Meet the Staff
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!
WAC Coordinator /Spanish-English Bilingual Specialist (EduCal Grant)
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.
Graduate Writing Consultants
Cori Pizano is an undergraduate junior majoring in English. In the future he hopes to work with a publishing company as an editor for fiction novels. His strengths as a writing consultant include grammar, flow, and organization, and his favorite kinds of papers are literary analysis and position papers. He loves reading deeply to unpack different layers of meaning, and believes that critical reading and writing can benefit anyone no matter what field they are in. Outside of work and academics, Cori enjoys reading classic literature, singing and listening to all kinds of music, and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, or going to the beach.
Frida is an undergraduate junior majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Computer Science. She is not sure what the future will bring her but hopes that she never stops developing her skills and interests. Frida has extensive experience in the teacher and tutoring field, teaching people of many different backgrounds . A fun fact about her is that she has worked as a 2nd- & 3rd-grade teacher during the pandemic. Her strengths are research papers and argumentative essays; she loves seeing things from different perspectives and always tries to learn something new. Her main goal as a writing consultant is to help others find their strengths and weaknesses and develop and work on those. In her free time, Frida enjoys a variety of hobbies but you will most likely catch her hiking, cooking, or swimming.
Michael Festekjian is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in psychology. His goal is to help people where and when he can, something he can do with the help of the writing center. Michael’s tutoring strengths are, but not limited to, creative writing, literary analysis, and revision, he prefers to work on papers and topics dealing with humanities and history. His primary goal as a tutor is to help others improve their writing skills, allowing them to communicate their thoughts and ideas through the power of the written word, while helping to foster creativity, independence, and critical thinking. During his free time, Michael can be found hiking, painting, writing, playing a video game, or reading a good book.
Naomi Mbise is an undergraduate senior double majoring in Political Science and Theology and Christian Leadership. Naomi wants to work in the field of International Relations. She believes writing is an indispensable and revolutionary tool in creating a better community. In her role as a Writing Consultant Naomi hopes to help students unleash their creative writing skills. To assist them to confidently write and present their work. Naomi loves reading and writing, especially on topics about social justice and multiculturalism. Naomi enjoys working on stuff that needs a bit of creativity. Something she would love to get rich by doing full-time is Interior designing.
Pablo George is an undergraduate sophomore with an undeclared major but is interested in physics, computer science, and filmmaking. Although not a passion, he has enjoyed writing and helping others. His goal as a tutor is to help writers find their style and improve, however slight it may seem. With whatever free time he has, Pablo enjoys Tetris and various other block-centric video games, climbing, and spending time with friends. I love block games!