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Jennifer Aguero, MHA    

Jennifer Aguero

Jennifer Aguero, from Clearwater Beach, Florida graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her passion for healthcare cultivated by distinctive volunteering, work, and leadership experiences motivated her to continue her education and pursue her Master of Health Administration.  Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Information
jaguero@ufl.edu 
(
727)599-7253

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Kelli Ahles

Kelli Ahles was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. Kelli chose to continue her education at UF and pursue a Master Degree in Health Administration. Since graduating from high school, Kelli has aspired to be a leader in the healthcare field. She looks forward to seeing the influence she can have in such a dynamic industry. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active, and attending concerts and sporting events.

Contact Information

kahles@ufl.edu
941-321-6471
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kelli-ahles/107/679/728


Lauren Aziz, MHA student    

Lauren Aziz

Lauren Aziz, from Tampa, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After presiding over her college rowing team and volunteering as an HIV Testing Counselor, Lauren decided that her lifelong passion for healthcare also aligned with her desire to continue pursuing leadership roles. Lauren is excited to be the first Gator in her family as she pursues her Master’s degree in Health Administration. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and singing.

Contact Information

laurenaziz@ufl.edu
813-727-8207
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurencaziz

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Venessa Bibeau

Venessa Bibeau, from Vero Beach, Florida, received her Bachelor of Health Science with a concentration in Public Health at the University of Florida in 2015. Her passion in healthcare led her to pursue a Master’s in Health Administration at her alma mater. She is eager to utilize the knowledge and skills she will develop at the University of Florida for an exciting and challenging career as a leader in the healthcare industry. In her free time Venessa enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and dog.

Contact Information

bibeauv@ufl.edu
772-532-4944
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/venessa-bibeau/88/a49/4ba

 

Jared Burdgess, MHA Student    

Jared Burdgess

Jared Burdgess, from Tampa, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Having acquired a passion for healthcare in his youth through family experiences, Jared has made a life-long commitment to the healthcare industry and is excited to continue his education at The University of Florida.  Jared chose to pursue a Master’s degree in Health Administration to serve underserved populations with the application of healthcare and business knowledge. In his free time, Jared enjoys listening to music, new experiences, and time with family and friends.

Contact Information
jburd92@ufl.edu

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Alexander Cardoso

Alex Cardoso, a Tampa, Fl native, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics. Combining his desire to work in the healthcare industry with his interests in economics and finance, Alex chose to pursue a Master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Florida. Alex looks forward to utilizing his empathetic, responsible, detail-oriented personality to build a career in the dynamic and ever growing field of healthcare. Outside of healthcare, he enjoys playing golf as well as watching all other types of sports.

Contact Information

alexanderantony@ufl.edu
(813) 838-2513
https://www.linkedin.com/in/AlexanderACardoso

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Rafi Choudhury

Rafi Choudhury was born and raised in South Florida. Rafi attended the Florida State University for his undergraduate studies where he received a Bachelor of Science. Rafi is currently attending the University of Florida as a First Year: Master of Health Administration Candidate. Rafi will be working at Southern Illinois University College of Medicine: Department of Surgery for his 2016 summer administrative internship. His future interests include Healthcare IT/EMR, Business Intelligence, and Physician Group Management.

Contact Information

rchoudhury@ufl.edu

(561)-376-4637
www.linkedin.com/in/rafichoudhury

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Michael Cuello

Michael Cuello was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor in Health Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship. His passion for the healthcare field stems from his various experiences in private practice, health insurance and hospital settings. Michael has a particular interest in project management, information systems, and operations. He is excited to challenge himself and develop his career in a dynamic industry.

Contact Information

Michael.Cuello@medicine.ufl.edu

 

Clara Engelman
 

Clara Engelmann

Clara was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated in May of 2015 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Kinesiology and a minor in Business Administration. Clara had the opportunity to experience healthcare hands on though volunteering with Give Kids the World and working with clinical research on infants. Motivated by the prospect of making a positive impact in peoples lives, she realized that Health Administration was a way to pursue a fulfilling lifelong career providing high quality care to those in need. In her free time, Clara practices yoga regularly, loves to travel, and is a college sports fan!

Contact Information

cengelmann@ufl.edu
321-945-0960
https:www.linkedin.com/pub/clara-engelmann/90/464/709


 

Michelle Gittino

Michelle Gittino, from Palm Harbor, FL, graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Management. Her past experiences working in the health care industry, and her love for the complexity of business, lead her towards perusing a Master’s degree in Health Administration. Michelle is proud to continue her education as a member of the Gator Nation, and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge. In the future she hopes to work at a children’s hospital, and be an ethical leader in the healthcare industry.

Contact Information
mgittino@ufl.edu
(727)348-2499
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-gittino-4a46aaba

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Ashley Holmes

Ashley Holmes, from Pierson, FL, is a graduate from the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Health Science degree with a specialization in Public Health in 2015. Her passion for healthcare shaped by unique volunteering experiences has motivated Ashley to pursue a Master of Health Administration at her alma mater. Her interests include traveling, cooking, and cheering on the Florida Gators!

Contact Information

Aholmes6@ufl.edu
(386) 562-3663
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyholmes6

 

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Nicholas Hosford

Nick was born in Miami, Florida. He completed his Bachelors of Business Administration from Saint Leo University and decided to move into Health Administration out of a desire to use his training to help people. Nick is very interested in being a part of the new innovations that are coming to the Health Administration field as he is always looking for better and more efficient ways of doing things. He is looking forward to experiencing a variety of health service environments to help guide him on his career path.

Contact Information

nhosford@ufl.edu
347-326-0626
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-hosford-02687745


Amara Kaimrajh, MHA Student
 

Amara Kaimrajh

Amara Kaimrajh was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science, with a concentration in Public Health, and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida in Spring 2015. A firm interest in healthcare developed through personal, work, and leadership experiences prompted her to pursue a graduate degree in Health Administration. Amara is excited to learn more about the dynamic industry of healthcare and use her knowledge to make quality and safety improvements in patient care.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with animals, canoeing, and cooking.

Contact Information
amarakaimrajh@ufl.edu
(305) 542-2512
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/amara-kaimrajh/88/490/3a7

Kellie Krueger, MHA candidate
 

Kellie Krueger

Kellie Krueger, from Gulf Breeze, FL, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in General Health Science and a minor in Leadership in 2015. Her past internship experience at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, FL, solidified her lifelong goal of pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Her passion for the dynamic healthcare industry led her to continue her education by pursuing a Master of Health Administration degree at her alma mater. Kellie is excited to learn more about this ever-changing field and to challenge herself to grow both personally and professionally along the way.

Contact Information
kellieakrueger@ufl.edu
(850) 549-5363
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellie-krueger-2aa190106/

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Daniel (Hyo-Myung) Lee

Daniel Lee is originally from Tampa, Fl.  After achieving his Bachelor’s in Health Services Administration, he wanted to further his knowledge and skill set by pursuing his Masters at the University of Florida.  One of the areas that particularly interests him is health education through health technology.  His goal is to contribute to his future organization in enhancing and providing the best patient care experience.

Contact Information

Hlee77@ufl.edu
(352) 871-8445

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Joel Leone

Born and raised in Hobe Sound, Florida, Joel earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication from Florida State University in 2015. Becoming enthralled by his studies of health care systems, Joel decided to pursue a Master of Health Administration degree at the University of Florida and learn how to benefit the health care industry. He relies on integrity, analysis, and discipline to understand the dynamic field of health care.

Contact Information

joelpleone@gmail.com
(772) 932-1184
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/joel-leone/103/3a2/a87

Elisa Myers, MHA student
 

Elisa Myers

Elisa Myers, from High Springs, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education. After an internship and work experience at UF Health Pediatrics, Elisa discovered that health administration will fulfill her desire to serve patients in the health care industry. Elisa is now a part of the 2017 MHA class at her alma mater and is excited to utilize the knowledge and skills she will develop at the University of Florida for a challenging career in the healthcare field.

Contact Information
esmyers@ufl.edu
(352) 281-1504
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisa-myers-a8153883

 

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Brandon Peckham

Brandon Peckham, from Leesburg, Fl, graduated from UF in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Communication Studies. Personal experiences instilled a deep passion for healthcare early on in Brandon’s life, and working for numerous healthcare organizations has shown him how valuable effective administrators are, as well as their profound ability to elicit positive changes to their organization and the patients they serve. He decided that obtaining an MHA degree from UF would put him on a path to make the greatest impact in the field he loves. In his spare time, Brandon loves to spend time with friends, travel, attend Gator sporting events, and anything else that keeps him active.

Contact Information

bpeckham@ufl.edu
(352) 978-6905
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bpeckham

Daniela Sanchez, MHA Student
 

Daniela Sanchez

Daniela, originally from Venezuela, was raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Through her involvement in community service and research at UF Health Pediatrics and Neuropsychology departments, she developed a passion for the healthcare sector. Her passion for this industry has led her to pursue a Masters in Health Administration at her alma mater. Daniela is eager to learn more about the healthcare industry and looks forward to  one day making a significant contribution to this rewarding field.

Contact Information 

Dsanchez7@ufl.edu
(786)393-2386

Cali Sanford, MHA
 

Cali Sanford

Cali Sanford was born and raised in Davie, Florida. In May 2015, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Her passion for the constantly changing healthcare field motivated her to pursue a Master of Health Administration at the University of Florida. She looks forward to learning more about the industry and becoming an effective leader in healthcare.

Contact Information

calisanford@ufl.edu
(954)296-0942
https://www.linkedin.com/in/calisanford

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Jake Ross Silvola-Finch

Born and raised in Ocala, Florida, Jake graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2012. He worked as an ICU nurse for 3 years at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida before returning to graduate school to pursue a career in health administration. Jake is also currently a Flight Nurse in the United States Air Force Reserve. His passion is his patients and the patient experience, and he hopes to use his clinical experience to improve the healthcare system from a public policy perspective. Jake is a lifelong Gator fan and loves attending sporting events, going to concerts and spending time outdoors.

Contact Information

jsilvolafinch@ufl.edu
(352) 342-4765
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-silvola-finch-36523b93

 

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Kelsey Torgerson

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Kelsey Torgerson graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and minors in Public Leadership and Nonprofit Organizational Leadership. Discovering her passion for healthcare while volunteering and interning at UF Health, she was inspired to continue her education and pursue her Master of Health Administration. Kelsey has a particular interest in pediatrics and is excited to develop her career in the ever-changing healthcare industry, in hopes to become a successful administrator in the future. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and participating in philanthropic work.

Contact Information

ktorgerson@ufl.edu
(850) 445-4338
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kelsey-torgerson/b1/b87/b67

Shuyi Xie, MHA Student    

Shuyi Xie

Sophie Xie, from Miami, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Sophie’s leadership and work experiences with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County and University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute motivated her to pursue a Master of Health Administration at her alma mater. She values efficiency while maintaining a high level of integrity, compassion, and quality. Sophie is, a deliberative and strategic thinker that is quick to adapt. She is dedicated towards improving community health by making positive and informed decisions. Sophie wants to foster growth in young health professionals through encouraging innovative ideas and advocating for diversity in the health industry. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing a competitive game of badminton, reading a book under the sun, and teaching her dog a new trick

Contact Information

sxie1191@ufl.edu
(786) 431-6907
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-s-xie-8418b3a7?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

  Sean Haviland

Sean Haviland was born in Mount Kisco, New York and graduated high school in Leesburg, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Public Health. His enthusiasm for healthcare stems from a family background in the industry. Sean has a particular interest in working with the aging population, veterans and mental health. As a native New Yorker, he hopes to bring the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Florida back to the northeast. Sean is excited to challenge himself to become a productive professional in the dynamic healthcare industry.

Contact Information

haviland30@ufl.edu

(954) 918-8070