Health Professions College Council

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

HPCC INItiaTIVES

HPCC

Ambassador Program

HPCC students serve as ambassadors to the college and promote the college in and around campus. A significant role ambassadors play is to attend freshman and transfer student preview sessions to offer insight on student life and the College of Public Health and Health Professions

Preview

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College Tours

HPCC members offer tours of the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the surrounding Health Science Center Complex.

Decorative image of students outside the HPNP building.

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Fundraising

HPCC works with the undergraduate program directors to raise money for the undergraduate program’s annual fund-raising event. Each year, the event is held during the month of November and money raised directly benefits a local organization providing health services to the Gainesville community.

Mobile Outreach Clinic

HPCC Officers



Vanessa Marinacci






Peyton Olson – Vice President

Peyton Olson is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Florida from Orlando, Florida. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science with a minor in Public Health. After graduation, Peyton plans to obtain her Master’s Degree and work as a Physician Assistant. She has earned patient care hours working as an ophthalmic technician, CNA, and Medical Assistant. Peyton was previously a member of the HPCC serving as a college ambassador and now serves as the Vice President. She is excited to work alongside the executive board and promote her college. While currently serving as the Vice President of Health Professions College Council, Peyton is also involved in the LEAP Mentorship organization, Health Science Student Organization, and Zeta Tau Alpha. 










Abby Sapp




Sydney Cope – Secretary

Sydney Cope is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is especially eager to provide her knowledge and services to individuals with disabilities. Currently, she serves as Secretary of the Health Professions College Council. She looks forward to using her previous experience as a member of the HPCC professional development committee to enhance the professional development opportunities offered to students within the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Sydney also spends her time engaging in UF’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapter, UF’s Best Buddies chapter, and fulfilling her responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida.













Melissa Lenaerts

Vanessa Marinacci – President

Vanessa Marinacci is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Florida from Ocala, Florida. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Deaf and Hearing Sciences. After graduation, she will obtain a masters degree in speech-language pathology. Her future career goals include specializing in swallowing disorders and speech impairments among older adults and assistive technology. During her time at UF, she has also been involved with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Best Buddies, is a research assistant, and is working on her own Honors Research Thesis project. She also shadows a pediatric speech language pathologist, volunteers at an elementary school as well as works at a front desk of a speech therapy office. Currently, she serves as the President of the Health Professions College Council. As President, Vanessa looks forward to functioning as a liaison between students and faculty to ultimately be an advocate for individuals within the College of Public Health and Health Professions.



Peyton Olson


Abby Sapp – Treasurer

Abby Sapp is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Florida from Chipley, Florida. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society. Abby is currently applying to Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Programs to earn her Master’s Degree and become a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist. Her future career goals include working as an SLP in a skilled nursing facility, providing rehabilitation to long-term residents with dysphagia, aphasia, apraxia, and dementia. In the course of Abby’s time at UF, she has been actively participating in the National Speech Language and Hearing Association, Howard W. Bishop Mentor/Mentee Pairing Program, and works as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Education. In her free time, Abby shadows an SLP at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Kate M. Smith Elementary School, and conducts pediatric hearing and vision screenings at various elementary schools in Alachua County. During the 2022-2023 academic year, she will serve as Treasurer of the Health Professions College Council and looks forward to collaborating with undergraduate program directors to raise money that would benefit local organizations, aiding to provide health services to the Gainesville community. 





Sydney Cope










Public Relations – Marissa Lenaerts

Marissa Lenaerts is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida from Tallahassee, Florida. She is pursuing a degree in Health Science and a minor in Sociology. She plans pursue a career as a Physician Assistant after her undergraduate studies. During her time at UF she has been dedicating her time to other organizations on campus like Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Physician Assistant Association, and as a teaching assistant in the department of Chemistry. She spends most of her time working as a Gymnastics Coach and a CNA here in Gainesville as well as volunteering with Book Explorers. Currently, she is serving as the Public Relations Director of the Health Professions College Council and is excited to promote her love for PHHP and advocate for her peers through this role.

Interested in Joining HPCC?

Freshman and Sophomore Frequently Asked Questions

HPCC welcomes any undergraduate student within the College of Public Health and Health Professions to apply to become a member. The application opens twice a year – in the beginning of the Fall semester and again in the middle of the Spring semester.