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Neijia Riley, Student Director
Neijia graduates this spring from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management with her Bachelor of Science in Event Management. As a TampA, Florida native, Neijia enjoys visiting various beaches and theme parks in Florida, including her hometown’s, Busch Gardens. In addition to her role as CAMP PINEAPPLE Student Director, Neijia works for Vanity Jeffrey’s Event Design coordinating weddings and special events around the Central Florida area. Neijia has gained experience from traveling around the country and being involved in the event industry. She has played a role in the coordination of high profile political events where both President Donald Trump and Former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton were in attendance. Neijia was hired by Mr. Rushion McDonald to coordinate the Neighborhood Music Award Shows alongside Steve Harvey and other A-List celebrities. Apart from the Event Industry, Neijia has worked onboard two cruise ships, American Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Neijia is certified in basic firefighting, maritime security awareness, crowd management, and personal survival techniques. Neijia is excited to be a part of the CAMP PINEAPPLE Family where she plans to make this summer a memorable experience for campers and camp counselors.
Neijia’s Office Hours:
Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Julie Wehmeyer, Student Co-Assistant Director
Julie plans to graduate from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Fall 2019 where she is earning a double major in Hospitality Management, and Event Management. Julie transferred from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa, moving to Orlando to attend UCF Rosen College. Julie decided while on a family vacation to Walt Disney World that she wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She began working at age 16 in the hospitality industry doing food prep before gaining additional hospitality experience as a Universal Orlando Team Member. Julie is active in many clubs and organizations at UCF including, Knight-Thon Rosen Miracle Makers, POMP (Peer Outreach Mentoring Program), and the UCF 2018 O-Team, where she assists incoming students.
Julie’s Office Hours:
Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shelby Williams, Student Co-Assistant Director
Shelby plans to graduate from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Fall 2019 where she is earning a bachelor’s degree in Event Management. During Shelby’s junior year of high school she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in the Event Industry after realizing her love for events and her strong organizational skills. Besides being the Student Co-Assistant Director for CAMP PINEAPPLE, Shelby also works for Visit Orlando as a Convention Assistant where she helps with various conventions that are going on in the Orlando area. She was a part of the Campus Activities Board and was active in two different committees, the Special Events Committee and the Mr. and Miss UCF Pageant Committee. Shelby is thrilled for CAMP PINEAPPLE and can’t wait for the campers to experience all the wonderful opportunities Rosen and Orlando have to offer!
Meet our Counselors
Jess Waites, Student Counselor
Jessica will be graduating from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. As a Destin, Florida native, Jessica loves to spend her time around the Central Florida area exploring all that it has to offer in the world of hospitality. Jessica decided to pursue hospitality management after her freshman year introduction course and she hasn’t looked back since. She is experienced in the field of guest services due to her roles as a UCF 2017 O-Team member and Guest Services Associate at the UCF Student Union. Jessica is involved in several student organizations as well; she is the Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a captain for her society’s Knight-Thon team, a member of the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Honor Society, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has also participated in volunteering events such as Knights Give Back and Spring Into Service.
Citlali Mendoza, Student Counselor
Citlali Mendoza was born in Queretaro, Mexico, but she have lived in Orlando since I was nine-years-old. Citlali love music, art, food, and learning about new cultures, and what better industry to get paid for her hobbies than the hospitality industry!? While in high school, Citlali participated in two culinary competitions. As a junior, she participated in the ProStart State competition and senior year she participated in the ProStart county competition where her team won second place. She is ServSafe certified, as well as certified in first-aid and CPR.
Starr Millwood, Student Counselor
Starr plans to graduate in Spring 2020 from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and minor in Event Management. Hailing from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Starr embraces the many cultures that play a part in the Floridian food scene. To compliment her role as CAMP PINEAPPLE counselor, Starr works for Vanity Jeffrey’s Event Design orchestrating weddings and special events around the Central Florida area. She has also played various event/F&B roles in conventions, charities, wine tastings, etc. Starr has developed skills as a camp counselor at a Camp that participated in daily field trips in addition to being involved in the event industry. Having worked at a pizza restaurant, Starr has skills in making various types of Italian-American dishes. She has played a role in the coordination of high-profile political events where President Donald Trump and Former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton were both in attendance. Starr is excited for June 24th to come so she can meet the Campers and have an awesome week.