Christine E. Kephart
Christine E. Kephart has a PhD in English from Drew University in New Jersey and maintains an active scholarship and publishing agenda in Willa Cather Studies. Currently pursuing graduate studies in Instructional Design, she brings a combined experience of twenty years in college teaching and college writing center administration to Stevens. In her parallel life, Christine is a professional flutist and vocalist.
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.
Professional Writing Consultants:
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 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.
Dave McNamara received his BA in Literature from Wheaton College in Illinois, MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been an adjunct composition instructor at New York University and The New School, and is currently academic tutor to students of all ages and developmental levels in a variety of subjects including: Reading, Professional and Essay Writing, Public Speaking, Organizational Skills and Acting.
Peer writing Consultants:
James, a senior Chemical Biology 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 will pursue a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. 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.
In his last year at Stevens in pursuit of a dual degree in Visual Arts & Technology, and Science, Technology, & Society (STS), Frankie is a knowledgeable and skillful peer consultant now in his fourth semester at the WCC. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Stute, President of the Art Club, a tour guide for the university, and graphic designer for the College of Arts & Letters. 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 tabletop games.
Verica is a sophomore Business & Technology major from Mount Olive, New Jersey. In her second semester at the WCC, Verica is a sharp and perceptive writing consultant. She’s a member of Sigma Delta Tau, the Investment Club, and Phi Beta Lambda, and she has participated in the LEADs program. After Stevens, she plans to pursue a law degree. Originally from Macedonia, Verica speaks both English and Macedonian fluently, and she has some Spanish under her belt. Verica enjoys singing, swimming, and writing in her free time.
Billie is a second-year student majoring in Visual Arts & Technology and minoring in both Music & Technology and Theater & Technology. She is also pursuing the five-year bachelor-to-master’s degree. Bringing her art and writing talents to bear in her work at the WCC, Billie is an astute and caring consultant. She is Vice President of the Art Club and a member of Stevens Club Swimming. Outside of academics, Billie enjoys watching Bones and New Girl, listening to music by artists such as P!nk and Carole King, and spending time outdoors walking or bike riding.
Intuitive and thoughtful in her consulting for the WCC, Lauren is a second-year Engineering major from Kensington, Maryland. She is a member of the Stevens Cross Country team and the Track team; her favorite event is the 3000m. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, listening to country music, especially Lady Antebellum, and watching documentaries. One thing Lauren misses from home is her family dog, a Black Lab-Great Dane mix named Jasper; she’ll definitely be getting a dog of her own after she graduates.
From Marlboro, New Jersey, Emily is a sophomore Business and Technology major planning to pursue
law school on graduating from Stevens. She’s new to the WCC and she’s a natural. In addition to joining the WCC as a consultant, she babysits and is also involved in the Literary Salon and other clubs at Stevens. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, and watching various TV shows such as Mad Men and The Office.