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Faculty Writing Consultants


Interim Co-Coordinator

Lucy Bryan Malenke, M.F.A.

Lucy Bryan Malenke (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Writing and 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. She is the author of the book In Between Places: A Memoir of Essays (Homebound Publications, June 2022). In addition to all kinds of writing, her interests include racial justice, wilderness preservation, mindfulness practices, and service learning.

Rodolfo Barrett

Interim Co-Coordinator

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

Rodolfo "Rudy" Barrett (he/him) is a Writing Center Specialist who assists with coordinating the day-to-day operations of the University Writing Center, holds writing consultation hours, and also teaches courses in International Affairs and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

He is a student-centered educator with a focus on writing coaching. He has served as a writing consultant since his time as an undergraduate student, taught first-year composition courses, and been a fellowships advisor in collaboration with the Honors College. His research interests include composition pedagogy, intercultural communication, rhetorics of race and identity, and game theory.

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.

Graduate Writing Consultants

Graduate Assistant

Jordan Marie Arnold

Jordan (she/her) is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. She graduated with a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. She also has an associate degree in General Science. Jordan is an avid reader, writer, and crocheter. 


Graduate Assistant

Brianna Sage

Bri (she/her) is a second-year English graduate student. During her undergraduate years, she majored in English with a concentration in British literature and obtained her BA in 2020. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, hiking, listening to true crime podcasts, and playing board games badly. 


Graduate Consultant

Iliana Cosme-Brooks

Iliana (she/her) is a first-year master's student in WRTC. She just graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Arts and Humanities and Professional and Public Writing, where she also worked at the Writing Center for a year. In her free time, Iliana enjoys various textile arts, reading and recommending YA novels, and slowly building her vinyl collection.


Graduate Consultant

Adrianna Ladd

Adrianna (she/her) is a graduate student in the Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication M.A. program. She recently graduated from Le Moyne College with a B.A. in English Literature and minors in Advanced Writing and Psychology. She is excited to continue her work as a writing consultant here at JMU!

Senior Consultant


Jack Mairs

Jack (he/him), from Richmond, Virginia, earned his bachelor's degree from JMU in 2022 with a major in Marketing and three years of University Writing Center experience. Jack enjoys hiking, playing video games, overanalyzing pop culture, and hanging out with friends.

Undergraduate Writing Consultants


Peer Consultant

Sarah Allen

Sarah (she/her) is a junior Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication major from North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and the great outdoors. In the summer season, Sarah works as an overnight camp counselor in the mountains of NC. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and to pursue a career as a professional editor for a publishing firm.


Peer Consultant

Grace Altman

Grace Altman (she/her) is a junior Theatre Education major with a minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She enjoys thrifting, drinking iced vanilla lattes, and going on hot-girl walks.


Peer Consultant

Sara Buie

Sara (she/her) is a sophomore double major in Psychology and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She serves as an editor of the RhetTech Undergraduate Journalas the historian for JMU’s Word Is Born Writers’ Society, and as an RA. In her free time, she loves going to UREC, binge-watching shows while doing jigsaw puzzles, and crafting. She hopes to work as a psychological researcher but has other dreams too (like being a firefighter!).


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.


Peer Consultant

Fabi Garcia

Fabi (she/her) is a senior 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

MacKenzie Graber

MacKenzie (she/her) is a junior Media Arts and Design major with a concentration in Digital Video and Cinema and an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. She is a member of The Breeze Video and enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to work as a screenwriter in the film and television industry.


Peer Consultant

Evan Holden

Evan (he/him) is a senior political science major with a minor in Asian studies. He serves as the acting President of the JMU Honor Council and as an Accountability Board Member for JMU's OSARP. He has served as both a writer and editor for the opinion section of The Breeze, JMU's official newspaper, and as a Senator for the Student Government Association for the Finance Committee.


Peer Consultant

Kristy Kocot

Kristy (she/her) is a senior 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.


Peer Consultant

LauraJean Logue

LauraJean Logue (she/her) is a senior Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication major from Yorktown, VA. She is currently a lead editor on the board of the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal. After graduation, she plans to work as a technical writer and travel abroad. Outside of class, she enjoys reading novels, painting, working out at UREC, and spending time with friends.


Peer Consultant

Ryan McGowan

Ryan (he/him) is a junior 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

Ayana Oancea

Ayana (she/her) is a senior 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 junior 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 senior 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 also serves as a Managing Editor 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 senior 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

Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan (he/him) is a sophomore Pre-Medicine Biology student from Fairfax, VA. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing sports, weightlifting, hiking with his dog, reading, and playing the piano. After graduating from JMU, Jonathan plans on attending medical school where he hopes to become a sports medicine physician or surgeon.


Peer Consultant

Ava Seif 

Ava (she/her) is a junior Psychology major. She plays the cello and is an active member in JMU's Orchestral Ensembles. In her free time, she enjoys reading, matcha lattes, cooking, and spending time with friends. After JMU, she plans on pursuing a career in criminal or counseling psychology.


Peer Consultant

Caroline Smith

Caroline (she/her) is a senior History and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication double major with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from Roanoke, Virginia. She serves on the editorial board for the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal. Caroline enjoys knitting while reading or binge-watching new shows.


Peer Consultant

Rachel Tan

Rachel (she/they) is a junior 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


Peer Consultant

Mia Vago

Mia (she/her) is a junior Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication major with a minor in Family Studies from Alexandria, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, thrifting, cross stitching, and eating good food with friends. After graduation, Mia hopes to (eventually) find a job abroad. 


Laura Schubert

Director, JMU Learning Centers

Laura Miller, Ph.D.

Laura Miller directs JMU's Learning Centers and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She holds a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Miller conducts research on tutoring efficacy, writing mindsets, and composition practicesSo What? The Writer's Argument, a first-year writing textbook she co-authored with Dr. Kurt Schick, is in its third edition. She consults with students and faculty on all kinds of writing. 

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.

Administrative Assistant, JMU Learning Centers

Lucas G. Hopper

Lucas Hopper (he/him) is an Administrative Assistant at the Learning Centers. He graduated JMU with a BA in Psychology and an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. In his spare time, he likes binge-watching comedies, reading webcomics, and exploring downtown Harrisonburg.

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