The University of San Francisco: Learning and Writing Center
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Meet the Staff

Kim Rutledge, Learning Center Director

KimRutledge_150Kim is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandising from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Working in the Learning Center, Kim’s greatest joy is regularly interacting with students and helping them take steps to achieve their goals. In her free time, Kim enjoys knitting, reading, watching movies, and exploring the city.

Kimberly Harris, Learning Center Assistant Director

KimHarris_150Kimberly is originally from Orange County, CA and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She received her Masters degree in International and Multicultural Education at USF. Kimberly enjoys working with students of various backgrounds/cultures while providing tips and resources on how to successfully navigate through the college experience. Her interests include all things international, from eating various cuisines to traveling around the world. She also loves being outside with her husband, new baby girl and dog, taking in all the beautiful nature around San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

Antonio Taylor, Families & Youth in Transition Graduate Intern LWC staff - Antonio

Antonio Taylor is working on a Master’s in Higher Education and Students Affairs at USF. Through his position as the coordinator for FYIT, Antonio supports USF students and advises them in their role as tutors. Prior to coming to USF, Antonio worked as a Senior Counselor and Trainer for Seneca Family of Agencies for five years. Antonio graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology and also holds a certificate in Massage Therapy and Health Education from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville. During his undergraduate years, Antonio took on leadership roles with service programs such as Circle K Int’l and Alpha Phi Omega. When Antonio is not on the Learning and Writing Center clock, he enjoys spending time with family, his two kittens and becoming more knowledgeable about the hidden gems around San Francisco. After graduating from USF, Antonio hopes to work with underrepresented populations at the community college level.

Frances Ko, America Reads Graduate Intern LWC staff - Frances

Originally from Hong Kong, Frances and her family moved to San Francisco where she attended Wallenberg Traditional High School, only blocks from USF! She then moved to Davis, and later back home to Hong Kong for a semester abroad. Frances graduated with a Bachelor's in History and a Minor in English and is currently a graduate student in the Teacher Education: Urban Education and Social Justice program. Frances hopes to become a Middle School History teacher and work with students on how to be active community participants. 

Traci Ishikawa, Supplemental Instruction Graduate Intern 
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Student Staff

PamelaLekhter_150Name: Pamela Lekhter
Position at the LWC: Front Desk Staff Lead
Major: Molecular Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Pacific Catch
Favorite thing to do in the city: Play tourist
Favorite class you've taken thus far: Biochemistry
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): Pre-Pharmacy Society
Favorite thing about USF: Small Classes
Best concert you've been to in the city: will attend favorite concert in feb! - Swedish House Mafia
The last book you've read: Fifty Shades Freed
Favorite spot at USF: Behind Lomo Cafeteria; one of the best views from campus!

NikkiAbeug_150Name: Nikki Abueg
Position at the LWC: Front Desk Staff
Major: Accounting
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Ike's
Favorite thing to do in the city: Eat, eat, and eat.
Favorite class you've taken thus far: Macroeconomics
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): Promoting Animal Welfare through Service (P.A.W.S), Hui O Hawaii, Kasamahan,  & Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity
Favorite thing about USF: the people
The last book you've read: The Wizard of Lies
Favorite spot at USF: Lone Mountain's library (Harry Potter Library)

Name: Tiff Ly
Position at the LWC: Front Desk staff  TiffLy_150                           
Major: Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Boston/MA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Anything yummy!
Favorite thing to do in the city: Walk around and enjoy the weather
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): I'm a homebody.
Favorite thing about USF: Learning and Writing center
The last book you've read: Biochemistry
Favorite spot at USF: L-Dub                                                         

JohannahTokunaga_150Name: Johannah Tokunaga
Position at the LWC: Peer Led Team Learning Lead
Major: Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite restaurant in the city: Brother's Restaurant
Favorite thing to do in the city: Relaxing at Ocean Beach/Sutro Baths
Favorite class you've taken thus far: General Microbiology and Existentialism
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): P.A.W.S. Events Co-Chair
Favorite thing about USF: Located in the middle of a great city
Best concert you've been to in the city: Usher
The last book you've read: The Hunger Games
Favorite spot at USF: Lawn area in front of Gleeson library

ZachGallegos_150Name: Zachary Gallegos
Position at the LWC: Peer Tutor Lead 
Major: Biology
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Villanueva, New Mexico
Favorite restaurant in the city: Star India
Favorite thing to do in the city: Go out to eat with friends
Favorite class you've taken thus far: General Biology
Favorite thing about USF: Diversity
Best concert you've been to in the city: Hunky Jesus (not really a concert)
The last book you've read: The Hunger Games
Favorite spot at USF: Lone Mountain Cafe

JessicaBarnes_150Name: Jessica Barnes
Position at the LWC: Peer Tutor Lead
Major: Nursing - BSN Undergrad
Year: Junior
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Volcano Curry when I'm tight on cash, Dosa for funsies!
Favorite thing to do in the city: the endless activities that ensue at Golden Gate Park
Favorite class you've taken thus far: Nursing classes are nursing classes, I'm psyched for ASL this semester!
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): Nursing Student Association
Favorite thing about USF: so much culture and community all in one place!
Best concert you've been to in the city: Jazz tribute to Duke Ellington and others at the SF Symphony Hall
The last book you've read: Wise Blood
Favorite spot at USF: the grassy area between St. Ignatius and K-hall where they always put the Christmas tree!

DyalanHindenlang_150Name: Dylan Hindenlang
Position at the LWC: Peer Tutor Lead
Majors: Design & Fine Arts
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Sushi Bistro
Favorite thing to do in the city: Explore
Favorite class you've taken thus far: European Civilizations
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): American Sign Language Honor Society
Favorite thing about USF: Faculty accessibility 
Best concert you've been to in the city: NSSN (Not So Silent Night)
The last book you've read: Elantris
Favorite spot at USF: Benches outside of Malloy Hall

Name: Jonathan MunozLWC staff - Jonathan
Position at the LWC: Front Desk staff
Major: Politics
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Best of Thai Noodle House
Favorite thing to do in the city: Go to Rasputen's and buy movies
Favorite class you've taken thus far: Public Speaking
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): American Sign Language Honor Society, Muscat Scholars Program
Favorite thing about USF: Sense of friendship & community
Best concert you've been to in the city: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The last book you've read: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Favorite spot at USF: Top of LoMo

Name: Olive LaFarge LWC staff - Olive
Position at the LWC: Front Desk staff
Major: Design & Fine Arts
Year: Junior
Hometown: North East Los Angeles, CA
Favorite restaurant in the city: Lou's
Favorite thing to do in the city: Explore
Favorite class you've taken thus far: Sculpture I
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): American Sign Language Honor Society, Performing Arts & Social Justice
Favorite thing about USF: The small campus
Best concert you've been to in the city: NNSN (Not So Silent Night)
The last book you've read: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Favorite spot at USF: Benches outside LoMo

Name: Isabella Farkasovsky
Position at the LWC: Front Desk staffLWC staff - Bella
Major: Spanish
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite restaurant in the city: Pancho Villa Taqueria
Favorite thing to do in the city: Explore
Favorite class you've taken thus far: 1st yr seminar on SF Evolution & Change
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): Muscat Scholars Program, Latinas Unidas, Mecha
Favorite thing about USF: Diversity and urban location
Best concert in the city: Have yet to go to one!
The last book you've read: The Silver Linings Playbook
Favorite spot at USF: Library Atrium

Name: Marci Nakamura
Position at the LWC: Front Desk staffLWC staff - Marci
Major: Hospitality Management
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mililani, HI
Favorite restaurant in the city: California Pizza Kitchen
Favorite thing to do in the city: shopping
Favorite class taken thus far: Theater
Any orgs/clubs/things you are involved in on-campus (other than this job): Hospitality Management Association, Hui O Hawaii club
Favorite thing about USF: small class sizes
Last book you've read: Memoirs of a Geisha
Favorite spot at USF: Lawn in front of the library