Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Interested in working in the Writing Center? Here's what you need to know:

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Our Current Staff of Consultants:



Kaelan Brooks

Year: senior

Hometown: Hickman, Nebraska

Major: English with an emphasis in creative writing with a minor in theatre

Specialties: poetry, MLA

Activities & Hobbies: Alpha Pi Epsilon, The Guild, Bad Movie Club, Doane Harry Potter Club, International Foods Club, Xanadu

Tiger Tidbit: I enjoy looking up word etymologies

Ambition: I’m honestly interested in doing something in writing.

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird (RIP Harper Lee)

Vacation Spot: Somewhere rainy, cold, and gray. So probably England.

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: ENG 238, ENG 231



Nick Larkin

Year: senior

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas

Major: I am majoring in English and business (or accounting)

Specialties: MLA, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure

Activities: Doane Soccer

Tiger Tidbit: I have a twin on campus

Ambitions: either go to law school or be an accountant

Favorite Book: Game of Thrones series

Vacation Spot: Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: Katy Hanggi's LAR classes, Brad Johnson English courses, and writing courses



Matt Villarreal

Year: senior

Hometown: Greeley, Colorado

Major: religious studies

Specialties: MLA, style/syntax, clarity, rhetorical analysis, religion-related writing, literary analysis

Activities & Hobbies: reading, writing, running, cross country, track, researching (philosophy, science, psychology, religion, and spirituality), singing, choir, Bad Movies Club, 1014 magazine, IDEA, church

Tiger Tidbit: I consider myself deeply spiritual, finding beauty and meaning in nature, ideas in world religions, other people, arts and culture, philosophy, antiquity, and travel.

Ambitions: I want to go to seminary or divinity school and become a preacher.

Favorite Books: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, the Upanishads, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Tao te Ching, The Analects by Confucius, the Bible, the Qur’an, UFO Kids by Alan Zullo, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

Vacation Spot: Boston, Massachusetts

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: comparative religions, comparative philosophy, introduction to Old Testament, introduction to New Testament, the problem of evil, democracy and diversity, Islam, interpersonal communication, small group communication, gender communication, public speaking



Emily Yokel

Year: senior

Hometown: Friend, Nebraska

Major: strategic communications, English minor

Specialties: sentence fluency, grammar, MLA, Chicago, APA, argumentative essays, personal essays, graduate school applications

Activities & Hobbies: I am the head editor of Xanadu, Doane's literary magazine, and am a writer for the 1014 magazine. Also, I am a volunteer for Tabitha Care Center and enjoy spending time with children.

Tiger Tidbit: When I workout or am in desperate need of motivation, I listen to Kendrick Lamar which is very unexpected considering my sweet disposition and my regular music choices.

Ambitions: As far as future aspirations, I have learned over time that things may turn out very differently than planned. However, I am extremely passionate about nonprofit organizations and would love to perform their public relation duties.

Favorite Books: I enjoy historical novels, particularly the ones that discuss the Kennedy family. In addition, I read personal essays that discuss topics not often talked about. These matters consist of eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, and gender equality.

Vacation Spot: I have been to London and would love to go back!

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 Heroes with Dan Clanton



Foster Collins

Year: junior

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: environmental science, emphasis in biology

Specialties: MLA, APA, poetic writing, résumés

Activities & Hobbies: I play alto saxophone in Concert Band, play mandolin in my room, and sing in Doane Choir. I also compete in poetry slams, bike avidly, and am a member of Alpha Pi Epsilon.

Tiger Tidbit: I work event staff at Pinnacle Bank Arena and get paid to go to concerts.

Ambitions: I’d love to work in the National Parks Service one day, but for now I’m just trying to get my degree.

Favorite Books: The Martian by Andy Weir, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Hero by Perry Moore, and anything with a gay main character

Vacation Spot: anywhere with lots of nature and not a lot of people

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 with J.L. Vertin, ENG 101



Tayma Sebek

Year: junior

Hometown: Hampton, Nebraska

Major: elementary education with a leadership minor and an early childhood endorsement

Specialties: grammar, sentence fluency/structure, MLA format

Activities & Hobbies: On campus, I am involved in the Hansen Leadership Program, Theatre, Chi Delta Sorority, and I enjoy jammin’ at concerts, bingin’ multiple Netflix series at one time, and reading novels.

Tiger Tidbit: I have heterochromia, meaning one of my eyes has different colors! My eyes are primarily green, but I have a large brown section in my right eye!

Ambition: To educate little minds.

Favorite Book: anything by Paulo Coehlo

Vacation Spot: Australia

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: SOC 109, PSI 101, IDS 302, THE 101, leadership classes, education classes



Olivia DeFord

Year: sophomore

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: science education with a secondary endorsement

Specialties: proofreading, MLA & Chicago

Activities: Doane Dance Team, Chi Delta Sorority, Honors Program

Tiger Tidbit: I have a blue betta fish named Phichii (pronounced “fishy”)

Ambitions: I want to be a high school science teacher, but I don’t know what subject I want to teach yet. I’ll figure it out eventually!

Favorite Book: The Magisterium series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Vacation Spot: Minnesota

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: LAR 101 with Brad Johnson, BIO 110



Ryleigh Gebers

Year: sophomore

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: English education with secondary and ESL endorsements

Specialties: proofreading, brainstorming

Activities: judge for high school debate

Tiger Tidbit: I carry around a small, handwritten notebook of all the insults I can find in Shakespeare's plays. If you ever want to insult or seriously confuse someone, feel free to look through it for inspiration.

Ambitions: I want to teach high school English. Maybe write a book someday if I ever actually have a decent story idea and the motivation to follow through on writing a whole novel.

Favorite Book: This question hurts. I'll go with the default answer that I love Harry Potter, but really anything that's sufficiently fiction, non-realistic, and well-written has a decent chance of being on my favorites list, assuming I have time to read it.

Vacation Spot: I love the Black Hills in South Dakota.

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: World Literature, LAR 101: The Power of Stories, Intro. to Fiction, Intro. to Meteorology, Logic and Critical Thinking, Spanish 203 and 204, Intro. to Literary Studies, Linguistics, Modern American Literature



Jimmy Nguyen

Year: sophomore

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska

Major: theatre

Specialties: grammar, sentence fluency, outlines, résumés, MLA, and APA

Activities: Theatre, Doane Choir, Improv Team

Tiger Tidbit: I've met many people who have been on Broadway, such as Darren Criss, Laura Benanti, and Alex Gemignani through my community and professional theatre work in Omaha.

Ambitions: actor, director or scenic painter

Favorite Book: Prodigal Son by John Patrick Shanley

Vacation Spot: New York City

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: LAR 101, communication courses, theatre courses



Caitie Leibman, M.A.

Writing Center Director

Hometown: Louisville, Nebraska

Activities: Reading, writing, coaching and judging competitive speech, listening to pop. culture podcasts, reading the news, sitting on my couch at home with my people.

Tiger Tidbit: I’m a Doane alum!

Ambitions: To be here; to be the best Caitie I can be.

Favorite Book: Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, maybe Lucky by Alice Sebold, but maybe Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

Vacation Spot: On a body of water (rivers count).

About my role: I’m here to support the staff of peer consultants, to coordinate writing services across campus, and to learn from you, the brilliant writers we serve!