The Graduate School Staff 



John Kantner    

 (904) 620-1360


Dr. John Kantner joined the University of North Florida in 2013 as the Assistant Vice President for Research, and was appointed Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School in 2014. Previously, he was Vice President for Academic & Institutional Advancement at the School for Advanced Research, an independent research center for the social sciences and humanities. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Kantner was an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology & Geography at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara  in 1999, where he studied archaeology, anthropology, geography, geochemistry, and evolutionary theory. Dr. Kantner's research focuses on the archaeology of ancient societies, with a particular interest in the processes through which complex social and political institutions emerged throughout  human  history.

Amanda Pascale

(904) 620-1360

Dr. Amanda Pascale came to UNF in August of 2011. Prior to joining the Graduate School in 2014, she served as Associate Director in the Office of Admissions. She also currently adjunct teaches Master's level students in the Higher Education program for the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Pascale earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration as well as a Master's of Science in College Student Personnel and Student Affairs from the University of Tennessee. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of multiple national organizations and has authored several published research articles and book chapters relating to student success, recruitment, and retention in higher education. 


Ada M. Urbizu

Admissions Processor

(904) 620-1360


Ada Urbizu is from Orlando, Fla. Prior to joining The Graduate School in January 2012, she took a 16 year hiatus from the business sector to raise her three children as a stay-at-home mom. She volunteers at Christ the King Catholic School and is looking forward to growing with the UNF family.  


Jasmine Farara
Office Assistant
(904) 620-1360

Jasmine is from Deltona, Fla., but moved to Jacksonville in 2009. She graduated from UNF in fall 2013 and joined the Graduate School in March 2014. She enjoys spending time with God, family and friends. 

 Paige Lilley

Paige Lilley 

Coordinator of Admissions



Paige is from Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's of Science. She relocated to Jacksonville in 2008 where she immediately joined UNF. Prior to joining the Graduate School in 2005, she worked in the Student Financial Services office and then Enrollment Services processing. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, entering her car in car shows, and doing anything that is creative and artistic.

Brittany Stromquist

Britt Stromquist

Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment




Britt is from Wisconsin and graduated from UNF in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a concentration in Public Relations. Prior to joining the Graduate School, she worked in Undergraduate Admissions and traveled around the state and nation recruiting High School students to come to UNF. She is currently working on her Masters of Educational Leadership and will graduate in April 2016. In her free time, she loves to watch the Packers with the North Florida Packer Backers, continue working with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, travel, and spend time with family and friends.