Meet the Team

Sarah Keeney, ESL Specialist

Sarah Keeney, Interim Director, ESOL Specialist.  I am the Interim Director of the Office of Learning & Writing Support as well as the ESOL Specialist.  I hold a Master's Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a BA in Spanish, and a BA in Environmental Sciences. I have taught English language learners and offered writing support at all levels from pre-literacy to graduate students and professionals, both in the United States and in countries all over the world, including Colombia, China, and Ecuador. In addition to the writing support I provide at OHSU, I also teach North American English pronunciation and conversation classes at Portland Community College.   I look forward to helping you best articulate your ideas and find your academic writing voice.

SON Reading and Writing Team

Amy Brose - Peer Content Tutor.  I’m a third-year student in the OCNE BSN program. I’ve worked in clinical research at OHSU and have been an acupuncturist since 2004.  I decided on a career change, and nursing school has been such a challenging and wonderful experience. I work at the VA Hospital as a student nurse tech and have interests in med-surg, oncology and research nursing. My hobbies include mountaineering, running, knitting, cooking and cycling. I’ve been an educator in both my climbing and acupuncture worlds, and now I look forward to tutoring undergraduate nursing students who need a little assistance with some pretty tough material. The first-year courses can be overwhelming, and I’m here to help support students who want a peer to guide them through study techniques, test-taking strategies and time management skills. Let me know how I can help!

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Liam Directo, Peer Content Tutor.  My pronouns are they/them. (Need help navigating pronouns? Check out:  I’m in the OCNE BSN 3-year program, Class of 2022. I’ve worked as an EMT for almost nine years, mostly doing pre-hospital, emergency medicine. Prior to starting nursing school, I was working as the Transgender Services Coordinator at Outside In Clinic. I have my BS in Public Health with a minor in Gender/Queer/Sexuality studies. My overall goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and Student Educator in order to improve the health care system by providing accessible transgender-affirming care and trainings, with an intersectional, trauma informed lens.  Your first year can/will be overwhelming, especially now that you will be starting virtually. I started two terms in-person then moved online my Spring term. The struggle to learn this content and apply concepts will feel hard, but I’m here for all of you.  If you need anything, reach out. I can help with study techniques, time management, test-taking strategies, understanding concepts based on your learning style, and whatever else (within my scope) you need to succeed! It is okay to admit when you need help.

Hana Abdul-Rahman

Hana Abdul-Rahman, Writing Coach. Hi everyone! I am a third year chemistry student at Portland State University. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Portland for college. My hobbies include playing soccer, skateboarding, and hiking the many beautiful trails Portland has to offer. As a writing coach, I look forward to providing help with the writing process while giving advice on how to reach certain writing goals. I also hope to provide improvements while still allowing the individual to shine through in their writing.

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Emily Hillhouse, MA, PhD, OHSU Learning Specialist. I am here to help you figure out how to be successful at OHSU. I provide individual academic coaching, workshops and resources to learners in ALL OHSU programs. I will work with you to develop personalized tools and approaches so that you can study more effectively and efficiently, decrease stress, improve your memory, and develop goals to help you succeed. Before coming to OHSU, I worked at The University of Texas, Austin where I provided academic coaching and helped create academic support programs to improve retention of first generation students, students on academic probation and students at risk of not graduating in four years. When I’m not at work, I’m probably chasing my kids who are chasing my cats who are chasing me in a circle around the house. I also really love breakfast tacos.