Past interns and staff


Janelle Adsit served as the assistant director of the CLC in 2007-08. She graduated from CSU with an M.A. in 2009. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the English program at SUNY Albany.




bailyHeather Baily is an undergraduate student currently pursuing degrees in Anthropology and Sociology. Heather is a second-year intern with the CLC and will be working on the Intergenerational Book Club.

Besides a CLC intern, Heather is a mentor at The Matthews House, camp counselor at Camp Wapiyapi, volunteer at Hearts and Horses, volunteer coordinator for The Kayla Foundation, and vice president for Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociological Honor Society on campus. After she graduates in May, she will be serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. She also enjoys yoga, photography, reading, and spending as much time as she can in the Colorado mountains.


barronIntern Laura Barron was the CLC’s administrative assistant in 2008. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and is passionate about spreading an enthusiasm for literature and personal expression to others throughout Fort Collins and Larimer County.




beckerAfter graduating from CSU, Amanda Becker pursued a degree in environmental and natural resources law from DU University Sturm College of Law. She hopes to work in the Oil and Gas industry as either in-house counsel or as a landman. Her main passion in life is still to travel and experience other cultures and ways of life.




billingsMandy Billings worked with the CLC as a SpeakOut! Women’s Writing Workshop facilitator during the 2007-2008 school year. She graduated from CSU with an MFA in Creative Writing in 2010 and currently teaches composition and literature at CSU in addition to writing fiction.




churchCLC intern Marty Church was a graduate student at CSU. He graduated from Adams State College in 2005 with degrees in Art and English, and has served as a Residence Hall Director at Northeastern Junior College. He has been a Bridge Program Mentor and English instructor and worked with the Intergenerational Book Club and Writing Workshops.




darcangeloVince Darcangelo is the Assistant Director of the Community Literacy Center at Colorado State University. He has been involved with the CLC since 2009, facilitating writing workshops for incarcerated men at the Larimer County Detention Center and teaching poetry in the Poudre School District.

He is currently pursuing his MFA in creative writing. Prior to graduate school, Vince worked as an addictions counselor at a residential detox, a newspaper reporter, freelance writer and book reviewer. Community literacy combines his passions for community outreach, literature and education.


depriestCLC Intern Randi DePriest graduated in the spring of 2006 with an English Major and a Women’s Studies Certificate. She was involved with the SpeakOut! Women’s Writing Workshop at Larimer County Detention Center. She loves fishing and doing the chicken dance at inappropriate times. She is an avid reader and amateur poet, and is therefore passionate about the power of language. To her, basic literacy opens the door to the political, financial, health and social literacy that contribute to a fulfilling life. She believes that literacy is a basic right and must be available to persons of all walks of life and hopes to work toward making that a reality.



foxSydney Fox worked with the SpeakOut! Women’s Writing Workshop and enjoyed the personal contact with the writers and learning about their struggles and triumphs. She has no interest in writing herself, but hopes to work with publishing and editing in some aspect. She realized after an internship with a university press that maybe mainstream publishing wasn’t for her. She instead looked toward the community and how she could directly impact people’s lives.



holycrossCLC intern Heidi Holycross is pursuing an M.A. in TESOL . She graduated with a B.A. in literature from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, with course work taken at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as well. Currently she is working as an ESL instructor at C.O.R.E. (Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment), where she works with underserved adult learners from the north Fort Collins community.



hulingsKathryn Hulings is married and has five children (ages 28, 26, 25, 21, & 19) and three dogs (a Beagle, German Shepherd Mix, and Border-Collie). After a non-traditional return to college in 2005, she graduated from CSU in 2009. Kathryn’s area of emphasis while interning at the CLC was facilitating workshops at Turning Point. During the 2009-2010 school-year, she taught 8th grade Language Arts at Blevins Middle School. Currently, she is a GTA for CO 150 and a graduate student pursuing her MA in 0Creative Nonfiction. Before this middle-aged academic incarnation and middle-school teacher stint, Kathryn stayed at home to raise her children, was an active community volunteer, worked as an advocate for children with special needs, served as a Community Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education’s Community Infant Services Review, and led poetry workshops at the elementary school level. Kathryn is an aspiring writer in the genres of creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and poetry, and she cannot imagine a day sans the privilege of writing and reading.


sjohnsonCLC AmeriCorps intern (SpeakOut!) Stacey Johnson is a second-year graduate student at Colorado State University. She is currently working toward her M.A. in English Rhetoric/Composition with an interest in community literacy programs serving developing communities. Prior to her graduate study, she worked for several years as both the travel and marketing coordinator for a local software development company. Wanting to branch out from the corporate cubicle environment, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 2007 as a Rural Education Development volunteer in Zambia’s North Western Province. She joined the CLC in the summer of 2010 and has very much enjoyed her interaction with the young women at Turning Point. Stacey looks forward to continuing to learn more about writing in nontraditional education settings and developing relationships with the talented community writers she works with.


ejohnstonCLC Americorps Intern Elliott Johnston is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literature. As a community member, he has led a writing workshop at the Turning Point Boys House for a year and a half, and is excited to officially join the CLC’s SpeakOut! program to put more theory behind his practice. He has worked as a section editor for two newspapers and a Web site, and has freelanced music journalism for several other publications. He strives tohelp young writers to see themselves as part of a larger writing community.



jones-grahamDoug Jones-Graham is an English Education MA student who is also earning his teacher’s license and TESL/TEFL endorsement from the state. In between his BA and MA programs, Doug worked as a preschool teacher and as an editor with McGraw-Hill.




jordanCLC Assistant Director Kir Jordan is a student in the MFA Creative Writing Program with a focus in poetry. In addition to keeping the office in order and everything in check she is volunteering this year as a workshop leader for the SpeakOut! program at Turning Point.




keilersCLC Intern Amy Keilers was a graduate student in the Rhetoric and Composition program in Fall 2005.





kin-daveyCLC Intern Elizabeth Kin-Davey graduated with a Master’s of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Colorado State University in 2006.





kirkpatrickCheyne Kirkpatrick graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with an M.A. in English, specifically TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). He currently teaches English at the CSU Intensive English Program and is an ESL coordinator/instructor at the C.O.R.E. center (Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment) in Fort Collins. In his small amount of free time, he enjoys travelling, backpacking, skiing, hiking, and visiting his family in his home state of Michigan.



Alyssa von Lehman worked with the CLC developing grant proposals. She graduated from CSU with a Master’s degree in English and Communication Development.


maloneFormer CLC Assistant Director Charlie Malone was an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing. He was also active in the Fort Collins literary community serving as co-editor of Wolverine Farm Publishing’s Great Ecstatic Reporter and poetry editor to Matter Journal. Charlie has also taught poetry in local elementary schools with Literacy Through Poetry. Originally from Ohio, Charlie enjoys both the mountains and plains of Colorado. The only photo Charlie has of himself is this one where he is holding an alligator.



mendelCLC volunteer Holly Mendel graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado State University in 2003.





mullerCLC Americorps intern Erika Muller is currently pursuing her second B.A. degree and teaching licensure in English Education. While with the CLC, Erika will work with the Partnerships for Literacy Success initiative focusing on writing in the ESL and GED classes at the Education and Life Training Center (ELTC) to form the Linden Street Writing Workshop and a student publication.

Outside of classes and the CLC, Erika has served as the treasurer to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) at CSU and works with adults with developmental disabilities in Fort Collins and Loveland in Fort Collins. She would like to either teach secondary English education or work for a nonprofit community literacy organization upon graduation and continue writing and workshopping as a hobby.


obergAmanda Oberg is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Media Studies. She will be working with the SpeakOut! Program at the Larimer County Detention Center during the 2010-2011 school year. She has had short stories and poetry published in minor publications, and hopes to continue writing in a graduate program in the near future. Amanda is interested in community literacy from a social justice as well as a media standpoint, and is looking forward to serving the community and learning throughout the year. Although having worked mostly with children, she is excited to gain experience in working with underserved adults.



parryKayla Parry is an undergraduate student in the English department with a concentration in literature. She co-facilitated poetry workshops with the Speak Out! Writing Workshop at Turning Point. Kayla has been involved in newspaper reporting and editing of a literary arts magazine, Signatures, in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming. She spent much of her college years volunteering and plans to pursue a graduate degree.



rochelCLC Intern Jessi Rochel has been addicted to reading since that fateful day in first grade. Reading alongside her dad, she pushed her way through David McPhail’s Great Cat. It was the hardest book she had ever read and the best she had ever felt. Jessi still enjoyed the thrill of reading as she earned her Second Bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University-she just couldn’t stay away!-having majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and also a Business Administration minor. She chose to return to CSU for International Studies, with a concentration in European Studies, because as a Study Abroad Alum from Swansea, Wales, Jessi’s newest greatest passion is traveling. (Spending five months traveling throughout the UK and Western Europe will do that to you.) Among other career goals in life-including but not limited to-authoring adolescent fiction, owning her own bookstore, editing, and becoming a professional book critic, she is contemplating the absolute bliss that would follow writing a traveling cookbook, and a series of free verse stories on historical events.During her time with the CLC, Jessi assisted with the Intergenerational Literacy and Writing Project. During her high school years, she participated in a similar program that paired students with outside community members to read and discuss a book. And she loved it.


silvaCLC Intern Emily Silva-Mills hopes to teach English to adolescents, work on receiving her Master’s degree, and teach English overseas (in no particular order). Whether it is for her own enjoyment or others, reading and writing have played a large role in her life since she was very young. She is ready to make a difference, one struggling reader and/or writer at a time. Emily has worked with pre-school and kindergarten-aged children on their sound recognition skills at the Fox Valley Montessori School, as well as reading to children in the waiting rooms of the Salud Medical Clinic with the Reach Out and Read program and has recently participated as a conversation partner with the Intensive English Program at CSU. Emily worked with the SpeakOut! Women’s Writing Workshop at Larimer County Detention Center.


wittCLC Intern Melanie Witt graduated with a Master’s of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Colorado State University in 2008.





woodsCLC intern Tami Woods worked with SpeakOut! while working toward her Master’s degree in English Education. She enjoyed being a part of an organization that recognizes the power of reading and writing and strives to bring it those in the community.