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Side Projects

Poetry website-- 

Door Stop Productions--

Cofounder, Host

founded 2008 with Nyssa Hanger, host every month on 2nd Thursday

providing a space for performance, music, and words with conscience every week at Cafe Hey

Larry Ludwig Band--

Vocalist 2011 to Present

Rubix Cubed--

Vocalist 2008 to 2010

played at numerous venues, including: House of Blues, Orlando, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Florida State University, Tallahassee


Wrote  "First Ride", wrote/performed  "Drift"



USF Undergraduate Research Symposium Planning Committee, Chair for 6 years

Professional Development Committee for the Council on Academic Advising

UR/Honors College United Way Campaign Coordinator

USF Health Research Day Planning Committee

USF Communicators Network

Art Institute Curriculum Planning Committee

USF Marketing Network Society (Inactive)


Rubix Cubed (Band) has donated 100+ hours to charity events

Hospice volunteer 100+ hours

Donor for Locks of Love

VP Philanthropy for Delta Gamma fraternity


  • Creativity
  • Psychology & Mental health
  • Mood and Emotion
  • Poetry & Performance
  • Volunteer work
  • Visionary & Outsider Art
  • Singing
  • Yoga
  • Intellectually rigorous conversation
  • Laughing


Naomi Yavneh

Former Director of Undergraduate Research at University of South Florida

Karen Aponte

Anne Strozier




In 2011-2012, I assisted Dr. Strozier, Chair of the School of Social Work with numerous research projects, mainly regarding kinship caregiving.  These tasks included coding, entering and analyzing data.  I also participated in literature reviews and, under her direction, created a newsletter on kinship policy called the Kinship Policy Alert.

From 2009-2011, in my role as a Research Assistant in the Mood and Emotion lab (MEL), I entered data, assisted with experiments, and provided support as needed to the graduate students. My interests include Clinical Social Work, Mood, Anxiety, Writing, Mental Health, Creativity and Performance.

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers, Student Affiliate

American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate

Association for Psychological Science, Student Affiliate


Elected 2011 MSW Class Representative

Nominated for 2009 Outstanding Staff Award

Education Administration: 12 yrs

Writing, Editing, Copywriting, & Marketing:  15 yrs

English/Composition/Creative Writing Instruction: 8 yrs



Bachelor of Arts

Fall 1996    Study in abroad in UK , including in-depth study of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Work experience


Writer & Editor for hire

Write Up

Scholarship Advisor

Office of National Scholarships at University of South Florida

Promoted from Research Advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research to create Office of National Scholarships.  Collaborated with and advised students on scholarships, applications, essays and strategy.  Worked with web designer to improve website functionality.  Numerous students received awards during my brief tenure in this office, including 8 Fulbright and Fulbright UK recipients in one year, a first for USF.


Research Advisor

Undergraduate Research at University of South Florida

Promoted from Honors College Coordinator to create Office of Undergraduate Research with Dr. Naomi Yavneh in late 2005. Advised students in targeting their search for research mentors.  In addition, I oversaw other projects within the department, including the UR website and mentor campaign, and assisted in collaborations with the Honors College.


*Administrator  *Serve as Department Grant Administrator  *Co-founder Door Stop Productions
English/ELL, Composition, Creative Writing, General Education, UE
Business, Academic, WebContent, Prose, Promotional Materials
Poetry Door Stop Productions