Alex was born and raised in Miami, Florida. While at the University of Florida, he majored in public relations and political science and participated in many student organization including Student Government, Florida Blue Key and Hillel. Alex moved to D.C. upon graduation to pursue a career in public affairs. Currently, Alex works at Amplify Public Affairs and serves as an Associate for Public Affairs and Social Media. He works daily to create and implement innovative strategies that bridge traditional and new media resources.
Betsy McLellan was born and raised in Brewer, Maine. During her time at the University of Florida, she was actively involved with community service as a part of the local service sorority Delta Nu Zeta, and was an active member of the Florida Women in Business club. After graduating in May of 2014, she relocated to the Durham, North Carolina area where she worked as the Director of Purchasing for Kalisher, a company that provides art and curation services to the global hospitality industry. Betsy recently moved to the DC area in January 2017, and has since been working for the United States Postal Service as a Purchasing & Supply Management Specialist. In her free time, Betsy loves getting rowdy watching Gator football, going for a run, and trying any and all the new Oreo flavors.
VP, Special Events
Dan is from West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2004, and got his Masters degree in international business in 2005. He currently works as an attorney in the federal government. Dan is also involved with Pulse, the young professionals committee of the American Heart Association's Greater Washington Region. He loves playing soccer, guitar, and watching his college football team. Go Gators!
Taylor Gilliland was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with a minor in Applied and Professional Ethics at the University of Florida as a John V. Lombardi Scholar. While at UF, Taylor conducted HIV research in the School of Medicine and helped lead Outdoor Adventure Recreation, the GatorTeens mentor program, and the UF chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. After Gainesville, Taylor completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California San Diego where his research focused on understanding the structure and function of a family of proteins involved in immune cell migration. He then came to DC in 2014 as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow working at the National Institutes of Health, where he now is a Health Science Policy Analyst in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an international global health nonprofit organization.
Valerie Corvington Farrell
VP, Corporate Sponsorship
Valerie was born and raised in Queens, NY. In high school, she set her sights on UF, and got her BSBA at the Warrington College of Business in 2004. After college, she returned to New York, taking with her the fondest memories of her years in Gainesville. Having worked at media and online marketing agencies large and small, she has recently moved with her husband to the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.
Valerie is very excited to jump into this role and explore win-win partnerships between alumni-run businesses and our fellow Gators here in the DC metro area. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you or someone you know would like to gain exposure for your business! When she's not glued to a screen, she enjoys exploring DC and playing a casual game of tennis.
SVP, Special Projects & Communications
Todd was born in Miami, FL but raised in Orlando, FL. While at UF, he was active on campus as a Sigma Phi Epsilon (Hair Salon) and served as Social Chair. He received his bachelors in History with a minor in Education in 2001. He moved back to Orlando to pursue advertising sales where he remained until arriving in DC in 2009 looking for a new challenge and has loved it ever since. Todd is the pitcher for the DC Gator Club softball team in his fifth year (2014 Champions), co-founder of the All Florida Alumni of DC (AFLA-DC), a group consisting of alumni from Florida institutions in the capital region and represents the club with the SEC in DC alumni group. He became involved mid-year 2011 as a member-at-large, was then selected by Sean Taylor as his president-elect, served as club president from 2013-2014 and is in his second year as club vice-president. Todd is a national account manager selling advertising for a digital publication in downtown D.C. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, two daughters and dog Stewie
Ryan Lynch was born and raised a Gator in Tampa, Florida. While at UF, he worked for a digital marketing start-up in the new Infinity Hall and stayed involved with community service and campus athletics through his roles within Phi Delta Theta. After graduating with a degree in Industrial and System Engineering in 2016, he moved up to DC to work as a federal technology consultant. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing recreational sports, travelling across the world, and optimistically cheering on the Gators in every sport!
Charisse F. Vickerie
VP, Affiliate Groups
Charisse F. Vickerie was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and graduated from the University of Florida in 2004 with Honors in History with a concentration in US Labor Relations and Urban Development. In 2008, Charisse graduated from Rutgers University with Honors with a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Specialization in Direct Practice, Community Mental Health, Health and Aging. She relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2013 with her husband and is currently an Account Executive with AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, the largest Medicaid Managed Care Organization in DC. In 2016, she served as President of UF Association of Black Alumni DC Chapter.
Immediate Past President
Matt is from sunny south Florida and is a three-time Gator. He first graduated from undergrad in 2003, followed by getting his doctorate in physical therapy in 2007, and lastly his MBA in 2009. As much as he loved living in Titletown, it came time to leave when he moved here to Washington, DC in the spring of 2010. He lives here with his wife, Coty, who is also a Gator. They actually met when she lived at Springs (back when it was still called Hall '95 for those around his age...) and he was a freshman in Jennings. His dogs Oscar and Alice are also huge Gator fans! When he is not watching Gator sports or playing sports with too competitive of an attitude, you can find him exploring the local breweries, going on a run or a ride around the city, on the tennis courts, or nerding out with a crossword puzzle. Go Gators!
vp, Young Alumni
Mina grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her time in Gainesville, she founded UF’s first local sorority, Delta Nu Zeta, a service organization that provides girls a sisterhood while improving the local community. Mina also served as the social media manager for the inaugural frank gathering, an annual meeting of public interest communicators. Mina is currently the communications associate at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the nation’s largest advocacy organization working on tobacco-related issues. In her spare time, Mina enjoys everything Disney, binge-watching comedies on Netflix and eating brunch.
VP, Membership & Secretary
Sammi Levy if from Davie, Florida and graduated from UF in 2013 where she studied public relations. At UF, Sammi was involved in student government, Florida Blue Key ‘s Speakers Bureau and her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. She now works at CEB Global, supporting businesses with technology best practices and insights.
Michael graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2017. During law school he was a leader of the Environmental and Land Use Society and the Volunteer Income Tax Association. With the latter he assisted individuals with their tax returns during tax season and taught other law students how to do the same. With the former he led excursions to local watering holes, such as Ichetucknee Springs and the Santa Fe River, as well as Swamphead and First Magnitude breweries. When's he's not at a local Game Day watch party, Michael can be found surveying DC parks or hiking in the Blue Ridge. Go Gators!
Todd Thompson (see above)
INTERIM Director of social Media