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Consultant biographies


Fall 2022


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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...


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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.


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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.


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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!


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Hana H.

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!


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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.

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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!

kirsten Kirsten

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.


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.


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 (on leave fall 2022)

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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Yara (on leave fall 2022)

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!


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