her free time, Lisette enjoys reading, working out, listening to music, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She enjoys meeting new people and helping out with any type of writing, especially those within the humanities.


Lyanna is a sophomore at CSOM studying Marketing with a minor in Political Science. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends and family, read, and write. She also loves to travel, especially to Jordan (the picture you see is from the gorgeous mountains of Ajloun) where her family is from. She is fluent in English and Arabic and loves creative and argumentative writing.



Marley is a fourth-year student studying English, Creative Writing, and Art. She is thrilled to consult on any type of writing and feels comfortable helping writers structure pieces, dive deeper into their topics, refine their editing practices, and more! Marley especially loves creative works, cover letters/personal statements, and essays about literature.


Max is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Philosophy and Technical Writing with minors in Computer Science and German. With his background in philosophy, Max is most passionate about argumentation and logic. He knows from experience that brainstorming arguments and logically defending them—not to mention understanding the assignment in the first place—is difficult, and he’s happy to support writers in any discipline with these tasks. Outside of argumentative essays, he loves to help writers advocate for themselves in their resumes, cover letters, and other application materials. In his free time, Max enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, taking long walks in nature, and hanging out at cafes.




Mei is an undergraduate writing consultant pursuing a degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Sustainability Studies. She’s excited to consult with writers from all disciplines across the University and enjoys helping writers at any stages of their writing process. Beyond personal passions for literary analysis and creative writing, Mei has experience evaluating technical writing in lab reports, journal articles, and cover letters with an eye for thoroughness and persuasiveness. Mei’s priorities in the consultation are to make new writers feel comfortable sharing their work and to help each writer leave their writing conference feeling energized with next steps for their writing!


Molly is a third-year student and is pursuing a B.A. in English as well as a B.S. in Technical Writing. She is well versed in working on creative, technical, and argument-based papers. One of her favorite aspects of writing and editing papers is creating a structure that helps support the content of a paper. She has experience working with language learners.


Natalie is a second-year undergraduate majoring in Special Education and studying for a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She speaks English and is learning American Sign Language (ASL). As a consultant, Natalie wants to encourage and learn from writers' unique experiences and ideas. She’s excited to meet and collaborate with new peers this year! In her spare time, Natalie loves sampling fall candle scents, baking, hiking, and all things nature.



Nina is a senior at the University of Minnesota pursuing a dual degree in Russian Studies as well as Technical Writing & Communication. This is her second year working as an undergraduate writing consultant at SWS and she is so excited for another year of helping other student writers! Nina is a consultant who enjoys working with people from all and any academic fields. Additionally, she also likes working with multilingual students. When she isn't consulting or working on her courses, Nina enjoys creative writing, reading, cooking, working out, and studying linguistics independently.



Reid is a senior Art BFA student specializing in conceptual illustration. As his name might suggest, Reid also loves reading, as well as traversing the natural world and depicting its beauty in his poetry and creative writing (at least, he tries). Reid is particularly experienced in working with international students and writers with a multilingual/multicultural background, but welcomes any and all who desire an honest, enthusiastic perspective on their writing!


Sarah is a writing consultant who enjoys engaging with a wide range of writers from diverse fields and backgrounds. She especially likes learning about writers’ goals and working with them to balance their own voices and priorities with the demands of the particular writing task or situation they’re working within. In addition to working as a writing consultant, Sarah also teaches First-Year Writing courses in the Department of Writing Studies and serves as a Faculty Director for the WRIT 1301 cohort College in the Schools. Despite working as a writing consultant and teacher for a number of years, Sarah feels she still has much to learn about the many ways writing can take shape in and outside of the university, and she looks forward to learning from each of the writers she works with at the Center.


Susan's long teaching career—from ESL to University writing classes—informs her consulting as she frequently draws on her knowledge about instructor expectations and assignment interpretation, as well as academic writing conventions. As one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists (with an MA in Applied Linguistics), Susan's expertise is effective expression in English, including grammar and sentence structure, but she can also provide moderate assistance with texts in Spanish. She enjoys engaging with ideas—helping writers discover a direction, asking challenging questions, and pointing out gaps in logic or development—while simultaneously providing encouragement and validation.



Yara (she/her) is an international student from Lebanon and a junior at the U. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Individualized Studies with concentrations in Life Sciences, Developmental Psychology, and African Studies, with a minor in Public Health. Yara is fluent in French, English, and Arabic, and intermediately proficient in Spanish. She enjoys working with multilingual students and students from different backgrounds, cultures, and identities. She has mastered the art of writing chemistry lab reports but also absolutely loves consulting on more creative/personal pieces of writing!