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Meet our team

Andrean Jacobs, CFO and Founder of Festival of Great Reads

Andrean Jacobs, M.A-SI

Author | Mentor | Speaker | Mental Health Advocate

Andrean Jacobs has published six books and is currently working on a guide on Mental Wellness. She graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills and holds a BA in Human Services and a master’s degree in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University.  In her free time, Andrean Jacobs has a true passion for writing and promoting literacy.


Community Activist

Working for top companies across the nation, she was a powerful force in the world of finance for 20 years. Gloria left corporate America to follow her dreams. She started two successful businesses using her degree in Art from the Art Institute. She has traveled the world and settled in the South of France for 5 years. Returning to Long Beach 2017, she is currently working on another degree in Horticulture.

CFO/ Director of Events

Gloria Holdrege, B.F.A

Gloria Holdrege, CFO and Director of Events

Jocelin Flores, B.A

Graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy. Jocelin has years of expertise working in the field of Recreation and with individuals with disabilities. She completed her internship at the Veterans Affair and volunteers at assisted living facilities. She has a passion for improving the quality of life of others through organized programs and events. Jocelin is currently pursuing her master's degree in Occupational therapy and promoting literacy within her community. On her free time, Jocelin spends time training others and coordinating workshops.

Public Relations Manager

Ashley McKay, B.A

Social Media Influencer

Graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Liberal Arts degree in Women’s Gender and Sexually Studies. Currently working in homeless services providing housing retention, case management and rental assistance serving the community of SPA7.

Social Media/Marketing

Ashley, Festival of Great Reads Social Media and Marketing
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