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Writing Center Consultants work with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course which requires writing.

Please meet our Spring 2017 Consultants. 

Gabriela Almendarez

Gabriela Almendarez is the writing tutor for CSUN’s BUILD PODER program. She is completing her MA in Rhetoric and Composition and also works as a Teaching Associate, teaching English 114AB. In the past, Gabby has worked as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader and also as a tutor in the Freshman Writing Lab. Her specialties include brainstorming, essay organization, CV/resumes, personal statements, statements of purpose, and research assignments.                                             
Monday:   none

Tuesday:   4:00-6:30

Wednesday:  11:00-1:30; 3:30-5:00pm

Thursday:  3:00-5:00

Friday:    none

Dylan Altman

Dylan Altman is a Lecturer in the English Department at California State University, Northridge and Los Angeles Valley College. His specialties include: screenwriting, directing, education, E.L.L., literature, critical theory, business writing, movie history, creative writing, and more. He received his M.A. in English and his B.A. in English from C.S.U.N.

Monday:   11:30-1:30 2:00-4:30

Tuesday:   1:30-5:30

Wednesday:  11:00-2:30

Thursday:  1:30-5:00

Friday:    none

Jesse Clemens

Jesse Clemens is a Teaching Associate, currently completing his M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He has worked as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader, is currently a coordinator for the Graduate Reading Series, and also has over 5 years of experience working in the educational nonprofit industry. His specialties include technical writing, personal statements, cover letters, argumentative essays, and poetry.  Jesse is also an L.A. native, a published poet, a guitarist, and an enthusiastic cook.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:   10:00-12:00

Wednesday:  10:30-12:30;  1:00-3:00

Thursday:  10-12

Friday:    none

Ken Cran

Kenneth Cran is adjunct English faculty at CSUN, Glendale College and Los Angeles City College. He received his B.S. degree in telecommunications from San Diego State University and his master's degree in English creative writing from CSUN. He is the senior writing consultant at CSUN's Writing Center and has been teaching UDWPE workshops for over ten years. Outside of academia, Ken is the co-owner of a boutique film studio in North Hollywood, and his films and screenplays have won international awards. He is also an avid backpacker and has hiked the Grand Canyon for the past 23 years. 

Monday:   12:00-4:00

Tuesday:   12:00-4:00

Wednesday:  12:00-4:00

Thursday:  12:00-4:00

Friday:    none

Anne Crawford

Anne Crawford is a lecturer in Linguistics and in Academic First Year Experiences, and has also taught ESL for many years. Holding an M.A. in Linguistics, an Adult Ed teaching credential, and a B.A. in History, she has extensive experience working with international student writing.

Monday:   2:00-4:30

Tuesday:   3:30-6:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  4:00-6:30

Friday:    none

Dru Felix

Dru Felix received his Bachelor's degree as a double major in both English Literature and Creative Writing. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in English Literature, while also working in the Writing Center and as a Graduate Assistant. In the past he has worked as a Supplemental Instructor for English Composition courses, as well as a tutor in the writing lab. His ultimate goal is to become an English professor. 

Monday:   none

Tuesday:   none

Wednesday:  2:00-3:30 4:30-8:00

Thursday:  1:00-3:00   3:30-6:30

Friday:    none


Rosie Gabrielyan

Rosie Gabrielyan is a lecturer in the English and Academic First Year Experience departments at CSUN. She has her master's degree in English and a secondary education teaching credential. She enjoys working with students on their personal statements, introductory linguistics courses, education courses, and resumes. She speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Armenian.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:   11:00-12:30 1:00-3:00

Wednesday:  9:30-12:00 12:30-2:30

Thursday:  11:00-1:30

Friday:    none

Andzhela Keshishyan


Andzhela Keshishyan received her BA and MA in English Literature here at CSUN. She is currently a lecturer in the English and Academic First Year Experience departments at CSUN, an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Los Angeles Mission College, and the copy editor of Southern California Quarterly. Andzhela is also fluent in Armenian and is currently learning Spanish. She finds joy in helping students develop a paper they are proud to turn in, share, or publish.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  1:30-4:00

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  1:30 - 4:00

Friday:    12:00 - 2:00

Lusine Makarosyan

Lusine Makarosyan is a published poet with an M.A. in English, emphasis Creative Writing. She has taught Freshman Composition in the English Department. She speaks fluent Armenian. Lusine has experience in creative, critical, and business writing. For five years, Lusine managed accounts as a Marketing Administrator in the aerospace industry, before pursuing a career in academia. When not teaching or writing, Lusine loves losing herself in a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and the daily beautiful chaos created by her two children.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  9:30-1:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  9:30-1:30

Friday:    none

Melisa Malvin

Melisa is a lecturer at CSUN and an adjunct professor at College of the Canyons. She is also a published poet, playwright, and singer-songwriter with an M.A. in English (emphasis on creative writing) and a B.A. in English (minor in Theatre). Her specialties include working with students on creative writing (screenwriting and poetry), essay and critical thinking skills, business writing, personal statements, MLA formatting, and more. Recently, selections of her plays were performed in L.A. and Santa Cruz, CA. Her creative nonfiction and academic writing were presented at numerous conferences. In her past life, Melisa wore numerous hats in entertainment industry jobs, working in development, casting, and publicity. She was also a traffic manager at a major corporate communications company. Currently, she moonlights as a screenplay consultant and proofreader.


Monday:   1:00-4:30

Tuesday:  9:30-12:00 12:30-2:00

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  9:30-12:00 12:30-2:30

Friday:    9:30-12:00

Mary Marca


Mary Marca has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing.  She has taught writing at CSUN for the last twenty years.  As a consultant in the LRC, she has worked with students on papers ranging from first-year essays, to WPE test analysis, to graduate theses.

Monday:   9:30-11:30;  12:00-2:00

Tuesday:  none

Wednesday:  9:30-11:30;  12:00-2:00

Thursday:  none

Friday:    none 

Dr. Terrie Mathis

Dr. Terrie Mathis (English/Linguistics faculty member) works with graduate students as they develop their final projects, theses, or dissertations.  Dr. Mathis teaches many courses in Linguistics and has experience teaching academic writing for graduate students.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  4:00-6:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  2:00-4:00

Friday:    none

Trista Payte

Trista Payte received her MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and her BA in Honors in English Literature, both from California State University, Northridge. She is currently a lecturer in English, Liberal Studies, and Academic First Year Experiences. Trista has also been teaching and tutoring at various southern California colleges for the past decade and has expertise in Personal & Goal Statements, Scholarship Essays; CBEST and GRE preparation; Creative Writing; Gender and Women’s Studies; Cultural and Critical Theories; and of course, Literature. 

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  2:00-4:00 5:00-6:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  none

Friday:    11:00-1:00 1:30-3:00

Anna Petrosyan

Anna Petrosyan is a published writer currently completing her M.A. in English Literature. She teaches Freshman Composition as a Teaching Associate, and prior to that she was a Supplemental Instructor and a tutor in the Freshman Writing Lab. She has experience teaching creative, critical, and business writing, and speaks fluent Armenian. Aside from being an avid reader, Anna is passionate about travel and spent two summers abroad in Barcelona where she studied Spanish Art and History. 

Monday:   1:00-3:00

Tuesday:  none

Wednesday:  2:30-4:30; 5:00-6:00

Thursday:  none

Friday:    12:00-3:00 

Vanessa Poe


Vanessa is currently pursuing a Masters' degree in English Literature at CSUN, where she is teaching Freshman Composition as a TA. In the past, she has worked as a Supplemental Instructor as well as a tutor in the writing lab and the Matador Achievement Center. Prior to returning to academia, Vanessa studied theatre and graduated from the Second City Conservatory program. In addition to performing improv and teaching improv for many years, she is also a Drama Teacher at Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles. Like everyone else in L. A., she is currently writing a screenplay.

Monday:   9:30-12:00 12:30-2:00

Tuesday:  none

Wednesday:  9:30-12:30

Thursday:  none

Friday:    none 

Judy Spilka


Judy Spilka holds a BA in Honors English at CSUN. She is currently a Graduate in the English Master’s program, and a member of the Teaching Associate program.  She brings her experience as a Supplemental Instructor in English Composition to the Writing Center, offering essay organization strategies and effective revision feedback.  In addition, Judy can help with citation formatting, personal statements and resumes.  Her favorite free time is spent listening to live jazz, going to the theatre and walking her dogs.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  9:30-11:30; 12:00-1:30; 4:00-5:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  none

Friday:    9:00-12:00; 1:00-3:00 

Zuleima Ugalde

Zuleima Ugalde is a graduate student working towards an MA in English Literature. She is a Supplemental Instructor for Freshman Writing and is the writing tutor for CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development/CAMINO. She enjoys working with students on their essays, resumes, research assignments, and other class assignments. She is familiar with MLA, APA, and ASA format and is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her day reading a book at her favorite local coffee shop.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:  2:00-3:30

Wednesday:  2:30-4:30 6:00-8:00

Thursday:  2:00-4:30 5:00-6:30

Friday:    none