Meet Your Student Leaders

Student Leadership

Active student members have the opportunity to serve Sigma Tau Delta on a Society level. Those members who do so gain valuable networking, organizational, and leadership skills that benefit their personal and professional lives.

Student Advisors (SA)

SA Duties

Amanda Ayers – Senior Student Advisor
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Email: sa1@wordybynature.org

AAyersAmanda Ayers graduated from the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus in spring 2019 and is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Florida State University. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she teaches First Year Composition, tutors in the Reading Writing Center, and consults in the Digital Studio. Before returning to academics, Amanda worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years as a communication coordinator and program manager. In spring 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in English Writing and Publication from the University of North Georgia in her hometown, Gainesville, GA. During her undergrad years, she was active as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta where she focused on building community and promoting service. She also worked as a Supplemental Instruction facilitator and mentor, the English Department student assistant, and a Writing Fellow. As an aspiring composition professor with sights set on earning a PhD, she is interested in embodiment and multimodality in academic, digital, and religious spaces.

Amanda is honored and eager to continue her term as Student Advisor. Alongside Kayla and the Student Leadership Committee, she hopes to continue developing Student Leadership and encouraging community engagement.

Kayla Ashbrooks – Junior Student Advisor
Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia, AR
Email: sa2@wordybynature.org

Kayla Ashbrooks is currently pursuing a BA in English and a BFA in Musical Theatre at Southern Arkansas University (SAU). At SAU, she is a member of the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the Epsilon Alpha chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and the Mu Phi chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society. She works as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and a Writing Center consultant. During her free time, Kayla enjoys playing softball, dancing, reading, writing, doing yoga, and singing. She hopes to obtain her PhD in English, work as a literary consultant, and teach at the college level.

Kayla is ecstatic to begin her term as Student Advisor. She is thrilled to work with not only the Student Leadership Committee but all members of Sigma Tau Delta to help strengthen the organization as a whole through strong chapter connections.

Student Representatives (SRs) and
Associate Student Representatives (ASRs)

SR and ASR Duties

Eastern Region

Brett Iarrobino – Student Representative (SR)
Clark University
Worcester, MA
Email: esr@wordybynature.org

Brett Iarrobino is a rising senior attending Clark University in Worcester, MA, double majoring in English and Theatre Arts with minors in Education and Screen Studies. A member of Sigma Tau Delta since spring 2019, Brett is also extensively involved with local educational nonprofit organizations, working as an executive director of Main IDEA Youth & Arts and serving on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project. In his spare time, Brett is a budding playwright, who enjoys writing creatively for the stage and communicating important stories through theatre.

Lily Alvarado – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY
Email: easr@wordybynature.org

Lily Alvarado was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Currently, she is an undergraduate student attending State University of New York at Plattsburgh. There, she majors in Literature and Gender and Women’s Studies and is pursuing a Professional Writing Certificate. When she is not reading or writing an essay, Lily loves doing yoga, practicing Tarot, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

 

Far Western Region

Kimberly Kuhn– Student Representative (SR)
Dixie State University
Saint George, UT
Email: fwsr@wordybynature.org

Kimberly Kuhn, a senior at Dixie State University in St. George, UT, is pursuing a BS in English with a minor in Art. She joined the Alpha Pi Epsilon Chapter in fall 2019 and plans to serve as her chapter’s 2020-2021 President. Outside of Sigma Tau Delta, Kim is the Creative Non-Fiction Assistant Editor for the 2020 edition of Dixie State University’s literary journal, The Southern Quill. Additionally, she is an active member of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), an international, non-profit organization that empowers abused children not to be afraid of the world in which they live. She presently serves as a Child Primary and Secretary in the BACA St. George Chapter. After completing her BS, she looks forward to obtaining her JD in order to practice law in the advocacy fields of patients’ and children’s rights.

Kim loves to read and finds delight in spending time with her family, playing at Disneyland, hanging out in Alaska, and riding her Harley. She is excited to begin her term as the Far Western Region Student Representative.

Bethany Erb – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA
Email: fwasr@wordybynature.org

Bethany Erb is a junior English major at Pacific Union College (PCU) in Napa Valley, CA. She was inducted into the honor society in fall 2019 and was her chapter’s President that same year. She has presented at Sigma Tau Delta conventions, served as editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper, and currently works as a writing advisor and student chair on PUC’s publication board. Bethany is interested in Victorian era literature and humanitarian journalism and plans to pursue a medical degree. She loves downhill skiing, top-rope climbing, calligraphy, Tennyson, and is passionate about third-world health and development.

High Plains Region

Machen Olson – Student Representative (SR)
Newman University
Wichita, KS
Email: hpsr@wordybynature.org

Machen is a Senior at Newman University this year with a major in Secondary Education and a minor in English Literature. This is her second year as an active member of her Alpha Chi Gamma Chapter at Newman University in Wichita, KS. She is not as active as a typical college student because she is not typical. She is a single mom working two jobs: one in education and the other in the medical field, going to school full time, and taking care of her recently diagnosed Autistic preteen. She is pursuing her degree in education so she can support literacy and passion in the written word by educating high school students in English Literature. She has extensive experience in the classroom being an AVID tutor in her local school district. Her aspirations for the current year are to develop her chapter before she graduates, proudly serve as the region student representative, build long lasting and enriching relationships with the region high school students to bring attention to Sigma Tau Delta and of course successfully graduate in the spring. Future endeavors include a master’s degree in English Education and fulfilling a lucrative relationship with Sigma Tau Delta as an actively contributing alumnus.

Jack Leyden – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Friends University
Wichita, KS
Email: hpasr@wordybynature.org

Jack Leyden is a Junior English Education Major at Friends University. He is currently involved with the English Club and was inducted into the honor society in fall 2018. Jack will graduate in spring 2021 into the teaching field working with Title I schools teaching English. In his time away from English Jack also plays collegiate baseball for Friends. Jack lives in Wichita, KS, and enjoys spending time with friends and reading.

 

Midwestern Region

Myranda Morse – Student Representative (SR)
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO
Email: mwsr@wordybynature.org

Myranda Morse is in her junior year at Missouri Southern State University and her senior year at Ozark Christian College, double-majoring in Literary Studies and Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies. She has enjoyed an active membership to the Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta since spring 2019. Myranda serves in her community through her position as a Children’s Minister Volunteer at a local church as well as being a life group leader to underclassmen at Ozark Christian College. She is also a social media/marketing intern at Downtown Joplin Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies with her dog. Myranda is excited to assume the role of Student Representative in the 2020-2021 academic year!

Allie Degner – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL
Email: mwasr@wordybynature.org

Allie Degner is currently attending Olivet Nazarene University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Writing and a minor in Communications. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and is the editorial intern for her school’s art and literary magazine, the TYGR. She is also a departmental assistant for the English department and a member of her university’s orchestra. She hopes to pursue a career in editing/publishing after graduation and, as an avid lover of fictional literature, will hopefully write a novel of her own one day. In her free time, she loves playing the violin, watching independent films, and trying to learn to play the accordion.

Southern Region

Haley Powell – Student Representative (SR)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Email: ssr@wordybynature.org

Haley Powell is a first-generation student with an English and Political Science double major. She has served as both the Community Service Chair (2018-2019) and President (2019-2020) of the Delta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at the University of Kentucky. She has earned several awards for fiction and poetry, including the Dantzler Award and the King Library Press Broadside Award. After receiving her BA in 2021, Haley plans to earn her JD and continue to advocate for literacy expansion in prisons. She enjoys reading in hammocks, listening to music, and playing with her two adopted cats.

Jacey Sherman – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus
Oakwood, GA
Email: sasr@wordybynature.org

Jacey Sherman is a current senior at the University of North Georgia (UNG) pursuing a degree in English education in hopes of teaching high school in the future. She joined Sigma Tau Delta’s Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter in spring 2019. She now serves as Treasurer and has enjoyed every second of working with others who share her passions. She enjoys witnessing her Supplemental Instruction students and middle schoolers light up from learning new things. During the upcoming year, she looks forward to representing Sigma Tau Delta, completing UNG’s education program, sharing a love of English with more students, reading more books, and eating lots and lots of sushi.

Southwestern Region

Julianne Ford – Student Representative (SR)
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK
Email: swsr@wordybynature.org

Julianne Ford is currently a senior at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, OK. She will graduate with a BS in English Education and a minor in Art. She plans to teach English at the high school level before pursuing graduate degrees in the field of Literature. During her time at OBU, Julianne has been a Residential Assistant and a member of the Honors Program, Mortar Board, Kappa Delta Pi, and Sigma Tau Delta. Julianne enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to run, hike, garden, and fish. Julianne is excited to begin her term as Student Representative and plans to use this opportunity to foster community and build identity within an already vibrant Southwestern Region of Sigma Tau Delta.

Alana King – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX
Email: swsr@wordybynature.org

Alana King (she/her) is currently working on a PhD in Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include American Literature and History, the literature and history of marginalized and non-mainstream populations, film studies and history, and war and genocide studies.

She is also the President of the Alpha Psi Nu Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta for 2020-2021, on staff at different literary journals and publications, and looks forward to serving as the 2020-2021 Associate Student Representative for the Southwestern Region.