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Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes, MA

Chair of Academic Support
(386) 506-3807

Liz Barnes has been a faculty member in the School of Humanities and Communication at the college since 2006. She teaches Introduction to Composition and Writing with Research. In addition, she helps coordinate the English Studio with help from the Academic Support Center and the Writing Center where she has experience as a tutor and faculty volunteer. Her background in writing center work dates back to her years at Stetson University where she earned her BA and MA in English. As the chair of academic support, she looks forward to working closely with students on their academic projects.

Kristen Bales

Kristen Bales, MA

Associate Director, Writing Center
(386) 506-3034

Kristen joined the DSC Writing Center forces in August 2012. Originally from the Hoosier State, Kristen left Indiana to attend Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her BA in Integrated Languages Arts and her MA in English Literature. While at Wright State, she also worked at the writing center for five years and taught composition courses. In addition to her love of English literature, Kristen prides herself on being a classic film buff, avid sports fan, and animal lover. She loves exploring new places and walking her corgi on the beach.


Billie Jo Dunaway, M.Ed

Writing Center Coordinator, Writing Center
(386) 506-3285

Billie Jo was raised in a very small town called Penn, Pennsylvania. She got her B.S. in Secondary Education in English from Kent State University in Ohio. It was here that Billie Jo first started tutoring students in a Learning Lab in, of all things, College Algebra. After college, she and her family moved south leaving her large Italian family to face the winters without her. She completed her M.Ed. in Reading at the University of Central Florida. When she is not busy with the activities of her three children, Billie Jo enjoys roller coasters, growing tomatoes in her garden, and sleeping in past 6AM on Saturdays.


Amanda Shroyer, BA

Senior Staff Assistant, Writing Center
(386) 506-3976

Amanda joined the Writing Center in the Fall of 2017. She considers Port Orange to be her hometown, even though she isn't originally from Florida. Amanda enjoys traveling to the mountains of Northeast Georgia and North Carolina to visit friends and family. In addition to traveling, Amanda loves music, movies, reading, and going on mini-adventures with friends. As a graduate of Daytona State College for both her AA and her BAS Degree, she is happy to call the DSC Writing Center her work place.




Laura Henning, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
(386) 506-3297

Born in Chicago but raised mostly in Florida, Laura likes to consider herself a Midwesterner at heart. She received BAs in English Literature and Spanish with a minor in Illustration from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she worked as a tutor in the Writing Center and Foreign Language Department, and as a work-study in the Department of English. Before receiving her MA in Issues in Modern Culture from University College London, Laura was a Part-Time Writing Specialist at the DSC Writing Center, rejoining the team in a full-time capacity upon completing her degree in Fall 2017. Beyond her work at the Writing Center, Laura also teaches English courses at Daytona State. Some of Laura’s favorite things include: lists, electronic and ambient music, macaroni and cheese, distant road sound, the smell of cold stone and lichen and basements, long swaths of uninterrupted highway, dappled sunlight, abandoned places, Emily Dickinson, Ali Smith, Flannery O’Connor, the films of Harmony Korine, felines, and black iced coffee.


Midhuri Kandavanam, B. Ed

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
(386) 506-3297

Midhuri joined the DSC Writing Center team in October 2018. Born and raised in Canada, Midhuri calls Toronto her hometown. She moved to Florida, permanently, with her family in Fall of 2017 with hopes to continue pursuing a career in education and curriculum developing. She completed her BA in English with a minor in Accounting at Ryerson University and earned her B. Ed for the Intermediate/Senior level at York University. Midhuri worked as a teacher and course developer for 2 years and privately tutored during her spare time. She enjoys traveling with her husband, collecting vinyl records, and is keen on trying various ethnic food.


Brett Feller, BA 

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
(386) 506-3297

Brett joined the DSC Writing Center in January 2020. Born and raised in South Florida, Brett earned his BA in Writing & Rhetoric and Political Science at the University of Central Florida, where he also worked at the UCF Writing Center for three years. He is a diehard UCF Knights fan. Brett enjoys films, television, and gaming, and likes to work on his computer, exercise, and lives within walking distance from a Super Target. Brett looks forward to helping DSC students meet their academic and professional goals.



Robin Clark, MLIS

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
(386) 506-3297

Robin started the 2020s with a major relocation; after spending the first 3 decades of her life in Akron, Ohio (no, she doesn’t know LeBron), she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. She completed her BA in English with a Writing minor from Kent State University in 2014 and immediately flew to Denver, Colorado for a month-long graduate program in editing and publishing. Though she loved the mountains, she chose to return to Ohio to pursue her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State. She’s been tutoring writing since 2012 and considers it one of her main passions in life, along with cats, coffee, and learning new things.





Rachel Neubauer, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
(386) 506-3297

Having been born in Germany, grown up in Chicagoland, and taught ESL in South Korea and Peru, you might say that Rachel was destined for travel and adventure. Making her debut in the world of writing center work as a high schooler and then later as an undergraduate tutor in 2011, she knew she had found one of her greatest passions. As of July 2020, she is excited to call the DSC Writing Center her fourth writing center home. Both a wordsmith and college student enthusiast, Rachel has a BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and an MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education. With her love of providing support and guidance to multilingual writers, she is also a TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate holder. Rachel finds joy in watching sunsets, eating Oreos, and doing yoga.

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