Writing Center Director

Allison Adelman - Writing Center Director

Allison Adelman earned her PhD in Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics. Her dissertation research focused on the second language acquisition of Japanese. She also holds an MA in Linguistics (from UCSB) and a BA in Linguistics and Spanish (from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania).

While earning her PhD, Allison enjoyed working as a graduate student teaching assistant, instructing Japanese language classes at UCSB. She also began working as a freelance editor and tutor of academic writing, specializing in the humanities and social sciences and in the writing of non-native English speakers.

Allison enjoys learning languages in her spare time; she speaks Japanese and Spanish, has studied Arabic and ASL, and is currently focused on learning Korean. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she has also lived briefly in Spain and South Korea, and for three years in Japan. While in Japan, Allison taught English as a Second Language to students of all ages, and subsequently became a trainer of ESL teachers. She is looking forward to joining the Antioch writing center and working with AUSB students.

Writing Tutor and ELL Specialist


Abby Pasley, a Santa Barbara native, earned her Master’s in English from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a TESL certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language).  While earning her degree, she enjoyed working in the writing center, leading writing workshops, and tutoring students to pass writing exams.  She taught English as a Second Language to international students locally for three years. Prior to these experiences, she studied at Santa Barbara City College and graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in English.  Currently Abby teaches classes in Santa Barbara City College’s Adult Education Department. She has a background in Literature, Linguistics, and Composition Theory and enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds. 

Peer Writing Tutors

photoStephanie Navarrete is a Santa Barbara native who currently works as a writing tutor at the Hub Learning Center and the Writing Center. She is an Antioch alumnus who returned for graduate school. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program and wants to work with teenagers. When she is not running from class to class or job to job, she enjoys kayaking at the harbor, going to the gym, rock climbing, and hiking the endless hiking trails of Santa Barbara!

Swords Profile picGenevieve Swords is presently pursuing a BA degree with a marketing concentration at Antioch University Santa Barbara, as well as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). As a student at SBCC, she was a marketing tutor, marketing teaching assistant, and a reader for the personal development departments. Since 2012, Genevieve has worked in SBCC’s Adult Education Department as a teaching assistant where she works with a variety of students from all walks of life. Her interests vary from creative writing, pasta, Apple products, and more. A Santa Barbara native, she is made up of equal parts bookworm and beach girl – sometimes both at once, with reading on the beach! Genevieve hopes to continue her marketing pursuits with her education from Antioch University.

Former Writing Center Director

z1Zack De Piero earned his Master’s in Education with a specialization in Secondary English at Temple University in Philadelphia.  He also completed additional graduate-level coursework to earn a TESOL endorsement (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). He holds two B.A. degrees from James Madison University in International Affairs as well as Philosophy and Religion. Zack worked as a full-time English teacher in the Philadelphia School District before becoming an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University. Prior to these experiences, he wrote for ICON, an arts, entertainment, and culture magazine.   

As a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE, a Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts), and NCTE’s Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) he stays informed of the latest college writing practices.  In addition to these credentials, Zack is also working on his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies at UCSB.

Former Peer Writing Tutors

Marie Chaney photoMarie Chaney completed her A.S. in Human Services and is a Certified Addiction Counselor. She has worked in the Addictions and Human Services field for the last 20 years. Since her two wonderful children grew up and went onto college, she decided to complete her BA in Liberal Studies concentrating in Psychology in 2012. She currently is in the second year of her Master’s in Clinical Psychology program here at Antioch University. Her claim to fame is acting in the play “The Vagina Monologues” for a Cuesta College fundraiser and co-founding the non-profit organization, Gryphon Society Sober Living Homes in San Luis Obispo County for men and women with incarceration and addiction issues in 2001. Currently Gryphon Society serves 5000 clients annually. 

HYHannah Yanow, a San Francisco native, migrated south to earn her Masters in Clinical Psychology here at Antioch. She graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in Family and Human Services and a minor in Dance. Hannah has explored many career paths: stage manager for a small theatre company, personal aide for people with developmental disabilities, art curator, and community programs assistant at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.  When Hannah isn’t working at Country Catering or the Writing Center, you may find her creating a Prezi, watching a Bollywood movie, or composing a paper.  She enjoys sharing her love of language and self-expression with the students who visit AUSB’s Writing Center. 


JSJessica Soon holds a BA in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Since completing her degree, she has worked for various non-profits, including populations from court-ordered community service, to first-time juvenile offenders, to aging adults.  Jessica is currently working toward her Master’s in AUSB’s MACP program, emphasizing her studies on Healthy Aging. She hopes to use her love of writing to encourage and support other students while continuing to develop her own skills as well. 

Whether he is reading a good book, or working on his own contributions to the literary canon, Jesse Kimball is enthusiastic about the written word.  Jesse is a firm believer in the idea that no one gets it perfect the first time around, including himself.  Friendly and gracious, you can be sure that he will put his fullest effort towards whatever project you bring to him, no matter how “rough” you feel your rough draft may be.  Jesse has attended SBCC and UC Berkeley (majoring in Political Science) and is currently working on a BA in Liberal Studies, which he hopes to turn into a MFA in English in the near future. 

Rosemary Schwartz stumbled upon Antioch through the advice of Darin Gerard, an instructor at Santa Barbara City College. As soon as she visited Antioch, she immediately knew that this was the perfect fit. She is currently in the BA program to obtain her degree in Communications of Mass Media. After finishing her degree, she plans on venturing into the world of fashion journalism. She also hopes to share her love of the writing process with her fellow students.


suz photo2While working on her BS in Psychology and Equine Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Suzannah Taylor was in a major car accident and decided to leave school to pursue her passion for horseback riding. After working as a professional equestrian for ten years in the real world, she decided to return to school to finish my education. As a Santa Barbara native with a deep love for humanitarian issues and holistic healing, she believes that AUSB is a perfect fit.   

THillAfter graduating from UC Davis, Tracy Hill held various jobs in the “real world” before deciding that it was time for a change, and so she moved home to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Psychology.  Tracy is in her second year at Antioch and spends her time working in the writing center, the library, and interning at Cottage Hospital.  As a Santa Barbara local, she enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and learning how to get the most out of life.  After graduating, Tracy hopes to use her experience to work with those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction.

photo (4)Paul Pasternak is from Connecticut, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).  Paul was part of AmeriCorp for two years in the Bay Area, where he worked with low income children, using the power of play to bring healthy, inclusive, and fun atmosphere to elementary schools.  He moved to the Santa Barbara area in 2013 and became the curriculum specialist at McKinley Elementary School, with a specific focus on physical education.  Currently, Paul is a graduate student at Antioch, seeking his Master’s in Education with a Special Education credential.