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Faculty Writing Consultants

Jared Featherstone

UWC Associate Director of Writing

Jared Featherstone, M.F.A.

feathejj@jmu.edu

Contact Info 

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, cognition, contemplative writing, and pedagogy. He is a certified Koru Mindfulness Meditation teacher.

Lucy Malenke

Assistant Professor of Writing and Liaison to CHBS

Lucy Bryan Malenke, M.F.A.

malenklb@jmu.edu

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Lucy Bryan Malenke 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, 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.

Kevin Jefferson

Faculty Associate

Kevin Jefferson, M.A.

jefferkx@jmu.edu

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Kevin Jefferson is a Faculty Associate from the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has 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 and editing; rhetorics of place, the environment, and the West; and publishing student writing. He works with the student editors and faculty reviewers of the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ) to promote, publish, and share undergraduate scholarship from all JMU disciplines.

Rodolfo Barrett

Writing Center Specialist

Rodolfo ("Rudy") Barrett, M.S.

barretrl@jmu.edu

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Rodolfo "Rudy" Barrett is a Writing Center Specialist in JMU's Learning Centers and a lecturer in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. He has worked in the UWC as both an ungraduate peer consultant and a graduate teaching assistant. Rudy's research interests include composition pedagogy, intercultural communication, and rhetorics of gaming. 

Graduate Writing Consultants

Kerry Smith

Graduate Assistant

Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith is a second-year WRTC graduate student. Her interests in writing include literature reviews, poetry, legal writing, and rhetorical analyses. She loves to help brainstorm ideas, work through writer’s block, and encourage everyone to be the best writer they can be! Outside school, she spends her time listening to podcasts, reading true crime books, and playing with her dog Stevie Nicks. When not in the grad lounge, you can usually find her at the gym or at her job downtown.

Samantha Haling

Graduate Assistant: Digital Specialist

Samantha Haling

Samantha is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A./Ed.S.) program. She has experience tutoring both writing and English as a Second Language. As the UWC's resident Digital Specialist, she consults with students on their digital projects and works with faculty to deliver presentations and workshops on digital storytelling platforms, content creation tools, and e-portfolios. When Samantha is not in the Learning Centers or out doing graduate work, she loves creating art and spending quality time with friends, especially if good food is involved.

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Graduate Assistant

Hannah Snyder

Hannah Snyder is a second-year graduate student with the Department of English. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Writing Center at Christopher Newport University, and she is excited to once again assist a variety of students with improving their writing skills. When she’s not in class or on campus, Hannah enjoys reading medieval texts, cooking new recipes, and watching too much Frasier for her own good.

Brooke Long

Graduate Consultant

Brooke Long

Brooke is a graduate student in JMU's Master's in Communication and Advocacy program. She completed her undergraduate double major in Communications Studies and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, with a minor in Spanish, in Spring 2019. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys running, backpacking, and reading crime/mystery novels.

Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Caroline Abramowitz

Peer Consultant

Caroline Abramowitz

Caroline Abramowitz is a junior Psychology major. She volunteers with the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad and Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves as the VP of Membership for JMU’s honor organization, Sigma Alpha Lambda. In her free time, Caroline enjoys coloring books, Parks and Rec, and thinking about how much she misses her dogs. She hopes to pursue a career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Amanda Boivin

Peer Consultant

Amanda Boivin

Amanda is a junior English major with minors in Secondary Education and American Studies. On campus, she is a member of BNL and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, going to coffee shops, and cooking vegan food. She hopes to become an English teacher so that she can continue inspiring students to appreciate literature and writing.

Amanda Bortell

Peer Consultant

Amanda Bortell

Amanda Bortell is a senior Nursing major with a minor in Chronic Illness. She enjoys spending time with friends, laughing until her abs hurt (just kidding, she doesn't have abs), and eating an overwhelming amount of food. After graduation, Amanda hopes to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

Keiva Brannigan

Peer Consultant

Keiva Brannigan

Keiva is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Criminal Justice on the Pre-Forensics track. She is also a member of the Honors College. She plays for the JMU Women's Rugby team and enjoys traveling, hiking, and music. After JMU, she hopes continue on to graduate school in a Forensic Psychology program.

Leah Coffey

Peer Consultant

Leah Coffey

Leah is a junior WRTC major with a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor. She is an active member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority on campus. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering within the Harrisonburg community, hanging out with friends, and binge-watching Netflix with no regrets.

Mary Davis

Peer Consultant

Mary Davis

Mary is a sophomore Health Sciences major with a double minor in Pre-OT and Special Education Non-Teaching. Outside of the Writing Center, she is involved in the JMU Club Gymnastics Team. Mary spends her free time at UREC, watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or indulging in a Lava Cake whenever she can get her hands on one. She hopes to pursue a career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

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Peer Consultant

Nicholas Dunard

Nick is a junior Intelligence Analysis major with a minor in Political Science. He hopes to join the Peace Corps and later work in the US Intelligence Community. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing video games, going to concerts, traveling, and watching TV.

Skylar Ellery

Peer Consultant

Skylar Ellery

Skylar is a junior Psychology major with minors in Political Science and WRTC. She is also an active member in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching movies, traveling to new places, and relaxing on the quad. Skylar hopes to attend law school after her time at James Madison. 

Emma Fantuzzo

Peer Consultant

Emma Fantuzzo

Emma is a junior History and WRTC major. She serves as the Vice President of the Italian Americans of Madison and is an active member in Phi Alpha Delta prelaw fraternity. In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking, reading long books, and baking. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism or law.

Madison Farabaugh

Peer Consultant

Madison Farabaugh

Madison is a junior Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a member of InterVarsity, Italian Americans of Madison, and PRSSA. In her free time, you can find Madison eating some sort of dessert, gettin’ those gains at UREC, listening to country music, or finding new adventures with friends. Madison hopes to pursue a Public Relations career that involves any combination of fitness, media/event planning, community outreach, or the opportunity to travel.

Carly Guido

Peer Consultant

Carly Guido

Carly is a senior WRTC major with a Creative Writing minor from Herndon, Virginia. During her free time, she enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, writing short stories, and watching Disney movies with her roommate. She hopes to go into the field of book editing after graduation.

Teralyn Guthrie

Peer Consultant

Taralyn Guthrie

Taralyn is a junior Nursing major from Junction City, Kansas. She is a member of JMU Nursing Student Association and a frequent group exercise participant. Taralyn enjoys traveling, listening to live music, and cooking/baking. She hopes to pursue a career in labor and delivery nursing after graduation.

Austin Jones

Peer Consultant

Austin Jones

Austin is a fourth-year Quantitative Economics major with minors in Statistics and Data Analytics from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a member of the College of Business Student Advisory Council, Madison Venture Group, and Madison Algorithmic Research, among other involvements on campus. Austin spends his free time snowboarding, hiking, and volunteering.

Lisa Jorgensen

Peer Consultant

Renee Jorgensen

Renee is a junior Communication Sciences Disorders major with a minor in Family Studies from Harvard, Massachusetts. She hopes to be a speech pathologist for young deaf and hard of hearing children, and she aspires to learn sign language and Spanish. Renee is part of the co-ed business fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon and loves hanging out with the other members. In her spare time, Renee likes to read, play with her cat, and go outside (except when it's cold).  

Gabby Katz

Peer Consultant

Gabrielle Katz

Gabby is a senior International Affairs major from New Jersey. She serves as the Philanthropy Chair for Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity and as an Artistic Director for Visual Distortions Dance Crew. She's also an active member of Maddy Night Live, JMU’s only sketch comedy troupe. Gabby loves spending any free time laughing with friends, watching scary movies, and eating cookies. She hopes to pursue a career that combines her passions for helping and entertaining others. 

Shanna Kelly

Peer Consultant

Shanna Kelly

Shanna is a senior SMAD (journalism) and Spanish double major with minors in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Shanna is the 2019-2020 Print Managing Editor for JMU's weekly student newspaper, The Breeze. She served last year as Breeze Opinion Editor and has written for the paper's News, Culture, and Opinion pages since 2016. When Shanna isn't editing and writing for The Breeze or consulting in the UWC, she spends time with her Kappa Alpha Theta sisters or reading books in Spanish. Shanna hopes to work as a traveling journalist or a bilingual reporter.

Jack Mairs

Peer Consultant

Jack Mairs

Jack is a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia, pursuing a variety of interests in writing and business. When he isn't studying, Jack enjoys hiking, playing video games, over-analyzing pop culture, and hanging out with friends.

Paige McKenzie

Peer Consultant

Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie is a junior Media Arts and Design major from Williamsburg, Virginia, with a minor in Spanish. Her interests include making new memories with friends, painting, hand lettering, or listening to all different genres of music. She hopes to pursue a career in media planning and advertising.

Nico Penaranda

Peer Consultant

Nico Penaranda

Nico Penaranda is a senior English major with a Creative Writing minor. He hopes to one day become an English teacher and to inspire students as he was inspired by his English teachers. Outside of academics, he enjoys playing guitar, listening to Rise Against, practicing calisthenics or bodyweight training, and wearing his signature leather jacket.

Megan Peterson

Peer Consultant

Megan Petersen

Megan is a junior English and SMAD journalism major from Warren, New Jersey. She is a writer for the Breeze and enjoys spending time with friends, going for drives, and watching Netflix. After JMU, she hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism.

Rochelle Podolsky

Peer Consultant

Rochelle Podolsky

Rochelle Podolsky is a senior Interpersonal Communication Studies major with a minor in HRD on the Pre-Law track. She serves as the Vice President New Member Education on the Panhellenic Council and is an active member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, watching The Voice, traveling, and hanging with her friends. She hopes to attend law school. 

Elizabeth Ren

Peer Consultant

Elizabeth Ren

Elizabeth is a senior studying Economics from northern Virginia. She is also involved in the Madison Investment Fund and Tri Sigma Sorority. She's passionate about food, and every/all dogs, and spreading positivity. In the future, she hopes to work for a foundation or write for the Wall Street Journal.

Caroline Ryan

Peer Consultant

Caroline Ryan

Caroline is a senior Dance and Communication Studies double major with an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. When she’s not running between Harrison Hall and the Forbes Center, she enjoys listening to podcasts and having deep discussions about Gilmore Girls. Caroline hopes to put her Advocacy Studies concentration to use and pursue a career as a lobbyist for education or social justice organizations.

Caroline Shawver

Peer Consultant

Caroline Shawver

Caroline Shawver is a senior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in WRTC. In addition to her studies, consulting, working as an office assistant, and participating in research, Caroline spends her time alongside friends. Caroline is passionate about feeding the soul, laughing often, and being intentional. Upon graduation, Caroline hopes to work for a year before going back to school.

Paige Sinno

Peer Consultant

Paige Sinno

Paige is a senior Economics and WRTC double major. She is also a part of The Madison Investment Fund and Zeta Tau Alpha. Outside of school, Paige likes to travel, surf, and cook gluten-free foods. After JMU, Paige hopes to pursue a job in financial services.

Monica Slater

Peer Consultant

Monica Slater

Monica is a fourth-year music major concentrating in vocal performance with minors in WRTC and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a member of JMU Opera Theater, JMU Opera Guild, and the Honors College. Most of her spare time is spent in voice lessons, practice rooms, opera rehearsals, and performances, but she loves to read, write, paint-by-numbers, and bake whenever she can. Recently, she was chosen as a Hillcrest Scholar. Upon graduating, Monica will pursue opera performance in tandem with technical writing.

Christine Swartz

Peer Consultant

Christine Swartz

Christine is a senior History major with a triple minor in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Secondary Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Licensure). She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity as well as Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, Christine enjoys reading, going on drives, and eating ice cream. After JMU, Christine hopes to teach dual-language social studies at either the middle or high school level. 

Serina Tehranchi

Peer Consultant

Serina Tehranchi

Serina is a senior Psychology major with a double minor in Anthropology and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She serves as the President, Historian, and Alumni Coordinator for the coed JMU a capella group called Low Key. In her free time, she enjoys singing, drawing, and binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

Alison Weldon

Peer Consultant

Alison Weldon

Alison is a junior Communication Studies major with a minor in WRTC. She is from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and hopes to one day live in Philadelphia. She has loved to write since she was very young and wants a career that involves writing as much as possible. Her other interests include skiing, being with her friends and family, going to the beach, and shopping.

Stephanie Whitehouse

Digital Specialist

Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie is a junior SMAD Interactive Design major and German major pursuing a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She enjoys all things design and technology and is excited to help students turn routine class projects into meaningful, professional pieces! Whether that means helping others discover their personal brand, build/design interactive content, or establish their portfolios and online presence, Stephanie is always on the hunt for new tips, tools and tricks. When she's not working as a UWC Media Fellow, you can find her on the 5th floor of Rose Library working as a Media Production Assistant, adoring coffee, blogging, taking long walks on the beach, and reading Chris Bailey's newest releases.

Administration

Laura Schubert

Director, JMU Learning Centers 

Laura Schubert, Ph.D.

schubelk@jmu.edu

Contact Info 

Laura Schubert is an Assistant Professor of Writing and teaches for the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. She has a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL and experience teaching English Language Learners. Her most recent project is a first-year writing textbook, co-authored with Dr. Kurt Schick, titled So What? The Writer's Argument. She conducts research on tutoring efficacy, writing mindsets, and tutoring outcomes.

Joan Fahrney

Assistant to the Director, JMU Learning Centers

Joan Fahrney

fahrnejb@jmu.edu

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Joan Fahrney's primary duties include administrative support to the Director, departmental human resource support for hiring, payroll, wage, and audit, data analysis and reporting, and coordination of the administrative support staff. 

She is currently working toward her BA in Integrated Business Informatics and Human Resource Development.  In her spare time, Joan enjoys time with her family, genealogy, and antiquing.

Michael Dioszeghy

Fixed Assets Support Technician, JMU Learning Centers

Michael Dioszeghy

dioszemj@jmu.edu

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Michael Dioszeghy assists with the management and maintenance of the Learning Centers’ budget and equipment. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Life Coaching.

He enjoys learning about new technology, computer science, paintball, and Ultimate Frisbee. 

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Program Support Technician, JMU Learning Centers

Adrienne Griggs

griggsae@jmu.edu

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Adrienne Griggs (’10) is the Program Support Technician for the Learning Centers. She handles all of the hiring and payroll for student employees, supervises the office assistants, and oversees the program space. She founded and advises Campus Kitchen at JMU, a student organization that recovers and repurposes food to serve in the community. She is passionate about food insecurity and local food. When not on campus, you can often find her in the kitchen trying new recipes, or enjoying a game of fetch with her dogs, Paisley (chocolate lab) and Jasper (great dane).

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