Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

Class of 2021

Aomori Allen

Aomori Allen
Aomori Allen grew up in Valdosta, GA. She graduated from The University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in health science and information technology. She previously worked as a lab assistant for Advent Health and an office assistant for the University of Tampa. Currently, Aomori is a VIP liaison for USF Athletics and she works in game day operations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Upon graduation, she aims to work as a data analyst for a sports team, and eventually would like to work for AWS in Seattle, WA., in their statistics department.

Erin Beck

Erin Beck
Erin Beck grew up in Palm Bay, FL. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, concentrating in public relations. She previously worked as an intern, then communications assistant, and finally an assistant director of communications for USF Athletics. Currently, Erin is a graduate assistant for the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program. Upon graduation, she aims to work for a professional sports team or agency.

Dhalia Bumbaca

Dhalia Bumbaca
Dhalia Bumbaca grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She previously worked as an intern with the Tampa Bay Lightning in client services and sales. Dhalia also worked as an adventure trip leader with USF Recreation. Currently, she is a graduate assistant in the Muma College of Business. Upon graduation, Dhalia aims to work in international operations for a professional sports organization.

Carrie Burman

Carrie Burman
Carrie Burman grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. She previously worked as a St. Pete Volleyball Club coach, and a special events intern for the Valspar Championship. Currently, Carrie is a facility and event management graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation, she aims to work in events or operations for a professional sport organization.

Carlee Calfee

Carlee Calfee
Carlee Calfee grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She previously worked as an event management intern for USF Athletics and was the director of marketing and public relations of SAFE Team in USF Student Government. Currently, Carlee is an associate for WISE Tampa Bay. Upon graduation, she aims to work in marketing analytics and strategy for a professional sports team.

Emily Dachs

Emily Dachs
Emily Dachs grew up in Tampa, FL. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2019 with two bachelor's degrees, one in mass communications and another in sports marketing. She previously worked as a 2018 NHL All-Star Ambassador, a social media manager and graphic designer for the USF Ice Bulls (hockey), as well as a digital marketing manager for Color Clutch. Currently, Emily is a marketing and sales manager for Hanlon Acoustical Ceilings. Upon graduation, she aims to work in marketing or analytics for the NHL.

Lonsard Denis

Lonsard Denis
Lonsard Denis grew up in Orlando, FL. He graduated from the University of West Florida in 2017 with a degree in sports management. He previously worked as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers flag football development coach and training camp assistant, and worked game day operations for the University of West Florida. Currently, Lonsard works as a student-assistant in student athlete enhancement for USF Athletics. Upon graduation, he aims to work in college athletics and eventually become an athletic director.

Erin Dorsey

Erin Dorsey
Erin Dorsey grew up in Tampa, FL. She graduated from Auburn University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing. She previously worked as an intern for Auburn Athletics, a group sales intern for the Indian Fever, and worked in event management for the Red Hook Criterium (Barcelona, Spain). Currently, Erin works as an assistant for USF Athletics Senior Women’s Administrator Marquita Armstead. Upon graduation, she aims to work in sports analytics.

Robert Earnhardt

Robert Earnhardt
Robert Earnhardt grew up in Charlotte, N.C. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration. He currently works at SOCCER.com as a regional sales manager, but held two positions there prior including inside account manager and sales & marketing manager. Robert also worked as an event operations student assistant for the UNC Department of Public Safety. Upon graduation, he aims to work in analytics for an agency.

Brandon Ferris

Brandon Ferris
Brandon Ferris grew up in Utica, N.Y. He graduated from Utica College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Previously, he worked as a game operations intern with the Utica Comets (AHL Team), a basketball coordinator for CYO Basketball, and is part owner of Ferris Lawn Care. Currently, Brandon works as a VIP liaison for USF Athletics, and works in member relations Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Upon graduation, he aims to work with promotions, event planning or operational management for a professional sports organization, preferably NBA.

Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett

Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett
Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from UConn in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Previously, she was the head manager for UConn women’s basketball, a premium events intern for BSE Global and an accounts & production intern for Game Seven Marketing. Currently, Autumnsarah is a graduate assistant for the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program. Upon graduation, she aims to either work in sport marketing for a brand or agency, become an agent, or become a senior women’s administrator in college athletics for a DI program.

Ryan Geiger

Ryan Geiger
Ryan Geiger grew up in Celina, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sports management. Previously, he was a ticket sales associate for the Oklahoma City Thunder and a ticket sales intern for Oklahoma State University Athletics. Currently, Ryan is a graduate teaching assistant for USF information Systems and Decision Sciences. Upon graduation, he aims to work in professional or intercollegiate athletic marketing with the ultimate goal of becoming a DI athletic director. Ryan is also interested in international sports consulting projects.

Dean Hadzovic

Dean Hadzovic
Dean Hadzovic grew up in Hackettstown, N.J. He graduated from Centenary University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and sports management. Previously, he worked as an intern for the athletic director at Hackettstown High School. Upon graduation, Dean aims to work in event management/coordination for a professional sports team.

Preston Heeren

Preston Heeren
Preston Heeren grew up in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from Mississippi College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration concentrated on sport management. Previously, he held a position as an intern at Tech Data Corporation. Currently, Preston is a seasonal ticket sales associate for the Outback Bowl. Upon graduation, he aims to work in sales or event operations for a professional or collegiate sports entity.

Austin Hersh

Austin Hersh
Austin Hersh grew up in Lithia, FL. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business analytics and information systems. Previously, he has worked as an IT specialist for MyArea Network and a social media manager at A.E. Engine. Currently, Austin is a relationship marketing analytics intern at Feld Entertainment. His ultimate goal is to be a collegiate athletic director.

Kianna Jackson-Small

Kianna Jackson-Small
Kianna Jackson-Small grew up in Lithonia, GA. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in managerial science. Previously, she worked a three-year internship with GSU Athletics in sales and ticketing. Upon graduation, Kianna aims to work in operations or events.

Sarah Logar

Sarah Logar
Sarah Logar grew up in Peyton, CO. She graduated from University of Tampa in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Previously, she worked as an event intern for USF Athletics, a communications intern for the University of Tampa, and a volunteer at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Currently, Sarah is a graduate assistant for USF Athletics working with TeamWorks and planning the men’s basketball 2020 NCAA first and second rounds. Upon graduation, she aims to work in events and entertainment for a professional team, preferably the NBA, NFL or NHL.

Garrett Measures

Garrett Measures
Garrett Measures grew up in Sanford, FL. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Previously, he worked as a marketing intern at Signature Lacrosse and a marketing director for Relay for Life at USF. Upon graduation, he aims to work in marketing or operations for a professional sports organization.

Samuel Morgan

Samuel Morgan
Samuel Morgan grew up in Allyn, WA. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Previously, he worked as a sales incentive analyst for Heritage Distilling, a baseball operations batboy for the Seattle Mariners and a staff accountant at Rivero, Gordimer & Co. Accounting Firm. Currently, Samuel works as graduate research assistant for the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program. Upon graduation, he aims to work in operations and analytics for a professional sports organization, or fundraising for a university.

Ty Preston

Ty Preston
Ty Preston grew up in Lafayette, IN. He graduated from Purdue University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Previously, he was an events and entertainment intern for the Chicago Bears, a marketing coordinator for Purdue Sports Properties and an athletics communications intern at Purdue. Currently, Ty is a seasonal ticket sales associate Outback Bowl. His ultimate goal is to one day be the athletic director at his alma mater, Purdue.

Mark Primuth

Mark Primuth
Mark Primuth grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Akron in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Previously, Mark was an e-commerce coordinator for DisctricWon, a USA Triathlon intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and an event operations intern for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Currently, Mark serves as a digital services intern for the United Soccer League, and is a US Air Force Reserve member working in air transportation. Upon graduation, he aims to work in event management and operations.

Johnas Pulley

Johnas Pulley
Johnas Pulley grew up in Pasadena, CA. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Previously, he was an operations specialist for The School of the New York Times and was the chapter president for Coaching Corps at SFSU. Currently, Johnas is a brand ambassador for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he aims to be a general manager for a professional sports team.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross
Andrew Ross grew up in Chickasha, OK. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Previously, he was a student ticket representative for Oklahoma State athletics. Currently, Andrew is a data analyst intern for crossroads consulting. Upon graduation, he aims to work in analytics or finance for a professional sports team in the NBA or Esports.

Delaney Ruth

Delaney Ruth
Delaney Ruth grew up in Gainesville, FL. She graduated from University of South Carolina in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in retail management. Previously, she worked as a summer intern at the College World Series of Omaha, a security and staffing supervisor for the Kentucky Derby, and a sales associate at two Masters Tournaments. Currently, Delaney is a facility and event management graduate assistant. Upon graduation, she would like to work in corporate sponsorships, event management or marketing for a professional sports organization. Eventually, Delaney aims become the executive director of a major championship.

Madison Shane

Madison Shane
Madison Shane grew up in Saint Joseph, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Previously, she was on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Currently, Madison works in guest services for Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she aims to work in event management for a major league sports team.

Skyller Smith-Davis

Skyller Smith-Davis
Skyller Smith-Davis grew up in Wausau, WI. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Previously, he was the director of analytics for the Duluth Huskies, an operations intern for the Wisconsin woodchucks, and an assistant manager at Play It Again Sports. Currently, Skyller is a seasonal ticket sales associate for the Outback Bowl. Upon graduation, he would like to work for the front office of an MLB team.

Brian Stiles

Brian Stiles
Brian Stiles grew up in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 2017 with a degree in Business Administration. Previously, he was an executive marketing assistant for the USA Water Ski Foundation. Upon graduation, Brian would like to work in community relations.

Cole Wilbur

Cole Wilbur
Cole Wilbur grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Previously, he has completed internships in the Events Department at Charlotte Motor Speedway and with Michael Huyghue Sports Marketing. Currently, Cole is an intern with the Valspar Championship. Upon graduation, Cole would like to work in the golf industry.

 

Class of 2020

Devin Alexander

Devin Alexander
Devin Alexander grew up in Lithonia, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked as an accounting assistant for the Recreation Activity Center at GSU and marketing volunteer for Georgia Southern Athletics. Currently, Devin is a finance fellow for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation, he wants to work as a financial analyst for a sports organization and eventually hopes to become a chief financial officer for an Atlanta professional sports organization.

Madison Allen

Madison Allen
Madison Allen grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in sports communication. She previously interned with Clemson Athletics Marketing and Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL team. Currently, Madison is a partnership fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in activation fulfillment for an NBA or NHL organization.

Jordan Barnwell

Jordan Barnwell
Jordan Barnwell grew up in Spring Hill, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Currently, Jordan is a fellow for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties. Upon graduation, he wants to work in the eSports industry.



Ashley Becker

Ashley Becker
Ashley Becker grew up in Maple Lake, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business leadership & management. She previously worked for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee as an executive & administrative intern and for the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx as a group events assistant. Currently, Ashley is a fellow for Sutton Consulting. Upon graduation, she wants to work in event operations for the NFL or NHL.

Louis Brown

Louis Brown
Louis Brown grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a minor in business administration. He previously worked for Navy Football as a volunteer recruiting assistant and the Chesapeake Bayhawks as an operations intern. Currently, Louis is a fellow for Minor League Baseball. Upon graduation, he wants to lead a team operations department for an NBA or NFL organization.

Palmer Clarkson

Palmer Clarkson
Palmer Clarkson grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and sports business. He previously worked for the Gateway Grizzlies in corporate marketing and hospitality, the St. Louis Blues in sponsorship activation and St. Louis University Athletics in event management and marketing. Currently, Palmer is an analytics fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to become a chief revenue officer or president of business operations.

Megan Connetta

Megan Connetta
Megan Connetta grew up in Naples, Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and public relations. She previously worked for the Miami Dolphins, Octagon Sports Marketing, and FGCU Athletics. Currently, Megan is a ticket operations coordinator for USF Athletics. Upon graduation, she wants to continue to work in ticket operations.

Cam Delisle

Cam Delisle
Cam Delisle grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for the Major League Lacrosse team Florida Launch. Currently, Cam is a fellow for the Hard Rock Casino. Upon graduation, he wants to work in marketing or branding for a professional sports team or league.

Tyler DeLucca

Tyler DeLucca
Tyler DeLucca grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He previously worked for the Florida State Ticket Office as an intern, and Minor League Baseball as a game day intern. Currently, Tyler is a fellow for Minor League Baseball. Upon graduation, he wants to work in business development, partnership activation, or analytics for the MLB or NFL.

Benny Ely

Benny Ely
Benny Ely grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Rollins College in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business management and communication. He previously worked for Fidelity Sports Group as an intern and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in community relations. Currently, Benny is an inside sales fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to work in operations for the NBA or in the golf business.

Miguel Garcia Espinoza

Miguel Garcia Espinoza
Miguel Garcia Espinoza grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in marketing. He previously worked for the University Of Cincinnati Department Of Athletics as a marketing & fan development intern, Deer Park High School as a social media coordinator, and for ProCamps as a marketing intern. Currently, Miguel is a fellow for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation, he wants to work as a Director of Marketing for a professional soccer team, and eventually hopes to become an athletic director at a major university.

Aaron Hannon

Aaron Hannon
Aaron Hannon grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sport and entertainment management. He previously worked for the East Coast Basketball League as a sponsorship sales intern and for the South Carolina High School League as an undergraduate intern. Currently, Aaron is an inside sales fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to work in collegiate athletics.

Logan Heiser

Logan Heiser
Logan Heiser grew up in Jupiter, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in human communication. He previously worked for the Orlando Magic on the Corporate Partnership Activation Team, University of Central Florida as an athletics marketing intern and was a brand ambassador for the Under Armour All-American Football Game. Currently, Logan is a fellow for Feld Entertainment. Upon graduation, he wants to work in marketing or partnerships.

Hailey Hicks

Hailey Hicks
Hailey Hicks is from Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in public relations. She previously worked for the University of Alabama Athletics Marketing Department as a student assistant and the College Football Hall of Fame as a marketing intern. Currently, Hailey is a fellow for the Lakeland Magic. Upon graduation, she wants to work in sponsorships marketing, community relations, or player personnel for a professional sports organization or collegiate athletics department.

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson grew up in Decatur, Georgia. She graduated in 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in economics and sports administration. She previously worked for USA Baseball, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and Triangle Ultimate. Currently, Bridget is an analytics fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in business intelligence for a professional team or consulting organization.

Jay Michael Johnson

Jay Michael Johnson
Jay Michael Johnson grew up in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He graduated from Samford University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business management with a concentrations in sports marketing and professional sales. He previously worked at Adidas as a global sales and marketing Intern, Topgolf as an assistant manager of Platinum Sales, and the Samford University Athletic Department as a development peer manager. Currently, he works as a partnership activation resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to work towards becoming a chief marketing and revenue officer for a professional sports team or collegiate athletic department.

Erika Kartz

Erika Kartz
Erika Kartz grew up in Granite Bay, California. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. She previously worked for Texas A&M Athletics and for Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge as an operations intern. Currently, Erika is a fellow for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation, she wants to work in operations for collegiate athletics.

Kamila Khasanova

Kamila Khasanova
Kamila Khasanova grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in international economic relations. She previously worked as a public representative and event manager. Currently, Kamila is a fellow for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties. Upon graduation, she wants to find a sport agency that will navigate and acquaint young athletes during their transition to the senior division with well-deserved partnerships and decent sponsors.

Alexis Myers

Alexis Myers
Alexis Myers grew up in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business management. She previously worked for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties as an event operations intern. Currently, Alexis is a partnership activation fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional sports organization.

Maxwell Nauta

Maxwell Nauta
Maxwell Nauta grew up in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He graduated from Centenary University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in sports management. He previously worked for Centenary University as an admissions ambassador, Team Gear Inc. in inside sales & marketing, and for the Tampa Bay Rays as a call center representative. Currently, Maxwell is a marketing graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation, he wants to work in marketing for college athletics.

Mangesh Phalke

Mangesh Phalke
Mangesh Phalke grew up in Mumbai, India. He graduated from Pune University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He previously worked for India’s leading grassroots sports management company as a sports marketing manager working with clients like Nike and Adidas. Currently, Mangesh is a marketing graduate assistant with USF Athletics. Upon graduation, he wants to work for Manchester United and someday transform India into a sports nation.

Cory Powell

Cory Powell
Cory Powell grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in sport and entertainment management. He previously worked for Feld Entertainment in domestic marketing and sales as a representative for brands such as Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, and Marvel Universe Live. Upon graduation, he wants to combine his work and USF experiences to become a leader for a progressive organization in the field of sports, entertainment, and venues.

Liam Quinn

Liam Quinn
Liam Quinn grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management & business administration. He previously worked as an FC Barcelona - Academy project manager. Currently, Liam is a graduate assistant with USF Recreation. Upon graduation, he wants to work in business development or management for the NHL or MLS.

Alexandre Sivolella

Alexandre Sivolella
Alexandre Sivolella grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated from the Rio de Janeiro Pontifical Catholic University and Fluminense Federal University in 2002 and 2015 with degrees in law and film. He previously worked as a creative producer for Segunda-Feira Filmes, Esmeralda Produções, and Wise Entertainment. Currently, Alexdandre is a fellow for Tampa Bay Sport and Entertainment’s, “The Identity.” Upon graduation, he wants to work in creative content marketing for professional sports and entertainment organizations, agencies and brands.

Brianna Stewart

Brianna Stewart
Brianna Stewart grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from University
of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sport
Management. She previously worked for The Barjon Group, University of
Massachusetts Football and at the SPIRE Institute Olympic Training Facility. Upon graduation, she aspires to work internationally in community relations, operations, or player personnel.

Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson
Adam Swanson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and operations management. He previously worked as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Currently, Adam is an analytics fellow for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Upon graduation, he wants to work in finance or analytics for a collegiate athletics department and eventually hopes to become an athletic director at a university.

Marisa Trant

Marisa Trant
Marisa Trant grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications-Broadcast News. She previously worked as a USF research intern, and as an intake specialist for the Moffitt Cancer Center. Currently, Marisa is an event marketing fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in event marketing at an arena.

Joshua VanKooten

Joshua VanKooten
Joshua VanKooten grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sports business. He previously worked for U.S. Bank as a corporate affairs and strategy intern, Saint Louis University as a Billiken Club intern, and as the host and creator of the podcast, “Entitled to My Friend’s Opinion.” Currently, Josh is a fellow for Tampa Bay Sport and Entertainment’s, “The Identity.” Upon graduation, he wants to connect the world by highlighting the cultural and communal impacts that sports have on societies around the globe.

Laura Wilhelm

Laura Wilhelm
Laura Wilhelm is from Valrico, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She previously worked as an intern for USF Event Management and was USF’s mascot, Rocky D. Bull. Currently, Laura is an inside sales fellow for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in membership sales as a service account representative or a member relations representative for a professional sport organization or major entertainment venue.