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Administrative Staff

Evan Kropp

Evan Kropp, Ph.D.

Director of UF CJC Online

Evan is responsible for oversight of all the College’s graduate distance learning efforts. His primary responsibilities include supervising the CJC Online Program Directors, faculty and staff. He also serves as a liaison with other units in the university, other educational institutions and external service providers. Evan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and M.A. and B.A. degrees in Communication from the University of Hartford.

Jennifer Ford

Jennifer Ford, M.A.

Marketing & Communications Director

Jennifer is the Marketing and Communications Director for UF CJC Online and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Web Design and Online Communication master’s program. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree, Jen earned a B.A. in Mass Communication from Idaho State University, specializing in visual communication. She is also the founding president of AIGA Gainesville and is passionate about design and community building.

Daressa Howard Hope, M.A.

Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator

Daressa proudly serves as the Admission and Enrollment Coordinator for the UF CJC graduate programs. Daressa is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Thereafter, she attended the University of Central Florida, earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Higher Education. Daressa is passionate about connecting students of all backgrounds to renowned educational opportunities and is most excited to implement the extensive knowledge that she has gained from her previous roles in the University Enrollment Management division, to serve and support the dynamic students who look to enroll in our programs.

Ophir Lehavy

Ophir Lehavy, M.A.

Student Success Coach

Ophir Lehavy is an adjunct lecturer and success coach for the master’s in mass communications program at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. In addition to her work at UF, Lehavy works with select clients as a PR and communications consultant. Her most recent project includes working with an author on her online strategy – social media, website, influencer outreach, blog, and email – for a high-profile book launch. Ophir Lehavy completed her graduate work in 2001 at Columbia University’s Teachers College with a master’s in teaching, after also completing a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from New York University in 1997. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1994 at Georgetown University majoring in History.

Carrie Martins

Carrie Martins

Academic Assistant

Carrie is an Academic Assistant for UF CJC Online. She earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Delaware and has since served in student support and advising roles at higher education institutions and affiliated organizations in the U.S. and Brazil. Her specific areas of expertise include admissions and recruitment, international student support, education abroad advising, and event management. Carrie is passionate about connecting students with educational opportunities that help them reach their professional and personal goals.

Kris Murphy

Kris Murphy, M.S.

Graduate Student Advisor

Kris is a Graduate Student Advisor for UF CJC Online. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Peace, War, and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Florida, she worked in undergraduate admissions and for a non-profit foundation supporting a museum. Kris is excited to support our students and connect them to the resources they need to successfully complete our programs. Email Kris to request an advising appointment.

Tiffany Robbert

Tiffany Robbert, M.A.

Graduate Student Advisor

Tiffany is a double Gator, having received both a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Arts in mass communications in web design and online communications from the University of Florida. With over nine years in the academic and nonprofit sectors, Tiffany uses her extensive experience with digital development, event management, customer service, and strategic communications to provide the best possible support to staff, faculty, alumni, and students of the distance learning program. Email Tiffany to request an advising appointment.

Leah Antovel

Leah Antovel

Marketing and Social Media Assistant

Leah Antovel is a Marketing and Social Media Assistant at UF CJC Online. She also graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in Spring 2020 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a minor in Event Management. As an undergraduate, Leah served as President and Vice President of Programming for UF’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. She enjoys sharing stories from our program on social media and in blog posts and helping prospective students with the admissions process.

Alyssa Varas

Alyssa Varas

Admissions Graduate Student Assistant

Alyssa serves as a graduate student assistant for the UF CJC Online graduate programs. She is a proud Double Gator, who received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the university and is currently working toward her Master’s in Mass Communication. Her chosen specialization is Global Strategic Communications. Alyssa uses her organizational and administrative skills to answer any questions prospective students may have about the graduate programs.

Logan White

Logan White

Marketing and Social Media Assistant

Logan is a Marketing and Social Media Student Assistant for UF CJC Online. As a current senior in UF CJC’s undergraduate public relations program, Logan has a passion for videography and enjoys using this medium to portray the inspiring stories of our students. With a minor in nonprofit organizational leadership, she hopes to work on behalf of a mission bigger than herself with a specific interest in healthcare and nonprofit communications.


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