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.


Mackenzie is currently an undergraduate studying psychology and neuroscience at UNLV. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and hopes to attend graduate school in clinical neuropsychology. He’s eager to work with any students but he has particular expertise with APA-style papers. Mackenzie is also doing research at the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute here in Las Vegas. In addition to his interest in neuroscience, Mackenzie also likes to beatbox.


Max comes to Las Vegas from Philadelphia.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Poetry here at UNLV. Max is also a musician.


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.


Raluca moved to Las Vegas from Brasov, Romania and earned her B.A. in Secondary Education here at UNLV.  She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literary Study. Raluca taught 9th and 10th grade English at Clark High School, 12th grade AP English at Durango High School, and English Language Arts, Creative Writing, and Publications at Somerset Academy. Raluca’s areas of interest in English include the impact of structural systems on individuals, self-alienation, and the psychology of literary characters.  Her favorite author is Oscar Wilde. Raluca enjoys yoga, nature, cats, books, traveling, and creative writing. She is currently working on a novel and a volume of short stories.  She likes to work with writers on all kinds of papers, but literature topics in particular.


RC grew up in Bryan, Ohio but has been a resident of Las Vegas for over ten years. He earned his BA in Fine Arts at the University of Dayton and is currently pursuing his MA in English in Literature. He enjoys running, hiking, and cooking (minus the dairy).


Roy is from Seattle, and attended Thomas Aquinas College, earning his BA in Philosophy. He is currently working towards his MFA in Creative Writing here at UNLV.  He enjoys working with writers on all types of assignments.


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.


Tyler is from Plum City, Wisconsin and earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in English and Creative Writing. He is currently working towards an M.F.A in Creative Writing here at UNLV. He has three years of professional consulting experience. Tyler’s interests in English are in poetry and fiction.  He is also a gamer. He likes to work with writers on personal essays and creative 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


Zach comes from Fort Smith AR. As an undergraduate, he studied English and anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He is currently teaching ENG 101 and earning his M.F.A. in creative writing. His interests include modern speculative fiction and/or magical realism, like Amelia Gray, Karen Russell, and Octavia Butler. He has tutored students of all ages in reading comprehension and writing in both Austin, TX and Henderson, NV. He’s looking forward to working on papers “within the realm of cultural anthropology, sociology, gender studies or queer theory, as well as any papers about modern literature.” Zach also enjoys hiking, cooking Thai food, and forcing others to listen to his karaoke.