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. Our peer consultants are undergraduate students from a variety of majors. We also have a graduate assistant and professional staff. Expand the directory below to find out more about our dedicated staff!
Calvin Cummings, Graduate Assistant
Hi, my name is Calvin Cummings and I am the Graduate Assistant here at the Writing Center. I am in my second year in the Masters Program in English for Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. My academic interests and creative work tend to deal with hauntology, Christian existentialism, dialectical materialism, film and pop culture criticism, and political science. My strengths include poetics, diction/tone, sentence structure, finding resources, as well as organizing, planning, and brainstorming. I would love to help you get your thoughts and perspectives processed and organized onto the page! When I’m not writing or working, I’m usually cooking and lounging around my house with my wife, Hannah, and two dogs, Basil and Pepper.
Hannah Archer, Peer Consultant
Major: Geology and International Studies
Hi, my name is Hannah and I am a senior majoring in geology and international studies. I love getting outside and finding cool rocks. I hope to continue my education to the Ph.D. level and study tectonic geomorphology in southern China and the Himalayas. I love to travel and I have an extensive traveling bucket list. Here at the WCC, my strengths are APA, Chicago, and GSA formatting, scientific writing, paper organization, and thesis development. Stop by and make an appointment, I would love to help you!
Hope Cody, Peer Consultant
Major: Nonprofit Management
Hi! My name is Hope Cody and I am a senior here at UTC. I am a Nonprofit Management major with a minor in Religious Studies. I love being outside, doing non-required reading, listening to music (Ben Rector is my favorite) and dancing. Here at the WCC, I love helping people get started when they don't know where to begin. I also really love oral projects and presentations! If you have any writing concerns, feel free to make an appointment with me!
Victoria Jones, Peer Consultant
Hi, I'm Victoria! I'm a sophomore here at UTC, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Education. A few of my favorite things are music, meeting new people, fashion and travel. When it comes to writing, I'm most familiar with MLA format, and I would love to help you with brainstorming, organization, grammar, and supporting arguments in your paper. I am here to make you feel comfortable and confident in your writing abilities, so feel free to schedule an appointment with me!
Rebecca Messer, Peer Consultant
Major: Early Childhood Development
Minor: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am a senior majoring in Early Childhood Development: Child and Family Studies and minoring in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, and this is my fourth year in the WCC. 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!
Tyler Preston, Peer Consultant
Minor: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
Hi! My name is Tyler Preston. I am a junior majoring in English and American Language and Literature with a minor in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. When I’m not buried in school work, I love to spend time with my friends and explore the variety of restaurants and coffee shops in Chattanooga. My strengths include MLA format, idea organization, and grammar. I am here to help you at any stage of your writing process, so come make an appointment with me!
Chance Reasonover, Peer Consultant
Major: Criminal Justice
Hi, my name is Chance Reasonover! I'm a junior at UTC and am majoring in Criminal Justice. When I'm not in the library studying or writing papers, you can find me exploring the outdoors or reading at a local coffee shop. A fun fact about me is that I've traveled to eight different countries over the past couple of years. I can help you with formatting, grammar, outlining, brainstorming, sentence structure, and whatever else you need! I'm here to help, so make an appointment with me today!
Nyla Washington, Peer Consultant
Hey! I'm Nyla. I am a junior majoring in Psychology with a focus in Social Sciences. Outside of class and work, I play rugby for the UTC Women's Rugby Club and go on mini adventures with my friends. Weird Fact: I regularly enjoy ice cream, even though I am lactose intolerant. When it comes to writing, I have experience in Creative and Analytic writing, Structure and Citation for APA and MLA formats, and Sentence Organization. So if you ever need help with a paper or just want to take your writing to the next level, the WCC is the place to go!
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 Huisman, 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.