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Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes, MA

Chair of Academic Support, Writing Center
Email: Elizabeth.Barnes@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3208

Liz Barnes has been a faculty member in the School of Humanities and Communication at the college since 2006. She teaches Introduction to Composition and Writing with Research. In addition, she helps coordinate the English Studio with help from the Academic Support Center and the Writing Center where she has experience as a tutor and faculty volunteer. Her background in writing center work dates back to her years at Stetson University where she earned her BA and MA in English. As the chair of academic support, she looks forward to working closely with students on their academic projects.

Kristen Bales

Kristen Bales, MA

Associate Director, Writing Center
Email: Kristen.Bales@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3034

Kristen joined the DSC-UCF Writing Center forces in August 2012. Originally from the Hoosier State, Kristen left Indiana to attend Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her BA in Integrated Languages Arts and her MA in English Literature. While at Wright State, she also worked at the writing center for five years and taught composition courses. In addition to her love of English literature, Kristen prides herself on being a classic film buff, avid sports fan, and animal lover. She loves exploring new places and walking her corgi on the beach.

Jess

Jessica Lipsey, MA

Coordinator, Writing Center
Email: Jessica.Lipsey@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3285

Jessica joined the Writing Center staff in July 2016. She began studying writing center theory and pedagogy at Penn State University where she tutored in the Learning Center and earned her BA in English. From there, she moved to the south to pursue her MA in English Language and Literature at West Virginia University. She liked WVU so much that she stayed for a while to teach composition and work in the writing center. In addition to all the stereotypical English major stuff like old books and tea, Jessica enjoys running, cycling, and Pomeranians.

Carly

Carly Hess, MA

UCF Coordinator, Writing Center
Email: Carly.Hess@ucf.edu
Phone: 386-506-3033

Born and raised in Ohio, Carly joined the DSC-UCF Writing Center staff in the Fall of 2016, and she still is not over the sight of lizards and palm trees. Carly holds her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville, and her B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. She has worked as a composition instructor at the University of Louisville and a professional writing tutor at the City Colleges of Chicago—essentially, she loves talking about writing any chance she gets, so this is quite literally a dream job. She also loves to discuss coffee, college football, knitting, rap, Jane Austen, pumpkins, and dogs (especially her corgi, Gatsby).

Shannon Murdock

Shannon Murdock, AA

Senior Staff Assistant, Writing Center
Email: Shannon.Murdock@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3976 

A Chef by trade, Shannon turned in her chef coat to pursue an academic career in July 2012 when she began working in the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a student worker. She soon displayed an interest in assisting the Writing Center full-time, allowing her to become our Senior Staff Assistant in January 2013. She is also the Career Employees Association president. Shannon is from Georgia, where she competed in various culinary competitions, resulting in three state championships, as well as a top ten ranking on a national level by the end of her senior year in high school. Shannon completed her Associate of Arts degree in December 2012 from Daytona State College and plans to pursue a career in education. When Shannon is not working or playing with her adorable daughter, she enjoys watching epic motion pictures, devouring food, playing card games or billiards, scrapbooking, baking, and playing on the beach.

Pat Isringhausen

Pat Isringhausen, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Patricia.Isringhausen@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Pat joined the Writing Center staff in January 2014. Originally from Illinois, Pat earned her BS in Mass Communication, MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Teaching Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She taught ESL for nine years, including two years in Seoul, South Korea, and English 101 and 102 at two community colleges. She finally found her true niche as a writing center tutor. After six years tutoring at SIUE, she has opted for warmer climes and ocean air. Pat was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Africa, an experience that has led her to 15 countries ... so far. When not traveling, she enjoys reading popular novels and living in her cat’s apartment.

Loren Cooper

Loren Cooper, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Loren.Cooper@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Loren returned to the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a full-time writing specialist in August 2014, but his history here follows back to his time as a student when he joined the newly-formed College Writing Center as a work-study peer tutor in 2010. After graduating Daytona State in 2011, Loren attained his BA in English at Stetson University, where he continued his focus on writing center pedagogy and practice, and where he currently is seeking his MA in English Literature. Loren most enjoys watching 1940s era film noir and fiction, ballroom dancing with his border collie mix, Bogey, and thoroughly indoctrinating his two brilliant sons with science and Doctor Who.

Lenny Owens

Lenny Owens, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Leonard.Owens@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Leonard Owens III took a one-year “break” after high school that turned into six years. Then he finally decided to do something with his life, which led him to Daytona State College. While a student at DSC, he discovered interests in literature and writing while also peer-tutoring at the DSC-UCF Writing Center. After graduating from DSC, he finished his BA in English with minors in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Florida, where he again worked as a writing tutor. His is the traditional life of an English geek—more books than shelf space and piles of short stories in various states of progress. A few authors he digs: Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, and Miranda July. A sound: faraway waves. A groovy tune: “Rudie Can’t Fail” by The Clash. A movie with John Cusack: Grosse Pointe Blank. A color: black.

EricParker

Eric Parker, MFA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Eric-Alain.Parker@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

A native Northwesterner, Eric decided to leave the Arctic to warm his feet and fishing line in Florida waters. He is a staunch advocate of interdisciplinary study, holding a Bachelors degree in the earth sciences from Whitman College and two Masters: one in the visual arts earned at Washington State University and the other in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Eric is a big fan of film, comics, games, speculative fiction, combat sports, really spicy food and painting. He also sees writing center sessions as the most valuable form of instruction taking place on any college campus, anywhere.

Danielle Howe

Danielle Howe, MFA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Danielle.Howe@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Danielle is a native New Yorker and joined the DSC-UCF staff in late 2015, just in time to avoid any more N.Y. winters. Danielle earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from SUNY New Paltz, a place which fostered her love of education and trail hiking. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, and worked as a home instruction tutor and writing center tutor while writing her thesis in Y.A. fiction. She enjoys punk rock, bad reality shows, and fantasy literature, a genre she proudly wears her love of on her sleeve. In addition to teaching the craft of writing in a variety of styles at the Writing Center, she also takes time to write creatively everyday.

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Mikael Romo, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Willy.Romo@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Mikael is proud to hail from Orlando, where he got his A.A. from Valencia College in summer 2013, then transferred to the University of Central Florida that fall. Once there, he majored in English for a semester and switched to psychology. He eventually figured out psychology wasn't for him, so he finally majored in Writing & Rhetoric, a newly created major at the time. In the fall of 2015, he graduated with a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric. Mikael also worked at the University Writing Center at UCF since fall 2014, where he engaged his fellow students in peer-to-peer writing consultations and learned about how writing centers operate, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed and is now happy to take up again here at Daytona State College. Outside academia, Mikael enjoys longboarding, video games, road trips, playing with his dog, and eating Chinese takeout.

BillieJo

Billie Jo Dunaway, M.Ed

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Email:Billie.Dunaway@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3927

Billie Jo was raised in a very small town called Penn, Pennsylvania. She got her B.S. in Secondary Education in English from Kent State University in Ohio. It was here that Billie Jo first starting tutoring students in a Learning Lab in, of all things, College Algebra. After college, she and her family moved south leaving her large Italian family to face the winters without her. She completed her M.Ed. in Reading at the University of Central Florida. When she is not busy with the activities of her three children, Billie Jo enjoys roller coasters, growing tomatoes in her garden, and sleeping in past 6AM on Saturdays.

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Last updated: 2016-10-28T17:21:23.993Z