Dean’s Ambassador Spotlights 2019

PHHP DEAN'S AMBASSADOR

Amanda Graham

Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders

"I was attracted to the dean's ambassador program because it is a great opportunity to further develop my leadership and professional skills and connect with other students and faculty."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a fourth year student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society. My hometown is Lakeland, Florida.

What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist. I am currently shadowing and volunteering at a developmental disability center and I plan on working with individuals with disabilities in the future.

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
I was attracted to the dean’s ambassador program because it is a great opportunity to further develop my leadership and professional skills and connect with other students and faculty. I wanted to give back to the College of Public Health and Health Professions by assisting faculty and current and prospective students.

What has been your favorite part of being a dean’s ambassador so far?
My favorite experience so far has been the Fall Field Day and Chili Cook-Off. It was a great way to interact with students and faculty in a more casual setting while also getting to sample some amazing chili!

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I know how to juggle!

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Hannah Eckdahl

Doctor of Audiology

"I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn from others in various disciplines."

What is your degree program and hometown?
Doctor of Audiology Program. I am from Valdosta, GA.

What are your career goals?
Currently, my main career goal is to narrow down which area of audiology I want to pursue. I have a lot of interests so it difficult to decide. I can see myself working in an ear, nose & throat clinic or in a hospital setting. I am also considering pursuing intraoperative monitoring.

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
The dean’s ambassadors program gives me an avenue to meet other professionals in our college. I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn from others in various disciplines.

What has been your favorite experience in the dean’s ambassador program?
My favorite experience was volunteering at the development advisory board meeting for PHHP. It was wonderful to observe various leaders in our college present on the good works of their students.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would spend my extra time taking additional coursework to expand my knowledge base in related fields such as genetics and otolaryngology. I would also dedicate more time to my current obligations and try to volunteer more. I would also enjoy spending more time with my sweet dog, Quinn.

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Brittany Henry

Master of Public Health

"As a student and ambassador, I will be able to serve and represent my college at multiple levels."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a second-year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am originally from Jamaica, but my hometown is West Palm Beach, FL.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I hope to attend medical school to pursue a career as a physician with my background in public health. My long-term goal is to work in underserved communities and provide access to care for vulnerable populations. 

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
I was attracted to the dean’s ambassadors program after learning about what it means to be a dean’s ambassador for the College of Public Health and Health Professions. I was excited to know that as a current MPH student and with my role as an ambassador, I will be able to serve and represent my college at multiple levels. 

What has been your favorite experience in the dean’s ambassador program?
Serving as a dean’s ambassador has been such an amazing experience. Since my involvement in the program, my favorite experience as an ambassador has been the weekend of the Alumni Tailgate Reunion. This has been my favorite experience because this was the first time I was able to work with other ambassadors and our amazing faculty from the dean’s office. With our collaborative efforts, we were able to host a successful and memorable reunion filled with great music, food and people.  

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I was the captain of my middle school’s drumline. 

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Andrew McCabe

Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Public Health

"I hope that I become a better professional through sharpening my interprofessional communication, learning from the alumni and faculty we work with, and exploring all of the opportunities the college holds."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a combined degree student completing my Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health in epidemiology. I am from a small town just west of Orlando called Ocoee, Florida.

What are your career goals?
I hope to be complete my PhD in epidemiology and contribute to the world of science with my research and work. I am particularly interested in chronic infectious diseases, and I hope to one day be able to help treat, prevent, or develop cures for such diseases!

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassador program?
I have been helped greatly by many of the faculty in our college like Dr. Michael Moorhouse and Ms. Telisha Martin, and I wanted to be able to be a part of possibly helping students in some of the same ways I have been. Being a dean’s ambassador gives me the opportunity to listen to the students’ concerns and voice them!

How do you hope the dean’s ambassadors program will help you prepare for your career?
I hope that I become a better professional through sharpening my interprofessional communication, learning from the alumni and faculty we work with, and exploring all of the opportunities the college holds.

What was the destination of your favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation was when I drove with my two best friends up to North Carolina in the winter and stayed for a few days exploring. We hiked Grandfather Mountain, fell down Sugar Mountain trying to learn how to snowboard, and ate tons of great food at the Dan’l Boone Inn!

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Katie Quackenbush

Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders

"Serving alongside students who share my same passions is rewarding and encouraging."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a third year in the communication sciences and disorders major. I am from Tampa, Florida. 

What are your career goals?
I hope to earn my master’s degree in speech-language pathology and eventually open my own practice that focuses on working with people with special needs. 

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
I wanted the opportunity to share my pride for my program, college and university as a whole. Serving alongside students who share my same passions is rewarding and encouraging. 

What has been your favorite experience in the dean’s ambassador program?
I have loved having the opportunity to connect personally and professionally with Public Health and Health Professions students and faculty outside of my major. This program has fostered a smaller community for me within UF. 

What was the destination of your favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation was to Puerto Rico because of the beautiful water and hospitality of the people on the island. They were welcoming, family-oriented and eager to share their home with my family.

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Jonathan Maya

Bachelor of Health Science

"The dean’s ambassador program is a great way to give back to PHHP, as well as an opportunity to use essential leadership skills that I will take with me into my future career."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a third-year Bachelor of Health Science student, with a minor in Economics, from Tampa, Florida.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I hope to attend medical school to pursue my life-long goal of being a physician. Recently, I have been interested in pediatric medicine, but I am also open to exploring other specialties as I continue my education in the future.

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
The dean’s ambassador program is a great way to give back to PHHP, as well as an opportunity to use essential leadership skills that I will take with me into my future career. I also value community service, and this program has abundant opportunities to make a difference in the UF community, so I am excited to see where it takes me.

What has been your favorite experience in the program so far?
My favorite experience thus far has been being able to help with PHHP’s Fall for All event, in which prospective PHHP students were able to learn about the different majors and programs offered in the college. I’m also looking forward to future networking events with faculty and alumni, where I can meet other health professionals and learn more about what they do.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of school and work?
Outside of class, I enjoy playing tennis, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and catching up on sleep!

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Madison Lee

Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders

"This program has allowed me to network with students, professors and alumni that I never would have met otherwise."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am a fourth-year Communication Sciences and Disorders student, with minors in Educational Studies and Disabilities in Society. My hometown is St. Petersburg, FL.

What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist. I want to work in pediatrics, preferably in the public schools system. I spent time shadowing a speech-language pathologist at two different schools in Alachua County and absolutely loved it! 

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
I was attracted to the dean’s ambassadors program because I wanted the opportunity to meet more people within the college. I have all my classes with people within my major and I wanted to meet people in other majors and in graduate school! This program has allowed me to network with students, professors and alumni that I never would have met otherwise.

How do you hope the dean’s ambassadors program will help you prepare for your career?
I hope that the dean’s ambassadors program will teach me valuable networking skills that I can use in my career. In addition, I hope that through the dean’s ambassadors program I make connections with people who will one day be my colleagues! 

What was the destination of your favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation was to Yellowstone National Park. I loved it because I got to go on hikes and see snow for the first time! It was really great to see nature in a setting that is so different from Florida and I hope to go back one day.

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Novia Love

Bachelor of Health Science

"I want to challenge myself as a student leader and learn more about the huge network that my college has."

What is your degree program and hometown?
I am in the Bachelor of Health Science program, specifically the pre-physical therapy track. I am from Clermont, Florida. 

What are your career goals?
My goal is to work in or own a physical therapy practice, focusing in a geriatric setting. 

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassadors program?
It is hard to show your school pride in college when you are not the typical student-athlete. I was attracted to having the opportunity to show my Gator pride and have the opportunity to promote a college that has given me so much. 

How do you hope the dean’s ambassadors program will help you prepare for your career?
I want to challenge myself as a student leader and learn more about the huge network that my college has. 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would probably try and learn a new language, like ASL!

PHHP DEAN'S AMBASSADOR

Corinne Hutchison

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

"I value involvement and giving back to the community."

What is your degree program and hometown? 
I am a first year Doctor of Occupational Therapy student. I graduated from UF’s Bachelor of Health Science program in May 2019 and I am from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 

What are your career goals? 
After graduating from the doctoral program I hope to work as an occupational therapist in a hand and upper extremity clinic. Eventually, I would like to have my own clinic! 

What attracted you to the dean’s ambassador program? 
I value involvement and giving back to the community. I decided to join the program because I know that I will be given the opportunity to give back to PHHP, help grow the college and support the student body in a unique way. 

How do you hope the dean’s ambassador program will help you prepare for your career? 
The DAP will allow me to improve my networking skills, as well as allow me to interact with alumni who are now health care professionals, giving me the chance to grow and learn from them. 

What is a fun fact about you that people might be surprised to know? 
I have played the violin for 14 years. 

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Shalini Nair

Combined bachelor's and master's degrees in Public Health

"The dean's ambassador program represents an opportunity for me to give back by helping showcase all of the amazing opportunities offered through PHHP that helped me get to where I am."

What is your degree program, year and hometown?
My hometown is Homestead, FL, and I am a fourth-year completing a combined degree bachelor’s and master’s in public health.

What are your career goals?
My experience at UF has spurred my interest in the field of public health research. My master’s degree will be focused in epidemiology, and I hope to combine my experience with health disparities, as well as cancer research, to mold my future career as an epidemiologist. As of now, I have my sights set on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health! 

What excites you the most about being part of the dean’s ambassador program?
To me, the dean’s ambassador program represents an opportunity for me to give back by helping showcase all of the amazing opportunities offered through PHHP that helped me get to where I am. Since my first year at UF, the college has been tremendously supportive, and I hope to help future students in our college find their own niche and cultivate their academic relationships and interests. In addition, I am also very excited for the opportunity to connect with alumni, faculty and the incredible donors that have all helped shape the college into what it is today. 

How do you hope the dean’s ambassadors program will help you prepare for your career?
Through the dean’s ambassador program, I hope to further cultivate my networking and communication skills in order to cultivate lasting relationships with fellow students, alumni, faculty and donors. These are skills that far transcend just the realm of academia, but I know they will be beneficial to me moving forward in my career and in life. 

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of school and work? 
In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, doing outdoor activities and watching Netflix!