Program Team

Ashley Omwathath

Ashley Omwathath

Program Assistant

Ashley Omwathath is currently an undergraduate student finishing her bachelor’s degree at CUNY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At John Jay, she made the decision to declare her major in Forensic Psychology and minor in Counseling. One thing many people don’t know about her is that she also goes by her legal name of Rohanhi. As a Mental Health Advocate, she enjoys raising awareness in mental health related concerns and peer mentoring individuals. In her spare time, Ashley produces content on her website to encourage and inspire adolescents to express their vulnerabilities with anxiety and depression. After graduating she will be continuing her education and pursuing a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. As an aspiring Adolescent Psychologist, she is determined to mentor and counsel younger generations to accept and understand that “It is normal not to be okay 100% of the time”.

Clare Kilmartin

Clare Kilmartin

Program Associate

Clare is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned degrees in political science and public policy. At UNC, she was involved in local politics and efforts to educate and support youth activist in North Carolina. Clare, moreover, has experience working in the U.S. Senate and the North Carolina Governor’s Office. Most recently, she worked as a community organizer throughout the 2020 election cycle. Clare is passionate about education policy and voter participation, especially among young people.

Meg Daly

Meg Daly

Program Assistant

Margaret Daly is a program assistant for the Youth Forum. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a BA in History and studied International Relations for a semester in France. Of the many issues that she cares about, food insecurity and sustainability are among the most important to her. Her interests include experimenting with new recipes, reading, collecting houseplants, yoga, and rewatching Succession. Currently she is in the process of applying to master’s programs in Social Work.

Shariya Brown

Shariya Brown

Program Assistant

Shariya Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgian Court University. My interests include dance, track and field, content creation, and meditation. Growing up in a low socioeconomic community ignited my enthusiasm for youth involvement in creating innovative strategies to make the world a better place. My goal as a healthcare professional is to diversify medicine and reduce health disparities for minorities. My passions include advocating for underrepresented communities, athletics, Caribbean culture, and engagement within my community. Youth involvement is an instrumental component of implementing policies for diverse communities. My experience as a public speaker inspires me to motivate the youth to pursue their dreams. I aim to shed light on the hardships of homelessness, discrimination against POC, and health equity.

Terri Xiao

Terri Xiao

Program Assistant

Terri comes from China and she has a bachelor's degree in management in China. Subsequently, she finished a master's degree in public administration at the American University. In her work experience, she has learned to master social media operations and communication skills. She is very keen on classical things, especially calligraphy. She believes that there are many commonalities in youth issues in different regions, so people should use these key points to find the best solution to youth issues.

Briana Maldonado

Briana Maldonado

Programs Assistant

Briana is a graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies. She is very passionate about working with at-risk youth and wants to help the youth to be guided on the right path in life; therefore she wants to purse a career to be a juvenile probation officer. Briana enjoys going to concerts, spending time with family & friends and likes to go on adventures.

Hayley Simons

Hayley Simons

Program Associate

Hayley Simons is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a double major in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. She loves creative work and is currently a content manager for a digital marketing agency. Hayley is passionate about travel and learning about different cultures. She loves baking as well as being active by doing sports like skiing, windsurfing and triathlons. She is excited to strive to make a difference in the world by working with USYF and the issues she is most concerned with include climate change and education.

Michelle Blakeslee

Michelle Blakeslee

Program Assistant

Michelle Blakeslee is a programs assistant and is on the content team for the newsletter. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Global Studies/International Relations from Northeastern University. She served in the U.S. Army for six years as a Korean language analyst. Michelle is passionate about a wide variety of issues including climate change, sustainable development, mental health, social justice, and nuclear nonproliferation. Her interests include running, reading, baking, and taking way too many pictures of her dog and two cats.

Sofia Tabernilla

Sofia Tabernilla

Program Associate

Sofia Tabernilla is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she double majored in History and Art History and minored in Astronomy. She currently plans to attend law school in 2022 and would like to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. Sofia is passionate about the environment and believes climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the youth of today. Some of her hobbies include painting, working with animals, and snorkeling.