Neal Haldane, PhD

Director of Writing Programs & the Writing Center

Neal serves as interim Director of Writing Programs and the Writing Center. He is a full-time professor in the Department of Broadcast and Cinema Arts, Communication, and Writing and has worked at Madonna University for more than a quarter-century teaching Journalism/Public Relations, Writing, and Communication. Before joining Madonna, he worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor, and public relations practitioner.


Rebekah Phillips

Senior Coordinator

Rebekah graduated from Madonna University in 2014 with a double major in Writing and English. She attended the University of Toledo for her master’s degree, which she received in 2016, and she is currently completing her dissertation on women’s fin de siècle poetry at the University of Delaware. A former writing center tutor at Madonna, she is thrilled to return as Senior Coordinator!



Writing Center Mascot

Scream, a blow-up figure inspired by Edvard Munch’s renowned painting of the same name, is the Writing Center’s official mascot. Scream represents the way many students feel when they initially receive writing assignments. Fortunately, the gifted Writing Center tutors understand this and can help students with writing-related anxiety by helping them improve their writing skills and confidence.

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Caleb Lalinsky, MFA

Writing Center Specialist

Caleb graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a Michigan Teaching Certification. In 2014 he received from Temple University his MFA in Creative Writing. Today Caleb works as a professional adjunct instructor and writing tutor. When he is not teaching his interests include printmaking, woodworking, painting and video art.

Peer Tutor Lara

Lara Dilley, MA TESOL

Writing Center Specialist

Lara earned a B.A. in theology and then went on to receive her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Madonna University in 2009. She has enjoyed tutoring ESL, ABE, and college-aged students at Baker College and Dominican Literacy Center. Lara has also taught ESL courses as an adjunct professor at Madonna University and Lawrence Technological University. She loves reading, listening to podcasts, and searching for new music.

Peer Tutor Jennifer

Jennifer Weaver, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Jennifer received her B.A. in English Literature and Communication Arts from Madonna University and her M.A. in creative writing and folklore from Wayne State University. Jennifer has worked as an adjunct professor at various universities including Wayne State University and Madonna University, but really enjoys the opportunity to work one-on-one with students that the Writing Center allows. When Jennifer isn’t at the Writing Center, she can be found reading, kayaking, quilting, and leading Girl Scouts.

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Sister Joan Roosa, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Sister Joan, a Bernardine Franciscan Sister, earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education, at Alvernia University and M.A. in Religious Studies at Aquinas College. With years of experience as an English teacher and later as a professional writing tutor at Madonna University, Sister has supported university students in their process of improving their writing skills across the curriculum. Her outside interests include reading, camping, playing cards, walking, and enjoying nature. 

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Gina Dossantos

Peer Tutor

Gina is studying English, Spanish, and Graphic Design, and plans to work in Publishing. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys learning new languages. Along with tutoring, she currently works as an Editor and Art Director for the MU Journal here at Madonna. When she's not working, she's almost always listening to music, playing guitar, or creating dope graphics. 

Peer Tutor Isabelle

Isabelle Gerhart

Peer Tutor

Isabelle is a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to become an elementary school teacher. She grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. In addition to being a peer tutor, Isabelle loves playing violin in the string ensemble, and she is a member of the Early Childhood Club and of Madonna Pen. In her free time, she loves crocheting, reading fiction, and spending time with her family and two dachshunds, Luna and Lanie. 

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Rakiya Little

Peer Tutor

Rakiya is an Business Administration & Pre-Law major. She plans to attend Detroit Mercy of Law school fall 2024. Rakiya graduated from Ferndale High School . She loves to watch movies, play with her cats, and go on adventures on her free time.

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Kamille Oweis

Peer Tutor

Kamille is majoring in Language Arts and minoring in Elementary Curriculum and Sign Language Studies. She has self-published three children's books and one poetry book under the pseudonym K.O. Scop. When not at school, she enjoys writing, photography, playing the piano, painting, drawing, and spending time with her rabbit, Callie.

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Avery Warren

Peer Tutor

Avery is a junior majoring in Healthcare Administration with a focus in Human Resources. She grew up in Lapeer, Michigan, and graduated from Lapeer High School in 2019. She has always enjoyed working with others, as she plays volleyball at Madonna, as well as coaches volleyball at Livonia Public Schools. Being involved in campus life also plays a big role in her life, and she is an active Residence Assistant (RA). She has always had a passion for writing, and with the many English classes she’s taken at Madonna, she hopes to share that passion with others. When she has free time, she can usually be found watching her favorite show Friends.