Meet the Staff
Keri Riegler is the Director of New Student Connections and Parent and Family Programs at the University of South Florida. Keri has 15 years of experience in higher education with duties that have included the orientation/first-year experience, parent and families, student activities, leadership programs, and mentoring programs. Keri contributed to USF's Student Success Taskforce, Student Success Council, Quality Enhancement Plan, and the Retention Performance Management report and serves on the Administrative Advisory Council and the Persistence/Case Management committee. Keri was appointed as a committee member to the NASPA Center for Women Board of Directors and consulted on a department review at Missouri State University in 2016. She is the recipient of the USF Student Success Provost Award and USF's Outstanding Student Affairs Collaborator Award. Keri's professional interest include understanding the intersection of transition and engagement and its impact on persistence, mentoring professionals with career visioning, and advocating for development opportunities for women at various phases of their career. Keri holds a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida and earned her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tampa.
Michelle was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University, Michelle left the winters for sunny Florida where she completed her Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs while working in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Michelle continue to work in the office until May 2016 when she joined the University of South Florida community. Michelle's professional interest include: peer leadership models and their impact on student success, career readiness of new/young student affairs' professionals, male retention in higher education, emergency and crisis preparedness, and financial implications of statewide funding models. Outside of work, you can find Michelle watching her favorite Cleveland and collegiate sports teams, in the gym early morning, and meal prepping on Sundays.
Tura was born in raised in sunny Bradenton, Florida. After earning her Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology and Psychology at Florida State University (with minors in Leadership Studies and Communication), she took the Midwest by storm, completing her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. She served as the Graduate Administrative Associate in the Office of Orientation and First Year Experience working with student leadership and transfer student initiatives. Tura's research interests include spiritual development of college students, the intersection of critical theory and leadership development, and the relationship between peer leadership and first-year retention. In her spare time, Tura enjoys traveling, exploring the live music scene, trying out a new recipe, and playing ukulele for her cat, Simba.
Jacoby Waldron hails from the Midwest in Indiana. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Marketing from Indiana State University in 2014, he decided to remain in Terre Haute to pursue his Masters Degree in Student Affairs & Higher Education at ISU. Throughout his two years in graduate school, Jacoby worked as a graduate assistant for Residential Life and the Office of New Student Transition Programs. When outside of work, you can find Jacoby spending time at the gym working out and playing basketball, napping on the beach, watching his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and Boston Red Sox, or binge watching his favorite Netflix/Hulu shows.
Staff Assistant/Office Manager
Lydia is a former employee of Fordham University where she worked for 23 years. She earned her bachelor degree Fordham University in the area of Human Development. Lydia enjoys working with all aspects of the New Student Connections and Parent and Family Programs.
Libby is an undergraduate student pursuing her degree in mass communications. Libby
joined the office in November of 2016.
Senior Champion - Student Assistant
Jorden is currently entering his second year and pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and soon Music. He is heavily involved in various activities on and off campus which includes but not limited to the following: Circle K International, Bulls Service Breaks Animal Rights Trip Coordinator, and USF Symphony Orchestra. One place you can always find Jorden is in our suite where he works and resides when he wants to take a break.
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