Cooper Center Staff


Lisette Torres-Gerald is the Director of the Cooper Center. She provides guidance for the direction and vision of the Cooper Center as it continues to support students and faculty here at Nebraska Wesleyan. She is a Udall Scholarship and M.O.S.A.I.C. advisor. She supervises the Cooper Tutors as well as serving as an LSAMP and S-STEM team member. She is a passionate Boricua mother-scholar who is hoping to have a positive impact on the NWU community. She loves to read and do Taiji.

Assistant Director

Dr. Melissa Hamilton Hayes is the Assistant Director of the Cooper Center, supervising the Writing Consultants and working with the Cooper Tutors. Dr. Hayes has specialties in 20th century American literature and rhetoric and composition, with an interest in women writers, spirituality, and memoir. She teaches in the Adult and Traditional undergraduate programs. As a certified yoga instructor, she also teaches Yoga I for the HHP Department. She loves gardening with her husband, hanging out with her kids, and running or playing fetch with her chocolate lab.