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Writing Center Staff


Zach Bragg
Pharmacy, Psychology and Chemistry Minor

Hello! My name is Zach and I am excited and ready to help you with any of your writing needs. This is my second year at the Writing Center. While I am a pharmacy major (and can certainly help with scientific papers), I am also well versed in critical analysis and literary synthesis. I have written and edited writing of all sorts, from research papers to poetry, so do not hesitate to come in if you have any questions.  We can work on questions as simple as comma placement or as difficult as restructuring a paper. Any help you need with your writing, I can provide!


Rachel Cruea
Creative Writing & Literature

My name is Rachel Cruea and I am a junior studying creative writing and literature here at Ohio Northern, with a focus in poetry. My specialties are papers that focus on critical and analytical thinking, especially in regards to literature. I was a previous program assistant for the Sakae Program, in which I tutored Japanese students. I am also the editor in chief for Polaris Literary magazine and have experience proofreading and editing creative works. I would like to be a professor someday and enjoy the process of working through issues with students to improve their security and confidence within their own writing. 

Carrie Frankhauser
Law Tutor

My name is Carrie Frankhauser and I am a third year law student here at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.  I have a BA in German and minors in International Studies and History from the University of Kentucky.  My focus here at the Writing Center will be on working with the international LLM students on their legal writing. In addition to being a legal writing tutor, I am also the current Citations Editor of the Ohio Northern University Law Review and I was previously a Staff Editor with the organization.  I greatly look forward to working with you here at the Writing Center!


Anna Haffner
Law Tutor
I'm a third-year J.D. student and a concurrent student in the LL.M. program for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. During my time at ONU, I have worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Karen Hall of ONU and Professor Areto Imoukhuede of Nova Southeastern University. I am currently the Manuscript Editor for the ONU Law Review. Before coming to ONU, I taught English as a Second Language in China. I love finding ways to strengthen my own writing and that of others. I'm excited to be working with students at the Writing Center.

Charis Kasler
Chemistry, Pre-Med

Hi! I am a sophomore Chemistry Pre-Med major. This is my first year in the Writing Center and I am very excited to be a part of it! Even though my background is in the natural sciences, I have always loved writing and am able to help you with papers across a variety of disciplines. Whether your paper just needs polished or you haven’t started and want help brainstorming, I will be happy to assist you. I became a tutor in the writing center because I want to help you become more confident as a writer and hopefully make the writing process less daunting.


Will McCabe
Creative Writing
I'm Will and for years I have had a lot of passion for writing. My major is Creative Writing which incidentally is also one of my specialties, so I will be more than happy to look over fictional and nonfictional works as well as poetry. However, I also have minors in psychology and communication, so I am well prepared and even enjoy looking over research papers as well. I believe that writing doesn't have to be painful or torturous, and I will do all I can to both help you with your paper and show you how writing even the most boring of papers can be enjoyable or at least tolerable. I'm up for the challenge!


Nicki McElroy
Pharmacy, Spanish Minor

My name is Nicki. Whether it be brainstorming ideas or taking a final look at your assignment, I would love to offer advice and assist you with your writing. As a tutor, my goal is to help you develop an excellent essay with a strong thesis and effective flow of ideas that fully addresses the requirements of your assignment. In addition, as a Spanish minor, I would be more than happy to assist you with Spanish compositions.


Dan McMullen
Mechanical Engineering

In addition to being a junior Mechanical Engineer with a concentration in aeronautics, I am also a former ONU Baseball player. I have always found the sciences to be interesting, and my knack for writing has been especially helpful in my scientific courses. I am here to help engineering students in their first-year intro classes to ensure that each paper is clear and concise. However, if you have writing assignments in other classes, I am more than capable of assisting you, as I have taken a multitude of high-level English classes throughout the years of my continuing education.

Jackson Pitts
Marketing, Professional Writing minor

I’m a music nerd, functioning caffeine addict and dog lover. To me, writing is the most important part of communication, allowing the expression of ideas through a universally interpreted plane. Whether it be the start or the end of your paper, I can help you implement these ideas in a concise and fluid manner while building skills to help you become a stronger writer. 


Samuel Powell

Hello! My name is Samuel Powell. I am a Chemistry major and am excited about my new position at the Writing Center. Although I am a science major, writing has always been one of my interests. I think that writing skills are important in almost any profession, and certainly in college academics. I enjoy putting together any paper, whether it be synthesis, research, persuasive, or any other kind, and I am eager to help you with yours! Whether you want to work on organization, sentence structure, word choice, grammar, or any other part of the writing process, I look forward to helping you improve your writing skills.

Emily Richards
Chemistry, Professional Writing & Multimedia Journalism Minor

Hi! My name is Emily Richards and I am a junior chemistry major with minors in professional writing and multimedia journalism. I am also a member of the ONU cross country and track teams. I have experience in many forms of writing and can help you with lab reports, journalism articles, essays, speeches, cover letters, resumes, and other general papers. I believe that effective writing is an essential skill across all disciplines and in life in general, and for that reason, I am eager to help you expand your knowledge and skillsets in the field of writing. I look forward to your visit!

Jules Vachon
Public Relations, Psychology Minor

I am the Editor in Chief for ONU's Odyssey team, in which we submit weekly articles and publish them on social media. I love writing and I am more than willing to help you with any of your writing needs, whether that be grammar, structure, or anything else to make your papers the best they can be! I hope that as your tutor, you will be able to walk out of a tutoring session with not only an improved paper, but also a better understanding of how to improve papers on your own for years to come. I look forward to working with you!


Jake Webb
Mechanical Engineering

I'm a sophomore mechanical engineering student and currently in my first year as a writing tutor. I specialize in writing technical reports, synthesis essays, and engineering memos. To me, organization and grammar are integral parts of formal writing, and I will do my best to improve these aspects of your work. I'm happy to help you however I can!


McKenzie Wilson
Communication Studies

I'm a communications studies major with a weakness for bad puns and acoustic versions of songs. To me, writing is the most influential way to communicate your ideas, thoughts, and feelings on a subject. As a tutor, my objective is to assist you in the progression of your writing skills. Whether you're struggling with the topic, fluidity, or organization of your paper, I'd love to help!




Support Staff

Justine Post, 

I am in my second year of directing the Writing Center at ONU. I am excited to be part of such a diverse team that is dedicated to helping students across all majors and at all levels of experience develop their writing. I hope that you will find the Writing Center a space that both supports and challenges you to become a better writer, and that you benefit from the wide range of experiences that our tutors have to offer. If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you!

Ph.D. English and Education, The University of Michigan
M.A. Rhetoric and Composition, North Carolina State University
B.A. English, Millersville University

Sandra Elsass,
Advanced Administrative Assistant

The smile behind the front desk each morning belongs to me, Sandy Elsass.  I have worked, taken classes, and assisted students at ONU since before most of you were born. I love my job and look forward to scheduling your appointments and making sure your paperwork is processed correctly.

B.S.B.A., Ohio Northern University