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For general questions, call us at (909) 274-5325 or email us at: writingcenter@mtsac.edu

  • Trista Payte
    Director
    Phone: (909) 274-4559
    Email: tpayte@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563B

    Trista Payte (she/her/hers) holds a master’s degree in English and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education, where she is conducting research on the experiences of students of color in the English Studies classroom. Before coming to Mt. SAC, Trista served as the Writing Programs Coordinator at California State University, Northridge where she also taught in the English and Humanities departments for over a decade. Her areas of specialization, passion, and interest include writing center theory and praxis, rhetoric and composition, writing across the curriculum, and anti-racist pedagogy. When she isn’t wearing her academic hat, Trista enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, reading contemporary fiction and graphic novels, and hiking with her partner and her two rescue dogs.

  • Nicole Blean
    Assistant Director
    Phone: (909) 274-5616
    Email: nblean@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563E

    Coming on board as an adjunct faculty in English, Nicole Blean joined the Mt. SAC team in 2006, thus ending a “freeway flyer” situation where she taught up to six classes per semester all over the SoCal map. In 2007, she joined the Writing Center full time and assisted in building the new Center in 2008. Driven by a passion for instruction, she continued teaching at least one class on the side (usually on Saturdays) in addition to her commitment to the Center. Since 2016, Nicole began serving in her current role as Writing Center Assistant Director. She has been an active member of the SoCal Writing Center Association for the past fifteen years and is also involved in the IWCA Mentorship Program. In her free time, she enjoys writing, art journaling, and “pigging out” on books.

  • Mauricio Goncalves
    Tutorial Services Specialist
    Phone: (909) 274-5274
    Email: mgoncalves@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563D

    Mauricio has been teaching ESL and English since 2003. He earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature and his M.S. in TESOL from CSUF.  He has taught reading and writing at different colleges and universities including UCI, CSUF, and Cal Poly Pomona.  He is currently a Tutorial Specialist and supervisor of the Tutor in the Classroom Program at Mt. SAC. Mauricio has a special interest in Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics, and he is a language learner himself. He grew up in Brazil and speaks three languages. He joined Mt. SAC in 2016, and he is happy to assist students, faculty, and staff at the Mt. SAC Writing Center!  In his free time, Mauricio is always searching for a good cup of coffee and a scenic road for a long morning drive.

  • Joyce Dillon  
    Writing Center Instructor 
    Phone: (909) 274-5929
    Email: jdillon@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563A

    Joyce studied English at CSUF where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential. She taught British and American literature in high school for nine years. Later she earned her master’s in English with an emphasis in teaching. After taking some time off to start raising her family, Joyce returned to CSUF and spent a year focusing on writing center pedagogy and practice. She started teaching English at Mt. SAC in 2007.  Joyce joined the Mt. SAC Writing Center team in 2015 where she focuses on tutor training. She is happy in her work as an adjunct instructor working with colleagues and tutors as they provide support to Mt. SAC students and faculty.  When she is not at work, Joyce enjoys reading and discussing novels, working out, and spending time with her husband, young adult sons and their cat, Abby.

  • Tara Murphy 
    Writing Center Instructor
    Phone: (909) 274-3104
    Email: tmurphy17@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563A

    Tara Murphy has taught all levels of ESL, business English, and other support courses at several community colleges in Orange County. Currently, Tara teaches AESL at Irvine Valley College and works as adjunct faculty at the Writing Center where she presents non-credit workshops on issues of grammar, rhetoric, documentation, and academic research. Tara has a BA in International Relations, a minor in Spanish and a Master of Science in Education - TESOL from California State University - Fullerton. Tara is also the proud mom of two adult daughters who attend local area universities. In her free time, Tara enjoys ocean kayaking, reading, and wine tasting with friends!

  • Bianca Lee 
    Writing Center Instructor
    Phone: (909) 274-3104
    Email: blee@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563A

    Bianca has a master’s degree in English with an emphasis in TESOL and Composition Rhetoric from Cal Poly University, Pomona. She taught ESL and English Composition classes for Chaffey College, Citrus College, Mt. San Antonio College, and Riverside City College. She has over twenty – years of teaching experience. As an Hourly Instructor at the Writing Center, she is a drop – off tutor, she is a liaison with the Equity Center, and she assists in the supervision of the Writing Center support staff and tutors. Also, she is a Mountie Mentor and an Adjunct Faculty member for the English Department. Her personal interests are traveling by train and ship, spending time shopping and eating at restaurants with friends, and watching any movie that contains Dwayne Johnson.

  • Janella Lee 
    DLA Specialist  
    Phone: (909) 274-5919
    Email: jlee494@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563A

    Janella has been teaching ESL and Freshmen Composition for three years.  She earned her M.A. in English (TESOL) from Cal Poly Pomona, and she taught ESL at Citrus College, Pitzer College, and UCR; she also has taught Freshmen Composition at RCC and Mt. SAC for two years.  She started out as a Mt. SAC student in Fall 2011, then transferred and graduated from USC. She has been working at the Writing Center for eight years, first, as a tutor, and is, now, the DLA Specialist at Mt. SAC’s Writing Center. In her free time, Janella loves to stay active and loves to go hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities.

  • Aurora Dorsey 
    Project Expert 
    Phone: (909) 274-5919
    Email: adorsey3@mtsac.edu
    Building: 26B-1563A

    Aurora holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona.  She has also earned an Accounting Paraprofessional Certificate and achieved the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel 2016 and Word 2016.  She joined the Writing Center team in 2018.  In her position as the Project Expert III, she performs a wide range of essential administrative and operational support to the Writing Center.  Her specialty is maintaining tutor and tutee attendance records, compiling data, and preparing budget reports.  Aurora has been serving her community for over 20 years as a Notary Public. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, reading, playing board games, bowling, and going to the movies.