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 and Pinellas Access to Higher Education (PATHe)


Vacant, Associate Director of Success Advocates and PATHe




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Amanda Vasquez, 1st & 2nd Year Student Success Advocate

Email: 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. 



Antonia Robinson, 3rd & 4th Year Student Success Advocate

Email: 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.



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! 



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Sam Fiore, PATHe Advisor for Opportunity and Access 




Tia Gomez Zeller, 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! 



Vacant, Transfer Programs Coordinator


Orientation and Campus Visitation


Brandon Cheatham, Assistant Director of Orientation & Campus Visitation

Pronouns: he/him/him

Email: bcheatham@usf.edu 

Phone: (727) 873-4436

Education: B.S., Health Sciences, Stockton University; M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida

Hometown: Sweetwater, New Jersey

Favorite part of Orientation and Campus Visitation: Helping new students and their families find their new home at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Going to college is an exciting and scary time, but it is special to be a part of helping students and families during that transition.



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.



Vacant, Graduate Assistant  for Orientation and Campus Visitation