Meet the Staff

Dr. Sherwin Kawahakui Ranchez SalesDr. Sherwin Kawahakui Ranchez Sales

(He/him/his)

Director

Assistant Professor, English Department

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: My favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center is connecting with students and their writing. I’m grateful that many have decided to share their experiences, ideas, and cultures with me, and it’s my hope that they continue to do so.

Fun fact:  I grew up in a devout Lakers Nation household, but I am (and always have been) a Clippers fan.


Tory Russo head shot Tory Russo

(he/him/his)

Writing Professional 

Lecturer, English Department

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: Watching abstract ideas become concreate via the writing process! I love learning about all the different disciplines outside of English, and I get to have some awesome conversations with students at various stages in their academic career. 

Fun fact:

I have seen every episode of every season of every Power Rangers series. My order from best to worst is: 1. Time Force 2. Dino Thunder 3. Dino Fury 4. In Space 5. Dino Charge 6. RPM 7. Jungle Fury 8. Ninja Storm 9. SPD 10. MMPR 11. Beast Morphers 12. Ninja Steel 13. Mystic Force 14. Lost Galaxy 15. Light Speed Rescue 16. Zeo 17. Turbo 18. Wild Force 19. Samurai 20. Mega Force 21. Operation Overdrive.

Melissa Williams head shot Melissa Williams

(she/her/hers)

Writing Professional 

Lecturer, English Department (BA in English Education, MA in English Literature with an emphasis on Medieval studies, certificate in composition and rhetoric)

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: I learn so much from the students who visit the writing center. I love meeting students from a variety of levels and disciplines, and helping them find and develop their strengths as writers. 

Fun fact: For the first four years of my life my family lived in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains with no indoor plumbing. I was six weeks old when my parents took me rock climbing for the first time. 

Felipe De La Rosa headshot Felipe

(he/him/his)

Writing Associate

Graduate program: MFA, Creative Writing program (BA English, Creative Writing)  

Language other than English: Spanish

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: I enjoy being able to help student writers progress through their various steps of the writing process.

Fun fact: have been to almost every sports stadium in California. PetCo Park is the only one I'm missing.

Ahlyssa ToscanoAhlyssa

(she, her, hers)

Writing Associate

Language other than English: Spanish (Reading, writing and speaking)

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: Helping students become more confident with their writing skills and watching students creative ideas come to life.

Fun fact: I love everything Disney!!!

Florencia Bravo headshotFlorencia

(She/Her/Hers)

Writing Associate, Majoring in English Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing 

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: My favorite part of working in the writing center is being able to collaborate and work with amazing colleagues and students on all kinds of writing projects.

Fun fact: A fun fact about myself is that I have a shameless Twilight obsession and know a little too much trivia regarding the movies and novels.

Mason Martin Mason Martin

(they/them)

Favorite aspect about working at the writing center: I love learning about all the different courses and majors as I help students learn about the writing process! Exchanging information is so much fun, especially if I can help people while doing it.

A fun fact: I'm a poet and artist, and I love to watch cartoons as I write and create. I hope to publish an illustrated book of poetry someday!


Natalia Espinoza headshotNatalia

(she/her/hers)

Writing Associate

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: My favorite aspect about working at the Writing Center is connecting with students. I find joy in helping students improve and gain confidence in their writing skills. 

Fun fact: My favorite genre to read is fiction, I can never pass up a good action movie, and my Spotify playlist ranges from Los Tigres Del Norte to Olivia Rodrigo. 




Nate HertweckNate

(he/him/his)

Writing Associate

Favorite aspect of working in the Writing Center: My favorite aspect of the Writing Center is learning about different ideas, topics, and cultures from the students and staff who come to see us.

Fun fact: I am also president of the English Graduate Association (EGA), curators of the DH campus literary magazine, Enjambed. You should consider submitting your writing and/or joining us or one of the many other great DH campus clubs and orgs!