Questions?            Master's Students:              Doctoral Students:

Zoya Quraishi, Master's Chair                                        

Zoya is a Master’s student currently working as a graduate assistant in New Student & Family Programs. Her assistantship provides her the opportunity to work with the orientation leaders, whom she believes to be the most spirited group of students at FSU. Zoya graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Biology and is always finding ways to translate the experience to higher education. Zoya is forever in a search of a cup of queso, a picturesque running route, and the perfect patio to enjoy a cup of coffee.

LaFarin Meriwether, Doctoral Chair                     


LaFarin is a Second Year Doctoral student who currently serves as an Assistant Director of the Residential Student Experience for University Housing. In this role she supervises several professional staff members and graduate students and provides leadership for University Housing programming. LaFarin hails from Louisville, Kentucky and received her BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She went on to complete an MBA at the University of Cincinnati.

Kris Castro, Administrative Chair                             

Kris is currently a Second Year Master's student from Philadelphia, PA who worked in University Admissions this past year. Currently Kris is a Graduate Assistant in The Center for Leadership and Social Change. Kris completed his undergraduate degree at Temple University where he received a BA in Media Studies and Relations before joining the LifeNet last fall.

Derek Goeglein, Communications Coordinator


Derek is a 2nd year Master's student in the Higher Education program at FSU from Livonia, MI just outside of Detroit. Before arriving to FSU, he graduated with a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). At Florida State, he serves as an Assistant Coordinator for University Housing, In this role Derek co-supervises 18 Resident Assistants and oversees a building of over 700 students. Derek is currently a member of SEAHO and looks forward to staying in the Southeast Region after graduation. In his free time Derek enjoys playing tennis and volleyball and attending sporting events. If Derek isn't doing something sports related he is probably hanging out with friends playing board games or drinking coffee.

Elizabeth Harris, Social Coordinator  

Elizabeth Harris is a Second Year Master's student from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth is currently the  Outreach and Assessment Graduate Assistant for the Career Center. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Athens, OH where she earned a BS in Strategic Communication and Political Science. This summer Elizabeth will be completed a NODA Internship at the University of Albany in New York.

Aubrey Winn, Master's Visiting Days Coordinator    


Aubrey currently serves a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and is in her second year of the master's program at FSU. Aubrey completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Missouri

Emily Burgess, Doctoral Visiting Days Coordinator

Emily is a 2nd year Doctoral student from Canton, OH. Before attending FSU, Emily earned a B.A. in Theater from Hiram College and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University both in Ohio. She currently works in the College of Motion Pictures as an Academic Program Specialist. In this role she advises both undergraduate and graduate students in the college through mapping transitions, and curriculum management and sees them through to graduation. In Emily's free time she spends time with her son and husband. You can likely catch her humming to Broadway tunes or collecting Rubber Ducks!

Darrell Deas Jr., Finance Chair 


Darrell is currently a second year Master's student from Augusta, GA. Before starting at FSU, Darrell attended Auburn University where he earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Leadership and Social Change working with the Alternative Break Program. In this role Darrell coordinates and advises extended-service learning experiences. In his free time Darrell enjoys playing tennis(it's been awhile), photography, binge watching shows on Netflix, traveling, taking trips to the nearest Starbucks, sweet tea, supporting Shondaland on Thursdays (huge Grey's Anatomy fan), watching/attending sporting events, and eating (seafood is my favorite).

Gabrielle Garrard, Hardee Center Representative (ex officio)

Gabrielle is a Master's student in the Higher Education program. She received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College where she studied Political Science. At Florida State, she serves as the Associate Director of the Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics. She is passionate about shaping the holistic college experience. In her free time she loves to take barre classes, explore art museums, and watch football. The quickest ways to her heart are all-you-can-eat Indian buffets and second hand bookstores.