About Us

Professional Staff

OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS ARE A GROUP OF DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO STUDENT SUCCESS

 

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Charlene Agyemang
PATHe Counselor
agyemang1@usf.edu  

Education: B.B.A., The University of Akron, International Business

P.B.A.C.C., University of Cincinnati, Higher Education Leadership

 Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Fun Fact: I’m a proud TCK, or a Third Culture Kid. While I was born in the United States, my family originates from Ghana, West Africa.

Travelling and exploring new places is one of my favorite things to do, so much so, I even moved to China on a whim after graduating from college! 

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Brandi Arnold
Assistant Director
brandia@usf.edu

Education: M.Ed., University of Florida, Student Personnel in Higher Education

B.A., University of South Florida, Communication Studies – Relational

Hometown: Mount Dora, FL

Fun Fact: I love to read and try new food!

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Sandy DeCarlo
PATHe Counselor
sdecarlo@usf.edu 

Education: A.S., St. Petersburg Junior College, Business Administration & Marketing

B.A., Eckerd College, Organizational Studies

Hometown: South Plainfield, NJ

Fun Fact: I enjoy travel, being outdoors and exploring everything St. Petersburg has to offer.

 

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Meredith Mechanik
Program Coordinator - 1st and 2nd Year 
mmechanik@usf.edu 

Education: M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin, Higher Education Leadership and Policy

B.A., Duke University, Psychology and Theater Studies

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Fun Fact: Memoirs are my favorite – I’ve read over 125 since graduating college!

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Carolina Nutt
Director
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.

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Antonia Robinson
3rd & 4th Year Student Success Advocate
ajrobinson1@usf.edu 

Education: M.Ed., University of North Florida, Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration

B.S., University of Florida, Journalism

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Fun Fact: I have a tortoiseshell, polydactyl (aka Hemmingway) cat. Her name is Wicket because she looks like the Ewok from Star Wars.

 

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Amanda Vasquez
1st and 2nd Year Student Success Advocate
vasquez4@usf.edu 

Education:  M.Ed., University of South Florida, College Student Affairs 

B.S., University of South Florida St. Pete, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences   

Hometown: Tampa, Florida 

Fun Fact: I recently started playing video games! I play mostly open-world RPGs including all of the Elder Scrolls games. 

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Dineca Walker
PATHe Counselor
dinecaw@usf.edu 

Education: M.Ed., The University of Toledo, Higher Education

B.A., The University of Akron, English

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Fun Fact: I love traveling. I’ve been to 23 states, five countries and counting! I also really enjoy trying new foods.

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Brenna Whitton
Program Coordinator - Transfer 
brennawhitton@usf.edu 

Education: M.S., Mississippi State University, Educational Leadership – Student Affairs & Higher Education 

B.A., University of Connecticut, Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies 

Hometown: Newtown, CT 

Fun Fact: I love finding new music & traveling (and especially love finding new music from traveling!).  

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus
Meet the Department of Student Support team who provides programs and services to students enrolled on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, and their families.

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Meet the New Student Connections team who provides programs and services to students enrolled on the Tampa campus, and their families.