GWIE | Gradute Writing Institute for Excellence

Our Consultants

Oscar Ochoa

Grant Administrator, Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies and Graduate Writing Institue for Excellence

Brian Dunlap

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleno and writer who received his M.F.A. and B.A. in Creative Writing from Fresno State and UC Riverside respectively. He cares deeply about giving voice to others through writing instruction and through his own writing. He has volunteered at 826LA as a writing tutor for its annual "Young Author’s Book Project," tutoring undeserved high school students by helping them write and polish their essay drafts to a high shine then to be collected and published in book form. He is a writer of place: all his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is set in or about Los Angeles from a native’s point of view, portraying the diverse people who call Los Angeles Home. As a creative writer, he is motivated to help you explore, understand, and capture your ideas on the page.


Denise Groce

Denise Groce earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at CSUDH, and she is currently enrolled in doctoral program in English Literature at Claremont Graduate University. She has been with PEGS, and now PEGS’ GWIE, for several years now and continues to serve the students of CSUDH with an unparalleled sense of duty and dedication.

Brent Taylor Stenhouse

Brent Taylor Stenhouse is an artist, academic, and activist.  He writes poetry, prose, song, stories, and screenplays; He is currently writing a fiction and non-fiction novel entitled, Friends of Bill. Having graduated from CSUDH with a B.A. (Political Science & History) and an M.A. (English Literature with certification in Rhetoric & Composition and Teaching English as a Second Language), He is a Toro through and through. He is excited about the opportunity to serve others at CSUDH’s first-ever graduate writing center!

Celynda Wilder-Kingsby

Celynda Wilder is an Assistant Principal, 7th Grade Homeroom Teacher, and Online Adjunct Faculty with an Ed.D in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning from Azusa Pacific University. She completed her dissertation on approaches to increasing students’ reading fluency and is currently working on a qualitative research study regarding public and private teachers’ perceptions of the integration of technology in elementary school settings. Her focus is with the School of Education, and as a Graduate.

Evan Ruiz

Evan Ruiz is a Los Angeles native who loves grammar! She received her Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from CSUDH in 2015. She has over two years of teaching and tutoring experience and looks forward to working with you!

Reem Atallah

Reem Atallah is a Graduate Writing Consultant for GWIE, PEGS. She is also a Supplemental Instructor at CSUDH for English 99. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Rhetoric and Composition. She currently is a graduate student at CSUDH working on her MA in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) as well as her certificate in Rhetoric and Composition. Both of which she will receive in May of this year. She enjoys creative and research based writing. Her interests range from environmental science and marketing to social justice and politics. She is always up to learn new things and is ready to help you do the same!

Jeffrey Govan

Jeffrey Govan is a writer, editor and musician who is dedicated to help bring out the very best in the students he serves. As a native of Los Angeles, he has experienced the ups and downs of education in the urban environment and understands the difficulties associated with being a first-generation college student working to obtain a degree in higher education. He believes that obtaining mastery and maintaining any skill comes by way of self awareness, seeing the "big picture" and commitment to practice. His general strategy is to guide via enlightenment, focusing primarily on strengths then work with students to develop tactics to strengthen weaknesses based on the expertise that the individual already has. He has experience teaching academic writing, research methods, essay organization and style. He graduated from CSUDH in 2007 with a degree in English Literature. Afterwards, he entered USC's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity as a PhD candidate. Throughout all the years of his own education, he has been a mentor, coach, personal and professional tutor and teacher for students ranging from high school to graduate school. He also currently works with Ph.D and Master's level students to develop ideas, organize, edit, and polish their Master's thesis, dissertations, presentation papers and professional publications. He is well prepared and eager to help students reach their goals and looks forward to help students navigate a path that leads them to be the very best they can be!

Nick Nugent

After receiving his BA in English from UC Berkeley, Nick began attending CSUDH, where he received his MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. He now works as a GWIE Graduate Writing Consultant.