UCF Alumni Announces 30 Under 30 Awards

UCF Alumni Announces 30 Under 30 Awards

UCF Alumni announced the recipients of its third annual 30 Under 30 Awards on Tuesday, with this year’s class including entrepreneurs, attorneys, security analysts, business professionals, education leaders, doctors, social media experts and others.

“This year’s 30 Under 30 class is a bold group of young alumni who have made an impact from the early stages of their careers. Their commitment to their profession, community and UCF is inspiring,” said Mike Kilbride ’12, chair of UCF’s Young Alumni Council. “This group represents the best of the best from UCF’s accomplished young alumni base. As a fellow alumnus, it is inspiring to see so many of our graduates using their UCF experience to make an impact. The entire Young Alumni Council is proud of the group of finalists, and on behalf of UCF, I extend my sincerest congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

The 30 Under 30 awards program recognizes outstanding young alumni who strive for greatness in their professional and personal lives. Nominations for the 2017 class were accepted through May, and winners were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of UCF (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Must be 30 or under on June 30, 2017
  • Must have made an impact in one or more of the following areas: professional success, community involvement and/or university engagement
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UCF
  • Must strive to uphold the tenets of the UCF Creed

The recipients will be recognized in a formal ceremony on campus in August.

UCF Alumni’s 2017 Class of 30 Under 30

Melissa Amoi-Belinda Smith ’11Ph.D.

  • User experience researcher, Google
  • College of Sciences | The Burnett Honors College

Ashley Beilan ’09, J.D.

  • Associate attorney, Unice Salzman Jensen
  • College of Sciences

Jonathan Beilan ’09 ’13M.D.

  • Chief resident in urology, University Of South Florida’s Morsani College Of Medicine
  • College of Medicine | The Burnett Honors College

Tava Bingham ’12M.A.

  • Assistant director, LEAD Scholars Academy at UCF
  • College of Education & Human Performance

Keal Blache ’11

  • Founder, Loba Creative
  • College of Business Administration

Jacqueline Boehme ’11M.D.

  • Resident, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • College of Medicine | The Burnett Honors College

Sasha Dookhoo ’11 ’15M.A.

  • Senior account executive, PAN Communications
  • College of Sciences

Andre Ferrari ’13

  • Associate attorney, Haynes and Boone
  • College of Business Administration

Jessica Gottsleben ’15

  • News editor, DC Stop Modern Slavery
  • College of Sciences | The Burnett Honors College

Ashley Gudzak ’10

  • Communications manager, Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
  • College of Sciences

Nicholas Gurney ’11

  • Trial attorney, Law Office of Kanner & Pintaluga
  • College of Health & Public Affairs | The Burnett Honors College

Angela Huston ’10

  • Assistant general counsel, Florida Department of Revenue
  • College of Business Administration

Kevin Kulbacki ’11

  • Forensic document examiner, IRS National Forensic Laboratory
  • College of Sciences

Dasha Kuret ’12

  • Ring announcer and community liaison, World Wrestling Entertainment
  • College of Health & Public Affairs

Heather Lawrence ’15 ’17M.S.

  • Graduate research assistant, UCF
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science

Blaire Martin ’11 ’13MBA

  • Director, Florida Angel Nexus
  • College of Business Administration | The Burnett Honors College

JaVonte’ Mottley ’08 ’09MPA

  • Social insurance specialist, Social Security Administration
  • College of Health & Public Affairs

Brandon Naids ’14 ’16M.S.

  • CEO/Co-founder, Talon Simulations
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science

Brandon Naidus ’12

  • Social media manager, Arizona Cardinals
  • College of Business Administration | The Burnett Honors College

Rupert Neish ’09 ’12M.A.

  • Coordinator of Academic Services, UCF Department of Legal Studies
  • College of Education & Human Performance| College of Sciences

Jordan Ostroff ’09, J.D.

  • Founding partner, Jordan Law
  • College of Arts & Humanities | The Burnett Honors College

Stephanie Parenti ’11

  • Immigrant visa unit chief, U.S. Embassy Kabul
  • College of Sciences | The Burnett Honors College

Dane Paul ’09 ’11M.S.

  • Audit manager, Deloitte & Touche
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management | College of Business Administration

Michael Rape ’10 ’13M.S.

  • Financial analyst, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • College of Health & Public Affairs

Lauren Rehm ’10

  • Associate, Bush Ross P.A.
  • College of Business | The Burnett Honors College

Joseph Rogan ’11, J.D.

  • Attorney, Smith, Hulsey & Busey
  • College of Sciences | The Burnett Honors College

Kyle Simpson ’11

  • Director of business solutions and operations, FS Investments
  • College of Medicine | The Burnett Honors College

Carey Sobel ’09

  • Partner and director of business development, Three21 Creative
  • College of Business Administration

Joseph Taylor ’10

  • Regional eCommerce manager, Hilton Worldwide
  • College of Sciences

Amity Wyss ’10

  • Assistant principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Poinciana Elementary School
  • College of Education & Human Performance | The Burnett Honors College