Meet the Council
Meet the current FSU Family Connection Council Members! Below you will find their bios, sharing information regarding where they are from and with what their student is involved.
Member Bios 2016—2017
Abby Cynamon lives in Miami Beach, FL. Her student is a member of the Class of 2018 who lives off campus and is majoring in Economics. He is involved in Greek Life and the intramural rugby team.
Alberto Araujo lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida. His student is a sophomore studying Industrial Engineering. His student is living off campus but lived on campus her freshman year. Her freshman year she was a Hall Council Historian and also a general body member for the Environmental Service Program and the club Who We Play For. This year, she plans to continue her involvement in the Environmental Service Program and also will hold the positions of Housing Engagement Assistant for Relay for Life at FSU and the Marketing Chair for Who We Play For.
Cathy VanDeMark lives in Panama City Beach, Florida and is an alumnus of the FSU Hospitality Administration program. Her student is a senior (Class of 2017) and lives off campus. Her student is majoring in Studio Art and plans to pursue a Masters in Art Education. She juggles 2 jobs, church ministry and is active in several clubs on campus.
Cindy Johnson lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida. One of her students is an Exercise Science major minoring in Psychology and will graduate with the Class of 2017. She has lived in the residence halls and in off campus student apartments. She has also participated in the Pre–Physician's Assistant Club and FSU’s Christian Campus Fellowship. Her other student is in FSU's Askew School Master of Public Administration Program. She will graduate with the Class of 2019. Both students share a townhouse off campus.
Jay Doobrow lives in Weston, Florida. His student is a sophomore majoring in business with an interest in sales and entrepreneurship. He is an active member of his fraternity and participates in various community service initiatives. He was selected by his fraternity as a representative in the Dance Marathon and participates in intramural athletics.
Jeffrey Zipp lives in Wellington, Florida. His student is in the Class of 2018, living off campus, majoring in biology and is a member of a fraternity that participated in Dance Marathon.
John Pisula, MBA CPCU — lives in Davie, FL and is the father of Sarah, Class of 2019. Sarah is a member of a sorority and enjoys the many volunteer opportunities they offer. She traveled to Peru last year with MedLife. She is in the Exercise Science program and part of USSTRIDE with the College of Medicine.
Lisa Faina lives in Davie, Florida. Her student is in the Class of 2018, living in an apartment complex near FSU and is majoring in Risk Management. He is the treasurer for his fraternity and for the Rifle Association of FSU. He is also a member of FSU Competitive Rifle, College Republicans, and the Fishing Club.
Rae White lives in Davie, Florida. Her student is in the Class of 2018 and is majoring in Environmental Engineering. He is an Ambassador for FSU and works as a campus tour guide. He is also an active member of a fraternity and chairs many of the philanthropic functions. Her oldest daughter earned an FSU degree in Communications and Business Marketing and a law degree at Boston University. Her middle daughter is attending graduate school in Portland, Oregon and is an architect specializing in sustainable building.
Rebecca Robinette lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an alumnus of FSU College of Law. Her student will graduate in the spring of 2017, sharing an apartment off campus, but lived on campus his freshman year. He is majoring in Environmental Studies and was with the Marching Chiefs his first two years at FSU. He participated in a Florida Spartan race and spends some free time at the rock gym.
Sabrenia Kelley–Lewis lives in Oviedo Florida and is an alumnus of the FSU College of Psychology. Her daughte4r is a member of the class of 2018. During her time at FSU her daughter has lived in Landis Hall and off campus housing. She is has been recognized for Dean’s list , and is an Honor Student, Honors Delegate, Honors Mentor and Legal Scholar pursuing a major in Law and Society with the intention of continuing on to the FSU College of Law. As a freshman student she successfully completed the recognition requirements to start her own organization at FSU. She is active in school organizations including East Meets West, Korean American Student Association, Student Leadership Council, Chinese Linguistic Cultural Association, FSU Pre–Law Program, and the FSU Honors Program.
Scott Farman lives in Jacksonville, Florida. His student is a Psychology major, with a minor in Biology and Chemistry, and will be graduating in 2019. She is living in a nearby apartment complex, and is involved in 'Nole Med, the Wesley Foundation, and numerous other organizations.
Sharon Brown lives in Saint Augustine, Florida. Her student is a junior living off campus (lived on campus freshman year). He is pursuing a dual degree one in Economics one in MIS Data Analytics. He is on Dean’s list, Presidents list and member of academic honor societies. He is active in his fraternity. He plays ice hockey for FSU, GO NOLES! (yes, FSU has ice hockey) He also participates in on campus intramural sports.
Sheryl Bradley lives in Winter Springs, Florida. Her student is a member of FSU's Class of 2019, majoring in Environmental Sciences and Policies, a minor in Communications, and an ultimate goal of attending law school. Cam Bradley is a member of Florida's Association of Environmental Professionals and a recipient of Coca–Cola's Pay It Forward Award for his volunteer efforts in providing basic necessities to the homeless. Sheryl's son is also an active member in Greek life and was recently elected as his fraternity's delegate to FSU's Dance Marathon. He is very engaged in other philanthropic activities such as Relay For Life, Be The Match (bone marrow matching), and volunteering at Hope Community Center for mothers and children in crisis. Cam has lived both on campus and off, and enjoys a variety of intramural sports and outdoor activities.
Britton Howze lives in Forest City, Florida. Britton graduated from Florida State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Her son is a sophomore who is actively involved in Greek life through his Fraternity, loves Intramural Sports, attends FSU athletic events, and lives off campus.
Kimberly Staley lives in Ormond Beach, Florida. Her student is in her junior year at FSU (Class of 2018) and lives off campus. She is majoring in Biology and plans to continue education in a medical field after graduating from FSU, and is an officer in the FSU Optometry club. She recently spent 3 months this summer in Bolivia through the FSU Global Scholars Program.
Mark Toth lives in Plant City, Florida. His students, who are twins, are sophomores and will graduate with the Class of 2019. One of his students is majoring in Psychology. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, Pride Student Union, and plans to join PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology. The other student is majoring in Marketing. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, Korean American Student Association, International Marketing Association, and Pride Student Union. During their freshman year they both resided in Reynolds Hall. They currently live in an apartment within walking distance of campus.