Meet the Pack Leaders

Alanna Torres-Laboy (she/her/ella)

Graduate Assistant, Dean of Students Office

Graduate Program: Higher Education & Student Affairs ’25

I joined Protect Our Pack because I believe in creating environments on campus where students feel safe, valued, and heard. The topics we bring awareness to provide students the resources to gain support through the situations they may face so in turn they can do well holistically.

Fun fact: I love to dance. 🙂

Samantha Valle (she/her/hers)



Major: Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I joined POP because I am passionate about building safe and inclusive spaces where people can feel empowered. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness for campus sexual violence and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be apart of change to end toxic campus culture.

Fun fact about me is that I have a collection of 40+ plants!

Jieun (Jin) Park (she/her/hers)



Major: Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB)

Minor: Psychological Sciences

Protect Our Pack gave me the opportunity to get leadership and wider perspectives. I could learn more about the intervention strategies for bias, problematic substance usage and work with students from all of the campuses.

Alyssa Bredefeld (she/her/hers)


Major: Allied Health Sciences

I joined POP to help connect students with on-campus resources and to help create an inclusive and safe UConn community. One fun fact about myself is that I was an extra in a movie that will be coming out in February 2024.

Amanda Moghadasi (she/her/hers)


Major: Animal Science on the Pre-Vet track

Minor: Biology

Jenn had come and spoke to our team about becoming a pack leader and I think what really stood out to me was the ability to truly help make a difference in someone’s life. No matter what happens we are all human and no one should ever need to face difficult times alone and I feel that this group can do really great things and create those interpersonal relationships that people in those situations definitely need.

Chisomo Phiri (she/her/hers)


Major:  Allied Health Sciences

Minor: Studio Art

I joined POP to make a difference on campus and support the student community!

Chloe Landers (she/her/hers)


Major:  Allied Health Sciences

Minor: Spanish

I joined POP because I wanted to meet new people and make new connections! I also want to work on creating the best environment possible here at UConn.

Eduen Smith (They/Them)


Major: English

I joined Protect Our Pack because I just transferred to UConn and I wanted to contribute to my new community somehow. I’m very excited to get to work! A fun fact about me is that I have never had a hamburger, and don’t really have the desire to try one. If someone wants to try to change my mind let me know! I am interested in pursuing a career in public education.

Kelly Sauter (she/her/hers)

Avery Point

Major: Marine Science

I joined Protect Our Pack because I believe education and awareness are the best tools to promote a safe campus experience for all.

Melanie Luna (she/her/hers)


Major: Sociology

Minor: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I joined POP because I wanted to get more involved on campus my sophomore year. I care deeply about the topics POP talks about, as well as creating a safer and more educated space for our community here at UConn. It’s important that as huskies, we work together to implement positive change around us! A fun fact about me is that I’m a leap year baby! (4 years old as of right now)

Taylor Tracy (she/her/hers)


Major: Political Science

Minor: Crime and Justice

Why I joined: I was approached during the involvement fair and I thought it was a great way to get involved here at UConn and to better the UConn community. I also really liked protect our pack because it’s a safe space to talk and be there for others as well as spreading awareness for certain issues that are occurring in our community!