Meet the executive team

Laura Cordero

President

Major:

Biochemistry 

 

Hometown:

Miami, Florida

Email: laura48@ufl.edu

BIO

I was born and raised in Miami, FL and I love to embrace my Hispanic culture. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry to then further her education in Medical School. My favorite part about being a first generation student is serving as an inspiration to my family and other first generation students who did not think they could make it. In addition to FGO, I am also involved with Relay for Life in hopes of one day finding the cure to cancer.

Reza Ayoubi

Vice President of Administration

Major:

Chemistry 

 

Hometown:

Jacksonville, Florida

Email: @ufl.edu

BIO

I have lived in four different countries and the experiences I have gained from my past have transformed me into the person I am today. I believe that a good life is a meaningful life, meanings derived from the endeavors to make a positive impact in the society. I am a proud first gen student and you should be too. Being first-gen means more than being first in my family to go to college, its a reminder of the challenges I have overcome and the goals I have in mind.

Ashley Turnoff

Treasurer 

Major:

Accounting

 

Hometown:

Miami, Florida

Email: aturnoff2016@ufl.edu

BIO

I was born and raised in Miami, FL and I am proud to say that I am Hispanic. I am an Accounting major and an aspiring Certified Public Accountant. I love being a first generation student because I can inspire other first-gen students to push their limits and show them that if you put your mind into something then you will succeed. I am also involved in the Fisher School of Accounting Council, where we contribute to the community and help mentor other accounting students

Leylany Rodriguez

Secretary 

Major:

English

 

Hometown:

Maimi, Florida

Email: lrodriguez5@ufl.edu

BIO

I am the secretary for FGO and I’m currently a second year pursuing my bachelor’s degree in English. I was born and raised in Miami, FL to Cuban parents. My favorite part of being a first-generation student is being able to make my parents proud and showing my younger siblings that anything is possible. I love the FGO strives to empower and help other first-generation students succeed. Upon graduation, I plan on attending law school.

John (Kobe) Orleans Degraft Hanson

Vice President

Major:

Biotechnology

 

Hometown:

Maimi, Florida

Email: kobehans@ufl.edu

BIO

I am a third year biotechnology major and Food science minor. I am a first-generation student and life as a first-generation student is not easy. So, I am a part of FGO because I would like to help other first-generation students to connect with others like themselves and create life long relationships. In addition to FGO, I am a Resident Assistant and part of the UF men’s club Soccer team. I am involved with the Gainesville Regional Soccer league and I like to volunteer at Wilmot Gardens in my spare time.

Erick Pons

Public Relations

Major:

Biochemistry

 

Hometown:

Maimi, Florida

Email: epons48@ufl.edu

BIO

I am currently majoring in Biochemistry on a pre-med track. I hope to one day give medical attention specifically to the minorities and the underserved poor because I know how hard it is to deal with being labeled under one of these categories. I enjoy being a first-generation student because it requires me to explore many resources. I have to go out of my way and find different sources that can help me succeed rather than just being provided by them. I also enjoy being a role model for other first-generation students who need guidance adjusting to college, just like I once did. Apart from FGO, I am also a pitcher for the UF Club Baseball Team.