Meet The Team


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Anjana Melvin

Editor-in-Chief, Junior  
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Anjana Melvin is a third year business administration major concentrating in quantitative analysis, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the WIB Wire. This is her third year on the Editorial board and her second as the EIC. 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. She is also a market research intern at MINDBODY and is the President of Design for America, a club that focuses on tackling social challenges through human centered design innovation. When she isn’t working on those things, she enjoys taking PlyoJam classes, looking at adorable photos in the Dogspotting Facebook group and watching movies with her roommates. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in marketing analytics or market research.


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Katie Blank

Copy Editor, Junior 
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Katie Blank is a third year business administration major concentrating in Information Systems. She joined The Wire as Copy Editor so that she could use her eye for detail and writing insight to help the team. On campus she is also the Marketing Lead for Student Community Services in the Cal Poly Center for Service in Action. This position allows her to use her passions for service and connecting people to promote meaningful volunteer opportunities to Cal Poly students. In summer 2018, she studied abroad in London through Cal Poly Global Programs and is eager to work internationally in the future. Outside of school Katie loves attending yoga and spin classes, being in nature and spending time with friends.


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Kaelyn Richards

Design Editor, Senior
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Kaelyn Richards is a fourth year graphic communication major with a minor in IT packaging. Dallas, Texas is where She calls home, but three years ago She ventured away from her comfort zone and found herself perfectly situated between the mountains and ocean in the heart of Central Coast California! She is the current creative director and is so excited to help the writers of The Wire display their work. Kaelyn has a love for all things crafty and when she’s not creating content for WIB or GRC she is either drawing or creating digital art!


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Charissa Loo

Senior Contributor, Senior
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Charissa Loo is a fourth year, business administration student double concentrating in Accounting and Information Systems. As a Senior Contributor to The Wire, she is grateful to learn from and be surrounded by such empowering and inspirational women. She is constantly trying 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. In addition, she acts as a Peer Mentor for Orfalea College of Business. 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.


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Natalie Truong

Senior Contributor, Senior 
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Natalie Truong is a fourth 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.


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Hannah Blazei

Senior Contributor, Junior 
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Hannah Blazei is a third 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.


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Tia Bentivegna

Contributor, Sophomore
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Tia Bentivegna is a second year business administration major planning to concentrate in Finance or Accounting. She has earned her spot on Dean’s List for three consecutive quarters and made President’s List by the end of her first year at Cal Poly. She is a member of the Women in Business Association and, in high school, was co-President of Key Club and a member of the National Honors Society. In addition, she was a writer and designer for her school’s newspaper, The Gaucho Gazette. In her spare time, Tia enjoys running, swimming, playing with her dogs 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.


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Carin Altshuler

Contributor, Senior
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Carin Altshuler is a fourth year, business administration student concentrating in Information Systems. She works for the Aerospace Engineering Department and is excited to share her enthusiasm for woman empowerment through the WIB Wire this year. She is also an active member of Mustangs United for Israel and enjoys going to Chabad every Friday for Shabbat! When she is not studying or working you can find her reading, hiking, at the beach, or eating yummy food.

 


 

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Madi Stepherson 

Multimedia Journalist, Junior
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Madi is a third year graphic communication major from Maryland. She’s pursuing a concentration in design reproduction technology and loves art and design almost as much as she loves The Wire! This is her first year on The Wire team, and she’s excited to contribute photography and illustration with an empowering message. Madi is also a Marketing Officer for Mat Pica Pi, the professional development club for graphic communication. These roles have helped inspire Madi’s passion for branding, and she hopes to pursue a career in art direction. You can find Madi studying in her favorite coffee shops, hitting the gym with friends, or developing her analog photography skills in her free time.


 

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Jessie Marais

Multimedia Journalist, Sophomore
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Jessie Marais is a third year industrial technology and packaging major from San Jose. She joined The Wire to bring a visual representation to the stories and create her own multimedia stories. She is one of the multimedia journalists and this allows her to work on photography and videography pieces and express visual creativity. Jessie is involved with Cru, IM sports, and the sorority Chi Omega on campus. When she is is not at school, you can often find her at the beach.


 

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Gianna Kettmann

Marketing Director, Junior
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Gianna Kettmann serves on the board of The WIB Wire as Marketing Director. She is a third year business administration major and graphic communication minor from the Silicon Valley. In both high school and college, she has had the opportunity to work at multiple tech startups, implementing new marketing strategies and seeing campaigns through from start to finish. This year, her goal is to make The Wire read by people of all majors and backgrounds. She works to widely promote this publication as it is: one that contributes to Cal Poly’s culture of inclusivity, high academic achievement, and of course one that supports women and allies of women, in Business. In her free time she can be found greeting you at the front desk of the Recreation Center, sweating it out in a hot yoga class, or helping students navigate study abroad at the International Center.