Rebecca King is the Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University, where she graduated, magna cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Writing. She teaches the Dirty Dozen workshops and the internship course, ENG 4160, to prepare students to be writing consultants. She moved in 2007 to the Carolinas from Maine, where she owned and operated a café for many years, sold real estate, and started a furniture repurposing business. Rebecca values time spent with family and friends, reading, writing, traveling when possible, baking, and being in the great outdoors. She completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her first novel. Her poetry has been published in various publications including Third Wednesday and FEM.
Baylor Hicks is a writing consultant and for several years was the managing editor of the Monarch Review, Methodist’s journal of undergraduate research and art. Prior to arriving at MU, she practiced law for many years, in both North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay area. Notwithstanding the fact that she lived for close to 30 years in northern California (including three years at a Zen Buddhist retreat center), she is one of those rare creatures—a Fayetteville native. As a lawyer, she worked in a various fields, ranging from civil litigation to tax planning, and specialized in legal research and writing. A Buddhist and a meditator, she has a broad array of interests, including art and architecture, qigong and gardening, and fixing up a modernist house created by her father, local architect Mason Hicks. Baylor leads a local Buddhist meditation group. She obtained her law degree at Stanford University and her bachelor’s at Duke University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Wilma Leinonen moved to Fayetteville from Kennebunk, Maine, and is delighted to be a professional consultant with the Writing Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Boston State College; a chef’s diploma from Creative Cuisine in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and her M.S.Ed., summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine. Wilma enjoyed working as a resource teacher in the public school system for more than twenty years, and developed and taught a variety of early childhood education courses at York County Community Technical College. Wilma volunteers for the Fayetteville Symphony, the Museum of the Cape Fear, and the Cumberland County Schools. She treasures time with her family and friends, and enjoys year-round outdoor photography in the warm North Carolina climate.
Christopher Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated cum laude from Methodist University, where he also completed the Honors Program. Christopher enjoys writing, reading, botany, gardening, video games, the outdoors, the indoors, the doors of perception, listening to music of all types, and a good laugh.
Cheri Todd Molter is a Methodist University alumna who graduated summa cum laude in May 2017 with a B.A. in English, History, and Writing. She is also the content development specialist and librarian at the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center in Fayetteville. Cheri recently earned a Master of Library Science with a concentration in Academic Libraries from East Carolina University. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Cheri loves the ocean and enjoys reading, transcribing primary documents, and writing. Her poetry has appeared in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Kakalak, and in 2018 one of her creative nonfiction stories was published in a Jack Walker Press anthology entitled Corners: Voices on Change.
Sydney Bird is majoring in Applied Forensic Science and Criminal Justice, and minoring in Professional Tennis Management and Psychosocial Aspects of Sports and Coaching. She will be graduating in the spring of 2023 and aspires to become a crime scene investigator. Originally from Lancaster, Ohio, Sydney loves going on spontaneous adventures, reading, hanging out with friends and learning something new every day. She aims to hike every state park in North Carolina and so far has bagged 4 out of 41.
Maria Choi plans to graduate in May of 2021 with an English major, Spanish minor, and TESL certificate. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and/or English Education, and as a Fayetteville native, she also hopes to spend more time abroad to further her language learning and intercultural understanding. Besides working as a student consultant at MU, Maria has also worked on the staff of the Monarch Review: MU’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity and is involved with campus ministry groups. Off-campus, Maria is a dance teacher at Alpha and Omega Dance Academy and a children’s/youth ministry leader with Manna Church. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, spending time outdoors, and tackling her ever-growing reading list.
Deanna Glus is a sophomore at Methodist University, majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in English. Her plans after college include occupational therapy school; she also aims to complete a Hand Therapy Fellowship course. Deanna is a Fayetteville native, but she often enjoys the wild and wonderful mountains of West Virginia where her grandmother resides. She’s active in the MU Chorale and Student Government Association. When Deanna is not studying, she can be found sewing, listening to music, or crafting.
Josie Samuelian is a sophomore at MU, majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. Her goal is to attend MU’s Occupational Therapy program and become a pediatric occupational therapist. She is from Fayetteville, NC and plans to graduate in 2023. She’s also involved in the MU orchestra, SGA, and religious life program.
Trey Samuelian is a junior studying Hospitality; he plans to pursue a career in Recreation after he graduates in 2022. He’s from Fayetteville, and his interests include comics, literature, and Star Wars. Trey is active in the MU Music Department and the Student Activities Committee, and works as a head resident assistant on campus.
Edona Sefa comes from Kosovo. A senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Administration, she is both a head residential assistant and a tutor in the Italian language. She speaks three languages and loves writing.
Jackline Abbo is from Uganda. She is in her junior year, studying for a Bachelor of Science in Financial Economics and Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. For many years her career goal has been to work in the corporate world. She is passionate about fashion and reading books and doing community work. She is inspired to keep pushing forward by Oprah Winfrey’s adage, “You become what you believe.”
Imani Bellamy is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She is majoring in Kinesiology and also plans to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She loves helping people and is dedicated to attaining success and fulfilment in both her career and her personal life.
Nellie Damiba is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and plans to complete a graduate program in biochemistry or genetics. She is from Burkina Faso in West Africa, and one of her long term goals is to use her knowledge for the good of her home country.