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Meet the Lead 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



This is Melissa Coll-Smith's third year with the AQ Writing Center.  Prior to joining the Writing Center and I&E faculty at Aquinas, she earned her B.A. in English and Comparative Religion at Hope College, an M.Phil. in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow, and a D.Phil. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.  As a literary historian, she is particularly interested in the medieval and early renaissance periods, specifically the output of hagiography (the writing of saints' lives).  As a teacher and consultant, however, Melissa prefers a generalist and more holistic approach and enjoys working with students across the disciplines.  In addition to reading and travelling in her spare time, she conducts scholarly research and writes for academic publications; she also enjoys spending time with her husband, her two cockatiels Mary and Elizabeth, and Rizzio the cat.



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.

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.