Meet Our Director and Peer Consultants


Leah Williams
Communication Center Director

Leah Williams manages the speaking studio and media lab. She majored in history and English at Indiana University and earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa. After moving to the East Coast, Leah taught a range of rhetoric/composition, business writing, and creative writing courses at the University of New Hampshire, including digital storytelling and humor. She also trained new teaching assistants in her role as associate director of composition and shared strategies for teaching digital assignments in her faculty TechTalks.

Leah's passion is helping students realize their vision, whether that's writing and performing their speeches or creating a podcast or video. She has loved public speaking since her first year of high school, when she forgot her speech at Indiana's state tournament and discovered that mistakes fueled her creativity—and sense of humor.


Jules Frisby

Hey there, my name is Jules Frisby. I’m a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in French and math. After my studies are done for the day, I play video games, watch movies, read books, and . . . you get the idea; I’m a huge nerd. This is my second year working at the Speaking Studio, so I’m excited to get to know you all!


Hadley Hawkins

Hello! My name is Hadley Hawkins. I am a senior elementary education major, with a minors in political science, history, & communication. One fact about me is that I love listening to music, especially pop-punk and alternative genres. Formerly, I attended Vans Warped Tour every summer. This is my third year with the Marian University Communication Center. Presently, I am the Senior Peer Consultant for the Speaking Studio. I hope to see you in the Speaking Studio!


Timothy Hosford

I am a religious education and English major from Dayton, Ohio. This is my second year with the Speaking Studio, and I am a third-year competitor on Marian's speech and debate team. I hope to serve the Marian community by bringing my performing experience and positive attitude to aid you in your speech's journey. I specialize in writing and interpretive speaking and am excited to help you grow in your public-speaking skills.


Nate Rodenburg

Hi! My name is Nate Rodenburg, and I'm a junior consultant here at the Speaking Studio. I am working toward becoming a secondary education history teacher, and I'm also a part of the Marian speech and debate team. I've been getting into Dungeons and Dragons recently and have been using it to practice writing narratively. Anyway, can't wait to see some of you in the studio!

Mariangel Morales

Mariangel Morales

Hi! My name is Mariangel Morales, and I'm from Venezuela, but I have been living for the past four and a half years in Indianapolis, IN. I'm a second-year nursing student, speech and debate team member, and Student Nurses’ Association executive board member. I really enjoy reading and painting when I'm not studying or spending time with my family.


Natalie Rund

My name is Natalie Rund, and I am a second-year here at Marian University. I am studying elementary education with hopes of a minor in psychology. This is my second year on the Marian speech and debate team, and I have been a part of speech for eight years prior to Marian. I love to listen to music, watch YouTube, and snuggle with my beautiful, amazing dog, Zeke. I am excited to get into the studio and work with you.


Lucy Wahnsiedler

Welcome to the Speaking Studio! I am a senior San Damiano Scholar and Presidential Ambassador majoring in communication with graphic design and pastoral leadership minors. Public speaking has been an integral part of my life since I was very young, having written and delivered all types of speeches and presentations in both large and small group settings, including the Indianapolis Zoo, my parish, and government events. As co-leader of a 4-H resume project, I advise high school and college applicants preparing for their speeches, interviews, and professional appearances before a panel of scholarship selectors. I am excited to work with students on their speeches and presentations!

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