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Faculty Writing Consultants

Jared Featherstone

UWC Associate Director of Writing

Jared Featherstone, M.F.A.

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.


Assistant Professor of Writing and Liaison to CHBS

Lucy Bryan Malenke, M.F.A.

Lucy Bryan Malenke (she/her/hers) is the Writing Center’s liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also coordinates presentations and workshops for the UWC and serves as a writing and instructional consultant for students, staff, and faculty. Her areas of expertise include writing in the disciplines, peer review, and personal statements. 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, and journalism have appeared in Earth Island Journal, Quarterly WestSojourners, and Superstition Review, among others. Her book In Between Places: A Memoir of Essays is forthcoming from Homebound Publications (May 2022). In addition to all kinds of writing, her interests include racial justice, wilderness preservation, mindfulness practices, and service learning.

Kevin Jefferson

Faculty Associate

Kevin Jefferson, M.A. 

Kevin Jefferson (he/him) 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.

Rodolfo "Rudy" Barrett (he/him) 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 undergraduate peer consultant and a graduate teaching assistant. Rudy's research interests include composition pedagogy, intercultural communication, and rhetorics of gaming.

Graduate Writing Consultants

Graduate Assistant

Julie Short

Julie (she/her) is a second-year graduate student in the WRTC program. She worked at the Wilmer Writing Center at the University of Lynchburg for three years and is excited to be a part of the team here. Her free time often consists of playing video games, swimming at UREC, and spending time with her four guinea pigs. She hopes to continue working with learning centers like JMU's in the future.


Graduate Assistant

Tiffany Nelson

Tiffany (she/her) is a graduate student in the M.A.T. Program in the College of Education. She recently graduated from James Madison University with an M.A. in American History. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, painting, baking, and other creative outlets.Tiffany hopes to teach A.P. U.S. History aftering completing the M.A.T. program.

Undergraduate Writing Consultants


Peer Consultant

John Archibald

John (he/him) is a senior WRTC major with a minor in Creative Writing. He serves as the president of the JMU Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Club and is the founder and president of the JMU Chess Club. John enjoys DJing, promoting shows within the Harrisonburg and Richmond EDM scenes, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends. He hopes to continue doing music promotion after college and to work as an editorial consultant or copywriter.


Peer Consultant

Alex Davis

Alex (she/her) is a sophomore Kinesiology major with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Pre-PT. She writes for the opinion section of the Breeze, JMU's official newspaper. Alex enjoys rock climbing in her free time, and she is the Social Chair of Club Climbing.

Mary Davis

Peer Consultant

Mary Davis

Mary (she/her) is a senior 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.

Bailey Espaillat

Peer Consultant

Bailey Espaillat

Bailey (she/her) is a senior WRTC major with a minor in Medical Humanities. She has served as an editor for JMU’s RhetTech undergraduate journal. In her free time, Bailey enjoys spending time with friends and working out. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in the field of health communication.

Sarah Foster

Peer Consultant

Sarah Foster

Sarah (she/her) is a double major in WRTC and SMAD with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, she loves playing saxophone in the Marching Royal Dukes and volunteering with her co-ed music service sorority, Tau Beta Sigma. Outside of class, she loves listening to podcasts, keeping her plants alive, and petting cats.


Peer Consultant

Fabi Garcia

Fabi (she/her) is a junior double majoring in WRTC & SMAD with a concentration in digital video and cinema from Northern Virginia. She is a copy editor for JMU’s yearbook, The Bluestone. In her free time, Fabi enjoys reading fantasy novels, going to the movies, and learning about new languages and cultures.


Peer Consultant

Kristy Kocot

Kristy (she/her) is a junior WRTC major with a minor in Family Studies. Outside of the Writing Center, Kristy is involved in the JMU Delta Delta Delta sorority and enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and riding horses. After graduation, Kristy hopes to attend law school.

Catherine LeHanka

Peer Consultant

Catherine LeHanka

Catherine (she/her) is a junior Psychology major and a Criminal Justice minor from Northern Virginia. She is an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and of the JMU Rock Climbing Club. Catherine loves reading, listening to crime podcasts, and spending quality time with friends and family. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as a criminal defense attorney.


Peer Consultant

Amy Linczyc

Amy (she/her) is a senior SMAD major with a concentration in digital video cinema and a minor in creative writing. She is from New Jersey and hopes to move to New York City after graduation to pursue a job in production. In her free time, Amy enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family. At JMU, Amy is a Member Services Assistant at UREC and serves as Vice President of Member Experience for her sorority. 


Peer Consultant

LauraJean Logue

LauraJean (she/her) is a junior double majoring in WRTC and SMAD with a concentration in digital video and cinema. She is also pursuing a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. LauraJean is from Yorktown, VA, has an eclectic taste in music and literature, and loves spending time in big cities. Following graduation, she looks forward to traveling/ working abroad.


Jack Mairs

Peer Consultant

Jack Mairs

Jack (he/him) is a senior from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Marketing. When he isn't studying, Jack enjoys hiking, playing video games, overanalyzing pop culture, and hanging out with friends.

Peer Consultant

Ryan McGowan

Ryan (he/him) is a sophomore Political Science major with minors in Education and Interdisciplinary Social Studies. He is a writer for The Breeze sports section and a member of the JMU club Ultimate Frisbee team. Ryan is from Fairfax, Virginia, and is a passionate Washington sports fan. He hopes to attend graduate school and become a high school history or government teacher..


Peer Consultant

Megan Nguyen

Megan (she/her) is a senior Computer Information Systems major with a minor in WRTC. She is a member of the Association of Information Systems Chapter at JMU and hopes to pursue a career as a UX/UI designer, writer, or researcher. Outside of classes, Megan enjoys weightlifting, stress baking, reading comics, and drawing digitally.


Peer Consultant

Ayana Oancea

Ayana (she/her) is a junior Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics from Merrick, New York. In her free time, Ayana enjoys cooking, traveling to new places, spending time with her friends, and listening to music. She hopes to work as a coastal resilience or structural engineer on climate change issues such as sea level rise.


Peer Consultant

Lily Parker

Lily (she/her) is a sophomore Anthropology major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is bilingual in English and ASL. In her free time, Lily enjoys visiting downtown Harrisonburg, overwatering her plants, and getting piercings (eight so far!). She isn't sure of her post-undergrad plans, so if anybody has any ideas, please let her know.


Peer Consultant

Kate Peppiatt

Kate (she/her) is a junior Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication major with minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, Kate is an active member of Students Helping Honduras and Her Campus. She is also currently on the editorial board for the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal. In her free time, Kate loves to read, travel, and spend time with friends.


Luke Pineda

Peer Consultant

Luke Pineda

Luke (he/him) is a junior Political Science major with a WRTC minor from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He spends his free time being an epic gamer, writing music, and binge-watching lots of anime. After JMU, Luke hopes to pursue a career as a political commentator. 


Peer Consultant

Katie Schlesinger

Katie (she/her) is a senior Psychology major from Ashburn, Virginia. She is a member of SafeRides and enjoys running, hiking, and photography. After graduation, Katie plans to attend graduate school in hopes of becoming a school psychologist.


Peer Consultant

Rachel Tan

Rachel (she/they) is a sophomore Music Performance major with minors in Music and Human Services and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from Richmond, VA. On campus, she is involved in Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministries. In her free time, Rachel enjoys composing music, cooking, dancing, and watching Marvel movies with her friends


Laura Schubert

Director, JMU Learning Centers

Laura Miller, Ph.D.

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

Joan Fahrney

Assistant to the Director, JMU Learning Centers

Joan Fahrney

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.


Technology and Program Support Technician, JMU Learning Centers

Alex Fletcher

Alex Fletcher provides administrative and informational technology support for the Learning Centers. His role is to assist program coordinators, peer educators, faculty, and staff on use of technology and the Learning Centers space, to troubleshoot and maintain equipment, and to oversee the Office Assistant team. He graduated from JMU in 2016 with a Major in SMAD's Converged Media branch and a Minor in English.

When not working on computers for work, he enjoys working on them at home with his hobbies of writing, game deisgn, and front-end web design.

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