Meet The Team

Meet the team of student and professional staff at The Commons, our peer tutoring and study space. We are a welcoming and inclusive community for all students to come study, find peer support, get tutoring assistance, and discover college and university resources. We are excited to meet you.

Jarrett Alto

Peer Tutor | Major: Management

I am a peer tutor currently serving in the Senate for ASOSU. I plan to graduate in spring of 2024 with a degree in management. I’m also slated for an internship at OECO, a military and commercial aerospace manufacturer. In my free time, I enjoy reading and collecting vintage items. The Commons, while at heart a studying space, is a great experiment in student bonding and collaboration. I am proud to be part of this new endeavor and see wonderful boons for future students.

Katie Beal

Peer Tutor | Major: Business Administration

I am currently in my third year studying business administration at OSU. I wanted to become a peer tutor because I love helping others. The Commons is a great program for students to work collaboratively and get assistance as needed. I think having a free resource on campus for students to get tutoring help is essential. After college I plan to work in international sales as an account manager. A fun fact is that I am studying abroad next fall in the Netherlands.

Averly Aulicino

Peer Tutor | Major: Marketing and Business Administration

I am in my third year and double majoring in marketing and business administration with an international business option. At this position in The Commons I am furthering my social media and marketing management experience as well as enjoying helping others succeed in College of Business classes. I think it is a great way for students to ask questions and work on homework with other people in the same class. Something interesting about me is that I am studying abroad in Australia and want to open my own marketing firm after college.

Chase McLaughlin

Peer Tutor | Major: Business Information Systyems and Finance

I am currently a junior who is double majoring in business information systems and finance. Working in The Commons excites me, as I value the opportunity to work as a tutor. I especially enjoy answering my peers' questions, as it forces me to look at familiar content from a new perspective. I am excited to expand my community and meet other students at Oregon State. After graduation I hope to work either as a data engineer or a financial analyst.

James Taplin


After a decade spent bouncing between various colleges and universities around the United States, I have found my home here at Oregon State. I previously worked as an adjunct philosophy professor, academic writing tutor and philosophy mentor. My research interests include the history and philosophy of education, philosophy of culture and ethical theory. Non-research interests include biking, hiking, games and time spent with close friends.

Kimberly Gratz


I currently serve as an instructor for the Blueprint series in the College of Business and as a program manager for Student Engagement. I have worked with students at OSU in writing and communication skills for more than a decade, first at the writing center, then as a WIC instructor, and now as an instructor in the College of Business. I am privileged to work with students and to help them grow in their ability to express themselves — to literally be heard and seen in the world. Building community with The Commons is a personal and professional goal on many levels, and I’m excited to see more students using the space.