WCC Staff

Christine E. Kephart
Director, WCC

Christine E. Kephart received her PhD in English from Drew University in New Jersey. She has twenty years of experience in college writing centers and teaching. Pursuing an active scholarship and publishing agenda primarily in Willa Cather Studies, she is also interested in the philosophy of William James and the fiction of Louise Erdrich. In her parallel life, Christine is a professional flutist and vocalist.  

Bobby Pelphrey
Assistant Director, WCC

Bobby Pelphrey received MAs in English Composition and in Secondary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Before moving to New York City, Bobby worked at Rochester Institute of Technology as a composition/ESL instructor and as a professional writing consultant. He has over fifteen years of experience, in classrooms and writing centers, helping students unlock their writing potential. In his spare time, Bobby enjoys reading horror and sci-fi novels and collecting DC Comics memorabilia.

Part-Time Writing Consultants:

Sarah Minsloff
Sarah recently received her PhD in English Literature from Columbia University. She has been consulting in university writing centers since 2011. Her teaching and research focus on intersections of literature and politics in nineteenth-century Britain, including industrial novels and protest poetry, working-class authorship, and love poetry and the marriage plot. Sarah lives in Greenwich Village with her partner and a pair of tubby tabby cats named Pip and Tulkinghorn.

Paul Ketchum
Paul is a writer living in Brooklyn. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College and his BA in English and Theater from the University of Denver. His plays have been seen onstage at Classic Stage Company, the Bushwick Starr, and Little Theater at Dixon Place. His essays, reviews, and fiction have been published by the Brooklyn Rail, Electric Literature, and Sock Monkey Press. He is on the committee for the Pataphysics Workshop at the Flea Theater and bakes artisan bread in his spare time. Now in his second year at the WCC, he loves helping students take ownership over their ideas through writing and is consistently surprised by what he learns from the students who come for guidance.


Peer Consultants:

James Sinodinos
James, a junior Chem Bio major from Staten Island, is an experienced, insightful peer consultant who has been with the WCC since Spring 2014. He is also a peer mentor and student ambassador, and he sits on the executive boards of the Stevens Health Professionals club and MEDLIFE. On graduating from Stevens next year, he aspires to pursue a graduate degree as a physician assistant or physical therapist. Currently, he has begun a research project which aims to map the cognitive traits of students at Stevens with respect to their major. During his free time, James plays on the school’s club baseball team. 

Frankie Guarini
Currently a junior pursuing a dual degree in Visual Arts & Technology and Science, Technology, & Society (STS), Frankie is a knowledgeable and skillful peer consultant now in his third semester at the WCC. He is currently the Managing Editor of The Stute, graphic designer for the College of Arts & Letters, Vice President of the Art Club, and a tour guide for the university. Outside of school, Frankie is an avid fan of professional wrestling – he even named his puppy after a pro wrestler – and enjoys designing and creating card games.

Lauren Logan
Lauren, a first-year Engineering major from Kensington, Maryland, is in her first semester at the WCC. She is a member of the Stevens Cross Country team and the Track team; her favorite event is the 3000m. Lauren also belongs to the Society of Women Engineers where she works with the K-12 outreach program. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, listening to country music, especially Lady Antebellum, playing the violin, and watching documentaries.

Verica Nakeva
Verica is a freshman Business & Technology major from Mount Olive, New Jersey. This is her first semester as a peer tutor at the WCC. She’s a member of the investment club and of Phi Beta Lambda, has participated in the LEADs program, and hopes to pursue law school, concentrating in corporate law. Originally from Macedonia, Verica speaks both English and Macedonian fluently, while she speaks Spanish proficiently. Verica enjoys singing, like Lana Del Rey covers, swimming, and writing in her free time. 

Billie Haas
Billie is a first year Visual Arts & Technology major from Monmouth County, New Jersey, pursuing the five-year bachelor-to-master’s degree. This is her first semester at the WCC. She is a member of the Art Club, Stevens Club Swimming, and biweekly Creative Writing salons in the College of Arts & Letters. Outside of academics, Billie enjoys watching Bones and New Girl, listening to music by artists like P!nk and Carole King, and spending time outdoors walking or bike riding.