Meet our director and peer consultants

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Dr. Anna Zimmerman
Speaking Studio Director

Dr. Anna Zimmerman is faculty member in the Department of Communication where she teaches courses like Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Strategic Communication. She has served as Director of the Marian University Speaking Studio since Fall 2014. However, her passion for public speaking began when she joined the speech team at her undergraduate institution, Berry College. From there, she went on to coach collegiate speech and debate, where her passion for developing empowered public speakers flourished. She loves helping people overcome their fears in order to present ideas that really matter.

Daniela Alaniz

Daniela Alaniz 

My name is Daniela Alaniz, and I am a biology major with a concentration in pre-medicine. I enjoy working in the Speaking Studio because it enables me to connect my natural curiosity for distinct subjects with my desire to help others express their own ideas. I enjoy helping people with the process of finding their own unique voices. I am a fan of Freakonomics podcasts, David Orr, the Ecolab, and meeting new people!

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell 

My name is Catherine Bell, and I am an art and secondary education double major, as well as a San Damiano Scholar. Being around inspiring topics and issues drew me into the Speaking Studio. I'd love to hear what you're presenting and hopefully share that excitement with you! My favorite speech to work with is the informative speech. Learning about the world is what gets me out of bed each morning. Fun fact: If you bring me a cup of black coffee I will probably bring you a gift basket of goodies to your door as a thank you. I am in a committed relationship with coffee, 100%. A coffee mug will earn you another basket of goodies.

Meeting people through student government
Getting involved in student government helped Oluwabanwo Adeniyi '21 feel like she’s part of the campus community.
Watch Bami's story
Building relationships with faculty and coaches
After he explored his college options, Conor Smith '20 decided to choose Marian because of his interest in athletics and exercise science.
Read Conor's story
Following her dream to be a dentist
After graduating cum laude with Marian's Class of 2017, Chrislyn (Church) Fite is well on her way.
Read Chrislyn's story

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