Brianna, a resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, graduated with her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University. It was during her time there that she discovered her enthusiasm for social justice, advocacy, and helping others. While she ultimately hopes to pursue a career as a therapist for juvenile populations, she holds a special appreciation for writing and the power of language. With USYF, she aspires to further the cause’s goals of empowering youth, as well as share her passion across a variety of topics, especially those pertaining to uplifting underprivileged and oppressed populations. During leisure, Brianna enjoys playing video games, exploring new places with her dog, being outside, and coloring.
Tatiana Pagan (She/Her)
Tatiana is a New Jersey native and Readers’ Advisor with her local library. She originally began studying towards a BA in English at Montclair State University and has since transferred to Southern New Hampshire University. Their passion for literature plays a large part in their advocacy, particularly within the LGBT+ and BIPOC communities. Tatiana’s goal is to attain a career in publishing or library sciences. Either way, she hopes to diversify the literary world by uplifting the works of underrepresented groups. They also hope that, by doing so, they can further raise awareness of the issues that affect the LGBT+ and BIPOC communities. Tatiana’s other interests include tarot, Dungeons and Dragons, and collecting far too many pens.
Jenna, born and raised in New York, has always had a passion for literature. She graduated in 2016 from St. John Fisher College with dual degrees in English and Childhood Education. She currently works as a middle school English teacher, promoting the voices of her students through their writing and reading. She believes in the diversity of literature in being able to empower each reader in understanding the importance of their own story and why it should be shared. Through her work as a teacher she has witnessed the necessity of including young people in the discussion of our future. Outside of work, Jenna likes to stay active with her husky, bake often, and enjoy korean dramas on Netflix.