Biography

Justus Ballard
Justus Ballard received his B.A. in English from UCLA and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He teaches composition, creative writing, and film, and he is the Managing Editor of Building 45, Chemeketa's online literary/arts journal. His novelette The Cubist Infant was published by Cloverfield Press in 2006.

Kim Colantino
Kim earned a BA in English from George Fox University and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State, Pullman. After several years working for Chemeketa as a part-timer, she joined the full-time ranks in 2010. Kim teaches WR 121, Technical Writing (WR 227), Introduction to Drama (ENG 105), and the Bible as Literature (ENG 275).

LeAnna Crawford
Always a traveler, LeAnna attended schools ranging from community college to the National University of Ireland, Galway for her undergraduate work. She received her B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. LeAnna has always had a special place for the absurd, the extraordinary, and art that pushes the boundaries of what we call “art.” She brings that, as well as her belief in the power of language, to her teaching of writing and literature to Chemeketa.

Daniel Couch
Daniel earned his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MA in Composition and Rhetoric, American Literature (1890-1940), and Postcolonial British Literature from Portland State University.
Daniel spent seven years in the non-profit sector doing technical writing and providing training and technical assistance to community colleges across the country before joining Chemeketa full time in 2014. He has taught and teaches WR 80, 115, 121, and 122.

Sydney Darby
Sydney has taught writing and literature at Chemeketa since 2000. She earned her M.A. in English from Boston College, focusing on African American and Women’s Literature. She completed doctoral courses at the University of Kentucky focusing on American Literature, Literary Theory and Composition and Rhetoric.

Tammy Jabin
Tammy, a former Chemeketa student, earned her B.A. in English and Spanish from Willamette University and her M.A. in English from Portland State University. She has taught composition and literature (Intro to Fiction, Intro to Poetry, Latin American Literature, and World Lit) at Chemeketa since 2001, and is fluent in Spanish.
Tammy is currently serving as one of the coordinators of the College Writing Center, and is active in promoting Learning Communities at Chemeketa. Tammy's classes are challenging, interactive and fun. She creates classroom environments that welcome questions and allow for mistakes. Tammy loves teaching, and helping students develop the tools that they need to be successful.

Eva Payne
After a varied work background that included being a waitress, truck driver, legal secretary, and professional firefighter, Eva attended Oregon State as an older-than-average student and earned a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, and a Master's of Arts in Teaching.
Eva's teaching style centers on active student participation. She often teaches WR 227 (technical writing) and ENG106 (Poetry as Literature), but sometimes gets the chance to teach WR121 or WR122. Eva welcomes questions regarding advising, so feel free to contact her.

Steve Richardson
After an early career as a camp director, Richardson earned a BA in Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1985 and an MFA in Imaginative Writing from the University of Oregon in 1987. He taught composition, literature, and creative writing for three years at Central Oregon Community College and has been doing the same at Chemeketa since 1990. This makes him far older than his youthful appearance suggests to the casual observer. Now in the twilight of his teaching career, Richardson is most often found teaching WR115 (Introduction to Composition) and fiction writing.

Monica Rodríguez
Monica holds two degrees in English: a bachelor's from the University of Arizona and a master's from Eastern Washington University. She teaches writing, including WR 227 (technical writing), and introductory literature courses.
She has more than 10 years' experience as a technical writer and editor. Some of her favorite books are Anna Karenina, Winnie-the-Pooh, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Jill Rupert
Jill has taught at Chemeketa since 2003. She generally teaches Literature Appreciation, WR 121, WR 122, and English Literature. She also coordinates the Online Writing Center.
Jill holds a B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jeremy Trabue
Jeremy finished his MA in English at the University of West Georgia and began teaching composition, rhetoric, and literature there. Two years later, he and his wife joined the Peace Corps, and Jeremy taught at the National University of Moldova (a small country between Romania and Ukraine).
He then returned to Portland and began teaching at Chemeketa. He currently teaches WR 115, ENG 106 (Introduction to Poetry), WR 242 (Creative Writing: Poetry), WR 245 (Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry), and ENG 221 (Tolkien's Lord of the Rings), all online.

Jan VanStavern
Jan began teaching at Chemeketa in 2007, with classes in WR 121, ENG 106 (Intro to Poetry), Shakespeare, and Creative Writing (WR 242, 240, 250). She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis.
She is a published poet, directs Chemeketa's guest writer series, "Chemeketa Writes," and helps manage Soapbox Poetry (live readings by staff and faculty). Jan teaches online, hybrid, and face to face classes - and is excited to help challenge students with assignments and readings that are both smart and inventive.