President's Office Team

Paige Beles Geers, Acting Chief of Staff

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Paige supports, proactively manages and shepherds high-priority projects and key university strategic initiatives. She oversees relations and outreach efforts with the Florida Board of Governors members, staff and other dignitaries. Paige is also the staff liaison for the Board of Trustees Strategic Initiatives Committee. Email Paige.

Linda De Blasio, Special Assistant to the President

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Linda proactively manages and coordinates the daily functions of the president. This includes synchronizing meetings and speaking engagements and optimizing the president’s time for maximum productivity. Linda assists in communicating with internal and external constituents, including the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, business leaders, donors and government officials. Email Linda.

Julie Waters, Executive Communications Manager

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Julie oversees executive communications strategies and deliverables for the Office of the President. A member of University Communications and Marketing, Julie works closely with colleagues in marketing, news and media relations to coordinate leadership communications that reflect the goals of the president and are consistent with university messaging and branding. Email Julie.

Christy Chefalas, Manager of Fiscal & Business Administration/Budget Analyst

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Christy’s chief responsibility is the fiscal and business management for Executive Services including the Office of the President, Government Relations, General Counsel, Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity and the Board of Trustees. She also serves as the HR manager for the Office of the President. Email Christy.


Mary Dooley, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff

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Mary provides administrative support to the Acting Chief of Staff Paige Beles Geers, which includes coordinating, directing, and managing the chief of staff’s schedule and events. She also assists with budget requests and financial compliance in consultation with the President’s Office Manager of Fiscal & Business Administration. Email Mary