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Meet our Rhetoric and Writing Center Consultants

Alyssa Minney

Alyssa Minney

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

Alyssa is a junior, undergraduate English major and a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. After college, she wants to be hired at a publishing house to edit novels, magazines or other forms of fiction literature. Her best areas of prowess include word choice, grammar, spelling, punctuation and organization. She works well with all student majors, but her focus is analysis papers of the humanities and works of fiction (short stories, poetry, etc).

Ashley Cox

Ashley Cox

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, APA

Ashley is a junior, undergraduate Elementary Education major. She hopes to become a teacher with an emphasis on working with students with disabilities. She also has a heart to work with non-profits. Ashley’s strengths include organization, sentence structure, APA formatting, creativity and research writing. She enjoys working with all students and particularly those who are struggling in school.

Bryana Kay

Bryana Kay

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Bryana is a sophomore English Writing major minoring in Psychology. She has a health and wellness instagram which she hopes to continue growing and also plans to pursue ministry and global missions. She can't wait to help in whatever areas of writing you need. Bryana is ready to be of service in a nurturing, communicative fashion! Her strengths include spelling, grammar, paragraph structure and obtaining strong word choices.

Caleb Vivanco

Caleb Vivanco

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Caleb is a junior, undergraduate environmental science major. He is a global student from southern Mexico, where he grew up as a missionary kid. He enjoys playing music, drawing, soccer, videography, the outdoors and learning about technology. Caleb's strengths in writing are academic voice, grammar, spelling, sentence structure and word choice.

Cameron Bascombe

Cameron Bascombe

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Cameron is a junior/senior, transfer student studying English with a Creative Writing focus. As a member of the First Generation Scholarship Program, Cameron understands the troubles of navigating college expectations in and out of the classroom without any prior knowledge of them. She excels in grammar and creative writing assignments, and she would love to work with anyone who is looking for helpful tips/suggestions or who isn’t quite as confident as they would like to be in their writing.

Carissa Burns

Carissa Burns

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Carissa is a junior, earning her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She hopes to continue to graduate school and become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember and looks forward to connecting with students and sharing her passion for words. Carissa loves thinking creatively and enjoys grammar and transitions. While she is happy to work with any student, Carissa specializes in the writing style of humanities prompts.

Dahria Messina

Dahria Messina

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

Dahria is a senior majoring in English-writing and minoring in Journalism. She is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute and grew up in New England. As an aspiring journalist, Dahria hopes to help others find their voices and tell their stories. She is happy to help with clarity, syntax and structure, and she is proficient in Turabian formatting.

Daniel Onoe

Daniel Onoe

Focus Areas: Alumni, APA

Daniel is a recent Biola graduate from the psychology department. He is a global student from Brazil and grew up as a missionary kid in Thailand where he hopes to one day return and serve in the mental health field. His strengths in writing include strong organization, grammar, word choice and research-based writing. He enjoys working with multilingual students and is familiar with the obstacles of learning English as a second language.

Emily Bontrager

Emily Bontrager

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Emily Bontrager is a junior undergraduate student at Biola University. She is studying English Writing with hopes of becoming a journalist. She enjoys playing soccer, practicing speaking French, painting and writing creative pieces. Emily's strengths include developing and critiquing organization, citing in MLA format and the editing of creative or research-based writing.

Emily Finnell

Emily Finnell

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Emily is an Undergraduate English Major in the Torrey Honors Institute. She hopes to use her interest in writing in the future to become an editor of fiction works at a publishing house. Her strengths include idea organization, sentence structure, quote integration and general editing. Emily is happy to work with writers through any step of their paper's journey.

Ethan Kao

Ethan Kao

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Ethan is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in English and minoring in TESOL. He grew up speaking English and Mandarin, and hopes to teach English in the future. His strengths include grammar and clarity, but he is willing to work with all writing needs.

Eyob Zewdie

Eyob Zewdie

Focus Areas: Graduate, Chicago/Turabian

Eyob is a graduate student at Talbot. He got a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and is now pursuing an Master of Arts in the same subject. He really enjoys working with writers of all backgrounds and experiences. Whether helping with basics for a freshman English class, or giving suggestions for a conference paper submission, he's excited to share the knowledge and resources he has collected over the years, once being the one discovering how to do these things.

Grace Hwang

Grace Hwang

Focus Area: Graduate

Grace is a third-year graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Anthropology from Wheaton College. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity in Spiritual Formation at Talbot. Current items on her bucket list include exploring an alpaca farm and mastering the art of macaroons. Grace’s strengths lie in structuring arguments as well as refining word choice and grammar. She has also worked extensively with theological research papers, literary analysis essays, ethnographies and creative nonfiction.

Haneen Razzouk

Haneen Razzouk

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Haneen is a sophomore undergraduate Political Science major in the Torrey Honors Institute. She desires to pursue law school and hopes to one day have a political career. Some of her strong suits include punctuation, grammar, clarity, working with international students, helping English language learners, creative writing and papers in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

Ian Spears

Ian Spears

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, APA, Chicago/Turabian

Ian Spears is a senior political science major at Biola University. He is currently studying in the Torrey Honors Institute. Ian enjoys going to the beach, listening to Kendrick Lamar and reading in his spare time. Ian’s strengths are in developing central claims and thesis statements, and refining sentences and arguments. He can also provide assistance with proper Turabian formatting.

Isaac Guarisco

Isaac Guarisco

Focus Areas: Graduate, Chicago/Turabian

Isaac is pursuing an Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Apologetics, minoring in Biblical Greek. Beside reading works of theological and philosophical significance, Isaac regularly reads various works of literature and poetry. Among his favorite authors are Kipling, Hemingway, Orwell, Lewis, Camus and Kierkegaard. Isaac's greatest writing strengths are found within the scope of research papers and argumentative/persuasive works, and he is well-practiced in Chicago/Turabian formatting. Whatever the prompt, he is especially inclined towards working with the writer to envision and grasp the big idea of their project, working from there to continually refine each draft with creativity and precision.

Jared Sumners

Jared Sumners

Focus Areas: Graduate, MLA

Jared is a graduate student in education. As an undergraduate English major, he ran the Biola Writer's Workshop and won the William Shanebeck Award for Excellence in Writing. He's prepared to help with any paper and has particular strengths in usage, clarity and argument.

Jennifer Moua

Jennifer Moua

Focus Areas: Graduate, APA

Jennifer is a graduate student pursuing her Master of Arts in TESOL. She was born into a Hmong family but has been going to a Japanese church for about ten years. She can speak Japanese and has experience working with international students. She taught in Japan for about two and a half years and hopes to go back and serve. Her strengths are working on the general flow of the essay, brainstorming, revising and editing. Jennifer enjoys drinking tea and coffee with friends, hiking, playing Japanese worship and going to hot springs.

Joel Novick

Joel Novick

Focus Areas: Graduate, Chicago/Turabian

Joel is a third year graduate student at the Institute of Spiritual Formation (ISF) at Talbot School of Theology. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington College (2014), and his Master of Arts in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology (2017). Joel enjoys playing tennis, exploring new places and reading C.S. Lewis. Joel's strengths are in developing clear arguments, word usage and enhancing the general flow of a written work.

Josh Fang

Josh Fang

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, APA

Joshua is a senior Elementary Education major student. He is a Global Student who grew up in China and speaks conversational Chinese. Joshua's strengths include writing clear, well-organized papers with good logic and cohesion. He enjoys expressing ideas in concise and easily understood ways. Joshua is also familiar with engineering and science as he transferred from a Biomedical Engineering program at a university in Hong Kong.

Jules Muncherian

Jules Muncherian

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

Jules is a sophomore, undergraduate Biological Sciences: Secondary Instruction major in the Torrey Honors Institute. She hopes to become a high school biology teacher after graduating and to possibly pursue a Masters in Education. Her strengths include organization, spelling, diction and research-based writing. She loves working one-on-one with students and encouraging others in their academic success.

Kaleigh Carrier

Kaleigh Carrier

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Kaleigh is a sophomore undergraduate English major and Spanish minor. She is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute and enjoys being outdoors, meeting strangers and reading books of all shapes and sizes. Her strengths include developing arguments and structure, as well as increasing flow and clarity.

Kalyn Berghoefer

Kalyn Berghoefer

Focus Areas: Graduate, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

Kalyn is a graduate Talbot student getting her Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She is also becoming a Certified Life Coach. In this, she desires to use writing, Christian spirituality, creativity, yoga and positive psychology to help people move through transition with ease and overcome stress to lead their most passionate lives. Her strengths include essay writing and organization, forming clear arguments and research-based writing. She loves working with all students, but is especially well-versed in English and theology papers.

Madeline Grimes

Madeline Grimes

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

Maddie is a sophomore English Writing major in the Torrey Honors Institute. She hopes to attend Torrey’s Masters program in the future and teach both great books and creative writing classes to high schoolers. She is particularly strong in grammar, spelling, organization, clarity and specificity, in academic and creative writing. She enjoys helping students feel confident in what they have written and is specifically well versed in humanities papers.

Puyin Bai

Puyin Bai

Focus Areas: Graduate, Chicago/Turabian

Puyin is a third-year graduate student pursuing his Master of Arts in Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. Before coming to Biola, Puyin acquired a master's degree in music from the University of Kansas specializing in clarinet performance. Puyin is passionate about assisting others in producing great pieces of writing on a variety of topics. He is particularly interested and experienced in philosophy, theology and music. Moreover, having been an international student himself, Puyin is eager to collaborate with international students on their English writing and learning projects. Besides playing music and reading books, Puyin enjoys watching soccer and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Ryan Salcido

Ryan Salcido

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, Pechenik

Ryan Salcido is a senior undergraduate majoring in Biology and is a member of the Stewart Honors Program. His strengths are in grammar, sentence clarity, rhetoric and STEM writing, but he is happy to help with whatever writing needs you may have. Ryan’s fun fact is that he owns three chickens.

Sam Wagner

Sam Wagner

Focus Areas: Undergraduate, MLA

Sam is a sophomore, undergraduate Biology major in the Torrey Honors Institute. His hope is to attend graduate school after his time at Biola to study marine biology. His rigorous background in English studies has left him with many strengths, including strong grammar, punctuation, organization and word choice. He loves meeting new people and helping out with writing projects of all kinds.

Sophia Bucelli

Sophia Bucelli

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Sophia is a sophomore, undergraduate English student and a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. She specializes in punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, narratives, organization, grammar and the writing style of humanities papers. She believes that education is vital, and deeply enjoys working interpersonally with all students. Her passion for writing and communication extends to everything she does, and shows itself essential not only in academic settings, but in every aspect of life.

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

Focus Area: Undergraduate

Taylor is a junior, undergraduate Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. She is also a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. She hopes to pursue a career in the future in the field of marketing and analytics. Her strengths include help with grammar and punctuation, organizing paragraphs and clarification of difficult-to-understand sentences in both creative and academic papers.

Tyler Sharp

Tyler Sharp

Focus Areas: Graduate, Chicago/Turabian

Tyler is a first-year, graduate student in Talbot's Master of Arts Philosophy program. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Cedarville University — minoring in Philosophy and Theology. He hopes to do doctoral work in either philosophical anthropology, history of philosophy or bioethics. He has a background in Reformed theology, parliamentary debate and analytic philosophy. Strengths include articulation, argument and critique. He is familiar with Chicago/Turabian citation formats, as well as SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) and Vancouver.