Writing Support

Meet Our Team



Writing Assistant

Hello everyone! My name is Codi Wood. I am a student here at LBCC! I am studying for an Associate Degree in Biological Sciences with the hopes of transferring to OSU as a pre-med student. The goal is to get to med school at OHSU and become a neonatologist and epigeneticist. Although my schooling path looks very “sciency,” I adore language, writing, and words. I currently work at LBCC’s school magazine, The Commuter, as the Arts & Literature Editor. I love getting to debut students’ writing. In addition to spotlighting others’ writing, I also do a fair bit of it myself! I write poetry, prose, fiction, and screenplays. If we’re going to play favorites, poetry is my favorite word baby… but don’t tell the others. Writing has been such a massive part of my life for as long as I can remember; I still find little books that I wrote when I was 5, complete with drawings I might add. I’m excited to work with you at the Writing Center and be a cheerleader for you on your word journey. 

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Writing Assistant

Hi, I’m Gwendolyn Schwarz! I’m a Writing Assistant for the Writing Center, and simultaneously working on a Civil Engineering major here! I love getting to interact with other students, and am so excited to get the chance to work more with writing, since most of my classes by now are heavy with science and math. I love comics and visual art forms, and spend most of my free time curled up with one art project or another. I can never seem to go long without doodling something in the margins of my notebook. And I love writing, reading, and reading your writing!
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Interim In-Person Coordinator

Hey folks, my name is Josh Stickrod and I’ve been with the Writing Center since Fall 2019. I graduated from LBCC in 2019 with an AS in English as well as an AS in Journalism & Mass Communication. I’m currently studying at OSU pursuing a BA in English. During my time at LBCC, I worked at the college’s newspaper, The Commuter, where I wore a variety of different hats including reporter, copy editor, photographer, web editor, etc. In addition to journalism, I am also deeply passionate about literature and creative writing so I frequently read and write in my spare time. I also love to hike, play basketball, and play video games, among other things.

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Karen Jean

Instructional Assistant

Hello, my name is Karen Jean Canan and I work at the LBCC Learning Center Info Desk and here at the Writing Center.

As a mature student (arguably! :-)), graduating from LBCC in 2019, I appreciate the role LBCC plays in the community as a hub of equity for all students to be able to learn skills we wouldn’t otherwise have access to.  I studied Horticulture, Journalism and Anthropology at LBCC.  At Western Oregon University, I studied Music and graduated in 2022.  I play the piano and sing.

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Interim Online Coordinator

Hey! My name is Dani Tellvik and I’m an instructional assistant at the Writing Center. I earned my Associate’s right here at LBCC and then went on to get my BA in English at Oregon State University. I’ve been working here since 2014 and I LOVE the work I do. Writing has been a passion of mine for a long time, so having the opportunity to sit down with students and talk about their writing is still the best part of my day. I especially love talking about research and argumentative assignments. In addition to writing, I also enjoy running, hiking, and periodically marathoning all of the Harry Potter movies in one day.

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Instructional Assistant

Howdy hey everyone. My name is Shane, and I am one of your friendly neighborhood writing assistants. I have been helping students with writing here at LBCC since the year two thousand and sixteen. I have studied English and writing the last four years of my college career, and have dabbled in many majors such as visual and theater arts and computer science. In 2018 I was LBCC’s student poet laureate. I enjoy working on all kinds of papers be it an essay, analysis, or creative. If you are looking for someone to go over your paper, brainstorm with, or just need help getting started on an assignment, I am available for drop in and appointment support. 

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Benton Center Instructional Specialist-ELL

Hi! My name is Ariana Chandler, and I’m happy to offer writing assistance at the Benton Center in Corvallis. I have been working with students on their writing at LBCC since 2017, and I love it! It is a joy to sit down with a student and get to read their writing. I have a BA in English, and I taught high school English for a year. Many interesting jobs later, I got my MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and have taught English to many international students and immigrant students. I also work with international students at LBCC as an academic coach. In my spare time I like to play guitar, sing, read, and hike. I live in Corvallis with my husband and two delightful, exasperating cats. I look forward to meeting with you!

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