Meet the Staff
Beth Leahy, Director
Dr. Leahy is the director of the WCC and is available for consultations with faculty and students. She especially enjoys helping faculty brainstorm ideas for writing assignments and working with students on applications for scholarships and graduate programs. She has an MA in English from the University of New Mexico and a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arizona. She has taught college writing courses at UTC as well as in New Mexico and Arizona. She is over-reliant on coffee and probably too obsessed with her cats.
Gwen Mullins Alegre, Part-time Writing Consultant
I have a B.A. in English from UTC as well as an M.F.A. in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I recently completed my first novel, and I have published a handful of short stories and essays. I love helping writers with brainstorming, organization, making persuasive arguments, and creative writing. I worked at Unum as a trainer and disability claim manager for several years, and that corporate experience has proven useful when working with others on presentations, resumes, business writing, and medical writing. When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy throwing dinner parties and taking meandering road trips.
Danielle Kriener, WCC Specialist
Danielle is a stereotypical cat lady with a plethora of afghans and a tendency to wear a bun. When she is not practicing yoga, she can typically be found napping, which is her favorite sport. Once a bespectacled English major who volunteered to read her classmates' essays for fun and considered diagramming sentences an appropriate Saturday night activity, she still enjoys reading essays even after graduating with a BA in English. UTC's WCC is the third writing center Danielle has worked in. She loves watching students who claim to be bad at writing transform into storytellers.
Erica Tuggle, Library Specialist
Erica is a cat and dog mom, a published novelist, and a coffee aficionado. As an undergraduate at UTC, she enlisted the help of the UTC library to help her watch every movie in the book titled "1001 Movies to See Before You Die." Headphones on, pen in hand, at a corner table of Starbucks is her happy place. Erica has a BA in Communications and a Masters in Education. She has been employed as a barista, a professor, a pizza maker, a teen librarian, worked in a haunted cavern, and many more experiences. She enjoys proofreading, but not her own work. Find her in the Writing Center, but also elsewhere in the Library in Patron Experience.