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Meet the Professional Consultants

Julie Bevins


Julie Bevins is the Coordinator of the Aquinas Writing Center and an SSS Specialist.  She earned her B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and her M.A. in Composition Studies from the University of Toledo.  She completed her graduate work in Composition Studies and Writing Center Theory and Practice at Michigan State University.  While teaching and consulting in the MSU Writing Center, she also coordinated a four-year longitudinal university study on undergraduate writing called The Portfolio Project.  In addition to several years of teaching composition and student inquiry courses at the University of Toledo, MSU, and Davenport University, Julie has over a decade of work in student ministry. 

Melissa Coll-Smith




Melissa Coll-Smith



Rori Leigh Hoatlin


Rori Leigh Hoatlin is a recent MFA graduate of Georgia College & State University. Before coming to Aquinas, she worked as a Teaching Fellow, and Student Supervisor of the GCSU Writing Center. She is also a 2013 Lake Michigan Writing Project Teaching Consultant. Rori has published essays in Prick of the Spindle, Steel Toe Review, Superstition Review and Tampa Review Online, among others.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller attended Western Michigan University and received his B.A. in Creative Writing with a double major in Medieval Studies. He attended the University of Southern California where he earned his Masters of Professional Writing. After USC he worked in Los Angeles and New York for the Entertainment Industry as a Development Assistant and Writing Collaborator and also as the director of operations for a Business Management CPA firm. Michael has taught as an adjunct at Aquinas since the spring semester of 2010 and also teaches at Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University. When he is not teaching he is an avid writer having published poetry, short fiction, and essays with numerous one-act play productions, awards, and several screenplays optioned for production consideration to his credit.

Mariette Van Garderen


Mariette Van Garderen has been working at Aquinas since 2009 as a writing consultant in the Writing Center. She earned her B.A. from Calvin College where she studied Art Education and Spanish. Having an interest in technology and learning, Mariette earned an M.Ed in General Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University. Mariette has previous experience teaching adult learners in ESL, General Education, and Visual Communications.