Phone: (352) 294-0847
Andy joined the University of Florida in 1999 and has over twenty-five years of conference and special event planning experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of South Carolina in 1987 and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University in 2012.
Andy served twenty-seven years in the United States Navy, serving on various ships and shore assignments. Since 1996, he served in the Coastal Riverine Force providing anti-terrorism force protection for forward deployed ships in the Middle East. Andy made multiple deployments following the September 11, 2001 attacks and retired as a Captain in 2015.
He earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification in 2007 and his Certified Meeting Manager (CMM) certification in 2015. Andy is an active member in Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and served as President for the 2014-2016 term with the Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).
Andy has been a diehard Miami Dolphins fan since 1972 and enjoys going to sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family.
Phone: (352) 294-0843
Andrea Wherry graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. She completed her senior internship at the Tampa Convention Center and then came back to Gainesville to join the Conference Department. Andrea earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2014. In her spare time Andrea enjoys going to Gator football games, traveling, and snow skiing. Her bucket list includes skiing in the Swiss Alps.
Phone: (352) 294-0833
Katie joined the UF Conference Department team in 2015 and has been working in the event planning industry for 4 years. Katie has experience working in audio-visual services, food and beverage service, customer service, meeting and conference planning, wedding planning, non-profit events, city parks and recreation, and hospitality management.
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, with a Specialization in Event Management, from the University of Florida and earned her Masters of Science in Tourism and Commercial Recreation from the University of Florida in April 2016.
Katie is also an active member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and is working towards earning her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. When Katie isn’t planning conferences, she loves to travel, attend Gator and Jags football games, play sports, and Zumba!
Phone: (352) 294-0845
Brianna (also known as Booey) graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and in 2016 with a Master of Science in Tourism and Commercial Recreation from the University of Florida. Before joining the Conference Department, Brianna worked as an Event Coordinator for the UF Performing Arts Department, as well as in Gator Guest Services with the University Athletic Association and various positions in several recreation departments in the state of Florida.
Brianna is a member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and is currently working towards her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) certification. She is passionate about quality of life/community impact and sustainable event management.
During her leisure time, Brianna can be found attending Gator sporting events, painting, or enjoying outdoor spaces with the companionship of her dog Riley.
Phone: (352) 392-1701
Erin Dinkel graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Tourism, Events, and Recreation Management as well as Economics. She completed her internship with the UF Conference Department and has since stayed on as a Meeting Professional. She has experience working with hotels, theme parks, and meeting planning and is currently working towards her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) certification.
Erin has a passion for traveling, enjoys planning trips abroad and trying new food anywhere she goes.
Phone: (352) 294-0844
Veronica Bousquet joined the Conference Department in 2013 and is an integral part of supporting the conference’s team. Veronica is originally from Illinois and moved to Florida in 2007. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Palm Beach State College. During her free time, Veronica enjoys Florida wildlife, kayaking, and reading.
Phone: (352) 294-0842
Tamara Johnson joined the Conference Department in 2007 and plays a vital role in supporting client services. Tamara was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida and enjoys spending time with family, reading, and going to the beach.