Meet the Graduate CLASS Tutors

Alex Brown
Optometry Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello! My name is Alex Brown, and I am a 3rd-year Optometry student! I'm really passionate about Visual Perception and the Contact Lens aspects of Optometry! When I'm not in clinic or class, I love to read, watch TV, and play volleyball!

Alexia Thomas
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor

Hello! My name is Alexia and I am a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student, originally from Washington State. When I'm not in school, I like to go on walks, go hiking, and find some new places in town to get some good food with friends! I'm excited to be a CLASS Tutor and help students feel supported throughout their academic journey through DPT school, sharing tips and tricks I've learned from my first year of school and from other tutors!

Amber Higashi
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi! My name is Amber Higashi and I am a second-year DPT student. I am excited to provide students with different studying strategies and academic support as they transition into graduate level courses! Outside of school I enjoy watching movies, cooking, baking, and hiking.

Anna Wisdom
Optometry Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello, I am a second year student in the optometry program and am originally from Washington State. Outside of school I love hiking, playing pickle ball, and baking sourdough! I'm excited to be a resource for students and help find strategies to help each individual succeed.

Carrissia Keeling
Occupational Therapy and Writing Peer Tutor (she/they)

Hello there! My name is Carrissia, and I am a second-year Occupational Therapy student. My favorite occupations are going on road-trips, learning about the natural world, and spending time with my senior dog. I look forward to empowering students to explore different study strategies and succeed academically.

Cindy Connolly
Occupational Therapy and Writing Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello! My name is Cindy, and I am a third-year occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) student. My favorite occupations take place outdoors! I love to travel, go hiking, camping and kayaking. This will be my second year as a CLASS tutor, and I am excited to support my fellow peer to achieve their academic goals.

Dianna Church
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello! I am a third-year DPT student originally from Washington. Outside of school I love going out on hikes, running, paddle boarding, and snowshoeing! I am excited have the chance to be a tutor and help with the learning process and provide encouragement to my peers. I am looking forward to being able to pay forward the help I received during my first year in the DPT program!

Emma Graddy
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (she/her)

I'm a third-year student in the DPT program and am excited to be a tutor this year because I know that being in a study group with all different styles of learning helped me approach problems from different perspectives and get me through my first year! I look forward to sharing the study tips I've learned from my first year and helping other students find the learning style that works best for them. I've lived in Oregon for almost seven years now and love all the typical PNW things - hiking, biking, paddleboarding, craft beer, and hanging out with my new puppy, Tilly!

Jenny Minnis
Dental Hygiene Peer Tutor (she/her)

I’m a 2nd-year Dental Hygiene student. I love running, hiking, playing guitar, and volunteering on a dental van. I’m so excited to be able to help my fellow students!

Joey Borrelli
Optometry Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a third year optometry student originally from Canada. On my free time I love to play sports and get outdoors. I am excited to help out my fellow optometry classmates because it can be hard to juggle all the courses at once but I promise it is doable and I can provide you with some tips that helped me along the way!

Josefina Bucio Li
Pharmacy Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi everyone ! I am a second year pharmacy student here at Pacific University. I enjoy sharing knowledge and information with others. When I am not studying, I am probably playing volleyball, or watching a movie.

Kylee Seto
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (she/her)

I am a third-year student in the DPT program originally from Vancouver, BC. Outside school, you'll find me on long bike rides, skiing, or climbing. I am super excited to share study strategies and continue enhancing my learning of material I am passionate about, all while helping my peers succeed!

Laura Moyer
Optometry Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello! My name is Laura and I am in my third year of the optometry program here at Pacific. I can't wait to help my peers understand topics I once was also new to learning, as well as learn new ways to think about topics from my peers! Let's tackle this grad school journey together!

Maddi Hayes
Audiology Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi, my name is Maddi and I am a 3rd-year audiology graduate student. The first year of grad school is a challenging, yet fun year and I look forward to helping students accomplish their first year of grad school through tutoring. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, trying new and fun places to eat, listening to live music, and hiking!

Madelon Jones
Occupational Therapy and Writing Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi! My name is Madelon Jones, and I am a third-year doctoral candidate of the School of Occupational Therapy. Outside of classes, I enjoy hiking, running, interacting with animals, and meeting new people. I am excited to empower students and help them master new skills academically.

Michael Wilson
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (he/him)

Hey y'all! My name is Michael and I am a third-year Physical Therapy student. Outside of school you can find me hiding in a hammock somewhere, running at the coast, out on a trail with my pup Dari, or exploring some new restaurant/brewery. I'm super excited to be a part of the CLASS team and help support my colleagues through their time at Pacific!

Nathan Cazmersen
Optometry Peer Tutor (he/him)

I love eyes! I love optometry, and I believe that when we all help one another, it's good for everyone! I want to help my fellow optometry students because I think we owe it to our future patients to be the best providers we can possibly be.

Nathan Patterson
Optometry Peer Tutor

I enjoy hiking, downhill skiing, water skiing, and exploring local restaurants! I am excited to tutor because I love helping other students understand the information at a deeper more meaningful level.

Noël Leonard
Physical Therapy Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello, my name is Noël, and I am a third-year DPT student. I am excited to be a tutor because it allows me to provide support and encouragement to my peers during their transition to graduate-level academics, while also helping me to continue learning about subjects that I am interested in. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, dancing, and trying out new restaurants in Portland.

Omnia Ghandurah
Optometry Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hello! I am a second-year Ph.D. student majoring in Vision Science. My research interest is in the field of myopia control. I am excited to tutor one of my favorite courses, Ocular Disease, and I look forward to helping my fellow peers however I can. Outside of academics, I love baking and gardening with my kids.

Salena Tannouri
Pharmacy Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi! I am a third-year pharmacy student, and I am really excited to be a CLASS tutor this year! I really enjoy helping others which is why I hope to support students as much as I can and be a resource to them as they navigate through the new curriculum. When I have spare time I enjoy crocheting, cooking, catching up on TV shows, and hiking.

Taryn Lum
Audiology Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi! I’m a second year doctoral student at the School of Audiology and am excited to be a CLASS tutor! I know how challenging the first year of an accelerated graduate program can be and I look forward to helping guide you through it. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring the beautiful PNW, searching for the best espresso, and volunteering in animal rescue.

Tina Lee
Optometry Peer Tutor (she/her)

Hi! I'm a third year optometry student from Vancouver, Canada. I love photography, baking my go-to matcha chiffon cake or sourdough bread, and taking care of my little plant collection!