Consultants K-Z


Karli earned her B.A. in English from UNLV, where she is continuing her studies in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program. She teaches ENG 101. Her areas of interest include contemporary poetry and Native American literature, as well as nonfiction and the exploration of topics such as semiotics, ecocriticism, gender studies, intersectionality, and transnationalism. Among her favorite authors are June Jordan, Vine Deloria Jr., and Carl Sagan. As a writing consultant, Karli is happy to work with papers from across the disciplines, in addition to creative projects, personal statements, and resumes.


Kayla D. is originally from Las Vegas and earned her B.A. in English at UNLV. She is currently teaching ENG 101 and working toward her M.A. in English. Kayla is “interested in 19th and 20th century literature, but especially enjoys Jane Austen and Ralph Waldo Emerson.” In her free time, Kayla likes reading and exploring the city she calls home.


Coming from Parker, Colorado, Kenzie completed her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Colorado. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English at SNHU.  Makenzie is interested in American and British Literature, especially Shakespeare, and has experience teaching high school English.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, reading, and playing with her dog. She especially likes helping writers with literary analysis and creative writing.


Like many of UNLV’s students, Kevin immigrated to the US. Having grown up in the Philippines, he never thought that he would attain a degree in English Literature from a university in the desert, but his passion for the literary arts (a passion kindled after receiving Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a gift in the second grade) motivated him to pursue a master’s degree in literature. Kevin also never thought that he would teach ENG 101 and 102, but he realized he enjoys discussing texts and helping students learn the rigors of effective writing. During his spare time, Kevin likes to draw, dance and watch films--but only if he manages to peel himself away from his iPhone.


Born and raised in Las Vegas, Layla is currently majoring in English. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing. Layla enjoys literature anywhere from the classics to contemporary literary works. Her favorite authors are Haruki Murakami and Khaled Hosseini. As a writing consultant, Layla enjoys working with all types of papers and diligent students. She is very comfortable working with multilingual writers and even desires to teach English abroad.Fun facts: Layla is of Mexican/Afghani descent. She has two bunnies named Mochi and Kuma (who love bananas). Layla is also an extreme strawberry shortcake enthusiast. 



Leisa comes to UNLV from Boston. She earned her BA from Marymount Manhattan College in Theater and Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing. Her interests within English include creative writing, poetry, and first year composition. She enjoys working with almost all papers at any stage in the writing process, but especially loves papers with creative or personal elements.


Lindsay came to UNLV from the Detroit-Metro area, where she studied creative writing, film, and studio art at Oakland University. During her time as an undergraduate, she engaged with writing on several different platforms—as a managing editor on the Oakland Arts Review, a copywriter for the Detroit Zoo, a creative writing teacher at a correctional facility—really any opportunity to get her hands wordy. She is looking forward to working with writers from a variety of disciplines across campus as a teacher and writing consultant while she pursues her M.F.A. in Creative Writing.


Michael is originally from West Covina, CA. He earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2017. His work experience includes technical writing for Ocean Spray and biographical writing for the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. In his free time, he enjoys reading DC Comics, watching films, and creative writing in the science fiction/fantasy genre. His favorite authors are Leigh Bardugo and Robert E. Howard.


A Ph.D. candidate who is currently revising his dissertation on spatial theory in reference to Beat authors and culture, Mike is a life-long writer who has been published in alternative weeklies as well as academic journals.  Mike enjoys working with student writers because he believes that the written word can be a powerful tool that everyone should be able to use effectively.  Moreover, no two writers are alike. Thus, no two consultations are alike which means that there is always the possibility of learning something new. 


Nadia has moved around a lot, but considers Canton, MI and Tulsa, OK to be her hometowns. She completed her undergraduate education at American University of Sharjan in the UAE in Mass Communication and Journalism. Nadia also holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Nadia is interested in pop culture, mysteries, biographies, and personal essays. Her favorite authors include Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodenhouse, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Ahdat Souiet, and Leila Ahmed.  She enjoys working with writers on papers relating to environmental science, social sciences, religion, language, and literature. Nadia is also an avid blogger.


Nanette is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She earned her BA in Writing from Brigham Young University. She is primarily interested in literary nonfiction, American studies, and the bible as literature. She likes to spend her free time with her family, which includes her five daughters and five grandchildren. She also enjoys cycling, playing piano, gardening, vegan cooking, and studying religion.


A resident of the Las Vegas area since 1997, Scott received his BA in English and his MFA in Creative Writing from UNLV. He has 10 years of tutoring experience, and has taught English 101, 102, and 205. He loves reading contemporary novels and creative nonfiction, and is currently working on his first book. When he’s not reading or writing, he frequents movie theaters and coffee shops, likes to watch basketball and old movies on TV, and takes long walks whenever he can. 


Shannon is originally from Baltimore, MD, where she earned her BA in English and an MA in English Literature from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Currently studying poetry in UNLV's MFA program, she is also a graduate assistant and has taught ENG 101, 102, and 407A (business writing). As a writing consultant, Shannon is most comfortable discussing literary analyses or argument papers, though she is happy to work with any student on any assignment. In her free time, she enjoys feminist literature, superheroes, singing to herself, and winning prizes from claw machines.


Sotodeh is a native of Las Vegas, who recently graduated from UNLV with an Honors degree in Biological Sciences. She has worked as research assistant for Biology labs, and was a guest lecturer for the Honors 400 Seminar on Superheroes course. She currently works in a Biology lab here on campus, and is joining the Writing Center this fall. Sotodeh enjoys playing the violin and hiking in her free time. She looks forward to consulting with writers on all types of papers.


Staci is a “sort of” native of Scottsdale, Arizona.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Whittier College in Whittier, California, and completed her M.A. in International Relations at ASU. Staci has more than ten years of experience teaching and tutoring international students, as well having taught at the university level for four years. Her interests include reading, especially fantasy and Neuroscience, hiking, camping, and kayaking.  She is a fan of football and takes game days seriously.  Staci is also an animal lover, who currently has three dogs, and who used to volunteer at a local zoo.  She enjoys working with all students on any type of writing.


Tim is a writer of fictions and poems with experience as a writing consultant all the way back to his undergraduate program. He has worked in multiple writing centers over a period of six years. He has taught courses in composition, business writing, and creative writing. It might seem weird, but his favorite writing projects to work with are resumes. They are just endlessly fascinating to him. Regardless, he enjoys working all types of writers on all types of writing.


Vicki is originally from Posen, Illinois and is currently working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology here at UNLV.  Vicki enjoys reading Romantic literature; especially first and second generation romantic poets; Existentialist literature; Contemporary Postmodern poetry and fiction; and poetry. She has a wide variety of hobbies including playing video games, writing poetry, and attending rock concerts and pop culture conventions.  She says she probably (too frequently) has a Watsky song playing in her