Fellows Student Profiles

Ciesielski
 
Melissa Ciesielski
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Major: Marine Biology
Campus Involvement: Tri Beta, Environmental Protection Coalition, Hall Council at HoJo, Honors Council, Crew
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting fact: I hate pancakes.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to learn how to be a better leader and work with a team. I want to use my knowledge to be successful and confident in my career.
Estrada
 
Dory Estrada
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Farmingdale, ME
Major: Marine Science/Biology
Campus Involvement: Circle K International, Tri Beta, Environmental Protection Coalition, Extreme E.L.I.T.E., Student Productions, Honors Council, Relay For Life, College Democrats
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I love sewing. I've even made my own clothes.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to use the knowledge I gain to have leadership potential in any environment and feel comfortableand natural doing it. I hope to contribute to causes that will make a positive change as well as learn from the different perspectives of my fellow peers.
Fernandez
 
Jessica Fernandez
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Major: Pre-Medicine/Biology
Campus Involvement: Honors Council, Skull & Bones (advertising chairwoman), Tri Beta
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program, Florida Bright Futures Award
Interesting Fact: I love to hear inspiring quotes, the kind that make you want to stand up and try harder.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to grow as a person and learn about values and different perspectives so that one day I can pass on all of the great knowledge to someone else, the way PLF and my fellow friends did for me.
Foster
 
Casey Foster
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Southbury, CT
Major: Public Health
Campus Involvement: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Intramural Softball
Interesting Fact: I was chosen to play softball for America's Team and toured Italy in August 2009.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to use what I learn to propel my leadership role and make an active and positive change in my community.
 
Cristine Giraldez
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Lutz, FL
Major: International Business Management
Campus Involvement: Student Productions, Delta Sigma Pi, Student Government, Honors Program, Gateways Mentor, Orientation Team
Interesting Fact: I'm studying in London my junior year.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to make good friends while at UT and hopefully become an effective leader in the future.
Goldberg
 
Matt Goldberg
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL
Major: Film and Media Arts Minor: Advertising
Campus Involvement: UT Film Society, Campus Movie Fest Committee
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program, Dean's List Certificate, Campus Movie Fest movie entry went to the Southern Regional Grand Finale in Atlanta, GA.
Interesting Fact: I have over 7,000 subscribers on YouTube and am currently interning with Hulk Hogan at TNA Wrestling at Universal Studios, FL.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to lead people in my career, set a good example for others and be a more well-rounded person.
Guthrie
 
Caitlyn Guthrie
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Major: Undecided
Campus Involvement: Student Productions Concert Board, PEACE Volunteer Center and Crew Team
Awards/Honors: Made the Dean's List in fall 2008
Interesting fact: I took my dad skydiving on his 50th birthday.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to find a career that allows me to use my polished leadership skills and make a positive difference.
Holmes
 
Hannah Holmes
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Riverview, FL
Major: Marine Biology
Campus Involvement: Tri Beta, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I enjoy writing fantasy stories.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to use the knowledge to enable me to deal with other people better, resolve conflict more efficiently, put my goals into action and become a better scientist and person.
Itani
 
Colleen Itani
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Ocala, FL
Major: International and Cultural Studies
Campus Involvement: Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND), founding member
Interesting Fact: I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and Lebanon.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I am hoping to acquire more leadership skills to make me a well-rounded person.
Jones
 
John Jones
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Leonardtown, MD
Major: Sport Management
Campus Involvement: Sports and Entertainment Management Society
Interesting fact: I acquired an internship with the NFL through a company called Party Planner's West. I was an Area Manager and worked the "NFL Experience," which takes place Super Bowl week.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to take what I have learned and stand out in the crowd. I want to lead my life in the direction I want and not follow behind others.
Kuczynski
 
Eric Kuczynski
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Coventry, MA
Major: Business Management
Campus Involvement: Sports and Entertainment Management Society, Judicial Advisory Board
Awards/Honors: Made the Dean's List in fall 2008 and is a member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I am an extremely dedicated Boston Red Sox and Celtics Fan.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to take the skills and knowledge I gain into the business world and my personal life. With these new skills I am confident in my ability to become successful.
Ledford
 
Erin Ledford
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: English and Mathematics
Campus Involvement: The Quilt
Interesting Fact: There are eight kids in my family.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to be able to go out and help others understand how important it is to be a leader, especially when it relates to something that not only involves one's self but others as well.

 
Sarah Collins

Class of 2015 (Cohort 4)
Hometown: Land O Lakes, FL
Major: Nursing  
Campus Involvement: N/A

Awards/Honors: UT Honors Program

Interesting Fact: I love to scuba dive, especially in the Florida Keys.  

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to apply what I learn as a fellow in my career as a nurse. I also hope to develop the leadership skills necessary to help me advance further in my career.  

 
Aimee Polgar
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Westlake, OH
Major: Athletic Training/Pre-Medicine
Campus Involvement: ACE center, ATSO, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
Interesting Fact: I like to travel all around to play golf.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to be able to use all of the knowledge and leadership skills I have learned in PLF to be a happy and successful adult.
Ray
 
Abbey Ray

Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Portland, Maine

Major: Government and World Affairs, Minors: Law and Justice, Leadership Studies
Campus Involvement: Student Government, Kappa Alpha Theta, PLF

Awards/Honors: Made the Dean's List fall 2008, Phi Sigma Alpha-Political Science Honor Society 
Interesting Fact: I am an avid Yogi.  

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life? 
I hope to use my leadership training to succeed and excel in law school and eventually better the legal community throughout my career.  

Reinhard
 
Lierin-Alexi Reinhard
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, FL Major: International Business and Economics
Campus Involvement: PEACE Volunteer Center, GLTSBA, RelayFor Life
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I have played the violin for 11 years, and I cannot read music.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to gain confidence and assertiveness, two qualities that I require for my ideal career as a foreign diplomat. I also want to become a more active team player in all the communities I become a part of.
Ridder
 
Lauren Ridder
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Biology
Campus Involvement: Beta Beta Beta, UT Democrats, PEACE Volunteer Coordinator
Interesting Fact: I am addicted to Smiles Fruit Snacks from Wal-Mart.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to use the skills I am learning and the confidence I've earned to better myself in my career and make a name for myself in my chosen field.

 
Jake Altier 

Class of 2015 (Cohort 4)
Hometown: Sarosota, FL
Major: Pre-Med Biology 
Campus Involvement: PLF, Intervarsity Christians, Intramural Sports 

Awards/Honors: President's Scholarship, IB Scholarship, Honors Program, PLF 

Interesting Fact: I love to play guitar. Blues guitar is my favorite and I love playing when I'm stressed. 

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to strengthen my leadership abilities as they pertain to running an office as a doctor, being the head of my future family, and being a leader in general in my community.  

Sanchez
 
Laurel Sanchez
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Communication
Campus Involvement: Honors Council, Student Productions
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I am a piano player. I've been playing for 13 years and now teach beginners.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to use what I learn in every aspect of my life. I want to use the leadership skills to help better myself, my community and eventually my workplace. I want to be able to contribute to the community without second guessing myself.
Sieradzki
 
Amanda Sieradzki
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Seminole, FL
Major: Writing
Campus Involvement: Student Productions, The Quilt, Dance Club
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: In middle school it was my goal to read every book in the library…and I came very close.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to become a more effective leader and touch the lives of those who need my help the most.
Smith_A
 
Ali Smith
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement: UT Track Team, Delta Sigma Pi, Accounting Club (Vice President)
Awards/ Honors: Honors Program, UT Presidential Scholarship
Interesting Fact: I am a certified Special Olympics Equestrian coach.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to learn methods to express my values and opinions efficiently. I also hope to develop good skills I can use for my major.

 
Sara Gaballa 

Class of 2014 (Cohort 3)
Hometown: Mansfield, PA 
Major: Finance and Management

Campus Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, PEACE-UT Entrepreneurs, honor program, Honors Council, Relay for Life 
Honors/Awards: Honors Program

Interesting Fact: I am orginally from Egypt.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to use my leadership skills I learn in law school and in my career as a corporate lawyer one day.

Stewart
 
Margo Stewart
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Brooksville, FL
Major: Theatre
Campus Involvement: Delta Gamma, Diplomats,and Student Government
Awards/Honors: Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I compete in three day eventing with my horse Victor.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope it will help me become a stronger leader in the other organizations I'm a part of. I also hope to form friendships and connections with new people I meet, as well as sustain the ones I have already made.
Termini
 
Lukas Peace Termini
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Palmbay, FL
Major: Digital Media
Campus Involvement: UT STAND, Honors Council
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: My middle name is Peace.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I hope to be able to use the leadership skills I gain as a fellow in my career and life opportunities.
Vallery
 
Anna Vallery
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Vicenza, Italy
Major: Psychology Minor: Electronic Media Art and Technology,and Biology
Campus Involvement: Tri Beta, Environmental Protection Coalition, Honors Council, UT STAND, Amnesty International, PEACE Volunteer Center, Extreme Elite
Awards/Honors: Member of the Honors Program
Interesting Fact: I am obsessed with The Beatles and have been since the age of 6.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to use what I learn to make a difference in the world some way. I plan on going into animal conservation.If I can inspire others to do the same, itwill help this and other causes and that will make me happy.
Wistocki
 
David Wistocki
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Lockport, IL
Major: Accounting and Marketing
Campus Involvement: Health Promotion Coordinator, Team C.H.A.O.S., UT Wellness Committee, C.A.R.E. Committee, Marijuana Task Force, F.H.I.T., "Breathe-Easy UT" Smoke free Initiative Campaign, and "Watch your BAC" Educational Campaign
Awards/Honors: 2010 Student Employee of the Year
Interesting Fact: I'm a local food junkie and have been running a Disc Jockey business out of Naples for six years.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
To teach myself to communicate my ideas to those around me by learning more about myself.
Zachariades
 
Zachary Zachariades
Class of 2012 (Cohort 1)
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement: Delta Tau Delta, Diversity Fellowship, ELITE, Extreme ELITE, Campus Movie Fest and Intramural Sports.
Awards/Honors: Honors Program, Dean's List Fall '08 and Spring '09, Phi Eta Sigma
Interesting Fact: I will beat you at Minesweeper.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I aspire to reinforce my strengths and to improve my weaknesses. The result of this will enable me to be a better leader and a stronger person.
Zanzinger
 
Allison Zanzinger
Class of 2013 (Cohort 2)
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Major: Undecided
Campus Involvement: PEACE Volunteer Center, Delta Zeta, Student Productions
Interesting Fact: I have been waterskiing since I was there.

How do you hope to use what you learn as a Fellow in your life?
I want to work with children, and I think it's important for kids to have a positive role model and leader in their development.