2020- 2021 Alumni Board Members
In his roles as the Alumni Board President, Andrew is responsible for representing all Kosove Alumni at events for current scholars, for calling meetings of the Alumni Board, and for setting agendas for the work of the alumni group.
Nick Brown was inducted as a Kosove undergraduate scholar in 2003, and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2006. He went to law school at the University of Florida, where he graduated in 2011. He spent five years in private practice and now works for the Chief Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal.
Kramer Kaplan is a 6th Grade Marine Science and 7th Grade Biology teacher at the St. Paul’s Independent School in Clearwater. Kramer grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and from a very young age had a passion for nature, animals, conservation, and education. He was inducted into the Kosove Society as a Freshman in 2011, and graduated from USF Cum Laude and Kosove with his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology in 2015. As an undergraduate student, Kramer was a volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Department, while also assisting with the husbandry of the aquarium’s resident stingrays and sharks. Following graduation, Kramer was employed as a marine biologist and environmental specialist at the aquarium, leading eco-tours on Clearwater Bay, assisting in summer camps, and conservation education events in the Tampa Bay area. Kramer earned his Master of Arts degree in Zoology, Ecology, and Evolution from Marshall University back in Huntington in 2017, where he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and conducted research on Amazonian stingray genetics. After earning his Masters, Kramer taught 8th Grade Science at Vinson Middle School in Huntington, taught Biology at The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia where he assisted in coaching Cross Country and Track, and moved back to St. Petersburg in 2020 to teach at St. Paul’s. Kramer has served on the Kosove Alumni Board since 2019 and is the current Secretary.
Diversity Committee Chair
Brandon Faza is an emergency physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Miami, heavily involved in teaching EM residents and UM medical students. He was an on-campus Kosove Scholar from 2001-2005 and on-campus President from 2003-2005, then received his MD and MBA from the University of Miami. Brandon is also the Medical Director for Hope 4 Humanity Worldwide, which engages in international medical mission trips. He remains an avid USF football fan since starting the Beef Studs, a student group of body painters for sporting events, while on campus at USF. Brandon is currently starting a new emergency physician group practice as its CEO, targeting Tampa, FL for its operations.
Vincent Roth was inducted into the Kosove Society in 2013 and currently serves as a board member of the Kosove Alumni Society. After completing his bachelors degree in biomedical sciences at USF, he began medical school at the University of Florida. He is in his final year of medical school and is currently applying for residency training in anesthesiology.
Board Member (Recent Alumni)
Rhea Bhatt is an ORISE fellow at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Board Member (Recent Alumni)
Amber Pirson is a first-year law student at Cornell with interests in international law, anti-human trafficking, and labor rights. While attending USF, Amber completed a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in International Studies. With the support of the Kosove Society, the Honors College, and the Office of National Scholarships, Amber completed the Fulbright UK Summer Institute in Bristol (2017), and a Boren scholarship in Thailand (2019). Over time, she coupled her love of languages and cultures with anti-human trafficking advocacy in the Dominican Republic and Thailand. After graduating law school, Amber aims to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Human Rights Watch on eradicating systems that perpetuate forced labor and other forms of human trafficking.