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. 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!
Tanesha Colquitt, Peer Consultant
Hello! I am a senior majoring in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Political Science. When I am not reading and writing, I like to dance, paint, and do yoga. I recently returned from a two-month long study abroad opportunity in Spain. I love writing in English and Spanish. If you have writing in either language, I would love to help!
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.
Laurel Getty, Peer Consultant
Hi! I’m a junior majoring in Interior Architecture and minoring in Business Administration. I love dogs, coffee, and especially traveling; I have studied abroad in Paris, and last summer I visited Peru! 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 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!
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.
Shannon Sweeney, Peer Consultant
Hello! I’m Shannon, a Junior English major with a focus in Creative Writing, and (potentially) minoring in Psychology. I’m a huge fan of (surprisingly) reading, writing, history, psychology, traveling, photography, creative nonfiction and any dog ever. Any questions about literary or rhetorical analyses, creative works, resumé, or MLA formatting? Come make an appointment and let’s workshop it!
Sarah Wallace, Peer Consultant
Hello! I am a senior majoring in Secondary Education, English. I am passionate about language, visual art, music, and nature. I enjoy working with literary and rhetorical analyses, research papers, and response papers. I would be happy to help you with a variety of assignments at any stage of the writing process!
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.