Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies Team

Academic and Student Affairs Leadership

Kay Perrin

Karen (Kay) Perrin, PhD, MPH, CPH, 

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

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.

Graduate Admissions Team

Kamala Dontamsetti

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.

Patricia Roque

Admissions Coordinator
Application and Admissions

Patricia came over to the College of Public Health from the Office of the Registrar with 4 ½ years of experience in higher education. While employed at the Office of the Registrar, she worked as an Enrollment Management Assistant for Client Services and as an Enrollment Management Specialist for Graduation and Records Management. Patricia is also a student here at the University of South Florida seeking a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. In her free time Patricia enjoys working-out, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Katherine Cunningham, MA

Staff Assistant
Reception and administrative support

Katherine is originally from New Jersey and holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Southeastern University. Katherine moved to Lakeland, FL in 2009 to  attend Southeastern University, where she earned a Bachelors degree and Masters. While obtaining her Masters, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Advancement Department at SEU.

In addition, she has worked at Florida Southern College as the Administrative Assistant to the ROTC program and at Geico as a Customer service representative. Katherine recently moved to Brandon, FL. In her spare time, Katherine loves working out, shopping and reading. Also, Katherine likes go out to different adventures and traveling with her family and friends.  

Registration and Scheduling Team

Lakiecher Hall

Assistant Director, Registration and Scheduling
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.

Carletta Hagins-Hughes

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

David Hogeboom, MSPH

Assistant Director, Programs and Outcomes
Data Management, Assessment and Reporting; Curriculum Information Management

David came to the College of Public Health in 1996 and has worked as a network administrator, data manager, researcher and admissions administrator. 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

Academic Services Administrator
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.  While working at USF Tara has earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Experiential Learning Team

Somer Burke

Somer Burke, MPH, CHES, CPH

Assistant Director
Experiential Learning

Somer has worked at the College of Public Health for nearly 17 years including positions in research, undergraduate teaching, and academic administration. She is also an alumna of the College having earned her MPH in Public Health Education. Currently Somer works with the Office of Experiential Learning focusing on applied practice experiences, integrated learning experience, career and professional development, and interprofessional education. She spends her free time enjoying her family, friends, travel, and food.

Jesse Casanova

Jesse Casanova, MS

Field Experience and International Programs Administrator
Field Experience

Jesse Casanova graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., in 2004. He joined the Peace Corps and served in Togo, West Africa, from 2006-08 as a natural resource management volunteer. He then worked as an English instructor in South Korea from 2008-09.

Upon completing his service in South Korea, he attended Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, where he earned an MsC in international humanitarian action in the Network on Humanitarian Assistance in 2011. He then worked in Cameroon as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer and in malaria control at the national level with the Ministry of Health, the Global Fund, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Embassy. He finished that 13-month assignment in 2013, when he accepted his current USF position as director of International Programs in the College of Public Health.

Graduate Advising Team

Annette Strzelecki

Annette Strzelecki, MS

Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Annette has worked for USF for 10 years. She earned her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She has a passion for working with college students and supporting them in their college endeavors. In her free time she enjoys exploring new restaurants, traveling, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with her family (including her rescue rottie).  


Kelley Graff, MEd

Graduate Concentration Advisor

In 2016, Kelley joined the College of Public Health after working at USF in the Development Office at the College of Education and in the Ombuds Office.  She obtained a Masters of Education from USF in College Student Affairs. As a life-long learner, Kelley looks forward to helping students discover their passions while working to meet their educational goals. In her spare time, she enjoys attending football games, cooking, and traveling with her family. 
Thanh Le

Thanh Le

Graduate Concentration Advisor

Thanh came to USF College of Public Health in 2014. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois and Master’s degree in Counseling at St. Xavier University in Chicago. He is a certified pre-health advisor. He advises both undergraduate and graduate students. Thanh enjoys traveling, trying new coffee shops, and taking his dog out exploring.

Jane Lundh

Graduate Concentration Advisor

Jane Lundh has over 20 years of experience working at USF. In the College of Medicine and College of Engineering she managed research laboratories and trained students in analytical and technical processes while completing a Master’s in the College of Education.  She served as Academic Services Administrator for two Departments in Public Health before becoming part of the advising team in August of 2018. She enjoys the diversity of the students she works with and looks forward to supporting their success. 

Laura Spring

Graduate Concentration Advisor

Laura was an academic advisor for the University of Wisconsin College for 10 years prior to moving to St. Petersburg in 2016. She enjoys supporting students from diverse backgrounds and helping each of them achieve their personal goals. She enjoys theater, travel, meditation and time with family and friends.