Meet the Mayors

Corry Village: Michael Sanchez (Email: michael84@ufl.edu)

My name is Michael Sanchez and I am the mayor of Corry Village. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at UF and I am currently pursuing my Master of Business Administration at the Warrington College of Business. I have been a proud resident of Corry Village since 2013, during this period, my family and I have enjoyed the many events that Mayors’ Council and Graduate and Family Housing have offered. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be the mayor of Corry Village and get to know more of my neighbors. I believe it is important to live in a community that promotes good relationships between neighbors and takes into consideration each residents concern. I understand that many residents are far away from their primary homes and I think it is important to try and make them feel at home for the time being. See you around the village and GO GATORS!

Tanglewood Village: Kehinde Ojo (Email: ojo.ke@ufl.edu)

Kehinde Ojo is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Food and Resource Economics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Tallahassee, Florida in the year 2016. She came to the United States of America in the year 2015 as an exchange student to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness at FAMU. She started her Master’s degree program in fall 2016 at University of Florida. Serving on the Mayor’s Council gives her the opportunity to serve a diversity of people from different country, ethnic, and cultural group and to learn about different culture and different way of lives. She sees this position as a privilege to give back to the community what she has learned from this community since she has been living here. She would like to contribute to the graduate and family housing by organizing events that would promote community lifestyle and foster unity among the residents.

Diamond Village: Mohamed Gadou (Email: mgadou@ufl.edu)

Mohamed and his family came to Gainesville, FL in 2013. He is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. He got his M.Sc. in Engineering Mathematics and B.Sc. in Computer Systems & Engineering, both from Alexandria University, Egypt. He enjoys engaging with other cultures and learning from them. He enjoys being a member of Graduate and Family Housing (GFH) which is the main reason he applied to be Diamond mayor so he can help in maintaining GFH an awesome place for its residents.

Maguire: Aravinda Munasinghe (Email: aravinda1879@chem.ufl.edu)

Hi, I am Aravinda and I am the mayor of Maguire village. I did my B.Sc. in computational chemistry from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Florida. I joined UF in fall 2015 and since then living at Maguire village. I enjoy living on this wonderful campus. I chose to live at graduate family housing because I enjoy meeting people from all around the world and I like to learn about different cultures. I am a proud Gator and I really enjoy doing my part to the gator society. Therefore, being the mayor of Maguire village, I try to help my fellow Gators to enjoy the swamp life!

University Village South: Tiffany Batten (tbatten@ufl.edu)

 

Tiffany Batten is a second-year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  She is from Miami, Florida and is a third generation Gator! She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida and graduated in May 2016. After living in Diamond Village for the 2016-2017 year, Tiffany decided to move villages to meet new neighbors and students! Tiffany has consistently attended Mayor’s Council meetings in the past and has served as a Student Government Senator. Tiffany is excited to learn more about the different cultures UVS has to offer and is looking forward to a fun-filled year.