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.

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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/maintaining of the website and mobile applications (iOS and Android), or the creation of all print/web design needs (e.g. merchandise proofs, social media campaigns outsourced through Facebook events and cover photos, Instagram graphics, website 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. such as 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

Jonathan Pereyra

Assistant Director of Web Development

Connor Elkin
The Dancer Relations Team is responsible for the care of the participating Dancers from the beginning of the year to the event’s end. Responsibilities include registering Dancers for event, tallying the spirit point competition that takes place throughout the year at various check-ins, holding informational Dancer meetings, staffing the medical and study rooms at the event, 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. Dancer Relations Captains also coordinate an in-depth Delegate program ensuring Dancers and organizations have updated and accurate information about all upcoming events, deadlines, and general Dance Marathon knowledge.

Assistant Director of Check-Ins

Kayla Nocella

Assistant Director of Delegate Engagement

David McCaskill

Assistant Director of Tracking and Special Events

Hunter Robbins
Family Relations Captains serve as the liaison between Dance Marathon and the Miracle Families. Captains are paired with a 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. 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 keep the Miracle Families entertained during 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
The Fundraising Team is responsible for financial oversight, funds processing, collections and fundraising strategies. 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. They are responsible for running Dancer registration alongside the Dancer Relations team. In addition, they are responsible for all financial oversight for a handful of organizations. This oversight requires close relationships with both the Delegates of those organizations and the corresponding Dancer Relanions Captain.

Assistant Director of Canning and Offline Transactions

Shayna Goldrich

Assistant Director of Mini-Marathon Tracking

Zach Ginsburg
The Hospitality Captains work year-round with local restaurants to coordinate monthly hospitality fundraising nights for Dance Marathon. Captains also spend a large part of the academic year reaching out to large food corporations to coordinate donations and corporate sponsorships.They are responsible for any foodrelated needs for pre-event activities at community events and the 26.2-hour event. 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
The Leadership Development Team is responsible for cultivating 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 innerworkings of our philanthropic cause. Captains are responsible for helping plan and attend general body meetings that will include prominent speakers from the Gainesville community and also run 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
The Marathon Relations Team is responsible for advising and attending Dance Marathon at UF’s high school marathons. They energize and support these marathons by teaching the Line Dance and educating students on Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and DM at UF’s history and culture. Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools around the state while helping them to plan and implement their marathons while recruiting new high schools to join the Dance Marathon family. Captains are responsible for maintaining relationships with other collegiate Dance Marathons by serving as a resource and hosting other collegiate Dance Marathons.

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
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, help the Sponsorship team facilitate Marketing Days, and order and stuff Dancer Bags.

Assistant Director of Inventory

Hannah Wannamaker

Assistant Director of Orders

Lindsey Sullivan
The Morale Team is responsible for creating, planning and executing the “theme hours”, which are essentially themed hours filled with games, activities and crafts to keep the Dancers entertained and enthused. They keep the spirit of Dance Marathon high, energetic and positive throughout the entire year, prior to and during the 26.2-hour event. 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
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 and Facebook, 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 in photos. Lastly, these Captains maintain the DM at UF YouTube channel, as well as contribute to the Livestream and Live Feed at the 26.2-hour event.

Assistant Director of Social Media

Dakota Williams

Assistant Director of Videography

Gabriel Rojas

Assistant Director of Photography

Alaina DiGiacomo
The Outreach Team is responsible for focusing on increasing the awareness and reach of Dance Marathon at the University of Florida through our 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
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
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, and innovative ways to extend DM at UF’s reach, 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 event itself.

Assistant Director of Social Media

Caroline Rollosson

Assistant Director of Publications

Sullivan Henry

Assistant Director of Media Outreach

Summer Orsini
The Recruitment Team is responsible for the recruitment of Dancers, Staff, Captains, Emerging Leaders, and organizations to participate in Dance Marathon at UF. Throughout the year, Captains will maintain contact with 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.

Assistant Director of Dancer Engagement

Andrea Benaim

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Hannah Belcher

Assistant Director of Organization Relations

Connor Bennett
The Sponsorships Team is responsible for soliciting national and local communities for sponsorships, including title sponsorships, in-kind donations for community events and Dance Marathon, and items for the Silent Auction. The captains will work to foster stewardship and strong relationships by working closely with Sponsors and communicating with them throughout the year. Captains are also responsible for organizing and working Marketing Days at local businesses.

Assistant Director of Outreach

David Bischoff

Assistant Director of In-Kind Donations

Alyssa Skryd

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Erin Park