Our Team

What makes Open Our Eyes different than every other mental health related community?
Answer: YOU!

We know that having a solid team working behind the scenes is crucial to keeping this community going.
That’s why we are reaching out to YOU, our community, to grow the Open Our Eyes team and, in turn, grow the impact we make on the world.

Everyone on our team has a strong unwavering passion + an open mind + dependability + dedication + an out-of-the-box thinking style + a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the world.
We are redefining the way society looks at mental illness and forcing our community to have tough conversations.  We know that by being part of this community we are changing lives and that’s what drives us to keep doing it.

If you’re interested in joining us, send an email to brittny@openoureyes.org.  Tell Brittny a little about yourself, how you discovered our community and what skills/passions you can offer us. Also include three things that make your heart happy.

We are a community of struggle but we know another world is possible and we’re working together to make that happen.



Brittny Habibti – Founder + Creative Director

I’m the founder of Open Our Eyes.  I firmly believe in the correlation of salvation and love, music the way some people believe in fairy tales and six impossible things before breakfast.  Only two seasons exist to me: summer + almost summer because nothing compares to the feeling of sand between your toes.  In addition to Open Our Eyes, I am a music + fashion Publicist.  I also blog + photograph weekly.  I have a huge heart for Africa + Palestine + LGBTQ community + young women knowing their worth.  I don’t believe in being comfortable or a calm course of existence.  But most importantly, I believe there is no problem that can’t be remedied with a Taylor Swift dance party + doughnuts.


Yalda Etemadi – Blogging Queen

I manage Open Our Eyes’ blog.  I live for sunny skies and rainy days and watch too many TED Talks.  Animals and music have a huge place in my heart, specifically dogs and live music.  I live in Houston, TX and fill my days up with equal parts of feeding my makeup obsession and going to school at the University of Houston.  I went to London once and it’s been on my mind every day since.  Also, the lion mane on top of my head is the bane of my existence.



Hannah Salsberry – Captain Outreach


As the Outreach Coordinator for Open Our Eyes, it is my passion to bring people together; believing that together we are a force for good.  I believe in second and third and seventieth chances.  I live in Nashville, TN where I spend my time doing hair + florist work + nannying.  I am a dreamer and a doer, artist and creator.  Often times, I am accused of using too many exclamation points, drinking too much chai tea and spending too much money on beauty products.



Bethany Polson – Social Media Mermaid + Blogger

I’m one of the Social Media Coordinators here at Open Our Eyes, also a blogger! I love people a lot and feel like it’s my job to help as many as I can, whether that be by sharing some kind words or opening a door. I’m a Media Studies major at the University of Houston. I’m also a music blogger for Coog Radio. I got involved with Open Our Eyes because I know what it’s like to feel like you have nowhere to turn and no one should feel that way. Luckily, there are only open doors and steps forward, no turning back.



Carina Browder – Online Media Overlord

I’m one of the Social Media Coordinators for Open Our Eyes.  I live in Atlanta and study Communication at Kennesaw State University.  I’m involved in advocacy for pretty much every issue that you could think of, spanning from veteran advocacy to LGBTQ+ issues to education and everything in between.  I believe that all people are inherently good.  I love museums and bubble tea, and I don’t believe in saying no to pizza.



Amber Bettis – Weekend Warrior + Blogger

I’m the weekend Social Media Coordinator and the one that writes the monthly blogs about feminist-y things.  I love baby animals, my cat (Purry Mason: Attorney At Claw), and helping others fight their anxiety.  As Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem said “There’s nothing like another soul that’s been cut up the same”.  I can always be found either on Twitter, yelling about Brand New, or on League of Legends, yelling about the enemy team



Juliann Cheryl – Instagram Fairy

I’m just a girl with big dreams, love to give, and stories to share.  The Pacific Coast has always been my backyard playground.  Los Angeles has always been my home.  I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Social Sciences, emphasis on Multicultural Studies; and also studied Film & Media. Currently, I work as an artist (music) manager with some of the most fantastic humans.  I’m a dreamer, Believer, occasional sophisticated selfie takerer, and tea & matcha latte aficionada who loves all things food and Disney related.  But most importantly—LOVE changes everything & LOVE conquers all.


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