“The mission of the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) is to provide quality programs, services, and leadership opportunities that enrich students’ academic endeavors and enhance the campus environment. Students and staff collaborate to develop programs and services which encourage student’s personal growth, to promote civic responsibility, to embrace differences, and to connect students to the campus and the community.”
Shane Juntunen has been working in the Office of Student Involvement at UCF since 2003. Prior to working at UCF, he worked in Student Activities at Stetson University and The George Washington University. Shane hails from Fargo, North Dakota where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University and then moved to the east coast to obtain his master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology and College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. As the Associate Director for the Office of Student Involvement, Shane currently advises Knight-Thon and SGA Election Commission and supports programming, community service and student organizations.
Chantel Carter - Outreach and Inclusion
A knight at heart, Chantel Carter received her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from UCF. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. As the Associate Director for the Office of Student Involvement, Chantel focuses on the areas of Outreach and Inclusion. She coordinates student outreach and support efforts for various non-traditional student populations. Chantel oversees Graduate Outreach (GO) which provides programs, services and support geared toward graduate students. Her unit within the office provides Communications, Volunteerism and Regional Campus Outreach. Chantel has experience in event planning/programming, marketing, diversity/inclusion education, training as well as student and staff development. She has conducted workshops and presentations on various topics. Chantel has been working for UCF since 2002.
David Oglethorpe - Communication
David Oglethorpe, Assistant Director for Communication, is responsible for OSI’s public relations and marketing efforts, in addition to all public records request for both OSI and the Student Government Association. David also oversees OSI’s Creative Services team – including the Design Group, OSI Productions, OSI Web Service, and Black and Gold Studios. Prior to his position in OSI, David served as an academic advisor at UCF in First Year Advising and Exploration and as the Assistant Director for Media Relations with Jacksonville University’s athletic department. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University and completed his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership/Higher Education here at UCF. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education and Policy Studies at UCF
Kensington Shields-Dutton - Regional Campuses
Haley Winston - Programming
Haley Winston, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Involvement, coordinates assessment efforts for OSI and advises the efforts of the Volunteer UCF (VUCF) Board of Directors and Knight Camp. Haley received both her bachelor’s degree in Art History and master’s degree in Educational & Counseling Psychology with a focus in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education and Policy Studies at UCF. Haley teaches student success and leadership courses. She has had experience working with service learning, civic engagement, academic advising, new student orientation, homecoming programming, fraternity and sorority affairs, parent engagement, and first generation college student retention.
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Gwen Dailey, Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement, advises Campus Activities Board and Late Knights. Gwen received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and her Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Gwen has experience in programming, alcohol alternative initiatives, orientation, student leadership development, marketing, and student conduct.
Bonnieblue Rodríguez-Valentín - RSO Coordinator
Bonnieblue is the Coordinator for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at UCF. Having completed her Masters in Higher Education at UCF, Bonnieblue has experience with Student Government Association, FTIC and Transfer Orientations, Assessment, Academic Advising, and Student Engagement. She currently works with Knights of the Roundtable (KoRT) and The Hub.
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Sandi Briggs - SGA Office Manager
Sandra (Sandi) Briggs is the office manager for the Student Government Office and assists the SGA President with meeting requests, coordinating schedules and producing reports. Sandi also acts as point of contact to provide students, faculty and staff information regarding the Student Government Association and processes student employment documents.
La Toya Crittenden - Administrative Assistant
La Toya Crittenden, has been with UCF since 2011 and is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), where she supports the Director and office with personnel, payroll, and meeting logistics. La Toya received her Bachelor of Arts in French and a minor in Crime, Law, and Deviance at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Advocacy (SJA) and Workplace Equality at UCF. In addition, she is also completing a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies at UCF. La Toya has experience in HR, administrative support, diversity and inclusion, and logistics.
Alyssa Barratt - Community Service
Alyssa is the Community Service Graduate Assistant, working closely with Volunteer UCF. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Education and Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida and is now a first-year graduate student in the UCF Social Work program. Alyssa has experience with student leadership development, community engagement, advising, and development with diverse populations.
Paige Bond – Senate Secretary -
Paige Bond is the Graduate Assistant for the Student Government Association (SGA) that works closely with the Legislative branch, also known as Senate. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UCF in 2014 and is in her second year at UCF's Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program.
Sarah Brunke - Communications
Sarah is the Graduate Assistant for Communications working closely with creative services (Design Group, Productions, Knights of the Turntables, Podcasts, and Street Team). She is originally from Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2013. She is currently a second year master's student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program. Sarah has experience with orientation, advising, admissions, student activities, athletics, student conduct, student housing, and Greek life.
Vanessa Franco - Special Events
Vanessa is the Special Events graduate assistant working closely with Homecoming and Knight-thon in OSI. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University and is now a second-year graduate student in UCF's Higher Education and Policy Studies program. Vanessa has experience working with student leadership development, Greek Life, and community engagement.
Emily Gilbert - The Hub
Emily is the Graduate Assistant for KoRT and works closely with Involvement and KnightQuest Consultants of The Hub. Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. She then spent a couple of years working with troubled youth both in Chicago and in her hometown of Deland, Florida. She is now a second semester student at UCF working towards a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Emily has experience in community outreach, customer relations, student engagement and student development with diverse populations.
Kristen Guske - Regional Outreach Services
Kristen is a graduate assistant for Regional Outreach Services and works closely with UCF’s regional campuses. She received her bachelors of science in Psychology from the University of Georgia and is now a first year graduate student in UCF’s Counselor Education program. Kristen has experience working with first generation college students, advising, student leadership development, and facilities/ operations.
Nathaniel King III - Non-Traditional Student Programming
Nathaniel is a graduate assistant for Graduate Outreach and works closely with both graduate and non-traditional students. He graduated from UCF with a double major in International and Global Studies and Spanish, and is now entering the first year of the Public Administration master’s program. Nathaniel has experience working with diverse groups of people through his professional experience in tutoring and through his involvement in extracurricular activities as an undergraduate student.
Vierne Placide - Non-Traditional Student Programming
Vierne is a graduate assistant for non-traditional student programming, working closely with International Students and Graduate Outreach. She completed her previous undergraduate (Biomedical Sciences) and graduate (Public Health) degrees at the University of South Florida; and is now a third-year doctoral student in Public Affairs with a concentration in Health Services Management and Research. Vierne has experience in health care quality and public health programming in Behavioral health.
Eric Smith - Programming
Eric is the Graduate Assistant for Programming in the Office of Student Involvement where he works with Campus Activities Board and Late Knights. He is a second year student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies Program at UCF. Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Eric earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and French from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Maggie Sharp - Alternative Break Program
Maggie is the Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Studies from Salem College. Maggie is a currently a first year student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies Master's program. Maggie has experience working with residence life, admissions, advising, and student activities.