People

Staff

Kati Lewis

Kati Lewis

Director

Responsibilities:

Kati is the Director of the Community Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching writing, literature, and critical theory for the past eleven years. Her areas of interest include postcolonial studies, creative writing, social justice, queer studies, high-impact practices, and global/local learning. She enjoys writing short fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia essays. She's also a part-time yogi, runner, and hiker.

Claire Adams

Claire Adams

Associate Director

Responsibilities:

Claire is the Associate Director of the Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of Humanities at Salt Lake Community College. Claire was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to the United States in November 2007. At the Community Writing Center, Claire works on the youth programs. As an associate professor of humanities at Salt Lake Community College, Claire develops curriculum for and teaches the Intro to Humanities 1100 class and the Essentials of the Humanities 1010 (Online). She also teaches INTL 2040 The Immigrant Experience Through Literature & Film class. In her spare time, she is passionate about refugee advocacy and enjoys running, hiking, skiing and paddle boarding.”

Lisa Donaldson

Lisa Donaldson

Writing Consultant/Offsite Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Lisa is a student at the University of Utah working towards a BA in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Environment and Sustainability. She is passionate about environmental justice, and feels that writing and communication are vital tools to empower individuals and communities. She enjoys writing about the natural world, and her environmental writing is published in the first edition of Earth Tones Undergraduate Journal. Lisa is also working as an editor for the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media. She loves animals and the outdoors, and spends her free time gardening, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and enjoying live music concerts.

Tara Hogan

Tara Hogan

Writing Consultant/Youth Programs Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Tara is a senior at the University of Utah where she is completing a BA in Linguistics and Writing & Rhetoric Studies. She is an experienced ESL instructor and copy editor who possesses a passion for all things concerning literacy and diversity. She gave up a career in double bass classical performance to pursue the path of language and communication. She intends to further that pursuit through a post-graduate degree in the realm of cultural anthropology. If she isn't reading or writing, she is consuming or creating music, exploring new dimensions through videogames, painting, sketching, talking, listening, or re-organizing her overflowing bookshelves. Tara believes that communication and literacy are at the core of the human experience, and she is determined to be a catalyst for connection, understanding, and change.

Nalu Francis

Nalu Francis

Writing Consultant/Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Nalu is a currently enrolled as a student at Salt Lake Community College, studying English and Media Music. He is interested in language, music, art, and their relationships with one another. Growing up in Hawaii, he developed a love of nature and the ocean as a kid. He spends most of his spare time composing, playing music, hiking, camping, reading books, and writing. Nalu also loves spending time and working with animals.

Wesley Walls

Wesley Walls

Writing Consultant/Newsletter Editor

Responsibilities:

Wesley recently graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in English and has plans to return in pursuit of a post-graduate degree. Wesley loves stories of all shapes and sizes, and the only thing he enjoys more than reading them is sharing them with other people. He believes that everyone has an important story to tell, and with the right help, they can tell it in the best way to as many people as possible. Wesley enjoys spending his time reading, writing poetry, hiking, and playing with his dog.

Kobe Rathsavong

Kobe Rathsavong

Writing Consultant/Volunteer Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Kobe enjoys reading, thinking about life, cooking and writing. He is working towards two bachelor’s in history, and writing and rhetoric studies He also enjoys video games, boba and petting dogs.

Allison Hutto

Allison Hutto

Writing Consultant/Publications Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Allison graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After moving to Utah, she studied Graphic Design at Salt Lake Community College and began working as the Web Editor for SLCC's Arts and Literary magazine, Folio. She shows her art in local galleries and exhibitions, and works in various mediums, predominately oil painting, pen and ink drawing, and digital art. She is currently working on writing and illustrating a graphic novel. When she isn't immersed in art, she enjoys reading, exploring the great outdoors, and hanging out with her dog.

Elisar Soueidi

Elisar Soueidi

Writing Consultant/Community Writing Series Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Elisar is a Lebanese/Palestinian immigrant, they are trans and queer and are passionate about their community. They are currently working on their undergrad in writing and rhetoric studies at the university of Utah. Their favorite part about working at the center is being a writing coach, they enjoy meeting people and getting to see all the cool stuff they may be working on. They believe in the great process of writing, and the healing power of having a voice. When they are not consumed in homework or work, they can be found playing bass in their band, and hanging out with their dog.

Erin Esparza

Erin Esparza

Writing Consultant/Outreach & Event Coordinator

Responsibilities:

Erin is a writing coach in the Community Writing Center. She hosts our virtual open mic nights, collaborates with Tara and Nalu on our Community Writing Podcast (CWP), and works to elevate the voices of the Salt Lake’s Community. She enjoys the color pink, brand new notebooks, and brand new pink notebooks. She works and exists virtually, but we know she’s here and her spirit lives on.

Dr. Melissa Helquist

Dr. Melissa Helquist

Former Director

Responsibilities:

Dr. Melissa Helquist, former CWC Director. The CWC and the community that it serves appreciates the many years of service and dedication she provided to the Center.

Previous CWC Directors and Associate Directors

  • Professor Tif Rousculp, Director
  • Professor Andrea Malouf, Director
  • Dr. Justice Morath, Associate Director
  • Professor Elisa Stone, Associate Director
  • Dr. Stephanie Maenhardt, Associate Director

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of active community members and/or professional writers and editors who advise the CWC on innovative ways to achieve its mission of supporting, motivating and educating people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression.

  • Louis Borgenicht, Pediatrician and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah
  • Shauna Edson, Digital Inclusion Coordinator, Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Romeo García, Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, University of Utah
  • Clint Gardner, Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers, Salt Lake Community College
  • Josie Jesse, Community Activist
  • Lara Jones, RadioActive Executive Producer, Community Content Manager, KRCL
  • Anne Holman, Co-owner, King's English Bookshop
  • Brian Hutchison, Director of Community Engagement, Volunteers of America
  • Lynn Kilpatrick, Associate Professor, English, Salt Lake Community College
  • Chris LeCluyse, Professor of English and Writing Center Director, Westminster College
  • Anne McMurtrey, Director, University Writing Center, University of Utah
  • Martha Taylor, Community Connected Learning/Internship Coordinator, The Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (AMES)
  • Kalani Tonga, Literary Coordinator, PIK2AR
  • Verónica Valdez, Associate Professor, Education, Culture and Society, University of Utah
  • John Wilkes, Writer