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


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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

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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)

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Tia Gomez Zeller, Assistant Director of PATHe

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Fiore, PATHe Advisor for Opportunity and Access 

    

 

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Vacant, PATHe Advisor for Transfer Student Support 

    

 

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Brenae Hillard, PATHe Advisor for Pre College 

        

 


New Student Experience

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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!

 

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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! 

 

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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

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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!

 

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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.

 

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Belle Jones, Graduate Assistant  for Orientation and Campus Visitation