Alumni & Friends

Alumni Council Bios

Michelle ArnoldMichelle Arnold is a two-time graduate from USF: in 2005 with a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) in Psychology and in 2010 as a Doctor of Audiology (AuD). She currently is a clinical instructor at USF in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her primary areas of interest are adult aural rehabilitation, patient-centered care, and traumatic brain injury. Most recently, Dr. Arnold has collaborated on research involving hearing aid digital noise reduction algorithms and acceptable noise level outcomes, audiological rehabilitation treatment plans for blast-injured United States Veterans, tinnitus, and speech understanding in noise screening for adults . Dr. Arnold also maintains research and clinical affiliations Tampa General Hospital.
Katie GiglioKatie Giglio has been with the USF Alumni Association for nearly ten years in multiple capacities. She is currently responsible for advising all of the Alumni Association groups in the Tampa Bay area, including geographic chapters and interest based societies. These groups engage alumni and plan events that help connect alumni, support students and strengthen USF. Other responsibilities include executing the USF Fast 56 Awards program and event recognizing the fastest-growing alumni owned or operated businesses worldwide. In addition to her responsibilities at the Alumni Association, Katie also teaches a section of University Experience for freshman students during the fall semester. She holds a BS degree in environmental science from the University of Tampa. And M.Ed. in college student affairs from USF and recently obtained her certificate in non-profit management from USF.
Manley JaquissManley Jaquiss is a Correctional Probation Senior Supervisor with the Florida Department of Corrections in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa, Florida. He has been with the Department since 1988 and spent twenty-five years in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Ft. Myers before coming to Tampa. In his current capacity, he oversees the Intake office and is the liaison between the judiciary and the Department of Corrections. 

Mr. Jaquiss received a B.A in Criminology in 1986 from the University of South Florida and a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration in 2015 from the University of South Florida. The focus of his work in the Master’s program was the exploration of appropriate housing for sex offenders upon their return from prison. He is also a guest lecturer for the University of South Florida’s Department of Criminology and has worked closely with the internship program between USF and the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Mr. Jaquiss is the former Chairman of the Ft. Myers-Naples USF Alumni Chapter and served two terms as a Director on the USF Alumni Association. He is a Life Member of the Alumni Association, together with his wife Jill Jaquiss, USF ’87 and daughter Megan Jaquiss, USF ’16. Mr. Jaquiss was also inducted onto the University of South Florida’s Criminology Wall of Fame in 2019 as a Distinguished Alumni. He remains active in various activities with the USF Alumni Association, USF Athletics, and has assisted in the development of the Cohort Challenge Scholarship for the Master of Criminal Justice Administration’s program for the past five years.

Lisa LandisLisa Landis received a bachelor's degree in 1995 and a master's degree in 1997, both in Criminology from USF. She joined the Criminology Department more than 18 years ago, beginning her tenure as a graduate assistant. She now serves as the Undergraduate Director, Internship Coordinator and Academic Services Administrator. In addition to her duties with the department, she was also appointed as Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences for four years, where she was instrumental in completing a full overhaul of the curriculum. Her research is in the areas of domestic violence, dating violence, and cybercrime. Ms. Landis is unconditionally committed to student success and the betterment of the processes around the university. As Internship Coordinator, she has secured internship and co-ops for more than 100 federal, state and local criminal justice entities around the state. For more than a decade she has coordinated an annual Criminology Career Expo to showcase these internships and assist students with job placement upon graduation.

Ms. Landis is the faculty advisor to Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice honor society, which was awarded the Distinguished Honor Society Award at USF, under her leadership. She has received many university accolades, she is a two-time recipient of USF's Apple Polishing Award, and the only four-time recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Award, and was inducted in the Department of Criminology Wall of Fame for USF in October 2013.

Barbara LoFriscoDr. Barbara LoFrisco is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and certified sex therapist. She is also an adjunct professor in the Counselor Education program at the University of South Florida as well as a qualified supervisor in the state of Florida. She has been in private practice since 2008, working mostly with couples having relationship and/or sexual issues, and started her practice as an intern. Her masters degree is in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, and her doctorate is in Counselor Education and Supervision, both from the University of South Florida. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker in the classroom, at professional conferences and also as a frequent guest of the Health, Wealth and Wisdom radio show on WHNZ. Formerly a software engineer in Corporate America, Dr. LoFrisco left that field in 2004 to follow her passion, which is helping individuals address their fears, insecurities and shame about sex and other issues in order to help them live more fulfilling lives and have better intimate relationships.
Candice OrmsbyCandice Ormsby graduated from the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences in May 2013. She was one of the first 4 students to graduate with the new major in Behavioral Healthcare. She went through many years of school not knowing what she wanted to do with her life until she took a behavioral healthcare course and found her calling. After graduation she was invited to be part of the CBCS Alumni Council. She proudly represents the new Behavioral Healthcare major. Candice is a Case Manager at Grace Point Crisis Stabilization Unit and loves her job. She is the mother of a 5 and 7 year old. She says her children are what keep her sane on a daily basis. Candice said "I never thought I would be where I am today! I am so blessed that I had such awesome and charismatic professors in the Behavioral Healthcare Program who helped shape me to be the person I am today."
Cheryl Paul graduated with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology from USF in 1990. She has worked as an SLP since that time in nursing homes, hospitals and the VA hospital system. She is currently a Clinical Instructor in SLP here at USF. She has been doing this since August, 2000. Her area of special interest is treating people with aphasia.  Aphasia is a language disorder that people acquire as the result of an insult to the brain. Most get it as a result of a stroke, but it can occur in people who have traumatic brain injuries as well as tumors, progressive neurologic disorders like M.S. or Parkinson's Disease.  Aphasia impacts expressive systems like speech and writing and/or language receptive systems such as reading and understanding what people say.

Guitele RahillDr. Guitele Jeudy Rahill is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She received her PhD in Social Welfare from Florida International University (FIU) where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her main research interest concerns the reduction of health and mental health disparities for Haitians in Haiti and in the Diaspora, by increasing the body of knowledge surrounding traditional health beliefs and practices and their relationships to health outcomes. In so doing, Dr. Rahill hopes to increase the cultural competence and culturally relevant skills of clinicians, health practitioners and community-based leaders and organizations who engage this target population.

Dr. Rahill has served as keynote speaker and invited guest lecturer at several national and international conferences on the topics of Haitian health and mental health, where she addressed racially and ethnically diverse groups of public health and mental health professionals who provide services for Haitian-descendent persons.

Dr. Rahill has published several peer reviewed articles in venues such as the American Journal of Public health, the Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, the Journal of Ethnicity and Health, the Journal of Cultural Diversity, the American Journal of Psychotherapy, the Disasters Journal and the Journal of Health care for the Poor and Underserved. She has been honored with the Russell Ewald Award for Academic Excellence and Excellence in Research, the CRUSADA Award for Research Excellence in Contributing to the Reduction of Health Disparities among U.S. Latinos in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the University of South Florida Diversity Award for her accomplishments in international social work and the Florida Education Fund's Most Valuable Mentor Award for her effective mentoring of diverse students at all levels and across disciplines.

Dr. Rahill, along with Dr. Celia Lescano from the USF Department of Mental Health, Law and Policy were recently awarded a 5-year $2, 040,000.00 grant by the National Institute of Child Health and Development of the National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIH), to apply Syndemic Theory in training and developing innovative research skills of faculty/ scholars at l'Université d'Etat d'Haiti (UEH) (State University of Haiti). The project, entitled SHARE Haiti (Syndemics HIV AIDS Research and Education for Haiti_ will address issues of HIV prevention among Haitian youth. SHARE Haiti will permit an international, inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary focus on the social and biological determinants of HIV risk among youth in a country that is experiencing a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS. SHARE Haiti Scholars at UEH will, over a period of 3.5 years participate in web-based and in-person teaching as well as intensive one-on-one mentoring and collaboration with USF mentors.

Dr. Rahill currently serves on the State of Florida Cultural & Linguistic Competency Task Force on Children's Mental Health System of Care Expansion Project concerning Substance Abuse & Mental Health. She proudly serves on the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) Alumni Council.

Brianne StanbackBrianne Stanback is a 2011 graduate of the School of Aging Studies doctoral program in Aging Studies. Currently, she is a faculty member in the School of Aging Studies where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students and directs the internship program.  She also serve as Faculty in Residence in the Cypress-Maple communities, chair of Undergraduate Council, and as faculty champion for the Common Read Experience program at USF.  Before coming to USF, she earned a master's degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and undergraduate degrees in History and English from Clemson University.

Jason WallaceJason Wallace has been a student and practitioner of Applied Behavior Analysis since 1999 when he took his first course on behavior modification. He received his Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2004. He co-founded his own agency, ABA Solutions, Inc. that same year and has been dedicated to serving individuals with special needs and behavioral challenges ever since.