Writing Center Staff


Tim Alexander 

Tim Alexander, Writing Specialist

  • MA student in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics 
  • Goals: Earn a Ph.D, learn French, act in a play, visit Japan, and publish a short story.
  • Special interests: Traveling, learning languages, playing tennis, writing poetry, and listening to Neo soul 
Brooke Blankenship 

Brooke Blankenship, Writing Specialist 

  • BA student in English
  • Goals: Earn a Master’s Degree, become multilingual, and teach at the high school or college level
  • Special Interests: Forcing affection on animals, reading scary stories, clambering on rocks, and dancing the Argentine tango   
Sheldon Hentschke 

Sheldon Hentschke, Writing Specialist 

  • BA student in English
  • Goals: Travel as much as possible, get lost exploring a forest, publish a novel eventually, and learn some metalworking skills
  • Special Interests: Laughing at corny jokes, playing with all kinds of animals (especially lizards), riding and working on old motorcycles, and telling stories around campfires
Nicky Lai

Nicky Lai, Writing Specialist

  • BS student in Kinesiology
  • Goals: Study abroad, adopt a rescue dog, and become an occupational therapist
  • Special Interests: Cooking, traveling, collecting scarves, watching old cinema, and making homemade crafts
Sammy Lai 

Sammy Lai, Writing Specialist

  • BA student in Communicative Disorders and Sciences
  • Goals: Learn how to paint, design a clothing line, make someone laugh every day, and become a speech therapist
  • Special Interests: Cooking, growing sunflowers, making homemade cards, and collecting mini animal figurines
Vanessa Mendoza Palencia 

Vanessa Mendoza Palencia, Writing Specialist

  • BA student in English with a concentration in Professional and Technical Writing
  • Goals: Travel to Europe; create a start-up magazine; write and publish novels, poetry, and lyrics
  • Special Interests: Hiking, baking, health and fitness, listening to music, writing lyrics, watching cheesy chick-flicks, and reading fantasy and mystery books


Administrative Assistants

Cynthia Harper

Cynthia Harper, AANAPISI Grant Assistant

  • BA in English from San José State University
  • Goals: Obtain a Master’s degree and Ph.D in English, teach at the university level, publish a collection of short stories and personal essays, and finally attend Comic Con
  • Special Interests: Reading, blogging, gaming, watching silly sci-fi shows, and participating in writing communities
Pat Walls

Pat Walls, Writing Center Office Manager

  • BA in Theatre Arts and History from Concordia University, Irvine
  • Goals: Finish a long-overdue Master's thesis in the History of Food and Culture, publish said thesis, and become a Master Brewer and a Master Cicerone
  • Special Interests: Cooking, reading, sampling fermented and distilled beverages, and being outdoors