Our Faculty
Katie Hupp
Katie is the director of and a consultant in the Writing Center and teaches in the English department at MCC. In May 2007, she completed her Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric with an emphasis on writing center theory and pedagogy.
Sam Anderson
Sam earned his BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently teaches English Composition at MCC and consults in the Writing Center. His written work has appeared in such places as Fine Lines journal, NEBRASKAland magazine, Microfiction Mondays Magazine. He enjoys reading and writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. He also gets excited when talking about the rhetorical needs of academic and business-oriented writings.
Erin Arellano
Erin is a lifelong resident of Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her MFA in creative writing, with a focus in creative nonfiction, from the University of Nebraska in 2008. Winner of the inaugural Sigma Tau Delta - Alumni Epsilon scholarship, she returned to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in 2012 to pursue her MA in English and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Writing. She was awarded the John J. McKenna Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing for the 2014-2015 academic years. Her graphic memoir, A.W.O.L.: A Graphic Memoir was nominated for the Elton S. Carter award in thesis excellence. She has been an adjunct instructor for Clarkson College, teaching The Essentials of Scholarly Writing, and has over 20 years of experience in the managed health care environment. Her essays have been published in Fine Lines and A Prairie Journal.
Suzanne Barrett
Suzanne received her MA in English Literature from California State University Los Angeles, where she began her teaching career. Most recently, she taught at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey.
Kelsey Bee
Kelsey's life is immersed in writing one way or another. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing, her Advanced Writing Certificate, and is nearly finished with her MA in English, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in UNO's English Department, teaching Comp I and II. Her favorite writing activities, though, are consulting in the UNO Writing Center and working as an editor for 13th Floor Magazine. She hopes to earn an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and continue to write personal essays long after school is over. Kelsey's favorite aspect of the Writing Center is getting to meet students from all language backgrounds, cultures, and countries. She is fulfilled by helping students see the value in their own writing, their own thoughts, and their own voice.
Emily Borgmann
Emily earned her BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as Salamander, Alligator Juniper, Skidrow Penthouse, and Green Mountains Review. She teaches writing in local after-school programs and non-profits. In the Writing Center, Emily enjoys sharing stories about language learning with ESL students, and aims to help all students recognize that they have important things to say.
Ryan Brown
Ryan graduated with a BA in religious studies at UNC and an MA in English at UNO. After studying much philosophy, anthropology, and psychology, Ryan has moved on to the Grand Theory of Everything, which puts his enjoyment of learning new things to good use. When reading, Ryan appreciates voice and unique vision most of all. As a consultant, he emphasizes finding comfort in the process, and he hopes you feel you have a bit clearer sense of your strengths as a writer when you leave.
Molly Burton
Molly Burton graduated with a teaching degree from Creighton University and a master’s degree in Inclusive Practices in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches English to 5th and 6th graders. Molly enjoys the privilege of meeting and interacting with students at the writing center and providing support throughout the writing process. She recently returned to Omaha and is thrilled to be back at the writing center!
Cindy Catherwood
Cindy teaches English and Humanities and is MCC's Curriculum Design Coordinator. She has a special interest in teaching with technology, and she runs MCC's online Writing Center.
Kristen Clanton
Kristen Clanton earned a dual BA in English and Writing at the University of Tampa before finishing her MFA at the University of Nebraska. She has taught English and writing at the college level for six years. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including BlazeVOX, Mangrove Review, Paper Nautilus, South Florida Poetry Journal, Sugar House Review, and Thistle Magazine.
Thom Davis
Thom recently received his Master of Arts in English and a TESOL Certificate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. At UNO, he worked as a consultant in the Writing Center, and taught writing classes for three years. Previously, Thom earned a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts from UNO. Besides English, Thom has also taught courses in Theatre, Film, and Ethnic Studies.
Amanda Denatale
Amanda DeNatale holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Creighton University, and teaches Comp I at MCC. She is currently a junior editor for F(r)iction. In her free time, Amanda likes to work on her writing projects and hula hoop. As a consultant, Amanda is looking forward to guiding students through the creative process of writing. She hopes to help students find their own voice in writing, whether in a research essay or a creative project.
Lorraine Duggin
Lorraine is a consultant in the Writing Center and teaches ESL Writing and Grammar at MCC's South Omaha campus. She has an MA in English from UNO and PhD in English, Creative Writing from UNL and has taught comp, literature and creative writing at UNO and Creighton University among others. She is a Master Artist with the Artist in Schools Communities programs of the Nebraska and Iowa Arts Councils and on the Speaker's Bureau with the Nebraska Humanities Council. She has published her poetry, short stories, essays, and articles in magazines, anthologies, textbooks and newspapers, including Prairie Schooner, North American Review, North Atlantic Review, Short Story International, and many others.
Victoria Hecker
When I was working my undergrad degree (a B.A. in English from Union College), I was required to work in the writing center as part of my graduation requirements. There I discovered my passion for helping other people discover and express their ideas (and also, that I was a grammar nerd). A few years later, I went back to school for my M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which made me an even bigger grammar nerd but also raised my appreciation for the way language creates connections between people. When I’m not in the writing center or teaching English classes, I enjoy cooking (especially sweet things), crocheting, and singing or playing the piano.
Leah Hedrick
Leah holds a BS in Botany from Purdue University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Creighton University. She is a feminist poet whose work has appeared in such places as Columbia Poetry Review, Manifest West Anthology, and F(r)iction Online. Originally from Indiana, she came to Omaha in 2015. In addition to writing and teaching, she has also worked as a research scientist and a professional baker. She hopes to help you bring freedom, creativity, and music to your writing.
Eve Hermanson
Eve received a BFA from the Writers' Workshop and an MA in English. She has taught writing at UNO, UNMC, and MCC. She loves reading, writing, chatting on line, and playing Scrabble. She believes that feedback from other writers is one of the best tools for writers at every level.
Michael Jamieson
Michael earned BAs in History and Film Studies before moving on to an MA in English, all at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he teaches composition at MCC and spends the rest of his time reading, playing video games, and watching soccer.
Annie Johnson
Annie Johnson earned a BA in English from Truman State University and a BS in Secondary Education from Peru State College. She taught high school in OPS for five years before finishing her MA in English at UNO. She has been a part-time composition instructor at UNO for the past seven years. In her spare time she reads, writes creative nonfiction, runs a small photography business, and hangs out with her two children. She enjoys working with students at all stages of the writing process.
Liz Kay
Liz Kay is an English instructor at the Fremont Center. Liz holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. Her poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Nimrod, RHINO, Sugar House Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets anthology. Her first novel, Monsters: A Love Story, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in June of 2016.
Natasha Kessler
Natasha Kessler received a BA in Psychology and BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Nebraska, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the author of Dismantling the Rabbit Altar (Coconut Books) and the collaborative chapbook SDVIG (alice blue), co-written with Joshua Ware. Natasha teaches creative writing at UNO and is a mentor for the Seven Doctors Project, a program with the Nebraska Writers Collective. SPECIALTIES: creative writing, more specifically poetry, narrative writing, descriptive writing, and writing for scholarship essays.
Jeff Lacey
Jeff Lacey has a bachelor’s in English and Philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (with a minor in wildlife biology), an ME from the University of Arizona, and an MA in English-creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has taught high school English for 16 years, and currently teaches AP English, dual enrollment creative writing, and basic composition. He is married with three children, and he has a turtle. His interests include poetry and nature writing. SPECIALTIES: Research writing, writing for the sciences, and literary analysis essays.
Elizabeth Mack
Elizabeth holds a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, with advanced certificates in Creative Nonfiction Writing and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Elizabeth enjoys assisting students with a wide variety of writing concerns.
Beth McGrath
Beth earned her BA in English and history at Nebraska Wesleyan University and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction in English from UNK. She has taught English 9-12 at Ralston High School since 1987. Married with two children and two dogs, Beth enjoys reading, writing, shoe shopping and waxing poetic about her childhood in Minnesota. She thoroughly enjoys working with MCC students in the Writing Center.
Alec McMullen
Alec has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MA in English (with a focus on composition and rhetoric) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has worked in several writing centers in the greater Omaha area and he taught English Composition at UNO for two years during his graduate studies. He is also a freelance writer and editorial assistant for Omaha Magazine.
Norah Morris
Norah is a Writing Center consultant and a part-time instructor at MCC. She has worked at MCC since 2003. She loves reading non-fiction and any newspaper she can get her hands on. She is married, has three wonderful children and a lovable mutt, and is grateful to be a teacher and work in the Writing Center.
Devon Niebling
Devon is an aspiring creative writer with a passion for writing and learning. She has 10+ years of teaching writing to second (and third and fourth) language learners, as well as some composition and literature courses in her past. In addition to teaching, Devon also continues to put in her time as student and is currently taking gerontology courses with an interest in narrative medicine.
Eric O'Brien
Eric holds a B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from the University of California-Davis. His research investigates agrarian thought within British Romanticism. He currently teaches at UNO and Creighton University.
Cathy Pierson
Cathy retired from the educational world in 2005 after teaching speech, drama and all levels of high school English. She is also employed at a wellness center where she provides customer service. Cathy believes that fitness plus education is the perfect equation for a happy and healthy life. She is excited about the new opportunity to work with students at the Writing Center.
Holly Richmond
Holly has an MFA from the University of Nebraska and does consulting work in marketing and communications. She has published nonfiction articles in magazines, co-authored a history book, Cent Ans, the Centennial History of the Alliance Franšaise d’Omah, and has completed a novel. For many years, she worked as an executive in the financial services industry. In addition to working with people on the creative writing process, she can offer insight into the importance of effective communication in the business environment.
Marguerite Shaddy
Marguerite Shaddy has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. She holds a BA in English and Spanish, an MA in English, and a Certificate in Course in TESOL. She has taught and traveled extensively overseas and loves working with people from different cultures. When she’s not teaching, she’s working on her organic farm, growing vegetables and herbs.
Sara Lihz Staroska
Sara Lihz Staroska holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. She has been teaching at MCC for over ten years and has experience teaching Reading and Responding, Fundamentals of College Writing, Comp I, Comp II, Business Writing, Oral and Written Reports, Creative Writing, and Literature. Sara Lihz also loves MLA Style! (And so can you!)
James Vnuk
James Vnuk holds a Masters Degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He lived briefly in China teaching English to middle school students, before returning home to Omaha to teach English Composition and ESL Writing to college students. He has recently become a guinea pig dad, which is its own full-time job.
Frankie Ward
Frankie has an MS in physiology and biomechanics and an MA in English. He is currently working to complete his MFA in creative nonfiction. When he’s not a student, he works as an adjunct instructor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska Methodist College, College of Saint Mary, and as a writing center consultant at Metropolitan Community College. In addition, he is the Managing Editor for the internationally peer reviewed Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies. In the community he works with Upward Bound, a national program that provides opportunities for students to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits, as an English instructor and counselor. His personal writing interests are in multimodal and experimental composition.
Laurie Welch
Laurie Welch has a BS in Organizational Sociology and an MFA in Poetry to complement over 10 years of experience in competitive public speaking. Her strengths as a consultant reside in helping students to generate ideas, organize assignments, and compose concise sentences. Welch values voice and style (and fun, always!) above most else in writing.
Genevieve N. Williams
Genevieve N. Williams is an MFA candidate at University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry won the 2017 Edward Stanley Award, was nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appears in Prairie Schooner, burntdistrict, and Nimrod International Journal, among other journals and anthologies. Her reviews appear in Hunger Mountain. She facilitates Omaha Writers Group, a weekly writing workshop open to the public, is a teaching artist for Nebraska Writers Collective, and works as a writing center consultant for Metropolitan Community College.

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