WRITING CENTER STAFF

Administration


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Kristi Wilson, Ph.D.
Writing Center Director


Kristi M. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric andCommunication and Director of the Writing Program at Soka University of America.Her research and teaching interests include classics, film studies, genderstudies, cultural studies and rhetoric. Dr. Wilson is the coeditor of Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (2007),Film and Genocide (2011), and Political Documentary Cinema in LatinAmerica (2014), and author of numerous publications in journals such as Screen, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Signs, and Literature/Film Quarterly. She is also a member of the editorial collectiveand co-editor of the film section at LatinAmerican Perspectives (SAGE Publications).


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Lynn Hamilton-Gamman
Administrative Assistant
lhamiltongamman@soka.edu
(949) 480-4044
Lynn Hamilton-Gamman joined Soka in July 2001 as Assistant to the Dean of Faculty. When an opportunity to join the Writing Center staff presented itself a year later, she jumped on it like a fly on a June bug. Prior to joining Soka, Lynn was Vice President for The Weather Channel in Atlanta and San Francisco, and before that, she wrote feature articles for a local newspaper. Her education came from the University of Georgia, the streets of Atlanta, and life. She is the proud mother of one daughter and three sons, and the grandmother of two. Lynn’s passion is animal rights. She resides in Aliso Viejo with her four cats: Blackie, Tommy, Sissy, and Lil Guy.



Writing Specialists

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Allana (Joy) Bourne
Writing Specialist
abourne@soka.edu
(949) 480-4469 Allana Joy Bourne has been writing since she was seven years old when she wrote her first short story. She received her BA in English at the University of Massachusetts and her MA in Education: Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle University. Her career includes 20 years at The Seattle Times, where she developed an innovative writing program that won the paper a Newspaper Association of America award in 2001. After retiring from The Times, she became a writer-in-residence at a private middle and high school and later taught journalism and mass communications at Seattle Central Community College. She moved to Southern California in 2009 and last year pursued a second master degree at Chapman University in Film Studies. Joy joined the Writing Center in 2011 and loves working with Soka University students one-on-one. She also has her own editing business, I Love to Edit, and writes every day.

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Adrienne Domasin, MA
Writing Specialist
adomasin@soka.edu
(949) 480-4516 Adrienne Domasin joined the Writing Center in Fall 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s in Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and her Master’s in Film Studies at Chapman University. Her research interests include media and Black cultural politics, postcolonial theory, globalization, critical theory, race, Whiteness, and globalization. Her current research concerns the themes of war, trauma, and postmemory in Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, mon amour and Night and Fog with regard to Hiroshima and the Holocaust respectively. Her recent interests include New Korean Cinema and African Francophone cinema. She resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with her charming son, Noah.

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Gregory Jenks, Ph.D.
Writing Specialist
gjenks@soka.edu
949-480-4349
R. Gregory Jenks has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His dissertation, entitled Paul and His Mortality, looks at first-century values of valorous premature voluntary death and focuses on noble death, martyrdom, and atoning sacrifice. His expertise engages first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds, Koine Greek, hermeneutics, and philosophy. Greg was the form reader for approximately sixty masters theses a year for three years and has tutored numerous students in academic research and writing. He has taught and currently teaches courses in Greek, ancient literature, philosophy, and biblical theology. He has worked in the Soka Writing Center since the fall of 2016.

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Cory Jones, J.D.
Writing Specialist
cojones@soka.edu
(949) 480-4188 Cory Jones worked as a Writing Specialist at Soka University from 2001 to 2006. He returned to Soka in 2016. He has experience teaching English as a Second Language, and working as a technical writer in the computer software industry. He also taught business writing courses and ran a private practice as an attorney at law. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. His J.D. is from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. 

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Larry Klevos

Writing Specialist
lklevos@soka.edu
(949) 480-4061 Larry Klevos joined Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo in August of 2001 as a Writing Specialist when he retired from the Anaheim Union High School District after teaching for thirty-three years in the English Department at Loara High School. He was a Mentor Teacher and a BTSA Mentor for eighteen years.  In addition, he served as the yearbook advisor and as an AP Art History and International Baccalaureate instructor. Mr. Klevos received his MA in humanities from New York University. Larry and his wife and family reside in the city of Orange with their three dogs: Sydney, Rhett, and Soji.
 
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Elena Powell
Writing Specialist 
epowell@soka.edu
(949) 480-4384 Elena’s many years of work at Soka University include tutoring in the Writing Center, conducting LC grant writing and grammar workshops, and one semester of teaching Writing 101. Prior to SUA, she worked as an ESL instructor in several colleges. She specialized in teaching writing, reading, grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills at all levels. Elena obtained her master’s degree in teaching English and literature from the university in Ukraine. Since her high school years, she has been greatly interested in learning languages and has wanted to impart her knowledge of them to others. In addition to English, Elena speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and some Spanish. Her genuine desire has always been to help the students in the best possible way. Working as a writing specialist gives her the opportunity to make her contribution to the students’ success in learning writing.

Writing Fellows

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Casey Chaffin

Casey Chaffin is the undergraduate Writing Center Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in International Studies. Her experience with editing began in high school, as editor-in-chief of her high school’s newspaper and continues in her position as Editor-in-Chief of the Pearl Magazine. ​Casey plans to pursue a career as a journalist after graduation.


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Aditi Lal

Aditi is studying for an MA in Educational Leadership & Societal Change She attended law school in India and has published 2 journal articles. She has 6 years of research experience and was a Research Assistant to a graduate professor at Soka. Her master’s thesis concerns teacher’s social and emotional competencies and their effects on teacher-student relationships. Aditi is also the founder and manager of a non-profit organization which works to provide legal and social assistance to the elderly in India.

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Yensi Jacobo

Yensi joined the Writing Center in Fall 2017 as a Graduate Writing Fellow. She loves working at the Writing Center because she learns so much from the work students bring in and she also appreciates being able to partake in their writing journey. In 2011, she graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a double major in English and Philosophy and a minor in Gender Studies. During her time at USD, she tutored Upward Bound students in English, Math, French, and Spanish. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and served as a Youth Development Volunteer in Costa Rica. During this time, she led youth empowerment workshops focused on healthy lifestyles and gender equity. In Costa Rica, she continued her work with English, helping K-12 students, college students, and adult learners. In her free time, she enjoys taking on editing projects, playing tennis, and embarking on new travels. She will be completing her Master’s in Educational Leadership in Spring 2018.