Officers


Jessica Kramer  | President 

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Jessica Kramer is a third-year law student born and raised in Miami, Florida. Before becoming the President of Florida Blue Key, Jessica served as the Vice President of Membership for two terms. She has also served Florida Blue Key as a member of both the evaluations committee and bylaws revision committee, and as a judge for Florida Blue Key’s Annual Speech and Debate Tournament. In law school, Jessica is a member of the John Marshall Bar Association’s General Board, a mentor at the Caring and Sharing Learning Center, and a member of the Florida Moot Court Team. Jessica participated in the 29th Annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Moot Court Final Four competition where she was awarded Best Overall Competitor, Best Brief, Best Oralist, and Best Team. Jessica also competed in the American Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition in Boston, Massachusetts and the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition in Newark, New Jersey. Before law school, Jessica attended the University of Florida where she earned degrees in both Journalism and Psychology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Jessica held various leadership positions within Homecoming and Gator Growl, University of Florida’s Office of Admissions, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and the Gainesville community. After graduation, Jessica will work as an associate at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami, Florida.



  • Katherine Backstrand | Vice President of Membership

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  • Chris Champion | Vice President of External Affairs

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    Chris Champion is a dual JD/MBA degree candidate from Saint Petersburg, Florida. Before being elected Vice President of External Affairs, Chris served Florida Blue Key as the Audit Committee Chair and a member of the bylaws revision committee. In graduate school, Chris is a MBA Admissions Ambassador, President of the MBA Golf Club, and served as an Elections Commissioner in Student Government. Before graduate school, Chris attended the University of Florida earning a degree in Finance. During his undergraduate years, Chris held leadership positions in Accent Speaker’s Bureau, Student Government Senate, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He also served as a teaching and research assistant for the business law faculty. Upon graduation, Chris is moving to Jacksonville, FL to join CSX Transportation in their Leadership Development Program.

  • Stephen Jaffee | Secretary

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  • Tommy Hart | Treasurer

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  • Austin Jurado| Homecoming General Chairman

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    Austin Jurado is a 5th year Industrial Engineering major with a minor in Business Administration from Tampa, Florida. In his time at the University of Florida, he has served as Director of Parking and Security, Associate Producer of Operations and Associate General Chairman of Campus Events for Homecoming and Gator Growl. Austin was also a J. Wayne Reitz Scholar for the 2013 and 2014 school year and was tapped into Florida Blue Key in the Fall of 2013.
  • Maddie Daugherty | Gator Growl Producer

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    Maddie Daugherty is a fourth year student, majoring in Family Youth and Community Sciences. After she graduates from the University of Florida, Maddie plans to pursue her masters in Management. Maddie’s involvement in Gator Growl and Homecoming began as a way to get involved in one of the longest running traditions at the University of Florida. After experiencing the impact this organization has on the Gator Nation, she decided to devote her time and effort to working for and improving Homecoming and Gator Growl. Maddie’s main goal for the show is to create an event that celebrates every member of the Gator Nation and allows students and alumni to come together for the largest student run Pep-Rally in the nation. Maddie is trying to incorporate many of the aspects from previous year’s shows with exciting new aspects in order to further advance into a new stage of Homecoming and Gator Growl. In her free time, Maddie enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Nikki Bailys | Divisions Coordinator

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    Nikki Bailys is a fourth year Applied Physiology and Kinesiology student from Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to serving as Divisions Coordinator for Florida Blue Key, Nikki was the Director of Personnel in 2014 and Assistant Director of Personnel in 2013. She was tapped into Florida Blue Key in Fall 2014. Nikki has been involved with Homecoming and Gator Growl, and held various positions in her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. Upon graduation, Nikki will attend graduate school to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.





Christopher Dodson  | Speaker’s Bureau Chairman 

Christopher Dodson is a graduate student at the University of Florida studying Information Systems and Operations Management. Christopher is from Tampa, Florida and also attended UF for his undergraduate studies. In addition to serving as the Chairman of FBK Speaker’s Bureau he is also a Graduate Hall Director for the Department of Housing and has been working on Speaker’s Bureau for four years.

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