Now that you're officially a graduate, the Florida State University Young Alumni Council is ready to be your guide, mentor, and friend throughout this new phase in your life as a Seminole.
The Florida State University Young Alumni Council (YAC) plans and implements programs and activities which will engage recent graduates of Florida State University, provides leadership and guidance to the staff of the alumni association on matters of concern to young alumni and works to build a culture of leadership among Florida State’s young alumni.
As a dedicated Seminole, Herneshia Dukes spent four years at Florida State University immersed in on-campus activities aimed at building pride and investment in FSU. In roles ranging from Master Coordinator of the Black Student Union to the Vice President of Garnet and Gold Key, her primary mission has always been to support, advocate for and collaborate with members of the Florida State University community, which led to her induction in the Senior Hall of Fame. While attending FSU, Herneshia began mentoring students at the local Boys and Girls Club and gained a passion for inspiring and developing at-risk youth. During her sophomore year, Hurricane Katrina devastated her birthplace and tragically affected her family in New Orleans. With public education in distress, Herneshia knew that she needed to eventually return and support re-establishing the community of New Orleans. After a two-year commitment with Teach for America, Herneshia joined a team of seven teachers who founded KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy in the recovering lower ninth ward. By her third year, she was one of the highest performing teachers in the region. In 2015, she was selected as principal of the school and began to implement a long-term vision that deliberately focused on the academic and social leadership of her scholars. Under her direction, KLA received a letter grade of an “A” for school growth four years in a row, was publicly recognized by Orleans Parish School Board in 2018 and outperformed the state of Louisiana for Growth in 2019. Herneshia is currently the Executive Director of School Leadership for New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). In this role, Herneshia is responsible for creating school leadership pipelines and strategically developing aspiring CEO’s for charter organizations across the city of New Orleans. In addition to this, Herneshia recently co-founded IDEA Education Consulting, LLC which provides individualized leadership coaching to novice school leaders across the country. In 2015, Herneshia humbly accepted the Reubin D. Askew Young Alumni award from Florida State University. In 2017, she joined the inaugural Young Alumni Council and has been actively assisting the university in developing strategic initiatives to engage recent graduates.
Derrick Scott II (B.S. '16)
Kim Waser Nash has over a decade of experience in public relations, community outreach, policy change and communications, working in both the non-profit and for-profit fields. She is a 2012 Florida State University Alumni Association “30 Under 30” recipient, the 2015 AFP Treasure Coast Volunteer of the Year, the 2013 and 2014 Rising Leader Award Recipient for the Florida Public Relations Association Treasure Coast Chapter, recipient of the FPRA State President’s Award for the 2014 Treasure Coast Media Conference, which she chaired, and is a graduate of Martin County LEADERship Class 23. Kim currently serves as the President of the Environmental Studies Council and Treasurer of the Florida Public Relations Association Treasure Coast Chapter, and sits on the board for Project Graduation and Martin County LEADERship Alumni. She is Past President of the Martin County Interagency Coalition, Past President of the Young Professionals of Martin County, Past President of FPRA Treasure Coast Chapter, former chair of Relay for Life, and is a former board member of United Way of Martin County, Children’s Home Society, and the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the committees for FL Art and Dance Company's Annual Snow Court, Barefoot on the Beach, Fantasy Island, and the Hobe Sound Chamber's Golf Tournament, among others.
Andrés Bascumbe serves as Counsel to Chairwoman Maxine Waters of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his current role, Andrés worked for Congressman Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia and also served as a clerk to former Chairman Henry Waxman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrés earned a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and a B.A. in Mass Communications and Spanish from Florida State University's College of Communication and Information. Andrés spends his free time playing for the Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club or watching reruns of the Office.
Sidney Clarke-Lequerique is a teacher at Gaithersburg High School in Montgomery County, MD. She teaches chorus, AP Music Theory, and an adaptive music class for students with disabilities. Ms. Clarke-Lequerique graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music Education. During her time at FSU, she served in various leadership roles across several organizations, most notably as the Captain of the Marching Chiefs Color Guard and President of the University Singers. She was inducted into the 2017 Senior Hall of Fame by the Garnet & Gold Key Leadership Honorary. Her involvement and passion for both Florida State and the music community led her to get involved on campus with Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority and the College of Music’s Board of Advisors. She later served as a trustee on The Student Foundation. Beyond Florida State’s campus Sidney has advocated for the importance and vitality of music education as the secretary for the Montgomery County Music Educators Association as well as being a top five finalist for Miss District of Columbia, where this was her platform. Originally from West Palm Beach, she currently lives in Washington, D.C. and loves to celebrate game day and serve the community with the DC Noles. She continues to come back home to Tallahassee in the summers to work as an instructor with FSU’s Summer Music Camp and is excited to continue engaging young alumni on the Young Alumni Council.
Dia Combas is an alumni relations professional at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to her current role, she worked at Harvard’s Development Office during its historic $9.6 billion capital campaign. Dia earned a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University, along with a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Harvard University. Before moving to Boston Dia was a Program Coordinator at the FSU Alumni Association, where she had the privilege of working with amazing Seminole Club leaders across the country. An avid foodie, Dia spends most of her free time testing new recipes, traveling the globe, or planning out her next adventure!
Tom Emerton is an Account Manager at Booking.com. Booking.com, or Booking Dot Yea! as many know it, is the largest accommodation provider and the third largest e-commerce website in the world. With a focus on hotel production, revenue and data analytics, Tom oversaw the entire state of Kentucky with Booking.com for two years and recently has become the Account Manager for all of East Tennessee. This includes Sevier County which accounts for roughly $2 billion annually in tourism spend and approximately 12 million travelers per year, enough to fill Doak Campbell Stadium over 150 times. Tom graduated from FSU in 2014 with a degree in Information, Communication and Technology from the College of Communication and Information. While at Florida State, Tom was a member of and held multiple leadership positions within the Chi Phi fraternity and served on the CORE team for FSU Dance Marathon. Tom moved to Nashville after graduation to begin his career in the travel industry and worked in account management and sales support for American Express Global Business Travel via a privately held agency before being hired by Booking.com. Outside of work, Tom took over as president of the Nashville Seminole Club 2 years after moving to Nashville and reorganized the club from the brink of suspension. This reorganization was done by creating new club bylaws and hosting multiple events to maintain the status required of a Seminole Club, as well as starting a biennial bus trip from Nashville to Louisville for the FSU football away game. After 3 terms as President, Tom stepped down after accepting a role on the Young Alumni Council but remains active in club activities whenever possible.
Kyle Griffis currently serves as Associate General Counsel for Florida State University, where he oversees student affairs, student rights and responsibilities, Title IX, and other various student conduct issues. Prior to joining FSU's Office of the General Counsel, Mr. Griffis began his legal career in private practice at a large statewide firm in Jacksonville, where he represented various clients in all areas of civil and commercial litigation. Mr. Griffis graduated from Florida State University in 2012, earning his B.A. in International Affairs. While at FSU, Mr. Griffis was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and active with the Seminole Student Boosters. He later earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2015. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Griffis is a sixth generation Floridian and a third generation Florida State University alumnus. In his free time, he enjoys reading, golfing, spending time with his wife, Kristen, and son, JJ, and cheering on his beloved Seminoles.
Christian Griffith (B.S. '15, M.S. '17)
Rob Jakubik is Project Manager – Construction & Tenant Services with Federal Realty Investment Trust. Founded in 1962 in Washington, D.C., Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) is one of the oldest real estate investment trusts (REITs) operating today. FRIT is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality, retail-based properties. Prior to FRIT, Rob was Tenant Construction Manager with EDENS, a retail real estate owner, operator and developer of a nationally leading portfolio of properties. Mr. Jakubik graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Criminology and International Affairs. While attending FSU, he served in various leadership roles across several organizations, most notably as Student Body President and a member of the FSU Board of Trustees. Mr. Jakubik is a staunch advocate of advancing FSU as a leading institution of higher education. He has served on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Leon County Civic Center Authority Board, University Center Club Board of Directors, and the Seminole Torchbearers Board of Directors. Mr. Jakubik currently serves on the FSU Alumni Association Young Alumni Council, is a member of Seminole Boosters, Burning Spear, and supports various initiatives through the FSU Foundation. He is also a life member of the FSU Alumni Association. Originally from New York City, NY, Rob resides in Ashburn, VA with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, world cuisine, and supporting the Florida State Seminoles.
What makes us explorers? Nathan is pursuing the answer to this question as a law student at the University of Chicago Law School. Throughout his FSU career, and especially while serving as FSU’s 2016-2017 Student Body President, he notice the value of collective ambition and action. In turn, he has directed his legal studies and career toward understanding and facilitating the human journey to space. Nathan grew up in Miami, Florida, and the city's entrepreneurial spirit, its work ethic, soccer, and his family remain foundational pieces of his endeavors. In fact, Nathan was the third to graduate from FSU in his immediate family, following Carolyn (B.S. ’14) and Pio (B.A. ’16).
Lisa Primiani is a graduate of Florida State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree with a double major in communication and political science. While attending Florida State, she was involved in several campus organizations, including the Student Senate, Office of Legislative Affairs, Phi Mu, and Garnet and Gold Guides.
Lisa started her career working for a large government contractor in Washington, DC, before moving home to Tampa in 2016. Following her move, Lisa began working for the American Heart Association, where she currently serves as the Director of Major Giving for the southeast.
Lisa is a Lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association, and served as a co-chair of the DC Seminoles 50th anniversary gala, which raised over $25,000 for scholarships for Florida State students.
She’s also involved with the Junior League of Tampa, and serves on the leadership council for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Young Professionals, and is on the capital campaign board for the Phi Mu Foundation. In her spare time, Lisa is an avid hiker and outdoors enthusiast.
Clark Rahman graduated from FSU in 2016 with a B.S. in business management and obtained his Leadership Studies Certificate. He currently lives in Tampa, FL and works as a Cybersecurity Operations Analyst supporting USSOCOM. Clark is also a combat veteran Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve with more than nine years of service. During his time as an undergrad at FSU, Clark was the internal and external coordinator for the Veterans Student Union, president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and president of the Interfraternity Council. Clark was also a Garnet & Gold Scholar along with being a member of the Garnet & Gold Key Honorary Society.
Alexander Yarbrough (B.S. '12)
New York, NY
Previous Council Members
Tenisha Patterson-Brown (B.S. '07, M.S. '08)
Stefano Cavallaro (B.S. ’15)
Nydia Counts (B.S. '08)
Dr. James Enos (B.S. ’07)
Delray Beach, Fla.
Gregory LaManna (B.S. '05)
Ryan Powers (B.S. '09)
Washington, District of Columbia
Sara Saxner (B.S. '14, M.S. '15)
Candace Lerman (B.S. '09, M.S. '10)
Coral Springs, FL
Chris Evans (B.S. '08)
Megan Thompson (B.A. ’12)
Washington, District of Columbia
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