Meet the Undergraduate Staff
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 senior 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.
Greetings! My name is Tyler (TJ) Klatt and I am honored to serve at the Concordia University Writing Studio. As a student of both literature and theology it is my ambition to embolden you as a writer and to maximize your academic experience. Hailing from The Sunflower State of Kansas, I know little of the bustle of this world and have always been left with nothing more than to trust in the insight of a good book, of which I leave you: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it” (A. Dumbledore). I look forward to working with you soon!
Hello, my name is Elisa Andersen, and I'm currently a Senior working towards an English major and Creative Writing minor. Being the stereotypical Engish major that I am, I have a great love for one William Shakespeare, only rivaled by my love of Edgar Allan Poe. Over the course of the last few years, I've enjoyed wonderful opportunities such as studying abroad at Oxford University and co-editing The Aerie, Concordia's Literary Magazine. This year, I look forward to helping students in the Writing Studio and as a Core Peer Tutor for CENG-202. In the past, I've written for professors such as Norton, Lee, Garton, Raghinaru, Tom, Vallee, Francisco, Croll, and Oesch. My best advice for all writers is that your topic is everything. The best essays are the ones that you've enjoyed writing. Come in and we can brainstorm fun and/or interesting ideas that will make the writing process enjoyable. Or, if you've already got a great topic, we can work on structure and composition. See you in the Writing Studio!
Hello, I’m Natalie Bartels, a senior student at CUI. I am from a damp, drizzly town just an hour south of Seattle, WA. I am double-majoring in Church Music and English, but I cannot keep the two subjects from fusing together in my mind. A true conversation with me is not complete until I have quoted Oscar Wilde (at lease once) and referenced a piece by J. S. Bach. In my sophomore year at CUI, I spent a semester in Cambridge, England, followed by a short term in Oxford. (I get called an Anglophile on a monthly basis). Welcome to the Writing Studio! I will be happy to help you with essays or creative pieces of all kinds.
Hi! My name is Ryan Van Dusen and I am stoked to help you improve your writing. I am a Junior majoring in History/Political Thought and Economics with a minor in Global Cultural Studies. I have experience with virtually any genre of writing you will encounter and have written for the likes of Lee, Van Voorhis, Norton, Dawn, Soper, Mallinson, Francisco, and Solis (among others). I hail from the desert inferno of Phoenix, Arizona and in my spare time I enjoy hooping (basketball), running (slowly), napping with my dog (Rocky), and eating strange foods (in mass quantities). I also find it paramount to always have a great text to read, and if you ever feel the urge to discuss Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Chekov, don't hesitate to holler. It is an honor to be a part of such an experienced and talented staff at the Writing Studio, and it is truly a blessing to be able to work together with students to develop exceptional writing.
Hi! My name is Emily Porr, and I am a junior here at Concordia Irvine. I double major in theatre and humanities with an emphasis in Spanish. I have experience with both CMS and MLA formats, and I have written papers on different styles and genres of literature and plays. I hope I can help make the writing process less intimidating by helping you establish a strong thesis and write in a clear manner. I have written papers for various professors, including Norton, Danger, Vezner, and Senkbeil. I look forward to working with you!
Hi, my name is Harsha Manjunath and I am now a senior here at CUI. I am from Bangalore in India and have been at Concordia since the fall of 2015. I am a Humanities and Literature major with a strong passion for written communication. In my time at Concordia, I have written papers for Norton, Raghinaru, Van Voorhis, Schmidt, and Brighton. I have had to complete a wide variety of writing assignments in various formats during my on-going college experience and look forward to assisting you in any way I can. I am truly excited to meet interesting people, make new friends, and connect over the process of writing.
Greetings! My name is Emily Crosby, and I am a junior English major pursuing a career in education. My writing audiences have included Gavin, Schmidt, Lee, Bachman (both!), and Van Voorhis. Multiple research papers, essays, and creative non-fiction pieces have honed my ability to write in any genre. But creative writing will always be my first love. I love demonstrating the beauty in the ordinary, the magic in the everyday, and the lovely in the overlooked. I’m excited to encourage you in your writing journey and hopefully instill in you a deeper love for the written word. When I’m not in school, I’m reading a good book with a cup of tea, dreaming of far-off lands, or broadening my pool of musical knowledge. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Meet the Professional 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 Studio 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 Studio. 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. 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.
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 Studio. 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, and I'm from Houston, Texas. I graduated in 2016 as a double major in biblical languages and theatre while 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! 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 of 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.
Hi there! I’m Zach Dean, and I graduated from CUI in 2013 with a BA in English and a minor in Global Cultural Studies. After spending over two years in human resources, I made the decision to pursue graduate studies as a full-time student at Cal State University Long Beach, where I am working towards my Masters in English Literature. Ultimately, my hope is to teach literature and writing to undergraduate and graduate students like yourself. My favorite activities include reading, traveling, baking, and spending far too much time browsing cat videos on Youtube. I am thrilled to be a part of the OWL (a secret dream of mine since my years as an undergraduate at CUI) and am looking forward to reading your essays, stories, emails, and whatever else you pass along to us!
Hi! My name is Lauren Taylor and I am a recent graduate of CUI. I live in a little town up in the Great Gray North (A.K.A Washington State). I’m currently pursuing a graduate degree in English Literature. I’ve dabbled in all sorts of writing, from research papers to creative nonfiction to poetry. While I was a student at CUI, I had the opportunity to co-edit The Aerie and help revise student papers as a T.A. for Dr. Cosgrove. I’ve written a variety of pieces for professors like Norton, Schmidt, Raghinaru, Dawn, 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.