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)
Kayla Ashbrooks – Senior Student Advisor
Southern Arkansas University
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 continue 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.
Brett Iarrobino – Junior Student Advisor
Brett Iarrobino is a senior attending Clark University in Worcester, MA. He has spent his undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Arts and English, with a minor in Screen Studies, and will continue at Clark to receive his Masters of Arts in Teaching for secondary education for the 2021-22 academic year. In his spare time, Brett is a budding playwright, who enjoys writing creatively for the stage and communicating important stories through theatre, as well as teaching creative writing and drama with local and regional nonprofit organizations.
A member of Sigma Tau Delta since spring 2019, Brett had the pleasure of serving as the 2020-21 Student Representative for the Eastern Region, and is ecstatic to continue his work on the Student Leadership Committee as the Junior Student Advisor.
Student Representatives (SRs) and
Associate Student Representatives (ASRs)
Kelly Hayes – Student Representative (SR)
Franklin Pierce University
Kelly “Albi” Hayes is a current undergraduate student (Class of 2023) at Franklin Pierce University, studying English and Secondary Education, with a certificate in Women in Leadership. They currently work as a tutor at the school’s Wensburg Writing Center and hold the position of secretary in the school’s Gamers Club and Student Government Association, as well as vice president in the GSA. They enjoy fiction novels, punk rock music, and video games.
Jennifer Ward – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Southern New Hampshire University
Jennifer Ward, a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), is enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing program. She hopes to become a published author of contemporary fiction and is currently writing a novel. In 2020, Jennifer worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, supporting students in an English Composition course at SNHU. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in English Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY, Empire State College. Jennifer is also an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). She is a tenured English Language Arts educator with experience teaching middle school students in New York City’s public school system. Prior to teaching, Jennifer worked in the healthcare field for nearly a decade in patient care services, medical credentialing, and hospital administration. Jennifer is honored to serve as the Eastern Region ASR and strives to encourage growth across chapters within the region.
Far Western Region
Alessandra Young – Student Representative (SR)
University of Redlands
Alessandra Young (she/her) is a senior at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. She is a double major in English Literature and Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies and is a Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Scholar. She has been an active member of the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta since it was refounded in Spring 2021. She has since served as the chapter’s Vice President and will serve as the chapter’s Secretary for the 2021-2022 academic year. On campus, she has been involved with community service and leadership organizations, such as the Sigma Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, interfaith clubs, and social justice workshops and panels. She plans to pursue a career in international law and would love to obtain her graduate degree abroad. Originally from Arizona, she loves hiking outdoors and reading stories from and about the Southwest. She is excited to serve the Far Western region as their Student Representative for 2021-2022!
Allison Furse – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Dixie State University
Allison Furse is a senior at Dixie State University and pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in Professional and Technical Writing and a minor in Marketing. She has been a member of Sigma Tau Delta since spring 2019 and has served as the Historian for the Alpha Pi Epsilon Chapter at DSU and currently serves as chapter president. She has worked on the editorial staff of The Southern Quill literary arts journal and is very active in the English department and her local community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, reviewing books, and engaging with the bookish community online. Allison is so excited to be involved with Sigma Tau Delta Student Leadership in the upcoming school year!
High Plains Region
Breanna Dittert – Student Representative (SR)
Southwestern College in Winfield
Breanna Dittert is a senior studying English with an emphasis in writing at Southwestern College. She has competed in NYC Midnight’s flash fiction challenge and microfiction challenge, as well as Winfield Arts & Humanities Council’s Kansas Voices competition. She is passionate about the use of narrative and language in the every day world, from Shakespeare to slang. She is a proud member of SC’s A Capella Choir and spends her free time playing Dungeons & Dragons with her friends.
Liam Cunningham – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Southwestern College in Winfield
Liam is an English and literature secondary education major from Southwestern College. He plans to teach because all of his teachers inspired him to do so. He regularly takes part in his campus’ theatre productions and some student-lead productions. One of his favorite hobbies has always been reading, and he feels more people should read Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Joshua Stinson – Student Representative (SR)
Western Illinois University
Joshua Stinson is in his fourth year out of five at Western Illinois University and he is majoring in English Education with a minor in Teaching English to Learners of Other Languages. He has enjoyed his membership in Sigma Tau Delta’s Phi Delta Chapter since spring 2020. Josh is an Eagle Scout and serves his community as a summer camp counselor at a BSA summer camp and also serves as the chairperson on the student leadership team at his church in Macomb, Campus Students for Christ. Josh’s favorite quote comes from one of his former English teachers, “Time flies when you’re having fun and analyzing literature.” Josh is excited to serve as the Student Representative for the 2021-2022 academic year!
Krista Barth – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Krista Barth (she/her/hers) is currently attending Culver-Stockton College with a double major in English and Theatre. She is the Secretary for the Epsilon Iota Chapter and has held many leadership positions within her sorority, Sigma Kappa. She also works as a Resident Assistant for her college and is very active in the theatre and choir programs there. In her free time, she enjoys reading, working with kids, and playing with her family’s dog.
Matthew Karshna – Student Representative (SR)
University of Georgia
Matthew Karshna is a Junior newly attending the University of Georgia in Athens with a major in English. Matthew has been involved in Sigma Tau Delta since fall 2019, and served as Co-Community Engagement Liaison of the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter at the University of North Georgia in fall 2020; he then served as Community Engagement Liaison in spring 2021. After graduating, Matthew plans to pursue his PhD and become an editor for a major publishing house and/or pursue technical writing/editing for social justice organizations.
Matthew loves to read in his free time, go hiking, try just about as many new things as possible, and believe it or not, considers school a hobby! He also loves to write, and hopes to finish up his first book in 2021.
Skyler Fox – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Skyler Fox is a senior English Literature and Biology double major at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She is a member of the Alpha Eta Eta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the TriBeta Biological Honor Society, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Skyler was awarded the J. Decherd Guess Scholarship by Furman’s English Department, which recognizes academic promise, and the Association of Southeastern Biologists Student Research Award in 2021. She is active in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where she has held multiple leadership positions. Skyler enjoys exercising, outdoor activities, such as hiking, running, and kayaking, and traveling.
Morgan Jackson – Student Representative (SR)
Oklahoma Baptist University
Morgan Jackson is a rising senior at Oklahoma Baptist University. She is a secondary English education major and will serve as the editor-in-chief of OBU’s student newspaper for the 2021-2022 academic year. She enjoys writing creative fiction and non-fiction in her free time.
Rica Lelina – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
The University of Texas at Dallas
Rica Lelina (she/her) is a student at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) pursuing a BA in Literary Studies and is working toward certification to teach ELAR for grades 7-12. She plans to teach high school English, mentor underserved students, and eventually transition to working in a school library/media center.
At UTD, Rica is serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alpha Psi Nu Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, works as a writing tutor in the Student Success Center, and is a Gemini Ambassador for the School of Arts and Humanities. Her other interests include critically studying children’s literature, joining book clubs, and finding stories in everything. She is honored to be serving as 2021-2022 Associate Student Representative for the Southwestern Region.