My name is Kayla Biar and I’m a senior from Bastrop, Texas! I’m a history major with a minor in classical languages. I hope to do museum work and/or teach in Classical Education. Last spring, I participated in the President’s Showcase, writing about one of my favorite historical figures, Charles Edward Stuart. Most of the research for the paper was accomplished while studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I have written for professors such as Karges, Dawn, Karam, Norton, Armstrong, and Middendorf (among many others). In addition, I work with the Core Biology department as a teaching assistant, and I enjoy helping with the more logical and scientific aspects of writing in addition to historical and philosophical. I look forward to meeting and helping ya’ll to become better writers!
Greetings! My name is Emily Crosby, and I am a senior 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!
Hello! I'm Owen Duncan, and I'm currently a Sophomore. I'm from Fargo, North Dakota (which is exactly like the movie). I'm a pre-seminary student here with a double major in English and Music. I have experience working with both MLA and CMS formatting styles, and I have a great love for reading fiction and stories of all types (and editing them). I also have a soft spot for experimental stuff (think Alejandro Zambra), so if you're ever working on a story for a class without any punctuation and you like it that way, I'm your guy. If you don't like it that way, I'm also more than happy to help you with that too. When I'm not working on classwork, you can probably find me in Sigma's practice rooms practicing trombone for the Wind Orchestra, Sinfonietta, or Jazz Band.
Hello! My name is MacKenzie Feeken, and I am a junior at Concordia this year. I'm an English major and, as you would expect, I love writing! I am enthusiastic about helping you become an articulate writer regardless of your major. I believe that strong writing is a critical skill to have in the professional world, and I am excited to help you develop that skill. When I'm not writing essays, you can find me cheering at CUI basketball games, drinking a good cup of coffee, or going on a run. I hope to see you soon. Write on!
Hello! My name is Kyleigh Hoye, and I am currently a senior at CUI. I hail from Novato, a small town located just north of San Francisco. I am a Theatre major and hope to find a career that combined my interests in writing, online media, performing, and directing. During my studies, I have had experience with MLA, APA, CMS, online media, and a boatload of creative writing essays. Some of the professors for whom I have written essays and creative writing pieces include Norton, Raghinaru, and Schmidt. Besides being interested in hip activities like jigsaw puzzles and kind of cooking, I’m a contributor to Entity Magazine and I occasionally play the piano. I hope to be the best of help that I can with your papers!
Hi! My name is Zoë Litzenberg and I’m a senior here at CUI. I’m from San Diego, home of the Comic-Con and the California Burrito. I’m majoring in Humanities with a Creative Writing emphasis, and spent last year studying creative writing at Oxford University in England. There are few things I love more than writing – one of those things is helping others in the writing process. I believe everyone can write and communicate successfully with some help and some practice. The process can seem scary at first glance, but is so rewarding in the end. I look forward to helping you in whatever writing assignment you may have!
Hi! My name is Marco Lorenzo and I’m a 4th year Bio major at CUI. I’ve been there before: I know what it’s like to go into a class having to write papers and not knowing where to begin. I sometimes stumble through a paper wondering if it’s even understandable or cohesive. That’s where the Writing Studio comes in. Hopefully I can clear up some of your confusion and give you clarity when you face writing challenges – whether that be with topics, having a clear thesis and focus, or grammar issues. I’m excited to be working at the Writing Studio and look forward to working with you on your writing!
Aloha! My name is Lynsey Pelletier and I am entering my 5th year at Concordia as a Liberal Studies major and music minor. I have worked as a WINGs tutor since my sophomore year and I am now excited to bring what I have learned from those years into the Writing Studio. Over the years as a student and tutor, I have written in MLA, CMS, and APA, and thanks to my varied classes as a Liberal Studies major, I also have experience with many different writing styles and assignments. My interests reach further than just tutoring. I also participate in music at Concordia as a singer in the Concordia Choir and a handbell ringer in Concert Handbells. I look forward to meeting you and working together on any of your papers, and remember that I’m the “write” choice to help you!
Hi! My name is Emily Porr, and I am a senior 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 Ryan Van Dusen and I am stoked to help you improve your writing. I am a Senior 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 Clara Weingarth, and I'm a senior at CUI. I'm an English major, and I hope to graduate with my Lutheran teaching credential in 2018.
Over the past three years, I've encountered papers of all genres, styles, and formats. While creative writing has always been my passion, I adore compositions of all kinds. When I'm not in the Writing Studio, I'm often planning for my next adventure. From teaching English in Japan to exploring the historic halls of Cambridge, writing has always been my closest companion. I can't wait to help you find your voice in your writing!
Hello, my name is Elisa Andersen, and I'm a recent graduate from Concordia University Irvine with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. 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. Currently, I'm attending City University London for my MA in Publishing. While studying at Concordia, I was lucky enough to be the Editor of The Aerie, Concordia's Literary Magazine, and work with Undergraduates in the Writing Studio. This year, I look forward to helping Graduates students as an OWL consultant! My best advice for all writers is that your topic is everything. The best essays are the ones that you've enjoyed writing.
Hi! I'm Jocelyn Broadwick, and I'm a freelance writer, editor, and tutor. I graduated with a minor in Creative Writing from Concordia, where I was also a Writing Studio Consultant, Co-Literary Editor of The Aerie, and Editor-in-Chief of The Concordia Courier. I earned my MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from Goucher College and previously ran the Writing Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where I led dissertation boot camps. In addition to being an OWL Consultant and Dissertation Editor at CUI, I also teach introductory and developmental writing for the Community College of Baltimore County and the University of Maryland University College. My work has been published locally, nationally, and internationally – both in print and online. I live with my husband and kitten in downtown Baltimore.
My name is Kendall Davis, 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.
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!
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 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 delighted to be part of the Online Writing Lab team. At CUI, 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. Since then, I've managed a religion news website, reported for an NPR affiliate, taught high school English, and worked as a copy editor. Now, I'm a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer/editor. I live in Texas with my husband, our daughter, and our cat.
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! 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, 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 went through the doctoral program in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership at Arizona Northcentral University and recognize the complexities of the dissertation process. I have been blessed to have found career success as a teacher, DCE, and most recently as a law enforcement executive management consultant for the State of California Department of Justice. My hobbies include, playing drums, coaching girls’ volleyball, and of course, reading and writing. Let’s get writing!
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!
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!
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.
Hi! My name is Lauren Taylor and I am currently a graduate student at Queen Mary, University of London where I specialize in English Studies: Contemporary Writing. I graduated from CUI in the winter of 2016, where I studied English and creative writing. My home is in a little town up in the Great Gray North (a.k.a. Washington State). When 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 love to read, over-analyze movies, 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.
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.