NealNeal 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.

Headshot of Daniel BrengelDaniel 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.

Headshot of CalebCaleb 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 LaraLara 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.

Peer Tutor TylerTyler Eyster, BA

Writing Center Specialist

Tyler earned his B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Albion College, where he worked as both a peer tutor and as an editor for the alumni magazine. Before his time in the Writing Center, Tyler also worked for the Study Abroad Program, Department of Education, and the Art Department. When he isn't working with students, Tyler spends much of his time reading, playing video games and guitar, or watching classic movies.

 Peer Tutor AmandaAmanda

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.

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 GloriaGloria

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 IsabelleIsabelle

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. 

Peer Tutor MaesonMaeson

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.

Peer Tutor MeganMegan

Peer Tutor

Megan is a junior majoring in Mathematics and Spanish. 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 is an active member of Campus Ministry and a barista at Take 5.