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 Community Outreach Team is responsible for increasing the awareness and reach of Dance Marathon at the University of Florida throughout the Gainesville community. They work to promote a focused, consistent message about Dance Marathon at UF and to create strong community partnerships. The goal is to expand DM at UF’s reach to the Gainesville community, sharing our mission and forming positive relationships with new communities in our cause. Community Outreach is responsible for large community-based events such as the Miracle Gala. The Team also 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 and are responsible for fostering Faculty Engagement in our cause.

Assistant Director of Community Partnerships

Kathryn Barry

Assistant Director of Event Planning

Lauren Bruss

Assistant Director of Targeted Engagement

Scottie Andrew


Alexander Everitt Benjamin Cutler Brandon Mackenzie
Brittney Hayes Caitlyn Pennell Cameron Shannon
Claire Mobley Diana Hauter Emily Baker
Emma Zwick Gianna LoGiudice Jacob Yurigan
Jamie Breitbart Jennifer Goldsmith Juan Varela
Kristina Askin Lauren Meaney Madison Martin
Matthew Migliazza McKenna Elliott Morgan Coffey
Olivia Taylor Rebecca Shakour Simi Himatsingani
Tyler Smith
The Dancer Relations Team is responsible for assimilating all registered Dancers into our organization. Dancer Relations Captains are responsible for creating and executing year long Dancer engagement programming for our registered Dancers. The Dancer Relations Team is also responsible for ensuring that all registered Dancers are informed about all upcoming events, opportunities, as well as maintaining open communication with Dancers. Responsibilities include registering Dancers for our main 26.2 hour event, tracking Dancer participation via spirit points, working weekly and other various Check-ins, holding informational meetings with their respective Dancers, organizing guest check-ins at the main event for visitors, and being a continuous resource for our registered Dancers throughout the year.

Assistant Director of Dancer Engagement

Alex Gagliano

Assistant Director of Strategic Development

Julia O'Connor

Assistant Director of Tracking and Logistics

Christine Joseph


Alexandra Anderson Annette Reiner Ashley Martin
Ashlyn Witzke Autumn Adams-Jack Brian Nichol
Brooke Saban Caroline Baldwin Caroline Lee
Claire Overholt Clayton Stein Cole Abrahamson
Cristine Lindsay Emily Ownes Gianna Herrmann
Hailley Loper Halle Berliant Hayley Giambalvo
Isabelle Olek Jacob Mayuski Jane McAskill
Jillian Ciotoli Johna Downing Johnathan Page
Joni Seligson Jordan Wohl Juliana Cuccaro
Justin Weidenfeld Kaitlyn Cullen Kelly Hagan
Kelsey Matala Kobe Jones Laura Martinez
McKenna Schaar Megan Mitchell Molly Mussary
Natalie Rilo Nicole Kjosa Payton DeAndrea
Peter Giannas Peter Staviski Ryan Savoldy
Samantha Fleet Shae Margulies Sydney Seiff
Victoria Carillo William Fitzgerald Carlie Yent
The Design & Technology 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. At the event itself, captains manage the Jumbotron, app notifications, livestream, and otherwise keep things running smoothly.

Assistant Director of App Development

Michael Smith

Assistant Director of Creative Development

GiGi Novak

Assistant Director of Design Logistics

Sarah Cantor

Assistant Director of Web Development

Cameron Cook


Alexander Boucher Ali Sammour Alyssa Lanzas
Brooke Mott-Smith Celia Planeta Cory Fink
Courtney Meyer Emma Berckman Isabella Bond
Jake Bursk Jose Rivera Jules LaVoy
Kara Kennedy Kyle Bassignani Marcela Pellissery
Marni Weiss Mia Lestorti Michael Kennedy
Parker Lunn Patrick Prieto Skyler Brown-Smith
Stephanie Nash Tiffany Tang Wesley Campbell
William Cosker William Walker Jonathan Pereyra
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 External Relations

Amanda Marr

Assistant Director of Family Events

Charles McMillan

Assistant Director of Family Outreach

Lindsay Asher


Abbey Parker AJ Kerwin Alexa Scherbak
Benjamin Weeks Cameron Gangle Carly Knox
Christina Collings Courtney Kerwin Courtney Mastrorio
Davis Freeman Emily Bateh Emily Boulter
Emily Chapman Emily DiNardi Gabriela Davila
Grace Knapp Hannah Cooper Jacqueline Lutz
Jean Paul Cleveland Jordan Glick Jourdain Cole
Katarina Eckstein-Schoemann Kathryn Lahey Kathryn Vigilante
Kelly Kolman Kenny Pitt Kristy Minno
Laura Lozano Lauren Connell Mackenzie Slater
Madelyn Mandese Maranda Centeno Marra Sirianni
Mary Summers Michaela Pattison Olivia Menze
Peighton Jones Sam Bradley Sarah Wolk
Shannon Jones Troy Porter Zachary Corliss
The Fundraising and Organization Development 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. This team is also responsible for coordinating the Organization Ambassador Program to ensure Ambassadors of organizations have updated and accurate information about all upcoming events, deadlines, and financial tracking. Each captain will be assigned a handful of organizations to keep informed and certify their organizations' financial success. 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 Ambassador Engagement

Amanda Rutner

Assistant Director of Canning and Special Projects

Kayla Fagien

Assistant Director of Mini-Marathon Tracking

Andrew Reiss

Assistant Director of Organization Development

John Richter


Alexia Yavalar Alexis Sutter Bailey LaRea
Carmen Florez Chelsea Bourekas Chris Avitabile
Christian Estrada Delaney Holdt Elizabeth Simons
Emma McClane Jacqueline Lamm Jillian Krantz
Justin Aronstein Kaitlin Swan Kelsea Henry
Madison Eudy Meaghan Norus Meghan Wren
Morgan Serio (Mercier) Natalia Garcia Baerga Pervez Punjani
Sabrina Stantzyk-Guzek Steve Workman Sydney Burns
Taylor Konopka Zachary Ginsburg
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 and local restaurants in Gainesville 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 Hospitality Events

Brianna Sekul

Assistant Director of Hospitality Nights

Amanda Abes

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Alexis Ercia


Abby Telan Alana Jula Alanna Cavallini
Alayna Bruckner Alexander Dela Rea Caroline Miller
Elizabeth Thompson Ethan Paikowsky Gibson Howard
Hannah Burkhart Hannah Schmidt Hayden Dodds
Jacqueline Jagger Juliette Condren Kelsie Collins
Kendall Phillips Kylie Ditty Kyrsten Engstrom
Leah Drake Lexie Nelson Maddie Wise
Madison Lee Rachel Grimley Romy Miller
Ryan Loveland Scarlett Thorne Seth Longland
Shay Phillips Spencer Cutts Stephanie Ferrer
Taylor Clark Tia Sasher Valentina Sicilia
The Leadership Development Team is responsible for overseeing and running the Emerging Leaders Program. As a part of this, Captains will work to cultivate the leadership skills of the newfound members of our Dance Marathon Family. This team will focus on developing and integrating students with minimal previous Dance Marathon experience through tangible exposure to Dance Marathon’s various leadership roles. Captains are responsible for attending 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 progressing Emerging Leader’s roles within Dance Marathon at the University of Florida.

Assistant Director of Emerging Leader Development

Kassandra Philogene

Assistant Director of Emerging Leader Engagement

Hannah Hallman

Assistant Director of Emerging Leader Tracking

Ryan Owens


Aileen Gonzalez Alexyss Rainford Alison Catena
Amanda Goldberg Ashley Smokonich Ashton Wilson
Brawn Nelson Camille Nichols Caroline Hellmann
Casey Gilligan Connor Wax Dorothy Hellmann
Ellie Clark Felicia Miller Halle Gibson
Hannah Kastensmidt Haylee Lentin Henry Edmondson
Jenna Parker Justin Beach Katelin Carroll
Kavitha Komatineni Lauren Spataro Leah Knight
Luke Evans Lyanne Melendez Michelle Podolnyy
Olivia Haughey Sara Stranieri Sarah Byres
Shayne Sipowski Stephanie McMillan
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 Internal Affairs and Correspondence

Asa Cooley

Assistant Director of New and Emerging Programs

Bryan Greenfield

Assistant Director of Northern Region

Kaitlyn Blade

Assistant Director of Southern Region

Shelby Whiddon


Alexander Martin Alexis Pollak Annie Criser
Ashlyn Saunders Carly Snytte Catie Wegman
Charley Wolfla Christopher Henderson Christopher West
Daniel Zamora Emmy Makic Fraleigh Krause
Gina Allegrini Hannah Baker Allison Nelson
Hannah Mennes Isa Torregrosa Jacob Reed
Jillian Mitchell Julie Cartee Kayla Anschuetz
Kevin Labra Kylee Neeranjan Laura Pinheiro
Leana Pustam Lindsey Treacy Lizanna Angeli
Madalyn Benton Maddy Schmidt Malley Goodwin
Marialejandra Perez Mary Claire Madden MaryBeth Dinkins
Max Baron Michelle McKenna MJ Cordero
Paige Pagano Rachel Berman Sam Heekin
Samuel Weingart Sarah Workman Sheri Kusatzky
Sierra Lloyd Stephanie Ciricillo Marissa Shulman
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. Captains are responsible for running the DM store at Turlington every Wednesday, at community events, mini marathons, and online. Additional responsibilities include: Facilitating pre-orders with delegates and organizations, inventory tracking, organizing check-in and event shirt orders, and keeping track of incentive items as well as passing them out. Pre-event, Captains manage the online store and fulfill orders as well as order and stuff Dancer Bags. In-event, Captains manage the store as well as the incentive table.

Assistant Director of Incentive Merchandise

Connor Lhota

Assistant Director of Inventory

Megan Shulmister

Assistant Director of Orders

Erin Pins


Becca Pecora Bryson Keel Carly Leonard
Chloe Burgess CJ Cavaliere Claire Wilhelm
Dante Mastrangelo Emily McGaughy Erica Charles
Gabrielle Pierce Garrett Scott Haley Grasty
Hannah Paymeyesh Jonathan Acosta Jordanna Herrmann
Kayla Eversen Manuela Gutierrez Mary Delegal
Morgan McWilliams Natasha Jewett Nathan Landry
Nick Castro Olivia Boaz Rachel Mazzurco
Sajid Jafferjee Shelby Shriver Sunny Mucha
Taylor Tribuiani Valencia Vigarino Victoria Vincent
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, spreading Dance Marathon’s great energy through campus, 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 Fundraising

Kelly Daly

Assistant Director of Mini Marathon Coordination

Yousef Dawoud

Assistant Director of Outreach

Abby Wilwant


Alexa Mederos Alexandra Sikoryak Anna Fitzpatrick
Anthony Rocca Anthony Temeliescu Ashley Gonzalez
Benjamin Lantinberg Beth Hermann Bre Miller
Brooke Engel Cameron Schaublin Carlie Groeschen
Carolina Morales Charles "CJ" Lockwood Charles Reynolds
Christine Powroznik Colleen Maher Connor Turner
Daileen Paulino-Santana Gracyn DenBesten Isabella Alfonso
Jen Bacon Joe Vega John Cerillo
Karla Robaina Lauren Stein Lexi Stoloff
Lily Frost Michael Murphy Mimi Eliscu
Nicole Allison Nicole Liss Omarley Spence
Reilly Thompson Riley McCoy Samantha DiCorte
Sammie Saunders Seryna Mamane Sydney Robinson
Tamara Boskovic Trevor Betros Victor Palacio
Zack Argentine Zoe Hackshaw
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. Captains are divided into videography or photography captains depending on their desired specialty. 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 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 Facebook and Instagram page.

Assistant Director of Coordination

Aynsley Rasmussen

Assistant Director of Photography

Michelle Steffes

Assistant Director of Social Media

Katherine Campione

Assistant Director of Videography

Christopher Barbee


Aisling Sheehan Alana Healy Allison Luntz
Amanda Meyering Andy Klaric Brandon Fallin
Brooke Johnson Carly Mackler Cesar Lugaro
Chandler Haines Charlotte Robinson Dakota Williams
Erica Criss Erica Steinkohl Gabriella Paul
Isabela Rodriguez Jessica Inhofer Katherine Daly
Kaylee Battiste Kim Evens Lexie Miller
Mary Grace Paris Paige Davis Parker Christian
Samy Asfoor Sander Bloshinsky Sophia Rose
Spencer Kane Sydney Jones
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, planning and executing campus events (including but not limited to FTK Festival, Warrior Run, a benefit concert, and FTKickoff), 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. The Productions Team also assists other teams when necessary with logistics and entertainment necessary for their respective undertakings.

Assistant Director of Campus Events

Ashley Knoblauch

Assistant Director of Logistics

Tarini Chandok

Assistant Director of Talent Relations

Randi Ziegler


Adam Cook Alex Smock Allison Williams
Angelica Abrego Brett Cook Caleb Baum
Carl Ty Christian Mkhachen Daniella Fragnito
Sean Pedersen Ellen Andreu Esther Kim
Evelyn Kelley Jacob Henschel James Wheeler
Jim Mossell Julia Sabra Justin Fontes
Lauren Harrington Lauren Uzsinay Michael Fernandez
Michelle Montes De Oca Molly Gilroy Naomi Lara
Rebecca Goetz Robbye Teal Ryan Mesa
Ryder Roscigno Samuel Still Shelby Rubin
Victoria Wajsbrot
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 the public. 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, updating social media platforms, and ensuring the smooth running of the official Livestream.

Assistant Director of Internal Communications

Sullivan Henry

Assistant Director of Media Outreach

Jenna Metcalf

Assistant Director of Publications

Megan Freedman

Assistant Director of Social Media

Morgan Hill


Allison Hellier Anabelle Greene Annie Pipkin
Ashlyn Yarbrough Camber Pecor Carly Gettleman
Eli Rosen Emilie Dhir Emily Loughran
Graham McPhail Haley Fretes Hannah Fredlake
Jenna Theofiledes Kaitlyn Paley Karissa Disla
Kassidy Roberts Kayla Persan Lauren Palen
Lauren Seewald Maddy Whalen McKenna Beery
Nikolette Kalavriziotis Remi Storch Samantha Srebnick
Sarah Bartholemy Valentina Rendon Victoria Arguelles
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, each Recruitment Captain will be in charge of recruiting external organizations who are not currently a part of Dance Marathon to expand our involvement throughout the University of Florida as a whole.

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Maddie Matesich

Assistant Director of External Organizations

Ashley Dutton

Assistant Director of Internal Organizations

Megan Blum


Allison Wehle Anika Moffitt Breen Kiel
Brian Caldwell Chase Broome Ciara Chappell
Courtney Triplett Demi Dedman Eva Prendergast
Gabriella Crespo Gianna Mangino Hayley Samek
Jared Schuster Jenna Alderuccio Jenna Williamson
Julia Thometz Kyla George Margaret Griffin
Mari Gelabert Meghan Ballard Melinda Abercrombie
Oliver Hoffman Patricia Zielinski Rebecca Daniel
Rebecca Weissman Stella Matic Victoria Botelho
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 as well as organizing Miracle Market in the spring.

Assistant Director of In-Kind Donations

Brittany Groggins

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Brooke Rabinovich

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Lauren Katz


Andie Alderman Christopher Hewitt Connor Kreis
Deanna Belfiore Galina Nelson Hallie Richards
Jamie Bauman Jared Friedman Katherine Dubina
Kevin Anderson Liza Miller Mackenzie King
Matthew Costello Melissa Fletcher Nicole Russo
Paige Leaming Reis Spicer Sophia Bond
Sophia Shapiro Sydney Lang