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

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 an 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!


Olivia Becker

Olivia is a junior 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 around Thousand Oaks with the Cross Country team.

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Raquel Gunkel

Raquel is a sophomore at Cal Lu earning her degree in English so she can pursue her dream of becoming an English teacher. She also aspires to carry on her soccer career as a coach when she graduates. Raquel finds extreme joy in helping writers find a writing style that best expresses their voice. Her goal is to leave her clients feeling more confident in their writing process than when they walked in. When she is not on the soccer field, you can find her doing arts in crafts with her roommates, or relaxing at the beach.

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Dylan Russell

Dylan is a senior at CLU, pursuing a major in English and a minor in TESOL. After graduating, he wants to teach English in Japan and study linguistics and the Japanese language. Inside The Writing Center he strives to help students see writing as an opportunity to be expressive. Dylan wants to present writing in a way that is easy, understandable, and enjoyable. Moreover, he hopes to learn as much from his clients as they learn from him. His strengths are grammar, literature, and creativity. When he has free time, Dylan enjoys video games, films, stand-up comedy, and 80s rock music.

Graduate Writing Consultants

Nicole Cameron

Nicole is pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher and is currently enrolled in the Teaching Credential Program for Multiple Subjects at CLU. She graduated from CLU as valedictorian with a B.A in psychology with an emphasis in family & child development applications and an English minor. 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.




Writing Consultants

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Sam Balentine

Sam is a Junior 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 aims to foster a peaceful, accepting, and professional environment where goals are met and clients leave confident and comfortable enough to take on their assignments. His strengths include organization, evidence integration, analysis, grammar, and theses. Some of his interests are sports, traveling, movies, music, food, and video games.

Isabella Breda

Currently Isabella is unavailable as she is studying abroad!!

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.

Nyle De Leon

Nyle is a Junior majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis 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 brainstorming, outlining, 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 any future writing endeavors. When not in The Writing Center, Nyle is reading a book, finding a good place to eat, or trying every boba shop she can find.


Jay Knee

Jay is in his fourth 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 History Club on campus. Outside of campus, Jay fills his time with music and anything nerdy (sci-fi, fantasy, technology etc.) His overall goal in tutoring is to reduce the stress that comes with writing assignments by showing how easy and enjoyable writing can be with the right methods. 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.


Matt MonBarren

Matt is currently a junior at CLU majoring in business administration. 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.

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 the Fall of 2019. 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. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, and hanging out with his girlfriend. His favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Celtics.


Meagan Toumayan

Meagan is a senior 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./ D.Phil in both of her fields of study. Meagan is the president of the Write Club at CLU, an English Departmental Assistant, Co-Editor-In-Chief of Morning Glory,  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 senior majoring in English with a creative writing minor and plans to pursue a career in teaching. Outside of The Writing Center, Brianna enjoys her position as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Morning Glory and Copy Editor of The Echo. Brianna loves helping students with analysis, the writing process, integrating evidence, and developing a thesis. As a writing consultant, Brianna hopes that she can encourage writers by providing them with the tools and support to develop as a writer. She believes that every writer has a valuable perspective and skill set to offer in their writing which is why she loves helping students communicate their ideas.