Dr. Candis Bond earned her MA and PhD in English from Saint Louis University, where she studied British Modernism. She completed her BA at Loyola University in Chicago, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. During graduate school, Dr. Bond worked in three St. Louis area writing centers, which led her to pursue writing center consulting as a career.
At Augusta University, Dr. Bond serves as the director of the writing center and teaches courses in Writing Center Theory and Practice, Composition, and Women's and Gender Studies. She loves working with students in all disciplines, but has particular expertise in scientific writing, writing in the health sciences, and providing graduate-level writing support. Dr. Bond is happy to assist students on any project at any stage in the process, but she especially enjoys working with graduate students on longer-term assignments such as capstones, theses, and dissertations.
Simon graduated from Clemson with an MA in English and from Queens University of Charlotte with an MFA in fiction writing. His area of study is literature of the 50s and 60s, especially postmodern poetry and its relationship with surrealist poetry.
Adam Diehl received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Georgia as a young lad. He began his teaching career in 2007 at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. His high school teaching career continued at Westminster Schools of Augusta in 2009, and he has since joined the Augusta State University teaching staff as a part-time instructor. He enjoys myriad literary periods, but he is partial to Shakespeare, Donne, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, and O'Connor, among others. He also has a keen fondness for British music, particularly The Beatles, The Smiths, and The Libertines.
In his teaching of 1101 and 1102, Adam strives to endow students not only with superior composition, reading, and discussion skills, but also with the ability to apply their academic mastery to everyday situations. Aside from teaching, Adam coaches the Augusta Preparatory Day School swim team. He also plays music regularly with his band The Gilded Youth.
Austin is a Masters student in Counselor Education from Lincolnton, Georgia. He spent his undergraduate years "between the hedges" at The University of Georgia where he studied Psychology. Austin has always had a passion for writing; therefore, he is ecstatic to assist others in their writing ventures however possible. When he is not in school, he is either re-watching The Dark Knight Trilogy or reading Lord of The Rings. He also enjoys watching sports to an unreasonable degree and spending time with his fiancé and their dog, Toaster.
Melinda McKew has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augusta University and a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has worked in writing centers and writing-related fields for more than a decade. She is currently completing prerequisite coursework to attend medical school.
Sabrina Nacci is an English major with a concentration in literature and minors in Communication and WGST. She is currently working on multiple research projects, and she plans on continuing her research through her undergraduate career and as she moves on to graduate school. She is a member of the Pamplin Student Ambassador Program and Sigma Tau Delta. She actively works as a stage manager on her sixth show for Theatre AUG. She also stage manages for a local theatre, Le Chat Noir, for the monthly improv show and other various shows. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, board games, playing tennis, and horseback riding. After graduating from AU, she plans to go to graduate school and later teach postsecondary.
Odessa is working towards a BA in Early Childhood Education but may add other majors in the future. Her dream is to own her own school and animal shelter one day. She loves both children and animals, and wants to be able to spend her life making their lives better. Her areas of expertise include creative writing, scientific papers, and class projects, but she dabbles in other genres as well. She also works in sales, so she understands the need for professional prose.
When not in school, Odessa fills her time with work, Netflix, movies, playing with her golden retriever, and reading. Her favorite books are the Game of Thrones novels, Lord of the Rings, anything by T.A. Baron or Sarah J. Maas, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. She doesn’t have a favorite movie yet but loves to watch and rewatch classic Disney movies and fantasy thrillers like Lord of the Rings and The Matrix and will binge just about anything on Netflix. She loves to travel. She has already lived in seven states, and she really wants to see the other forty-three and the rest of the world.
Rachel Visintainer is a Communication major at Augusta University who enjoys lengthy conversations at 3 a.m. almost as much as she loves sleep. She is currently on the Bell Ringer staff and works at Chick-fil-A on weekends. Her specialty in Writing Center academics is creative writing, analytical papers, news articles and personal essays. She has performed in The Mikado with the Opera Initiative at Augusta University and has a lead role in Dr. O’Meara’s play Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia. Pastimes include singing at the top of her lungs, feeding her face with cheese, or going on adventures with her boyfriend—as well as less memorable activities, such as reading, writing, and drawing. Her current missions are to save up for her next trip abroad, build a professional portfolio, and prepare her own poetry collection for publishing. Mention The Little Prince, the Broadway show Hamilton, or the comic Calvin and Hobbes and she’ll rave on for hours. As a Writing Center consultant, Rachel hopes to help and connect with other writers while building her own consulting skills.
Lily is an undergraduate student from Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Evans High School in 2016, attended Armstrong State University until 2017, and is currently enrolled in the English Secondary Education program here at Augusta University. Following graduation, she plans to teach high school English/Language Arts at a Title I school where she can implement her educational pedagogy of multicultural inclusivity, being student-centered, and providing a skills-based educational experience.
Writing has always been a passion for Lily from a young age. Currently, she is working on writing micro biographies of her parents and is in the process of documenting their respective experiences. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading African-American literature (particularly works by James Baldwin, Nella Larsen, and Toni Morrison), watercolor painting, cooking, and taking road trips with her friends.
Hannah is an undergraduate student from Plum Branch, S.C., who graduated from Strom Thurmond High School in 2011. She is currently a double-major pursuing her B.A. in English Literature and her A.A.S. in Criminal Justice. After graduation, Hannah plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in English Literature with intentions to teach at the postsecondary level. She is a member of the Augusta University chapters of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Phi, and her areas of research interest include Victorian and Postmodern Transatlantic literature and intersectional feminist/multicultural literary theory. Her specialties include research, thesis-writing, organization, and interdisciplinary composition. In her nonexistent free time, Hannah enjoys reading, writing, oil-painting, woodworking, backpacking, and repeatedly giving up on learning how to crochet for the Nth time.
Kaylee is an undergraduate majoring in Psychology. She is still deciding on a minor, but is considering Sociology or Criminal Justice. Though school can be a lot, she loves learning new things and enjoys the chance to be able to learn. When not doing school work, she likes making art, specifically drawings, sketches, paintings, and digital art. Kaylee also likes to listen to music, especially K-pop, including bands such as BTS, Ateez, and TXT. When it comes to writing, Kaylee has experience with academic and creative genres, and she is ready to help with anything that comes her way in the Writing Center.
Rachel Beal is an English Secondary Education major. She hopes to teach literature at the high school level and continue her own education to the doctoral level. Her favorite topics of study include memes, religion, gender, and trauma. In her free time from being overly serious, Rachel reads novels, makes crafts, writes poetry, and spends time with her dog, Simon. Her favorite books are The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Rachel’s favorite films are Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet Society, and The Sound of Music, because they are objectively the greatest films of all time. She works at Oliviana on the weekends in order to afford her Hulu subscription. Outside of the center you might find her quoting the 1996 flick Matilda, showing people bad memes, un-ironically whipping, drinking coffee, or playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on her 2DS.
Cody is an undergraduate at AU pursuing a BS in Information Technology with a concentration in CyberSecurity. He is also obtaining a minor in English Literature. Currently he is working on data management research with the AU School of Computer and Cyber Sciences in preparation for graduate school. In his free time, Cody runs the AU Chess club, builds computers, plays retro video games, and enjoys reading (Sci-fi, manga, historical).
Kendra is an undergraduate student born and raised in Augusta, Ga. She graduated from A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in 2016. She is currently enrolled as an IT Major with a minor in literature. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering and work mainly with Prosthetics. In addition to helping students in the Writing Center, Kendra works downtown at Humanitree House as a cook and holistic medicine specialist. In her spare time away from school and work, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing sports, spending time with family & friends, and playing videos. And when she is not doing any of those activities, she is traveling. Kendra has traveled to about 35 states and the Eastern Coast of Australia.
Sarah Kate Daskal
Sarah Kate Daskal is a History major with a concentration in East Asian studies and a minor in English. After graduating, she plans to either pursue a Master’s in History and/or teach History and English abroad. She is President of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and a member of Sigma Tau Delta. She was once part of the Augusta University’s Odyssey newspaper. Outside of schoolwork and classes, she is usually helping at her family business, Total Force, teaching herself Mandarin and Korean, or watching cooking shows on YouTube. Her favorite thing to work on in the Writing Center is outlining, organization, argumentative, and research-based papers. However, she’d be happy to help with any issue you may have. And although a History major, she has taken various Pre-Med courses and labs, so feel free to come by with papers/lab reports outside of her major/minor.
Tiffanie is working towards a BA in English Secondary Education. She eventually wants to pursue a Masters and Doctorate in English with a concentration in 18th to 19th Century British Literature. She loves dogs and can be seen on the weekend hanging with her own dog. Within the Writing Center, Tiffanie is a receptionist and media designer. She is able to help navigate the Writing Center portal and assist with finding a consultant for you. When not in school, Tiffanie fills her time with work, Netflix, Education Ambassadorship, playing with her dog, and painting. Her favorite books are Jane Eyre, Harry Potter Series, and almost anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters.