Meet the Staff

The Center for Writing Excellence is staffed by student writing consultants who are highly trained and come from majors across the campus, including education, English, psychology, and more. All writing consultants are required to attend a training course that teaches writing and research processes, writing across disciplines, interpersonal communication skills, and office policies and protocols.

If you are interested in applying for a job at the Center, and if you have completed the General Education writing sequence (EN 111-112 or EN 111H - 112H) with at least a 3.0 average or above, go to the Simplicity User Login page and look for an opening.

Current Center for Writing Excellence Staff


 Briley Eliff


Major:   Psychology
Minor:   Family Studies
Role:     Writing Consultant (Certified Tutor)
Writing Strengths:    Grammar/Mechanics, Word Choice, Tone
Biography:   Briley is a senior and plans to continue her education by completing the accelerated master's program here at UNA. When she graduates, she hopes to become a children's counselor. Briley enjoys reading, as well as listening to and playing music. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family. 


Wren Aris


Major:  Psychology
Minor:  Professional Writing
Role: Writing Consultant (Certified Tutor)
Writing Strengths:  Structure/Organization, Word Choice, Clarity
Biography: Wren is a graduate student at UNA. He is from Huntsville, Alabama. He is a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society through the Office of Disability Support Services. He is completing a master's degree in technical writing. In his free time, Wren plays video games and entertains his two cats.


Jillian Oliver


Major: English
Minor: Professional Writing
Role:  Writing Consultant (Certified)
Writing Strengths: Grammar, Organization, Word Choice, Tone
Biography:  Jillian is a senior studying literature and professional writing. She wants to work for NASA as a technical writer when she graduates. When she is not studying, she spends time reading books while sitting next to her cat, Finnegan, and her dog, Alina.


Joni Rudd 


Rebekah Jent



Meagan Davis


Jenna Hazelrig


Jessica Isbell




Dr. Kathleen Richards

 Dr. Kathleen Richards

Role:  Director
Biography: Dr. Richards has a master's degree in English literature from UNA and a doctorate degree in English composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Richards has been teaching at UNA for approximately nineteen years. For the first couple of years as an adjunct English composition instructor, she often volunteered to work in writing centers as a tutor. While tutoring and teaching students in English composition, she became fascinated with writing centers and the support they provide students. Dr. Richards has been directing the UNA Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) for eleven years. In order for the writing consultants at UNA to be the very best, she initiated the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Students at UNA can be assured that the writing consultants in the CWE have gone through extensive tutor training to assist students in writing across the disciplines.