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Staff List

Faculty

Holly Blakely

Professor Holly Blakely

As the Writing Center director, I would like to welcome you to the Writing Center. We are staffed by trained peer tutors who would love to sit down and chat with you about your writing! You will find our tutors to be easy to talk to and very welcoming.

Just a bit about myself: I have been married to my husband, David, for 23 years. David is my best friend, and we have two lovely teenage daughters who are my next best friends. Some of my favorite things are watching the LOR movies (repeatedly), seeing Carla Fracci’s performance as Giselle (also, repeatedly), reading (as much as possible), and hanging out with my family and friends (again, as much as possible). One of my pet peeves is being asked to write a bio, but I would genuinely enjoy helping you write yours!

Ginger Gilhooly

Professor Ginger Gilhooly

I am originally from Texas and am proud to call Cedarville my second home. Together with my husband, we have three children (all currently in elementary school); they are the light of our lives. I am honored to serve alongside and support our peer tutors here in the Writing Center. Come to us with your writing questions!

Student Tutors

Maddie Ardrey

Madeline Ardrey

Hi there! My name is Madeline, but you can call me Maddie! I am a junior Molecular Biology major from Richwood, Ohio. When I’m not running around with CU-EMS or studying for my science classes, I love to write, listen to true crime podcasts (I love a good mystery), hang out with friends, and explore all the cute little coffee shops around the area. I’m also an avid reader, dog lover, and dancer. One of the things that I love most about the writing center is that it brings students of all different years and majors together that would not have met otherwise! I’m so excited to read your work and watch you grow as a writer, and would love to help you through any part of the writing process!

Maria Castillo

Maria Castillo

Hey, Hola, Bonjour, Ahlan! My name is Maria Castillo and I’m a senior, and in case you haven’t already guessed, I’m a Linguistics major! I take any chance I can to travel and explore, and although I’m from Michigan, I say that I’m “Latina in my heart.” My dad actually sparked my enjoyment for being creative with words by writing poems together. A few years ago, he sought my assistance for writing his missionary travel blogs, and this experience gave me a keen eye for grammar, cohesion, brevity, logic, etc. Whatever project you have lurking ahead of you, let me encourage you in Christ along the way, deepen your critical thinking, and equip you as a writer for the future.

Nate DeRochie

Nate DeRochie

Hi! I’m Nate DeRochie, a fifth-year Biblical Studies student finishing up his Master’s of Divinity degree on an academic ministry track. I come from the small town of New Woodstock, NY, where I grew up reading, writing, and adventuring to my heart’s content. I thoroughly enjoy researching theology, public policy, and the arts. Most of my summers, I can be found deeply involved in camp ministry - a setting that I believe is ideal for fostering holistic human development under the influence and authority of God’s Word. This has led me to three summers of counseling at Camp BaYouCa in Central New York State and one summer of serving as their program leader. One of my favorite aspects of the CU Writing Center is meeting new people with different ideas and experiences than my own. So, schedule an appointment, and let’s get working on your writing! It’s amazing what people can discover together that they couldn’t discover on their own.

Evan Ellis

Evan Ellis

Hello! I’m Evan. I’m a senior English major with concentrations in Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition so I have a lot of bases covered. I also have a minor in theatre which I have been informed I bring up too often. Some of my favorite things include long walks listening to loud music, the mountains of any really any state, long conversations about theology, storytelling, or best kind of tea (rooibos), and strong opinions of niche media. When it comes to writing, I would love to help you with whatever you need for any given project. I’d particularly love structure – either following or shattering it into a million pieces and dancing on its remains – and compiling piles of research into a new idea to write about. I hope I can help you with whatever you need!

Jenna Gulick

Jenna Gulick

Hi there! I am a senior Professional Writing and Information Design major from Illinois. I love reading historical fiction, drinking tea (earl grey is my favorite), playing the piano, and analyzing books and movies with my friends. I’m a sucker for really bad dad jokes, I’m obsessed with toast, and I can nerd out about grammar all day long! Stop by the center and I would love to support you in your writing however I can. Whether you need a second opinion about your thesis, another eye to gauge organization and flow, or just someone to listen to you talk through ideas, I’m here for you!

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Hello! My name is Hannah Jones and this is my second year working in the WC! Just a little bit about myself: I am an Early Education Major with an Art Minor. Some of my hobbies include, Writing, Reading, Art, sewing, Hiking, and Camping. Some of my favorite things are Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, The Renaissance Faire, and History.

Evan Kakuk

Evan Kakuk

My name is Evan Kakuk. I’m a junior Professional Writing and Information Design major. I find the most joy in life when I’m doing physical activities. I love trying new sports, despite my severe lack of athleticism. I spend about 12 hours a week at Callan, so if you go there, I’ll probably be there as well. If you join me, expect plenty of enthusiasm from me, but please do not expect much excellence from me! During my homeschool years, I hated writing. I thought it was difficult and boring. However, when I went to public school, I was so far ahead of the curve, writing came so easily to me that I began to love it. Now, I’ve been striving to find ways to further improve my own writing. That’s the main reason why I chose to be a writing tutor. I want to be able to act as a mentor to those who are trying to improve their writing as well. Hopefully, in the process, we can improve together!

Grace Kohler

Grace Kohler

Hi guys! I'm a junior English major from northern Ohio— only a quick trip from Lake Erie. My career goals are entirely based on the character of a witty reference librarian from one of my favorite films, Desk Set. To prepare for the role, I spend my time accumulating 50-cent cardigans, teacups, and old books. When I get to write something other than an academic paper, I love writing poetry— often under a tree or with a homemade chocolate chip cookie in the other hand. I have a deep-rooted fondness for em-dashes, which might be why I love the poetry of Emily Dickinson so much! Whether you have an academic or creative writing project, I'm so excited to help you through the writing process!

Amelia Martin

Amelia Martin

Hi! I’m Amelia and I am a junior psychology major from Reading, PA. Some things I love are hiking, drinking coffee, strawberry cheesecake, getting to know people, and pretty much anything outdoors. I also enjoy reading (my favorite book is Little Women) and writing. I would love to meet with you for a Writing Center appointment and work with you wherever you are in the writing process!

Maren Moses

Maren Moses

Hey there! My name is Maren (I always tell people it rhymes with Karen) and I’m thrilled to be on the Writing Center staff this year! I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, which is pretty much the same as Cedarville minus a few cornfields. When I’m not studying for my nursing classes, you’ll find me relaxing with friends, practicing calligraphy, or preparing for a tournament with the Cedarville Speech Team. Of course, I also love expressing myself through writing! As Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug,” and I’m passionate about helping you find just the right words. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Bethany Norris

Bethany Norris

Hi! My name is Bethany, and I’m a Junior Christian Education major from Maryland. I’m so excited to serve on staff at the Writing Center this year! I love to sing, watercolor, cook, and laugh. It wasn’t until my freshman year at Cedarville that I discovered my enjoyment of writing. I’m so looking forward to spending some time together and hope to be of great encouragement to you wherever you are in your writing process!

Claire Nyberg

Claire Nyberg

Hi there! My name is Claire Nyberg, and I’m a junior Professional Writing and Information Design major from St. Louis, Missouri. Some of my favorite things are musicals, historical-fiction books, cookie dough, and coffee (especially Rinnova’s frozen carmellos!). I also love to collect coffee mugs, play piano, and serve at my church as a middle school youth leader. I believe that writing is a beautiful way to express ideas, desires, and stories. I would love to be a part of your writing process and work with you on whatever projects you have! But just warning you, I love to have fun and spend time with others, so be prepared to have a great time at the Writing Center!

Heidie Raine

Heidie Raine

Hello friends! I’m Heidie, and I’m a junior English major from northwest Illinois. I love a lot of things: sushi, Goodwill, the oxford comma, Doc Martens, C.S. Lewis, raspberries, Burt’s Bees chapstick, plants, theology, and cheese. I hate: onions, geese, heresy, low-rise jeans, apple cinnamon tea, and morning showers. I want: to help you with your papers! Schedule appointments with me!

Rachel Rathbun

Rachel Rathbun

Hey! My name is Rachel Rathbun, and I’m a junior English major from Hubbardston, Massachusetts. I love all things storytelling, including unusual mediums like video games and D&D. Some of my favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and board games. As with most other things, I believe that writing is better together as a part of community, and I’d love to be a part of that community for you! I’d love to work with you on any kind of writing project you have, academic, creative, or personal, so feel free to schedule an appointment! Can’t wait to meet you!

Megan Read

Megan Read

Hey, it’s Megan Read! I’m a junior English Education major with an endorsement in TESL. I’m from Minnesota but I grew up overseas, so I have a passion for travel, foreign food, and world missions! My favorite things at Cedarville are unnecessary trips to the Rip, the lower-level tall tables in the library, hearing people’s stories, and the weekends! Let’s talk about writing, brainstorming, or your next great class essay – I can’t wait to come alongside you in your writing process!

Maddie Schaffer

Maddie Schaffer

Hello! My name is Maddie Schaffer and I am a junior English Education major. When I graduate I hope to teach inner-city high school English, preferably in Chicago or Philadelphia. While I enjoy writing and analyzing literature, I am actually not that big of a reader, I usually prefer to be out and about and spending time with people. That being said, some of my favorite novels are Light in August, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Beloved, and pretty much anything Jane Austen. I also enjoy reading through papers and student writing since it allows me to see a different perspective and hear about other’s experiences. I would love to work with you through any stage of the writing process! I look forward to meeting you!

Sarah Swanson

Sarah Swanson

Hey friends! My name is Sarah Swanson, and I’m a senior English major with a Creative Writing minor. I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina with my parents and two older siblings. Some things I enjoy are writing and reading (obviously), over-analyzing science fiction movies, jamming to rock music, drinking tea, making terrible puns, and talking about the Protestant Reformation. One of my life goals is to have a book published and a PhD by the time I’m 30. I love talking about all kinds of writing, creative or academic! Feel free to bring a draft of whatever and we’ll see what sort of magic we can make!

Caroline Tomlinson

Caroline Tomlinson

Hi friends! My name is Caroline, and I am a Senior Professional Writing major. I was born and raised in Cincy, OH, and I love writing, watching movies, singing, and drinking coffee! I love meeting new people, and I would be happy to help you with any type of writing assignment! I struggled with writing in my early years of high school, but I fell in love with it my senior year - so I understand the struggle! I'm happy to help you with all your writing needs! I'm also very nerdy about grammar :).

Rachael Tracy

Rachael Tracy

Hello, my name is Rachael Tracy. I am a senior Political Science major from Hillsboro, Ohio. Most of my free time is spent watching YouTube and Netflix while crocheting. My passion is learning and expressing myself to others, and writing is a great way to accomplish this goal. In high school, I wasn't the best writer and when coming to Cedarville, I didn’t know basic things like in text citation. But with the help of places like the Writing Center, I was able to improve my writing and came to really enjoy it. I look forward to helping out my fellow Cedarville students however I can this school year!

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong

Hello! My name is Joshua, and I hail from the beautiful city of Guangzhou in southeastern China. I love stories, and I think that every piece of writing has a story to itself. One of my favorite (self-contrived) myths about Cedarville’s magical lake is that the bottom of the lake is in fact the surface of a lake in Guangzhou. Since Guangzhou is exactly 12 hours in time difference (half a globe) from Cedarville, it’s reasonable to assume that Cedarville is on the exact opposite side of the earth from Guangzhou, giving credence to their being connected through a magical lake. However, as I’m avidly interested in commercial aircrafts and riding them, the idea of going home through the lake has little appeal for me (and the idea is also discouraged by Campus Security). But for the exorbitant costs of flying home, most of the year I am joyfully content with living in Brock (perhaps the best residence bar my Guangzhou home) and fellowshipping with some fellow Cedar-Lakers whose homes, far or close, may also be connected through Cedar Lake. This is the story of how God’s grace brought me here. I would love to hear yours.