Board Descriptions

Executive Board

President – Anton Roche

Anton is a fourth year Biochemistry and Political Science double major from Jacksonville Beach, FL. He plans to bridge his interests through Environmental and Health Policy. Anton is an avid golfer, gamer, and runner, and is politically active, keeping up to date with European politics. He is in the Political Science Club, Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honors society, and researches environmental toxicology. He joined Chem Club to make a difference at UF and in the greater-Gainesville community.

Vice President – Robert Casper

Robert is a fourth year Chemistry and microbiology double major from Boca Raton, FL. He plans to become a researcher studying the intersection of biology and chemistry and has in interest in drug development. He likes to watch movies, play video games and garden. Robert is also involved in the improv club. He joined Chem Club to learn more about different fields in Chemistry and his favorite experiences have been interacting with members who are passionate about Chemistry. Fun fact: his birthday is on New Year’s Eve.

Treasurer – Caroline Casper

Caroline is a second year Biochemistry and Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience double major from Boca Raton, FL. She loves reading, running, baking, learning new skills, getting to know people deeply, and hanging out with her kitten. Caroline is active in the mental health space, volunteering with the Alachua County Crisis Center and mentoring, and is continuing to get more involved in both physical and psychiatric sciences. Caroline plans to pursue medical school and work somewhere in the intersection between mental illness and physical health concerns, as well as studying the impact of nutrition. She joined Chemistry Club to learn more about science and volunteering opportunities, and got more involved because of the tight-knit community.

Secretary – Jake Samuel

Jake is a second year Chemistry major from Davie, FL. He plans to pursue medical school after college with a particular interest in emergency medicine and surgery. He enjoys playing basketball, chess, and board games. He joined Chem Club to meet other people with a similar passion for chemistry and became more involved due to the camaraderie he felt among the board members.

Outreach Director – Lauren Andrews

Lauren is a fourth year Biochemistry major minoring in Spanish from Sarasota, FL. She wants to pursue an MD/PhD with a focus on surgery and cancer research. Lauren likes weightlifting, playing with her dogs, and watching Criminal Minds. She researches therapeutic drug delivery using exosomes in cancer treatment. Her TAs for CHM 2047 recommended the club in her first semester of college, and she became passionate about the club and especially Outreach.

External Outreach Coordinator – Bella Cherin

Bella is a biochemistry major from Tarpon Springs, Florida. She is also completing the UF teach minor and hopes to teach high school chemistry in the future. After gradation Bella hopes to pursue a masters or PhD is chemistry education. Bella became involved with outreach in Fall of 2022 as outreach chair and now serves as external outreach coordinator.

Internal Outreach Coordinator – Leah Kessler

Leah is a second year Chemistry and Microbiology double major from Davie, Florida. She is a skilled nail artist, plays piano, and plays soccer. She plans to go to graduate school after completing her undergraduate and plans to become involved in research. Leah thoroughly enjoys the Chemistry Club’s Outreach program and joined the club to meet other like-minded people.

Historian – Bianca Lederfeind

Bianca is a Microbiology and Chemistry double major from São Paulo, Brazil. Outside of class she enjoys practicing her graphic design skills and beating the record for most movies watched in a month. She is very enthusiastic about Chem Club and is excited for this coming school year!”

Technology Director – Cole Travers

Cole is a second year chemistry and mathematics double major from Davie, Florida. He loves reading and following baseball. Cole is planning on pursuing graduate school in either mathematics or chemistry and currently does research in medicinal chemistry. He joined Chemistry Club to meet like-minded people and learn more about chemistry from others.

Senior Advisor – Andy Chavez

Andy is a fourth year chemistry and mathematics double major from Matanzas, Cuba. He likes to play the piano, program, learn Russian, program, and read nonfiction. Andy wants to become a doctor and use math and algorithms to evaluate and improve health. Andy investigates neural aspects of behavior-related processing of sensory information and works for First Responder Gator. He joined Chem Club because of his TAs from CHM2047 and stayed because of the quality of its members and board.


Chairs

Community Chair – Jessica Zhang

Jessica is a fourth-year Biochemistry major from South Florida. She is active in the UF Panhellenic community and other organizations on campus such as March of Dimes Collegiate Council. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and attend medical school. In her free time she enjoys volunteering with Chem Club’s Outreach program and reading literary fiction.

Fundraising Chair – Mei Adcox

Mei is a third year Chemical Engineering Major minoring in Food Science from Pensacola, Florida. After graduation, Mei is looking to pursue a job in Research & Development in the food and beverage industry. Mei enjoys baking, watching movies, and listening to music in her free time. Mei joined Chem Club to meet like minded people and became fundraising chair to support the amazing community.

Outreach Chair – Raquel Rodriguez-Flores

Raquel Rodriguez-Flores is a first-year Nutritional Sciences major and considering double majoring with Biochemistry. She is on the Pre-Med track and wants to use her love of nutritional sciences and chemistry to make a more profound impact on her future patients via preventative medicine. In her free time, she loves to do indoor cycle classes, play the cello, lift weights, cook for her friends/family, hike, and read thriller/mystery books. She is so excited to make an impact with the Outreach program on our Gainesville community and show kids how cool chemistry and science can really be.

Outreach Chair – Kira Zautcke

Kira is a third year Biochemistry and Marine Science double major from Fort Myers, FL. She plans to pursue a PhD to continue her research in marine organic geochemistry. Kira enjoys collecting shells, hiking, and having a nice cup of tea. She is passionate about outreach and hopes to someday run her own outreach programs as a professor. She joined chemistry club at the recommendation of her CHM2047 TA’s and continued for the great community and opportunities.

Social Chair –

PR Chair – Erica Hengartner

Erica is a third year Biochemistry major and Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology minor from Miami, FL. She plans to pursue a PhD to continue her research in Integrative Mechanobiology. Erica enjoys painting, hiking, and reading a good book. She is also passionate about teaching and volunteering. She loves being involved in the Chemistry club for the sense of community and outreach opportunities!


Advisors

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Stefanie Habenicht

Dr. Stefanie Habenicht is an assistant instructional professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida in the Organic Division. Dr. Habenicht received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jenna, and was a Research Associate there before coming to UF. The courses she teaches include Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.

Outreach Advisor – Dr. Ashlyn Hale

Ashlyn Hale is an assistant instructional professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida in the Inorganic Division. She received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2021, then was a postdoctoral research scientist in the Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials Center. Dr. Hale’s research has focused on synthesizing metal-oxide-based molecules as solutions to challenges in the fields of ultra-small nanoscience relevant to catalysis and various magnetic applications, such as quantum computing. She is passionate about teaching students both in the classroom and through other opportunities, such as STEM outreach and undergraduate research. Dr. Hale’s main goal is to impart a love of learning by encouraging students to ask the “why” questions, demystify science, and dissolve the scientist stereotypes.