About Us

Professional Staff

The COMPASS Student Experience Department consists of Success Advocates, the Pinellas Pinellas Access to Higher Education (PATHe) Program, New Student Experience, Orientation, and Campus Visitation



Carolina Nutt, Director COMPASS Student Experience

Email: carolinanutt@usf.edu 

Education: M.Ed., University of South Carolina, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

B.A., Florida State University, Political Science and Sociology

Hometown: Orlando, FL / Bogota, Colombia

Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking and baking, as well as exploring new cities.


Success Advocates


Vacant, 3rd & 4th Year Student Success Advocate




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Nicole Alfaro, Graduate Assistant for Success Advocacy

Email: nicolealfaro@usf.edu 

Education: B.A., University of South Florida, Psychology

Hometown: Miami, Fl 

Fun Fact: I recently started painting as a hobby. I also enjoy reading and listening to music! 


Pinellas Access to Higher Education (PATHe)


Tia Gomez Zeller, Assistant Director of PATHe






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Sam Fiore, PATHe Advisor for Opportunity and Access 




Vacant, PATHe Advisor for Transfer Student Support 




Brenae Hillard, PATHe Advisor for Pre College 



New Student Experience


Joyner Atiles-Lopez, Assistant Director of New Student Experience

Email: jatileslopez@usf.edu  

Education: M.Ed., University of South Florida, Curriculum & Insruction – College Student Affairs

B.S., University of Florida, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism – Event & Recreation Management

Hometown: Leesburg, FL/Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Fun Fact: I have a passion for the arts and perform in the local community!



Macy Thurler, First & Second Year Programs Coordinator

Email: macyt@usf.edu  

Education: Master of Science, Minnesota State University Mankato, Communication Studies

B.A., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh & Texas State University, Communication Studies

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Fun Fact: I love playing UNO! My friends and I have an UNO leaderboard and have played 115 games so far! 



Kevin Jimenez, Transfer Programs Coordinator

Email: kjimenez2@usf.edu  

Education: M.A., George Mason University, Higher Education and Student Development

B.S., University of South Florida St. Pete, Biology

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Fun Fact: I love music! I like everything from pop, rock, country, house, disco and more!


Orientation and Campus Visitation

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Vacant, Assistant Director of Orientation & Campus Visitation



Phone: (727) 873-4436



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Danielle Shiflett, Coordinator for Orientation

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Email: vilma@usf.edu

Phone: (727) 873-4849

Education: Bachelors in General Studies, University of South Florida; M.Ed., Higher Education Leadership, Florida Atlantic University

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Favorite part of Orientation: To see the happy faces of new students and their families during an Orientation; after all the preparation that is put in, that makes it all worth it!



Freddie O'Brion, Coordinator for Campus Visitation

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Email: gobrion@usf.edu

Phone: (727) 873-4449

Education: B.A., Art and Gender Studies, New College of Florida

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

Favorite part of Orientation and Campus Visitation: Sharing everything I love about college with incoming students and helping students feel connected to the campus community.



Belle Jones, Graduate Assistant  for Orientation and Campus Visitation