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Meet Our Staff

David Sumner, Director

DSI have been directing both Linfield’s Writing Program and Writing Center since 2004.  Before that, I taught, and was director of writing at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I received my PhD from the University of Oregon in 2000. I am very interested in writing and rhetoric and I teach American and environmental literature in the English and environmental studies departments. When I’m not reading, writing, teaching, or researching, I enjoy wandering wild landscapes with my family and my fly rod.

Kelsey Sutton, Assistant Director

KSI'm a senior studying mass communication and creative writing. I believe there is a writer inside all of us, all with the ability to document our lives and others' as we see it happen. I plan to use my words to report the world and its people, and eventually write a novel or two. I love to express myself through writing, and I love to read and be in nature (especially the beautiful mountains of Oregon). What I love most about my job at the Writing Center is that I learn something new from every consultation. I'm a grammar fiend but I can help student writers with everything from brainstorming, to organization, to APA citations. 

Megan Schwab, Assistant Director

MSMegan is a junior International Relations major born and raised in Boise, ID. She loves to spend time with her family, particularly her two brothers, playing cards and soccer, mountain-biking, painting, singing, reading, and watching old movies. Along with working at the writing center, she works for Professor Pat Cottrell and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Speech and Debate team. Megan is well equipped to work with international students as well as political science, history, and communications papers. She is well versed in MLA and Chicago style citations and bibliographies.

Caleb Goad

CGMy name is Caleb Ashton Goad. I'm a senior, creative writing major, and I'm from Pendleton, Oregon. I've written numerous short stories over the years, and I'm currently working on my first novel. After graduation, I plan on attending Law School. I've been writing as a hobby since my sophomore year in high school. My other hobbies include gaming (Battlefield, and Street Fighter mostly), and music (I play the bass). I enjoy helping others with their writing; I think it's a good way for me to learn more about writing, while also helping others.

Meghan Bauder

MBI’m a junior chemistry major and creative writing minor from Beaverton, Oregon. I’ve always had a knack for writing, and I enjoy learning as much as I can about it. Since I’m a curious person, I also find myself drawn to the sciences, chemistry in particular. I have a wide variety of hobbies including: archery, fencing, D&D (thanks to my awesome and nerdy family), taiko (Japanese drumming), and writing. I firmly believe that one of the best ways to learn more about writing is to help others with their own writing. Being able to articulate and understand the ideas behind good writing helps both parties learn. In the future, I hope to become a novelist.

Kristie Castanera

KCI am a senior creative writing major and psychology minor from Kailua, Hawai'i.  My guilty pleasure is watching trashy TV...especially Keeping up with the Kardashians, of which I watched six seasons of this past summer. But I also enjoy reading, writing short stories, hanging out with friends, and watching classy shows like “Doctor Who” and “The Newsroom”. I am familiar with MLA and APA citation styles. I love working in the writing center and am happy to help with anything thrown my way.

Lacey Dykgraaf

LGI’m a sophomore marketing major studying to have minor in communications and English. My hobbies include coffee, ultimate Frisbee, Jake my cat, eating food and reading good books. I come from the small, podunk town La Center, Washington. Writing has always had a special interest for me and I enjoy having discussions about all types of topics. I think learning and board games are really cool. My dream job would be hanging out with and training corgis, all day, every day.

Jacob Devore

JDMy name is Jacob Devore (it should have a capital 'V' but that normally gets forgotten) and I’m a creative writing, sociology double major with a computer science minor. I’m from Clackamas, Oregon, where our only claim to fame is that we have the biggest mall in the state. I love to play video games, especially with friends, and I’m pretty sure I’m one of the few college students who can’t stand coffee. Fiction is my best friend and I love to look for grammar mistakes in writing, but I welcome any piece that needs any amount of help. I look forward to helping people in the Writing Center!

Menolly Whitmore

MWI'm a computer science and philosophy double-major from San Diego, California.  I've enjoyed reading and writing since I was little, and since high school, I have also been interested in the etymology, history, and continuing development of the English language.  I'm probably one of the biggest grammar nerds out there, but I also enjoy learning about argument forms and fallacies, so I have a good understanding of both the big and little pictures of writing.  My non-writing interests include programming, video games, and cats (and other cute animals), and I intend to find a computer science-related job.

Lee Rivers

LRLeland James Rivers is awesome. He is a captain of the Linfield swim team, Philanthropy and Community Service chair of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and Publicity Czar for the Writing Center. He is also the head coach of Rolling Hills Swim Team in Renton, Washington, during the summers. Leland anticipates earning a degree in English Literature as well as his teaching certification from Linfield. His favorite things to write are poems, short stories, and online biographies.

Erika Phillipo

EPI'm a sophomore psychology major and religious studies minor from Eugene, Oregon. I enjoy the writing process and have learned to love the process of editing even more. My favorite part of writing is figuring out the organization of a paper. My hobbies include playing lacrosse (I'm the goalie here at Linfield), finding new and interesting music, rearranging my room, and drinking coffee. I have a pet fish, Buddy, and a cactus named Kevin, but back home I have 6 cats. I really enjoy my job at the Writing Center because I believe that writing is one of the most important skills that a person can have and I get great enjoyment from helping others find their ability to do so.

Brittney Morris

BMBrittney Morris is a senior completing a creative writing major with a minor in religion. Her hobbies include reading YA fiction, writing short stories, and ordering too much pizza with friends at all hours of the night (shout-out to Domino’s Pizza). She fights the war against questionable grammar, weak arguments, and fear of writing while at the writing center. The rest of the time she keeps herself busy by being awesome and spreading joy to all she meets.

Austin Schilling

ASI am an English literature major and psychology minor here at Linfield. I am specifically interested in Nature Literature and am working on an extensive project with our Writing Center Director, David Sumner. Writing can be both a frightening and exhilarating process, and I am here to help that process lean more toward the latter. Although I have learned a lot during my time here at Linfield, I still consider myself a novice and hope that you come willing and prepared to teach me as much or more than I will be able to teach you. I am a firm proponent of cultivating the body as well as the mind. So, when that paper seems too tough and overwhelming, come see me in the weight room and we can contemplate philosophical questions about the human experience; accentuated by a nice pump of course. 

Caleb Snodgrass