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!
Hope Cody, Peer Consultant
Major: Nonprofit Management
Hi! My name is Hope Cody and I am a junior 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 working on outlines and structures, as well as helping to perfect thesis statements. If you have any writing concerns, feel free to make an appointment with me!
JoRya Cornett, Peer Consultant
Hi! I am a senior 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
Major: Environmental Science
Hello! I am a senior Environmental Science major who enjoys dogs, music and outdoor adventures outside of academia. I can help you with your MLA format issues, lab reports, organizing and structure, creative writing, argument development, literary analysis, professional scientific writing 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 I’m a junior here at UTC. I am a professional writing and 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.
Olivia Haslett, Peer Consultant
Major: Secondary Education, English
Hello! My name is Olivia Haslett, but the majority of people call me Spaghetti. I am a Secondary Education: English major with a minor in French. I love organization, literary analysis, and rhetorical theory. I swear by my bullet journal system, so if you’d like to learn how to live more organized, please ask!
Anna Humphrey, Peer Consultant
Hello! I’m a senior majoring in English with a concentration in rhetoric and prof. writing and minoring in psychology. While I’m passionate about language and literature in general, I’m specifically interested in rhetorical theory, persuasive writing, and technical writing. I’m most familiar with MLA formatting, but I have some experience writing in APA and Chicago style as well. Regardless, I enjoy the process of finding resources and doing research to learn and understand different concepts, so I’ll gladly do my best to help out with any writing concerns you may have!
Rebecca Messer, Peer Consultant
Major: Early Childhood Development
Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am a junior 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!
Tyler Preston, Peer Consultant
Hi! My name is Tyler Preston. I am a sophomore majoring in English and American Language and Literature. 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!
Caroline Sandlin, Peer Consultant
Hello! My name is Caroline Sandlin. I am a sophomore 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, 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!
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!
Calvin Cummings, Graduate Assistant
Hi, my name is Calvin Cummings and I am one of the Graduate Assistants here at the Writing Center. I am in my first year in the Masters Program in English for Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry. My academic interests and creative work tend to deal with hauntology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, film & 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).
Austin Hooks, Graduate Assistant
I am Austin Hooks, graduate assistant and tutor at the Writing and Communication Center at the University of Chattanooga Tennessee. I am a second-year graduate student in rhetoric and writing. My passions include playing the guitar, exploring philosophy and literature in all its implications and subtle nuances, and spending time with those I love most, my family. Having tutored at university for over a year now, I have found that many students are in the exact same position I was some ten years ago: struggling to close the gap between themselves and the expectations of academia. Therefore, I believe it is my role as an educator to show students that there is nothing more powerful than someone who can articulate themselves through speaking and writing. Whether you are struggling with grammar, citations, or just getting started on a writing project, I can show you a path forward. Visit the writing center today and make an appointment!
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, Staff 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.