Captain Teams

Captain Teams

Each Captain team is composed of an Overall Director, Assistant Directors and Captains.

  • Assistant Directors are individuals who work yearlong with their respective Overall Directors to ensure steady growth and management within their Captain team. ADs possess effective skills in responsibility, organization and leadership. The responsibilities of each AD position vary among each Captain team. Assistant Directors are elected at the end of Spring semester.
  • Captains are leaders within our organization who have specific duties throughout the year depending on their teams. There are 15 Captain teams, each having vastly different responsibilities to ensure the growth and promotion of our cause on many different fronts. Captains typically have weekly or biweekly meetings and are a vital part of the Dance Marathon family. Captains applications are released at the beginning of Fall semester.

Click each tab below to learn more about each team and its responsibilities.

The Creative Development Team is a collection of graphic designers and software developers responsible for making Dance Marathon media come to life. Captains are responsible for either the development/maintenance of the website and mobile applications (iOS and Android) or the creation of all print/web design needs (e.g. merchandise, graphics, newsletters, calendars, etc.). Throughout the year, Captains work together to create high-tech, portfolio-quality material that showcase Dance Marathon as a professional student-run movement. Captains also manage at-event content shown on the jumbotrons (eg. Dancer Walk information and meal slides), app Updates and notifications, and the live stream.

Assistant Director of Design

Sarah Wolk

Assistant Director of App Development

Kurt Grossnickle

Assistant Director of Web Development

Cameron Cook

Captains

Dana Bassan Ryan Gruszczyk Nick Zinobile
Alyssa Lanzas Haley Smith Michael Smith
Laura Lozano Sarah Cantor GiGi Novak
Claire Crist Cory Fink Brooke Mott-Smith
Brynna Kaplan Matthew Hannan Corinne Sharabi
Alaina Brown Mia Lestorti Gabriella Garcia
Marni Weiss Josh Churba
The Dancer Relations Team is responsible for coordinating an in-depth Delegate program ensuring Dancers and organizations have updated and accurate information about all upcoming events, deadlines, and general Dance Marathon knowledge. The Dancer Relations Team is also responsible for the care of the participating Dancers from the beginning of the year to the event’s end. Responsibilities include registering Dancers for the event, tallying the spirit point competition that takes place throughout the year at various check-ins, holding informational Dancer meetings, handling guest check-ins at the event for Dancers’ visitors, and maintaining communication with registered organizations throughout the year to handle any questions and concerns.

Assistant Director of Check-Ins

Kayla Nocella

Assistant Director of Delegate Engagement

David McCaskill

Assistant Director of Tracking and Special Events

Hunter Robbins

Captains

Cole Abrahamson Mary Clare Allen Noel Fundora
Hayley Giambalvo Christine Joseph Lizabeth Lohmann
Connor Miller Anna Murphy Sean Murtha
Caitlyn Nicholson Julia O'Connor Kylie Paul
McKenna Schaar Caroline Baldwin Jared Blinderman
Anelise Prieto Joni Seligson Peter Staviski
Justin Weidenfeld Peter Giannas Alexandra Gagliano
Karly Parsons Cristine Lindsay Sydney Seif
Brooke Saban Tyler Sweetman Jared Weinerman
Grace Knapp Shae Margulies Claire Overholt
Family Relations Captains serve as the liaison between the Dance Marathon community and the Miracle Families. Captains are paired with at least one Miracle Family, and their responsibilities include: maintaining consistent contact with their respective Miracle Families, organizing the Pen Pal program, and coordinating events between the Miracle Families and participating organizations through Miracle Child Teams. Captains will attend monthly Family Fun Days in order to connect Miracle Families to the Dance Marathon community. Captains also volunteer at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Units 44 and 45. Captains also create the family room for the 26.2-hour event and facilitate events and entertainment for the Miracle Families throughout the entirety of the event.

Assistant Director of Family Outreach

Sara Brenner

Assistant Director of Family Events

Andrew Jensen

Assistant Director of Hospital Relations

Katie Cornelius

Captains

Ashley Fisher Anna Noreman Alec Marmo
Aaron McGee Kathryn Vigilante Mary Virginia Kline
Ariel Harris Daniella De Freitas Kevin Goza
Caroline Baker Courtney Mastrorio Amanda Marr
Mackenzie Gusman Jesse Zilberman Hannah Sharpe
Stephanie Ira Matt Hey Caroline Miller
Madelyn Mandese Carly Knox Kristy Minno
Charles McMillan Michaela Pattison Lexi Sidle
Lindsay Asher AJ Kerwin Peighton Jones
Sarah Spardy Jean Paul Cleveland Taylor Paddock
Jennifer Vasiloff Benjamin Weeks Casey McLean
Bailey Boulter Emily Chapman Katie Lahey
Troy Porter Martha Abigail (Abbey) Parker Emily DiNardi
Allison O'Brien Nina Karlinsky
The Fundraising Team is responsible for financial oversight, funds processing, collections, and fundraising strategies/incentives. These Captains play an integral role in the success of Dance Marathon at UF by ensuring that the total reveal is accurate up until the very last minute, when the final numbers are raised. In addition, each captain is responsible for financial oversight for a handful of organizations. Each captain is in charge of keeping his/her organization(s) informed and enthusiastic about Dance Marathon. He/she is also expected to coordinate with the Family Relations and Dancer Relations team with regards to his/her organization(s).

Assistant Director of Canning and Offline Transactions

Shayna Goldrich

Assistant Director of Mini-Marathon Tracking

Zach Ginsburg

Captains

Brendan Barany Alyssa DiMauro Kayla Fagien
Christy Hollingshead Christina Marchena Rory Neer
Sean Smith Sara Walbrecht Mary Margaret Bryant
John Richter Reagan Hollan Jeremy McLachlan
Marlo Mulhall Andrew Reiss Kelsea Henry
Amanda Rutner Alexia Yavalar
The Hospitality Captains work year-round with local restaurants to coordinate monthly hospitality fundraising nights for Dance Marathon. Captains also spend a large portion of the year reaching out to large food corporations to coordinate donations and corporate sponsorships. Hospitality is responsible for all food-related needs for the 26.2 hour event and all pre-event activities including our new Hospitality event and other community events. Captains plan, solicit and serve a continuous flow of food to all participants for the duration of the 26.2-hour event.

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Dara Herman

Assistant Director of Hospitality Nights

Talia Akerman

Assistant Director of Hospitality Events

Kristina Sencion

Captains

Emily Collins Amanda Abes Melody Dickson
Tori Marcy Jacqueline Jagger Tyler Shaffner
Shay Phillips Kyrsten Engstrom Monica Gomez
Jorge Perez Amber Neumeister Katie Passilla
William Rand Emily Podolsky Gabrielle Rodrigo
Connor Lhota Andie Waldman Brianna Sekul
Hayden Dodds Savannah Hardeman Jan Strusinski
Molly Bochner Stewart Wallace Brooke Steinberg
Hannah Burkhart Cassidy Phillips Sharif Hosein
Taylor Clark Maddie Wise Ryan Schipfer
Kylie Ditty Brett Oehrle Alexis Ercia
Elizabeth Edgerton
The Leadership Development Team is responsible for overseeing and running the Emerging Leaders Program. As a part of this, Captain work to cultivate the leadership skills of the newfound members of our Dance Marathon Family. This new team will focus on personal and professional development while integrating students with minimal previous Dance Marathon exposure to the inner workings of our philanthropic cause. Captains are responsible for helping plan and attend general body meetings that will include prominent speakers from the Gainesville community, while simultaneously leading small group meetings with a curriculum that will focus on how to progress one’s role within Dance Marathon at the University of Florida.

Assistant Director of Emerging Leader Tracking

Hannah Hallman

Assistant Director of Professional Development

Conrad Ager

Assistant Director of Personal Development

Ashli DeFina

Captains

Kassandra Philogene Brawn Nelson Haylee Lentin
Connor Wax Justin Beach Casey Gilligan
Bella Perkins Addison Burley Luke Evans
Emily Lassley Kavitha Komatineri Chad Grodi
Haley Grasty Leah Knight Ryan Owens
Sohul Kapil Dorothy Hellmann Ashton Wilson
Lauren Sparato Aileen Gonzalez Brooke Oliver
Callie Hill Alison Catena Ellie Clark
Katie Carroll Sara Stranieri Rachel Kohl
Felicia Miller Jenna Parker Camille Nichols
Stephanie McMilan Sarah Byres
The Marathon Relations Team is responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. They energize and support our “Minis” by educating students on Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon at UF’s history and culture. Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools around the state, by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations team attends all of our Mini Marathons, as well as hosts our partnering high school programs during Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. Captains will be responsible for at least one school which they will work with all year in order to ensure that school’s success.

Assistant Director of Communication and Correspondence

Toni Deane

Assistant Director of New and Emerging Programs

Nick Scianna

Assistant Director of Northern Region

Sam Heekin

Assistant Director of Southern Region

Paras Mehta

Captains

Annie Criser Cole Fiedler Colleen Maher
Nicole Meeks Taylor Munroe Johnathan Page
Lily Putra Chloe Messina Stephanie Ciricillo
Asa Cooley Sheri Kusatzky Shelby Whiddon
Samuel Weingart Sanaya Tamboli Amruta Potdar
Kimberly McDow Sierra Lloyd Madeline Schmidt
Charley Wolfla Kendra Pooler Kathryn Yachnis
Payton DeAndrea Kaitlyn Blade Hannah Baker
Lainey Williams Kylee Neeranjan Mary Summers
Fraleigh Krause Christopher Henderson Bryan Greenfield
Malley Goodwin Sian Hoctor Maggie McQuiddy
The Merchandise Team is responsible for all Dance Marathon at the University of Florida merchandise and stores. Throughout the year, Captains focus on creating an official product offering for DM at UF apparel and accessories, running the DM Store in Turlington every Wednesday and at community events, facilitating pre-orders with Delegates and organizations, taking inventory, and organizing check-in shirt and event shirt orders. Pre-event, Captains manage the online store and fulfill orders as well as order and stuff Dancer Bags.

Assistant Director of Inventory

Hannah Wannamaker

Assistant Director of Orders

Lindsey Sullivan

Captains

Lindsay Beveridge Mary Katherine Delegal Danielle Josephson
Alexis Rupp Sajid Jafferjee Kayla Eversen
Caitlin Perry Natasha Jewett Valencia Vigarino
Nathan Landry Katie Gannon Rachel Mazzurco
Carly Leonard Victoria Vincent Garrett Scott
Taylor Peterson Erin Pins
Megan Shulmister Faith McKenna Shelby Shriver
Manuela Gutierrez Olivia Boaz Hannah Paymayesh
Jonathan Acosta Claire Wilhelm Emily McGaughy
The Morale Team is responsible for creating, planning and executing the “Theme Hours,” which are essentially themed hours throughout the event filled with entertainment and activities to engage the Dancers . They keep the spirit of Dance Marathon high, energetic, and positive throughout the entire year, prior to and during the 26.2-hour event. They do this through hosting fundraisers, attending Dance Marathon and school events, and teaching the Line Dance at Mini Marathons. In addition, Morale Captains are the creative individuals behind the revered Line Dance, which inspires and connects all attendees and Dancers at the event.

Assistant Director of Mini Marathon Coordination

Jack DeLoach

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Chelsea Finfer

Assistant Director of Communications

Nicole Allison

Captains

Annalena Pirovic
Kylie Adkins Zack Argentine Kevin Kimbrough
Zeni Quinn Paris Aubin Eileen Cullen
Samantha DiCorte Erick Esquerete Rebecca Feldbaum
Catherine Haley Sophia Marchetti Fara Moskowitz
Briana Paiewonsky Abigail Wilwant Kris Wawrzyniak
Riley McCoy Logan Peavler Seryna Mamane
Omarley Spence Isabella Alfonso Sammie Saunders
Ali Corominas Anthony Rocca Sarah Lazarus
Lily Frost Trevor Schaettle Yousef Dawoud
Andrew Iglesias Christine Powroznik Daileen Paulino-Santana
Anthony Temeliescu Jen Bacon Alexandra Sikoryak
Lexi Stoloff Zac Copper Kelly Daly
Ashley Gonzalez Brooke Engel Taylor Vandenberg
Sean McKenna Saneh St. Claire
The Multimedia Team is responsible for videography and photography throughout the year and during the event, working together to create a visually appealing representation of the organization and its cause. The Captains edit, sort and upload videos and photos regularly to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, respectively. In order to capture and upload this media, Captains are responsible for acquiring the needed equipment for all filming and photography, including all software involved for editing videos and photos. In addition, Captains are preferred to have some experience with photography, video filming and video editing, though not required. Lastly during the 26.2-hour event, Captains take photos and videos throughout the event as well as maintain the DM at UF YouTube channel and contribute to the Livestream, Live Feed, Facebook and Instagram.

Assistant Director of Social Media

Dakota Williams

Assistant Director of Videography

Gabriel Rojas

Assistant Director of Photography

Alaina DiGiacomo

Captains

Sophia Rose Charlotte Robinson Spencer Kane
Carly Mackler Taylor Torok Christopher Barbee
Leah Baldocchi Kayla Tuckerman Cesar Lugaro
Erica Steinkohl Micayla Delesparra Michelle Steffes
Allison Luntz Carly Breitbart Aynsley Rasmussen
Gabriella Paul Amanda Gard Katherine Campione
Maggie Milewski Kaylee Battiste Heather Padgett
Sydney Jones Aisling Sheehan
The Outreach Team is responsible for increasing the awareness and reach of Dance Marathon at the University of Florida throughout the Gainesville community. They work closely with teams such as Public Relations, Multimedia, and Sponsorships to promote a focused, consistent message about Dance Marathon at UF and to create strong community partnerships. The goal is to form positive relationships with all groups who are involved with DM at UF, and to include new communities in our cause. Outreach is responsible for large community-based events such as the FT5K, FTK Festival, Golf Tournament, and Miracle Gala. The Team focuses on creating and organizing targeted engagement projects around the Gainesville community. They collaborate with the Dance Marathon Alumni (DMA) to increase alumni engagement and participation.

Assistant Director of Event Planning

Grace Murray

Assistant Director of Community Partnerships

Alyssa Wolff

Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications

Isabelle Hadley

Assistant Director of Targeted Engagement

Meredith Kalhor

Captains

Kelly Kolman Abigail O'Connor Emma Zwick
Madison Martin Lauren Meaney Lauren Bruss
McKenna Elliott Jennifer Goldsmith Brittney Hayes
Erick Mendez-Boldt Mary Prakas Alex Everitt
Cassidy Mandelbaum Natalie Vala Stephanie Belo
Brandon Mackenzie Kristina Askin Scottie Andrew
Kathryn Barry Diana Hauter Jacob Yurigan
Benjamin Cutler Simran Himatsingani Caitlyn Pennell
Olivia Taylor Claire Mobley Kristen Vollender
Morgan Coffey Michael Saunders
The Productions Team is responsible for all logistics and entertainment throughout the year and during the 26.2-hour event. The Productions Team is also in charge of building and organizing the homecoming float, coordinating and executing small campus events, and working with the O’Connell Center to plan all logistics for the main event. The Productions Team carries out all operational duties in the O’Connell Center, including setting up and striking theme hours, organizing security and clean up, and overseeing all entertainment aspects during the 26.2 hours.

Assistant Director of Logistics

Jimmy Wheeler

Assistant Director of Talent Relations

Taylor Cavaliere

Assistant Director of Small Campus Events

Sean Biava

Captains

Rachel Cohen Brett Cook Tarini Chandok
Ross Hughes Jacob Rine Randi Ziegler
Caroline Carney Ryan Mesa Molly Gilroy
Robbye Teal Ali Sammour Ashley Knoblauch
Adam Williams Colten Northcott William New
Michelle Montes De Oca Mackenzie Olson Naomi Lara
Eric AmRhein Ryan Gleason Andres Zuniga
Isaac Baldwin Jordyn Brucato Michelle Agee
Daniel Galloza Jordan Weber Jake Woodbury
Avery Katz Victoria Wajsbrot Monica Ferrer
Julia Sabra Lauren Uzsinay Davis Freeman
Jacob Henschel
The Public Relations Team is responsible for maintaining the external views and public reputation of Dance Marathon at UF. The Captains work year-round to uphold the organization's mission statement, vision and branding. This involves forming relationships with local media sources, creating campaigns to propel the organization’s efforts, and using social media as a communication tool between the organization and its publics. Captains use creativity to construct additional campaigns throughout the year, storylines for multimedia videos, innovative ways to extend DM at UF’s reach, and getting the community involved and informed. During the event, Captains are also responsible for escorting media, maintaining social media channels, and ensuring the smooth running of the official Livestream.

Assistant Director of Social Media

Caroline Rollosson

Assistant Director of Publications

Sullivan Henry

Assistant Director of Media Outreach

Summer Orsini

Captains

Christine Anez Keith Dattilo Jenna Theofiledes
Ashley Norus Lauren Palen Ashleigh Braun
Jenna Metcalf Remi Storch Camber Pecor
Annie Boersma Amy Cook Kassidy Roberts
Emily Dunson Samantha Srebnick Charles Lockwood
Graham McPhail Morgan Hill Hasley Pitman
Haley Fretes Maddy Tighe Megan Freedman
Victoria Arguelles Rachel Banks Annie Pipkin
Sarah Bartholemy
The Recruitment Team is responsible for the recruitment of Dancers, FTKrew, Captains, Emerging Leaders, and organizations to participate in Dance Marathon at UF. Throughout the year, Captains will give presentations about our cause to various organizations across campus, working to convey the miracles Dance Marathon creates and how each organization can give back to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Recruitment Captains are integral parts of the movement to inspire and create leaders in our community, all while raising awareness about Dance Marathon and its cause. New this year, Recruitment Captains will be part of an effort to increase year-long Dancer Engagement.

Assistant Director of Dancer Engagement

Andrea Benaim

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Hannah Belcher

Assistant Director of Organization Relations

Connor Bennett

Captains

Derek Nickell Michael Backstrand Tori Pinchera
Lexi Leitman Amanda Idinge Lynh Nguyen
Erin Reilly Thomas Raleigh Samantha Schultz
Hayley Samek Devyn Nathan Gabrielle Vassallo
Sanchita Mukherjee Megan Blum Mari Gelabert
Rebecca Weissman Rebecca Petty Melinda Abercrombie
Gabriella Crespo Kiley Caggiano Jackson Baker
Bradley Pita Breen Kiel Ashley Dutton
Meghan Ballard Maddie Matesich Lucy Hernandez
Margaret Griffin Jared Schuster Isa Torregrosa
Patricia Zielinski Oliver Hoffman Blake Dolin
Eva Prendergast Demi Dedman
The Sponsorships Team is charged with soliciting businesses for monetary and in-kind (item) donations. Through reaching out to businesses, both local and national, Sponsorships Captains will build strong relationships with our sponsors, utilizing skills of leadership, communication, and stewardship. Captains are also responsible for organizing and working the Silent Auction at Dance Marathon.

Assistant Director of Outreach

David Bischoff

Assistant Director of In-Kind Donations

Alyssa Skryd

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Erin Park

Captains

Robby Mijares Elaine Williams Cade Jarrard
Alyssa Levin Ron Heinkel Kayla Henrie
Brittany Grogins Lauren Seewald Lauren Katz
Stefan Dolinsky Erica Nudelman Sydney Lang
Robert Shaarbay Connor Kreis Brooke Rabinovich
Hannah Seigel