Staff

Beth Boone Beth Boone
Executive Assistant to the President
bboone@ufl.edu
Beth Boone works directly with the president and his cabinet and various organizations within and outside UF. She also schedules and coordinates his meetings and travel throughout the year. Additionally, she is responsible for the seamless operation of the president’s office, including budget, staff supervision and student interns. Ms. Boone came to the office in January 2005 from the UF Department of Physics, where she spent eight years, most recently as administrative assistant to the chairman. Her over 25 years at UF have also included positions at the Division of Sponsored Research, Program in Linguistics, English Language Institute, and Department of Physics.
Kylie Emerson Kylie Emerson
Correspondence Assistant
kremer@ufl.edu
Kylie Emerson’s responsibilities include preparing and reviewing the president’s correspondence, assembling background and presentations for delivery, updating the president’s website and assisting with calendar and database management.   Ms. Emerson joined the president’s office in January 2010 after graduating from Baptist College of Florida in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling.
Aaron Hoover
Executive Speechwriter
ahoover@ufl.edu
Aaron Hoover works closely with the president on speeches, presentations, op-eds, correspondence and other communications projects. He also provides communications expertise and assistance to UF’s provost, chief operating officer, senior vice presidents and first lady. His speeches have won six national Cicero Awards since 2011, including three in 2014. He joined the president’s office in April 2011 following a 20-year career as speechwriter, science writer and daily newspaper reporter.
Stacey Merritt
Assistant to Director of Presidential Events and Commencement
staceym@ufl.edu
Stacey Merritt assists the director of presidential events and commencement with coordinating and monitoring UF President’s House rentals, university commencement ceremonies, and other presidential events. She also supports the president’s office with clerical and non-clerical assignments as needed. She joined the staff in August 2012 after spending 18 years in the banking industry in Jacksonville, Florida.
Donna Stricker Donna Stricker
Director of Presidential Events & Commencement Coordinator
donnas@ufl.edu
Donna Stricker is responsible for the planning and implementation of presidential events, as well as all university-wide commencement ceremonies.  Additionally, she oversees the use of the UF President’s House for campus-related rental events; coordinates selection and celebrations of recipients of honorary degrees and distinguished alumni awards; and provides guidance for ceremonial events university wide.  She joined the president’s office in 2005 after spending 10 years as director of development for the Alachua County Housing Authority and five years as project supervisor in market development for General Mills Restaurant Group (now Darden Restaurants).
T.J. Villimal - Presidents Office . Requested by Beth Boone  392-1311 TJ Villamil
Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees Liaison
tjv@ufl.edu
TJ Villamil acts as director of special projects and a strategic advisor to the president and the board of trustees, enhancing relations, communications and operations.  As a member of the president’s cabinet, Mr. Villamil also works with university, community and government leaders to ensure timely advancement of key presidential and board initiatives.  Mr. Villamil joined the president’s office in June 2014 after earning his Masters in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business.
Suzanne Zorilio. Presidents Office. Requested by Suzanne Zorilio 392-1311 Suzzanne Zorilo
Executive Secretary
sazorilo@ufl.edu
Suzzanne Zorilo is the office’s front receptionist. She also assists with office and financial management, including overseeing billing and other matters related to the rental of the UF President’s House. Additionally, she serves as assistant to Special Assistant to the President TJ Villamil. Ms. Zorilo is a long time resident of Gainesville. She has served in our community by working for Alachua County School Board, Alachua County Civil Clerk of the Court, and volunteers for the Alachua County Animal Shelter. Ms. Zorilo joined the president’s office in March 2014 from UF Department of Medicine, OBGYN.