Staff Biographies


Andrea Deacon - Co-Director


Associate Professor of English

Kristin Risley - Co-Director


Associate Professor of English

Mary Charlier - Office Associate


The UW-Stout Writing Center employs trained undergraduate peer tutors from a variety of disciplines and majors.

You can view photos and biographies for all 13 tutors below by clicking on the tutor's name.

Grace Arneberg - Junior

 Grace Arneberg Fall 2013 - web

Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism with a minor in Spanish

Hobbies: Reading, writing, drinking coffee, laughing too much (especially at corny jokes)

Favorite Authors: Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers

Favorite Books: Thr3e, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Water for Elephants, Redeeming Love

Tutoring Specialties: Grammar, word choice, structure, essays

When in doubt, I refer to: Rules for Writers, Purdue Owl or Google

Renee Brown - Junior

Renee Brown photograph 

Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Hobbies: Drawing, reading, video games, yoga

Favorite Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Books: A Song of Ice and Fire series, Harry Potter, The Hobbit

Tutoring Specialties: Structure and content, grammar, thesis, creative writing, essays

When in doubt, I refer to: Other tutors, Purdue Owl, AP Stylebook


Kelsy-Ann Hayes - Junior

 photograph of tutor Kelsy-Ann Hayes

Major: Cross Media Graphics Communication with a minor in Business

Hobbies: Racing dirt track cars, scrapbooking, riding anything motorized

Favorite Author: Dave Pelzer, Julia Alvarez

Favorite books: A Child Called It, In the Time of The Butterflies

Tutoring Specialties: Creative writing, brainstorming, essays

When in doubt I refer to: Google and my peers

Daniel Jay - Senior

 photograph of tutor Daniel Jay

Major: Applied Social Science: Sociology/Cultural Anthropology 

Hobbies: Bicycling, reading, writing, playing music, soccer, researching

Favorite Authors: Hermann Hesse, Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac

Favorite Books: Demian, Beneath the Wheel, Ishmael, On the Road, Narcissus and Goldmund

Tutoring Specialties: APA/MLA, structure, research papers, brainstorming, thesis development

When in doubt, I refer to: Rules for Writersthesaurus

Michelle Johnsen - Senior


Major: Entertainment Design with a focus in Comics and Sequential Art

Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, drawing, being outside

Favorite Author: Hiromu Arakawa, J.K. Rowling, Jim Butcher

Favorite books: Fullmetal Alchemist, Harry Potter, The Crystal Shard, Dresden Files, Amulet of Samarkand, Howl's Moving Castle, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Tutoring Specialties: MLA, creative writing, idea generation, essays

When in doubt, I refer to: Other tutors or Purdue Owl

Jace Johnson - Junior

Photo of Writing Center Tutor Jace Johnson 

Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media--Digital Humanities concentration.

Hobbies:Rock climbing, longboarding, traveling, arguing

Favorite Authors: Brent Weeks, Hermann Hesse, Kurt Vonnegut, Patrick Rothfuss

Favorite Books: The Name of the Wind, Slaughterhouse Five, Demian

Tutoring Specialties: MLA, structure, create writing, brainstorming, constructing a thesis

When in doubt I refer to: Purdue, the wise old writing owl

Kori Klaustermeier - Sophomore

 photo of tutor Kori Klaustermeier

Major: Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management with minors in Business Administration and Economics

Hobbies: Reading, ballet, baking, driving and playing word games like Scrabble and Bananagrams

Favorite Authors: Nora Roberts

Favorite Books: I love romance novels, but I am starting to branch off more, too! Recent favorites include The Art of Deception, Wild, Wonder, and The End of Normal

Tutoring Specialties: Professional writing, resumes, word variety, clarity, APA

When in doubt, I refer to: Google, Purdue OWL

Abby Knott - Sophomore

 photograph of tutor Abby Knott

Major: Interior Design with a minor in Project Management

Hobbies: Reading, hunting, camping, outdoors, designing, cooking

Favorite Authors: Dan Brown, Melissa De La Cruz, Anne Godbersen, Scott Westerfeld, Stephenie Meyer, P.C. Cast, J.K. Rowling

Favorite Books: The Host, Inferno, Romeo & Juliet, Harry Potter series, House of Night series

Tutoring Specialties: Research papers, MLA citation, resumes

When in doubt, I refer to: Rules for Writers, 7th edition


Julie Randle - Senior


Majors: Human Development and Family Studies & Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Hobbies: Running, reading, hiking, canoeing, crafts

Favorite Author: Robert Frost

Favorite books: A Long Way Gone and Jane Eyre

Tutoring Specialties: MLA, thesis/brainstorming, and research papers

When in doubt, I refer to: Purdue Owl and Hacker's Rules for Writers

Taylor Smith - Junior

 Photo of Tutor Taylor Smith


Major: Professional Communications and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism with a minor in Spanish

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, writing, crocheting, traveling, and being weird

Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, John Green, Walt Whitman 

Favorite Books: Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, and Grimm Brothers Fairytales

Tutoring Specialties: Word choice, grammar, and creative writing

When in doubt, I refer to: Other tutors, AP Stylebook, and Google


Ashley Wentworth - Senior

 photograph of tutor Ashley Wentworth

Major: Retail Merchandising and Management

Hobbies: Active sports like soccer, volleyball dance or flag football; sewing, painting and knitting

Favorite Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Favorite Books: Mystery novels that keep me on my toes and make me think

Tutoring Specialties: Creative Writing, resumes, applications

When in doubt, I refer to: Any resource available


Jason Wilson - Senior


Major: Pharmacy with a minor in Biomedical

Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, reading, disc golf

Favorite Author: Tamora Pierce

Favorite books: Dragon Prince series, all of Pierce's books

Tutoring Specialties: Description, comparative essays, in-depth explanations of ideas

When in doubt, I refer to: Google

Barbara Young - Sophomore

 photograph of tutor Barb Young

Major: Professional Communications and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism

Hobbies: Reading, sewing, writing, general crafting

Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce and Jane Austen

Favorite Books: Harry Potter series, Talking to Dragons series, 1984, Brave New World

Tutoring Specialties: Organization, word choice, outlining, journalism, creative writing

When in doubt, I refer to: Purdue Owl, The Elements of Style, AP Stylebook


Contact Information

Main Location
Room 211 Robert S. Swanson Learning Center (the University Library)

We are on the second floor near the periodicals.

Phone: (715) 232-5284

Writing Center Hours

The Writing Center will resume regular hours for Fall 2014 on Monday, September 15th.  

The hours are as follows: 

Monday -- Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library.

Satellite Tutoring Hours

Satellite hours will begin on Sunday, September 21st.

Available to all students on a walk-in basis.

Sundays: MSC 5 - 7 p.m. AFM & HKMC 8 - 10 p.m.

Mondays MSC 5 - 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: CKTO, South & Fleming 8 - 10 p.m. 

Wednesdays: MSC 5 - 7 p.m. Library 7 - 9 p.m.