Celeste’s career with UNF began in 1985 when she worked in the President’s Office, (Presidents McCray, McTarnaghan and Herbert), and then was an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office. In 1991 she relocated to Ocala, Florida where she married her husband and remained there until 2002. Her interim work experience before returning to UNF included Supervisor of Accounts Receivable at the Ocala Heart Institute, homeschooling her daughter for eight years and then Office Manager at San Jose Episcopal Day School. Celeste rejoined the UNF community in May 2009 when she helped to open the Student Union as the Office Manager for the Student Union Administration. She joined Student Government as the Office Manager in the Business and Accounting Office, served as the Student Government Coordinator, and is currently serving as the Director of Student Government. Her duties and responsibilities include working with the Student Government Branch Heads as well as overseeing the entire department.
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Victoria graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Humanities and a Master's in Higher Education Administration from UNF. Victoria has lived in Florida since 1975 where she met and married her husband, Brian.
Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Victoria worked for non-profit, private and public administrations. Her last position was in governmental administration for the Town of Lantana. Victoria moved to Jacksonville in 2010 when her husband enrolled in UNF’s Doctorate of Education program, and was hired as the Office Manager for the Student Union Administration. After working in that office for two years, she became the Office Manager for Student Government and now has the position as Student Government Advisor, where she oversees the Legislative and Judicial Branches as well as the Office of Elections. Victoria and her husband have three children and seven grandchildren.
Kayleigh Harrison is an alumna of the university and graduated with
her Bachelor’s in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor
in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies. While studying at UNF, Kayleigh
was involved with many organizations on campus, including Student Government,
Housing and Residence Life and the Communication Department. She enjoys
volunteering, exercising and spending time outdoors.
Lucy Tison comes to UNF from Neptune Baptist Church where she served as the Ministry Assistant to the Worship Arts Ministry. Prior to that she was a stay at home mom for 18 years where she was actively involved with the PTA and volunteering at her children’s schools. She began her career in the Mortgage Banking industry where she advanced from clerk to Loan Officer for Southeast Banks, NA. Lucy is married, has two children and two perfect grandchildren whom she loves spending time with.
Business & Accounting Office
Dawn Knipe joined the Student Government staff in 2014 and serves as its business manager and fiscal advisor. She has a comprehensive background in higher education centered in student affairs and enrollment management. Prior to joining UNF, she enjoyed an extensive career at Pace University in New York City where she held the positions of Assistant Dean for Students, Director of Enrollment Services, and Director of the Schimmel Center for the Arts. At Pace she obtained an MBA from the Lubin School of Business and a BA in Dramatic Arts from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her commitment to student development at UNF, she enjoys theater and the arts, especially directing new plays by aspiring playwrights.
Erica R. Calorel
Erica has previously worked at the University
of North Florida for four and a half years in the Child
Development Center. She comes to the SG Business & Accounting
office with varied knowledge of University procedures, as well as many years of
outstanding customer service. Erica enjoys drawing, dance, and most of all
loves everything Harry Potter. Erica received a Business Administration degree and a minor in Graphic Design.
Katrina Willis comes to the University of North Florida with a
background in customer service, payroll, and budget planning. She also has experience organizing educational
workshops, coordinating travel and processing expenses. Originally from Ohio, Katrina travelled
internationally for several years doing missions and relief work before
settling in Jacksonville, FL. She is
looking forward to continuing her education at UNF. Katrina enjoys spending time with family, traveling
Tim Barnes comes to UNF with over 10 years of Banking and Customer
service experience. He is a native of San Diego, CA and moved to
Jacksonville in July of 2014. Tim received his Bachelor’s degree from San
Diego State University. When not at work, he loves to spend time with his
wife Connie, and his two Labs Barney and Junior. In addition, he enjoys
golfing, riding his motorcycle up and down the coast, watching sports and
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