Meet the Staff

Introducing, The Writing Center staff! Since clients have the option to choose specialized consultants for appointments, we wanted to provide information about our current employees. The Writing Center aims to diversify consultant majors, backgrounds, and levels of education, but all of them are trained and qualified to provide effective feedback in writing skills and the writing process. For the first couple of sessions, we suggest meeting with different consultants so that you can find the best one for you!


Scott Chiu, Ph.D.

Writing Center Director
Associate Professor, Department of English
(805) 493-3785


Rona Koe

Writing Center Assistant Director
(805) 493-3042

Rona is the Assistant Director of The Writing Center. She has an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has an extensive background in teaching and serving as Academic Director at various universities, community colleges, and language schools around California and abroad in the last few decades. In her masters program, she enjoyed the areas of the teaching of writing and sociolinguistics the most. Rona is also passionate about her cultural non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture. 

Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator

Brenda Solis 
(805) 493-3634

Brenda (she/her/hers) is the Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator and Spanish/English Bilingual Specialist. She holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from California State University, Northridge. Her knowledge of linguistics and TESL theory and methodology has helped her assist students understand language structures and context. Brenda has mostly worked with high school and college students both as a tutor and as an English as a Second Language (ESL) adjunct professor. She has a passion for linguistics and an affinity to learn about the many different disciplines within a university. Brenda thrives in an environment that fosters the growth, development and ultimately, the success of students.

TESOL Specialist

Tammy Whitlow
(805) 493-3257

Tammy (she/her/hers) is the TESOL Specialist in The Writing Center who earned her bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University where she majored in interdisciplinary studies/reading. She also earned a MA degree in education/TESOL from Walden University and went on to receive other endorsements to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students from Adams State University in Colorado. Throughout her many years in education, her experiences range from the elementary and middle school classroom to college adjunct professorship. As a passionate educator, it gives her great joy to build relationships with students from all over the world while at the same time providing them with explicit instruction in critical reading, academic writing, and pronunciation instruction. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with family, cultivating her backyard garden, studying African American history, practicing calligraphy, and enjoying a nice cup of tea. Tammy looks forward to supporting undergraduate and graduate international students and any other student at Cal Lutheran University!



Graduate Writing Consultants 

Jay Knee

Jay (he/him/his) graduated cum laude from CLU with a degree in history pedagogy. He is currently a student teaching and enrolled in CLU’s credentialing program and is working towards being a full time high school social science teacher. His tutoring focus is on grammar, thesis statements, and essay organization as well as ensuring everyone is comfortable and relaxed in their session. His goal in a session is to eliminate and sooth writing stresses. In his free time, Jay writes poetry, plays video games, and fishes wherever and whenever he can.

Samuel Reilly

Samuel (he/him/his) graduated from CLU in business administration with an emphasis in management. He is currently enrolled as an MBA student at CLU. As a tutor, his strengths include helping clients with MLA and APA formatting, content, and punctuation. He hopes to improve students’ writing skills and help them understand their personal writing style. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, dominating in his friends’ 2k league, and hanging out with his girlfriend. His favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Celtics.

Writing Consultants 

Olivia Becker
Olivia (she/her/hers) is a senior double-majoring in psychology and Spanish with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She interned teaching English in a bilingual school when she studied abroad in Spain and realized she wants to pursue teaching in other countries after graduation. Her favorite thing about tutoring writing is making a daunting assignment less intimidating by breaking it up into bite-sized tasks. She is also relieved to have finally found an outlet where being a grammar stickler is helpful. In her free time, Olivia enjoys soaking up the sun by going to the beach, hiking, and running with the Cross Country team. Her favorite book is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. She enjoys watching rom-coms and Disney movies, and her spirit animal is a cheetah.
Isabella Breda

Isabella (she/her/hers) is a senior double majoring in political science and communication with plans to become an international correspondent for a U.S. news organization. She specializes in APA style, research and argumentative papers, journalistic and strategic communications. Using a holistic approach, she aims to help writers learn to build strong thesis statements and develop universal organizational tools in their writing practice. When she is not editing The Echo, Isabella can be found on the beach or on a trail in the mountains.

Nyle De Leon

Nyle (she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in English with a communication minor. After college, she plans to pursue a career in publishing to help fellow writers get their stories onto the page. As a consultant, Nyle wants to help students with brainstorming, analysis, and paragraph organization. She hopes that students leave their sessions with a ‘game plan’ that will help them better tackle their papers as well as future writing projects. In her free time, Nyle can be found drawing, playing video games, and trying every boba place she can find.

Matt MonBarren

Matt (he/him/his) is currently a senior at CLU majoring in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. As a tutor, his strengths are helping clients with organization, MLA formatting, providing evidence, and the writing process. He wants to have clients walk away from appointments feeling accomplished and like they can turn in a strong, completed paper. Matt wants to help teach clients the tools they can use to improve their writing and feel more confident when turning in writing assignments. Outside of The Writing Center, he enjoys listening to music and creating art.