Our Tutors

Dr. Laura Gill, Instructor and Director of the Communication Center (on leave until Spring 2018)

For questions about the Communication Center, please contact Dr. Jay Leighter, Interim Director.

Hometown: Aurora, SD

I teach the Digital Communication Lab; Civic Engagement through Public Communication; Relationships, Work, and Culture; Theories of Leadership and Organizational Change; and Managerial Communication.

Community Involvement: Advisor for the Ratio Studiorum Program, Communication Studies Major Advisor, Member of the National Association for Communication Centers, Editorial Board for Speaker and Gavel, I also give presentations on effective communication styles for Creighton University Human Resources and Creighton Dental School. 

Experience with public speaking: I began my teaching career in 2004 at South Dakota State University as a graduate student and found a passion for helping students thrive in speaking situations. I am also a former speech and debate coach. I've coached multiple students to outrounds at the American Forensics Association Individual Events Tournament and the National Forensics Association National Championship. During my time as a coach, I coached two National Champions, including Creighton's first National Champion in Prose Interpretation, Chris Fowler.

What I enjoy about tutoring: Through working with a variety of public speaking experience levels, I've learned how to help individuals who would rather not speak to those that have significant speaking experience. Everyone has the opportunity to improve and become a stronger speaker, and what we do in the communication center allows individuals to see their true potential.

Jason Carli

Hometown: Frankfort, IL

Major: Nursing

Community Involvement/Interests: I'm a volunteer and information relay for the Strive for 5 Scholarship Foundation. I have a background in writing/speaking about topics related to faith, athletics, video-games, surveillance practices, and science-fiction. I also have a strong interest in/passion for healthcare topics and general science based topics.

Public Speaking Experience: I'm responsible for communicating information to middle school and high school students that are offered the opportunity to apply for our foundation's scholarships. I give these speeches either alone or with a fellow foundation inner-circle member. I was also a writing center tutor in my high school.

Elizabeth Fagerland

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Major: Secondary Education & Language Arts

Minor: Theater

Community Involvement: Emerging Leaders Program, Welcome Week Beadle, Music Chair of Delta Zeta, & Siena/Francis Volunteer, Alpha Psi Omega- Theater Honors Fraternity

Experience with public speaking: I have been involved in the performing arts from a young age, most recently in musicals and plays in high school and here at Creighton!

Sara Greisch

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Major: Theology and Secondary Education

Community Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Catholic Student Organization, Magis Ambassadors, Open Door Mission volunteer. 

Experience with public speaking: I have given many speeches in various classes throughout all of my years in grade school, high school and college.

Alyssa Howell

Hometown:  Leesburg, Virginia 

Major: Elementary Education

Community Involvement: Social Media Exec for Creighton Dance Marathon, member Pi Beta Phi and member of Creighton's GSA

Experience with public speaking: I was crowned the 2015 Miss Nebraska, and spent a year traveling the state putting together presentations and speaking to over 30 elementary schools, as well as various fundraising and charitable events in Nebraska and Iowa. 

Hannah Kavan

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Sociology

Community Involvement/Interests: Gamma Phi Beta, Welcome Week, Tour Guide

Public Speaking Experience: I have given multiple presentations and speeches in classes throughout high school and college.

Hannah Okelberry

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Major/minor: Though I'm still technically undecided, I'm thinking about a Secondary Education and English major with a minor in Psychology.

Community Involvement: I'm a member of the Cortina Community and a Welcome Week Peer Leader. When I'm home I enjoy anything in the outdoors, especially if it involves time in the mountains!

Public Speaking Experience: I've given speeches in several classes in high school and here at Creighton.