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Academic and Student Affairs
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Academic and Student Affairs Leadership

Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, CPH
Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies  

Since 1990, Kay M. Perrin, PhD, MPH has held faculty appointments at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a registered nurse in a variety of public health clinics and hospital settings for over 15 years. Currently, Dr. Perrin is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She oversees all aspects of the newly approved undergraduate degree: Bachelor's of Science in Public Health.

Dr. Perrin teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her research focuses on adolescent health with a special interest in teen pregnancy. Lastly, she serves on several community boards in the Tampa Bay Area.


Graduate Admissions Team


Kamala Dontamsetti, MBA, MA, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Kamala holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Master’s in Business Administration, worked as the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Schiller International University, and as the Director of International Recruitment and Admissions at Ball State University. Kamala has traveled in China, India, Brazil, Turkey, the Middle East and Europe, and loves to experience and learn about new cultures, as well as read and exercise in her spare time.

Patricia Roque, Admissions Coordinator
Application and admissions
Patricia came over to the College of Public Health from the Office of the Registrar with 4 ½ years of experience in higher education. While employed at the Office of the Registrar, she worked as an Enrollment Management Assistant for Client Services and as an Enrollment Management Specialist for Graduation and Records Management. Patricia is also a student here at the University of South Florida seeking a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. In her free time Patricia enjoy working-out, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends. 

Registration and Scheduling Team

Lakiecher Murphy, Assistant Director, Registration and Scheduling
Course scheduling, reduced rate programs, and registration
Lakiecher is the Scheduling and Online Programs Administrator for the College of Public Health. She has over 10 years of experience working in higher education. Lakiecher manages the Reduced Rate Program (RRP), formally known as Self-funded. She completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky State University and is currently working on a Masters in Educational Leadership. Lakiecher enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends.
Carletta Hagins-Hughes, Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Permits, registration process, and course schedule
Carletta Hagins-Hughes is new to the College of Public Health, but not new to the University of South Florida. Carletta has over 9 years of experience through USF Registrar Office in records and registration, training, PDIM, senior citizen registration and change of programs. Carletta is currently working on her degree in Mass Communication. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with her church, traveling, culture events, music, reading and especially spending time with her family. Carletta is eager to learn and always looking for new challenges.
LaTonya Davis, MA, Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Permits, registration process, and course schedule

LaTonya Davis started attending USF in 2010 as a full-time student, ultimately earning a BA in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Healthcare in 2014.. In early 2011 she began working as a Work Study student in the Office of the Registrar. During that time she learned USF academic policies and procedures and was then hired as an Enrollment Management Assistant in 2013. In 2015, she joined the College of Public Health as a Registration and Scheduling Coordinator and simultaneously earned her Master’s Degree in 2016.


Programs and Outcomes Team

David Hogeboom, MSPH, Assistant Director, Programs and Outcomes
Data Management, Assessment and Reporting; Curriculum Information Management
David came to the College of Public Health in 1996 and has worked as a network administrator, data manager, researcher and admissions administrator. He earned a Master's of Science in Public Health in 2007 and has co-authored articles on topics such as assessing children's physical activity, parental influences on child behavior, and the internet's association with social networking. He now works in Academic and Student Affairs for COPH performing data management, assessment and reporting for programs and accreditation, and maintaining curriculum information for the College. David also enjoys running, and volunteer work at the Tampa Humane Society.
Tara Greer, MBA, Academic Services Administrator
Data Management, Assessment and Reporting; Curriculum Information Management
Tara first joined Academic and Student affairs in August of 2014. Tara entered the nonprofit realm in 2003 when she started 4 The Future. At the time she was an undergraduate at USF studying for her BSW. Later she would continue her education and receive an MBA.

Experiential Learning Team

Somer Burke, MPH, CHES, CPH,
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning
Somer has worked at the College of Public Health for nearly 15 years including positions in research, undergraduate teaching, and academic administration. She is also an alumna of the College having earned her MPH in Public Health Education. Currently Somer works with the Graduate Advising team, the Public Health Practice Program and the Doctorate of Public Health Program within the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.  She spends her free time enjoying her family, friends, travel, and food.

Jesse Casanova, MS
Field Experience and International Programs Administrator

Jesse Casanova graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., in 2004. He joined the Peace Corps and served in Togo, West Africa, from 2006-08 as a natural resource management volunteer. He then worked as an English instructor in South Korea from 2008-09.

Upon completing his service in South Korea, he attended Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, where he earned an MsC in international humanitarian action in the Network on Humanitarian Assistance in 2011. He then worked in Cameroon as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer and in malaria control at the national level with the Ministry of Health, the Global Fund, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Embassy. He finished that 13-month assignment in 2013, when he accepted his current USF position as director of International Programs in the College of Public Health.

 Staff Assistant

Katherine Cunningham, MA, Staff Assistant
Reception and administrative support
Katherine is originally from New Jersey and holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Southeastern University. Katherine moved to Lakeland, FL in 2009 to  attend Southeastern University, where she earned a Bachelors degree and Masters. While obtaining her Masters, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Advancement Department at SEU.

In addition, she has worked at Florida Southern College as the Administrative Assistant to the ROTC program and at Geico as a Customer service representative. Katherine recently moved to Brandon, Fl. In her spare time, Katherine loves working out, shopping and reading. Also, Katherine likes go out to different adventures and traveling with her family and friends.

Graduate Academic Advisors

Kelley Graff, MEd
Graduate Academic Advisor

Kelley graduated from the USF with a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs.  Although, she is new to the College of Public Health, Kelley worked at USF in the Development Office at the College of Education and in the Ombuds Office.  Before beginning her career in higher education, Kelley taught for nine years with the Pasco County School District teaching 5th and 6th graders.  In her spare time, she enjoys attending football games, cooking, and traveling with her family.  As a life-long learner, Kelley looks forward to helping students discover their passions.

Laura Spring
Graduate Academic Advisor

Department Administrators

Pam Hachey, Academic Services Administrator
Department of Community and Family Health

Pam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Maine and spent 19 years at Syracuse University, most recently as Assistant Director of Academic Advising.  She and her husband moved to the Tampa area Summer 2015. In her free time she enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, and taking in all that Florida sunshine!

Jane Lundh, Academic Services Administrator
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Sara Spear, Academic Administrator
Department of Health Policy and Management and Public Health Practice
Sara is originally from New Jersey and studied History and Religion at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  After receiving her Master’s of Education at Rutgers University, she became an Academic Advisor and most recently served in this role at USF’s Honors College.  Sara joined the Department of Health Policy and Management in December 2015.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, and when she has time, likes to read, craft, and travel!
Jessica Grossman, Academic Services Administrator
Department of Global Health
Jessica is originally from the Western New York area where she completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She joined the Department of Global Health in December of 2010 just prior to completing her Masters in Business Administration from the USF Muma College of Business.  Jessica enjoys interacting with Global Health students, applicants or anyone interested in a degree, minor, graduate certificate or classes in the department.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, crafting of any kind and spending time with her husband and cats.
 Nolan Kimball, Academic Services Administrator
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


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