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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.

Erika Phillipo, Assistant Director

EPErika Phillipo is a junior Psychology and Religious Studies double major. She is the assistant director of the Writing Center this year as well as the goalie for the women's lacrosse team. When she's not working or playing lacrosse, she is either taking care of her kitten or finding new music to listen to (most likely with coffee in hand). Writing research papers is something that she feels very confident in as well as INQS papers. Even though she may not be familiar with the topic of your paper, she is very interested in learning about it! Come see me on Sundays from 8:00 – 10:00 in the library and on Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30 in TJ Day.

Meghan Bauder


I’m a senior English major and chemistry 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. Come see me on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 8:00 – 10:00 in the library or from 6:30 – 8:30 in TJ Day.

Jacob Devore

JDJacob Devore is a senior Creative Writing and Sociology double major (and previously a Computer Science minor). He is a consultant for the Writing Center, but for his applied Sociology project he is working on improving the Writing Center and making it more useful to students of all years and majors. From Clackamas, OR, he enjoys writing, reading short fiction and dancing, and is the current president of Hip-Hop Club on campus. He specializes in Sociology and Creative Writing papers, and pays special attention to the flow of sentences. His hours are 6:30-8:30 on Tuesdays in TJ Day and 8:00-10:00 in the library.

Lacey Dykgraaf

LGLacey Dykgraaf is a junior Marketing and English double major. She is the publicity manager of the writing center and enjoys ultimate Frisbee, hiking, traveling, coffee, and reading good books. Writing has always held a special interest for Lacey and she enjoys listening to papers and discussing topics she knows nothing about. She thinks learning and board games are really cool and her dream job would be producing “The Moth” podcast, which if you haven’t listened to, she strongly encourages you to do so. Lacey is well versed in writing for both English and business classes and will be overly excited about helping with any INQS paper. She is confident in MLA, organization, and can help in any stage of the writing process. Come see her Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 in TJ Day or on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 in TJ Day and from 8:00-10:00 in the library.  

Joey Paysinger

JPJoey is a senior Electronic Arts major currently seeking full-time employment post-graduation. If you are aware of any openings or networking opportunities please contact him at Thank you. Mondays, 3:30 – 5:30 in TJ Day and Thursdays, 8:00 – 10:00 in the library. 

Whitney Brittingham


I am a senior who made the clearly 'sane' descision to double major in International Relations and Latin American Studies as well as minor in Anthropology.Travel is my biggest passion, and over the past few years I've been around the world and back while scuba diving with sharks, bungee jumping off bridges, scaling down waterfalls, and generally just looking for trouble. At Linfield you might find me at Spanish Club events or see me working with the Sustainability Council to approve grants for projects in the Linfield community. I'm well versed in writing speeches, grants, MLA, APA, and thesis statements. Luckily for those of you in a Spanish composition or literature class, I am also approved by the Spanish department to help you with your papers in a foreign language! Come see me on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 in TJ Day. 

Sammi Hilton

SHSamantha Hilton is a senior English major, Music minor. She enjoys reading, singing, hiking, and playing the piano. Sammi is currently a Teaching Assistant for an INQS course, involved with Greek Life, a member of the "What's the Big Idea" PLACE committee, and the Treasurer and Fundraising Director of the Linfield Concert Choir. Next year, Sammi will be attending graduate school for Library and Information Sciences with hopes of someday becoming an Archivist. Sammi can help students through each phase of the writing process and is particularly well-versed in literary criticism, personal statements, MLA formatting, and essay organization. As an INQS Teaching Assistant, Sammi leads essay workshops and loves to discuss the writing process with anyone who will listen. Come visit her on Sunday evenings in the Writing Center, 6:30-8:30 pm or on Thursday evenings in the Library, 8:00-10:00 pm.

Sydney Owen

SOSydney Owen is a senior History major, Environmental Studies and Japanese double minor. She is well versed in history and research papers, and is confident with both MLA and Chicago style citations. Mondays, 6:30-8:30 in TJ Day, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 in TJ Day, and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 in TJ Day.

Dawn Wyruchowski

DWDawn Wyruchowski is a senior English major and Japanese minor. She also works as an RA and for the English department, and she spends most summer helping give girls courage, confidence, and character as a Girl Scout camp counselor. Dawn loves visiting the craft stores on Third Street, cliff jumping, and breakfast. She is particularly effective at brainstorming, clarifying your writing, literature papers, and MLA, but she will gladly help you through any phase of your process. You can find her in TJ Day on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30.

Elia Samms

ESElia Samms is a sophomore anthropology major and Spanish minor. She’s been working for the Writing Center since fall of 2014. She has most experience writing research papers and would be thrilled to help with any part of the research or writing process. That being said, she is also ready and able to be of assistance with any style of paper and loves learning about the different subjects people bring in. Some other areas she is capable in are APA style citation, using Summit/Interlibrary Loan, organization and facilitating brainstorming. Outside of tutoring, Elia enjoys camping, cats, making lists and swing dancing and is president of the Linfield Swing Club. Her shifts are Sunday 3:30-5:30 and Thursday 6:30-8:30 in TJ Day and Tuesday 8-10 in the library.

Caleb Snodgrass

Caleb Snodgrass is a junior math major with an English minor who enjoys hunting, blending into to all locations, and puppies. Don’t be intimidated by his tough exterior, he can comfort you in any stage of the writing process; he may even break out a smile. Come see Caleb in TJ Day on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30.