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Meet our Writing Center Staff!
Olathe Antonio- Psychology
Yá’át’ééh! Hello! My name is Olathe (pronounced Oh-Lay-Theee) and I am not named after the town in Kansas or Colorado. I am both Navajo and Shawnee and grew up on the Navajo Nation. I am a transfer student, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Studio Art. I enjoy being outside, traveling, reading, doing anything artistic, and being happy. I like organizing and formatting papers but am happy to help with other aspects as well. I am excited to support you in becoming confident in your writing!
Clair Canty-Public 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.
Jack Ellmer - English Major
Jack is from Fort Collins originally but likes to live wherever he can find great trails and great food. This is his third year at Fort Lewis College and he's majoring in Writing and minoring in Environmental Policy. He recently began working for the Forest Service in the summer as a wildland firefighter. Jack specializes in tutoring creative writing and working with international students but he loves to work with whatever comes his way! In his free time, Jack loves to bike, run, hike, climb, cook, camp, read, and so much more. Come say hi whether you see him on the trail or in the writing center!
Holly Fox - English Major
Holly is a transfer student from Farmington, New Mexico. She is extremely excited to be studying and working at the Fort. Holly enjoys writing, philosophy, and literature. Yet she also enjoys the variety of subjects encompassed in the liberal arts. She is a big fan of dance and yoga. In her spare time, Holly enjoys reading and writing historical fiction and fantasy. Holly is eager to work with fellow students to pursue the best writing processes possible.
Cassidy Hawley - Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cassidy is a sophomore and is studying Cellular and Molecular Biology and will hopefully pursue a minor in Spanish. She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma but lived in Durango for 8 years of her childhood. She returned because of her love for Fort Lewis College and the community of Durango. Cassidy will remain here for the rest of her undergraduate college career. She enjoys reading, learning new things, listening to music, cooking, hot yoga, spending time outdoors, sunshine, and all types of animals. She loves meeting all kinds of new people and relating to them through common passions for learning. Cassidy is enthusiastic about helping others grow in their academia through skills she has acquired throughout her scholarly years. Come see her in the writing center for help or just as a friend around campus!
Charlie Kaiser- Psychology Major, Sociology Minor
Charlie is a sophomore 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!
Randy Poyer - Environmental Studies
I am a graduate of FLC and now working towards a GIS certificate. I majored in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology. I am very excited to be working as a writing tutor because I have been doing this for a few years and I hope to offer some assistance for other students at the Writing Center. Whatever the reason may be for you to come to the Writing Center, please know that I understand how stressful it can be and, ultimately, that it is my goal for students to walk out of a session with a little more confidence in their writing. Otherwise, I do enjoy conversing, in other words, brainstorming ideas or forming arguments. Come by if you also want to talk about your favorite authors and books or if you also enjoy works from Lawrence Durrell, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, or Flannery O’Conner.
Michelle Bonanno, Director
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.