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Rachel Hawley
Lead Consultant and RIDES Coordinator


303-615-1888



rhawley3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
KC

Campus Box Number:
32


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Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers



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Mateo Candelaria
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



mcandel9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


Directory Profile

Bio:

I’ve been attending MSU since 2015 whilst pursuing an English major and Philosophy minor. As a tutor, I believe I excel at helping students with big picture concepts such as organization, flow of ideas and discussing the importance of any given rhetorical situation. Outside of school and the writing center, I like to spend my time street skateboarding with my friends.

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His



Cristina Donahue
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



cdonahu3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Hey guys! My name is Cristina, and I’m currently studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences here at MSU Denver. I actually already received my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from MSU Denver a couple of years back, so I’d probably consider my “expertise” to be literary criticism. In the past, I’ve written a lot about mythology, medieval lit, Shakespeare, and British lit, but I can help you out with anything from speeches to lit reviews to journal articles. The mentality that I’ve always found successful when working on a paper is that 90% of writing is prewriting, so I will always be a huge fan of outlining when working with other students. I am more than happy to help anyone out with organization, structure, flow, or even just brainstorming ideas! I try to think of writing as a never-ending learning process, and I can’t wait to learn with you!

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Janine Gastineau
Professional Writing Consultant


303-615-1888



jgastine@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
32


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Janine Gastineau is a professional musician, former arts journalist, and self-professed word nerd. She sings jazz standards and music from Brazil and France, both locally and overseas. In her spare time she loves solving cryptoquotes, working her way through the the NYTimes daily crossword, and pointing out spelling errors in public signage. She has been know to spontaneously break into dance when she hears any Motown tune, and is obsessed with comedy in all forms. Janine also works as a freelance editor via thegrammarmaven.com, and teaches music locally.

Pronouns: She/her/hers



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Deserae Hunter
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



thunter7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Hey there! I'm Deserae and I'm a writing major with a Japanese minor. I'm from Texas and Las Vegas; I've lived here for about nine years now. Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with reading and writing. I used to get yelled at constantly for always reading during class and would usually stay up until the early hours of the morning writing. I've read a lot less in college due to the lack of time, but I still adore it. I love to read fantasy and am working on a young adult fantasy series that I hope to publish in the next few years. I hope to one day be a Japanese translator while I write my books and travel the world. My specialty is creative writing (crazy!), MLA citations, organizing, brainstorming, and revising. I love helping people become their best writers and finish work they can be proud of and so does every other tutor here, so if you have a paper written in English you need to work on, stop by! We'd love to see you.

 

Pronouns: She / Her/ Hers



Laura Kramer
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



lpeoples@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Hi. My name is Laura. I am a strong english major who don’t need no math. I also like long walks down the book isle and I fully support the Oxford Comma.

All jokes aside, I love to have fun and learn. My goal is to help all writers become confident and in control of their writing practices. I focus on making the writing process positive and lead with kindness.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



Katherine Nogrady
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



knogrady@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Hello, my name is Katherine and I am currently a Junior at MSU studying a major in English with a minor in Theater. Born and raised in Colorado I have a deep affection for nature and our amazing state! I am an avid creative writer and I enjoy working with others to help them find the stories they want to tell! I am excited to work with all writers of all backgrounds and abilities! 

 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 



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Nina O'Grady
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



aogrady1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Hi Guys,

My name is Anniina “Nina” O’Grady. I’ve had all sorts of pit stops in my  journey towards my B.A.  and have taken both traditional and online courses. I am seeking a teaching degree in English, but have been  tutoring people in almost every subject for over a decade.  I just want to help people improve their skills. I also happen to be a huge sci fi and fantasy fan. One day I hope to write those stories instead of just reading them.  I can’t wait to help you out.



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Mackenzie Packard
Professional Writing Consultant


303-615-1888



mpackar5@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
32


Directory Profile

Bio:

I am a writing consultant at the MSU Denver Writing Center & am also a Metro Alumni!  My B.A. is in English & Secondary Education.  I taught high school English and College Skills the past two years and am currently finishing my Master's in Social Justice and Community Organizing. Poetry is the love of my life, but I enjoy teaching and tutoring all things English-- from creative writing to research essays. 

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Aleah Shaver
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



ashaver3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


Directory Profile

Bio:

Hello, everyone! My name is Aleah and I'm currently studying for my B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. Alongside this passion is one I have always held near and dear to my heart - writing! I consider myself lucky to have the best of both worlds, working hard in both my major and in the Writing Center. I can't wait to see what this semester has in store for all student writers and, most importantly, I can't wait to play a role in all of your individual writing goals and achievements. 
 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



Allan Tellis
Professional Writing Consultant


303-615-1888



Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
415


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Allan Is a graduate student and instructor at the University of Colorado Denver. He believes that students, and moreover all writers, thrive when they are able to coherently and clearly activate their own voice. For Allan, the more voices that can enter into any particular discourse, the more likely that discourse will be to increase in its epistemological value. Most of Allan’s writing explores the ideological leanings of black Americans, in “post-soul” America.



Rachel Venter
Writing Consultant


303-615-1888



rventer1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


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Bio:

Hello! My name is Rachel, I'm a political science major with two minors- history, and rhetoric & composition. I'm here to help students refine their writing skills and make their voices heard. I'm happy to help with every step of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to revision and citing sources. In addition to working as a peer writing consultant, I'm an intern at the Colorado State Capitol building. In the little slivers of free time I manage to carve out of my schedule, I chill out with my dog Juniper, my cat Sunny, and my hedgehog Snarf.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



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Brianna Winkler
Peer Consultant


303-615-1888



bwinkle1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Student Employee

Campus Box Number:
32


Directory Profile

Bio:

Hello there! My name is Brianna (pronounced “Bree-AHH-nuh”), and I am a consultant with the Writing Center. I have been writing for years, and I have a particular interest in poetry and fiction. I love writing, although as a music major, I can truthfully say I am not well versed in all the terminology that comes with writing, though that may soon change. The thesaurus is honestly my best friend! When I’m not working or at school, I’m always humming in the shower, playing with my puppy and planning for the future. I also love to watch movies, and am always looking for new films to watch, although I’m not much of a peruser of television. I am also trying (so far unsuccessfully) to write and publish a novel, so maybe that will be a thing in the next year or so. Feel free to ask me anything, I will always answer honestly, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll help you find someone who does! Here’s to an excellent semester and an even better year! 

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