Governance

RMWCA Officers                                                                                                                                      

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President: Star Coulbrooke, Utah State University

I have been director of the Utah State University Writing Center since January 2008. I came up through the ranks as an undergrad tutor and writing fellow from 1993-1996, a graduate tutor from 1996-1998, and assistant director from 1999-2007. I’ve co-hosted three RMPTC’s, in 1999, 2004, and 2012.

My strengths as director are collaboration (with departments, colleges, and community), delegation (my staff of sixty tutors, supervisors, and associates eagerly take-on exciting roles which they manage well with little supervision), organization, and communication. I hope to be a catalyst for strengthening our ties as a region.

President-Elect: Kelly Webster, University of Montana

I welcome the challenge of serving as President-elect for the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association, an organization that inspires me to reach out to and learn from colleagues across our large region. RMWCA has been an important resource for me, and volunteering for this role reflects my belief that each of us has a responsibility to help sustain the RMWCA community. I have acted as the Director of the University of Montana’s Writing Center since 2008. In addition to my role as Director, I co-administer UM’s University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment and coordinate a number of writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum initiatives. While I enjoy working with faculty and teaching workshops across the disciplines, I still am most satisfied when talking with student writers in the Writing Center—I always will delight in the ethical and necessary work of writing tutoring. Before directing the UM Writing Center, I co-directed the Chemeketa Community College Writing Center in Oregon. Prior to my time in Oregon, I taught as a teaching fellow in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I always have loved the West, but I love the Rocky Mountain West (and its writers) best. I am eager to work with the current Executive Board members to ensure RMWCA’s visibility and to cultivate support for the good writing center folks in our region.

Outreach Coordinator: Mary Ann Judge, University of Idaho 

I am honored that Star Coulbrooke nominated me to be the Outreach Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Writing Center Association. Shortly after I was hired as a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Idaho, I was asked to develop a writing center.  That was 1992, and I have been doing this work ever since.

 Each day, when a student sits at one of our round tables with another student, I see the power of collaborative learning in our writing center. It’s a safe space, a place where students disclose what they don’t know, admit what’s hard for them as writers, discover what they would really like to say in their writing, recognize how a careful—and kind—reader responds to their work, and experience being treated like a writer whose work merits close attention. It’s a place where the tutors learn as much from the process as the students they assist. 

 Our writing center community at the University of Idaho has enriched my life.  I know I am privileged to do this work, and I know I could not have done it without the wisdom of the larger writing center community whose work I have experienced, for the most part, by reading. It’s time for me to give back to that larger community.  I must confess that I do not have a particular plan for what I hope to accomplish in this role, other than reaching out to the community and finding ways to bring us together.  I have much to learn and welcome any guidance others can offer.  

One more point: I was born in Denver and raised in Colorado. I love the idea of serving an organization that begins with “Rocky Mountain.” 

Treasurer:Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Metropolitan State University of Denver

I have been involved with writing centers since 1995, as a tutor, director, researcher, and evangelist. Although words are my first love, I am comfortable with numbers, math, and spreadsheets, and I have the patience to read through IRS publications. As treasurer, I would like to tighten up oversight of our finances, including ensuring that RMWCA is in compliance with all IRS rules about non-profit organizations. I will also explore options for funding research grants and achievement awards to members. 

Secretary: Joyce Adams, Brigham Young University
When I was hired to create a writing center for social science students, I didn’t even know that RMWCA existed.  I could have benefited greatly from the help of this organization.  I would like to assist in making these resources available to more writing center directors in our region.  I believe a personal contact and invitation to writing directors in each school in the region would provide a welcoming environment. In addition to university [and high school] writing centers, some schools have discipline-specific writing centers and I would like to identify and serve these directors, as well.  I believe that we have much more to offer each other as members and I would like to assist in creating an electronic newsletter to better address needs, interests, and questions of those affiliated with writing centers in our region.

Past-President: Chris LeCluyse, Westminster College, Utah


STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Arizona: Leslie Chilton, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix

Leslie A. Chilton is currently an Instructor in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus. A former coordinator of a Writing Center, she knows the value of tutoring writing.

Colorado: Michelle Medeiros

I have a diverse writing center background, and I am passionately committed to the work we do at our centers. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I tutored student athletes and developed and ran writing workshops at the University of Oregon and Indiana University. I then served as an English professor at East Los Angeles Community College, and I volunteered in the Writing Center; I also worked with our director in training student tutors and developing workshops.  Currently, I am a professor in the English department at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado. In addition to the consulting work in our writing center, I have also completed research to improve faculty and student communication in the peer review process. I recently presented these findings with Aaron Leff, our Writing Center Director, at the IWCA conference in Pittsburgh.  I see my position as Colorado representative as an opportunity to grow my own experience and understanding of writing center culture. More importantly, I would like to be your advocate in the issues that matter to your centers, your tutors, and your students. I would like to find ways to improve our communication so that we can continue to learn and grow.

Idaho: Melissa Keith, Boise State University
One of the greatest strengths (and joys) of writing center work is our sense of community.  Attending IWCA and NCPTW, and also coordinating the IWCA Summer Institute for two years, I experienced that sense of community in real time, forming lasting friendships and fruitful professional relationships.  I hope to:  1) create a network of Idaho writing centers (both college and high school), and 2) forge connections between Idaho writing centers and regional and national organizations.  By sharing our expertise and participating in regional and national conversations, we can be a rich resource to each other.

Montana: Kelly Webster, University of Montana

I Want to continue serving as the Montana rep in addition to serving as President-elect for the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association. RMWCA has been an important resource for me, and volunteering for this role reflects my belief that each of us has a responsibility to help sustain the RMWCA community. I have acted as the Director of the University of Montana’s Writing Center since 2008. In addition to my role as Director, I co-administer UM’s University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment and coordinate a number of writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum initiatives. While I enjoy working with faculty and teaching workshops across the disciplines, I still am most satisfied when talking with student writers in the Writing Center—I always will delight in the ethical and necessary work of writing tutoring. Before directing the UM Writing Center, I co-directed the Chemeketa Community College Writing Center in Oregon. Prior to my time in Oregon, I taught as a teaching fellow in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I always have loved the West, but I love the Rocky Mountain West (and its writers) best. I am eager to work with the current Executive Board members to ensure RMWCA’s visibility and to cultivate support for the good writing center folks in our region.

Nevada: Robyn Rohde,College of Southern Nevada 

New Mexico: Katie Denton, University of New Mexico

Writing center work, for me, is both a profession and a calling. One of the greatest pleasures of working as a writing center professional at University of New Mexico has been supporting student writers as they enter and navigate the world of higher education. Through my position, I have become familiar with the diverse students that make up New Mexico’s population, and supporting these students through their higher education journey is my passion. As an active researcher and scholar in writing center work, I am interested and engaged in the national conversation among writing center professionals. Serving as New Mexico state representative for RMWCA allows me to engage at the local level as well, discovering the work of my peers throughout the state and representing their voices and contributions at the regional level. I’m equally excited to hear about the work of other institutions within the RMWCA, and to collaborate with fellow RMWCA representatives. In a state where institutions of higher education are widely dispersed, and where administrators strive each day to support diverse student writers, a sense of community can sustain work that otherwise takes place in isolation. As state representative, it is my mission to strengthen the community among my fellow New Mexico writing center administrators.


Utah: Leigh Ann Copas, Utah Valley University
As the Utah state representative for RMWCA, I hope to become better acquainted with the local writing center directors and their programs. I would like to assist in unifying our expertise and resources, and to develop a solid network among programs. Recently, I attended the IWCA Summer Institute, and I’ve been involved with NCLCA and attended the state and national CRLA conferences. I’ve enjoyed the sense of community and the continuing dialogues and friendships, and hope to share similar experiences in Utah and throughout the Rocky Mountain region.  

Wyoming: Darby Sawyer

As the Wyoming state representative for RMWCA, I will work to coordinate the writing centers across Wyoming.  Since we have a unique higher education system in Wyoming of having just one University and several community colleges, it is easy for our schools to be isolated.  Wyoming could greatly benefit from the sharing of ideas from the different colleges.  While attending the 2014 IRWC in Orlando, I received many ideas about reorganizing both a new physical space and adding new components, such as adding an oral communications lab where students may practice and receive critiques while preparing oral presentation.   I would enjoy sharing ideas with both directors and tutors from Wyoming and the RMWCA as to how they are meeting challenges.

I have been employed at Casper College for eleven years as a developmental English instructor.  During this time I have had a close association with our writing center.  This year I became the co-director of the writing center and am enjoying the challenges of remodeling an area that will quadruple the physical space of our writing center and how to use that space to benefit our students.