FLA Mentors


Lillian Gilmore

Major(s): Accounting

Minor(s): Spanish

Involvement: FLA Mentor, Warrington Diplomat, and Sigma Kappa VP of Alumnae Relations

Interests/ Hobbies: Traveling, reading, hanging out with my friends, watching Netflix (Parks and Rec).

Internships/ Study Abroad: I studied abroad in Madrid in the Summer of 2016. I interned with Northrop Grumman this past summer in Melbourne, FL.

Best FLA Experience: The best FLA experience that I have had so far has been getting to know my mentee groups through community service projects and the case competition. I am still great friends with the other FLA-ers from my small groups, and my experience would not have been the same without them! 

 

Amanda Sarbey

Major(s): Accounting Minor(s): N/A Involvement: Current: Campus Diplomats, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority  Interests/ Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching movies, running, going to sporting events (especially Gator football games), traveling, hanging out with friends, and anything that involves me being outside.  I'm also really passionate about music. Internships/ Study Abroad: This past summer I interned abroad in Dublin, Ireland with an Irish accounting firm.  Two summers ago I did an internship with a local accounting firm in Fort Lauderdale.   Best FLA Experience: It's difficult for me to chose one specific experience - I just really appreciate the people I'm surrounded by in FLA.  This organization has introduced me to some of the most motivated, capable, and kind individuals I have ever met.

Major(s): Accounting

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: Current: Campus Diplomats, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority 

Interests/ Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching movies, running, going to sporting events (especially Gator football games), traveling, hanging out with friends, and anything that involves me being outside.  I'm also really passionate about music.

Internships/ Study Abroad: This past summer I interned abroad in Dublin, Ireland with an Irish accounting firm.  Two summers ago I did an internship with a local accounting firm in Fort Lauderdale.  

Best FLA Experience: It's difficult for me to chose one specific experience - I just really appreciate the people I'm surrounded by in FLA.  This organization has introduced me to some of the most motivated, capable, and kind individuals I have ever met.

 

Suzanne Dabage

Major(s): General Business MIB Minor(s): Spanish Involvement: FLA mentor, Warrington Welcome Peer Leader and Director of Training, Business Ethics Case Team, Hispanic Student Association  Interests/ Hobbies: Photography, writing, exercise, drawing, cooking/baking  Internships/ Study Abroad: Study Abroad Madrid, Spain, Internship with Welcoming Gainesville  Best FLA Experience: Morris Morrison's session & getting to meet amazing people all year during FLA lunch.

Major(s): General Business MIB

Minor(s): Spanish

Involvement: FLA mentor, Warrington Welcome Peer Leader and Director of Training, Business Ethics Case Team, Hispanic Student Association 

Interests/ Hobbies: Photography, writing, exercise, drawing, cooking/baking 

Internships/ Study Abroad: Study Abroad Madrid, Spain, Internship with Welcoming Gainesville 

Best FLA Experience: Morris Morrison's session & getting to meet amazing people all year during FLA lunch.

Katie Wray

Major(s): Economics and Business Management Minor(s): N/A Involvement: FLA, Doulos Exec, Retail Society VP, Gators for Israel (GFI), Passages alumna, Student Honors Organization, Panhellenic Counselor (Pi Chi), Zeta Tau Alpha Interests/ Hobbies: Running, hiking, traveling, road tripping, enoing, brunching, spending time with people! Internships/ Study Abroad: JuveNet International (Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala) Adventures in Missions (Antigua, Guatemala) Best FLA Experience: Last year my mentee group and I went for a bike ride together because Michael has five bikes! We explored Hawthorne trail and Depot park, and Gab and I rode his tandem bike (quite the sight)! I also loved getting brunch with my other mentee group in the Fall! I have made so many close friends through FLA, I barely knew Gab when we started and now we've run a marathon together!

Major(s): Economics and Business Management

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: FLA, Doulos Exec, Retail Society VP, Gators for Israel (GFI), Passages alumna, Student Honors Organization, Panhellenic Counselor (Pi Chi), Zeta Tau Alpha

Interests/ Hobbies: Running, hiking, traveling, road tripping, enoing, brunching, spending time with people!

Internships/ Study Abroad: JuveNet International (Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala) Adventures in Missions (Antigua, Guatemala)

Best FLA Experience: Last year my mentee group and I went for a bike ride together because Michael has five bikes! We explored Hawthorne trail and Depot park, and Gab and I rode his tandem bike (quite the sight)! I also loved getting brunch with my other mentee group in the Fall! I have made so many close friends through FLA, I barely knew Gab when we started and now we've run a marathon together!

 

Maxwell Wilkinson

Major(s): Marketing & Entrepreneurship Minor(s): N/A Involvement:A Reason to Give, School Health Interdisciplinary Program, University of Florida Presidential Wait Staff, Florida Blue Key Interests/ Hobbies:: Fitness, reading, music, surfing, hiking, camping Internships/ Study Abroad: Merit Consulting  Best FLA Experience: Carrying Vik on my shoulders pretending to play Mario Kart as I ran through a crowd of people 

Major(s): Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement:A Reason to Give, School Health Interdisciplinary Program, University of Florida Presidential Wait Staff, Florida Blue Key

Interests/ Hobbies:: Fitness, reading, music, surfing, hiking, camping

Internships/ Study Abroad: Merit Consulting 

Best FLA Experience: Carrying Vik on my shoulders pretending to play Mario Kart as I ran through a crowd of people 

Maria Soscia

Major(s): Finance Minor(s): Information Systems and Real Estate Involvement: Warrington Diplomats, FLC mentor, Women's Ministry leader in Catholic Gators Interests/ Hobbies: Crossfit and healthy cooking/baking! Internships/ Study Abroad: General Electric Financial Management Program Intern  Best FLA Experience: Biking & playing on a playground with my awesome FLA mentee group & mentor! They also made me cookies & brownies on my birthday- they were the best pals!!!

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Information Systems and Real Estate

Involvement: Warrington Diplomats, FLC mentor, Women's Ministry leader in Catholic Gators

Interests/ Hobbies: Crossfit and healthy cooking/baking!

Internships/ Study Abroad: General Electric Financial Management Program Intern 

Best FLA Experience: Biking & playing on a playground with my awesome FLA mentee group & mentor! They also made me cookies & brownies on my birthday- they were the best pals!!!

 

Sarah Burns

Major(s): Finance MIB Minors(s): Entrepreneurship Involvement: FLA, Treasurer of Chi Omega, UF Symphony Orchestra, TA for BLAW and (previously) Principles of Entrepreneurship Interests/ Hobbies: Love playing music, reading, running, Gator game days, listening to music, going to the beach, and hanging with friends! Internships/ Study Abroad: Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co./Study Abroad UF in Florence Best FLA Experience: Being a mentor first and foremost, but also seeing my growth as a person, a student, and a professional from day one to the last day of being a mentee.  Also, loved the Mario Kart charades we did in Fall mentee groups.

Major(s): Finance MIB

Minors(s): Entrepreneurship

Involvement: FLA, Treasurer of Chi Omega, UF Symphony Orchestra, TA for BLAW and (previously) Principles of Entrepreneurship

Interests/ Hobbies: Love playing music, reading, running, Gator game days, listening to music, going to the beach, and hanging with friends!

Internships/ Study Abroad: Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co./Study Abroad UF in Florence

Best FLA Experience: Being a mentor first and foremost, but also seeing my growth as a person, a student, and a professional from day one to the last day of being a mentee.  Also, loved the Mario Kart charades we did in Fall mentee groups.

Vikram Nandyala

Major(s): Finance and Economics Minor(s): International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Involvement: FLA, UF Enactus, GatoRaas, and am a TA for Micro and Macro Economics Interests/ Hobbies: I love to dance in my free time; I’m the captain of an Indian dance team at UF called GatoRaas Internships/ Study Abroad: Interned at Booz Allen Hamilton, US Small Business Administration, and Projects for Haiti, inc. Best FLA Experience: Best experience was the preparation for the case competition because my team got really close

Major(s): Finance and Economics

Minor(s): International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Involvement: FLA, UF Enactus, GatoRaas, and am a TA for Micro and Macro Economics

Interests/ Hobbies: I love to dance in my free time; I’m the captain of an Indian dance team at UF called GatoRaas

Internships/ Study Abroad: Interned at Booz Allen Hamilton, US Small Business Administration, and Projects for Haiti, inc.

Best FLA Experience: Best experience was the preparation for the case competition because my team got really close

 

Alexandra Muñoz

Major(s): Business Management MIB Minor(s): Certificate in the Spanish Professions Involvement: Florida Leadership Academy, Warrington Diplomat, Vice President of Chi Alpha Christian Campus Ministry, Part-time job (on-boarded with my previous internship!) Interests/ Hobbies:My hobbies include singing Disney songs, and watching (Disney) movies/quoting them with friends. I love going on coffee dates, enjoying nature, and having deep conversations with people: I think it’s super important to enjoy the silly, lighthearted sides of people, but equally important to get to know people for who they really are!  Internships/ Study Abroad: Study abroad: UF in Madrid, Spain- Summer 2017. Internships: Strategic Marketing and Product Management Internship with Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Best FLA Experience: The best FLA experience that I have had actually happened outside of the program. During my study abroad trip this summer, there was one weekend where about 10 of us from FLA all happened to be in Europe and met up in Spain. It was in this moment that I was able to fully grasp the value of the word “FLAmily”, and understand that FLA is so much more than a network, but a true family of like-minded business students who become have the potential of becoming life-long friends and colleagues!

Major(s): Business Management MIB

Minor(s): Certificate in the Spanish Professions

Involvement: Florida Leadership Academy, Warrington Diplomat, Vice President of Chi Alpha Christian Campus Ministry, Part-time job (on-boarded with my previous internship!)

Interests/ Hobbies:My hobbies include singing Disney songs, and watching (Disney) movies/quoting them with friends. I love going on coffee dates, enjoying nature, and having deep conversations with people: I think it’s super important to enjoy the silly, lighthearted sides of people, but equally important to get to know people for who they really are! 

Internships/ Study Abroad: Study abroad: UF in Madrid, Spain- Summer 2017. Internships: Strategic Marketing and Product Management Internship with Richardson Electronics, Ltd.

Best FLA Experience: The best FLA experience that I have had actually happened outside of the program. During my study abroad trip this summer, there was one weekend where about 10 of us from FLA all happened to be in Europe and met up in Spain. It was in this moment that I was able to fully grasp the value of the word “FLAmily”, and understand that FLA is so much more than a network, but a true family of like-minded business students who become have the potential of becoming life-long friends and colleagues!

Darian Daniels

Major(s): Information Systems and Operations Management Minor(s): Leadership Involvement: Campus Diplomat, First Year Florida Peer leader, PRSSA, Alpha Productions Interests/ Hobbies: Going to the springs, camping, drawing and I can knit but only hats Internships/ Study Abroad: Enfoglobe Inc Business Administration Intern, I haven't studied abroad yet but I would love to go on the South Africa trip Best FLA Experience: I really enjoyed the case competition and our small group service project last fall which was a "Senior Prom" at a nursing home

Major(s): Information Systems and Operations Management

Minor(s): Leadership

Involvement: Campus Diplomat, First Year Florida Peer leader, PRSSA, Alpha Productions

Interests/ Hobbies: Going to the springs, camping, drawing and I can knit but only hats

Internships/ Study Abroad: Enfoglobe Inc Business Administration Intern, I haven't studied abroad yet but I would love to go on the South Africa trip

Best FLA Experience: I really enjoyed the case competition and our small group service project last fall which was a "Senior Prom" at a nursing home

 

Nicole Hebel

Major(s): Marketing & Economics Minor(s): N/A Involvement: Florida Business Leadership Society- VP of Marketing, Sigma Kappa- Continuing Membership Chair, Prior: LDP and American Marketing Association Interests/ Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, eating, playing piano, Netflix, reading & coffee Internships/ Study Abroad: Studied abroad in Madrid Summer 2017! Best FLA Experience: Getting to meet some great people who became my best friends!

Major(s): Marketing & Economics

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: Florida Business Leadership Society- VP of Marketing, Sigma Kappa- Continuing Membership Chair, Prior: LDP and American Marketing Association

Interests/ Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, eating, playing piano, Netflix, reading & coffee

Internships/ Study Abroad: Studied abroad in Madrid Summer 2017!

Best FLA Experience: Getting to meet some great people who became my best friends!

Jacqueline Ojeda

Major(s): Management Minor(s): Leadership Involvement: BUMP Mentor, UF Running Club Interests/ Hobbies: I enjoy running, attending sporting events with my family, going to the beach (especially with my mom), traveling, cooking/ trying new foods, watching movies, going to group fitness classes on campus, and going out with friends. Internships/ Study Abroad: I have experience in Wholesale, from working at Rex Discount the summer after my freshman year. I also have some experience in retail, as I worked as a cashier for CVS Health. I studied and interned abroad in Madrid last summer! I was a marketing intern for a small modeling agency called “Promodelia.” Best FLA Experience: The costume Karaoke event was lit!!!!! Also, I loved getting to know my mentee group and mentors really well, and making some of the best friends I have at UF.

Major(s): Management

Minor(s): Leadership

Involvement: BUMP Mentor, UF Running Club

Interests/ Hobbies: I enjoy running, attending sporting events with my family, going to the beach (especially with my mom), traveling, cooking/ trying new foods, watching movies, going to group fitness classes on campus, and going out with friends.

Internships/ Study Abroad: I have experience in Wholesale, from working at Rex Discount the summer after my freshman year. I also have some experience in retail, as I worked as a cashier for CVS Health. I studied and interned abroad in Madrid last summer! I was a marketing intern for a small modeling agency called “Promodelia.”

Best FLA Experience: The costume Karaoke event was lit!!!!! Also, I loved getting to know my mentee group and mentors really well, and making some of the best friends I have at UF.

 

Lucas Zhou

Major(s): Information Systems on the Pre-Pharmacy track Minor(s): N/A Involvement: Student Government, Asian American Student Union, and Centerpoint Christian Fellowship  Interests/ Hobbies: Trying new food with friends, playing guitar, traveling, Ultimate Frisbee, and swimming.  Internships/ Study Abroad: Studied abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology  Best FLA Experience: My favorite FLA experience was getting to know other members every Friday over free lunch. 

Major(s): Information Systems on the Pre-Pharmacy track

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: Student Government, Asian American Student Union, and Centerpoint Christian Fellowship 

Interests/ Hobbies: Trying new food with friends, playing guitar, traveling, Ultimate Frisbee, and swimming. 

Internships/ Study Abroad: Studied abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

Best FLA Experience: My favorite FLA experience was getting to know other members every Friday over free lunch. 

Jillian Leibovtich

Major(s): Accounting Minor(s): N/A Involvement: FLA, CAP Interests/ Hobbies: EDM, gymming, music festivals, traveling Internships/ Study Abroad: UF in London 2016, Home Depot Operations internship 2017 Best FLA Experience: Morris Morrison!!!!!

Major(s): Accounting

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: FLA, CAP

Interests/ Hobbies: EDM, gymming, music festivals, traveling

Internships/ Study Abroad: UF in London 2016, Home Depot Operations internship 2017

Best FLA Experience: Morris Morrison!!!!!

 

Ophir Rotem

Major(s): Marketing Minor(s): N/A Involvement: Career & Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor, Warrington Diplomat, Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program (BUMP) Advisory Board Member Interests/ Hobbies: Sales & Consumer Behavior. Puppies is my hobby!  Internships/ Study Abroad: MotionPoint Corporation  Best FLA Experience:Making relationships with my wonderful peers and mentors throughout the year!

Major(s): Marketing

Minor(s): N/A

Involvement: Career & Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor, Warrington Diplomat, Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program (BUMP) Advisory Board Member

Interests/ Hobbies: Sales & Consumer Behavior. Puppies is my hobby! 

Internships/ Study Abroad: MotionPoint Corporation 

Best FLA Experience:Making relationships with my wonderful peers and mentors throughout the year!

Gabriella Tedesco

Major(s): Marketing Minor(s): Communication Studies Involvement: International Programs Student Ambassador, Florida Leadership Academy Mentor, Warrington Welcome Peer Leader Interests/ Hobbies: Eating things that involve cheese, and running. Not at the same time. Internships/ Study Abroad: UF in London Summer 2016, Cisco Systems Internship Summer 2017/2018 Best FLA Experience: Meeting all my Heavener homies and making connections that will last a lifetime. 

Major(s): Marketing

Minor(s): Communication Studies

Involvement: International Programs Student Ambassador, Florida Leadership Academy Mentor, Warrington Welcome Peer Leader

Interests/ Hobbies: Eating things that involve cheese, and running. Not at the same time.

Internships/ Study Abroad: UF in London Summer 2016, Cisco Systems Internship Summer 2017/2018

Best FLA Experience: Meeting all my Heavener homies and making connections that will last a lifetime. 

 

Stephanie Ramos

Major(s): Finance Minor(s): Real Estate Involvement: FLA Mentor, CAP Mentor and volunteer with Esol Achievers at Gainesville High School Interests/ Hobbies: Some of my hobbies including dancing, completing Do-It-Yourself projects, serving at my local church in any capacity I can and teaching/volunteering.  Internships/ Study Abroad: I interned with Allstate in their Florida Regional Office as their Finance Intern Best FLA Experience: Alongside getting to meet incredible individuals, I have enjoyed serving on the recruitment committee both as a mentee and now as a mentor.  I truly enjoy planning and executing events where we as a team get to speak to potential FLAers and encourage them to join the FLAmily! 

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Real Estate

Involvement: FLA Mentor, CAP Mentor and volunteer with Esol Achievers at Gainesville High School

Interests/ Hobbies: Some of my hobbies including dancing, completing Do-It-Yourself projects, serving at my local church in any capacity I can and teaching/volunteering. 

Internships/ Study Abroad: I interned with Allstate in their Florida Regional Office as their Finance Intern

Best FLA Experience: Alongside getting to meet incredible individuals, I have enjoyed serving on the recruitment committee both as a mentee and now as a mentor.  I truly enjoy planning and executing events where we as a team get to speak to potential FLAers and encourage them to join the FLAmily! 

Nicholas Gunn

Major(s): Finance    Minor(s): Entrepreneurship Involvement: Case Competition Class, Leadership Ambassadors, Heavener Leadership Challenge, Kappa Phi Epsilon, Catholic Gators Interests/ Hobbies: Reading, Golf, Traveling, Boxing, Stand-Up Comedy, Gaming, Start-Ups Internships/ Study Abroad: Women’s Medical Research Group, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo Securities Best FLA Experience: My best experience in FLA so far was the graduation ceremony for my FLA class. I was able to see all of my really good friends while also see what was in store for FLA in the year to come. It was exciting to think about where both the rising sophomores and juniors would be in a year from now.

Major(s): Finance   

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship

Involvement: Case Competition Class, Leadership Ambassadors, Heavener Leadership Challenge, Kappa Phi Epsilon, Catholic Gators

Interests/ Hobbies: Reading, Golf, Traveling, Boxing, Stand-Up Comedy, Gaming, Start-Ups

Internships/ Study Abroad: Women’s Medical Research Group, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo Securities

Best FLA Experience: My best experience in FLA so far was the graduation ceremony for my FLA class. I was able to see all of my really good friends while also see what was in store for FLA in the year to come. It was exciting to think about where both the rising sophomores and juniors would be in a year from now.

 

Katelyn Chandler

Major(s): Management MIB Minor(s): Leadership Involvement: Florida Women in Business (Community Service Committee), Heavener Leadership Challenge (Mentor), MentorGNV (Site Coordinator), Warrington Welcome Peer Leader, Director of Campus Operations at Study Edge, Florida Club Swimming and Diving Member, Customer Service Staff at Publix Interests/ Hobbies: Hiking, travelling, taking pictures, swimming, running, and baking Internships/ Study Abroad: Administrative Intern at PACE Center for Girls Best FLA Experience: Aside from having created strong friendships during sessions and at lunch, my best FLA experience would be hearing from Morris Morrison – he is such a great motivational speaker and has honestly moved me to tears!

Major(s): Management MIB

Minor(s): Leadership

Involvement: Florida Women in Business (Community Service Committee), Heavener Leadership Challenge (Mentor), MentorGNV (Site Coordinator), Warrington Welcome Peer Leader, Director of Campus Operations at Study Edge, Florida Club Swimming and Diving Member, Customer Service Staff at Publix

Interests/ Hobbies: Hiking, travelling, taking pictures, swimming, running, and baking

Internships/ Study Abroad: Administrative Intern at PACE Center for Girls

Best FLA Experience: Aside from having created strong friendships during sessions and at lunch, my best FLA experience would be hearing from Morris Morrison – he is such a great motivational speaker and has honestly moved me to tears!

Christopher Mathews

Major(s): Finance Minor(s): Spanish Involvement: Alpha Kappa Psi, Resident Assistant Interests/ Hobbies: I love volunteering! I volunteer every Tuesday and Wednesday Internships/ Study Abroad: Wells Fargo- Personal Banker, Aces in Motion- Accounting Best FLA Experience: My best experience with FLA has to be when we went rock climbing at Camp. McConell!

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Spanish

Involvement: Alpha Kappa Psi, Resident Assistant

Interests/ Hobbies: I love volunteering! I volunteer every Tuesday and Wednesday

Internships/ Study Abroad: Wells Fargo- Personal Banker, Aces in Motion- Accounting

Best FLA Experience: My best experience with FLA has to be when we went rock climbing at Camp. McConell!

 

Jennifer Porres

Major(s): Marketing Minor(s): Retail Involvement: FLA, MFOS Mentor, Global Business Society Interests/ Hobbies: Photography, traveling, cooking, cooking, and meeting new people! Internships/ Study Abroad: I'm currently studying abroad and interning in Madrid Best FLA Experience: The incredible friendships I made throughout the year and being part of the historian committee!

Major(s): Marketing

Minor(s): Retail

Involvement: FLA, MFOS Mentor, Global Business Society

Interests/ Hobbies: Photography, traveling, cooking, cooking, and meeting new people!

Internships/ Study Abroad: I'm currently studying abroad and interning in Madrid

Best FLA Experience: The incredible friendships I made throughout the year and being part of the historian committee!