Meet The Team
Anjana Melvin is a second year Business Administration major, minoring in Statistics, and is the editor of the WIB Wire. She believes The Wire is the perfect opportunity to combine her major with her passion for writing. A strong believer in what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls “The danger of a single story,” Anjana tries her best to use her stories to empower and to humanize. When she isn’t writing, she organizes volunteer events as the lead for Environmental Council at Cal Poly Student Community Services, works on founding a new club on campus, and mentors for the Women in Business Entry Engagement program. After college, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Data Analytics.
Senior Contributor, Junior
Aliyah Purnell is a second year Business Administration major with a Spanish minor. She enjoys devoting her time not only to her studies, but also to being the treasurer for Black Student Union and of course being a contributor to The Wire. Both of these clubs hold a special place in her heart because they deal with social issues she is very passionate, and often inspired to write about. When she can, she enjoys baking and cooking, dancing, and binge watching multiple Netflix shows.
Molly Schrum is a third year Journalism major, focusing on Public Relations and minoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is a Resident Advisor for University Housing, involved with Mustang News as a Brand Ambassador and contributes to to the Women In Business Wire. Molly loves running and hopes to run a half marathon this year. She also loves to explore new places and hiking trails around San Luis Obispo, and loves hammocking. She is dedicated to the empowerment of women in her industry and hopes to further this by joining the Peace Corps after she has graduated college.
Charissa Loo is a third year, business administration student double concentrating in Accounting and Information Systems. As a new contributor to The Wire, she is both eager to learn from and be surrounded by such empowering and inspirational women. She hopes to challenge herself personally by expanding her writing skills as well as extending her passion for fighting for women in the workplace. She also works for Cal Poly Associated Student Inc., better known as ASI, as an Event Scheduler. In this position, she has the pleasure of interacting with over 400 clubs on campus and Greek organizations. She is also an active member in CPAC (Cal Poly Accounting Club), the sorority Gamma Phi Beta and Campus Crusades. When not working or studying, she loves enjoying quality breakfast burritos around SLO, hiking and stalking doggo Instagram pages.
Natalie Truong is a third year English major and Political Science minor. Writing is Natalie’s passion because she believes it conveys feelings that cannot be spoken. She views every blank page of paper as an opportunity for writers to paint with their thoughts. Natalie hopes to continue her journey of strengthening her voice for women in her upcoming plans to travel the world in a semester. After undergrad, she strives to go to law school and open up her own charity to rescue girls from sex trafficking. In her free time, Natalie enjoys finding dogs to pet and cuddle with, religiously watching Netflix and eating any and all forms of sugar.
Hannah Blazei is a second year Business Administration major with an anticipated double concentration of Accounting and Finance. She is a member of Cal Poly Women In Business and is on their High School Engagement committee. Additionally, she is an active member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. In high school Hannah was the Editor in Chief of a sports magazine, and since then has always desired to pursue journalistic endeavors in college. After being raised by entrepreneur mom, she is passionate about spreading awareness and inspiration to other women which led her to the WIB Wire. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and outside exploring San Luis Obispo.
Tia Bentivegna is a first year Business Administration major planning to concentrate in Financial Management and minor in Political Science. She is incredibly excited to be attending Cal Poly as it was her first choice school and program. She is a member of Women in Business and is hoping to be a part of the Women’s Business Leadership Academy in the winter quarter. Tia was co-President of her high school’s Key Club and was a member of the National Honors Society. She was a writer and designer for her school’s newspaper, The Gaucho Gazette. In her spare time, Tia enjoys running, swimming, (online) shopping, and watching Friends on Netflix. Her favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada as she also adores anything to do with the fashion industry and New York City.
Creative Design Director, Senior
Carolyn Pires serves as the creative lead for the WIB Wire. Carolyn is studying Graphic Communication with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology. She is an artist at heart and spends her time exploring her passion for photography, painting, illustration, books, and the stars. She enjoys using her art to advocate for causes and people she believes in. In the future she hopes to use her creativity to make the world a more appreciative and welcoming place for the diversity that inspires her every day.