Our Team

Cali Bradley

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Cali Bradley is a sophomore from Lexington majoring in Chemistry on the Biochemistry track. She is also pre-med and is a member of the Pre-Health Club. In addition to that, she is a Biology/Chemistry tutor in the ACE Center and plays viola in the Chamber Orchestra. She loves spending time with her family on the weekends, taking her “scary” Doberman on walks, and finding the best coffee spots in town. She is super excited to collaborate with peers on their unique writing processes!

Lilly Callahan

Hi, my name is Lily Callahan. I am a sophomore from Harrisburg, Missouri. I am interested in WRC and WGS but my major is currently undecided. I am an avid equestrian and currently work at a horse farm in Georgetown. I also train and compete my own two horses, Moose and Pistol. When I am not at the barn, I am usually found watching reruns of The Office with my rescue dog, Rue. “Catch you on the flippity flip!” – Michael Scott

Addie Clark

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Addie is a junior from Georgetown, Kentucky. She is majoring in Neuroscience with a Psychology emphasis and minoring in Biology. Along with working in the writing center, she also works as a teacher’s assistant at a daycare. In her free time, she can be found watching Netflix and tiktok, playing card games with family, and spending time with friends. Addie is very excited to collaborate with patrons!

Katherine Foster

Katherine is a Sophomore from Scottsville, KY majoring in Accounting. Along with working as a writing center staffer, Katherine is a member of Chi Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and she is an Academic Center for Excellence Tutor. When she is not busy on campus she can be found hanging out with her friends. Katherine is most excited to work with her peers in the Writing Center.

Shelby Hamm

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Shelby is a sophomore from Louisville, KY majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with minors in Sociology and Spanish. She is on the pre-law track. Outside of the Writing Center, Shelby is involved in Greek Life, she is a Resident Assistant on campus, and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. On a day off, Shelby can be found reading a great book, making Pinterest boards, or enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends. Shelby is really looking forward to meeting new people and helping them discover their inner writer!

Liz Howell

Liz Howell is a sophomore majoring in Biology and English (on the pre-veterinary track). Originally from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, she came to Transy for the Eventing team, and has since joined the ASL Club, Transylvanian literary magazine staff, and become an R.A. as well! When not busy around campus, she can be found riding her horse Tippy, exploring hiking trails, or buying more books that she definitely (maybe) needs. Liz can’t wait to help her peers learn all the ins and outs of writing at the Writing Center this year!

Savannah Kinster

Savannah is a sophomore from Union, KY who is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and minoring in Studio Art. Outside of the writing center, she is an officer of Alpha Omicron Pi, a member of the Student Activities Board, a member of the Pre-Law and Public Policy Society, and has an off-campus job. When she isn’t busy on campus, she enjoys painting, hanging out with her golden retrievers, and endlessly bothering her friends. She is excited to work with and encourage her peers in the writing center!

Thomas Matallana

Thomas is a junior double majoring in International Affairs & Political Science from Louisville, KY. As well as being a Writing Center staffer, Thomas works at the Student Center, and is active with College Republicans, Spanish Club, and the Student Organization of Latinos. In his free time, Thomas enjoys discord far too much, discussing geopolitics, and experimenting in the kitchen. After Transy, Thomas intends to go to George Mason University or Patterson School, and aspires to work in the State Department.

Rachel Orensky

Rachel is a junior and a psychology major from Central Florida. She is a RA and loves to throw events for her residents on Basset second floor. She is also a big movie buff and is an avid reader. Her favorite book is “The World According to Garp” and her favorite movie is The Dead Poets Society. The best class she has taken so far is Genre in Film with Dr. Corsun. She loves to learn about different majors and subjects, and can’t wait to hear all about your paper!

Langley Sebastian

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Langley is a senior from Ashland, KY majoring in International Affairs. She is an International Politics and Comparative Politics tutor in the Academic Center for Excellence. Langley was a First Engagements Scholar and is currently a member of ODK, Sigma Iota Rho, Order of Omega, and Phi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Langley enjoys scuba diving, skiing, skydiving, and traveling. After graduation, Langley will be living and working in Cameroon as a Peace Corps Volunteer before attending graduate school. Until then, Langley is excited to collaborate on writing assignments with her peers as a writing center staffer.

Jillian Shaw

Jillian Shaw is a junior from Louisville, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in French and Sociology. Outside of the Writing Center, she is involved in the Transy Orchestra, the Transy Treble Choir, Phonathon, Ace Tutoring (for French), the Registrar’s Office, French Club, Alumni Reunion Planning, College Democrats, and her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. When she is not at one of her thirty thousand obligations, she likes to spend her free time watching YouTube or TV, playing on her Nintendo Switch, traveling as much as possible, or, most importantly, bothering all of her friends. She is super excited to meet new people and work with others on campus to share her love of writing! 

Casi Smallwood

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Casi is a sophomore from Lexington, KY and is on the pre-pharmacy track while also minoring Spanish.  Casi is also an ELF tutor for biology molecules and cells and is a member of Phi Mu.  While not on campus Casi is likely found working at Grassroots Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician.  Besides working Casi loves reading, playing card games, listening to pop punk music, going to concerts, and playing bass. She is excited to learn more about different styles of writing and to foster a welcoming environment for writers to grow.

James Snodgrass

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James is a junior from Cold Spring, KY.  He is majoring in history and is considering a French minor.  Besides being a Writing Center Staffer, he enjoys traveling (has been to five countries), hanging out with friends, going to the gym, playing video games, and reading about historical subjects, and is an anime and Star Wars fan.

Maggie Whaley

Maggie Whaley is a sophomore here at Transy. She is planning to double major in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, pre health club, Junior Panhellenic, 100 doors mentoring program, and now the Writing Center! She enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, going to the lake, going snow skiing, and watching Netflix! She is super excited to be working as Writing Center staffer! 

Kennedy Bruner

Kennedy Is a Junior from Lancaster, KY who is majoring in Psychology & WRC. Kennedy is the President of her sorority and loves being involved with Greek life. She enjoys spending the rest of her free time with her photography business, traveling, and working to get her pilot’s license. Kennedy is also a certified personal trainer and nutritionist as well. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to get to work with people in the creative space of the Writing Center.

Julia Castorena

Julia Castorena is a Lexington native who is also an anthropology major with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Outside of the Writing Center when she isn’t studying, she enjoys going camping with family, hanging out with her cat, listening to music, playing video games, writing, and learning about archaeology. She is very excited to work with patrons at the Writing Center!

Christina Duvall

Christina Duvall is a junior from Lexington, KY. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Studio Art. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she also plays for the Transy tennis team. In her free time, Christina enjoys reading, listening to music, watching too many tiktoks, and spending time with friends. She is excited to collaborate with students as a Writing Center staffer.

Josie Grant

Josie is a sophomore from Lexington, KY who is double majoring in Political Science and WRC while also minoring in Spanish. Josie is also a part of Greek Life, a Co-Editor on The Rambler, a co-captain on the Speech and Debate team, and has an off-campus job. When she can find time to do anything but school, she likes to read, play with her dogs, and she loves listening to music. Her top 2 artists were Lana del Rey and Tyler the Creator this year.

Megan Heeb

Megan Heeb is a junior from Northern Kentucky. She is pursuing a major in History and Spanish. Outside of the writing center, she works as an Admissions Ambassador, an ACE tutor, and is a member of Greek life. During her free time, you can find her watching YouTube videos, playing video games, or taking a nap. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with and support her peers in the Writing Center!

Ava Hutt

Ava is a junior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Chinese. Outside of the writing center she is Vice President of the Transy Student Art League and works as a Chinese tutor. In her free time she enjoys roller skating on the Legacy Trail, reading sci-fi and fantasy books, knitting, and crocheting.

Brannon Lawson

Brannon Lawson is a junior from Russell Springs, Kentucky who is majoring in Spanish Language and Literature. Besides working in the Writing Center, Brannon also works in the ACE Center as a Spanish tutor. A coffee addict, he loves to travel, read and cook, and can oftentimes be found searching the city for new and tasty local restaurants. 

Sarah McLoney

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Sarah is a sophomore from Lexington, KY and majoring in Computer Science with minors in Psychology and English. She works in the Turing Lab in BSC and at a local bookstore. Sarah enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to Taylor Swift, and drinking too much coffee. She also loves reading and binge-watching Netflix. She is excited to be a part of the writing center community!

Valerie Roberts

I’m from Frankfort, KY, a junior, and majoring in Political Science and Middle School Education. I’m passionate about volunteering and tutoring and have a lot of experience in both through programs like City Year in Philadelphia during my gap year, Kentucky Refugee Ministries (where I serve as a volunteer coordinator for Transy), The Carnegie Center, and ACE. I love riding my bike on The Legacy Trail, playing chess with my friends, or watching cooking videos on Youtube.

Kailie Settles

Kailie Settles is a junior from here in Lexington majoring Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication (WRC.) She is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for fiction writing, post-punk music, and anything that involves tofu or noodles (preferably both). She is co-chair of Transy’s YDSA chapter, a CAPE resume consultant, and an editorial board member for Transy’s literary magazine, The Transylvanian.

Caroline Shutt

Caroline is a junior from Owensboro, KY majoring in Economics and minoring in WRC. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she is also an Admissions Ambassador and a member of SAB and Greek Life. She enjoys cold brew coffee, making Spotify playlists, and petting every passing dog on the street. She’s excited to collaborate with new and friendly faces this year! 

Em Spencer

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Em is a junior from Georgetown, KY majoring in Art History. When they are not in the writing center or burning their eyeballs in front of a laptop screen, they can be found giving campus tours, playing golf, singing in the choir, participating in Greek life, listening to sad music on Spotify (Lizzy McAlpine), or petting their menace of a cat, Vincent Marie. Em is stoked to be working with their best friends and helping foster creativity while doing so.


Katy is a Junior from Lexington majoring in English and minoring in WRC. Along with working as a writing center staffer, Katy is involved in choir, Greek Life, Student Government Association, Transylvania’s literary magazine, and is on the executive board for the English honor society. She enjoys reading, writing, sleeping in, and snuggling her partner’s cat. When she isn’t busy, Katy can be found at a local coffee shop, taking a walk, or napping. Katy is excited to connect with people and talk about all kinds of writing!

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