Meet Our Staff

Originally from California, Andrea has worked in writing center administration in the New York area since 2007. Andrea researches how working in a writing center affects tutors’ civic engagement. Outside of the writing center, she can often be found cooking, swimming, or traveling with her family.

Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, Alicia is currently a sophomore at Hofstra majoring in dance education. She enjoys helping with brainstorming and organizing, but especially likes writing show reviews in the performing arts.

Allie is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She holds a BA in Psychology, Theatre and Media Studies from the University at Buffalo. Allie previously worked as an entertainment writer for the website Bustle and as a copywriter for several companies. Outside of school, Allie loves movies, yoga, museums, trying new restaurants, and weekend trips upstate to visit her family in her hometown of Voorheesville, NY.

Originally from New Jersey, Ashley V is a current junior at Hofstra, double-majoring in Creative Writing and Television. In the Center, she loves brainstorming ( even if she often gets too carried away), argumentative essays, talking about symbols and tropes, and creative writing endeavors. When she’s not in the Center, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief for Hofstra’s Nonsense Humor Magazine. She can tell an okay joke, a decent story, and is really good at simply existing.

Brandon is from New York and has spent much of his life between Queens and Brooklyn. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. Brandon likes to study languages and likes to watch TV shows and sports. In the future, he plans to work with health organizations and programs that help oppressed communities. Brandon specializes in citations, linguistics and speech-language pathology writing, cultural and racial studies writing, community health writing, and making outlines.

Dara is currently studying for a Masters degree in Finance. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and had a brief stint in the Nigerian Financial Services industry before moving to New York to live her dream of working on Wall Street. Reading flash fictions and relaxing by the beach are her favorite pastimes. She is available to help students love the creative process of writing.

Grace is pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. She likes to watch movies and Netflix shows. She enjoys working with people on personal statements, resumes, and cover letters.

Isaac grew up on several military bases in the U.S. and Germany, but currently lives in Northern New York (like, way up there). He is a double major in Latin and Classics with a concentration in Classical languages and literature, graduating in 2019. He enjoys literary and film analysis papers and in his free time he enjoys the TV show Black Sails and video games.

Jen D. is a learning specialist at Student Access Services. She has enjoyed working at the Writing Center for many years. She has a Master’s degree in Education from Boston College. She is enthusiastic about learning and looks forward to working with you.

Kara is from northern Maryland and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in Drama. Outside of the writing center, she enjoys tap dancing and playwriting. Kara specializes in Shakespearean analysis, historical essays, and argumentative essays.

Originally from New Hampshire, Kirsten is pursuing a degree in Publishing Studies. She loves to read, bake, and solve logic puzzles. Interested in any fiction work, Kirsten can always be counted on for a book recommendation. She specializes in MLA format, brainstorming, and argumentative essay writing.

Maia is an undergraduate student studying Publishing and Fine Arts, hailing from Clifton Park, New York. In addition to being a writer and artist, she is also captain of the Women’s rugby team here at HU. You’ll probably see her strutting around campus with her red headphones in and a rugby ball tucked under one arm. Her specialties are creative pieces, formal essays, brainstorming, grammar, and editing. Feel free to bring her food as she is always hungry.

Mia, formally known as Maria, is a current Junior at Hofstra double majoring in Business Manaagement and Legal Studies in Business. She hopes to pursue a law degree when she graduates. Outside of school, Mia enjoys her time on the Hofstra Equestrian Team, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and traveling.

Michael is a writer, traveler, and teacher from Boston, Massachusetts. His research interests include Dutch-American History, American Literature, and Basic/First Year writing.

Morgan is a TV Writing/Producing major from Vernon, New Jersey with minors in Creative Writing and Writing Studies. When she’s not writing in her classes, at work, or just for fun, she enjoys dancing with Hofstra’s Danceworks Productions (where she serves as the President as well as a performer) or binge watching TV shows and movies.

Nicole is a native Long Islander. She is an English Literature major with minors in Writing Studies and Public Relations. She enjoys reading, watching The Office, and traveling. Nicole likes helping clients with brainstorming and outlining.

Paul Kirpal Gordon (KP) is a born-and-raised New Yorker, fiction writer, prose poet, freelance ghostwriter and editor, literary consultant to entrepreneurs and small business teams, music/book reviewer, blogger at Taking Giant Steps, interviewer, spoken word performer, bandleader and adjunct professor.

Russ(ell) was born and bred, here, on Long Island, but has successfully escaped to Queens, where he currently resides. An English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, he specializes in fiction and poetry, as well as analytical and argumentative essays. When he is not captive to the merciless grind, Russ enjoys reading, writing, classic rock, and uninterrupted sleep.

Tom is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. He is original from Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained his degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Tom previously worked for a non-profit in Reno helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment. In his free time, Tom loves to read, write, and play music in his free time from school.

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