Meet the 2017 Cohort


Erin Davison
Name: Erin Davison
Hometown: Maitland, Florida
Undergraduate Institution: The College of Wooster
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Mathematics, Minor in Physical Education
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for Dr. Richard Lapchick
Community Outreach: Tutor at Hope Community Center, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @EKDavison_24
Career Aspirations: Analytics for a professional organization.

Ariel Tymeson
Name: Ariel Tymeson
Hometown: Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Institution: Nova Southeastern University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S.in Sport and Recreation Management
Current G.A.: The Institute For Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach: Volunteer for Frontline Outreach, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @atyme2read
Career Aspirations: Arena Event Management

Eleanor Weaver
Name: Eleanor Weaver
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: Simpson College
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Sports Administration; Minor in Management
Current G.A.: None
Community Outreach: Orlando Magic Recreation Center, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations: Arena/Stadium Operations

Caryn Grant
Name: Caryn Grant
Hometown: Bloomfield, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Howard University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Journalism, Minor in Sports Administration
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant, Dr. Richard Lapchick
Community Outreach: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @caryngrant
Career Aspirations: Personal development/life skills for athletes

Matt Mainiero
Name: Matt Mainiero
Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergraduate Institution: Ouachita Baptist University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Business Administration; Marketing and Sport Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Teaching Assistant; Department of Management
Current Internship: United Athlete Agency
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Frontline Outreach and The Miracle
League of Central Florida
Twitter: @mmainiero34
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Athlete Rep for a Sports Agency
Long Term: President and Owner of a Sports Agency

Soraya Toppin­Herbert
Name: Soraya Toppin­Herbert
Hometown: St. James, Barbados
Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Movement and Sports Science, Minor in Law and Society
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Orlando City Youth Soccer Recreational League, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @Bajansoya
Career Aspirations: Upper management of Special or Para­Olympic Organizations

Sara Sanchez
Name: Sara Sanchez
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Event Management; B.S. in Hospitality Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Center, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: N/A
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Event Coordinator for the NBA Headquarters
Long Term: Head of Events Department for the NBA International/NBA Latin America

Maddie Lockridge
Name: Maddie Lockridge
Hometown: Nicholasville, KY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Kentucky
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Business and Organizational Communication with a minor in Business
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer coach for the Orlando City Youth Soccer Recreational League, Hope for Stanley, Frontline Outreach
Twitter: @maddielockridge
Career Aspirations:

Short term: Soccer operations or Communications for professional soccer team.
Long term: General management in professional soccer

Jessica Nori
Name: Jessica Nori
Hometown: Weston, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Florida State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. with a triple major in Entrepreneurship, Professional Sales, and Marketing. Minor in Hospitality Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @jnori26
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: College Athletics Administration­Student Services
Long Term: Senior Women’s Administrator

Marc Neef
Name: Marc Neef
Hometown: Highlandville, MO
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Economics and Business. B.A in Studio Art
Current G.A.: UCF Volleyball Director of Operations Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Collegiate Volleyball Coach
Long Term: Collegiate Athletic Director

Jillian Reid
Name: Jillian Reid
Hometown: Mokena, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
Undergraduate Degree: B.B.A. in Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems
Current Position: Director of Operations, University of Central Florida Softball
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Frontline Outreach, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @jillreid27
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: College Athletics Administration­Student­Athlete Development
Long Term: Collegiate Athletic Director

Meghan Keough
Name: Meghan Keough
Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate degree: B.S in Health Science, pre clinical track.
Current GA Position: Graduate Assistant for the DeVos Office.
Community Outreach Initiatives: AutoNation Cure Bowl, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @meggkeough
Career aspirations: Corporate Sales/Partnerships

Jamaal May
Name: Jamaal May
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Exercise Science
Current Position: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @May_Money34
Career Aspirations:
Short term: Director of Player Engagement for an NFL Franchise
Long Term: General Manager for an NFL Franchise

Amanda Zakoske
Name: Amanda Zakoske
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Smith College
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Economics; Minor in Spanish
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for National Consortium for Academics and Sports
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer for Orlando City Soccer Outreach, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Sales for a professional sports team
Long Term: Successfully launch a sports related entrepreneurial venture

Cody Allen
Name: Cody Allen
Hometown: Erie, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Slippery Rock University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Sport Management; Minor in Business Administration
Current G.A: Graduate Assistant for Professor Scott Bukstein
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando Magic Recreation Center, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @cody_allen2010
Career Aspirations: Event marketing/Sponsor Activation

Micah Smith
Name: Micah Smith
Hometown: Clemmons, NC
Undergraduate Institution: Dickinson College
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Economics
Community Outreach Initiatives: New Hope for Kids, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations: Short Term: Student­Athlete Development
Long Term: Collegiate Athletic Director

Matthew LaRochelle
Name: Matthew LaRochelle
Hometown: Manchester, NH
Undergraduate Institution: Southern New Hampshire University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Sport Management; Double Major in Marketing; Minor in
Social Media Marketing
Current G.A.: GTA for the UCF Management Department
Community Outreach Initiatives: Frontline Outreach, Hope For Stanley
Twitter: @Lar_O_Shell
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Director of Digital Marketing for an NHL Organization
Long Term: Chief Marketing Officer for a NHL Organization

Mark Daugherty
Name: Mark Daugherty
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Undergraduate Institution: Florida State University
Undergraduate Degree: B. S. In Business Management
Community Outreach Initiatives: Dance Marathon, Hope for Stanley, The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Operations for a professional franchise
Long Term: International Sport Operations, Director of OPS/ GM of a professional sport franchise

Alex Ford
Name: Alex Ford
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S.B.A. in Finance; Minor in Sport Business Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for Professor Scott Bukstein
Community Outreach Initiatives: Frontline Outreach, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Analytics/Finance for professional league or franchise
Long Term: President/COO of professional league or franchise

Alex Acton
Name: Alex Acton
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Union College
Undergraduate Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando Magic Recreation Center, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @alacton
Career Aspirations: Financial Planning and Analyzation for a professional sports team.

Susanne Canvin
Name: Susanne Canvin
Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Undergraduate Institution: University of Prince Edward Island and Saint Mary’s University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (English Major)
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando Magic Recreation Center and Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @susannecanvin
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Corporate Partnership Account Manager
Long Term: Director of Corporate Partnerships and Activation for a Professional Team

Theren Bullock Jr
Name: Theren Bullock Jr
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Undergraduate Institution: Lynn University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in International Business with a minor in Sports Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sports
Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller and Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @TJBullock11
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Basketball operations for an NBA franchise or league office.
Long Term: General Manager for NBA team or Head of International Basketball Relations for NBA

Scott Teal
Name: Scott Teal
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Minor in Business
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for Michael Redlick
Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller and Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @scottteal
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Analytics/Business Strategy for a professional organization

Lauren Osika
Name: Lauren Osika
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate Institution: University of Northern Colorado
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Women’s Studies
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for Dr. Keith Harrison
Community Outreach Initiatives: Fundraising Coordinator at New Hope for Kids, and Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @Lauren_Osika
Career Aspirations: Player Engagement and Public Relations for the NFL

Jasmine Bounds
Name: Jasmine Bounds
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergraduate Institution: George Washington University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport, Event, & Hospitality Management
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach: Orlando City Foundation, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @Jas_Sharea
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Marketing and Promotions for a collegiate or professional team.
Long Term: Marketing Manager for NFL Player’s Association

Rodrigo Quirarte
Name: Rodrigo Quirarte
Hometown: Querétaro, México
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Industrial Engineering
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports
Community Outreach Initiatives: Volunteer Coach for Orlando City Youth Soccer Recreational League, Knights Without Borders, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @roquirarte10
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Analytics for Professional NFL/MLS team; International Relations for NFL; Work in the sport side of a technology company
Long Term: International Relations for NFL; Analytics for FIFA, International Olympic Committee; United Nations Sport for Development and Peace

Spencer Mills
Name: Spencer Mills
Hometown: Wesley Chapel, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Rollins College
Undergraduate Degree: A.B. in English
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando Magic Recreation Center and Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations: Collegiate Athletic Director

Nathan Brown
Name: Nathan Brown
Hometown: Bryan, OH
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor in Science in Education
Current GA: Graduate Assistant for Dr. Cleavenger in the Management Department
Community Outreach: Special Olympics, Frontline Outreach
Twitter: @RealNateBrown
Career Aspirations: to work on the Business side of Inclusion for Athletes with Disabilities

Logan Wilde
Name: Logan Wilde
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
Graduate Institution: University of Florida
Graduate Degree: Master of Science in Management
Community Outreach: Hope for Stanley, Orlando City Soccer Foundation
Twitter: @lgnwilde
Career Aspirations: Director of College Athletics at Major Division 1 University

DaWon Baker
Name: DaWon Baker
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate Institution: University of Missouri (Mizzou)
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Minor in Business Administration
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @dawonbbaker
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Student Athlete Development & Welfare/Player Development
Long Term: Higher Education Administrator/Athletic Administration

Alexandra Gerry
Name: Alexandra “Allie” Gerry
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Marketing
Current GA: Marketing Internship Coordinator
Community Outreach: Frontline Outreach
Twitter: @alliegerry
Career Aspirations: Corporate Sales/Sponsorships

David Froesel
Name: David Froesel
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
Undergraduate Degree: Marketing/Management Double major, Sport and Entertainment Management minor.
Current G.A.: Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Management Department
Twitter: @dfraz15
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Marketing and Event Operations in college athletics or for an NHL franchise
Long Term: Director of Marketing/Operations in college athletics or for an NHL franchise

Chris Walsh
Name: Chris Walsh
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Interpersonal Communication, Sports Business Management Minor
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant in UCF Athletics Marketing/Fan Development
Community Outreach: Volunteer Coach Orlando City Youth Soccer League
Career Aspirations: Marketing and Event Operations in college athletics
Twitter: @walshruns

Justin Veldhuis
Name: Justin Veldhuis
Hometown: Albany, New York
Undergraduate Institution: Elon University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Journalism and International Studies; Minor in Spanish
Current G.A.: Graduate Assistant for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando City Foundation, Hope for Stanley
Twitter: @justinveldhuis
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Basketball Operations
Long Term: International Basketball Operations for the NBA

Beau Fieldsend
Name: Beau Fieldsend
Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
Undergraduate Institution: Florida Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Sports Management
Current G.A.: Women’s Tennis Manager
Community Outreach Initiatives: Orlando City Foundation, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations: Operations/Management in the professional golf or tennis industry

Craig Malveaux
Name: Craig Malveaux
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Undergraduate: Loyola University New Orleans
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Journalism; Minor in Film Studies
Current G.A.: The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations: Director of Diversity & Minority Inclusion

Kirsten Niewendam
Name: Kirsten Nieuwendam
Hometown: Paramaribo, Suriname
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Minor in Coaching
Current G.A.: The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Community Outreach Initiatives: Scholar Baller, Hope for Stanley
Career Aspirations:
Short Term: Associate A.D for Academic Services
Long Term: Athletic Director