Faculty & Staff Directory

Meet the Team

Professional Writing Consultants

Jared Featherstone

Jared Featherstone, M.F.A. - University Writing Center Coordinator - feathejj@jmu.edu

Jared Featherstone directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. His interests include mindfulness, contemplative writing, creative nonfiction, service learning, and songwriting. He is a facilitator for the Madison Meditates program.

Laura SchubertLaura Schubert, Ph.D. candidate - Peer Education Coordinator - schubelk@jmu.edu

Laura Schubert consults with students and faculty on all kinds of writing, and she teaches for the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. She has experience teaching English Language Learners and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL. Her most recent project is a first-year writing textbook, co-authored with Kurt Schick, titled So What? The Writer's Argument. She conducts research on writing center assessment, writing fellows programs, and the intersections between teaching and tutoring.

Lucy GreenLucy Green, M.F.A. - Writing Specialist - greenlb@jmu.edu

Lucy Green is the Writing Center liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also serves as outreach coordinator for the UWC and a writing consultant for students and faculty. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Penn State University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her personal essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Nashville Review, Sojourners magazine, The Georgia Review, and other literary journals and magazines. In addition to all kinds of writing, her interests include wilderness preservation and philosophy, sustainable agriculture, and service learning.

Carolyn SchubertCarolyn Schubert, M.A. - Faculty Fellow - schubecf@jmu.edu

Carolyn Schubert is a Writing Center Faculty Fellow this year and shares her time with her role as the Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian.  With a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, she is familiar with research and writing across many different disciplines. Her interests include information technology in health care settings and information literacy in higher education.

Kevin JeffersonKevin Jefferson, M.A. - Faculty Fellow - jefferkx@jmu.edu

Kevin Jefferson is a Faculty Fellow from WRTC, with a background in 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature, and a history of long road trips. His teaching and research interests include first-year composition; rhetorics of place, the environment, and the West; and publishing student writing. He's working this year with JMU students and faculty to re-launch and publish JMURJ, the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal.

Graduate Students

Brian CapertonBrian Caperton capertbc@dukes.jmu.edu

Brian Caperton recently graduated from JMU with a B.S. in psychology and is pursuing a master's in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He is an avid musician and traveler, and has been involved in a number of service-learning opportunities throughout his academic career. In the future, Brian hopes to practice crisis intervention in developing communities around the world. 

Mackenzie OberndorferMackenzie Oberndorfer oberndmk@dukes.jmu.edu

Mackenzie Oberndorfer is a graduate student in English and dreams of retiring someday by a river and owning a whitewater rafting company. In the interim, however, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. and become an English professor and medievalist. Her research interests primarily relate to power dynamics and church history in medieval and early modern Europe. Mackenzie earned her B.A. in English at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and worked post-graduation at a mental health clinic as office manager in her hometown, Virginia Beach, VA.

Alison WalshAlison Walsh walsh2ar@dukes.jmu.edu

Alison is excited about becoming a high school English teacher; she loves being at JMU studying English. She enjoys meeting other students and helping with their writing. She loves playing guitar, enjoying the company of friends, and being involved in JMU's YoungLife.


drewChelsea Woods woodscm@dukes.jmu.edu

Chelsea Woods is a WRTC graduate student. As an undergraduate Psychology and WRTC major, she served as a First Year Orientation Guide (FROG) and spent two years as a Resident Adviser in Shenandoah Hall. Needless to say, she loves working with other students, especially freshmen! On the weekends, Chelsea likes to explore. She enjoys visiting new places—local and as far as the South Pacific. Chelsea is also content in coffee shops and bookstores, as long as she is reading or writing with a chai tea latte. Her dream is to write a book.

Peer Tutors

Rudy BarrettRudy Barrett barretrl@dukes.jmu.edu

Rudy Barrett is a senior WRTC major and Biology minor. He is passionate about many geeky things (graphic novels, Japanese language and culture, video games, horror fiction, art and animation, and tabletop gaming) and a handful of less geeky things (hitting the gym, learning to cook, blaring music, and playing racquetball). His dream is to teach writing at the college level and to make a name for himself with his creative and academic writing.

Lauren BrunoLauren Bruno brunoll@dukes.jmu.edu

Lauren Bruno is a junior WRTC major. She is involved with Greek Life on campus and enjoys volunteer work. In her free time, she enjoys reading biographies, writing new humorous lyrics to pop songs, and attempting to cook. Her academic interests include technical writing and research methodology. After graduation, Lauren hopes to find a job that will utilize and emphasize writing skills. 

Maya ChandlerMaya Chandler chandlmb@dukes.jmu.edu

Maya Chandler is a senior majoring in WRTC and Interior Architecture. She loves all things creative, from writing, to sewing, to jewelry-making, and everything in between. She likes road trips, playing and listening to music, and making lists of all the books she will read when she has free time. Maya hopes to travel the globe, and in particular loves cities. She dreams of being an interior designer, a successful art and fashion editor, or a novelist.

Chris DeitrickChris Deitrick dietricr@dukes.jmu.edu

Chris Deitrick is a senior Psychology major and Communication Studies minor. He spends a lot of time with his friends and enjoys playing guitar. He has no idea what he's doing long-term, but he hopes to travel worldwide--as soon as possible.


Juliana GarabedianJuliana Garabedian garabejm@dukes.jmu.edu

Juliana Garabedian is a senior majoring in WRTC with a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to write novels and poetry in her free time, and if inspiration hits, to take photographs. Her dream after graduating is to find a place where she can be her crazy, creative self and eventually end up working for Disney.

Haris Ghayas

Haris Ghayas ghayassx@dukes.jmu.edu

Haris is a junior Justice Studies major. He enjoys watching football, and Doctor Who, shopping with friends, and writing short stories. Haris is also a member of the Filipino Americans at Madison (FAM), the JMU Filipino organization He hopes to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney, work for the ACLU, and maybe even have a short story author job on the side.

Julie HirschhornJulie Hirschhorn hirschjm@dukes.jmu.edu

Julie is a senior double major in Communication Studies and WRTC who loves to laugh, learn, and of course, write! She is involved in SGA and the Bluestone Yearbook, and can often be seen at UREC or Mrs. Greens. In her spare time, Julie likes to cook, watch Netflix, or hit the yoga mat. She dreams of being a public relations specialist on the Hill or in the White House, or hosting her own Food Network show. She is passionate about service and helping others learn to love what she likes to do most: write!

Emily HudsonEmily Hudson hudsoneb@dukes.jmu.edu

Emily Hudson is a senior WRTC and Spanish double major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She is active in Kappa Alpha Theta and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she recently studied abroad in Spain. In the future, Emily hopes to work in the nonprofit sector, possibly as a grant writer or translator. Right now, though, she can't imagine leaving JMU!

AlexisAlexis Keene keeneah@dukes.jmu.edu

Alexis Keene is a junior Communication Studies major and Music Industry minor in Music Industry. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, SafeRides, and Greek InterVarsity. In her spare time, she writes music and plays guitar, and you can find her performing all over campus. Alexis hopes to move to Nashville when she graduates to pursue a career in music.

Christiana McGuiganChristiana McGuigan mcguigcc@dukes.jmu.edu

Meet Christiana! She is a senior working toward her B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric. On weekends, she plays soccer for her Intramural team and watches MTV's Catfish with her roommates. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and eating (sometimes at the same time). She writes poetry and stories and loves helping students develop and refine their personal and professional writing. She hopes to one day become a child psychologist.

Allison MichelliAllison Michelli michelav@dukes.jmu.edu

Allison Michelli is a senior WRTC major and Communication Studies miinor. A lover of all things pink, sparkly, and cat-related, Allison spends her free time indulging in the sweeter side of life. An active member of Gamma Sigma Sigma and the University Women's Chorus, she's often found lending a hand in the community or singing a catchy tune. Her goal after graduating is to write for a fashion, culinary, or lifestyle magazine in New York City.

Donya MossadeghiDonya Mossadeghi mossadds@dukes.jmu.edu

Donya Mossadeghi is a senior Communication Studies major and WRTC minor. She is President of Low Key co-ed a cappella group and is a general member of both Alpha Sigma Alpha and Lambda Pi Eta. Donya also writes for a feminist discourse blog called ShoutOut JMU. She is a Red Hot Chili Peppers super-fan, coffee addict and a pretty squirmy book worm. In her free time, Donya loves to play guitar, travel and listen to music. She is pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, and hopes to make her dreams a reality, in the near future.

Taylor O'DonnellTaylor O'Donnell odonnetc@dukes.jmu.edu

Taylor O'Donnell is a junior SMAD Major with a WRTC minor as well as a Studio Art minor. She is involved with Greek Life on campus as well as volunteering her time off campus. On her free time she enjoys reading all types of books, relaxing outside, baking, or going on an adventure. After graduation, she hopes to find herself working at  place where she can be creative and hopefully do some traveling.​

Caroline PrendergastCaroline Prendergast prendeco@dukes.jmu.edu

Caroline Prendergast is a senior Psychology and Writing and Rhetoric double major with a minor in statistics. She enjoys flexing her creative muscles as a photographer for the Office of Technology and Design. Her academic interests include assessment practices and writing within the sciences. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to study academic assessment.

Catarina RiggiCatarina Riggi riggicf@dukes.jmu.edu

Catarina Riggi is a senior WRTC major and Biology minor.  Like most beach bums, she enjoys longboarding, listening to music on the beach, and swimming in the ocean.  Upon graduation Catarina has the goal of finding a job that will allow her to travel and experience new cities and people.


Kody SharpKody Sharp sharp2dm@dukes.jmu.edu

Kody Sharp is a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Exceptional Education. He is often seen do-wopping around campus with his Exit 245 brothers, or on stage inciting laughter with Maddy Night Live. He hopes one day to help people everywhere overcome their hearing loss and disabilities, but for now being a master of The Office trivia will have to suffice.

Erik SimmonsErik Simmons simmonec@dukes.jmu.edu

Erik Simmons is a senior pursuing his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in WRTC. He is a proud brother of Phi Sigma Pi, the honors fraternity, and the assistant head coach of the Harrisonburg High School wrestling team. His hobbies and passions involve sports, reading, and the less generic activity of intentionally positively influencing everyone he meets. Erik is an avid writer, with a passion for the humanities and liberal arts.

Kinzie StanleyKinzie Stanley stanlekw@dukes.jmu.edu

Kinzie Stanley is a senior currently pursuing degrees in Media Arts & Design, and WRTC. After graduating, she hopes to continue her studies in graduate school or law school. In the future, Kinzie would like to be a writer in some capacity, whether as a journalist, a political speechwriter, or a screenwriter. In her free time, Kinzie enjoys cooking, yoga, reading, blogging, kickboxing, hiking, and pretty much any other outdoor activity.

Katie UtneKatie Utne utnekl@dukes.jmu.edu

Katie Utne is a junior WRTC and German double major. She enjoys running and is a member of JMU's Club Cross Country and Track team. In her spare time, she can be found hanging with friends or reading (probably one of the Harry Potter books in German). After graduation, she hopes to become an editor for a book publishing company.

Mo WaldmanMo Waldman waldmamm@dukes.jmu.edu

Monique Waldman is a sophomore majoring in Biotechnology, in the process of declaring a minor in WRTC. She also works for UREC’s Adventure program at the High Ropes Course and as an Adventure Trip Leader. She spends her free time singing and playing the ukulele, climbing rocks, skiing, and other various means of enjoying the great outdoors. She intends to obtain her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering to research autoimmune diseases. 

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Dr. Kurt SchickKurt Schick, Ph.D. schickke@jmu.edu

Director, JMU Learning Centers
Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication

Kurt Schick leads JMU's Learning Centers, teaches courses in WRTC, and consults with any faculty who write or teach writing.

Adrienne GriggsAdrienne Griggs griggsae@jmu.edu

Adrienne Griggs is the Administrative Assistant for the Learning Centers. She is a proud JMU alum who graduated in 2010. After working for the Capital Area Food Bank, she escaped the hustle and bustle of northern Virginia and moved to Texas. She spent a year interning at World Hunger Relief farm in Waco and returned to the valley because she missed the mountains.

Hall of Fame: Tutors who have left their mark on the center

Stephen Briggs - Faculty Fellow, 2013 - 2014

Lauren DiRuggiero - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Jennifer Eyring - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Justin Grandinetti - Graduate Assistant, 2013 - 2014

Alice Koganova - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Kelly Reetz - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Kellie Waryn - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Drew Watt - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014

Daniel Zimmerman - Graduate Assistant, 2013 - 2014

Emiline Buhler - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2014

Haley Cline - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014

Kellie Harlow - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014

Eric LaFreniere - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2014

Kirstyn Nutter - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014

Kristin Gatti - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014

Taylor Hudson - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014

Adrian Jarvis - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014

Alexa Livezey - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014

Anders Bruce - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Megan Brenneman - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Michael Farnsworth - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Alex Husband - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Gwen Kirby - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Prabin Lama - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Reba Leiding - MLS - Faculty Fellow, 2012 - 2013

Melissa Psallidas - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Lindsay Ragole - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Christie White - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Andrea Costello - Peer Tutor, 2013

Nathan Gallagher - Peer Tutor, 2013

Katie Grube - Peer Tutor, 2013

Michele Patena - Peer Tutor, 2013

Lindsay Vormack - Peer Tutor, 2013

Carly Botero - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Camille Corum - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Brooke Covington - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Kara Myren - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Sarah Stacy - Peer Tutor, 2011- 2013

Brooke Elliot - Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2013

Elysia Balavage - Graduate Assistant, 2010 - 2012

Kathy Clarke, MLS - Faculty Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Catherine Elsby - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Kate Kessler, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Erin Lambert Hartman, M.F.A. - Faculty Consultant and Faculty Fellow, 2006 - 2008 and 2011 - 2012

Genevieve LeFranc - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Paul Loman - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2010 - 2012

Olivia Mankowski - Peer Tutor, Writing Fellow, and Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2012

Jennelle Martin - Peer Tutor, 2007-2008, 2011-2012

Evan McGrew - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Sam Nowak - Writing Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Justin Thurston - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2008 - 2012

Courtney Wood - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Ian Woods - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Erica Holsclaw - Peer Tutor, 2012

Kaitlyn Schmit - Peer Tutor, 2012

Spencer Adams - Peer Tutor, 2012

Beth Burghardt - Peer Tutor, 2012

Michael Critzer - Graduate Assistant, 2010 - 2011

Brittany Hinton - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Karen McDonnell, M.A. - Professional Consultant, 2006 - 2011

Andrea Smith - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Amy Sullivan - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Martin Steger - Peer Tutor, 2009 - 2011

Mark Thomas, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2009 - 2011

Julia Cavalieri - Peer Tutor, 2011

Caitlin Lee - Peer Tutor, 2011

Chris Richardson - Peer Tutor, 2011

Melissa Sherrill - Peer Tutor, 2011

Phillip Smith - Peer Tutor, 2011

Tiffany Bryant - Graduate Assistant, 2009 - 2010

Mike Kern - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2008 - 2010

Michelle Williamson - Graduate Assistant, 2009 - 2010

Doug Zimmerman - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2010

Barbara Brennan - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2009

Amy Drewes - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Michael Moghtader, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2008 - 2009

Christina Wulf - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2009

Patti Ro - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Alicia Wendt - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Beth Browning - Graduate Assistant, 2007 - 2008

John Erdos - Graduate Assistant, 2007 - 2008

Ginny Ficker - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2008

Geraldine Poppke Suter - Graduate Assistant, 2006 - 2007

Kathy Fisher, M.A., 2001-2005

Bob Levy, M.A., 1999-2001

Tu Phillips, 1998-1999

Esther Stenson, M.A., 1995-2007

Mary McMurray, M.A., 1977-1998

Nancy Farrar, M.A., 1976-2006

Betty Hoskins, M.A., 1974-2008