We have an amazing team at the Writing Center. Get to know our talented staffers and learn about just some of their amazing accomplishments.




Brie Alsip is a sophomore hailing from Owensboro, Kentucky majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education and Social Change. Along with working in the Writing Center, Brie is a member of Greek life and Transy Choir. She's very passionate about iced coffee, Harry Styles, and her cat, Aries. She's so excited to be a part of the Writing Center team and can't wait to work with everyone!

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Aaron Bell is an Economics and History double major on the pre law track. He serves as sports editor of the Rambler and works as an Emergency Medical Technician. When not at class or work, Aaron is an avid snow skier and fisherman, and enjoys playing cards and watching movies.




Hi, my name is Lily Callahan. I am a sophomore from Harrisburg, Missouri. I am interested in WRC and WGS but my major is currently undecided. I am an avid equestrian and currently work at a horse farm in Georgetown. I also train and compete my own two horses, Moose and Pistol. When I am not at the barn, I am usually found watching reruns of The Office with my rescue dog, Rue. “Catch you on the flippity flip!” - Michael Scott

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Julia Castorena is a Lexington native who is also an anthropology major with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Outside of the Writing Center when she isn’t studying, she enjoys going camping with family, hanging out with her cat, listening to music, playing video games, writing, and learning about archaeology. She is very excited to work with patrons at the Writing Center!

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Hannah Compton is a senior from Huntington, West Virginia. She is majoring in Religious Studies with a minor in WGS. Outside of Transy, Hannah will either be focusing on fitness or animal rights advocacy. She is so excited to meet new people as she helps them throughout the writing process!



Meagan Compton is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Outside of the Writing Center, she is the Vice President for the It’s On Us organization. When she’s not studying in Brown Science Center, Meagan can be found hiking, practicing yoga, watching anime, or talking about astrology. She loves learning about other cultures and is a known animal lover. Meagan is looking forward to getting a glimpse of each patron’s own unique writing voice and making connections through the Writing Center. 

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Amanda Cooper is a senior from Versailles, KY. She is a Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication major with a minor in English.  On campus, she is a staffer at the Transylvanian and a volunteer for CKI, as well as a social media coordinator for the Writing Center. When she isn't doing schoolwork, Amanda enjoys reading, playing video games, and generally being a nerd. She is very excited to work at the Writing Center and share her love of writing with others.

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Lilly Dockery is a senior from Morgantown, KY. She is majoring in Accounting with minors in English and Psychology. On campus, she is the Treasurer for Circle K (a service organization) and an editor for Transy’s literary magazine, The Transylvanian. In her free time, Lilly enjoys reading, photography, watching movies/TV shows, and spending time with friends. She is looking forward to collaborating with students at the Writing Center!



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Alex Drury is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky double majoring in History and Political Science. When not locked down for an all-night writing session, Alex can be found leading the Transylvania chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, flipping your midnight pancakes with Cru, practicing on the drums, or reading about some niche piece history no one will ever ask him about. Alex is the kind of person who does research for fun and looks forward to putting that unfortunate trait to use while helping students develop their own writing.




Christina Duvall is a junior from Lexington, KY. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Studio Art. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she also plays for the Transy tennis team. In her free time, Christina enjoys reading, listening to music, watching too many tiktoks, and spending time with friends. She is excited to collaborate with students as a Writing Center staffer.

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Ben Gallenstein is a senior Classics major from Maysville, Kentucky. He enjoys long walks through Gratz Park, iced coffees from Third Street Stuff, and playing Pokemon (I mean, studying) in the library.



Mable is a senior Philosophy, Politics & Economics major from Louisville, KY. Outside of the Writing Center, Mable is involved in Cru. When she’s not in the classroom or library, Mable enjoys yoga, crime shows, and hanging out with her dog. You could also find her at the local ice rink, as she has been a competitive ice skater for 11 years, earning 2 U.S. Figure Skating gold medals during that time. She looks forward to working with students as a staffer at the Writing Center.




Megan Heeb is a junior from Northern Kentucky. She is pursuing a major in History and Spanish. Outside of the writing center, she works as an Admissions Ambassador, an ACE tutor, and is a member of Greek life. During her free time, you can find her watching YouTube videos, playing video games, or taking a nap. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with and support her peers in the Writing Center!



Kiki was born and raised in Lexington, KY! They went to LCA for high school and are currently majoring in sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. They are on the swim team and work at Panera so feel free to come visit anytime and get a bagel!



Austin Hocker is a Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications major in the class of 2022. He also plays trombone in the Transylvania concert band and pep band. Outside of class, Austin loves brewing, drinking, and learning about specialty coffee, working on his car and motorcycle, all things Star Wars, cooking, watching TV and films, and listening to a wide range of music and podcasts.




Miranda Holm-Hudson is from Evanston, Illinois, and is the administrative assistant for the Transylvania University Writing Center, Transylvania University first year seminar classes, and Transylvania University Academic Center for Excellence. Lexington has been her home for over two decades. From the University of Kentucky, she received a bachelor’s degree in education for secondary English language arts education and she received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Additionally, she received a nine-year arts degree for visual art. When she is not at Transy, there is a good chance that she is hiking, Irish dancing, reading poetry, taking nature photography, going on a long country drive with her partner, enjoying a cup of tea in the company of her cat, or listening to a history video or paranormal story.



Liz Howell is a sophomore majoring in Biology and English (on the pre-veterinary track). Originally from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, she came to Transy for the Eventing team, and has since joined the ASL Club, Transylvanian literary magazine staff, and become an R.A. as well! When not busy around campus, she can be found riding her horse Tippy, exploring hiking trails, or buying more books that she definitely (maybe) needs. Liz can’t wait to help her peers learn all the ins and outs of writing at the Writing Center this year!


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Ava is a junior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Chinese. Outside of the writing center she is Vice President of the Transy Student Art League and works as a Chinese tutor. In her free time she enjoys roller skating on the Legacy Trail, reading sci-fi and fantasy books, knitting, and crocheting.


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Karisma is a senior from Mt. Sterling, KY majoring in Political Science and French. Outside of the Writing Center, she is an Admissions Ambassador, a choir member, and is involved in Greek life. In the little time that she is not studying in the lib, Karisma can be found singing, binge-watching Chopped, or baking cupcakes. She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students during her time at the Writing Center!



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Taylor Kielman is a senior from Flemingsburg, KY. She is majoring in International Affairs with minors in Chinese and Asian Studies. Outside of her work in the writing center, Taylor is an Area Coordinator (an RA to the RAs) and a Chinese tutor in the ACE! She loves helping fellow students in any way she can, so don’t hesitate to reach out. When she’s not in the writing center, you can find her with her cat, Stitch, who lives on-campus with her. Taylor is ecstatic to be a part of the TUWC staff for a second year and to help her peers with all the complexities that come with writing!



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Brannon Lawson is a junior from Russell Springs, Kentucky who is majoring in Spanish Language and Literature. Besides working in the Writing Center, Brannon also works in the ACE Center as a Spanish tutor. A coffee addict, he loves to travel, read and cook, and can oftentimes be found searching the city for new and tasty local restaurants. 

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Ysa Leon is a sophomore from Louisville, KY. They are double majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication and Social Advocacy. Ysa plays lacrosse, is a senator for the Student Government Association, and is a member of TUnity. They love white mochas, their cats, and having vibrant conversations with friends. Ysa loves writing, reading, and the like; they can't wait to work with any and all patrons!


Nyah is a senior Computer Science and Digital Arts and Media major from Louisville, KY. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she is also a member of the Student Activities Board, and design consultant for the Rambler. Nyah enjoys true crime, embroidery, and listening to podcasts.




I'm from Frankfort, KY, a junior, and majoring in Political Science and Middle School Education. I'm passionate about volunteering and tutoring and have a lot of experience in both through programs like City Year in Philadelphia during my gap year, Kentucky Refugee Ministries (where I serve as a volunteer coordinator for Transy), The Carnegie Center, and ACE. I love riding my bike on The Legacy Trail, playing chess with my friends, or watching cooking videos on Youtube. 


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Kailie Settles is a sophomore from here in Lexington, Kentucky, majoring in English and Writing, Rhetoric and Communication. She is a resume consultant at the Transylvania Career Center, a freelance writer, and a member of the Transylvania YDSA. Most of her free time is spent either writing or thinking about what she's going to write, and she especially loves combining her passion for written word with her love for music. 



Jillian Shaw is a junior from Louisville, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in French and Sociology. Outside of the Writing Center, she is involved in the Transy Orchestra, the Transy Treble Choir, Phonathon, Ace Tutoring (for French), the Registrar's Office, French Club, Alumni Reunion Planning, College Democrats, and her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. When she is not at one of her thirty thousand obligations, she likes to spend her free time watching YouTube or TV, playing on her Nintendo Switch, traveling as much as possible, or, most importantly, bothering all of her friends. She is super excited to meet new people and work with others on campus to share her love of writing! 


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Caroline is a junior from Owensboro, KY majoring in Economics and minoring in WRC. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she is also an Admissions Ambassador and a member of SAB and Greek Life. She enjoys cold brew coffee, making Spotify playlists, and petting every passing dog on the street. She's excited to collaborate with new and friendly faces this year! 


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Ally Simpson is a rising senior from Evansville, IN majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Psychology. Outside of the Writing Center, Ally is involved in Greek Life and ThriveTU. After college, she cannot wait to become a teacher with her own classroom and to adopt loads of dogs. In the few hours she is not in the classroom or the library, you can find her enjoying a crime show, playing with her chihuahua, Callie, or journaling. She looks forward to collaborating with students and developing new relationships as tutor at the Carnegie Center. In the little free time she is not studying, she loves to hang out with friends, exercise, watch movies, and find new hiking trails. She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students at the Writing Center!



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Kortney Smith is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a WRC and Political Science major. She is on the track and cross country team, serves as an admissions ambassador, is involved in Greek Life, and the Vice President of the Student Activities Board. When Kortney is not studying in the Library, she loves to explore all the coffee shops in Lexington. She is excited to collaborate with other Transy students and get to know the community! 


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Lindsey Steffen is a senior from Georgetown, KY majoring in WRC (Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications) and English. Outside of the Writing Center, she is a First Engagements Scholar, an Admissions Ambassador, an Executive Chair for the Student Government Association, a band member, and is involved in Greek life. When she wants to relax, she spends her time listening to music, hanging out with friends, or running at the gym. Lindsey is also a coffee fanatic and will tell you all about the best coffee shops near Transy. She is very excited to collaborate with patrons and help them become confident  in their writing.




Dalton Teegarden is a junior from Georgetown, Kentucky majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Sociology. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he is also a First Engagements Scholar, involved in greek life, and serves as a student government senator. When he is not chronically procrastinating, you can find him spending time with friends, watching movies, or going to battle axes. He looks forward to his time at the Writing Center, meeting new students and collaborating with familiar faces




Maggie Whaley is a sophomore here at Transy. She is planning to double major in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, pre health club, Junior Panhellenic, 100 doors mentoring program, and now the Writing Center! She enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, going to the lake, going snow skiing, and watching Netflix! She is super excited to be working as Writing Center staffer! 


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Sam Womack is a Transy senior who is honestly just trying their best. Sam hopes to major in Digital Arts and Media and minor in Psychology. In their free time, Sam enjoys watching YouTube, playing Pokemon Go, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and begging their plants not to die (often unsuccessfully). Sam is excited to work and learn alongside their peers in the writing center and can't wait to see what this year will hold!