About Us

Professional Staff

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

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Brandi Sanchez
Associate Director, Success Advocates and New Student Experience
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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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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Amanda Vasquez
1st & 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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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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Nicole Alfaro
Graduate Assistant for Success Advocacy
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! 

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Joyner Atiles-Lopez
New Student Experience- Program Coordinator
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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Brenna Whitton
New Student Experience- Transfer Program Coordinator
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.

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