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Roo Hiremath, Master's Chair                                        

Roo Hiremath is a second year Master’s student in the Higher Education Program at Florida State University. She holds an assistantship in University Housing as an Assistant Coordinator, where she is responsible for co-managing a suite-style community home to nearly 700 students. Roo completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2016. Roo spent her gap year working as the Student Leadership Advisor in the Office of Residential Life at Washington University, advising residential leadership organizations and the late night alternative programming board.

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Jesse Ford, Doctoral Chair                     

Jesse is a third Year Doctoral student who currently serves as a graduate research assistant in the College of Education. In this role, he conducts research on the experiences of Black graduate students and junior faculty members.  Prior to the start of his doctoral journey, Jesse served as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Students Affairs, where he coordinated and developed awareness programs which promoted multicultural, diversity, and social justice education for the campus community.  Jesse hails from Latta, South Carolina and received his BA in History from Coastal Carolina University. He went on to complete a M.Ed. at the University of South Carolina.

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Alex Lassard, Administrative Chair                             

Alex is a second year Master’s student whose assistantship is within University Housing. This assistantship opportunity allows for Alex to engage with many students across various situations whether that be hall engagement, conduct hearings, or student employment. Alex is a 2017 graduate of Louisiana State University where they obtained a B.S. in Biological Engineering. One of Alex’s favorite hobbies is watching/playing sports and is a lover of college football and board games!

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Hayley Spencer, Doctoral Events Coordinator

Hayley is a second year doctoral student from Toccoa, GA. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Postsecondary Success focusing on quantitative research. Hayley completed her BS in Mathematics at Georgia Southern University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education at Auburn University.

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Val Luutran, Master's Events Coordinator  

Val is currently a second year Master’s student from Long Island, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Haven where she studied Forensic Science. At Florida State, she is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of National Fellowships. Val is particularly passionate about the first-year student experience and transition to college, development theory, the song “All Star” by Smashmouth, and big cups of coffee!

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Ryan Hopely, Master's Visiting Days Coordinator    

Ryan is a Second Year Master’s student from Mantua, New Jersey. Ryan’s assistantship is with the Oglesby Union Administration Office, advising the Union Board and supporting Union assessment projects. Ryan completed his undergraduate experience from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where he earned a B.A. in Public Relations. This past summer, Ryan completed a NODA Internship at Montclair State University. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking and baking – especially baking.


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Jenni Batchelder, Doctoral Visiting Days Coordinator

Jenni is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Florida State University Higher Education program from San Antonio, Texas. Her research interests involve college student involvement and leadership development. For her dissertation, she is hoping to dive further into the Leadership Identity Development Model and understand how to help students reach the fifth stage of generativity (mentoring the next generation of student leaders) through their involvement in student organizations. Jenni received her Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. Through her professional work she has experience in: student activities, leadership, new student orientation, housing, conference services, career services & undergraduate research. When Jenni is not studying she enjoys riding her bike, going to the beach, dancing, and having game nights with friends!

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Teng Zhao, Finance Chair

Teng Zhao is a third year doctoral student in the Higher Education Program at Florida State University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in Public Administration. He gained the master’s degree at Florida State and bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Maritime University, China. Currently, he serves as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies mainly working with Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner. Teng served as the vice president of Chinese Students and Scholars Association at FSU in the 2015-16 academic year, where he organized 2015 Mid-autumn Festival Gala and 2016 Spring Festival Gala involving over 700 students.

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Brittany Devies, Communications Chair

Brittany is a 2nd year Master’s student in the Higher Education program from Alliance, Ohio. Before arriving to FSU, she graduated with a B.S.Ed. in Early and Middle Childhood Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from The Ohio State University. At Florida State, she serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Center, working with the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. Also, she is currently the Graduate Intern with the Leadership Learning Research Center at FSU. 

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Rosanna Rizo, Communications Chair

Rosanna is a second year Master’s student from Hollywood, Florida currently working in the Contracts & Assignments area of University Housing. In their role, they assist current and incoming students and their families navigate the on-campus housing process. They are a Florida State alum and graduated with their B.S. in International Affairs with a concentration in Sociology. In their free time, they enjoy the beach, hanging with friends, and cooking.


Brittany Brewster, First Year Doctoral Rep

Brittany Brewster is a proud native of Miami, Florida and current Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Florida International University and her master of science degree in Higher Education from FSU. Following her time at FSU, she served as an assistant director in the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development at the University of Miami where she supported students interests in community involvement and personal development. Her research interests include exploring the leadership development of black women and its impact on their career readiness and the cultivation of civic identity in undergraduate students of color. Currently, Brittany is a teaching and research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change at Florida State. Outside of work, she enjoys satisfying her inner foodie with new restaurants, binge watching TV shows and playing with other people’s dogs.


Frankie DiFranco, First Year Masters Rep

Frankie DiFranco is a first year Master’s student in the Higher Education Program at Florida State University. He holds an assistantship in University Housing as an Assistant Coordinator, where he is responsible for co-managing a suite-style complex home to nearly 700 students. Frankie completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2016. Frankie spent his gap year working as an elementary school teacher in the Phoenix area, teaching 1st Grade ELL students his first year, and 6th grade - all curricula, his second year.