Writing Consultants
  • Our writing consultants are ready and eager to serve you! Trained as generalists, they enjoy working in all disciplines.
    We suggest finding a consultant you work best with and requesting that person specifically. If you can establish a relationship with your consultant, he or she will get to know your writing style and needs so that you may gain more from each visit.

    Stop by or call to make an appointment today!

    2013-2014 Consultants

    Kristine Aggabao

    Senior, Biology

    My name is Kristine Aggabao and I am a third year Biology major at Seattle University, and when I am done with my education, I would like to be a medical doctor for the military. I am originally from Guam and I like to cook and eat. While doing cooking or eating, I like to watch movies! My favorite movie is 'Act of Valor' followed by the 'Harry Potter' series followed by 'The Avengers'. Aside from watching movies, my favorite past time is reading books. My favorite genre is contemporary romance; my favorite authors are Rachel Gibson, Shannon K. Butcher, and Lori Foster. While reading I like to listen to music; specifically country music. My favorite country artists are Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood. If I am not cooking, eating, reading or listening to music, I am most likely working or hanging out in the Writing Center!

    Courtney Clark

    Senior, English Literature


    Hello! I am a senior English Literature/ Spanish major from a small island off the coast of Washington. After recently spending a summer in Thailand and two quarters in México I have a bit of a travel bug but I am happy to be in rainy Seattle until my next adventure. Other than traveling I love reading, hiking, tea and spending time with friends and family. This is my final year at the WC and I plan on going out with a bang! The end.

    Sheldon Costa

    Senior, Anthropology & English/Creative Writing

    Hello everyone! I'm a sophomore Anthropology and English major from fabulous Post Falls, Idaho. I am a long time creative writer and love talking about English and literature. Aside from spending most of my time hiding behind a book, I enjoy politics, history, Internet humor, and lounging around in the sun listening to hip indie music. It's my first year at the writing center, so I look forward to helping you all out!

    Emma DeFontes

    Junior, English/Creative Writing


    My name is Emma DeFontes and I am a junior English/Creative Writing major. I hail from Tualatin, Oregon. I took a gap year after high school, during which I was Communications intern for the Oregon State Health Department's Immunization Program. Despite this, I have no intention of going into health care, and instead aim to become a published novelist someday (I'm still trying to figure out what my day job will be). I enjoy reading fantasy/sci-fi, nonfiction, and comics. I am interested in all things related to Japan, and love to daydream. I'm thrilled to be part of the Writing Center team this year, and look forward to working with you all!

    Nick Derstine

    Senior, Sport and Exercise Science


    I am a 23-year-old senior from Tucson, Arizona, and a second year consultant. After high school, I spent two winters working as a ski lift operator in Telluride, Colorado to have some fun in the snow before starting college. I am studying Sports and Exercise Science. I love snowboarding, backpacking, and talking about writing (I no longer enjoy yoga). I am looking forward to another great year in the Writing Center and continuing to improve my writing and consulting skills.

    Michelle Dvorak

    Senior, Chemistry


    Hey everyone, I'm Michelle. You can call me Shell, although only my dentist calls me that. I'm a senior and a chemistry major at SU, but I love using the right half of my brain too sometimes...when I'm free, I enjoy painting ducks and sailboats, swimming, hiking, and picking berries in flowery subalpine meadows...I'm happy to be at the writing center a second time around, and to be able to help students with their work in any way that I can. I'm here for you if you'd like support with your essays, chemistry papers, or if you'd just like a picture of a duck. Ask for me at the writing center!

    Elizabeth Eickelberg

    Senior, International Studies


    Hi there! I'm Elizabeth Eickelberg from the beautiful, and perpetually rainy, Portland Oregon. I am Sophomore here at SU where I am majoring in International Studies with a minor in Spanish. When I am not in class or studying I enjoy exploring the amazing city of Seattle, baking, watching movies, skiing, photography, volunteering, and being with friends. I love to write and am very excited to help my fellow students as a Writing Center consultant!

    Sierra Fitch

    Junior, Humanities for Teaching


    Hi, I'm Sierra and this is my second year as a consultant! I'm a junior Humanities for Teaching major, with an endorsement in grades K-8 and a possible French minor. I grew up in Portland, OR, and have decided upon coming to SU that I never want to leave the Pacific Northwest - except for my study abroad program next quarter in Paris! When I'm not working at the WC or daydreaming about my future travels, you can usually find me singing in the choir room, making playlists in the KSUB studio where I have a weekly show (Fridays from 4-6!), hanging out with Campus Ministry on retreats, searching for the perfect sweater at Value Village, or eating at any one of the amazing restaurants on Capitol Hill with my friends. I love photography, music, the outdoors, sushi, my golden retriever Cassie, and a mediocre cup of coffee. I am super excited to be a part of the Writing Center and I look forward to working with you this year!

    Colleen Fontana

    Senior, Journalism


    Back to Seattle U for my second year of consulting, I am excited to be a part of this wonderful Writing Center team again! Born and raised in Yakima, Washington, I have quickly fallen in love with Capitol Hill and Seattle. Despite the traffic, the hills, and the incessant rainy winters, I definitely consider Seattle, and this university, my home.While I love classes and learning, I spend a good chunk of my time doing a variety of other activities. I am an editor with the Seattle U newspaper, The Spectator, and I am an avid swing dancer. Century Ballroom is a great place for dancing on the Hill- you should join me some time! My favorite foods are spaghetti, popcorn and avocados. I enjoy speaking Spanish, wearing scarves, and playing Scrabble. I am excited to meet new people and learn from all my senior year experiences. Ama la vida!

    Arianna Griffin

    Junior, Pre-Science


    Hey, the name's Arianna and this is my first year as a consultant! I hail from the beautiful, albeit chilly, town of Eagle River, Alaska and enjoy calling Seattle my 'home away from home'. I'm currently a Pre-Science major but will soon transfer over to Diagnostic Ultrasound and (hopefully) double major in Studio Art. I also conduct tours over at the Admission Office, so if you ever see me around campus don't be afraid to say hi! I love useless information, traveling, watching far too many movies, collecting music, and spending time with my friends and/or my shih-tzu, Coco. I'm really excited to be joining such a tremendous group of people and look forward to having an awesome year here at the Writing Center!

    Elise Helm

    Sophomore, Digital Design


    Hello! I'm Elise Helm, a second-year student from the glamorous suburb of Redmond, WA. I haven't declared yet, but I'm most likely going to be a Digital Design major. This is my first year as a Writing Center consultant. I hope to support communication and clarity through many approaches to writing. When I'm not working, you can expect me to be watching reality shows, exploring the coffee scene, singing in Chorale, questioning my commitment to an art career, and buying Nutella in bulk.I look forward to working together and pushing horizons in writing!

    By the way, don't be deceived by the straightforward spelling of my name. It's really pronounced AY-leez – stress on the first syllable, ends with a Z sound. It's basically like saying Hailey + z, but without the H. Don't worry, we'll work on it.

    Theda Hovind

    Sophomore, Humanities for Teaching & English


    Hi! My name is Theda Hovind and I am a sophomore in Matteo Ricci College. I am a Humanities for Teaching major and I hope to use my degree to help children either in a classroom setting or more broadly, such as social services or in education policy. In my free time, I enjoy a plethora of activities, mostly encompassed in friends and my church community. I spend a lot of my time with the Well (and related groups) and also exploring new places, like Pratt Park on Yesler or the Seattle Art Museum with friends. I also love to read, especially murder mysteries. Agatha Christie is a definite "always" choice for me. I also love to go on walks and work with children. I am excited to be working in the Writing Center, helping you and learning myself!

    Kimberly Ito

    Junior, Nursing


    Hi everyone! I am a sophomore nursing major from Bellevue, Washington. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, and being with friends. I also love watching reality TV. This is my first year as a Writing Center consultant and I am very excited to meet new people and to work with other SU students!

    Megan Jansky-Bingel

    Senior, Psychology


    I am a 21-year-old psychology major from Salt Lake City. This will be by third year consulting and final year at Seattle University. Aside from school, rugby, biking and bouldering are the activities that keep me most busy in Seattle. When I'm home, the list also includes snowboarding and bowling with friends. I developed my love of writing and confidence as a writer in high school, thanks to a couple great teachers, and feel lucky to be able to use those skills to help other students as well as further them in a supportive writing community. I am looking forward to adding a great final chapter to my time as a consultant this coming year.

    Katy Lapinski

    Senior, Humanities for Teaching

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    Hi there! My name is Katy and I am a Humanities for Teaching major. Originally from Shoreline (just twenty minutes north), I am a local that loves the liveliness of city life but also seizes any chance to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When I am not studying or consulting with clients, I love to spend time with family and friends. As a third-year consultant at the Writing Center and a senior at SU, I look forward to making the most out of my last year here. Feel free to stop by and say hi!

    Scott Lindquist

    Senior, English Literature

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    I'm originally from San Diego, California, but I now call Capitol Hill my home. As an English major, I am incredibly excited to work at the Writing Center. I see the opportunity to help others improve their writing as a chance to improve my own writing skills. In addition to my major, I am casually pursuing a minor in Studio Art. Writing and art are interests of mine because I think that they are two primary mediums for establishing a sense of self. While studying both English and Studio Art, I hope to discover more of who I am, and how my writing style and aesthetic help to define me as an individual. In addition, I hope to establish connections with those I work with by examining how their respective writing styles reflect who they are. I believe that there is room in college writing to convey a sense of individuality, and it is a goal of mine to bring that out in my work and the work of my future clients.

    Alex Mullen

    Junior, English/Creative Writing & Film Studies


    Hello there, my name is Alex (statistically you ought to know something like 1.5-3 Alex's, so the name shouldn't be a problem) and I am a first year writing consultant. Coming from a military family I can't really say where I'm from, but I've lived long enough in Washington to call it my home. Currently, (and hopefully future…ly) I am studying Film and Creative Writing here at sunny SU, and thoroughly enjoying both (the studies, not the sun—that part was a joke).

    Unsurprisingly, I love watching films (and the odd TV show… ok, ok a lot of TV shows), listening to audio books, enjoying good food, having good conversation with friends, and using way too many parentheses in personal documents (some of these at the same time, others… less so). In all seriousness though, I am really beginning to love the Writing Center, and I hope you have as much fun there as I do.

    Danielle Pappo

    Senior, English/Creative Writing


    Hi there. My name is Danielle, and this is my second year at the Writing Center. I am a senior majoring in creative writing. Out of all genres, I love to write poetry the most. Of course, it'd be a dream to become a published poet, but my current (and relatively new) dream is to become a university professor. Some of my other favorite things are photography, very dark chocolate, turtles, and dogs. I am looking forward to another great year at the Writing Center!

    Matt Pritchard

    Junior, English/Creative Writing


    Matt Pritchard is studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Matt is an avid cyclist, Salvador Dalí fan, and former diver. He also loves to read and write poetry. He is particularly fond of sonnets. Matt is excited to work for the Writing Center in order to help students develop their writing skills and gain confidence in using language.

    Anna Roberds

    Senior, Liberal Studies


    Hello! My name is Anna Roberds and I am a Liberal Studies major and Math minor going into teaching. I was born in Seattle and have spent a couple of years living in the Midwest. I used to wonder why people choose to live in the Seattle area and I gladly took the opportunity to leave and move somewhere new. However, now that I am back in Washington, I can fully appreciate how lucky we are to live in the midst of mountains and surrounded by water (and no, I am not referring to the rain). If you are ever looking for me outside of school, a good bet is to look outside. I enjoy a number of activities including playing pick-up soccer, hiking, slack-lining, running, doing photography, and dancing in the rain. Whatever activity I am doing, I prefer to be with my friends.

    Megan Rogers

    Junior, Liberal Studies

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    I am a junior Liberal Studies major with minors in Biology and Chemistry, which include classes that factor into the prerequisite coursework for medical school. I am primarily interested in medicine, but I also have aspirations of working in international public health.

    I am new to the writing center, so I am excited to have the opportunity to work with new people and experience writing in a different way.

    Outside of school, I love to travel, play music, and read. I am also eternally devoted to my cat, who is perfect, but, sadly, he lives in Portland with my parents.

    Raveena Sajjan

    Junior, English & Women and Gender Studies


    Hey! I'm Raveena Sajjan, a junior at Seattle U from Bellingham, WA. I am an English and Women and Gender studies double major. I was born in California, grew up in England, and finished my last two years of high school in Bellingham, WA until moving to Seattle. This is my third year both at Seattle U and as a member of the WC Staff. I worked as a receptionist for the first two years and I'm very excited for my first year of consulting.I can't wait to help all the new and returning students make use of the Writing Center services while also using this opportunity to grow as a writer myself.

    Christopher Schaap

    Senior, English & Film Studies


    I'm Christopher Schaap and I am currently a senior at Seattle U, working to major in Film Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. My two biggest passions in life are in both film and storytelling. And as much as I love watching and writing about movies, I love writing my screenplays even more - telling stories through my favorite medium of storytelling.

    P.S. While it looks like "Shop" or "Shaap", my last name is pronounced "Skahp". That, right there, is a truly valuable piece of Writing Center information.

    Alex Thomas

    Sophomore, History & Theology


    Hi! My name is Alex Thomas and I'm a History major hoping to eventually pursue a career in United Methodist Christian Ministry. I'm originally from a suburb located in between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. When people ask me why I decided to go to a college across the country, I explain to them just how much I absolutely love the city of Seattle and SU. When I'm not at the Writing Center or in class, I may be at some Campus Ministry event (particularly The Well), doing community service with JustServe, goofing off with my friends, or exploring the city- especially all of the spectacular restaurants and coffee shops around Capitol Hill. I'm really excited to be working at the Writing Center as a first time consultant this year!

    Madeline Williams

    Junior, English/Creative Writing & History


    I'm Madeline Williams, a sophomore at Seattle U. from Southern California, L.A. County. I'm currently a Creative Writing major, and I plan to minor in either History or Medieval Studies (although I may decide to go for a double major in History and English). While I love reading and writing above all else, I also enjoy running, occasionally playing the violin, old movies, window shopping, and brunch. I collect perfume and hedgehog figurines. I'm happy to be working at the Writing Center, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Jamie Wipf

    Sophomore, English Literature & Theology


    Hello! I'm Jamie Wipf and I am a sophomore English Lit major from Pasadena, Southern California.Sometimes people ask me if I miss sunny California during Seattle's dark winters, but honestly, I don't--I moved here for the clouds, and I LOVE Seattle's rain. When I'm not working, I enjoy making music, hanging with friends, and reading long books.I'm hoping that working at the Writing Center will make me both a better writer and a better reader.

    About Writing Consultants

    To prepare for employment, new writing consultants take a five-credit course: English 390: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice. As its name suggests, the course involves training in both writing center theory and practice. Central to the course, each consultant writes a narrative exploring his or her growth as a writer and conducts a major research project to investigate an aspect of learning, writing, or writing center work.

    Frequently consultants present their writing center research at regional or national confernces. As members of a lively learning community, consultants continue to develop through their time working in the Writing Center, regularly taking part in staff meetings and workshops.


  • Hours and Location

    Summer Hours
    July 1 – August 15
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Lemieux Library, Second Floor

    Phone Number
    (206) 296-6239