Meet the Writing Consultants

Allegheny’s writing consultants are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of undergraduates with rich interests and a shared passion for working with other writers. We look forward to getting to know you and your writing in the Learning Commons.

Fall 2017 Senior Consultants:

Senior Consultants serve as assistants to the Director of Writing and as leaders among the writing consultants. They run workshops, schedule and manage matches, and facilitate the professional development of their peers in a variety of capacities

Jessica Reed is a senior majoring in English and double minoring in Spanish and Medieval and Renaissance studies. She hails from Erie, PA, otherwise known as the mistake on the lake. For fun she enjoys staying up very late and eventually regretting it, and she aspires to one day keep bees, live in a tiny house, and edit for a living.




Lindsay McParlane is asenior Communication Arts major and Psychology minor from Pittsburgh, PA. She has a slight obsession with Sims 3 but also enjoys long walks on the beach and helping people with their writing!



Fall 2017 Writing Consultants:

Maddie Clark is a senior neuroscience major and writing minor.  She is a proud Pittsburgh native with hopes of one day working as a health care professional.  She stays involved on campus through Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteering at the local soup kitchen.  In her free time she enjoys country concerts, adventuring through her city, and quality time with her family.  She does not function without coffee.



Jeremy Shaban is a senior from Queens, NY majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. His minor is French Studies specifically because French Language would not satisfy the graduation requirement, and it’s still French anyway so it really makes no difference to him. He loves music, reading, and writing so much that he sometimes forgets he loves walking, too. Depending on his mood, his favorite dessert at McKinley’s is either the peach muffin or the pumpkin muffin. Or maybe the scones….

Jessica Stookey is a senior from Rochester, NY. She is a biology major and political science/psychology double minor with plans to attend law school. She is actively involved with Alpha Chi Omega and Gators for Kids. Her two favorite things are dogs and tea.




Keighley Harr is an Environmental Science major and Psychology/Music double minor. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the Grounds for Change board. She plays a few instruments, but her favorite is the French horn. She enjoys yoga, Netflix, and hanging around GFC in her free time.





Hannah Hart is a junior majoring in English. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is actively involved in Allegheny Christian Outreach, Gators for Kids, and Lambda Sigma. On the rare occasion that she has leisure time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen novels and watching classic films. Recently, she has become a ginger tea enthusiast.




Vanessa (AKA Ness) Thomas is a junior psychology major and communication arts minor from Pittsburgh, PA.  When she’s not busy consulting and running the Writing Center’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (follow us!), she’s busy around campus as a psychology TA and as a member of SAS, GSA, and Psych Club.  She also enjoys reading, baking, collecting cute stationery, and playing video games




Aubrey Collins is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio pursuing a double major in mathematics and philosophy. In her free time, she likes to read, play video games, and record music.

Anastasios (Tommy) Mihalopoulos is a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in writing and math from Boardman, Ohio. He is also a Chemistry TA and swims competitively. In his free time, he enjoys, reading, drawing, watching movies and eating chipotle. He also enjoys lifting, running, biking and any other forms of exercise.



Austin Shaffer is a sophomore Psychology major from Erie, PA. Outside of the classroom, you can find him participating in Psychology Club, volunteering in Meadville on Service Saturdays, or watching movies with his friends.  Austin’s favorite book genre is realistic fiction, and his favorite authors include Stephen Chbosky, John Green, and J.K. Rowling.





Emma Himelein-Wachowiak is a sophomore who has therefore still not declared her major, but is strongly considering English. She is passionate about long distance running, any and all forms of nature, singing operatically, reading, poetry, meeting beautiful people, and yes, even learning. She is a huge morning person, coffee aficionado, and snow enthusiast. Her myers briggs is ENFP and she is arguably the happiest person you will ever meet.


Adena Bowden is a junior Global Health Studies major and Psychology minor. She is from Meadville, PA and is a board member for both the Women’s Rugby team and Grounds for Change, a mentor for Operation READ, and a research assistant for Dr. Pickering’s biopsychosocial lab. She hopes to go on to graduate school to receive her PhD in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.