Meet the WCC Staff
The WCC has a dynamic staff that is trained to keep your consultations as interactive and learning focused as possible. Most of our consultants are undergraduate peer consultants from a variety of disciplines. We also have graduate student consultants from English. Expand the directory below to find out more about our dedicated staff!
Jora Burnett, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Jora and I am an Art Education major. I'm here to help you with your writing needs from planning a paper to going over the final small details. I am handy in MLA, APA, and Chicago style writing, and I'm excited to work with you!
Rosa Cantu, Peer Consultant
My name is Rosa and I am a Senior Psychology major with a concentration in Healthcare. After I graduate in the Spring, I plan on pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling or Social Work. I enjoy helping others fulfill their potential and love tutoring my peers! My specialty is in organization and structure. I have a knack for seeing how a paper should “flow.” I have always been the one my friends come to when they needed help with their writing, and I am so excited to be able to offer the same help to all of my peers at UTC!
Carson Cook, Peer Consultant
Carson is a senior majoring in Communication and minoring in International Studies, and last year studied abroad at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. She is happy to help any student organize their ideas, overcome writer’s block, or better understand rules of grammar.
Jack Foresman, Peer Consultant
Hello! I am an Environmental Science major with a minor in Philosophy. I intern at the Chattanooga Zoo working with exotic animals like the majestic snow leopard and red panda when I am not at class or working in the WCC. I love being outdoors in different natural environments and vibing to music with my buds. You can also catch me outside discussing philosophy or annoyingly questioning my peers in my given whereabouts. I am new at the WCC but I can help you with your MLA format issues, lab reports, organizing and structure, creative writing, argument development, literary analysis, or just getting started on your paper. Come on down to the WCC and make an appointment with me.
Laurel Getty, Peer Consultant
Hi! I’m a sophomore majoring in Interior Architecture and minoring in Business Administration. I love dogs, coffee, and especially traveling; I spent last summer studying abroad in Paris! In high school, I worked in the writing center tutoring English and ESL students. If you need help with MLA formatting, writing a resume, or even brainstorming ideas, I’m your girl!
J. Wolfe Harris, Peer Consultant
I'm currently a sophomore majoring in Philosophy with a minor in French. Most of the time when I'm not in class or reading, I'm outside climbing. Climbing is a passion of mine and I try to do as often as I can. In the past year, I've traveled to Virginia, Las Vegas, and Yosemite for climbing trips. At the WCC, I enjoy helping people develop their thoughts and ideas into solid arguments.
Olivia Haynes, Peer Consultant
Olivia is an English major who has worked in the WCC for two years. During that time, she has participated in two research projects on inclusion in the writing center. She enjoys working with analysis papers, specifically literature, rhetoric, and political science. She also likes dogs.
Samantha Lange, Peer Consultant
My name is Samantha Lange. I am a Senior here at UTC, and I am majoring in Secondary Education: English with a minor in English: Literature. I enjoy traveling, crocheting, coffee, reading, and listening to music. Need help with a paper? MLA or APA citations? Building a resume? I’m your gal! Even if you need to see whether your punctuation is correct, I can help! Hope to see you in the Writing and Communication Center.
Rebecca Messer, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am a freshman majoring in Early Childhood Development: Child and Family Studies and minoring in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, take photographs, and volunteer with organizations focusing on working with children. While creative writing is my favorite, I am familiar with a variety of writing styles and would love to help you with any questions or concerns you may have!
Kate Sweat, Peer Consultant
Hi, I’m Kate. I’m a senior double-majoring in English Literature and Psychology. I enjoy food, reading, and sarcasm, and I would love to help you out with organizing your paper or building a thesis statement. Bring in your literary and rhetorical analysis papers, research papers, and any questions you have about MLA and APA citation styles, and I’d be happy to sit down and work with you.
Jacquelyn Scott, Peer Consultant
Hey! My name is Jacquelyn, and I’m a senior majoring in English: Creative Writing with a Psychology minor. I would love to help you with your creative work, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. My strengths also lean toward literary and rhetorical analysis, resumes, CVs, and MLA citations.
Madison Witt, Peer Consultant
Hey, my name is Maddie, and I’m a Junior Communications major and Spanish minor. I love helping students develop ideas and organize their papers. My favorite topics include environmental issues, music, food, and feminism. Got a rhetorical or literary analysis, resume or CV, or just don’t know how to get your paper started? Come make an appointment!
Austin Anthony, Graduate Consultant
My name is Austin, and I am currently pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing. My fascination with writing was gradually developed throughout my life by the many different ways in which I have experienced languages: as a student, translator, and as a teacher. In 2015, I had the opportunity to provide English instruction at two middle school in Busan, South Korea. My skill set includes ESL instruction, history papers, literary analysis, and research work. Regardless of your needs, I am willing to help you with ideas, grammatical concerns, strategies, and encouragement.
Elaine Gunn, Graduate Assistant
I'm working to complete my MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing. I sincerely love writing, especially collaboratively. My skills lean more toward application writing, research work, and literary analysis. As the graduate assistant, I'm available to work with both graduate students and undergraduates. I also work with the director and staff specialist, conducting writing center research and assisting with administrative operations.
Danyell Luster, Graduate Assistant
Danyell is a Graduate English student with a focus in Literature. In undergraduate she majored in English with minors in Africana Studies and Journalism. She is happy to help with proofreading, brainstorming, organizing, and anything else needed.
Jessica York, Graduate Assistant
Please feel welcomed to come to me for any of your Creative Writing needs! As an English graduate student on the Creative Writing track, I have taken more workshop courses than I can count, and have experience working with professors to edit and publish their novel manuscripts. I also have additional skills in helping you with your rhetoric courses from the experience that I have gained while teaching tutorial sections of English 1011 on our campus, and professional writing experience from editing and creating articles for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Being a current super senior on the UTC track team, I have a special place in my heart for student-athletes, and empathize with the common struggle of trying to manage schoolwork with extracurricular activities and jobs. I look forward to teaming up with you to help your writing reach its full potential!
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.
Basil Considine, Graduate Writing Coordinator
Dr. Basil Considine specializes in working with graduate/professional students, students returning to school after long absences, and non-native English speakers (although his door is always open to anyone in the UTC community). He comes to UTC from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and previously worked at Walden University in Minneapolis and at Boston University. Past teaching appointments include a medical school, two nursing programs, and an English language program overseas. He is of Chinese and Caucasian descent. PhD-Music and English–Boston University. MTS-Sacred Music–Boston University. BA-Music and Theatre–University of San Diego.
Agnes Fellner, Staff Specialist
Agnes has an MA degree in English Language and Literature from Budapest, Hungary, where she grew up. She is happy to help with graduate or undergraduate assignments and talk to you about strategies that can help you become a better editor of your own work. If you are an ESL student, Agnes gladly shares her own experiences and the knowledge she gained from being a non-native speaker of English herself. She likes languages, obscure films, and Darth Vader.