UCF Alumni is pleased to announce its 30 Under 30 Alumni Award recipients for the Class of 2024. By virtue of their indomitable tenacity, unwavering dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence, this year’s group of alumni will continue to impact and inspire those who are fortunate enough to transect their orbit.

“Each year, I look forward to honoring our newest class of 30 Under 30 Alumni,” says Heather Junod ’98, associate vice president of alumni engagement and annual giving. “And each year, I feel prouder than ever to celebrate these bold, scholarly, trailblazing, generous and resilient alumni. I invite Knight Nation to join me in commemorating these outstanding Knights not only for their individual achievements, but also for their commitment to lifting their communities and their alma mater.”

Hundreds of nominations for the awards were accepted online from Sept. 24, 2023, until Nov. 12, 2023. The submissions were reviewed and scored by previous award recipients, UCF Young Alumni Ambassadors, and UCF staff. The finalists were then confirmed by the UCF Alumni Board based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of UCF (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Must be age 29 or younger on June 1, 2024
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UCF and strive to uphold UCF Young Alumni values

“Congratulations to the UCF Alumni 30 under 30 Class of 2024,” says Jessica Malberti ’16, chair of the UCF Young Alumni Community. “Knight Nation and the UCF Young Alumni Community are truly enriched through these individuals, their stellar accomplishments, and their continued support of UCF. What is especially amazing to me is that although these individuals, in most cases, don’t know each other, they all share a common thread of excellence through which they elevate their communities and their fellow Knights. Go Knights, Charge On!”

UCF Alumni will celebrate the 2024 award recipients at a special event on May 18. Below is a complete list of the winners, listed alphabetically by first name. Past recipients can be found on the UCF Alumni website.

Anna Allred ’19
B.S. Nursing

Joshua Boloña ’19
B.S. Industrial Engineering

Thomas Carpino ’16
B.S. Biology
Burnett Honors College

Aaron Evans ’16
B.S. Business Administration – Management

Caitlin Frawley ’23PhD
Ph.D. Counselor Education

Jada Grisby ’18
B.S. Legal Studies

Juliana Hirn ’17 ’19MA
B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
M.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Burnett Honors College

Joshua Holder ’19
B.S. Public Administration

Danielle Hoyer ’20
B.S. Secondary Education – English Language Arts Education
Burnett Honors College

Steven Jacques ’18
B.S. Health Sciences – Pre-Clinical Track


Brendon James ’21MS
M.S. Engineering Management

Abhinav Joshi ’20 ’23MPA ’23MNM
B.S. Psychology
Master of Public Administration
Master of Nonprofit Management 

Sarah Kelliher ’19
B.S.B.A. Marketing

Daniel Khaytman ’17
B.S. Health Sciences – Pre-Clinical Track

Megan Koufogazos ’18 ’21MPA
B.S. Public Administration
Master of Public Administration

Linnette Martinez ’19
B.S. Computer Engineering – Comprehensive Track

Rachel Mattingly Thomas ’19 ’21MA
B.A. Advertising/Public Relations
M.A. Communication

Daniella Medina ’20
B.A. Journalism

Marly Mentor ’16
B.S. Business Administration – Finance
Burnett Honors College

Cody Nichoson ’21
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Michael Nunes ’16 ’18MA
B.S. Psychology
M.A. Counselor Education

Travers Oliver ’18
B.A. Religion and Cultural Studies

Rafael Ontiveros Navarro ’19
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Albert Persampiere ’17
B.S. Business Administration – Finance


Paola Rivera ’16 ’21MS
B.S. Exercise and Sport Physiology
M.S. Kinesiology – Human Performance Track

Naddav Rubina ’20 ’22MS
B.S. Hospitality Management
M.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management

Elizabeth Rutkovsky ’22
B.S. Hospitality Management
Burnett Honors College

Lauren Schmidt ’19
B.S. Environmental Engineering
Burnett Honors College

Steven Spielman ’19
B.S. Industrial Engineering

Jillian Trimbach ’19
B.S. Business Administration – Integrated Business