Our Consultants

Sara Arnold

I am a sophomore here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn working on a psychology degree at the moment, but it is likely to change to English or Journalism and Screen Studies due to my passion for writing. I absolutely love to write and help people, so now I have an opportunity to do both! I am passionate about poetry and the creative aspect of writing, but I enjoy other forms of writing as well. Last winter semester, I won first place for the Writing Program's contest in the Community category for an ethnography (like investigative journalism). When I am not in the Writing Center, I am working one of my other jobs, listening to music, or finding time to write poetry, take pictures, and hang out with family and friends.

Abby Bigenho

Hello! I am currently a sophomore here at UM Dearborn and majoring in Behavioral Sciences. I currently have not decided on a minor, but journalism is a good possibility. I'm a major book nerd and I love writing as well. In fact, I'm currently working on my own novel. Writing has always been one of my favorite hobbies; so working at the writing center is a perfect fit for me. I look forward to helping my fellow students with their writing, and maybe even learning something from them in the process.

Christopher Blum

As a junior at UM-D who is currently pursuing a degree in Robotics Engineering, I might appear out of place working in an environment such as the Writing Center. I, however, am not one for such stereotypes, especially when it comes to the stigma of engineers not being able to write well. With two years in the Honorís Program under my belt, I feel I have all the experience I need to help my fellow students in their writing endeavors. That all being said, I still am an engineer at heart, so when it comes to translating your ideas into words on the page, Iím your guy.

On top of that, Iím a musical enthusiast (I was a percussionist in high school and still think to my own beat); love video games, be it the mechanics, story, or the raw competition, and am a new member of the Intelligent Systems Club (ISC), where I, a friend, and a few others are building a quadcopter, something none of us have done before.

I look forward to helping as many people as I can with their assignments, and hope that whoever is reading this is one of the many that I can, and will, assist in my time at the writing center.

Jerrice Donelson

Greetings UMD-ers! I am a graduate completing a Master's of Arts in Teaching secondary English and English as a Second Language. My focus is on teaching writing across the curriculum, utilizing technology and social media as a tool to "merge the voices" of student writers from dual enrolled high school students to first-year writing and beyond. I am a multi-faceted geek by nature with a fascination of all things linguistics, science, technology and The Arts (being a former violinist, cellist and pianist doesn't help). I am a movie fan of real horror flicks, documentaries, and superhero or fantasy films (Twilight free zone) who enjoys a good story. I do not consider myself a "writer," but as a student writer (who bleeds Maize n Blue), I do share in the joy you get when you submit a paper that you are confident will say everything you want and need it to say in your own words. Unlike finding a parking spot at CASL, this is not an impossible feat, and I believe with the right help, you too can reach this assignment nirvana - one draft at a time.

Ali Reda Jeafar

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and am currently pursuing a double major degree in History and Philosophy. I'm not quite sure what my minor will be as of yet; only time will tell. But for the time being, I am absolutely thrilled that I am able to work in the writing center at U of M-Dearborn because writing has always been a very strong passion of mine; so much so that, in fact, I went ahead and published my very own book called "Peaceful War" while I was still in high school. I had started writing the book back when I was a freshman in high school, and it took me until the beginning of my senior year to finally have it all done and published. It was an amazing accomplishment that I and my parents are immensely proud of. I hope to carry on my love for writing into the writing center, and hopefully with some luck, inspire others to either publish their own books or pursue a career in writing if that is something that they love doing. If there's something I love doing almost as much as writing, its being of some help to people in some way, and working at the writing center will allow me to do just that.

Alex Kaniaris

Currently a senior at UM-D, I have a double major in Environmental Science and Political Science, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. My interests in writing are primarily in research, both relating to natural sciences and social sciences; however, I'm able to assist in all steps of the writing process. Available for brainstorming ideas, assisting on the revision process, and critiquing narrative pieces, I offer a form of peer consulting with the additive fields of my study. Outside of the Writing Center, I'm an active member of Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL), as well as a skater and partial owner of the Detroit Derby Girls.

Aaron Kipfmiller

I'm new to University of Michigan-Dearborn, having transferred in as a junior. However, I'm definitely not new to the Writing Center scene. I spent several semesters as a Writing Consultant at my previous college. For me, Writing Centers have always created such a positive learning environment that I knew I wanted to work in one when I got to Dearborn. I've always had a love for writing as well. My bookshelves are filled with classic novels, and I find writing an essay to be fun. I even hope to publish a literary work someday. I am currently studying political science, as well as pursuing a secondary teaching certificate for English and Social Studies. Outside of school, I am an avid football fan, spending my weekends on the couch screaming at my teams, as well as a runner, pianist, and movie geek. I'm looking forward to working with you in the Writing Center!

Chene Koppitz

As someone with dual majors in Communications and Gender Studies, my interest in working in the Writing Center is immense. Iím most excited to work with my fellow students, both as colleagues and as clients of the Center. All opportunities students, faculty and staff have to interact with each other in positive, productive ways will only help the campus toward becoming a true community. Iím a former film and music publicist and Community Events Director for the Triangle Foundation, one of Michiganís largest LGBT and Allied organizations. While Iím a former New Yorker, I was born and mainly raised in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. My campus involvement includes Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) and the D-Tab committee, which was assembled to aid transfer students as they acclimate to UMD. A huge fan of Detroitís music and culture, I can be found at Derby Girls bouts, the Detroit Film Theatre or any of our cityís many musical venues whenever I can be.

Roy Singleton

Hello all, I am a senior here at UM-Dearborn with a double major in English and Philosophy. My major focus and passion in life is creative writing, as I've been reading and writing such work since I was in elementary. While I originally was only interested in being a novelist, I've grown to know and love the arts of poetry and short stories as well. I've also had experiences with theatre and playwriting, which was an absolute treasure to be a part of.

My other great passion, probably emphasized by that half of my majors, is philosophy. Even before I knew what the word truly meant I had a profound admiration for philosophical debate and inquiry. One of my favorite pastimes is to share various perspectives on life and the universe.

While I never fancied myself an educator of any kind, I've always had a passion and talent for writing, and I hope my experiences in this field will allow me to help others improve their writing and learn to love it like I do. 

Katelin Smith

Hello! Iím Kate, and Iím currently a junior at University of Michigan-Dearborn, studying Criminal Justice. However, that is likely to change to something that involves Business Administration and Writing. I have an associates from Schoolcraft Community College, which I earned before graduating high school. I find that organization is immensely important when it comes to writing a paper or a story. If the writer has a clear plan to follow when writing the paper, it can improve the paper tremendously. When a person is writing, itís a process, and I hope to help students understand that process better so they may become better writers themselves. I may be new at the Writing Center, but Iím absolutely ecstatic to be working here! I have enjoyed writing since I was very young, and I spend most of my free time reading, writing, and drawing. I hope to become a published author someday, but one step at a time! Feel free to stop by and make an appointment--I would be happy to help!

Sara Smith

I have a Bachelor of Arts in History.  Which means, I'm a research paper junkie.  I am in my last stretch of Graduate school, in the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies.  I concentrated in Communications and Composition.  I may be new to the Writing Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, but I've spent the last year hosting writing workshops, helping improve literacy and collecting Detroit stories at a GED Preparatory School downtown along with one of my professors.  I believe that writing is a process, and there are tactful ways in approaching it.  I'm no stranger to Writing Centers.  I have taken advantage of their resources throughout my career as a student.  I would love to pass along my learned knowledge of the many different writing processes that I have practiced along the way, and to help others become successful writers across all disciplines.  

Andy Tigani

I'm a junior here at UM-D, one credit short of being a senior (thanks, Math 090!). I'm a Psychology major and recent Journalism and Screen Studies major because I like psychology, but I really do love film.

I love music, playing music, listening to music. I'm open to any genre, so let's converse about it. I love photography. I'm fascinated by philosophy and have a strong, harsh opinion about many things I'm passionate about, probably the reason I helm the University's Philosophy Club with my friends.

Writing has always been a part of my life, always will be. Aside from the instances in the grind of my academic career, I do more than dabble in various forms of fiction writing including novels and scripts for movies, plots for TV shows, etc. Occasionally, I try my hand at poetry because finishing things is ideal.

I'm always worried that some of the major efforts in my career will be worthless, for nothing, but working at the Writing Center has been a great opportunity so far to see my advice and experience actually help someone. I'm looking forward to continuing to do so.

Micah Walker

Hello there! I'm a junior here at U-M Dearborn majoring in Journalism and Screen Studies. I currently do not have a minor, but I'm leaning towards Communications. I have loved to write ever since I was a kid, and hopefully I will be able to make a career out of it. Since last year, I have been a freelance writer for the Dearborn publication, the Dearborn Press and Guide. It has been a fun experience for me, and I hope it is the same at the Writing Center. I'm glad I'm able to help students improve their writing, even if it's only a little bit. Outside of school, you can find me reading, writing, or hanging out with friends and family.