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First Year Experience
Hours Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm
Phone 407-823-5105
Fax 407-823-3847
Location Howard Phillips Hall 216
Paige Woods
Interim Director


  • Christopher Newport University - B.S. Biology
  • University of Tennessee - M.S. College Student Personnel

Paige joined the office in December 2014 as Associate Director after having previously worked at the University of Tennessee and Georgia Southern University with programming for new students and families. Originally from Virginia, she loves cats, the beach, and spending time with her family. In her spare time, Paige enjoys knitting, cooking, and traveling.

Elizabeth Manuel
Interim Associate Director


  • University of North Carolina Wilmington - B.S. Business Administration, Marketing
  • University of Georgia - M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration

Elizabeth joined the FYE office as the Orientation Coordinator in December 2014. Originally from Wilmington, NC, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Prior to her arrival to UCF, Elizabeth worked at California Lutheran University as the Coordinator for Student Involvement and Wellness. Elizabeth enjoys exploring new places, trying unique restaurants, watching all different sports, and spending time with her friends.

Sarah Brunke
Interim Orientation Coordinator


  • Old Dominion University - B.A. Communications
  • University of Central Florida - M.A. Educational Leadership

Sarah joined First Year Experience in May of 2017. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia she received her Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 2013. Before beginning graduate school, Sarah worked in the corporate sector for two years. She is a proud UCF alum, having received her Master’s degree in 2017. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys relaxing at the beach, kayaking, going to movies, and attending concerts.

Jamil D. Johnson, PhD
Academic Coordinator, Strategies for Student Success Program & Common Read Program


  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign – B.A. History
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – M.A. Educational Policy Studies
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – PhD Educational Policy Studies

Dr. Johnson joined the FYE team in July 2015 as Academic Coordinator for the Strategies for Student Success (SLS 1501) program at UCF. Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Johnson earned his PhD in May 2015 from the University of Illinois in Educational Policy Studies (EPS). His research interests include Access and Participation in Higher Education Programs (undergraduate and graduate study) for underrepresented students (with a specific focus on African American males). Dr. Johnson has over ten years of experience in the context of the First-Year Experience including: coordinator of first-year seminars, academic advising, and campus wide diversity initiatives at the University of Illinois. In his new role, Dr. Johnson looks forward to strengthening the pathways of first-year students toward career placement and entrée into graduate/professional schools. In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys traveling, theme parks, and cooking.

Anna-Bradley Lozier
Program Coordinator, LINK, OSSM, Pegasus Palooza


  • University of Central Florida – B.S. Interpersonal/Organizational Communications
  • University of Central Florida – M.N.M. Masters in Nonprofit Management

Anna-Bradley joined the FYE office in August 2016. A Florida native, Anna-Bradley left her hometown of Pensacola, FL to join the UCF community in 2007 as a freshman student. Prior to working with FYE, Anna-Bradley spent 6 years working in Housing and Residence Life. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications and her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from UCF and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership with plans to graduate in December of 2018. In her free time, Anna-Bradley enjoys surfing, cooking, traveling, spending time with friends, and going to the dog park with her dog Chewbacca!

Celina Yebba
Administrative Assistant


  • University of Central Florida - B.S. Event Management

Celina joined the FYE office in October of 2014. Celina graduated from the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management with a degree in Event Management before enlisting in the Air Force as part of a RED HORSE Civil Engineering Squadron out of Charleston, South Carolina. Celina is a huge UCF football fan and even has a dog named Knightro! In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and beach trips.

Alan Holtz
Program Assistant

Alan joined the UCF Team in January 2011 as a Program Assistant for FYE. Prior to coming to UCF, he served 20 years in the U.S. Navy in the Human Resources field, and then worked in a customer service and office support position at a large travel agency. Alan has lived in Orlando for over 20 years and enjoys travel and spending time with his wife and family.

Graduate Assistants
Tiara Anderson

Program Info: Higher Education & Policy Studies
Undergraduate Degree: Accounting, Bethune-Cookman University
Hometown: Stockbridge, GA

Jenny Karpinski

Program Info: Higher Education & Policy Studies
Undergraduate Degree: Elementary Education, Florida State University
Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Pegasus Palooza Student Director
Brianna Hicks
Pegasus Palooza Student Director

LINK Student Assistant
Anna Parnham

Major: Graphic Design
Campus Involvement: Graphic Design Student Association
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL

Office Assistants
Tamra Crystal

Coming soon!

Paul DeStefano

Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: UCF Progressives
Hometown: Longwood, FL

Kindra Dominique

Major: Nursing
Campus Involvement: Past Resident Assistant
Hometown: Port St. Lucie

James Fredrick

Coming soon!

Ethan Hooper

Major: Elementary Education
Campus Involvement: 2016 O-Team and Sigma Lambda Beta Int'l Fraternity Inc.
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Catarina Kaltenhauser

Coming soon!

Hala Saedi

Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Pre-Professional Medical Society, Health and Prevention Society, Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students
Hometown: Orlando, FL