Jill Szaroleta is the Senior Assistant to the Director at the Institute. She graduated from Fleming Island High School in 2014, and is entering her final semester as a history major at FSU. She joined the team at the Institute in the Fall of 2015 through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at FSU, and began a project on a set of letters written by a Union soldier in the American Civil War. The project continued into a Directed Individual Study, and Jill is now in the beginning stages of publishing the letters and memoir. She processes collections and oversees training and day-to-day tasks at the Institute, and plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Library Sciences and a career in archival and museum work. She is particularly interested in American Civil War and Cold War history.
Christina "Guatemala" Armes
Christina Armes began her academic career at Florida State University at the young age of sixteen years old. With her Associate's degree already under her belt along with her high school diploma, she jumped right into upper division courses for her History and Spanish majors. She joined the team at the World War II Institute as an Undergraduate Assistant over Summer 2016 when she met the Institute Archivist, Mike Kasper. Over the course of her employment, she has processed many notable collections, including the Carl Johnson letters and the Alexander Schmidt collection, as well as published finding aids for collections on the online database. Christina continues to process and digitize incoming collections and will join the Institute team in hosting the Society for Military History Conference in Jacksonville this Spring. Christina currently serves as an Assistant to the Director for Research and Public Relations, and focuses her research on Guatemalan history and the impact of foreign propaganda in Latin America.
Caroline Bowers is a senior at FSU working on a double major in History and General Music, as well as a minor in Museum Studies. Her research interests focus on feminist and Civil Rights music history. She began her work with the Institute through a DIS, during which she processed collections specifically related to military musicians and USO performers. Outside her work at the Institute, she is involved with the Honors program, she plays cello in the University Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is a member of the executive board for the Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity.
Grant Cooper is a Senior at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He plans to apply to Florida State University, and attend starting in the 2018-2019 year. He works to process collections and create finding aids to better allow scholars across the world to access the Institute’s holdings. His research interests focus on American History, specifically during the Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War, and he plans to major in history and minor in criminology.
Connor Doke is a senior at FSU from Inverness, Florida. He is majoring in History and plans to complete minors in Spanish and Psychology. In the Fall semester of 2014, Connor was introduced to the Institute when he completed a project as a part of Dr. Piehler’s class titled The American GI in War and Peace in World War II. Connor is currently dedicated to building an online timeline on World War II to help develop the online presence of the Institute. The timeline will help students and researchers learn more about the great amount of collections and artifacts that are present at the Institute.
Destinee Haller is a sophomore from Miami, Florida majoring in History and African American Studies. She is currently involved with the Black Female Development Circle and Southern Scholarship Foundation. In the future, she would like to pursue higher education within the realm of history. At the Institute, she is working on entering some of the African American collections into various archival databases and hopes to increase the Institute’s African American collections.
Jeffrey Scott Henley is a re-admitted student to Florida State University. He graduated from FSU in 1989 with a BS in Marketing. After a successful 26 year career in sales and account management including the last 11 years with C.H. Robinson Inc., a Fortune 250 third party logistics provider, he decided to leave his career and return to the academic world to pursue his long time passion of studying history with hopes of a second career passing along this love of history to others. He is majoring in History with a planned minor in German. His interests in history include Weimar Germany, World War II and the American Civil War.
Brianna McLean is a student at Florida State University pursuing a B.A. in History with a minor in French. She has enjoyed working at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since the summer of 2016. After she graduates in Summer 2018, she plans to pursue a Masters of Library Science in preparation for a career as an archivist, and eventually plans to pursue a PhD in History. Her interests include World War II, Women's Military History, American Military History, Home Front History, and Military History in general. During her time at FSU, she has enjoyed membership in the World-Renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs and Seminole Sound Pep Band.
Gillian Morton is a sophomore at Florida State University double majoring in History and International Affairs. Her interest in history comes from her father, who received his PhD in military history from FSU and is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army. Having grown up an Army Brat, Gillian has no hometown, but has lived in six US states (LA, FL, NY, VA, PA, SC) and two German cities. Gillian is particularly interested in World War II history, having visited many important European battlefields and landmarks. She enjoys focusing on the role of women in the military during WWII because of the inspiration of her own mother, who was an Army helicopter pilot.
Born in Venezuela, Alberto moved with his family to Republic of Panama in 2007. He would later begin his undergraduate studies in the FSU Republic of Panama campus in 2013, transferring to Tallahassee two years later. He began volunteering at the Institute after graduating with a degree in History and Media/Communications Studies. His main focus at the Institute has been surrounding Latin America during the World War II period, compelling information about the use of Brazilian air and sea-ports by American Forces and life in Cuba before and during the war. His main interests in History cover Latin America and the Mediterranean, focusing specially on historical fighting styles and weapons from the Renaissance and the 19th century.
Megan is a junior at FSU double majoring in History and Editing, Writing, and Media. She has taken many classes pertaining to World War II and is currently in her second semester as an editorial assistant at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. She is interested in writing and wants to work in publishing as an editor once she graduates. Last summer, Megan spent two months in Ghana volunteering in a rural village as a teacher's aide. This coming summer she will be going to Peru to work at a wildlife rescue center.
Hannah Shapiro is an Editing, Writing, and Media Major at Florida State University. Though she graduated from Satellite High School in 2015, she is in the midst of her junior year and plans to graduate next summer. In addition to her rigorous course work, Hannah is an active member of the Florida State Honors Program. She is currently a Colloquium Leader for the Honor’s Freshman Class and will be teaching her first classes this semester. Hannah is an executive member of her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and the President of one of the five Florida State University A Cappella groups, Coda A Cappella. Last semester, Hannah completed a Directed Individual Study at the Institute on World War II studying the impact the Merchant Marines had on the war effort. This semester, now as an employee, Hannah will continue her work on the Merchant Marines, as well as other sanctions of the military and their affects on World War II.
Michela is a second year History major. She is very excited to be getting involved with her major early on, as a volunteer at the Institute and as a researcher under Dr. Stoltzfus in the History Department. She plans to concentrate in European History and hopes to one day have a career in which she can travel the world. She is also involved in Phocus Photography, Best Buddies and Technoles.
Patricia is a Senior at Florida State University double majoring in History and Women’s Studies. She began working at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience as a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Board in Fall 2016. Patricia increased her involvement during Summer 2017 by starting an internship under Dr. Piehler and began processing the Charlotte Mansfield collection, which she continues to focus on. A Tallahassee native, Patricia’s interests include local history as well as women’s history in general, and her lifelong ambition is to be a Feminist Historian. She also serves as President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at FSU.
Jared is a junior at Florida State from Jupiter, FL. He is currently pursuing a double major in Economics and International Affairs, with a focus in History and a minor in Spanish. Jared joined the Institute as an intern for the 2017 Fall semester following enrollment in Institute Director Dr. Piehler’s course on the Second World War in the Fall of 2016. Jared aspires to work in the federal government while using his knowledge of history and international relations to further those goals. Outside of the Institute Jared is an avid scuba diver currently working on his instructor certification. He also enjoys the war genre of cinema and is a Philadelphia sports fanatic.
Julianna Witt is a Junior at Florida State University majoring in History, with a minor in Museum Studies. She has been an intern with the Institute since Spring 2017, and is focusing on Holocaust studies. She hopes to work with Holocaust related objects and/or archives at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. or the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
Emily Woessner is a senior at Florida State University. She graduated from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida in the spring of 2013 and then enrolled at Florida State University in the fall as an international affairs major. She studied abroad in Berlin, Germany at the Free University Berlin. On her return to the United States that summer, she moved to Queenstown, New Zealand where she spent the next year living and working. She then re-enrolled at Florida State University in the fall of 2016 and continues her international affairs major with a focus in history, as well as minors in German, museum studies, and art history. She has worked at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since the fall of 2016 and intends to continue to do so until graduation. She will be graduating in the spring of 2018 and then hopes to work abroad in Australia.
Previous Undergraduate Assistants:
Jordan Bolan- Fall 2013- Spring 2017
Jordan Bolan was the Institute’s Supervisor of Students and Senior Assistant between 2013 and 2017, overseeing the 22 undergraduates working at the Institute. She graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Editing, Writing, and Media. In the past, Jordan interned in the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, FSU’s Department of Political Science, and in Senator Bill Nelson’s constituent’s office. She worked for the Institute since her freshman year and assisted with archival work, donor outreach, writing and editing media material, and organizing events for guests of the Institutes. She served as floor manager for the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History.
Liesa Abel- Fall 2016- Summer 2017
Liesa graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 2011, and spent a gap year living in Israel and studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before beginning her studies at Florida State University in 2012. At the Institute, she has conducted research and processed collections related to her honors thesis on American Military Physicians in immediate Post- World War II Germany, and served as an assistant coordinator at the Society for Military History Conference in March 2017. Her interests broadly include modern Europe, World War II, Holocaust Studies, and the history of Medicine. She earned dual degrees in International Affairs and History from Florida State in 2017, and will begin her Masters in History: Holocaust in Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam in Fall 2017.
Lorenzo Bright- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Lorenzo studied History at Florida State. His research interests broadly include African American history, World War II, and space history. After serving as a Conservation intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, he dreams of one day working for a museum and educating the next generation of historians. At the Institute, he worked to process and create finding aids for collections related to African American involvement in the Second World War and the social, political, and economic effects of the atomic bomb.
Eleanor Clark- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Nell Clark is an International Affairs and Creative Writing double major from Saint Petersburg, Florida. During her time at Florida State she has been a Resident Assistant in Wildwood and Salley Halls, a 2016 Orientation Leader, and she currently performs research and public relations duties for the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at FSU; her research focuses on food crises in post-World War II Nazi Germany. In the future, she hopes to work as an analyst for National Public Radio and combine her passions for writing and international affairs.
Amelia Cross- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Amelia Cross is majoring in International Affairs and Public Relations at Florida State. Her involvement with the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience after taking an honors course with Dr. Kurt Piehler. Amelia then began working as an Undergraduate Assistant focusing on general publicity for the Institute and for the upcoming Society for Military History Conference. She plans to relocate to Washington D.C. after graduation with the hopes of working in government or for a non-profit organization.
John Eubanks- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
John grew up in Bonifay, Florida, where he lived until transferring to Florida State University from Chipola College in the fall of 2015. He graduated with a degree in history with a minor in philosophy in the Spring of 2017. John’s projects at the Institute focused on the GI and the Law in World War II. This project allowed him to explore the relationship between military and legal history. John was the Vice President of Risk Management for the Beta Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and was an active member of the Sailing Club at FSU.
Olivia Foley- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Olivia is a pre-med student studying biology. Olivia participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) studying the history of medicine at the Institute. Olivia contributed to the Institute by processing collections and entering data into the FSU Archon database. She is also an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, National Society of Colligate Scholars, Student Alumni Association, Student Boosters, Fundamentals of Research and Career Education (FORCE), Health and Educational Relief Organization (HERO), and a First Responder in the Medical Response Unit. Olivia is very interested in world cultures. In fact, Olivia and her family have hosted over 30 foreign exchange and because of these relationships, Olivia was able to travel to France for 7 weeks in the summer of 2014, and Germany and Austria for 3 weeks in the summer of 2015.
Jacob Groh- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Jacob Groh is a senior majoring in history with a minor in philosophy. His interests in World War II include topics related to armored warfare and the European Theater of Operations. Jacob processed raw collections and worked with fellow student, Connor Doke, on a comprehensive World War II timeline for the Institute’s website. He worked to process the Institute’s largest collections, the Anne and Wayne Coloney collections, specifically focusing on the World War II-era materials.
Michelle Ibarra- Fall 2016- Spring 2017
Michelle Ibarra studied Art History at Florida State with minors in History, Museum Studies, and Anthropology. She has a broad interest in material culture as well as visual and social histories. She intends to become a curator focusing on Native American art, history, and culture. She previously worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage helping to document material culture from their Folklife Festival, and has worked with the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in a Museum Studies class that put together an exhibition using the Donald Kupfer collection. During her time as an undergraduate assistant at the Institute, she helped to document collections and assist with outreach.
Christopher Kapustin- Fall 2016- Summer 2017
Chris Kapustin is a senior working on a History degree with a minor in Museum Studies. He’s originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 2011 and attended Florida State College of Jacksonville where he received an Associate’s Degree. Then he transferred to Florida State University and is currently an intern at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience.
Lyndee Rose- Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Lyndee Rose grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated from The First Academy. She attended Florida State University, majoring in Social Sciences with a minor in Professional Communications. She actively participated in the Direct Individual Study program at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, served as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, and interned for the State of Florida Lottery. Passionate for politics, Lyndee worked as the Executive District Secretary for Senator Hutson of District 7. Lyndee aspires to pursue a career as a lobbyist for the Americans with Disabilities Association.