Meet the Writing and Communication Center 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. Expand the directory below to find out more about our dedicated staff!
Tiffany Herron, Graduate Assistant
Aloha! I am the graduate assistant for the WCC and I am beginning my first year in the MA English program with a focus in Creative Writing. As the graduate assistant much of my time is spent assisting with daily operations of the WCC, mentoring our peer consultants, developing workshops and presentations, and of course conducting writing consultations. In my previous life, I graduated from Clemson University with a BS and MS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation. I would love to help with anything from creative writing to scientific research. I look forward to meeting you!
JoRya Cornett, Peer Consultant
Hi! I am a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. When I'm not in class or in the WCC I enjoy event planning, traveling, and going to concerts. My strengths include APA format, MLA format, and experimental research. If you want to learn more on how to improve your writing and feel more confident in your work, stop by and make an appointment.
Jack Foresman, Peer Consultant
Hello! I am an Environmental Science major with a minor in Philosophy. I love being outdoors in different natural environments and vibing to music with my buds. Fun fact: last year I interned at the Chattanooga Zoo working with exotic animals like the majestic snow leopard and red panda. I can help you with your lab reports, analysis papers, and organization and structure, argument development, literary analysis, MLA format issues, or just getting started on your paper. Come on down to the WCC and make an appointment with me.
Abby Graves, Peer Consultant
Hello there, I’m Abby, and a I’m junior here at UTC. I am a professional writing & English rhetoric major, so, as you might have guessed, I’m a fanatic about rhetorical theory, as well as any and all kinds of writing-- I don’t have a type! I could help you make an outline, analyze text, find sources, strengthen or structure arguments, or just converse about your ideas! I believe everyone has the power to be a persuasive, powerful writer, so I’d love to help you become more comfortable with the writing process, and to help you express yourself. Ask me about true crime, Game of Thrones, Hemingway, or my dog.
J. Wolfe Harris, Peer Consultant
I'm currently a junior, double majoring in Philosophy and History. 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.
Emma Hall, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Emma Hall. I am a sophomore majoring in Communications with a minor in Marketing. I am passionate about service, public relations, event planning, and creative writing. My strengths include essay formatting, sentence structure, idea organization, and grammar. Come and make an appointment with me! I would love to help you with any of your writing needs!
Julia Rose Mersch, Peer Consultant
Hi! My name is Julia Rose! I'm a Junior and am an English Literature major, with a History minor. In my free time, other than reading and writing, I also like to play with my dog Bentley, draw, and watch tv. My strengths are in research, analysis, and creative writing, but also planning ahead and writing outlines. I love learning new things and would be more than willing to help you!
Rebecca Messer, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am a sophomore 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!
Jaylee Oliver, Peer Consultant
Hey, my name is Jaylee! I am a Junior Psychology major with a social science concentration. In my free time (lol) I like to do yoga and hang out with friends! I’d love to help you at any stage in the writing process, and I’m most confident in brainstorming ideas, sentence structure, and grammar/punctuations. Come make an appointment with me for any of your writing needs!
Caroline Sandlin, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Caroline Sandlin. I am a freshman pre-nursing major. When I’m not studying for my nursing courses (which is rare) I love to hang out with friends and travel around Chattanooga! My strengths include creative writing, the MLA format, research papers, and presentations. I would love to help you at any stage in your writing process so come make an appointment with me!
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.
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.
Danielle Huisman, Public Services 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. Fun fact: you can also find Danielle elsewhere in the UTC Library, where she works in Patron Experience.