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
Assistant 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

coming soon!!
Brenda Solis 
(805) 493-3634

Brenda 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 is the TESOL Specialist in the Writing Center. She has a MA degree in Education/ TESOL from Walden University. Additionally, she attended Adams State University in Colorado where she received additional endorsements in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. Throughout her many years in education, she’s had various teaching experiences. They span from the elementary classroom to college level adjunct professorship. As a passionate educator, it gives her great joy to connect with students from all over the world while at the same time providing them with explicit academic instruction and English language skills to achieve their goals. She looks forward to supporting undergraduate and graduate international students from all disciplines!

Writing Consultants 

Virginia Anderson

Virginia is in her senior year at CLU and is studying English with a creative writing emphasis and a psychology minor. After graduation, she is attempting to go to grad school in the UK and aspires to become a therapist for a bit before writing articles for a magazine. She is on the Morning Glory staff (with hopes that you'll submit something!) and volunteers in other various clubs on campus. By assisting you as your consultant, she hopes to help you become a more confident and clear writer. In her spare time, Virginia likes to read, explore the world around her, and try new (usually spicy) foods. 

Sam B
Samuel Balentine

Sam is a sophomore at CLU majoring in Exercise Science. Currently, he is aiming to become a physical therapist in order to combine his love for sports, health, and lending a helping hand. When he tutors, his goal as a consultant is to allow for both his client and him to develop as writers by sharing knowledge. He also wants to create a fun, yet professional environment where goals are met and clients leave comfortable to take on their assignments. His strengths include organization, evidence integration, analysis, grammar, and theses. Some of his interests are sports, movies, music, food, and videogames.

Isabella Breda

Isabella is a sophomore Journalism and Political Science double major, with professional editorial experience at Malibu Magazine. She hopes to achieve gainful employment in the field of investigative journalism or political correspondence. She is an officer of the Happiness Club and an active member of the Political Science Society. She has a passion for the ability of the word to educate, communicate and connect a globalized society. As a tutor she hopes to alleviate the strain associated with academic writing and demonstrate how to apply simple steps to compose a strong paper. She specializes in Literary and Argumentative Analysis, APA style, and Strategic Communications. When she is not listening to news podcasts or writing articles, you can find her climbing mountains, in the gym or playing beach volleyball.

Deyanira Caceres

Deyanira is a graduate student in the M.S in Clinical Psychology program whose main goal is to attain her PhD which would allow her to practice therapy, teach and conduct research. She hopes to one day conduct research involving trauma, adolescents and happiness. The reason why she enjoys working at the Writing Center is because she believes that everyone can benefit from someone else's perspective. Deyanira envisions tutoring as a partnership which allows her to help her fellow classmates succeed in their writing abilities and learn from them simultaneously. Being able to see tutoring in that manner helps her clients feel more comfortable when asking for help which allows for more growth opportunity. Deyanira's strengths are heavily rooted in content, organization, essay structure, thesis statements and so on. Her personal goals are for all students to feel confident in their writing abilities. 

Nicole Cameron

 Nicole is a senior majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Family & Child Development Applications and minoring in English. Her goal is to join the Graduate School of Education at CLU and become an elementary school teacher. Her strengths include essay structure, APA format, and analytical essays. As a Writing Center consultant, her goal is to help strengthen a client’s understanding of their writing style by discussing strategies to improve their writing process. She prompts the client to make their stance on an essay topic known and emphasize the purpose and importance of what they are writing about. Her interests include watching 80’s movies and anything Jane Austen related.  Having an afternoon cup of tea in a Jane Austen-themed mug with a movie or TV show playing in the background is her version of self-care.

Nyle De Leon

Nyle is a sophomore student majoring in English and plans to pursue a career in publishing to help fellow writers get their visions onto the page. As a consultant, she wants to help students with their writing process, thesis development, and paragraph organization. Nyle hopes that students leave the Writing Center with a ‘game plan’ or strategy that will help them tackle their papers as well as future writing endeavours. She looks forward to working with everyone and is eager to grow as a writer alongside her fellow CLU students.


Jay Knee

Jay is in his second year at CLU, pursuing a degree in History Pedagogy and hoping to have a career in teaching and tutoring. He loves to write and is an active member of the Write Club on campus. Outside of campus, Jay fills his time with music and cooking and anything nerdy (Sci Fi, Fantasy, Technology etc.) His goal in tutoring is to reduce the stress that comes with writing assignments by showing how easy and enjoyable writing can be. Jay specializes in Historical and Educational writing as well as Grammar, Poetry and Creative writing. Jay tries to bring out the humor in any scenario and brings a serious yet enjoyable experience to tutoring.


Mary Ann
Mary Ann Mace

 Mary Ann is a Professional Consultant in the Writing Center. She has been with CLU for over 11 years as an adjunct with the School of Management specializing in marketing and the foundations course for International MBA students. Mary Ann’s pursuit of writing best practices and grammar started in the 11th grade with a teacher who inspired the lifelong interest. In fact, this motivated her to specialize in education and teach English for four years before entering the marketing field. Mary Ann is also a writer contributing articles on behalf of business clients for a marketing firm. Mary Ann originally joined the Writing Center a couple years ago and recently returned. She is excited to offer her expertise and looks forward to working with all students.

Matt MonBarren

Matt is currently a sophomore at CLU majoring in Business Administration and hoping to have a career in Human Resources or manage his own company. As a tutor, his strengths are helping clients with organization, MLA formatting, providing evidence and through 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, creating artistic projects, and watching sports.

Samuel Reilly

Samuel is an undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in management. He is planning on attending the master’s program at California Lutheran University once he graduates in 2020. Further in his career, he is interested in getting involved with Human Resources. As a tutor, his strengths include helping clients with formatting, content, punctuation, and the creative writing process. He hopes to improve students’ writing skills and help them understand their personal writing style. Samuel plans to build strong connections through the Writing Center and business professional fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi. On his free time, he enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, and listening to music. His favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Celtics.

Sarah Sherwood

Sarah is a Sophomore pursuing an English contract major in creative writing. Her goal after graduation is to work as a writer and to publish books that people will enjoy reading all over the world. At the Writing Center, Sarah hopes to help students find joy in writing, especially in writing creatively, and to no longer see writing as a chore. She also hopes to offer a new perspective on a student's work, and help them to feel proud of their finished product. Sarah is also an active member of the CLU Choir, and in her free time she enjoys writing, listening to music, following Chris Evans on Twitter, and spending time with her dog, Fatniss. She is currently on study abroad and will return to the Writing Center next semester.

Meagan Toumayan

Meagan is a junior at CLU and is double majoring in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and Political Science.  She hopes to be a published author and professor with a Ph.D. in both of her fields of study. Meagan is the president of the Write Club at CLU and has studied abroad in Washington, D.C. and at Oxford University with the CLU Oxford Program. As a tutor, she hopes to share her passion for education with her clients. In the Writing Center, Meagan believes that everyone has a unique voice and perspective that can be refined and cultivated.  In her free time, Meagan loves traveling, participating in civic engagement projects, reading, writing, swimming, and watching British period dramas. She also is that one vegan. 

Brianna Zaragoza

Brianna is a junior majoring in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. After graduating from Cal Lutheran, Brianna hopes to become a high school English teacher or pursue a career in higher education after obtaining her MFA and PhD. At the Writing Center, Brianna loves helping students with analysis, the writing process, integrating evidence, and developing a thesis. As a writing consultant, Brianna hopes that she can inspire, encourage, and empower writers by providing them with the tools and support to develop as a writer. She believes that every writer has a valuable argument, perspective, or skill set to offer in their writing which is why she loves helping students communicate their ideas.