Ambassador Profiles

Community Ambassadors with the letter M being a graphic of three people holding hands

Aquesha AddisonName: Aquesha Addison

Agency: Kids Incorporated 

Email: aa17h@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: N/A

Major: Biochemistry - BS

Year: Second year

Dream job: I’d love to be a Medical Scientist, working on treatments for disease and cancers in a lab while still interacting with patients.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from Shakespeare plays to Tolkien fantasies. I live for science and science education and spend a lot of time working on research or volunteering with youth STEM opportunities.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

As a military brat, I have spent my entire life traveling from place to place and never really building roots. In Tallahassee I feel at home and I want to connect with this community and all it has to offer. As an ambassador, I not only get a closer look at the needs of the community, but also what the response is, and I get to be a part of that response. I have the opportunity to connect the college campuses to the wonderful city around them and help redefine “community” as more than just what the students see on the surface of Tallahassee. 

 

Farah AliName: Farah Ali

Agency: Capital City Youth Services

Email: fsa16@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Criminology and Psychology 

Year: Senior

Dream job: Criminal Defense Attorney 

Hobbies: Playing piano, petting cats, and binging Criminal Minds 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an Ambassador because I wanted a more central and focused role in a nonprofit. I have spent a great amount of time participating in Center programs and volunteering, but I have been eager to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a nonprofit is completely run. My passions are law and youth development, and I believe my agency aligns perfectly with these because of the various aspects of CCYS. One aspect being a program called Stop Now and Plan (SNAP), which aids children with behavioral issues and teaches parents how to properly assist their children. With the combination of counseling/mentorship and a focus on childhood delinquency, the Community Ambassador Program has allowed me to fuse my passions and make positive sustainable change. 

 

Karina AmalbertName: Karina Amalbert

Agency: Grace Mission

Email: kba16b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Major: Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in Sociology and Public Administration 

Year: Second year

Dream job: My dream job would be the intersection of international development meets sociology! I would love to specialize into a field focused on Latin womxn empowerment in Central/ South America. 

Hobbies: I am your typical vegan who loves to spend way too much time at Trader Joe’s! I am interested in everything sustainability whether that be minimalism, no-waste life-style, or even consumerism! 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

Becoming a Community Ambassador will allow me to see a new perspective of non-profits/ community service! For a good majority of my life I have always volunteered but now I will be able to see the administrative aspect behind non-profits. Teaching the children empowerment and sustainability at a young age is my main goal as a community ambassador! Being able to share my passion of self-confidence along with being aware of sustainability aligns with my agency’s goal of allowing the children to grow to their full potential! 

 

Amanda AndersonName: Amanda Anderson

Agency: Capital City Youth Services

Email: ala12c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Major: MPA, Master of Public Administration

Year: Graduate Student

Dream job: Executive Director of a Human Rights Organization 

Hobbies: I love yoga, drinking coffee, travelling, and playing with my dog, Dory!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

As a graduate student studying nonprofit management, I knew getting involved with The Center as a Community Ambassador would help me gain valuable experience working directly with a nonprofit and learning the inner workings of that organization. While working with CCYS, I hope to help them advance their mission of promoting the healthy development of youth and families in Tallahassee and help connect them to the many resources available at Florida State. I truly believe nonprofits bring immeasurable value to communities and I’m excited to help make a difference in children and families lives.  

 

Lexi BoynesName: Lexi Boynes

Agency: Kids Incorporated 

Email: lrb17@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Major: Communications/Media Studies

Year: Sophomore 

Dream job: I’d love to pursue a career in the legal field with a concentration in either entertainment or mass media law.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading books (especially the classics), spending time with my family, scrapbooking, and watching movies. In my spare time, you can catch me watching my favorite TV show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

During my first year at FSU, I spent a lot of my time volunteering at various organizations in the Tallahassee Community. Of the places I volunteered at, Kids Inc. resonated with me the most. In addition to planning events and coordinating volunteering presentations, I’m curious to see how Kids Inc. tackles the achievement gap that exists between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the resources on FSU’s campus in collaboration with Kids Inc., I hope to bring in a new wave of volunteers!

 

Caleb M. DawkinsName: Caleb M. Dawkins

Agency: Boys Town North Florida

Email: cmd15g@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Political Science & Advertising

Year: Junior

Dream job: Vice President of Student Affairs or an Advertising Job

Hobbies: Graphic Design, Youth Mentorship

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I applied for a second term as a Community Ambassador because being involved with Boys Town North Florida has truly changed my life. This nonprofit has single handedly shifted my idea of what meaningful service meant, and how I can turn my passion into action. Being a service scholar, I was thrown around so many different service areas and I wanted to finally find an agency and be committed and Boys Town is that for me. I find that it is easy to get wrapped up in Florida State and to think that Tallahassee starts and end with FSU but that is simply not true. As a Community Ambassador, I want to bridge the gap between students and the youth in the Tallahassee area. I want to help spread the knowledge that I’ve learned to the youth at Boys Town in the hopes to help them build their futures. Helping them understand that the world is so much bigger than themselves and also how we can all play a part in making the world a better place.

 

Faith DekanterName: Faith Dekanter 

Agency: The Kearney Center

Email: frd15@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Major: Social Work

Year: Junior

Dream job: Being the director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources for foster youth who have aged out of care.

Hobbies: Reading books halfway, watching terrible Netflix original movies, thrifting, investing in youth, and spending time with friends.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an ambassador because I wanted to become more directly involved with the Tallahassee community outside of Florida State. Community service and involvement is very important to me and I believe we are all responsible for fostering growth within this city that has undoubtedly shaped us during our time at college. I hope to get more students involved with the Kearney Center and to garner a deeper sense of empathy, and awareness, for those experiencing homelessness. This opportunity is even more special to me because of the fact that it gives me a chance to hone skills I will need when working in nonprofit development after graduating. The Kearney Center does amazing things in our community and I can’t wait to be involved and encourage others to get involved as well.  

 

Hunter DennisName: Hunter Dennis 

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: hrd15c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Riverview, FL

Major: International Affairs

Year: Third year

Dream job: Account Manager

Hobbies: Cooking and Volleyball

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become a community ambassador and join such an amazing program to work closely with a local Tallahassee Non-Profit Organization and give back to the community that has given so much to Florida State. After graduation I would love to work for a non-profit organization that helps LGBTQ+ youth, so getting the opportunity to work with a non-profit in Tallahassee that benefits the community will help me get a better picture of my future career. Through this program I hope to be as resourceful as possible to the Damayan Garden Project and the people they impact through providing volunteers and access to resources that FSU can provide. Because I have a love for cooking and using fresh ingredients, I love seeing the benefits of locally grown produce and growing your own food. Hopefully through my partnership with the Damayan Garden Project I will learn valuable lessons on gardening and how to keep up with your own garden to have longevity in your efforts for fresh produce.

 

Lizzi DurhamName: Lizzi Durham 

Agency: Big Bend Community Based Care

Email: ked17d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Auburndale, FL

Major: Criminology

Year: Sophomore 

Dream job: After graduating from FSU, I want to move on to volunteering for the Peace Corps working in either the education or youth in development sector. After this, I would like to attend law school and one day eventually practice juvenile criminal or criminal defense. 

Hobbies: I love reading, video production, listening to music, art, watching Hulu/Netflix, and of course spending time with friends and family. 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I became an ambassador because I have always been passionate about community service. I love having the ability to make a positive impact on the world around me. Through this program, I hope to achieve a better understanding of the foster care system from the perspective of the parents and children who have to go through this process. The legalities of adoption and foster care align with my future plans of one day being a lawyer, and I plan on carrying what I learn from the agency into my future career. I am excited for what this year will bring within the program and am looking forward to learning something new everyday with Big Bend Community Based Care.

 

Jacob FreidName: Jacob Freid

Agency: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend

Email: jbf15b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Major: English and Marketing 

Year: Junior

Dream job: NBA Marketing Executive

Hobbies: Playing Basketball, Rapping, Spending Time with Friends, Hiking, Kayaking, Tweeting

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I wanted to become a community ambassador because if I don’t step up, who will? It sometimes feels like the students of FSU are insulated from the realities of Tallahassee and I hope to inspire students not just to open their eyes to this reality, but to change it. After working with the county as part of an internship, I had an opportunity to see the need that exists in the community, as well as work with regional non-profits to address this need. The Second Harvest Food Bank is a phenomenal organization that I am excited to work with and help develop through skills I have learned in my English and Marketing classes. 

 

Jonathan GarciaName: Jonathan Garcia 

Agency: Boy’s Town of North Florida

Email: jfg16@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Information, Communication & Technology

Year: Junior

Dream job: Software Developer 

Hobbies: Photography, graphic design, dance, & queer theory

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

When I first chose to become an Ambassador, my decision was grounded in wanting to form a closer bond with the foster home system in Tallahassee. Now as I have introspected more, I have realized that I also wanted to see the issues and obstacles that impede a nonprofit from making the change it wants to make. As an Ambassador, I have the opportunity to see how a nonprofit works behind-the-scenes, while being the face that many FSU students will see as I outreach. I can be able to see how palpable social change is and grow as a servant leader.

 

Madison GarrausName: Madison Garraus 

Agency: Big Bend Community Cares

Email: mtg14b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: International Affairs, Real Estate 

Year: Senior

Dream job: President of the International Rescue Committee 

Hobbies: Humanitarian service with refugee and Immigrant communities 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I first became involved in humanitarian service through my volunteer work with Students Organize 4 Syria. From then on my passion for refugee and immigrant communities flourished and inspired me to become involved in more community service programs in the Tallahassee area and abroad. I have assisted in creating the student organization Migrant and Refugee Education Alliance, joined the Amnesty International Chapter at FSU, volunteered abroad with Lighthouse Relief, and currently intern with the International Rescue Committee. When I found out about the Ambassador program I knew immediately I would be a perfect match for the program because of my love for community service. I was ecstatic to hear I was accepted into the Ambassador program and am excited to continue serving the Tallahassee Community. 

 

Destinee HallerName: Destinee Haller

Agency: Leon County Humane Society 

Email: deh14b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: History and African American Studies

Year: Senior

Dream job: African American Studies Professor

Hobbies: Reading and Student Organizations

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I choose to become an ambassador because the city of Tallahassee has given me so much during my time at Florida State University. I wanted to give something back before graduation. Being paired with the Leon County Humane Society was great because animals have been an important part of my life and the Humane Society has worked really hard in Tallahassee to make sure that all of our furry friends are being kept safe. I will be working with their Humane Education program to promote good practices with school aged children. I am very excited about this year and opportunity. 

 

Chassidi JenkinsName: Chassidi Jenkins 

Agency: Grace Mission

Email: cej15b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Major: Sociology with a minor in education and entrepreneurship 

Year: Senior

Dream job: Real Estate Broker and owning my own non-profit organization geared towards helping at-risk students succeed

Hobbies: Exploring, traveling, listening to music and shopping 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

Realizing that I have a passion for the non-profit sector I wanted to gain more experience in the everyday operations. I chose to become a Community Ambassador because I wanted to make a difference. I pride myself on making a massive positive difference, on the greatest amount of people, in the shortest amount of time. I want to leave an impact not only on the Florida State community but the Tallahassee community. Grace Mission will give me the opportunity to understand how a non-profit works. I will be able to put use the skills I have acquired in the classroom to be a great addition to their after-school program. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to represent Florida State University. 

 

Jessica MitchellName: Jessica Mitchell

Agency: American Second Harvest

Email: jfm17d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Major: Cyber Criminology and Computer Science

Year: Junior

Dream job: Owner of Cyber Security Company

Hobbies: Making apple music playlist, playing PS4, pickup basketball games at Leach, attending and watching sporting events and tweeting.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I decided to become an Ambassador because I wanted to find a way to get more involved in the greater Tallahassee community outside of Florida State. Because as students I felt that helping the place that is our temporary home for our time here seeking a degree is important. I hope to be able to connect with other FSU students with my America’s Second Harvest and find more productive ways to get students involved outside of just the campus. I previously volunteered with Feeding America Tampa Bay at their warehouse and was able to see that hunger can impact anyone. Giving out food to different people and seeing how something that at times can be so easily taken for granted. That experience inspired me to seek out other ways to get involved with issues of hunger that has impacted others. By working with America’s Second Harvest through the Community Ambassadors Program I believe I am able to continue the same work I started in Tampa.

 

Ana MonticelliName: Ana Monticelli 

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: ar17m@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Political Science and History

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: New York Times journalist

Hobbies: I enjoy painting designs on T-shirts, improv comedy and reading  

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to apply to be an Ambassador because I wanted to have a new reason to leave campus and work on things that benefit the Tallahassee community.  It’s so easy to get stuck on campus and only think about college during your freshman year. Community Ambassadors is the perfect mix between FSU and the rest of the world. Being able to help other communities while still representing FSU is a wonderful opportunity. 

 

Elizabeth MurrayName: Elizabeth Murray 

Agency: Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center

Email: eam16g@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: St. Cloud, FL

Major: Social Work, Minor in Child Welfare 

Year: Senior

Dream job: After graduating, I’d love to join the Peace Corps and volunteer in their Youth in Development sector. Following that, I am considering working with at-risk and disadvantaged communities. 

Hobbies: I love spending time with friends and family, binging my favorite shows with my roommates, and participating in the occasional IM sport. I am also involved with the Student Association of Social Workers. 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I became a Community Ambassador to act as a change agent and help bridge the divide between the FSU and Tallahassee communities. I am looking forward to learning more about my agency, the Animal Service Center, and helping the community become more educated and engaged with my organization. I am excited to help create and implement programs with the Animal Service Center and to give back to the Tallahassee community. I have always had a passion for community service and social justice, so I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more and grow in these areas through the Community Ambassador Program. 

 

Crystal PowellName: Crystal Powell

Agency: Frenchtown Heritage Hub

Email: cp15b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Quincy, FL

Major: Psychology 

Year: Fourth

Dream job: Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Hobbies: I absolutely love binge watching Criminal Minds, I enjoy sleeping, and spending quality time with my closest friends.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become a community ambassador because I am interested in serving the Leon County surrounding Florida State’s campus. I believe it is easy for students and even faculty to forget that there is an entire community in Tallahassee other than the FSU community. I am passionate about underserved and underrepresented communities receiving the help and care they deserve.  I am looking forward to making an impact and help strengthen the bridge between these two communities. The Historic Frenchtown community is less than 5 mins from FSU. Many of us drive through Frenchtown to make it to class without acknowledging it and the people that live there. It is my mission to change that!

 

Ashley I. RosadoName: Ashley I. Rosado

Agency: Leon County Humane Society

Email:  air16c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Major: Social Entrepreneurship

Year: Sophomore 

Dream job: Owning my own social enterprise, author, administrating in student affairs, hosting a podcast, making people happy 

Hobbies: Reading, performing spoken word, re-watching movies, people watching, writing, listening to podcasts

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an Ambassador because I wanted to participate in long-term, sustainable service. I also believe that FSU as an institution is a hub of viable resources and we should do as much as we can to share them with the Tallahassee community. As I continue learning about animal activism, I am excited to share what I learn with my friends and become a better advocate. As an ambassador, I hope to help bridge the divide between FSU and the rest of Tallahassee, learn the inner-workings of a non-profit, and create positive sustainable change.

 

Kevin SomarribaName: Kevin Somarriba 

Agency: Frenchtown Heritage Hub

Email: kas17n@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Computer Science

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: Software Developer 

Hobbies: Economic mobility, mentorship, technology

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an Ambassador to learn about community engagement and economic empowerment. As an Ambassador, I am most excited about the opportunity to leverage technology to further drive my agency’s impact on the local economy. I am also hopeful that I will acquire the requisite knowledge to become an effective leader. My interests align with the Ambassador Program in the sense that I aspire to work in service of the common good.  

 

Nicole UthuppanName: Nicole Uthuppan

Agency: 4-H Youth Development Program 

Email: neu16@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: IMS: Clinical Professions 

Year: Sophomore 

Dream job: I would love to work as a travel physician through non-profit organizations and help bring those around the world the medical attention and care they deserve. 

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, Indian dancing, watching cultural films, and riding rollercoasters!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

My passion for service has been an integral part of my identity. As a Community Ambassador I seek to encourage involvement and bring about change within Tallahassee. I would like for FSU to learn about ways to get more involved beyond the campus and within our local community, especially through 4-H which emphasizes youth development skills based on the needs of Leon county. As an ambassador, I will be working on volunteer recruitment to help connect passionate mentors from FSU and experts of different clubs to ensure the children gain the best possible experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to make change both in FSU and Tallahassee, the place I call home.

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