Meet the Undergraduate Staff
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 JD MacWillie, and I'm a senior 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.
Hey there! I’m Danika Schmid, a senior history and political thought major. I hope to someday teach at the high school or college level in the history, writing, or education field. I’m familiar with APA, CMS and MLA as I’ve taken communication, history, theology, English, and creative writing courses under professors such as Armstrong, Ashmon, Bachman, Brown, and Gavin. When I’m not engulfed in schoolwork, I love playing sports, traveling and just spending time outside. Writing can be a difficult process, but I look forward to helping you with any questions you may have.
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 Center and we'll help you along your way to becoming an awesome writer. If I’m not at the Writing Center or working away in the library, I’m probably eating something, somewhere, and/or watching the newest episode of Rick and Morty.
Hello! My name is Lauren Stevens and I am a senior psychology major/sociology minor. Some groups that I have been in or are currently involved with include being a PAL and a Student Activities Coordinator for LEAD. I absolutely love engaging with people. I am a member of the Psychology Honors Society PSI CHI, the secretary for the Honors Society of Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Vice President of the Psychology and Behavioral Science club that a fellow classmate and I founded last year. In my spare time I love to read, run, play volleyball, listen to music, hang out with friends, and write poetry. I have had the pleasure of studying under and writing for Bachman, Deen, Raghinaru, Francisco, Lu, and Flores, to name a few. Some of my strengths when writing include forming strong thesis statements, mastering organization/flow, incorporating appropriate grammar, and developing powerful conclusions. My hope for writers who visit the Writing Center is that they walk away feeling confident that a good paper is not out of reach. Hope to see you at the Writing Center!
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 Washinton. 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!
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 Center. 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 Center 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.