Meet Our Consultants

UWC Consultants


Hello, my name is Aaron Smale, and I am working on an undergraduate degree in English Writing, minoring in Economics.  I am passionate about most subjects concerning the humanities, English, writing, and critical thinking and theory.  I love to collaborate with other writers on any paper from any discipline, and I like to brainstorm and organize papers, with an ear for rhythm and strength throughout. In helping you with your paper, I am strongest in subjects such as creative writing, poetry, Core Humanities, literary theory, and English. When I'm not on campus, I like to read too much sci-fi, watch a lot of movies, drink quality coffee, and be bossed around by my cat, Isis.


Hello, my name is Annie Trinh. I am a graduate special pursuing an MA in English Writing. I graduated from UNR with a BA in English as well as a BS in Chemistry. This is my first year working as a writing consultant, and I am excited to meet with everyone. With my background in chemistry, I have experience in writing lab reports or science related papers. As for English, I enjoy working on outlining, brainstorming, and developing a thesis. I have experience in Core Humanities, philosophy papers, and specialize in creative writing. In my free time, I love to read, write stories, listen to music, think about life, and find new hobbies to enjoy.  I hope to see you soon!


Hi! My name is Aria Overli, and I am a first year master's student getting my degree in Cultural Anthropology. I do my research on undocumented youth living in the United States. I'm excited to work for the Writing Center this year as a Graduate Writing Specialist and am looking forward to helping all of you out with any writing related questions you have! In my free time, I love to read and hike. I also work for PATH on campus helping developmentally disabled adults. 


Hello! I'm a writing major and Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) minor here at the good ol' UN of R. Upon completing my BA in December, I will continue on to graduate school to pursue teaching. I enjoy working with a wide area of disciplines on things such as brainstorming, finding and breaking down research/sources, outlining, organization, sentence structure, idea development, and strengthening language. APA is my favorite format; and although I don't find it nearly as exciting, I'm also proficient with MLA. During rare bouts of down time I like to indulge in navigating the web to keep a sense of global awareness, catching up on a few FPS games in my STEAM library, and playing with Nina my black Chihuahua and Meow-Meow my cat. I'm a bit of a quirky personality, but I genuinely enjoy helping our university writers and look forward to seeing you!


Hi! I'm Brianna, and I'm a journalism graduate student, focusing on PR and marketing. I'm an avid reader and writer and have self-published a few things on Amazon. I have a BA in Humanities and an MA in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College. When I'm not writing or working or going to class, I can be found with my Kindle in hand. I also love spending time with friends and traveling. I run a freelance editing business, Soloski Editing, and am the editorial assistant of a prominent Las Vegas magazine. I'm super excited to be working in the Writing Center and can't wait to help you with your papers.


Hello! My name is Cory Anderson and I am currently a Junior at UNR.  I am an English major with an emphasis in Literature and a minor in Journalism. I eventually want to obtain my graduate degree in English Literature as well as pursuing a career in the publishing world. I eventually want to obtain this degree at NYU. Until then, I will enjoy being your writing tutor at UNR. I am currently learning to speak Spanish as well and hope to study abroad in Spain for a semester this year. In addition to working at the writing center I hope to start volunteering at St. Mary's Medical Center this year as well. By participating in a wide range of activities I believe this further boosts my skills set in the writing center as well. In my free time I enjoy blogging and hiking; two very diverse activities! I enjoy immersing myself in a wide range of different activities and I believe this helps to expand my view the world in general. My strengths in writing are outlining and creating thesis statements. I am excited to not only assisting you with your writing this year, but also taking new skills from you as students that I can add to my skills set. I look forward to meeting you all!


My name is Colin deSousa and I am a first time Writing Consultant at the Writing Center. I am currently a sophomore Political Science major and will soon have a minor in Renewable Energy as well. I have a passion for making the world a better place and by doing this I take another step towards that dream. I also love sports, especially football and baseball. In my spare time I love researching politics, watching the Red Sox play baseball, and hanging out with friends. I strongly feel my purpose in life is to learn and this experience will surely do that. I look forward to this coming school year and helping my peers reach their true potential!


My name is Courtney and I am in the Master of Public Administration program. In 2013,  I graduated cum laude from the University of Nevada, with a B.A. in Psychology (research emphasis) and minors in Business Administration and Dance. In fall 2013, I had the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Embassy, London in the public affairs section. Currently, I am a Graduate Writing Specialist at the Writing Center, where I will be working primarily with graduate students and will be focusing on projects for the Writing Center. This marks the start of my fourth year working at the Writing Center, as I worked here for three years as an undergraduate. I love working with students, discussing ideas, and brainstorming. My strengths are: formatting, constructing thesis statements, research, and organization.


Hello, my name is Dave Mascareñas. I am an adult student who left the corporate world to return to college to earn a Bachelor's degree. I'm a senior at UNR majoring in General Studies with concentrations in Political Science, Sociology, and Philosophy. I will be attending Graduate school part-time next year to pursue a degree in Organizational Leadership. I enjoy writing and love opportunities where I can be of assistance to help students achieve correct format, punctuation, and citation. I also want to help students find their writing voice and help them become more confident writers. When I am not studying, I enjoy hiking, reading, camping, and trail running with my dog, Marley. I hope to meet you soon!


I am an English writing Masters student, with a Composition/Rhetoric emphasis.  I currently teach an English 100J and have taught ENG098 and ENG101.  MLA style documentation is what I am most familiar with.  I can help with major essay concerns such as prompt comprehension, organization, quote usage and paraphrasing, as well as with sentence-level concerns, such as grammar and punctuation. I am familiar with PowerPoint, so if you need help with a presentation, let me know.  Although new to the Writing Center this semester, I've tutored previously with the Athletics Department. Let me guide you down the (sometimes) rough trail of writing. 


Hi! I'm Greta. I'm currently a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in art. The majority of my writing experience is in the journalism field, though I also enjoy writing for Core Humanities and English classes. I love the challenge of brainstorming, thesis construction and organization. I'm comfortable with MLA and AP formatting, but I am happy to help with any type of writing. Outside of school, I enjoy music, food and travelling. I also compete for the NCAA Rifle team and spend much of my time training and competing for the University as an athlete. I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills!     


Howdy! My name is Hawah Ahmad and I'm a funky Homo sapien. Simultaneously I am also a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing a dual major in Neuroscience and Political Science.  I am very excited to begin my second year as a writing consultant and to assist our college community in all aspects of generating research papers. My strengths revolve around organization, planning, and thesis development in the writing process.  In my spare time I enjoy shopping, music, reading and baking pastries. I keep busy volunteering in the community and doing research with the Psychology department at the University. I am available to help you convey your thoughts and answer your writing questions. So let's chill, be silly, get work done and whip out an awesome paper that you will be proud of!


there! I am a senior double majoring in biochemistry and English-writing with a minor in psychology. Because of my diverse interests, I have experience with writing across many disciplines and feel comfortable providing support for anything, from papers to posters. My favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming ideas, but I would love to help you through any point in the writing (or reading) process. Hope to see you soon.

Jessica M

Hi, my name is Jess, and I'm a sophomore majoring in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology with minor in Biology.  Although my current strengths are in the humanities, organization, brainstorming and creative writing,  I will be glad to help with whatever you need.  Away from school I love reading, snowboarding, and volunteering at the hospital. 


I'm the 098 coordinator, and I've worked at the UWC since 2010. I'm currently pursuing my MA in Writing, and I received my BA in Language and Linguistics (with a minor in Cultural Anthropology) in 2012. I've taught ENG 101 and 106 here at UNR, and I most enjoy working with writers during the pre-writing stages (reading strategies, brainstorming, free-writing, outlining, etc.). I also work as a blogger, podcaster, and social media consultant. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading and writing sci-fi, fantasy, and comics.


Hi! I’m J.J. I love video games, food, music, and I’m a little bit too involved (unhealthy even) with some television shows. I’m currently a junior/senior pursuing a B.A. in both English and Anthropology. My specialization is in English writing.  I love prose, style, and grammar. I’m comfortable looking at any of these things with you, as well as outlining, brainstorming, organizing, and thesis building. I’m pretty proficient in using the English language, but I’m not going to pretend that I know everything—I’m still learning and building my craft like everyone else! Whatever your needs may be, I will do my best to help.


Hi! My name is Jonathan Vivet, but you can call me Jon. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center as a consultant, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet all of you. I consider critical reading, brainstorming, outlining, thesis development, organization, structure, and forming a confident voice my strengths as a writer. I am also familiar with AP style and journalism writing in general. I would love to help you with any of your English, Core Humanities, creative writing, and journalism projects. As a student with background in natural resources I've also had experience writing scientific papers, so don't be shy to meet with me about that either. When I'm not working or doing class work, I like to volunteer for various organizations, read, camp, and write creatively. Hope to see you soon!


My name is Jonathan DuBois, and this is my third year working at the Writing Center. I'm a dual major in Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research and English Writing, with a minor in American History. I consider brainstorming, organization, grammar, syntax, and style my greatest strengths as a tutor. I especially like working on rhetorical analysis and argumentative papers, but would love to help you with any job related papers, like resumes, cover letters, or personal statements, creative writing projects, or . lab reports or any science related paper. . I'm a very visual learner, so I find that I use many graphs, diagrams, and drawings to organize my thoughts and explain word usage, syntax, and overall arguments. One day I hope to be a published author/English professor/mathematical consultant. I play eight man for the University Rugby Club, and in those extremely few weekends a year I actually get free time, I like to spend them skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing.


My name is Jowi Asmar, and I am a final year student double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs with an emphasis in Diplomacy.  Fortunately, this will be my second semester at the Writing Center, and I am looking forward to helping you survive any writing assignment that you will have during the semester.  Outside of campus, I love playing basketball, listening to music, and reading up on current events.  I strongly believe that writing is an essential skill to have for a successful college career, regardless if you're an English major or Physics major.  My writing strengths are evident in English, Core Humanities, History and Political Science papers.  I focus on perfecting organization, analysis, proofreading, and MLA and APA format skills. I am also fluent in Arabic.


Hello, my name is Lindsy Sullivan. I am a first-year student at UNR and am pursuing a degree in Social Work. I love to help others, as well as write, and am willing to address any writing concerns you may have. I am extremely comfortable working with subjects concerning English, Psychology, and History, though I am happy to assist you with other topics as well. In my free time, I enjoy watching horror movies, reading Lord of the Rings, and playing bass guitar. I look forward to meeting you!


Hey, I’m Logan Miller and I am a senior at UNR pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in Journalism. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center and I’m excited at the prospect of assisting my fellow students in producing their own fantastic writing. I remember the first time a professor gave me the tools to really feel confident in assessing my own writing and it is this feeling I most want to share. My strengths lie in writing for English, Core Humanities, and Journalism and I have a particularly robust background in literary and cultural theory and criticism. I love that stuff. I prefer to focus on structure, argument, voice, and ambition within my own writing and these are the areas where I can offer the most insight, but I’m a captive audience member and I’m willing to discuss any concerns you might have with your own writing. Yes, we can even discuss AP style!


My name is Luis Garcia. I am currently working on my master's degree in philosophy. I majored in psychology and Spanish and minored in Spanish translation, graduating from UNR in 2012. I don't like to talk about myself butperhaps a little self-deprecating humor with a little dash of the Twilight Zone irony is just what the doctor (and yes, I am a Doctor Who fan!) ordered. I love reading just about anything, especially philosophy which lies perfectly between Asimov Boulevard and Doyle Lane. I am familiar with writing for the social sciences and the humanities, so I can help with disciplinary specific things or other more global issues like brainstorming or APA or MLA formatting.


Hi, I'm Miranda. I'm pursuing a master's degree in social work, and I have been working at the Writing Center for four years. I graduated with a dual degree in psychology/sociology and a minor in creative writing in 2011. I was a member of the Honors and McNair programs as an undergraduate, and I completed an Honors thesis on migraine headaches. This year I am interning at the VA in the PTSD clinic and working on a thesis about compassion fatigue and social work students. In my free time I do Zumba and binge-watch tv series on Netflix. I have experience with graduate school applications, personal statements and thesis writing, so I am more than happy to help with any of these. I also enjoy discussing APA and MLA formatting as well as thesis development and organization in all writing genres.


Hello! My name is Reece Gibb, and I am a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, presently pursuing a double major in History and Political Science. While my comforts lie in the aforementioned fields, I welcome anyone whose specialties span Core Humanities, English, Gender and Women's Studies, Art History, and even the sciences. Writing is nothing if not a learning experience, and to assist other burgeoning writers with thesis formulation, content, structure, pacing, organization, primary source analysis, even punctuation informs my own work and academic understanding. To those seeking help with citation and bibliographies, I am most familiar with MLA and Chicago. In my off hours I like to play video games (Xbox mostly), play a match or two of tennis, ski (weather permitting), compose poetry, take in a movie or read.


Hello, my name is Sarah and I am  majoring in English with an emphasis in writing and minoring in journalism and religious studies. This is my first semester at the Writing Center. In my free time I like to read fantasy and sci-fi novels as well as classic works. I play video games as often as possible. My favorite games to play are the Mass Effect series. I have a very big, yet adorable dog named Charlie who likes to laze around with me while I do these things. When I do get out of my house I enjoy taking my dog on walks and sometimes I attempt to longboard. However, when it isn't warm out you won't find me outside very often as I dislike the cold. I have experience in writing essays of many types as well as journalism articles and creative writing (poems and short stories). I would love help you with any stage of your writing. I believe that my best writing skills are brainstorming, organization, and thesis development. I am creative and always strive to improve my own writing. I also love to help others succeed in their writing.


Ahoy-hoy, wayfaring writers! My name is Stewart Matzek, and I am currently a senior majoring in English Writing with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am very committed to helping others improve their writing. My areas of expertise are grammatical issues (with commas being an absolute specialty), sentence structure, organization, and just making that long Core Humanities essay sound right. I love to discuss argumentative structure and assist people in creating well-written essays. I am an avid fiction writer and reader; I am well-versed in the finer points of narrative structure and the tropes of fiction writing. In my spare time I enjoy building and tinkering with computers, playing a variety of different video games, spending time outdoors, writing science fiction that will never see the light of day, and building scale models of skyscrapers out of gummy bears. .  


Hi! My name is Walanya, but everyone calls me Wallie. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in news and broadcast, and minoring in psychology. I have experience writing for The Nevada Sagebrush, and Aphrodite, a women's health and fitness magazine. I absolutely love writing, reading, and basically anything that deals with Journalism or English. In my free time, I like doing anything crafty or creative, making or listening to music, shopping, and going to the gym! I am more than happy to help with any writing concerns and I look forward to meeting you!

Writing Center Staff:

William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, Department of English

Maureen McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, University Writing Center   
Lecturer, Department of English
Northern Nevada Writing Project Co-Director

Annette Cooper 
Administrative Assistant, University Writing Center

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