Our Staff - Spring 2016

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.  

Alex - Writing Consultant, Assistant Director

 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.

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

 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. 

Ricky - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator in Training

 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, Student Administrator in Training

 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!

Abigail - Writing Consultant

 My name is Abigail Falk, and I am a freshman from Chicago, IL! I am an English Writing and Spanish double major with a minor in Political Science. I have high hopes of going to law school once I complete my undergraduate degree, so I can provide assistance for people struggling with English as a second language. I love concerts, getting to know people, and late night Cookout runs. I'm excited to be working in the Writing Studio, and I hope I can help in whatever ways possible!

Adrienne - Writing Consultant

 Hello!  I'm Adrienne and I am a freshman who is currently a Corporate Management major and will add a minor in English my junior year.  I was born and raised in San Jose, California, also known as the Bay Area (or yay area), but I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee when I began my first year in high school.  The move was a big change, but it was a nice change that led me here at Lipscomb so I'm not complaining!  When I'm not doing homework, I enjoy watching movies whether it's on Netflix or in the theater, going out with friends and meeting new people, eating lots of food, and working out to burn off the food.  What I love to do most and am very passionate about is helping people however I can, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to work in the Writing Studio!  Any time you need help with writing, come visit me because I'll be here for you!

Amy - Writing Consultant

 Hi! My name is Amy Hall and I’m a junior English major. I was born and raised in Nashville. Although I love this area, I enjoy visiting new places as well. Some of my favorite pastimes include reading, spending time with friends, playing with my wonderful dog, and watching shows on Netflix.  I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Ashley - Writing Consultant

 Hey there! My name is Ashley Burklin, and I am a sophomore English Writing Major. I am from South Florida, so I'm still getting used to the chilly falls and winters up here. I hope to one day be a successful novelist while living in Hawaii. Unrealistic? Yes, but a girl can dream! I love consuming large quantities of black coffee while reading whatever book you shove in my hands, and I love meeting new people! So come say hi, and let's work on your papers!

Brenden- Writing Consultant

 My name is Brenden Chisam, and I am a senior Philosophy and English double major with an Applied Ethics minor. I was born and raised her in Nashville. I spend more time reading than doing anything else, but my other interests include film, music, politics, hiking, and backpacking. I'm excited for the opportunity to improve my writing skills in the studio this semester, and I look forward to helping you find your own voice as a writer. Come by and see me!

Brooke - Writing Consultant

 My name is Brooke and I’m a junior English major with a Missional Entrepreneurship minor. I’m from Dallas, Texas and like every good Texan, I’m filled with state pride. Aside from wide, open spaces, honky-tonks, Tex-Mex, and guacamole, I am deeply convicted about the importance of pajama sets, waffles, and dry shampoo. I also love coffee, meeting new people, and reading. I can’t wait to meet you, come see me sometime soon!

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!

Ellory - Writing Consultant

 HEY!  My name is Ellory and I am a sophomore studying English (with an interest in the LJS and Sustainability fields). I am a pretty chill girl who likes hanging out with friends and fam, listening to lots of music, being goofy, and watching Netflix. I'm excited you are thinking about coming to the Writing Studio- it is a great place to work on your writing in a comfortable and inviting environment :) I would love to talk to you about your writing and help you through the process, so I hope to see you!!

George - Writing Consultant

 My name is George Nelson, I am in my fourth year as an English major here at Lipscomb. I have lived in San Diego, Minneapolis, and Nashville equal amounts of time (I prefer Nashville). I am passionate about literature and writing and I am very excited to be working in the Writing Studio. I love the outdoors, finding and cooking delicious recipes, reading, and writing. Come by and see me.

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! 

Hannah - Writing Consultant

 Hello! My name is Hannah Minor, and I’m a Junior double majoring in English and German. I’ve traveled quite a ways from the Pacific Northwest to join my Southern family here in Nashville. I’m returning to the Writing Studio after studying abroad in Vienna last fall and I can’t wait to venture out into the world, hopefully Asia, once I graduate. I’m delighted to help out, wherever you are in the writing process, whether it be reading a completed essay or just brainstorming. So don’t be afraid to make an appointment and stop by!

Jenna - Writing Consultant

 Hello! My name is Jenna Phipps, and I'm a junior English Writing major. Young adult lit and fantasy/retold fairy tales are my genres. I love dancing, crafting, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, and socializing with people. I also love to travel - come talk to me about Wyoming, the Scottish Highlands, Italy, and London. Please come see me in the Writing Studio if you'd like a second opinion on your work!

Kaylee - Writing Consultant

 Hey, guys! My name is Kaylee Newland, and I'm an English and Spanish double major. I'm most happy with a cup of coffee and a good book or Netflix. I also love to travel, and I dream of being an editor for Lonely Planet. I can't wait to see you at the Writing Studio!

Kenleigh - Writing Consultant

 Friends, Romans, countrypeople! My name is Kenleigh Howard, and I am a coffee-loving Senior English & History double major from Cincinnati, OH. I love writing and learning anything I can in the hope of making my brain a more interesting place. My hobbies include singing too loudly in my friends' cars, my two cacti (Esmeralda & Buddy), and a never-ending quest to find the perfect snack food. I look forward to meeting you in the Writing Studio so I can show you pictures of my dogs!

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!

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!

McCarley - Writing Consultant

 My name is McCarley Thomas. I am a senior English Teaching Major/Spanish Minor. Most of my time is spent playing softball, but I enjoy spending my free time rereading Harry Potter, binge watching The Vampire Diaries, and researching new countries I want to visit. I love my time in The Writing Studio, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Meredith - Writing Consultant

 Hello, it's me (your writing consultant!) My name is Meredith and I am a junior English: Writing major with a theatre minor. I love stories. Telling stories, reading stories, performing stories. Words are some of my favorite things. I felt like a nomad for most of childhood because my family moved around so much, but my heart will forever be in Oregon. That being said, I am a hippie from the PNW who loves the cold and rain. I am a proud member of the Hufflepuff house, have a low heat tolerance, a lover of all things Shakespeare, a Lin-Manuel Miranda enthusiasts, and am probably wearing shorts. I'm excited to be working in the writing studio and I can't wait to help you all find your voice!

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!

Philip - Writing Consultant

 I'm Philip, and I'm a senior English major from Dallas, TX. I'm big into the rapping of Kanye West, the poeticism of Zachary Schomburg, and the fantastical world of Star Wars. Hopefully, I'll get to grad school for an MFA in writing Poetry someday, but until then I'm a professional technical writer at a CPA firm. I've worked in the writing studio for a couple years now, and I am ready to help you out in any way I can. Come by and let's talk, work, and produce a great piece of writing!

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.

Rhonda - Writing Consultant

 I’m Rhonda, and I am a senior English major with a Psychology minor. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee but my home will always be Amman, Jordan.  I love traveling, romantic comedies, and fashion magazines. When I am not too busy with school, you will probably find me drinking Arabic coffee in the heart of Amman, overanalyzing Mourid Al Barghouti’s Midnight. I look forward to working with you on your papers this semester!

Sahel - Writing Consultant

 My name is Sahel. I am an English, writing track, major. I am also taking Law, Justice, and Society classes to get familiar with our Justice system. I am originally from Iran, lived in Germany, and moved to the US eight years ago. I love traveling and different cultures, being a mom, a wife, and loving on my dog. I enjoy cooking, inviting friends over, and writing. I am looking forward to helping students with their papers in writing studio as they will also help with improving my writing skills.

Sam - Writing Consultant

What's up guys. I'm Sam, and I'm an English major from Nashville, TN. I'm passionate about music, creative writing, the outdoors, cooking, and Duke basketball. Plus, I'm a senator on SGA and love being involved with campus life at Lipscomb. This is my second year in the Writing Studio, and I look forward to all clients. 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.