USF BOLD Council
BOLD Philanthropy and Engagement Council
The BOLD Council is a group of young alumni leaders representing all areas of USF that promote philanthropic support for USF by providing their time, energy and resources. Their appointment will last one year, with an opportunity to serve an additional year.
BOLD — short for Bulls of the Last Decade — is a new program that focuses on engaging USF alumni within a 10-year window of graduation, encouraging them to connect with the university, engage by attending events and become annual donors. In the process, young alumni learn about the power of philanthropy and how important private support is to the university in transforming lives.
Meet our BOLD Council Members
Meagan Eastman—BOLD Council Chair
Meagan Eastman is a two-time graduate of the University of South Florida, completing a bachelor's degree in psychology and communication in 2012 and a master's in management in 2015. As a student, Eastman was actively involved in the Catholic Student Union and the Green and Gold Guides. She is a proud Life Member of the USF Alumni Association. Eastman worked for the Office of Admissions at USF for six years, and now works for the Morsani College of Medicine doctoral program at USF Health.
Ashley Butler is a graduate of the University of South Florida, completing a bachelor's degree in communication in 2012, with a focus on interpersonal and organizational communication. Butler established the Black Leadership Network/Adrien and Ashley Butler Possibilities scholarship with her wife and is a proud Life Member of the USF Alumni Association. Butler is a franchise owner of Ice Cold Air, co-creator of Unique Otto Fleet Management and is actively engaged with the Black Leadership Network at USF.
Kelsy Cowan is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida, completing a bachelor's degree in communication in 2013 with a focus in culture and media. During her time at USF, Cowan was a member of the Bulls Business Network and practically lived in Athletics for four years, working closely with both the marketing team and administration. You may remember her from basketball and baseball games as the on-field entertainment. She recently established the Marc Cowan Memorial Scholarship at USF Athletics. Now a marketing manager for a St. Pete-based company, Cowan's focus is on brand management and customer experience.
Natalie Emerson is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Florida, completing a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in leadership studies. As a student, she was active in Chi Omega Fraternity, USF's Panhellenic Association and Student Government. Emerson continues to serve Chi Omega as both a chapter advisor and alumnae board member, and currently works as an engagement specialist at Presence, an ed-tech startup dedicated to serving institutions of higher education, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ryan Frankel is a proud graduate of the USF Muma College of Business, completing a bachelor's degree in finance in 2015. Frankel works as a financial advisor at Adcock Financial Group in Tampa, sits on the board of a local nonprofit, Spark the Way, and is in the Muma College of Business Young Alumni program. Frankel will also be getting his first mentor this fall, as a part of the USF Corporate Mentorship Program. Frankel is a Florida native and lives with his wife and Yorkshire terrier puppy in downtown Tampa. He enjoys spending time with his family, boating, traveling, running, golfing and scuba diving.
Tatiana Garcia is a senior product manager at Tech Data Corp. In 2015, she graduated from USF's Muma College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in management and marketing. In 2019, she graduated with her Master of Science in management with a concentration in project management. As a product manager, she is responsible for managing and executing operational projects and developing marketing plans for various business strategies. As an undergraduate, Garcia served as a site leader for Stampede of Service, vice president and treasurer for Bulls for Kids, president of her sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and volunteered yearly with Bull Haul. In her time at USF she also had the opportunity to be a part of the Bulls Business Community and study abroad in Italy.
Christopher Griffin is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida Class of 2017 and a USF Alumni Association Life Member. During his time at USF, Griffin became a founding father of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, served as an orientation leader, served on the USF Board of Trustees and served as the student body president. After graduation, Griffin received his Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University and works for the city of St. Petersburg as a budget management analyst.
Miguel Labrador is a 2013 graduate of the University Of South Florida College Of Engineering and a proud USF Alumni Association Life Member. During his time at USF, he was in the Real Estate Society, American Society of Civil Engineers and Greek Life. Currently, Labrador is an office engineer at Hensel Phelps in Tampa.
George Papadeas is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, a proud USF Alumni Association Life Member and part of the USF Bulls Club. During his time at USF he served as the student body vice president and was named the Outstanding Graduate of his graduating class. Currently, Papadeas is the chief operating officer of The HOTH, a search engine marketing company in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Zach Pietrzyk is a 2011 graduate of the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, a proud USF Alumni Association Life Member and a USF Alumni Association Greater Tampa Area Chapter board member. During his time at USF he was a four-year lettermen for the USF baseball team and served on the USF Athletics Student Advisory Council for two years. Pietrzyk works as a surgical glaucoma manager for Alcon, a medical device company in the vision care space and is vice president of Gulch Masters of Tampa Bay Inc., a nonprofit that helps support local youth sports organizations.
Hannah Veitkus is a 2016 graduate of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, a proud USF Alumni Association Life Member and a Women in Leadership & Philanthropy member. Veitkus works as a realtor with Wagner Realty in Sarasota, Fla. During her time at USFSM she served as president of the Student Ambassador program for two years, was actively involved with the local alumni chapter and was a USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy scholar.