Ambassadors

Ambassador Profiles

2016 - 2017
McKenna Nelson
Sophomore

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Public Relations)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
High School: Nease High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watching performances at The Hippodrome or the Phillips Center and going on late night ice cream runs with my friends.

2016 - 2017
Katherine Graham
Sophomore

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Psychology)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL
High School: East Lake High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Go out to brunch at The Jones with my friends

2016 - 2017
Aaron Janosa
Junior

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Clarinet
Hometown: Leesburg, FL
High School: Leesburg High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Exploring the small shops and restaurants around town



 

2016 - 2017
Sophie Press
Sophomore

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (MSM)
Instrument: Clarinet
Hometown: Tequesta, FL
High School: Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Attend performances by students and locals

2016 - 2017
Patrick Bain
Sophomore

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Mechanical Engineering)
Instrument: Percussion
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
High School: Jupiter Community High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watch live bands perform around town

2016 - 2017
Madelyn Diller
Junior

Major: Linguistics (concentrating in TESL), with a minor in music performance
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
High School: Home School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: When I'm not in class or practicing, you can find me in a local coffee shop with a good book or friends.

2016 - 2017
Dominique Baeta
Junior

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Lake Mary
High School: Lake Mary High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watching the Gators play in the Swamp!

2016 - 2017
Sabrina Baeta
Junior

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (English)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Lake Mary, FL
High School: Lake Mary High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watching and performing music with my friends and exploring the different restaurants in Gainesville

2016 - 2017
Lillian Messer
Junior

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Nutritional Sciences & Pre-medicine)
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Dayton, MD
High School: River Hill High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: One of my favorite things to do in Gainesville is to walk on any of the numerous trails with friends. It’s like an adventure finding paths that few people go down, and awesome to just be outside!

2016 - 2017
Brandon McKinley
Senior

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Public Relations)
Instrument: Percussion
Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, FL
High School: Lincoln Park Academy
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Going to Gator games! 

Former Ambassador
Jesse Fallen
2013 - 2016

Major: Political Science and Economics, with a minor in piano performance
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
High School: Wellington Community High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Explore the cool shops and eat at restaurants downtown with my friends 

Former Ambassador
Shelby Young
2013 - 2016

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Stuart, FL
High School: South Fork High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: A great thing to in Gainesville is to go tubing on the Ichetucknee River.  It is really fun to get a group of friends together on a hot Saturday and go relax in the river.  

Former Ambassador
Alana Klonoski
2014 - 2016

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Business)
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Lake Mary, FL
High School: Seminole High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Discovering new places and restaurants with friends.

Former Ambassador
Chelsea Mattson
2014 - 2016

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Business)
Instrument:
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
High School: Dreyfoos High School of the Arts
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: One of my favorite things I've ever done in Gainesville is the Downtown Art Festival every year. It's such a fun way to spend the day, surrounded by art, food, activities, and people. I love talking to all of the artists and looking at all of their amazing works.

Former Ambassador
Marc Parocha
2014 - 2016

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Pre-Medicine)
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
High School: St. Francis Catholic High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Walking in Downtown

Former Ambassador
Samantha O’Brien
2013 - 2015

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
High School: Boca Raton Community High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: I like to attend performances of visiting artists at the UF Phillip’s Center for Performing Arts. I also enjoy dining out with friends in Gainesville’s eclectic downtown area.

Former Ambassador
Zachary Sullivan
2014 - 2015

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Euphonium
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
High School: F.W. Buchholz High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: My favorite thing to do in Gainesville is spending time with my roommates. Whether it is relaxing at our apartment playing FIFA or going out to eat at Tijuana Flats, I always have a great time with them.

Former Ambassador
Cara McDermott
2014 - 2015

Major: Biology (Pre-Dental), with a minor in music
Instrument:  Trumpet
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
High School: Milton High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Rock climbing at the Gainesville Rock Gym

Former Ambassador
David McDermott
2013 - 2014

Major: Music Education & Spanish
Instrument:  Percussion
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
High School: Milton High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Going to see a high quality show at the Phillips center for the Performing Arts, where touring Broadway shows as well as famous performing artists and acts come to campus at a discounted price for students. 

Former Ambassador
Erika Choi
2013 - 2014

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Pre-Medicine)
Instrument:  Piano
Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL
High School: Palm Harbor University High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Exploring the wide variety of local restaurants on weekends

Former Ambassador
Sam Silverberg
2013 - 2014

Major: Vocal Performance
Instrument:  Voice
Hometown: Parrish, FL
High School: Southeast High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Attending every home football game with at least other 80,000 people, watching the amazing Gators play football, and hearing the spectacular sound coming from The Pride of the Sunshine band.