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.

Spring 2018 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 a senior 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!

Spring 2018 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.

Abbie Maynard is a senior International Studies major and Psychology/Spanish double minor from Pittsburgh, PA. Other than being a writing consultant, Abbie is a part of GAP and Tri Delta. A fun fact about her is she studied abroad in Mexico in the fall of 2016 and she hopes to go back someday! Abbie enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and indulging in horoscopes!

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 senior 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 enjoys working at the Meadville Cooperative Preschool as well as reading, listening to music, 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 from Asheville, North Carolina, and she is a double major in English and Global Health Studies. Outside from helping people with their writing and grammar, she also enjoys long distance running and volunteering at Grounds for Change. 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!

Rachel Turnbull is a sophomore majoring in English and minoring in Political Science.  She is from Brentwood, Pennsylvania, where she has two cats and a loving fish.  In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and writing short stories.  After she graduates, she hopes to continue her education in graduate school, but for now she’s happy studying literature at Allegheny

Adam Deitrick is a junior English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing and an Economics minor. He is from the greatest city that ever was or will be, Pittsburgh, PA and is an aspiring novelist and short story writer. For fun he enjoys writing stories, spending time with friends, and watching an unhealthy amount of Netflix.


Emily Yasinsky is a freshman potentially majoring in communication arts with a minor in journalism for the public interest. She is originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, but hopes to one day live in San Francisco or New York City. She loves theater, writing, drinking tea, and binge watching crime dramas.


Olivia Blakeslee is a freshman considering majoring in English and minoring in Journalism in the Public Interest. She writes for The Campus, is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is attempting to learn Spanish, and tries to work out often enough to counteract her honey mustard addiction. She is passionate about reading (particularly Jane Austen) and the Oxford comma. She enjoys visiting her dogs and listening to Frank Sinatra.

Sarah Halprin is a first-year majoring in English with minors in Spanish and Medieval and Renaissance studies. She is a proud native Texan and dreams of someday opening a bakery. In her free time, she listens to music, goes hiking, and drinks too much tea. Sarah is also the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan.


Pearl Cooper is a freshman with an undecided major, although she is leaning towards English and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is from Corning, NY and runs cross country and track for Allegheny College. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, watch Netflix, and spend time with her friends, family, and cats.

Valerie Calvo is a freshman who is currently undecided but plans to double major in Physics and English. She is from Bluffton, South Carolina (Just inland of Hilton Head Island) and misses the beach. She is a member of ARGO, LAG, Why Not Us?, was an editor for the Allegheny Review, and recently founded What We Wear.


Anna Verardi is a freshman from Pittsburgh, PA pursuing a Chemistry major and Economics minor.  She swims competitively for the Allegheny Women’s Swim & Dive Team.  In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, spending time with her twin sister and friends, and being outside.  Although she finds the snowfall pretty, she does not enjoy the cold, winter weather of Meadville.  Anna loves the water and cannot help but fantasize being at the beach (sometimes, a bit too often).