Meet the Undergraduate Staff
Hello! My name is JD MacWillie, I'm a senior and a chemical research major with a minor in mathematics. I love writing in multiple genres be it poetry, short stories, or research papers. I'm super excited to work with you on becoming a better writer and more comfortable with your own writing style. I hope to make your writing process more enjoyable, as well. I enjoy running and outdoor adventuring. I've written for multiple professors here at Concordia including Kenney, Ebel, Malinson, Oesch, Brown, Francisco, Bachman and Raghinaru. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you as a fellow writer.
Hi! My name is Lauren Taylor, and I am a junior at CUI. My home is a little town up in the gray (but beautiful) state of Washington. I’m an English major with a creative writing minor, which means that I’ve dabbled in all sorts of writing, from research papers to creative nonfiction to poetry. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve on the selection panel of the Aerie and to have the job of editing student papers as a T.A. for Dr. Cosgrove. I’ve written a variety of pieces for professors like Lee, Norton, Gavin, Raghinaru, Wheaton and Francisco. I love to read, craft, make horrendous puns and discover long and unusual words. I'd love to help you out with forming a strong thesis, using appropriate syntax and evidence, and, hopefully, aid you in discovering your voice and style as a writer. I can't wait to meet you!
Hello! My name is April Hall, and I'm a senior English major with a minor in Global Cultural Studies. I'm looking forward to getting to work with students this year and help them grow to become the writers that they never thought they could be. I hope to instill in you a joy for writing and sharing your thoughts with the world. I'm especially versed in thesis building and encouraging students to develop thoughtful essays on topics that they care about. Outside of school, I love crafting, reading, bike riding, singing, and eating fun foods. I've written for many different professors on campus, particularly in the English department. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Hello! My name is Mary McQuistan, and I am currently a junior at CUI. I come from Valentine, a small town located in northern Nebraska. I am an English major and hope to find a career in editing, which is why I would love to work at the writing studio! During my studies, I have had experience with MLA, APA, and CMS format. Some of the professors for whom I have written essays and creative writing pieces include Tom, Norton, Raghinaru, and Schmidt. Besides being swamped with papers, I’m involved with the music program at CUI and play trumpet in the Wind Orchestra. I hope to be the best of help that I can with your papers!
My name is Spencer Lane, and I’m a junior here at Concordia. I’m an English major with a minor in Creative Writing, so I have plenty of experience with words. I've written every sort of paper there is (or at least that's what it feels like), and since I’m a Creative Writing minor I've also had a great deal of practice with organic writing as well as formula-driven writing. I love the process of writing and hope to help you improve anything that you might bring me, from a poetry assignment to a research paper.
Meet the Online Staff
Hi, I’m Colleen Mulhall-Briski! I received my BA in English from Concordia, and my MA in 20th Century American Literature from CSULB. I spent 10+ years as a writing and literature professor at CUI and Fullerton College, as well as several years working as a university librarian/research assistant. Currently, in addition to working as a writing consultant at the OWL, I am a grant specialist and communications director for a non-profit organization that provides professional development for California teachers. Because I apparently like being busy, I also work as a freelance writing consultant and editor, am raising two young sons with my husband, while embarking on a massive DIY home addition and renovation. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, urban homesteading projects, and snowboarding.
Hello all! My name is Kristina Deusch, and I graduated from CUI in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Marketing. I worked with undergraduate students as a Core Peer Tutor and a Writing Center Consultant during much of my time at Concordia. Since then I've studied book and magazine publishing at NYU and started work as an Editorial Assistant at Cambridge University Press in New York. My hobbies include humming along to classical music, eating lots of chocolate, and collecting far more books than my shelves can hold. I love reading OWL papers, and I look forward to working together with you from here in NYC!
Hi, I'm Johanna Saleska -- writer, reader, instructor, tutor, and all-around lover of language! I have a BA in English with a minor in creative writing from CUI and, as of this summer, an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Missouri, Columbia (Go Tigers!). After two years as a long-distance OWL consultant, I'm thrilled to be back in toasty Southern California (see photo), where I teach two writing courses here at CUI in addition to my work with the Writing Center. When I'm not writing, reading, teaching, or "OWL-ing" (totally a word), you'll likely find me exploring local wilderness trails, making messes in my kitchen, busting out yoga poses, or consuming way too much coffee at Emendare. Contrary to popular belief, reading OWL submissions is actually quite fun and often wonderfully enlightening! I look forward to working with you!
Greetings! My Name is Joe Sampson and it is my privilege to serve as a consultant for the CUI Writing Studio. I hold a BA in Spanish from the University of LaVerne, and an MA in Religion Education with an emphasis in cross-cultural education from Concordia University Irvine. I am also currently a doctoral candidate in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership at Arizona Northcentral University. I have been blessed to have found career success as a teacher, DCE, and most recently as a law enforcement executive. My hobbies include, playing drums, coaching girls’ volleyball, and of course, reading and writing. Let’s get writing!
Hi everyone! I’m Justin Solis, an adjunct professor teaching in the Department of History and Political Thought here at Concordia. I graduated from Concordia in ’12 and received my MA in History from Claremont Graduate University last May. I spent three years as a Writing Studio Consultant during my time at Concordia, so I am pleased to be working once again through the online division of this service. You’re likely to bump into me around campus, especially around the music building where I continue to volunteer playing in Concordia’s handbell and wind ensembles. In fact, I was lucky enough to accompany the handbells on their tour of Australia where I got the chance to interact with some pretty cool animals like this koala I’m holding! I look forward to working with you on writing projects big and small, and answering any questions you may have about the writing process. Hope to hear from you soon!
Hello, I’m Professor Pamela Wade. As an early alumnus of Christ College Irvine—and then later, Concordia University—I have been blessed with a successful career in both business and education, for which CUI well prepared me and for which, I am incredibly thankful. As such, I welcome this opportunity to work with you in the University’s OWL. An author, co-author, and editor-in-chief for more than thirty, award-winning business books and training programs, it’s been my privilege to be a requested speaker for national and international conferences. In my current consulting work, I appreciate collaboratively designing and implementing results-driven initiatives, with proven ROI. A few achievements include a 1996 Telly Award; a 2002 Training Program of the Year Award; a 20-year circulation for one of my books, available in three languages; and amazing clients ranging from Walt Disney to Genentech to the Vatican. My husband and I actively participate in the community and enjoy residing as “empty-nesters” in Orange County.
Hello! My name is Lauren Stevens and I graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, I was involved with the PAL program, served as Vice President of the Psychology and Behavioral Science club, and was a Student Activities Coordinator for LEAD. I have three years experience as a Writing Studio staff member. I currently attend graduate school at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, pursuing my PsyD in Clinical Psychology. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Arizona Psychological Association (AZPA) Psychology Honors Society (PSI CHI), and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). In my spare time I love to read, run, play volleyball, listen to music, hang out with friends, and write poetry. My hope for writers submitting to the OWL is that they come away feeling confident that a good paper is well within reach!
Hi! My name is Jenna Spradley. I love stories. I love to write them, and I love to be in them. Perhaps most of all I love to read them, whether it’s a personal narrative, thesis paper, poem, case study, or novel. While I was earning a Bachelor’s in Psychology at CUI, I provided one-on-one assistance to students for two years at the University’s Writing Center. I’m currently a graduate student at Cal State University Long Beach, where I’m earning my Masters degree in Social Work. During the week I provide therapy for victims of domestic violence. I am honored to be invited into each story—spoken and written. I’m delighted to work with you on the Online Writing Lab and provide non-judgmental, humble yet critical, analysis and advice for whatever style paper you have.
Hello! I'm Danika Schmid, a 2016 Concordia graduate with a BA in History and Political Thought. I switched majors a couple of times though, so I have experience with many disciplines, writing styles, and professors! During my undergrad years, I worked at CUI's on-campus Writing Studio for two years and also tutored a variety of subjects. I am now in the process of obtaining my California Social Science Teaching Credential and Lutheran Teaching Certificate through CUI, so I will be heading into teaching and maybe coaching full time in the near future (so yes, I love reading Education and MCAA papers!). When I'm not working with youth or editing papers, I enjoy going to Disneyland, checking books off my ever-growing reading list, and traveling throughout California and beyond. Writing can be a daunting process, but I look forward to helping you with any questions you may have!
My name is Kendall Davis and I’m currently a senior here at Concordia. I’m originally from Houston, TX and I’m a double major in biblical languages and theatre, studying in the Pre-Seminary program. I am extremely familiar with both CMS and MLA formats. I have experience writing everything from research papers to plays. I was even honored to win second place last year in Tier II of the President's Academic Showcase for my research. I have done most of my academic writing within the fields of theology, history, English, and theatre. I have worked under many professors here at Concordia, including Armstrong, Brighton, Bachman, Middendorf, van Voorhis, Vezner, Garton, and Hensley. When I'm not in class or at work, I'm probably at the theatre rehearsing for five different things. I also enjoy reading, writing, learning languages, trying new foods, and spending time with friends. I look forward to working with you on your writing this year so you can turn that paper in with confidence and pride.
Hello! My name is Angie Shaw. I’m on my last year here at Concordia. I thought being a student would allow me a life of leisure filled with cat naps and TV, but writing for professors like Schmidt, Borst, Pierson, Armstrong, Brown, Garton, and Raghinaru have kept me busy. Fortunately, it was for a good cause. I was able to improve so much through writing for these and other professors, not because being an English major automatically makes me a better writer but because practice does make (at least close to) perfect! Writing is definitely a process, so come to the Writing Studio and we'll help you along your way to becoming an awesome writer. If I’m not at the Writing Studio or working away in the library, I’m probably eating something, somewhere, and/or watching the newest episode of Rick and Morty.
Hello! I’m Kellie Moore. I graduated from CUI in 2010 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Creative Writing. I worked in the Writing Studio for two years as an undergrad, and I’m excited to be back—this time, in the Online Writing Lab. It was at CUI where I fell in love with journalism through my work as an editor of The Concordia Courier. I went on to earn a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. My first job after grad school was managing a religion news website, which included a partnership with the mid-Missouri NPR station. After that, I taught high school English for a couple years. Now, I’m back in journalism full-time as a copy editor and a freelance writer. My hobbies include baking, scrapbooking, writing letters, and reading historical fiction. I’m comfortable with a variety of writing styles, and I’m eager to work with you. Happy writing!
Hello! I’m Stacey Parker. I graduated with a BA in English and minors in creative writing and marketing from CUI in 2010. Currently, I work as the administrative assistant for student media at the University of Alaska Anchorage, supporting the student newspaper and student radio station. I also am a freelance copy editor for Concordia Publishing House and the editorial assistant for Lutheran Mission Matters, a journal published twice a year by the Lutheran Society for Missiology. I love spending time with my husband and my pug, Duke, watching movies, reading, traveling, and sending real mail to my family and friends. I’m passionate about editing and working with people, and I consider it a privilege to get to work with you.