Our Staff - Fall 2015

Our consultants are a hard-working and compassionate group of your peers. You can trust us to review your written works with attention to detail, an objective outlook, and patience.  

Mary Ashley - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator

 I'm Mary Ashley, and I am a senior English and Psychology double major.  My dreams include exploring the world and doing mission work. I am from the incomparable city of San Diego, California, where I learned to love Jesus, coffee, asking hard questions, and going on adventures.  When I am not wrapped up in a book, you can probably find me perusing Nashville’s music scene, watching black-and-white movies, hiking the local trails, people-watching at Café Coco, or taking random road trips with my friends. I am so excited to meet you in the Writing Studio this semester and to talk about ways you can reach your full potential as a writer!

Michael - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator

 I'm Michael, and I’m a senior English major with an incredibly tentative, I’m-not-really-sure-yet French double major. We’ll see. My claim to fame is hailing from a tiny town in Tennessee that unironically, unabashedly calls itself Possumtown – I’ll try not to talk about cows or rural areas too much. If I’m not reading, writing, or taking pictures of anything, I’m likely immersing myself in some geeky subculture (I can’t lie to you, it’s PROBABLY Doctor Who-related) or ignoring my very serious allergies as part of my quest to pet every cat. I also like to think I’m pretty good at helping people get their writing into tip-top shape, which is probably an excellent skill for my job here. Come see me! I’d love to help you make your writing the best it can be.  

Alycia - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator in Training

 My name is Alycia, and I’m a senior English and French double major. I’m from the suburbs of Memphis, TN, and I still haven’t figured out the fuss over cowboy boots. When my face isn’t shoved into a book/notebook/computer screen, I enjoy sweet tea, getting far too enthusiastic about fictional characters, and Netflix marathons at one in the morning. 

Alex - Writing Consultant

 My name is Alex, and I’m a Lipscomb alumna English literature major with a double minor in German and psychology. I enjoy jazz, foreign language films, long talks over coffee, and helping students like YOU be the best writer you can be. Come ask me questions about your paper and quiz me on Beyoncé lyrics.

Anastina - Writing Consultant

Future acquaintances, friends, and arch nemeses,  I’m a senior English major and lover of all things bookish. Theatre is my second love, though science and geometry will always be close thirds. I’m three parts shy and two parts quirky. When I was nine I convinced myself that fairies were real because I wanted more than anything to live in Neverland. Sometimes I’m still nine.   

Caitlin - Writing Consultant

 My name is Caitlin and I'm a senior English Education major with a minor in psychology. When I'm not a school, you can find me working with some amazing 4-10 year olds at Percy Priest Elementary School. In my spare time I love baking, listening to some early 2000s R&B classics, playing with my dog, and watching bad TV (anyone else love Botched?). I am so excited to work in the Writing Studio this semester so that I can help you become the best writer possible!

Hannah - Writing Consultant

Hey! My name is Hannah and I am a Senior English Major with emphasis on creative writing. I love reading, writing, sports and Netflix. When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy hanging out with friends and shopping. My plan after I graduate is to be an editor and a novelist. I am looking forward to improving my skills at the Writing Studio and meeting new people. See you soon!

Hannah Grace - Writing Consultant
 My name is Hannah Grace, and I am a Senior English major from Columbia, TN.  I am a writer, Netflix obsessor, and Disney fanatic with a bad case of wanderlust.  My love for reading and writing stories is the reason I chose to become an English major, and I hope to share my love of writing with all of you as you visit me in the Writing Studio! 

Kayla - Writing Consultant

 Hi! My name is Kayla Ford, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work in the Writing Studio this semester. I’m from Spring Hill, TN but I grew up in Houston, Texas. I’m a Philosophy and English double major with plans to (hopefully) continue on to grad school and teach one day. When I’m not at the library working on homework, I’m drinking coffee, hanging out with friends, hiking, running, or listening to Vampire Weekend. I’m passionate about learning and getting to know people, and working in the Writing Studio gives me a chance to do both! 

Kira - Writing Consultant

 I’m Kira, a sophomore English and History double major from Nashville, TN, with crazed aspirations to become a novelist. I’m very excited to be working in the Writing Studio this semester, and I can not wait to meet you and help you!! When I’m not working on my own assignments, you could probably find me either hanging out with my friends around my favorite city or curled up in a coffee shop with my nose in a John Green novel. Oh, and did I mention that I'm a professional mermaid? (It's absolutely a real thing!) Come visit me in the Studio!

Layne - Writing Consultant

 Hi! My name is Layne Collier and I am an English Teaching major.  I grew up in Columbus, Ohio where I spent most of my time playing soccer and participating in school activities like student council.  When I’m not juggling “college life”, I enjoy being active, exploring Nashville with my friends, and creating crafts for my room. Ideally, I will combine my appreciation for soccer and critical thinking with my passion for people in my future teaching career.  I look forward to working with you on your paper and helping you find your voice as a writer, despite how I am stifling my voice in this bio. 

Leah - Writing Consultant

 Hi there! My name is Leah, and I am a senior Dietetics major from the incredibly small town of Lebanon, TN. A few of my many hobbies include, baking, painting, attempting to belt out Broadway songs, and Netflix. I also love to read which is why curling up with one of my cats and a good book is one of my favorite pastimes. I am so excited to be apart of the Writing Studio, and I hope to assist you in any way that I can!

Leslie - Writing Consultant

 My name is Leslie Shakira Garcia and I am a sophomore pursuing a double major in Psychology and English with a minor in Spanish. I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Kansas, and love having both skyscrapers and cows as neighbors. If Biggie Smalls and Frida Kahlo would have had a lovechild, I like to think of myself as their byproduct. My favorite pastimes include attending spoken word poetry slams, eating avocado toast, watching documentaries/people/art, and creating. 

Lila - Writing Consultant

 Hello, hello! My name is Lila Banach (that's LY-luh BA-nik) and I am a Sophomore English Writing/ Bible double major! I hail from a city in central Alabama with a median age of approximately 387 years old, and I am the least Southern Southerner that has ever existed in this world. My favorite places in the world are places in which it is acceptable to pet dogs (so not Peru, because those dogs, unfortunately, have mange...), which makes Nashville a great place for me to be. I am a language-learning addict, which prevents me from having a language minor because "YOU CAN'T EXPECT ME TO CHOOSE JUST ONE, DEBORAH! YOU'RE NOT EVEN MY REAL MOM!" I shop almost exclusively at the thrift store. I often dance in public places. I am an INFP on the Meyers-Briggs scale, and I'm smarter than I look, I swear.

Lis - Writing Consultant

 Well hello there, my name is Lis, and I am a sophomore Psychology major. I tend to be a quiet kind person, but don't let that fool you, because I have a loud, goofy personality. If I am not with friends somewhere on or off campus, then my roommate and I are nose deep in cooking shows and musicals. I hail from an Appalachian mountain town in East Tennessee, giving me a close bond with the outdoors and inspiring me to be as strong as the valleys and peaks I carry with me. I grew up with a pen in my hand and scraps pages full of my awful handwriting strewn everywhere. When it comes to your papers and writings, I am always ready to help so come on down!

Loren - Writing Consultant

My name is Loren Davis and I am a senior English teaching major from Dickson, Tennessee. I love reading (especially Jane Austen novels), writing, and sharing my passion for both! This is why I am planning to teach English. I also love cats, hot tea, and any movie based off of a novel. Yep, I am the typical English major!  I can't wait to help you with your wonderful papers, making them into beautiful pieces of writing that you will be proud of and hopefully make terrific grades on!!

Megan - Writing Consultant

 Hi, I'm Megan! I'm a junior English Literature major from Cincinnati, Ohio. A little about myself: I listen to a lot of public radio, I recently made my own candle, and I firmly believe in house slippers. I also found a small off-brand chocolate in my sweater pocket yesterday. So if you would like to work on a paper with your grandmother, I'm your girl. I really do love to edit and meet new people, so swing on by!

Morgan - Writing Consultant

 Hey! My name is Morgan and I'm a Junior English Literature and American History double major. I want to be an English professor in the future, so I'm super excited to have the opportunity to work in the writing studio and help out my peers. I've lived in Mount Juliet, TN for about 19 years and commute to Lipscomb on a daily basis. When I'm not loaded down with school work you can find me playing video games or spending time on the Internet in some way, shape, or form. I look forward to meeting you all!

Rachel - Writing Consultant

I'm a senior from Franklin, TN with a double major in English and Chemistry and a minor in Math. All my free time is spent hanging out with my suitemates, my nose buried in a book, or binge-watching shows on Netflix. I have a strong love for all things nerdy (Doctor Who, Supernatural, Marvel, etc.), as well as English literature (Shakespeare and Jane Austen are my favorites). I love to learn and discover new ideas, especially in the science world. I hope through the writing studio, I can learn from other people and help them learn in turn.

Ricky - Writing Consultant

 Hello! My name is Ricky. I am a Nashville native and junior English major. Though school and work take up much of my time, I can typically be found either watching baseball or writing about hockey. During those moments when the sun is blotted out with the overwhelming challenges of the semester, I consume the pages of a Hunter S. Thompson book while pondering the true meaning of the American dream.

Summer- Writing Consultant

 I'm Summer, a junior English Literature major hailing from Montgomery, (Sweet Home) Alabama. This is my first semester working in the Writing Studio, and I couldn't be more excited to make your visit as helpful and interesting as possible! I'm passionate about magic realism, pop punk bands, and Model United Nations (#MakeMUNey), and like to spend my time psychoanalyzing Harry Potter characters and searching for the perfect scratch biscuits recipe. My life goal is to help everyone love language and literature as much as I do, so I can't wait to help you improve your writing this semester. Come see me!

 "Dr. S" – The Writing Studio Director

Dr. Stacia Watkins
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Beaman 231
Office Phone: 615.966.5150

Dr. Watkins came to Lipscomb from Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and Popular Culture, taught writing courses, and served as an administrator in the University Writing Center. She currently directs the Writing Studio, teaches composition, Southern Lit, and Young Adult Literature, and advises majors in the English Education track. Dr. Watkins also co-authored the textbook The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture and published several shorter texts, including an article about the Writing Studio at Lipscomb University in the journal Southern Discourse.

When not at work, Dr. Watkins enjoys watching Top Chef, Mad MenBreaking BadHomeland and Boardwalk Empire. Beyond her unnatural-but-incredibly-scholarly love for television, Dr. Watkins enjoys her hobbies of party planning, cooking, finding new ethnic restaurants and gifting (i.e. shopping, but for others). She also relishes any time she can take to travel; Paris and Florence are her favorite destinations, but Churchill Downs—home of the Kentucky Derby—may come in a distant third. Non-fiction, in both film and printed text, also seem to dwarf the expected interest she has in fiction though Goodfellas and The Great Gatsby are still two of the great loves of her life.

Dr. Watkins’s more significant great loves are her husband Cody and her puppy Allie. Cody works at Vanderbilt University, delivers and sometimes designs at Granny’s Flower Shop, and plays Theremin with the Dynamite Operators. Allie is a spoiled six-year-old basenji mix who, at the weight of 60+ lbs, has exceeded expectations in every way. 

Growing up in Kentucky makes Dr. Watkins long for lazy afternoons on front porches, country ham and biscuits, and the sound of hooves galloping in the distance, but Nashville has become her home away from home, and she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Lipscomb family.