Brandie McCabe
Department of Children and Families
Independent Living Specialist 

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Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education

Campus Coach Liaisons

Florida College System (FCS) advisors work with foster care students to assist with enrollment, completion of college financial aid applications and exploration of career opportunities.

The FCS advisors also assist foster care students by providing the necessary tools for their success in college and beyond, connecting students with academic resources, scholarship opportunities, community resources and other support while pursuing their educational goals. For a list of foster care student advisors at a FCS institution, please click this link:

The State University System of Florida (SUS) and the Board of Governors, is also committed to serving the needs of each student.  Listed below are contacts for homeless and former foster care students at each University:

Dr. Jovany Felix     
Florida A&M University
850-599-3180 |

Jasmine Briggs, M.Ed.
ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
561-297-6845 |
Fax: 561-297-3132

Lauren Strunk
Case Manager, Student Affairs
Florida Gulf Coast University
239-590-1866 |

Ana I Ramos, MSW
Success Coach, Fostering Panther Pride
Florida International University
305-348-6106 |

Dr. Scott Rhodes

Vice Provost of Enrollment
Florida Polytechnic University
4700 Research Way
Lakeland, FL 33805
863-874-4821 |

Lisa Jackson
Assistant Director, CARE,
Unconquered Scholars Program
Florida State University
850-644-9699 |

Jessica Maxon
Director of First Year Programs
New College of Florida
941-487-4548 |

Tammy Nadeau
Assistant Director
Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services
Multicultural Academic & Support Services (MASS)
University of Central Florida
407-823-1832 |

Leslie Pendleton
Florida Opportunity Scholars Program
University of Florida
352-392-1265 |

Tom VanSchoor
Dean of Students
University of North Florida
904-620-1577 |

Makenzie Schiemann
Director, Office of Student Outreach and Support
SOCAT-Students of Concern Assistance Team
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ae, SVC 2058
Tampa, FL 33620
813-974-6130 |

Dr. Dawn Rockey
Asst. Dean of Students & Director of Student Case Mgt Services
University of West Florida
850-474-2384 |