Class of 2018-19


Meet the LEAD Class of 2018 - 2019

Ellanor Bradley

Ellanor is the Business Manager in the Continuing Education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and MBA degrees from UWF and loves that she is still able to come to campus every day for work! Outside of work, Ellanor enjoys playing the piano, reading murder mysteries, and gardening with her two cats.

Teresa Burgess

Teresa is the Alumni Relations Coordinator and the Advisor for the Student Ambassador Program for the Division of University Advancement. She is a graduate of USF with a bachelor’s degree in art history. She has over 10 years’ experience in administrative and student support for non-profit educational organizations in California and Florida. What Teresa loves the most about UWF is meeting and getting to know the exceptional and diverse students, faculty, and staff. During her leisure time, Teresa travels the world with her husband and two children; she enjoys visiting museums, attempting to play the ukulele, and enjoying beautiful Pensacola Beach. She volunteers for the Florida Okinawan Kenjinkai.

Glenn Carter

Glenn is the Academic Advisor for the Criminology & Criminal Justice Department in the College of Education & Professional Studies. He has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Florida Memorial University and a master of arts in administration from Barry University. Both of these institutions are located in Miami, Florida. At UWF, Glenn enjoys working with the diverse population of students, faculty, and staff in providing exemplary customer service to internal and external consumers, in addition to, being accessible as a resource in meeting students’ academic needs. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and shopping at various online retailers. He is an avid reader who enjoys old classical and jazz movies.

Jeanne de Simon

Jeanne is a Study Abroad and International Student Advisor in International Affairs. She enjoys working with UWF Global Quarter and as advisor to BRASA, the Brazilian student organization, to bring international students and globally-minded UWF students together. 

What she appreciates most about the University of West Florida is the student-centered approach to learning and the interaction between students, faculty, and staff. She is proud to part of a team whose focus is helping students achieve their goals. When she is not out walking her dog or at the beach with family and friends, you can find her trying out a new recipe or practicing her foreign language skills.

Victoria P. Dubose

Victoria is the Office Administrator for the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. She has held this position since February 2006. Before taking this position, she was an OPS staff assistant in the Department of Anthropology, then led by Dr. Judy Bense. She came to the university after working for many years in Boston, MA. Her interests include gardening, her pets (3 dogs and a cat), and, most recently, she has become interested in politics.

Brandy Gottlieb

Brandy is a two-time graduate from the University of West Florida. She received an M.A. in strategic communication and leadership in May 2018 and a B.A. in communication with a focus in public relations in 2006. 

Brandy serves as the Communications Coordinator for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Since January 2017, she has also served on the UWF Staff Senate. Brandy is proud to contribute to building the narrative of UWF’s talented faculty, staff, and students and UWF’s growing impact. Outside of work, Brandy enjoys throwing on a pair of dance shoes greeting a dance floor or hammocking on the gorgeous gulf waters.

Kathryn (Katy) Hendry

Katy is the Senior Grant Specialist and Internal Grants Coordinator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She recently celebrated her 12th year in higher education, having worked in junior colleges and state universities around Florida. 

She has been with the University of West Florida for three years this July and absolutely loves being an Argo! She appreciates that UWF is unique, not only in the way it is tucked away amongst the hills and trees, but more so in how giving and supportive all the employees are towards one another and the greater Pensacola community. 

When she is not working, you can usually find her at the gym, volunteering within the community (active with Pensacola Mardi Gras and other organizations), or just being outside with her three dogs.

Brooke Karas

Brooke is the Office Administrator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She started at UWF almost 6 years ago as an OPS employee in Mathematics and Statistics. For a while, she helped in both Mathematics and Statistics and in Electrical and Computer Engineering before being offered a full-time staff position with ECE. What she likes best about UWF is the people she works with! She has made incredible connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, going to the beach, and anything she can do with her dog.

Krystena Keebler

Krystena works as an Enrollment Affairs Specialist for Argo Central in the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs and has worked at the University of West Florida for 6 years. 

During this time, Krystena earned a bachelor of arts in diversity studies and is now pursuing a master of science in administration. Krystena enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their goals. When Krystena is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter. They enjoy going to the beach, fishing, camping, and biking.

Amanda (Mandi) Lagergren

Mandi is the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School. She loves many aspects about UWF, but her favorite is the mutual goal across campus to help students be successful and in turn go on to promote UWF in a positive light. She sees this first hand on a daily basis, as she has to reach out to a variety of faculty and staff across campus in regards to applicants, current students, as well as Metric 1 and Metric 8 projects. 

She spends her time outside of work with her family. They are typically at the ball field or a concert with one of her boys.  If not, you can find her at the beach with a book in her hand.

Kris Ledbetter

Kris has been an Office Administrator for the Department of Research and Advanced Studies since January 2017. Prior to that, she was an Administrative Specialist for the Air Force ROTC Department for several years. Kris enjoys helping students work through any issues that they may face and assisting them with making proper connections related to their educational and professional goals. Outside of work, Kris is an active mom to three young children and enjoys working with her church for community outreach events. She also actively supports military service members and their families by connecting them with the local community and resources available to them in their time of need.

Traci Melton

Traci is an Administrative Specialist in the Office of the Provost in the Division of Academic Affairs. She is new to the Pensacola area, having moved to the area from Augusta, Georgia, last November. She graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in public history and is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, watching a good movie, and going on a new adventure! She enjoys the warm hospitality of the staff and faculty at UWF and the beautiful campus.

Pam T. Newton

Pam came to UWF in November 2011 as Program Specialist in the Nautilus Card Office. There, she processes employee, student, alumni, and guest ID cards as well as badges used on campus. Additionally, she is the contact for student meal plans. Pam especially enjoys the diversity of individuals on campus. 

Originally from Alabama, Pam earned her B.S. in resource management from Troy University. Pam is married and has three children; two attend Auburn University and one attends Pace High School. She enjoys reading, traveling to Auburn, spending time with her family, and sharing her passion for essential oils.

Mysti van Hoose

Mysti is the Office Administrator for Human Resources. She started with HR in February 2015 as Office Assistant then moved up to the Office Administrator position in 2016. Her favorite part of working at UWF is working with all the other faculty and staff to better our students and prepare them for the future. In addition, she is grateful every morning as she drives on to campus for the beautiful and natural campus to enjoy every day. Outside of the University, she enjoys spending time with her family and teaching her children about nature and wildlife.

Eric Winans

Eric is the Office Administrator for the Department of Global Hospitality and Tourism Management. He was born and raised in West Virginia where he was active in sports and music. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980 and retired in 2012 at the rank of commander. After retirement, Eric devoted himself to being a stay-at-home, full-time husband and father and became a national level U.S.A. Swimming Official to assist his children’s passion for competitive swimming. 

Eric enjoys working in the UWF community where everyone is really a close-knit team, always willing to offer assistance and advice. He appreciates working closely with and learning from faculty and staff and especially enjoys assisting students.

Leslie Wyrosdick

Leslie is the Admissions Coordinator for the School of Nursing. She started out as an advisor for the RN-BSN program as OPS staff and obtained a line position within a year and half. When it was identified that a new position was needed for admissions, she asked to be considered. She enjoys working with students and getting them excited about programs offered in nursing. As the programs continue to grow, she enjoys the challenges of implementation and expansion. 

Prior to starting at UWF, she worked for over 20 years with non-profit organizations, assisting with meeting planning and other administrative functions. She is married and has three children and six grandchildren. She has a plentiful garden and enjoys the bountiful returns by canning and freezing lots of vegetables. She feels blessed with wonderful friends and family and enjoys spending time with all of them.