Meet the Staff


Scott Chiu, Ph.D.

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


Tanvi Patel, Ph.D. 

Writing Center Assistant Director 
Adjunct Faculty, Department of English
(805) 493-3042


  Writing Consultants 


Virginia Anderson

Virginia Anderson is a junior who is majoring in English with an emphasis in writing and minoring in Psychology. Her aspiration is to go to grad school after graduating from undergrad, and obtaining her masters in English. With this she hopes to become a high school English teacher. Virginia works at the Writing Center because learning how to work with and understand all the different writing styles and voices is invaluable knowledge. Virginia’s tutoring strengths are held in assisting the writer to enrich their voice and teach them skills that are applicable across multiple writing forms to help them grow as writers.

Deyanira Caceres

Deyanira Caceres 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 an undergraduate student 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.

Cynthia Castillo

Cynthia is graduating with a double major in English and Spanish at the end of this semester, and she has worked at the writing center all four years at CLU. While editing is her passion, she especially enjoys working with people who come to the writing center. Her favorite moments are getting a chance to answer a question or explain something to a client. Her writing center strengths include punctuation and grammar, thesis statements, paper organization, and brainstorming. She also likes to help with different types of assignments, from art history papers or lab write-ups to your average English papers or presentations. After graduation, Cynthia wants to ultimately attain a doctorate degree, and her research so far has been around multilingual and international writers.

Katherine Gregg

Katherine is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in clinical and behavior applications. She has highly enjoyed the abnormal Psychology course that gave her a new found love for psychology, and the research design and statistics course that has led her to pursue a bachelor of science in Psychology. After graduating with a B.S in Psychology, she wants to further her education by attending graduate school but unsure of the field she wants to pursue. As a tutor, she excels in APA formatting, grammar, and analytical essays. She listens to the student, sees the student as a writer in progress, and that all they need is encouragement from someone who has been where they are in the writing process. She wants writers to not just complete an assignment but gain applicable skills that will further advance their writing for any assignment.

Emily Kane

Emily is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. As a tutor, her strengths include helping clients with grammar, APA, as well as improving content (focused response to prompt). She hopes to make many connections over the next few years working as a writing consultant, and help many students feel more confident as writers.

When she is not in class or working at the Writing Center, she is usually trying to keep herself entertained by trying new things. Her hobbies include reading, watching films, cooking, listening to music, and drawing. She is enamored with old films (some of my favorites are Some Like it Hot, Bonnie and Clyde, and Roman Holiday) and she has a wide variety in music taste ranging from rock to classical to pop. Some of her favorite authors include Steinbeck, Hardy, and Shakespeare.  She also adores baking french pastries, drinking cappuccinos, and finding new recipes to try out.


Jay Knee

Jay is in his second year at CLU, pursuing a degree in 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.

Megan Kraus

Megan Kraus is currently a sophomore at California Lutheran University. She just began working as an consultant at the Writing Center. She plan to graduate with a degree in English but is currently taking General Ed classes, such as American Government and Mass Communications. She is passionate about reading and writing, and very excited to be working at the center and continuing her education. Come meet Megan and say hello!

Triana Lin

 Triana is a sophomore majoring in English, and minoring in both Spanish and Teaching English Speakers Other Languages (TESOL). Her strengths include listening to the client’s concerns, improving content of their writing, brainstorming ideas, as wells as helping the clients improve the organization, grammar, and vocabulary of their writing. As a tutor, she hopes to assist clients to find their voice and to develop their own writing styles. After college, she wants to teach English and other languages to people (since she is fluent in English, Spanish, and Mandarin). In her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, hanging out with friends, eating, and watching TV shows and movies. 

Mary Ann Mace

 Mary Ann is a professional tutor at 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.

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 MLA 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.

Nissa Rolf

Nissa is a sophomore at Cal Lutheran pursuing a double major in Music and Psychology. She plans to go onto graduate school in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota to fulfill her dream of becoming a Music Therapist. She is involved in both choirs offered on campus as well as co-president of the aCLUppella club. She is also part of the Presidential Host program at Cal Lutheran as a tour guide for prospective students and families. Some of her strengths include listening to the concerns of others, focusing paper arguments and brainstorming. She enjoys assisting others in their writing, allowing them to find their own voice and passions.

Brianna Zaragoza

Brianna is excited to be working at the Writing Center because she not only loves writing, but also loves helping others with their writing! Her major is Communication (TV and Film Production) with a minor in English. She loves reading, writing short stories, and watching and analyzing film. She believes tutoring is a collaborative effort built upon openness, trust, respect, and a desire to learn. Her tutoring strengths include: analysis, brainstorming, quote integration, and in-text citations. She particularly enjoys working on literary analysis because it’s fun to dissect an author’s work to discover it’s meaning or critique a writer’s technique! After college, Brianna hopes to pursue my master’s degree and possibly attain a PhD. In the meantime, she enjoys meeting new people, going to Disneyland regularly, and dancing her heart away at Zumba!