Neal Haldane, PhD

Director of Writing Programs & the Writing Center

Neal serves as interim Director of Writing Programs and the Writing Center. He is a full-time professor in the Department of Broadcast and Cinema Arts, Communication, and Writing and has worked at Madonna University for more than a quarter-century teaching Journalism/Public Relations, Writing, and Communication. Before joining Madonna, he worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor, and public relations practitioner.

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Daniel Towner Brengel, MA TESOL

Writing Center Coordinator

Daniel is the Writing Center Coordinator. He holds a B.A. in English with certification in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) and a M.A. in Linguistics with a specialization in Language Arts Education, both from Oakland University. He has worked in writing centers for over six years and has taught ESL, Linguistics, and First Year Writing courses at Madonna University, Oakland University, and Macomb Community College.  When Daniel is not in the Writing Center or teaching a class, he likes to play video games, read books, watch and discuss films, work out, go running, and both listen to and play music (choral, piano, and several other musical instruments).



Writing Center Mascot

Scream, a blow-up figure inspired by Edvard Munch’s renowned painting of the same name, is the Writing Center’s official mascot. Scream represents the way many students feel when they initially receive writing assignments. Fortunately, the gifted Writing Center tutors understand this and can help students with writing-related anxiety by helping them improve their writing skills and confidence.

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Caleb Lalinsky, MFA

Writing Center Specialist

Caleb graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a Michigan Teaching Certification. In 2014 he received from Temple University his MFA in Creative Writing. Today Caleb works as a professional adjunct instructor and writing tutor. When he is not teaching his interests include printmaking, woodworking, painting and video art.

Peer Tutor Lara

Lara Dilley, MA TESOL

Writing Center Specialist

Lara earned a B.A. in theology and then went on to receive her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Madonna University in 2009. She has enjoyed tutoring ESL, ABE, and college-aged students at Baker College and Dominican Literacy Center. Lara has also taught ESL courses as an adjunct professor at Madonna University and Lawrence Technological University. She loves reading, listening to podcasts, and searching for new music.

Peer Tutor Jennifer

Jennifer Weaver, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Jennifer received her B.A. in English Literature and Communication Arts from Madonna University and her M.A. in creative writing and folklore from Wayne State University. Jennifer has worked as an adjunct professor at various universities including Wayne State University and Madonna University, but really enjoys the opportunity to work one-on-one with students that the Writing Center allows. When Jennifer isn’t at the Writing Center, she can be found reading, kayaking, quilting, and leading Girl Scouts.

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Sarah Cybulski, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Sarah earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education, with a minor in Spanish, from Cabrini University. In 2019, she graduated from John Carroll University with a M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric. She has taught high school English, first-year composition courses, and ESL classes, but her love for writing instruction started in the Writing Center at Cabrini. If you don’t see her outside, then check the kitchen or the room with the record player. Otherwise, assume she’s traveling with her husband, visiting with family, or catching up with friends. Or out getting ice cream.

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Danielle Alexander, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Danielle graduated from Michigan State University first in 2010 with a B.A. in English and Journalism and then again in 2014 with an M.A. in Educational Technology. She taught English and Journalism at the high school level for four years before owning her own tutoring, editing, and freelance writing business. In addition to working as a Writing Specialist at Madonna, Danielle is also the editor of West Bloomfield Lifestyle Magazine and regularly contributes to a variety of local publications, including SEEN Magazine, The Chaldean News, Metro Parent, Chicago Parent, and more. When she’s not teaching or writing, you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids, and dog, T. “Rex,” who was named by her dinosaur-obsessed four-year-old.

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Sister Joan Roosa, MA

Writing Center Specialist

Sister Joan, a Bernardine Franciscan Sister, earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education, at Alvernia University and M.A. in Religious Studies at Aquinas College. With years of experience as an English teacher and later as a professional writing tutor at Madonna University, Sister has supported university students in their process of improving their writing skills across the curriculum. Her outside interests include reading, camping, playing cards, walking, and enjoying nature. 

Peer Tutor Amanda


Peer Tutor

Amanda is studying Deaf Community Studies and Social Work. When she's not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, writing creatively, signing, and working on her health. She is an active and devoted Christian and enjoys playing all kinds of board/card games (especially Euchre). Striving for what she wants and accomplishing tasks that others think she can't do is familiar territory that she conquers every time.

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Peer Tutor

Avery is a junior majoring in Healthcare Administration with a focus in Human Resources. She grew up in Lapeer, Michigan, and graduated from Lapeer High School in 2019. She has always enjoyed working with others, as she plays volleyball at Madonna, as well as coaches volleyball at Livonia Public Schools. Being involved in campus life also plays a big role in her life, and she is an active Residence Assistant (RA). She has always had a passion for writing, and with the many English classes she’s taken at Madonna, she hopes to share that passion with others. When she has free time, she can usually be found watching her favorite show Friends.

Peer Tutor Gina


Peer Tutor

Gina is a junior majoring in English and Spanish and plans to become a speech therapist in early education. She has always enjoyed working with kids and loves learning different languages. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is currently learning a third language as well. Along with being a peer tutor, she is a nanny and works in the childcare center of her church. When she's not working or in school, you can usually find her painting, reading, or listening to great music in her car.

Peer Tutor Gloria


Peer Tutor

Gloria is an Art Education and ASL Education student. She grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and graduated from Canton Preparatory High school in 2017. She has played sports all throughout her life and is currently a part of the MU Women’s basketball team. Gloria loves music and currently plays four instruments and is beginning to learn her fifth. Art is one of her passions, and she can paint for hours at a time. When she is not at school focusing on athletics or academics, she can usually be found with a pair of headphones and art supplies.

Peer Tutor Isabelle


Peer Tutor

Isabelle is a sophomore majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to become an elementary school teacher. She grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. In addition to being a peer tutor, Isabelle loves playing violin in the string ensemble, and she is a member of the Early Childhood Club and of Madonna Pen. In her free time, she loves crocheting, reading fiction, and spending time with her family and two dachshunds, Ruby and Luna. 

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Peer Tutor

Jaclyn is majoring in writing and history and is also a part of the the Protect Life Club. When she's not working on school work, you can find her watching a good TV show or movie, probably Marvel related, praying the rosary, and journaling. Jaclyn also loves to capture nature with hercamera.

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Peer Tutor

Kamille is majoring in Language Arts and minoring in Elementary Curriculum and Sign Language Studies. She has self-published her first two children's books, "Pine Tree" and "Little i," under the pseudonym K.O. Scop. When not at school, she enjoys writing, photography, playing the piano, painting, drawing, and spending time with her eleven-year-old rabbit, Brownie. 

Peer Tutor Maeson


Peer Tutor

Maeson is a psychology major at Madonna and plans to become an art therapist in the future. She has always had a passion for art and hopes to share this passion and help others. Sports have always been a huge part of her life as well, and she is currently a member of the Madonna Softball team. When not in the classroom or on the softball diamond, Maeson loves to create art, spend time with family, and go on nature walks.

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Peer Tutor

Megan is a senior majoring in Mathematics and Spanish. She was recently admitted to DePaul University for a master’s in Real Estate. In her free time, Meg enjoys reading scriptural devotionals, attending mass, and staying active. She loves exploring new walking trails, lifting at the gym, and playing instruments (flute, piano, and ukulele). In addition to being a Writing Center tutor, she works on demand for the Athletic Department and Target.

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Peer Tutor

Rakiya is an Business Administration & Pre-Law major. She plans to attend Detroit Mercy of Law school fall 2024. Rakiya graduated from Ferndale High School . She loves to watch movies, play with her cats, and go on adventures on her free time.

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Peer Tutor

Wayne is a major in Social Studies with a minor in English. Born and raised in on the westside of Detroit. In addition to being a first-time peer mentor, he writes expressive poetry in his spare time and is the vice president of Madonna Pen writing club on campus. He also likes to read and play videogames in whatever downtime he can find in addition to writing. He additionally has an orange creme tabby cat named "Luke Skywalker Breckenridge".