“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.”
Dr. Michael Preston serves as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement. In addition to his duties as director, he also advises the SGA executive branch, coordinates office assessment, and serves on a number of university committees. A student affairs professional for over 15 years, Dr. Preston has worked with programming boards, campus leadership programs, freshman transition programs, and student governments. Dr. Preston is a graduate of East Carolina University, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Texas A&M – Commerce.
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 in Tallahassee. As the Associate Director for the Office of Student Involvement, Chantel oversees SOS (Student Outreach Services) which is comprised of UCF Regional Campuses, College of Rosen Hospitality Management, College of Medicine Student Council and Graduate Student programming. She also coordinates non-traditional student outreach and support through NTK (Non-Traditional Knights) Project. Chantel has experience in event planning, 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.
Shane Juntunen - Service & Programming
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.
Matt Betz - Assistant Director
Matt Betz, Assistant Director, has been with UCF since Fall 2010 and advises the Student Government Association Senate, oversees registration, training and leadership development for student organizations, and coordinates SAFE Form administration. Matt received both his bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Master of Education degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. Matt has previous student affairs experience working in Greek Life, Housing & Residence Education, Orientation & New Student Programs, and Student Organization Leadership Development.
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.
Courtney Buzan - Programming
Courtney Buzan, Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement, advises Homecoming, Knight-Thon, and Rosen Life. Courtney received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, and her Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership from the Higher Education and Policy Studies program at UCF. Her previous experiences includes Student Organizations, Housing and Residence Life, Greek Life, Orientation, and Student Conduct. Courtney hopes to expand her experiences in student affairs in the hopes of pursuing a role in administration later in her career.
David Oglethorpe - Communications
David Oglethorpe, Communications Coordinator, 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, and OSI Web Service. 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 A. Shields-Dutton - SOS: Regional Campuses
Kensington A. Shields-Dutton, has been with UCF since Spring 2006 and is a Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement and advises the Regional Campuses for Regional Outreach Services (ROS), and assist in coordinating the Who’s Who scholarship. Kensington received his Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature with a Minor in Communications from The Florida State University, and MBA from The University of Phoenix. He has previous experience in UCF Student Financial Assistance, working with First Generation College Students, Student Organizations, and Orientation
Lamar Walker - Programming
Lamar Walker is the coordinator for Late Knights and the Campus Activities Board in the Office of Student Involvement. Lamar received both his Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University. He has previous experience in leadership development, programming, college student retention, and residence life.
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.
Ted Greenberg - Administrative Assistant
Ted Greenberg, Administrative Assistant to the Director, is a native of Miami, Florida and a non-traditional student. His higher education journey was side-tracked for years, but in 2007, Ted graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing minor. In May of 2012, UCF awarded him a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—on the same day his son graduated from FSU Law School. Ted has taught freshman English courses and was the 2012-2013 director of the Maitland Poets and Writers. He remains actively involved in the Central Florida writing community.
Bonnieblue Rodríguez-Valentín - Senate Secretary
A Double-Knight, Bonnieblue is the Program Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement. Having received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Higher Education and Policy Studies at UCF, Bonnieblue works closely with the Student Government Association Legislative Branch (Senate) and Election Commission. Her prior work experience in Student Affairs delves into the fields of Academic Advising, Orientation, Student Conduct, College Student Retention, Student Leadership Development, and Student Organizations.
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 first year master's student in the UCF Higher Education and Policy Studies program. Sarah has experience with orientation, advising, admissions, athletics, student housing, and Greek life.
Sonal Chauhan - Community Service
Sonal currently serves as the VolunteerUCF agency’s graduate assistant for community service and is a second-year student in UCF's Higher Education & Policy Studies master's degree program. An alum from Montclair State University back home in New Jersey, Sonal served her alma mater as a professional in academic affairs for two years before coming to UCF to work in student affairs. With experience in student activities, community service, residence life, and event coordinating, she is passionately excited to continue providing leadership development to students at UCF!
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 first-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.
Bonnie Gray - Non-Traditional Student Programming
Bonnie is a graduate assistant for non-traditional student programming, and she works closely with transfer students, first-generation students, veterans, and athletes. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida State University in 2012 and is now a second-year master's student in UCF's Higher Education and Policy Studies program. Bonnie has experience educating and advising at-risk children, college peers, and student-athletes.
Destinee Lott - RoS
Destinee is the graduate assistant for Regional Outreach Services (ROS). She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology here at the University of Central Florida and is currently a second year master’s student in Higher Education and Policy Studies. Destinee has experience working with Student Leadership & Greek Life.
Juan Mendizabal - Alternative Break Programs
Juan is a Community Service graduate assistant who advises the Alternative Break Program within Volunteer UCF. A second-year student in UCF's Higher Education master's program, Juan is excited to continue with OSI after studying English Education at Florida State University and teaching high school English for two years. He has experience working with leadership development, social justice education, community engagement, education abroad, and spiritual life programs.
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 second-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 first-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.
Linzie Stahl - KoRT
Linzie is the graduate assistant for registered student organizations and helps advise KoRT. She is a proud alumni of Penn State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as a minor in Criminal Justice.