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Administrative Staff

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll, Director of the University Writing Center

Beth earned her PhD in English from UNC-Greensboro, with a major in Composition and Rhetoric and minors in Critical and Literary Theory and 20th century Women's Literature. She earned her MA in English from the University of Vermont, with a concentration in American Indian Literature, and her BA in English from Appalachian State, with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her interests include writing center theory and practice, the teaching of writing, rhetoric and ethnography.

Julie Karaus, Assistant Director

Julie earned a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Higher Education, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, both at Appalachian State. Her interests include reading, writing, food, wine, travel, gardening, hiking with her dogs, hanging with her daughter, left-wing idealism, and hot springs.

Michelle Kizer, Program Assistant

Michelle earned her BA in English, with a minor in Psychology, from Lenoir Rhyne University and her MA in English from Appalachian State. Her interests include cooking, eating good food, lifting weights, running, video games, reading, traveling and, most of all, spending time with her family.

Lexie Balsiger, Night Coordinator

Lexie earned a BA in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her interests include anything active, anything delicious, and anything distracting, and her favorite book is Normal People by Sally Rooney. She is currently enolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program here at Appalachain. 

Hannah Elderkin, Front Desk Coordinator

Hannah earned a BA in Women’s Studies, with minors in English and Medieval Studies. at Appalachian State. She spends her free time reading, listening to music, podcasts and audiobooks, cross-stitching, and crocheting. She also has one clingy cat that she spends a lot of time with.


Bailey transferred to App State this fall, and so far, is loving Boone! When not studying or working, she is taking hikes with her dog, Vader, or she is busy playing board games and card games with friends. She is always looking for recommendations!

Cama taught study strategies and time management for almost 20 years before making a career change to write fiction more often. She has a bachelor’s in English, a master’s in Reading Education, a certificate in Rhetoric & Composition, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She loves everything about reading and writing.

Devon is in her last semester of the MBA program at Appalachian. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a minor in Chinese, and her interests include reading, drawing, and playing video games.

Grace is an English grad student and works at the Writing Center as a part of her graduate assistantship. She is considering specializing in Medievalism and is attempting to learn Old English in her spare time. She spends most of her free time playing Dungeons & Dragons and is currently working on starting a podcast because her schedule is too empty.

Hayley is excited to be pursuing dual master’s degrees in Music Theory/Composition and International Business. She has always held a deep love for writing and editing, and she is looking forward to all of the opportunities offered at Appalachian. Her favorite thing is pour-over coffee, and she’s always down for sushi.

Holli is thrilled to be part of the Writing Center team and the Writing Across the Curriculum program. Her favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Samantha Irby, and Ruth Ware. She can usually be found reading, writing, knitting, or watching way too many mystery documentaries.

Kate R earned her B.A. in Secondary Education: English (with three minors in History Ed, Theatre, and Global & International Studies) from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. In her free time she enjoys traveling, skiing, acting, and basically anything adventurous. She loves young adult literature, so her favorite book might have to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Kate W is a junior public health major whose interests include reading young adult fiction, writing young adult fiction, cooking, listening to podcasts, and spending time in the woods. She’s a state-licensed EMT who plans on furthering her career in the medical field and applying her studio-art minor to tattooing on the side.

Mary Neal graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in French. She was formerly an academic editor and book designer and a production manager for a K-12 textbook publishing company. She is now a professional consultant for both the University Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum. She has always been a pilkunnussija.

Megan recently moved to Boone from New England to attend ASU’s Clinical Mental Heath Counseling Program. She spent the summer working as an instructor for a wilderness therapy program—backpacking around the Pisgah with adolescents who taught her about TikTok dances. When not studying or consulting in the Writing Center, Megan is probably listening to audio drama podcasts or the Lo-Fi Beats playlist on Spotify, while adding to her "next tattoo ideas" list.

Noah is a senior in the Healthcare Management program at Appalachian State. He enjoys football, basketball, DC Comics, Star Wars, Netflix, movies, cooking, memes, and anything with his friends

Omnie is a senior, studying English with a concentration in Secondary Education. Outside of school and the University Writing Center, he likes to spend his free time painting, reading, writing, reading or writing poems, backpacking, hiking, and swimming.

Rahn is a retired high school English teacher and published novelist as well as an award-winning broadcast and print journalist. He is also a former high school tennis and basketball coach. He enjoys songwriting and musical performance.

Sarah completed her BA, BS, and MA degrees at Appalachian State and her PhD at the University of Missouri. She rejoined the App State community in 2014 as a faculty member and is now a professional consultant in the University Writing Center and the Assistant Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program. She studies the impact of digital computing on language and the form of the novel and enjoys teaching, talking, and thinking about writing in all of its forms and functions.

Sophia is a senior management and HR major at ASU. She is a member of Delta Zeta and loves everything pink and glitter. Her favorite things to do in her free time are listening to podcasts, going on walks with her roommates, traveling to and exploring new places, and lying under the sun near any kind of water.

Sophia is an undergraduate Communication, Journalism major, studying to be a copy editor. Outside of the Writing Center, you can catch her working for The Appalachian, the university newspaper, or 90.5 WASU, the university radio station. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she’s probably sleeping, cooking, or tending to her ridiculous number of house plants.

Stephanie is a senior this year with a double major in Marketing and English. She drinks way too much coffee and watches Breakfast at Tiffany’s at least once a week. She loves watching App State football while pretending to know what’s going on, and she finds the most peace on the Parkway at about 7:00 p.m.

Sydney is an English graduate student, with an interest in British literature and epic poetry. She likes to spend a lot of time in nature or with family and friends just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. She’s a big fan of taking time to appreciate the little things and the world around us.