LeAnn Birden

College & Career Advisor


Hometown:  Brookings, South Dakota     

Education Background: Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Child Development with a minor in business (University of North Texas)

Why did you decide to work for TRIO?

When I learned about the open position in the TRIO / Talent Search program, I decided I just had to jump at the opportunity to become a part of this wonderful program!  I have spent years working in areas that help children and families reach their potential so coming to Talent Search seemed to be a natural progression.  I enjoy being able to provide guidance and insight to children and young adults to help them pursue their dreams and reach their potential.  TRIO gives me that opportunity. 

I am very excited to be a part of the TRIO "family"! 

What is your favorite thing about working with students? 

Working with students allows me to be "young at heart"!  I can't wait to help channel their boundless energy into life goals and share in their excitement when their college journey begins.  

Personal Fun Fact: I come from a large family comprised of 20 aunts and uncles, 5 siblings, 11 nieces and nephews, and too many cousins to count!  With that history, it's only expected that I have a large family of my own.  I have 7 daughters and 1 son!  My personal family consists of biological, adopted, and step children.  My husband and I are the proud grandparents of 4 of the most beautiful grandchildren ever!  We love traveling and creating memories with our family.