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Our Consultants


Dr. David S. Martins, University Writing Program Director,

Writing Commons Cooridnator

  • Phil Shaw

    Phil Shaw is Writing Commons Coordinator as well as a full-time lecturer in the University Writing Program. He first became interested in Writing Center work as a peer consultant at the University of Denver and then as a professional consultant here at RIT. His other research interests include metacognition and cognitive studies, student agency, and knowledge transfer between disciplines. He enjoys road trips, vinyl records, cats, effects pedals, and coffee.

Writing Consultants

  • Claudia Alant

    Claudia is a first year Mechanical Engineering major expecting to complete a Mathematics Minor and Bioengineering immersion. She will be working as a peer writing consultant and she is thrilled to learn more about how students across many disciplines use language to bring ideas to fruition. Claudia is a member of Hot Wheelz (a Formula Electric vehicle team comprised completely of females), fluent in Afrikaans, and insatiably curious.

  • Isreal Anthony

    Israel is a second-year Game Design & Development major and is in his first semester working as a peer writing consultant. His favorite part about working at the Writing Commons is seeing the ways writing is used in all kinds of disciplines. Israel enjoys writing his own short narratives and incorporating them into his technical discipline of game development.

  • Taryn Brennan

    Taryn is a third year International and Global Studies student and is in her second semester working as a peer writing consultant. She is involved in multiple organizations across campus, including RIT’s Model United Nations and MCAS. Taryn works for the LGBT MSO Outspoken and as a peer mentor for the Sociology/Anthropology Department within COLA. Her favorite part of working as a peer consultant is getting the chance to know and connect with students from all backgrounds and experiences via the written word.

  • Taylor Derrisaw

    Taylor is a fourth year student who is currently studying Finance with an Economics immersion. Taylor is a third year peer consultant and enjoys working with different people and adapting to new challenges that arise while working with student writers in the Commons. He also works as the News Editor for Reporter Magazine, RIT’s student run publication. Taylor is an Officer Candidate in the Marine Corps and enjoys biking and reading.

  • Annika Garbers

    Annika is a second year Industrial and Systems Engineering major. She is in her second semester working as a peer writing consultant and is excited to help students improve their projects and grow as writers. Annika is involved in many clubs and organizations on campus including Hot Wheelz (all-female Formula Electric vehicle team), the Society of Women Engineers, the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers, and RIT FIRST Robotics. She works part-time for CBG Images Design as a proofreader/copywriter and for RIT’s Office of the Provost as a Website Assistant.

  • Gregory Goh

    Gregory is a third-year Computer Science major and is in his fourth semester working as a peer consultant. Gregory enjoys writing in both natural languages and programming languages. His interests include cardistry (flourishes and tricks with playing cards), as well as crafting and exploring narrative experiences in video games. In addition to English, Gregory can speak Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia.

  • Taylor Gould

    Taylor is a third year Industrial and Systems Engineering student here at RIT and is also a member of the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. She enjoys working at the Writing Commons because it gives her opportunity to work with new people and help people become better writers. Not only does she help people who come to The Writing Commons, but the center also helps to enhance her reading, writing, communication, and tutoring skills and exposes her to new forms of writing she has never seen before. 

  • Geoffrey Kanteles

    Geoffrey is a second year Computing Security student and is in his first semester working as a peer consultant. Geoff is a member of the pep band, enjoys gaming, and outdoor activities.

  • Gregory Lattanzio

    Greg has many years of experience teaching technical writing, creative writing, and literature. Following the completion his MA and PhD in English, he has spent the past several years working with students in the Rochester area. His special interests include research on gender and sexuality, digital humanities, cultural studies, contemporary American fiction, and film.

  • Jennifer Litt

    Jennifer Litt is the sole proprietor of Jennifer Litt Writing Services ( and teaches writing at SUNY Brockport and the Rochester Institute of Technology. A poet, Jennifer’s work has appeared in several anthologies, journals and magazines, including Jet Fuel Review, LUMINA, Mixed Fruit, Naugatuck River Review and nycBigCityLit. She is the author of the chapbook, Maximum Speed through Zero, published in 2016 by Blue Lyra Press in its Delphi Series, Volume 2. She lives in Rochester, New York.

  • Roshan Matthew

    Roshan is a second year student pursuing a degree in Human Centered Computing and is in his second semester working as peer writing consultant. He loves collaborating with writers from various disciplines and backgrounds, and enjoys being a part of the process that translates people’s thoughts and ideas into words. As an international student, Roshan is multi-lingual and has experience working with writers whose first language is not English. He is also conversant in basic ASL. In his free time, Roshan is involved with the RIT Leadership Institute & Community Service Center, Global Leadership Readiness Program, International Student Services, Deaf International Student Association, RIT Badminton & Tennis clubs.

  • Betsy Hicks McDonald

    Dr. Betsy Hicks McDonald is a linguist and CODA fluent in American Sign Language and French, with basic knowledge of Russian. She has also been a faculty member and researcher at NTID (English Department), Keuka College (ASL Program); the University of Rochester (ASL Program and the Sign Language Research Center), and Georgetown University (the Sign Language Research Lab). Working with student writers in the Commons energizes her with daily insights into how English and other languages work and the endless creativity of clever humans.

  • Benjamin Padovano

    Benjamin is a second year Electrical Engineering student in KGCOE and is in his second semester working as a peer writing consultant. As someone who loves technology, Ben enjoys discussing topics involving new innovations with science, engineering, and education. He enjoys being an ultra-consumer and analyzing new forms of narrative writing, Virtual Reality, and indirect storytelling in gaming and motion pictures. Ben aims to help students become more familiar with their personal writing practices by drawing on his interest in metacognition.

  • Kaitie Spaude

    Kaitie is a third year student pursuing dual degrees in Journalism and Media Arts and Technology and is in her third semester working as a peer writing consultant. Besides writing in AP style, Kaitie also writes code and can whip up a mean lab report. She believes writing should be about getting your information out to the world in the most efficient way possible. Kaitie works at the RIT Telefund office where she is a supervisor and out at the Western NY Skydiving drop zone where she packs tandem parachutes for skydivers.

  • Erin Tan

    Erin is a third year Motion Picture Science major. Much of her writing experience comes from writing lab reports, scientific papers, and code. As a writing consultant, she is excited to work with students to help develop academic writing and rhetoric. She is fluent in both English and Cantonese. In her spare time, she loves reading, playing video games, and doing archery.