John J. Mulligan

John Mulligan is the Health, Safety and Global Risk Manager for the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). In this capacity, John works with other stakeholders to develop and implement best practices for health, safety, and risk management for students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally. 

Sebastian Rodriguez Natali

Sebastian is responsible for the financial, budgeting, and fiscal operations of the UF International Center since October 2022.

From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sebastian joined the University of Florida in 2011. He earned a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

A former exchange and international student, Sebastian is aware of the importance of UFIC’s mission and commitment to international education and intellectual freedom and exchange.

Dean Marta L. Wayne

Dr. Wayne is a professor of Biology, specializing in the evolution & ecology of infectious disease and evolutionary genetics. Wayne’s research has taken her to México to work with a collaborator studying the monarch butterfly migration and to spend a sabbatical with a collaborator in Canada working on infectious disease. Wayne’s international engagement began when, as a postdoc, she participated in a trinational young investigators’ workshop (Germany, Japan, and the US) sponsored by the international scientific organization, Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE).

Terrence Funke

Terrence Funke is Executive Assistant to Dean Marta L. Wayne. Terrence earned his B.A. in English from the University of Florida and has been working in retail management for 10 years. Terrence has always maintained a strong connection to Gainesville, returning periodically to judge for the UF Speech and Debate Team, of which he is a proud alumnus. He enjoys reading, writing, and riding his bike in his free time, and is extremely happy to be back home at UF!

Sara Williams

Sara, a Gainesville native, holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources, both from St. Leo University. She has been with UF since 2016 and joined the International Center in September 2021. In collaboration with unit supervisors, Sara manages all HR transactions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, onboarding, payroll, records management, and employee relations.

Sharon Brown

Sharon is originally from New Jersey but grew up in Miami. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida and studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro during her junior year. Prior to joining the UFIC, Sharon worked as a prospect researcher at the UF Foundation. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies and Gator sports.

Christina Cozart

Christina Cozart is the Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). She assists the Communications Manager in implementing UFIC’s marketing and promotion strategies. Christina came to UFIC from The Independent Alligator student newspaper, where she was a production manager. She has also worked as a lead graphic designer for various employers and as an advertising instructor at the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

Will Collante

Will has a Master's degree in Decision and Information Sciences from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He has been at the University of Florida for 14 years as a web developer, Database Architect, and Systems Administrator. He is involved with the Information Technology needs and IT direction of the International Center. He enjoys time writing music, photography and spending time with kids and family.

Yanina Morero

Yanina is responsible for formulating and recommending policies and procedures to improve management capabilities and operational procedures for the software programs used to report on international students and study abroad students. She also maintains the UFIC website and provide statistical reports as needed to UFIC and UF Colleges and Departments.

Mabel Cardec

Mabel Cardec is the Communications Manager at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). She oversees UFIC’s communication activities to promote the internationalization of the UF campus, and to raise the visibility of UFIC services. Mabel publishes UFIC’s weekly e-newsletter (UF Global) to raise UF's profile as a lead academic international institution.

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