Undergraduate Programs

Undergrad Team

Kay Perrin PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Since 1990, Kay M. Perrin, PhD, MPH has held faculty appointments at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a registered nurse in a variety of public health clinics and hospital settings for over 15 years. Currently, Dr. Perrin is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She oversees all aspects of the newly approved undergraduate degree: Bachelor's of Science in Public Health.

Dr. Perrin teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her research focuses on adolescent health with a special interest in teen pregnancy. Lastly, she serves on several community boards in the Tampa Bay Area. When she is not working, Dr. Perrin and her husband enjoy biking, traveling and babysitting their three grandchildren.

Alison Oberne MA, MPH, CPH


Alison Oberne came to USF in 2007 to pursue a Masters in Public Health after completing a Masters in General Psychology at the University of North Florida. It was while studying psychology and health that she became interested in Public Health Education. While taking courses at USF she worked as a graduate research assistant, taught Sex, Health, and Decision-Making as an adjunct instructor, and taught various psychology courses at Hillsborough Community College.

Upon graduation, Alison researched medication adherence and understanding at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Alison is excited to be back at USF working as a faculty instructor for the undergraduate program in public health. She loves being in the classroom and interacting with students. In her spare time, Alison likes to travel, read, watch movies, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog.

Deidre Orriola MPH


Deidre graduated from the University of South Florida with her master's degree in Public Health in 2006. Her position as faculty instructor at the College of Public Health began in 2010. Prior to that she taught several courses for the university and worked as a health educator at Student Health Services. Her interests include maternal & child health, environmental health, HIV, and the use of social media as a learning tool. Originally from Puerto Rico and New York, she has lived in Tampa for 10 years and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening and discovering new restaurants.

Laura Rusnak MPH, CHES


Laura has worked at the University of South Florida since 2002. She started her career at USF as a Health Educator at Student Health Services and soon began teaching classes as an adjunct professor. Laura began her faculty position at the College of Public Health in 2007 and has taught a variety of courses for the undergraduate program. Laura comes from a long family line of educators, which she believes is the source of her passion for actively engaging students in the learning process. Laura's other's interests include traveling, reading, participating in local racing events, movies and spending time outdoors.

Annette Strzelecki

Academic Advisor

Annette came to USF in 2008 after completed her Masters Degree in Higher Education Student Affairs at Indiana University. She began her career at USF as a Residence Life Coordinator and oversaw the Andros and Argos Complex throughout her four years in Housing and Residential Education. Annette is excited to now be an advisor because she has always been interested in education and helping make a positive impact on student's experience in college. She enjoys helping students find their passions and seek out experiences that supplement what they are learning in the classroom. When not at work Annette likes traveling and discovering new experiences with her husband from restaurants, festivals, musicals, to running 5ks.

Meleine Desir

Academic Advisor

Meleine is an alumnus of USF, and received a Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs. Her passion for student success and supporting students as they transition through college led her to pursing her degree in Higher Education. As an advisor, she is looking forward to building meaningful relationship with students, helping them achieve academic success, and contributing to their holistic development. Meleine really enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and going to the beach.

Thanh Le

Academic Advisor

Thanh came to USF in 2014 from Chicago, Illinois. He has earned his Bachelors in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters in counseling from Saint Xavier University, with a professional license as a school counselor. He has worked with students at various levels of education including elementary, secondary, and college. Thanh is passionate about working with students to help them succeed academically, to grow personally, and to prepare them for life after USF. When not at work, Thanh enjoys the great outdoors, exercising, and working on his car.

James Van Elswyk MD


Dr. Van Elswyk was a partner in a 6 person medical group for the practice of OB-GYN in northern New Jersey. After 20 years, he retired to Florida where he has been teaching at USF for 7 yrs. Four years ago USF students selected Dr. Van Elswyk as a recipient of the Golden Key Award. His special interests include triathlons.

Alana Falcone, BS

Receptionist, Undergraduate Studies

Erica Parris

Academic Program Specialist