Meet the Consultants


Meet our Writing Consultants!


Courtney Gross

Hello there friends.  My name is Courtney and I am returning to the WAC for my second year.  I had an amazing experience last year being a consultant and I am very amped to be here again to help my fellow students revel in the art of writing.  My wonderful family and dog (Hobbes, a black goldendoodle) reside back in my hometown Brandon, SD… so when I am not here in Spearfish, I like to get there as much as possible for chill time!  After my undergraduate career, I could see myself going abroad, going to grad school or teaching high school for a while… so in other words… I am still working out the details.  Come in and see me whenever!! 






Baylee Burns

Hi all! My name is Baylee and I am currently attending college at Black Hills State University where I will be graduating in the spring of 2014. I am majoring in English Education with a minor in History Education. I am very excited to start my career as a teacher and work with secondary  students. In my free time I like to be outside. I love to go fishing, hiking, camping, biking, boating, backpacking, tubing, and more. In addition, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful boyfriend of two years, as well as my family and friends. When I do have free time, I like to barbecue and go to the shooting range. Some of my favorite books include Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and Pure by Julianna Baggott. Reading is certainly a great past-time that I thoroughly enjoy!

Scott Gillis


Hey, I’m Scott.  I’m from Toronto, Ontario and 10 years ago this April 1st (the joke was on me) I arrived in the hills to visit a friend in Beulah, Wyoming.  I had never even heard of the Black Hills before my friend invited me here.  That day I met a girl named Chelle and the rest, as they say, is history.  I am a junior here at BHSU and working towards becoming a high school English teacher.  I am also the proud daddy of two awesome Goldendoodles, Palmer and Breezy, and we love to take long walks and swim in Sand Creek all summer long.  I really like working at the writing center because all of my fellow consultants are cool and we get to meet so many people and discuss so many great ideas.   



Lauryn Weber


Hello! My name is Lauryn Weber and I am currently a sophomore at Black Hills State University. I am majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. I have known since a very young age that I wanted to become a teacher and I am thoroughly enjoying exploring the profession here at BHSU. I am from Rapid City, SD and I love the Black Hills. Some of my hobbies include traveling, sports and of course writing! I am very excited to be working in the Writing Center this year.




Cami Feist

Hello! My name is Cami, and this is my first year at the Writing Assistance Center. I am a sophomore here at Black Hills State University, and I am pursuing a degree in English Education. I grew up on a ranch outside of Ludlow, SD. I love sports, being outside, Pinterest, and hanging out with my awesome family and boyfriend. I have always loved reading and writing, so I am super excited to help others with their writing.


Dillon Whisman

While school takes up most of my time, I have found several activities to completely fill my schedule. I have wrestled alligators in Colorado, and I successfully conquered the three legged monster named Stumpy. I picked up knife throwing over the summer to sharpen my mad ninja skills. I chased Sasquatch in a stretch of the Andes Mountains in Peru, but to no avail. More recently I practice civil disobedience, dabble in alchemy, and enjoy long walks on the beach.



Bailey Voss

Hi! I'm Bailey Voss and this is my third year in the Writing Assistance Center. I'm a biology major and will be applying for Vet school soon! When I can escape the library—I love spending time at Tres Crosses ranch where I get to spend time with family whom I deeply love, and also ride and love on Annie, a spunky but very sweet filly! Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I certainly enjoy working in the Writing Assistance Center as it is very rewarding to help lighten the burden of a daunting writing assignment!




Shauni Lyon

Hey everyone! My name is Shauni and I’m a sophomore here at BHSU. This is my first year as a Writing Assistance Center consultant and I’m really excited to be here! I grew up in the very small town of Lemmon, SD, which is home to the World’s Largest Petrified Wood Park—I know, it’s awesome. :)
A few of my favorite things include coffee, cooking, Pinterest, Pretty Little Liars, and hanging out at the lake with my friends. When I was little I wanted to become a teacher just like my mom, and to this day my dream has not changed. I am a Special Education and Elementary Education double major still hoping to one day become a teacher.
I’m really looking forward to a great year in the WAC and I hope you will all come visit us! 

Shannon Maher

Hello! My name is Shannon Maher and I am from Rapid City, South Dakota. I am currently a student at Black Hills State University working on graduating with a degree in English Education along with a minor in Mass Communication. In the future, I would love to be a teacher, or even maybe someday a professor, because I believe that there is no greater reward than making an impact on the lives of and helping them to achieve their goals! The loves of my life are my four horses (Mercedes, Phoenix, Scout, and Raven)! I love to take them riding on trails up in the Black Hills and I also enjoy competing with them in shows.They are my babies! If I'm not with my horses, you can always find me hiking or biking because I love the outdoors! I am very excited to be here at the Writing Assistance Center! I am here to help you in any way that I can, so please don't hesitate to stop by and say "hello" because I would be excited to meet you!


Caitlin Hill

Hello, all! My name is Caitlin, and this will be my first semester at the Writing Assistance Center. I am a sophomore here at BH, and I am majoring in English and minoring in Professional Writing. I am originally from Veblen, South Dakota—a tiny dairy town in the northeast corner of the state that virtually hugs the North Dakota and Minnesota borders—but I consider the Black Hills area my home. On my free time I enjoy reading, writing, taking long, scenic drives, and Instagramming the beautiful sunsets that could only exist in Spearfish. I absolutely love writing, and I look forward to helping my fellow students through the process!  


 Jordan Louks

Hello, my name is Jordan Louks and this will be my third year working at the Writing Assistance Center.  I am currently a senior at Black Hills State University, but I will not be graduating in the spring as I am pursuing a double major in History and Political Science as well as a minor in American Indian Studies.  However, I will not be going into any of those fields per se as I am planning on attending seminary after obtaining my undergraduate degree at Black Hills State University.  From there I hope to get a job working in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  I love reading books, listening and writing music, playing musical instruments and golf, spending time with my girlfriend and my family, as well as watching movies.  I love working in the WAC, and I am looking forward to another year in the WAC.


 Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein

I am a professor of English at BHSU, where I have taught for 15 years. From Concord, Massachusetts, I have also lived (and taught college) in California, Oregon, Montana, and Illinois. I am interested in rhetoric, poetry, religion, and languages, and have studied Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Old English, Middle English, and Modern French. My hobbies include hiking in the Black Hills and traveling through the Rockies.


Cheyenne Pettit

Hello! My name is Cheyenne Pettit and I am currently beginning on the quest that is my senior year at BHSU. I am a history and english major and will be applying to Soviet history and Museum studies Graduate programs soon. In my down time you will find me settling down with some spectacular horror flicks and gummy bears, performing with the Belle Fourche Community theater, or reading Jane Austen. I am a sucker for cute owl stuff, zombie books, and Ed Sheeran songs. I am new to the Writing Assistance Center this year but writing has always been close to my heart and I'm thrilled to be here. I can tell it is going to be a wonderful year at the WAC and I cannot wait to get started! See you soon. 


Courtney Pierce

Hi there! My name is Courtney Pierce. This is my first semester at the Writing Assistance Center and I couldn't be more excited to here. I am an English major with a Writing minor and my goal is to someday be a professor of literature, preferably here at BHSU. I love to read and want to teach other people the importance of reading as well as show them all of the wonderful things reading a good book can do for you. When I'm not buried in a book, I can usually be found spending time with my husband and kids or getting my family together with my parents, sister and all of her kids. Family is very important to me and spending time with mine is one of my favorite pastimes. 

I understand that writing papers can be extremely nerve-wracking and daunting and promise to help those that come into the Writing Assistance Center to the best of my abilities. Hope to see you soon!


Krystal Wiederrich

Hey!  My name is Krystal Wiederrich and this will be my first year at the BHSU Writing Assistance Center!  I'm a fourth year English major with a minor in music, and I've lived in the Black Hills pretty much my whole life.  After graduation, I would love to live in the Pacific Northwest and go to graduate school for library sciences!  I love travelling and my favorite place I've ever visited would definitely have to be Switzerland.  Or Canada.  They were both so beautiful!  I'm shy when you first meet me, but I love meeting new people and making new friends!


McLain Wunschel

Hi there!  My name’s McLain and I am a sophomore here at BHSU.  This is my first semester as a consultant at the Writing Assistance Center and I can’t wait to get started!  I am a English Education major and a TESOL minor.  In the future I hope to become a High School English teacher or teach English abroad. I grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska near beautiful Lake McConaughy.  Sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, fishing, and swimming soon became a huge part of my life.  It’s no surprise that for the last five years I have been a lifeguard, swimming lessons instructor, and most recently, a pool manager.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, camping, reading, and writing.  I hope to see you at the WAC soon.


Kelly Kirk

Hello! I teach American history here at BHSU and am so excited to be volunteering a few hours each week here in the Writing Assistance Center. I actually did my undergraduate degree in history here at BHSU (while working at the Writing Assistance Center), then went on to graduate school at Montana State University in Bozeman. Needless to say, I love the outdoors! When not teaching, reading history or enjoying a great cup of coffee, you will find me out and about in the Hills, running, hiking, biking, and soaking in the history of the region.


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