Academic and Student Affairs > Graduate Studies Team

Graduate Studies Leadership Team

Rita DeBate, PhD, MPH

Professor, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Rita DeBate is a Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. Dr. DeBate’s research interests include adolescent health, positive youth development, women’s health, and secondary prevention of eating disorders.

Kate Wolfe-Quintero, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Office Graduate Studies
Dr. Wolfe-Quintero is Director of Student Affairs for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health. Dr. Wolfe-Quintero provides courses, programs, and workshops designed to meet the scientific and professional communication needs of faculty, students, and staff in the College of Public Health.

Graduate Admissions Team

Kamala Dontamsetti, MBA, MA

Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Kamala holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Master’s in Business Administration, worked as the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Schiller International University, and as the Director of International Recruitment and Admissions at Ball State University. Kamala has traveled in China, India, Brazil, Turkey, the Middle East and Europe, and loves to experience and learn about new cultures, as well as read and exercise in her spare time.

Roushine Thomas

Admissions Coordinator
Application and admissions
Roushine Thomas is the Admissions Coordinator for the College of Public Health. She joined the College of Public Health back in November of 2011, she assists prospective students on the admissions process to the college. Roushine is currently a student herself at the University of Walden where she is studying Forensic Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys going to the Tampa Bay Lightning games, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Registration and Scheduling Team

Lakiecher Murphy

Registration and Scheduling Administrator
Course scheduling, reduced rate programs, and registration
Lakiecher is the Scheduling and Online Programs Administrator for the College of Public Health. She has over 10 years of experience working in higher education. Lakiecher manages the Reduced Rate Program (RRP), formally known as Self-funded. She completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky State University and is currently working on a Masters in Educational Leadership. Lakiecher enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends.

LaTonya Davis

Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Permits, registration process, and course schedule
LaTonya Davis started attending USF in 2010 as a full-time student, ultimately earning a BA in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Healthcare in 2014. In early 2011 she began working as a Work Study student in the Office of the Registrar. During that time she learned USF academic policies and procedures and was then hired as an Enrollment Management Assistant in 2013. In 2015, she joined the College of Public Health as a Registration and Scheduling Coordinator while pursuing an M.A. in Adult Education.

Carletta Hagins-Hughes

Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Permits, registration process, and course schedule
Carletta Hagins-Hughes is new to the College of Public Health, but not new to the University of South Florida. Carletta has over 9 years of experience through USF Registrar Office in records and registration, training, PDIM, senior citizen registration and change of programs. Carletta is currently working on her degree in Mass Communication. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with her church, traveling, culture events, music, reading and especially spending time with her family. Carletta is eager to learn and always looking for new challenges.

Programs and Outcomes Team

David Hogeboom, MSPH

Assistant Director, Programs and Outcomes
Data Management, Assessment and Reporting; Curriculum Information Management
In 1996 David left his job as a computer consultant at the University of Michigan and moved to Tampa where he was hired by USF's College of Public Health. While at USF David has worked as a network administrator, data manager, and researcher. He earned a Master's of Science in Public Health in 2007 and has co-authored articles on topics such as assessing children's physical activity, parental influences on child behavior, and the internet's association with social networking. He now works in Academic and Student Affairs for COPH performing data management, assessment and reporting for programs and accreditation, and maintaining curriculum information for the College. David also enjoys running, and volunteer work at the Tampa Humane Society.

Tara Greer, MBA

Data Management
Data Management, Assessment and Reporting; Curriculum Information Management
Tara first joined Academic and Student affairs in August of 2014. Tara entered the nonprofit realm in 2003 when she started 4 The Future. At the time she was an undergraduate at USF studying for her BSW. Later she would continue her education and receive an MBA. She is currently taking the six sigma black belt course and plans to be certified in 2016.

Mathdany Clark

Academic Success Administrator
CPH exam, probation, retention, teaching credentialing, and graduation certification
Mathdany is very familiar with the USF Tampa campus. In 2004 Mathdany decided to attend the University of South Florida as a full time student. While obtaining her degree in Finance she worked several jobs within the university including the USF Telefund, work study program, and parking services. After earning her degree she joined Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Public Health. Mathdany is currently working on her MBA in Project Management, she hopes to continue working in Higher Education and making a difference within the university system. In her free time, Mathdany enjoys reading, watching TV, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Danielle Reidel

Academic Program Specialist
CPH exam, probation, retention, teaching credentialing, and graduation certification
Danielle has worked in higher education since 2007. She began working in the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Officer at UIC, where she earned her bachelors degree in Sociology. At UIC she handled many admissions tasks while leading the credential management unity. She relocated to Tampa and USF in the Summer of 2015 to work in the college of public health as an academic program specialist in the graduate studies office. Danielle likes exploring the Tampa area, meeting new people, and looking at cat pictures on the internet.

Practice Experience and Professional Development

Kristin Moretto, PhD

Director of Experiential Learning
Dr. Kristin Moretto earned her doctorate in Higher, Adult and Lifelong education and master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Before joining USF Health, she worked as Assistant Director for Service-Learning at UNCG and has previous experience in faculty development and graduate student career services. She also served as Director of the MSU Student Food Bank for six years. As Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Moretto oversees Field Experience and Professional Development. She also works to build community partnerships and expand experiential learning opportunities for students through field experience opportunities, service-learning courses, and more.

Office Assistant

Ginny Macias

Office Assistant
Reception and administrative support
Ginny is happy to have joined the COPH Academic & Student Affairs in 2011, as the Office Receptionist. She enjoys helping students achieve their goals. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and grandson going to Disney ,Busch Gardens ,Camping and watching Movies.