Meet our staff

Atlee Beam

Atlee-Beam637049462481555997History and Music
Atlee Beam is a major in History and Music with a focus on composition. He grew up and went to school in Bayfield, Colorado, where he is currently employed as a pharmacy technician. Atlee enjoys assisting his peers in their writing and research simply because he likes seeing other succeed. As a tutor, Atlee is excited to help anytime!


Claire Canty

WC_Clair-CantyPublic Health and Psychology
Claire is from a small town in Texas. She visited Durango a year ago and instantly decided that Fort Lewis College was going to be her home for four or more years. Claire is studying Public Health and Psychology. She enjoys running, playing soccer, great books, all dogs, and most outdoor activities. Even though writing can be complicated and frustrating, Claire is ready to assist, listen, and help you hone your writing skills. Writing is a lot like exploring and Claire would like to be a friendly face you trust to embolden and foster your writing adventure.


Kimberly Cassels

Kim-CasellsJournalism and Multimedia Studies
Kim is a nontraditional student majoring in Journalism and minoring in Theatre. She's a senior who is reporting for The Indy and copywriting for one of Durango's rafting outfitters. Kim is from Farmington and grew up exploring the Four Corners region. She loves NPR, science, outdoor extravaganzas, and learning about others. Kim can't wait to assist her peers with their writing endeavors and learn from them in the process!


Claer Aonghus

WC_Claer-FosterEnglish major, anthropology minor
Hello Everyone! I'm from Durango, Colorado and am majoring in English and have a minor in anthropology. I focus my studies on 19th century British literature and have recently taken up researching the working-class literature traditions in Scotland of that period. When I'm not reading history and literature, I enjoy singing folk songs with my family in our weekly Cèilidh or walking around the mountains with my puggle-pup named Puggles. I love to help students creatively and critically strategize whatever project they are pursuing. Ultimately, I enjoy being here as a peer working to help fellow-students do their best in their studies.


Charlie Kaiser

WC_Charlie-KaiserPsychology Major, Sociology Minor
Charlie is a junior and plays on the women’s soccer team here at the fort. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to begin working with students in the writing center this year.  She enjoys being outside, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.  Charlie is looking forward to help students reach their writing goals and learn from this experience! Come say hello!


Megan Ross

Megan RossWriting, Marketing & Studio Art
Megan grew up playing pirates and fairies in the forests of Woodland Park, Colorado. From her little world she stepped out and found her way to Durango. She’s in her third year at Fort Lewis College and is studying Writing, Marketing, and Studio Art. She enjoys long walks on the beach, tall glasses of lemonade, and Italian food. Okay, but really, Megan loves to write fiction, read, hike, ski, draw, paint, and play D&D. (Yes she also still wants to be a pirate fairy) She loves to help people learn how to express themselves, and develop their writing skills. Working through the intricacies of language is a driving passion for Megan. She’s super excited to be working in the Writing Center! Make sure you go say hi!


Michele Bonanno

WC_Michelle-Bonanno_Michelle graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications in 2001. She then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a Master of Arts in Communication in 2004. Beginning with her graduate studies, Michelle became, and continues to be, particularly interested in the rhetorical power of mass media. She wrote her Master's thesis on the role of local newspapers in healing the Littleton, Colorado community after the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Michelle began teaching here at FLC in 2005. As a student at FLC, Michelle met her future husband, Anthony, and they are now raising their two children, AJ and Mia.