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 16 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 and beyond. They work to promote a focused, consistent message about Dance Marathon at UF and to create strong community partnerships through servant leadership. The goal is to expand DM at UF’s reach to the greater 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 #GivingTuesday and the Miracle Gala. The Team also focuses on creating and organizing targeted engagement projects around the Gainesville community, as well as Haile and Ocala, such as Community Forums. They collaborate with the Dance Marathon Alumni (DMA) to increase alumni engagement and participation and are responsible for fostering Faculty Engagement with our cause.

Overall Director

Melissa Tempest

Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Oriana Mendez

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Hannah Hide

Assistant Director of Community Partnerships

Graylin Skates

Assistant Director of Events

Sophia Alday

Captains

The Dancer Relations Team is responsible for welcoming all registered Dancers into our organization. They are the liaisons between the organization and the Dancers in their year-long and in-event commitment. Dancer Relations Captains are responsible for ensuring that all registered Dancers are informed about our upcoming events and 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, and executing weekly Check-ins in Turlington. Dancer Relations Captains are also responsible for planning and executing Registered Dancer Events, organizing guest check-ins at the main event for visitors, and being a continuous resource and source of encouragement for our registered Dancers throughout the year.

Overall Director

Daniela Suarez

Assistant Director of Check-Ins

Jonny Sekula

Assistant Director of Dancer Engagement

Lily Batley

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Olivia Galler

Captains

The Design & Technology Team is a collection of graphic designers and software developers responsible for making the Dance Marathon brand come to life. Technology Captains are responsible for either the development/maintenance of the website or mobile applications (iOS and Android), and Design Captains are responsible for the creation of all print/web design needs (e.g. merchandise, social media graphics, newsletters, calendars, etc.). Throughout the year, Captains work together to create high-tech, portfolio-quality materials that showcase Dance Marathon as a professional student-run movement. They are required to attend all DM at UF events and fundraisers, as well as fundraise individually throughout the year. At the Event itself, Captains run the Tech Booth, which includes managing multiple screens inside the O’Dome, sending app notifications, coordinating audio/visual feeds, and creating in-event graphics.

Overall Director

Dina Modlin

Assistant Director of Design

Gabrielle Friedman

Assistant Director of Technology

Brianna Barron

Assistant Director of Internal Affairs

Kshama Shetty

Assistant Director of External Affairs

Max Dotson

Captains

Family Relations Captains serve as liaisons 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, working on 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 create the family room for the 26.2-hour event and facilitate activities and entertainment for the Miracle Families throughout the entirety of the Event. Captains will build cause connection with the entire Dance Marathon community through fostering relationships between Miracle Families, Captain Teams, Ambassadors, Emerging Leaders, and Dancers.

Overall Director

Scotty Trethewey

Assistant Director of External Relations

Nicole Seo

Assistant Director of Family Events

Carley Smith

Assistant Director of Family Outreach

Elizabeth Naeter

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Sheelagh Dunn

Captains

The Fundraising and Organization Development Team is both responsible for financial oversight of Dance Marathon at UF and the coordination of the Organization Ambassador Program. This program provides student Organizations at UF the opportunity to develop their involvement in Dance Marathon through their chosen Ambassadors. Each Captain is assigned several Ambassadors to work with throughout the year, acting as the liaison for the Organization to engage members, increase involvement and provide concrete ways they can improve their fundraising capabilities. These Captains play an integral role in the success of Dance Marathon by ensuring that their Ambassadors have updated and accurate information regarding their finance tracking, upcoming events and deadlines. He/she will lead weekly meetings with their assigned Ambassadors and is also expected to coordinate with the Family Relations and Dancer Relations Teams in regard to his/her Organization(s).

Overall Director

Clayton Gaulding

Assistant Director of Panhellenic & IFC Relations

Harrison Stoker

Assistant Director of Student & Emerging Organizations

Chloe Maugans

Assistant Director of Internal Operations

Dea Jahovaj

Assistant Director of External Operations

Kellyn Murphy

Captains

The Hospitality Team works year-round with local restaurants to coordinate monthly Hospitality fundraising nights for Dance Marathon. Captains 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 community events throughout the year. Throughout the year, Captains will help serve food at Dance Marathon events and will check-in attendees of our Hospitality Nights. Hospitality also hosts an annual food-themed event for our Miracle Children, FTKitchen. Captains plan, solicit, and serve a continuous flow of food to all participants for the duration of the 26.2-hour Main Event.

Overall Director

Halley Kunda

Assistant Director of Hospitality Events

Alexander Kanfer

Assistant Director of Hospitality Nights

Kaylee Carr

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Gwyneth Bishara

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Yasmeen Asfoor

Captains

The Leadership Development Team is responsible for overseeing and running the Emerging Leaders Program. This team will focus on developing and integrating students with minimal previous Dance Marathon experience into the Dance Marathon community through tangible exposure to Dance Marathon’s various leadership roles. As a part of this Team, Captains will work to cultivate the leadership skills of the newfound members of our Dance Marathon Family. Captains are responsible for not only facilitating and leading their own small group meetings and attending general body meetings, but also tracking, overseeing, and organizing the involvement of the Emerging Leaders in various other Dance Marathon events. During the Main Event, Leadership Development Captains will be responsible for managing and monitoring Emerging Leader’s responsibilities in order to progress Emerging Leader’s roles within Dance Marathon as a whole.

Overall Director

Jack Kirsch

Assistant Director of Emerging Leader Development

Darian Schneider

Assistant Director of Engagement

Coleman Brown

Assistant Director of Outreach

Yasmine Gillespie

Assistant Director of Tracking

Amelia Williamson

Captains

Marathon Relations are responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. Marathon Relations is composed of two teams: Marathon Relations North and Marathon Relations South. They energize and support our “Minis” by educating students on Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon at UF’s history and culture, as well as guiding them through fundraising and community involvement events throughout their school year. Marathon Relations North Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools in Gainesville and Ocala area, by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations North team attends all of our North 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 closely with all year in order to ensure that school’s success.

Overall Director

Emily Giles

Assistant Director of Northern Programs

Gerda Naeter

Assistant Director of New and Evolving Programs

Andrea Sellers

Assistant Director of Finance and Sponsorships

Madeleine MacLaren

Assistant Director of Projects and Communications

Michelle McKenna

Captains

Marathon Relations are responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. Marathon Relations is composed of two teams: Marathon Relations North and Marathon Relations South. They energize and support our “Minis” by educating students on Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon at UF’s history and culture, as well as guiding them through fundraising and community involvement events throughout their school year. Marathon Relations South Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools in the southern region, by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations South team travels to and attends all of our South 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 closely with all year in order to ensure that school’s success.

Overall Director

Amanda De La Vega

Assistant Director of Southern Programs

Mary Reagan Phillips

Assistant Director of New and Evolving Programs

Rebecca Brennan

Assistant Director of Finance and Sponsorships

Abigail Crawford

Assistant Director of Projects and Communications

Morgan DuPont

Captains

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 Ambassadors and Organizations, inventory tracking, organizing Check-in and Event shirt orders, internally fundraising, 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.

Overall Director

Sadie Joba

Assistant Director of Inventory

Karson Keiber

Assistant Director of Fundraising and Incentives

Zach Zelenak

Assistant Director of Internal Operations

Mckinley Elson

Assistant Director of Stores

Katie Michel

Captains

The Morale Team is responsible for keeping the spirit of Dance Marathon energetic, positive, and meaningful throughout the entire year, prior to and during the 26.2-hour event. Captains do this by engaging with students and the UF community, hosting Fall and Spring fundraisers, attending both Dance Marathon and UF-related events, interacting with high school students at Mini Marathons, and much more. Morale Captains bring the Dance Marathon spirit to campus all year. They constantly work to uplift, inspire, and encourage every member of the DM at UF community. In addition, Morale is in charge of creating, planning, and executing “Theme Hours,” which are unique hours during the Main Event that include costumes and activities to entertain the Dancers. Finally, Morale Captains create the Linedance, which uplifts and connects every person at the 26.2-hour event. Morale then teaches and demonstrates the Linedance at the Event and throughout the year.

Overall Director

Mike Sivilli

Assistant Director of Captain Relations

Victoria Leary

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Logan Foster

Assistant Director of Mini Marathon Coordination

Gage BonJorn

Assistant Director of Event Planning

Arielle Waters

Captains

The Multimedia Team is responsible for all DM at UF videography and photography throughout the year and during the Event. The main goal of this team is to capture content that represents the organization and its cause. The Captains are expected to promptly edit, sort, and upload their photos and videos to update our Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts. Furthermore, Captains are responsible for acquiring the camera equipment and software needed, including Lightroom and Premiere Pro. In addition, Captains are expected to attend all DM at UF events, including at least three Mini Marathons. Captains should have experience in photography or videography as well as editing experience. During the 26.2-hour Event, Captains take photos and videos to contribute to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Overall Director

Charles Hang

Assistant Director of Logistics

Kim-Anh Vo

Assistant Director of Photography

Lauren Bonet

Assistant Director of Social Media

Katerina Rettino

Assistant Director of Videography

Benjamin Grijalva

Captains

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 DM Dodgeball, Miracles In Color 5K, 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 event 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.

Overall Director

Sofia Miret

Assistant Director of Campus Events

Kathryn Taylor

Assistant Director of Logistics

Jack Drohan

Assistant Director of Talent Relations

Delaney Currie

Captains

The Public Relations Team is responsible for maintaining the external views and public reputation of Dance Marathon at UF. The PR Captains work year-round to uphold the organization’s mission statement, vision, and branding. This involves forming relationships with local media sources, writing blogs to share our Miracle Children’s stories, and using social media to connect and engage with the public. Captains use creativity to construct campaigns throughout the year, write storylines for Multimedia videos, and develop innovative ways to extend DM at UF’s reach and keep the community involved and informed. During the Event, Captains are also responsible for escorting the media, updating social media platforms, and ensuring the smooth running of the official Livestream.

Overall Director

Kristina Smith

Assistant Director of Communications

Molly Metcalf

Assistant Director of Publications

Hope Hathcock

Assistant Director of Social Media

Isabella Voigt

Captains

The Recruitment Team is responsible for the recruitment of Dancers, Kirstyn’s Krew, Captains, Emerging Leaders, and Organizations to participate in Dance Marathon at UF. Throughout the year, Captains will work with and give presentations to various external organizations - those who are not currently a part of Dance Marathon - in order to expand our involvement throughout the University of Florida. The team works to find ways to support other organizations the way they support us. Captains will also flyer about our cause across campus, working to convey the miracles that Dance Marathon creates and how each student can give back to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Each Recruitment Captain will additionally have a hand in the organization and leadership of the Gator Aides, our large group of individually registered Dancers. Recruitment Captains are integral parts of the movement as they inspire and create leaders in our community, all while raising awareness about Dance Marathon and its purpose.

Overall Director

Olivia Humbard

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Brandon White

Assistant Director of Organization Development

Elizabeth Docherty

Assistant Director of Tracking

Katie Casserly

Captains

The Sponsorships Team is charged with soliciting businesses for monetary and in­-kind (item) donations. Through our year-long efforts of 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 the Main Event as well as organizing Miracle Market in the Spring semester.

Overall Director

Emily Hull

Assistant Director of Logistics

Regan Erickson

Assistant Director of Outreach

Chelsea Nicholls

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Kristina Ludel

Captains