Student Ambassadors

No one shares the UF Online student experience better than our students. As a UF Online Student Ambassador, the mission is to ensure every student feels welcomed, supported, and connected to Gator Nation.

Each ambassador provides advice and tips, host virtual meet-ups, and ultimately serves as a liaison between UF Online staff and the student body. Current UF Online students can connect with the ambassadors in the UF Online Plaza to join them for game nights, chat with them during virtual meet-ups, you can even keep up them with on Instagram @ufonlinesa!


Amy Yates

  • Major
  • Public Relations
  • Favorite Quote
  • "Every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others." – Shep Hyken
  • Hobbies
  • Sing and songwriter, lead worship at my church, paint, and travel

Bio: I am a Florida girl born and raised. I am always down for an adventure and experiencing the world in new ways every day. I am a very proud aunt of 3 girls and 1 boy and extremely family oriented. I love experiencing life with my loved ones. I hope to one day work in the music industry and find ways to create positive impacts in people's lives in any way I can.

Aubrey Mys

  • Major
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Favorite Quote
  • “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." – Robert Frost
  • Hobbies
  • Spending time with family, working out, exploring new places, learning to cook and speak spanish

Bio: My name is Aubrey Mys and I am a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I am from Tampa Florida. My family is very important to me, especially being a student parent. My son Vincent has been my motivation throughout my time at UF and he has been a part of my journey since starting my undergraduate. One of my passions is research and creating strategic approaches to develop better communication with healthcare professionals in their delivery of health care services to patients with an emphasis on how regulations that govern the health care industry result in health disparities and the creation of legal guidelines to provide equal accessibility. I am currently applying to law schools and hope to continue my education into health law. I am looking forward to serving as a UF Online Ambassador because I know how much UF Online has allowed me to grow as a student and the opportunities that it offers its students. I also hope to represent and help other student parents succeed at college because I know first hand how hard it can be being a student parent and finding balance. However, I want all UF Online students to know that despite any obstacles that you are facing right now, you can overcome anything and still succeed. You all have already worked hard in your life to make it to where you are today, a student enrolled in a top 5 University and no matter what your college experience looks like, I know that you can do this!

Audrey Weigel

  • Major
  • Computer Science
  • Favorite Quote
  • "[Her] first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” – Zora Neale Hurston
  • Hobbies
  • Scrapbooking, collage making, traveling, and cooking

Bio: I grew up in Miami, FL and started off at UF as a PaCE student. My house back home had seven cats and now one of them lives here in Gainesville with me. I’ve been to four continents so far and look forward to traveling to more throughout my life.

Elani Baltodano

  • Major
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Favorite Quote
  • "Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss
  • Hobbies
  • Reading, camping, baking, and journaling

Bio: Hey there Gators! I’m Elani and I am a third-year Communication Sciences and Disorders major! I am from sunny Naples, FL, have two guinea pigs, and have four siblings! My favorite foods are mashed potatoes and poutine! In my free time, I love to read, bake, and watch Gilmore Girls!

Kayla Esquivel

  • Major
  • Public Relations + Master of Arts in Mass Communication specialized in Digital Strategy
  • Favorite Quote
  • “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.”
  • Hobbies
  • Dancing, cardio, cooking, and exploring

Bio: Hi, my name is Kayla Esquivel. I am logging in from Gainesville, Fl this semester. This past summer I earned my bachelor’s degree in public relations at UF. During my undergrad, I completed two professional internships: Social Media Marketing Intern program at Burn Boot Camp and Social Media Intern program at HighKey Snacks. Currently, I am on my way to earning a master’s degree in Mass Communication specialized in Digital Strategy. When I am in my hometown Orlando, FL, I enjoy going to the theme parks and the beach. I also love playing with my two frenchies and golden retriever.

Kim DiGeronimo

  • Major
  • Business Administration
  • Favorite Quote
  • If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
  • Hobbies
  • Playing golf, watching Sports, trying New Recipes, spending time with dogs, home improvement

Bio: I am a returning to school senior majoring in Business Administration. I am originally from New York but moved to Florida in 2000. I have worked for The Walt Disney Company for the last 23 years.

Kyra Lieberman

  • Major
  • Media Production, Management, and Technology
  • Favorite Quote
  • You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Hobbies
  • Photography, writing, watching movies and TV, graphic design, playing guitar, listening to music, and reading

Bio: Hi! I’m Kyra Lieberman, a senior Media Production, Management, and Technology major from Daytona Beach, FL. I started my college career as a dual enrolled student at Daytona State College, where I got my A.A., but I am so excited to finish it as a Gator! I was editor in chief and opinions editor of my college newspaper for two years and it sparked my interest in news and media studies. I’m interested in and have done all kinds of writing, from hard news to fictional short stories to screenwriting and everything in between. I love telling stories visually through photography (I’ve gotten into film recently and it’s so hit-or-miss, but that’s the fun in it!), videos, and design. Most importantly, if we ever end up in a food court, you need to know I’m headed straight for the Chinese restaurant. Every single time.

Paloma Pinto

  • Major
  • Journalism
  • Favorite Quote
  • “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott
  • Hobbies
  • Journaling, jogging, traveling, and binge-watching TV shows

Bio: I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and moved to Miami, FL in the summer of 2016. I am a sophomore majoring in Journalism at the amazing College of Journalism and Communications, or J-School. As a PaCE student, I spent my first year at home in Miami and just moved to Gainesville for the Fall 2021 Semester. I worked as a Preview Staffer over the summer, so I can answer any and all UF questions you might have! It's always a great day to be a Florida Gator!

Peggy Neal

  • Major
  • Anthropology
  • Favorite Quote
  • "We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations, but to our fellow men within the human community" – Haile Selassie I
  • Hobbies
  • I love life - I enjoy traveling with my family, playing basketball, marathon running, stargazing, gardening, flying cessnas, playing the guitar, cooking/baking, sewing, and learning new languages

Bio: I am a free-spirited, philosophical creative from Brooklyn, NY. Many moons ago, I married my best friend and now I am a homeschool mom of 3 beautiful children. I believe in living life to the fullest! I dream of climbing Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest and scuba diving off the coast of places like Madagascar.

Sofia Ilagan

  • Major
  • Sociology
  • Favorite Quote
  • "Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you'll never get the same moment twice."
  • Hobbies
  • Playing musical instruments, going to the beach, watching Netflix, thrift store shopping, and having photo shoots with my friends

Bio: Hi! My name is Sofia Ilagan and I am a fourth year sociology major. I currently live in Jacksonville, FL but was born in Calamba, Philippines. After graduating from UF, I would like to go into the mental health field and work in a career that helps people dealing with mental illness. As for my free time, I love to spend it with family and friends. I'm always down for a beach trip, enjoy having photo shoots, and watching a good Netflix show. I'm excited to be a UF Online Student Ambassador, and I can't wait to be a part of a cohort of awesome ambassadors.