About

Quotes, the PR Club at UCF, was founded in 1981 as one of the first student chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). As one of the largest student chapters of FPRA in the state, our main goal is to cultivate the development of future industry professionals who will lead in the field of communication. Each activity, program and event provides quality content and the maximization of opportunities through career enhancement and professional networking.

Our Mission

To cultivate the professional development of future industry professionals who will lead in the field of communication.

Our Vision

To contribute to the development of future industry professionals through engaging and interactive experiences.

Executive Board

The executive board works hard to run Quotes. To get to know each board member, click on each bio to view it full-size.

Monique Mendez

President

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Monique Mendez is a senior studying Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She has interned with NextEra Energy twice in their marketing and communications department, and has also held several copywriting and social media internships at Orlando agencies. In her free time, Monique enjoys reading thriller novels and playing tennis.


Angelina Rahaman

Shadowing President

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Angelina Rahaman is currently studying Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She is currently a Communications Intern at Grace Medical Home. In her free time, she enjoys serving at her church, singing, cooking, and being around her loved ones.


Cristina Ycaza

Vice President of Operations

Major: Advertising/Public Relations 

Cristina is a senior majoring in Advertising and Public relations. She’s originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador but moved to Orlando 5 years ago. When she first started at UCF she was a business major, but after taking a class with Joan McCain she fell in love with the program and shortly after became a member of Quotes. Some of her hobbies include traveling, baking and spending time with her family, friends and little dog Oreo. She currently works with Prospera as a Marketing Intern 


Leigh Dyer

Director of Events

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Leigh Dyer is an Orlando-native pursuing a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. She currently serves as Vice President of Membership Experience for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and just completed her first internship as a Social Media Intern for the advertising agency, evōk. In her free time, Leigh enjoys traveling, reading, listening to the Crime Junkies podcast and hanging out with her friends. As a senior at the University of Central Florida, Leigh can’t wait to serve alongside the incredible Quotes team and start her internship with the UCF athletic department.


Gina Cioffi

Shadowing Director of Events

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Gina has a passion for leadership, communication, and helping others. She has interned for multiple nonprofits doing event planning, advertising, and PR work in her hometown, Cape Coral Florida. She loves everything about the business world and chose UCF due to its diversity and opportunities to help launch her professional career. She hopes to one day be working at an advertising firm or be CEO of a corporation. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and dog, drink coffee, and travel. Since coming to UCF, she has started interning for MakeCents, a startup tech company, which she found through the Quotes Intern Pursuit. After being so grateful for Intern Pursuit to make connections, Gina is excited for a full circle moment to plan and execute this year’s event.


Hannah Mason

Vice President of Special Projects

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Hannah is a senior studying Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Mass Culture and Collective Behavior. She has a passion to work for a public relations agency to better represent people of all walks of life as she loves the research aspect of the career. After one year of being a general member of Quotes, she decided to get a position as she got her first internship through Quotes’ Intern Pursuit. She got an internship with UCF Center for Community Schools as their Communications Intern


Kiara Almanzar

Creative Director

Major: Advertising and Public Relations, Sociology

Kiara is a part-time bookworm and full-time music enthusiast. Her passion for public relations came from reading gossip magazines growing up, and she double majored in sociology to dive into a deeper understanding of social culture. She has a passion for learning new things which is why she decided to join the graphic team at Quotes. When she’s not studying for her classes or working on Quotes graphics, Kiara loves to volunteer and watch movies.


Shannon Tomaszewski

Creative Team Member

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Shannon Tomaszewski is a current sophomore at UCF and a Central Florida native. After enrolling in a class with Professor Hudock, Shannon quickly found out that public relations would be the career field for her and quickly joined Quotes. In her free time, Shannon enjoys nature hikes in UCF’s Arboretum, spending time with her friends and family, and going to the beach.


Lindsey Bowman

Director of Communication

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Lindsey is a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a double minor in Writing and Rhetoric and Mass Culture and Collective Behavior at UCF. After graduating high school with an AA degree from St. Petersburg College, she knew UCF was where she wanted to earn her bachelor’s degree. At her previous college, she held a number of recruitment positions within her honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. At UCF, she is involved in many organizations on campus and is excited to learn about the advertising and public relations industries through classes and internships. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, and spend time with friends and family. 


Laura Herrera

Shadowing Director of Communications

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Laura is a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Digital Media. She currently interns with the Orlando Urban Film Festival, which passionately works to provide melanated filmmakers with a platform to showcase their films. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, collaging and exploring Orlando with her film camera. She hopes to gain new experiences and skills in the Ad/ PR field through Quotes and her classes at UCF. 


Lydia Velasquez

Director of Membership

Major: Human Communications

Lydia Velasquez is a junior majoring in Human Communications with a Professional/Business track and a minor in Mass Media. She is a Honduran first-generation college student and moved from Miami to Orlando to study at UCF. She joined the Quotes Ad/PR Club to learn more about the Advertising and Public Relations industry. Her hobbies include biking, exploring new places, and spending time with her friends and family. She has also run a reselling business for 8 years now.


Gabriela Sabo

Webmaster

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Gabriela is a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. She currently works for the social media team for a clothing boutique where she discovered her passion for both advertising and fashion. In her free time she likes to read, be outdoors and spend time with her friends. She hopes to continue to learn about and gain experience in the Ad/ PR field throughout her last year at UCF.