Meet the Team


Dr. Jeff Citty, Ed.D.

Director, UF Innovation Academy


Jeff Citty serves as the founding director for the Innovation Academy and has over fifteen years of experience in higher education in building programmatic solutions to help solve issues in higher education. He received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration, focusing his dissertation on retaining engineering students through first year extended bridge programs. Dr. Citty provides vision, leadership and strategic direction in the development and attainment of the Innovation Academy priorities. As the founding director of the program he oversees all curricular and co-curricular aspects of the program as well as building the institutional infrastructure for the program. Dr. Citty teaches the Creativity in Context course and continues research in retention and advising. Before joining the Innovation Academy, Dr. Citty served as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Student Affairs at UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and as the Program Director for the Engineering Freshman Transition Program (EFTP). In 2009, he was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association with an award for Outstanding Advising. Additionally, he was recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as a runner-up for best conference paper in 2012.



Ayesha Mian M.ED.

Associate Director, UF Innovation Academy


Ayesha Mian joined the Innovation Academy team in June 2013 as the third member of the IA leadership team as the Assistant Director. She has an extensive student affairs background, with over 18 years of experience in college transition and residential experience, crisis response, advising and student development programming. Ayesha arrived as an international student from Pakistan and has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. Ayesha has worked in the public and private higher education settings across the country, working with diverse student populations at varying levels of academic progress. She has been at the University of Florida since 2005 and was promoted to Associate Director for the Innovation Academy in July 2017. Ayesha received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Communication from the University of Arizona and earned a Master’s in College Student Personnel Administration from Kansas State University.



Amy-Bucciarelli_TeamCropAmy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC

Academic Coordinator, UF Innovation Academy


Professor Bucciarelli is the Academic Coordinator for the Innovation Academy Innovation minor courses. Prior to joining the IA team full-time, Bucciarelli was a lecturer for the IA creativity courses and has taught with the IA program since its inception in 2012. She was also on faculty with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine where she was engaged in course curriculum development, research, publication, and lecturing for their internationally recognized online graduate program. Before entering academics, Bucciarelli practiced as a board certified art therapist for 10 years doing clinical work in medical settings and mental health facilities. Bucciarelli’s diverse interdisciplinary background informs the academic mission of IA – to provide students with an innovation education that helps to cultivate strong Gator graduates who will be competitive leaders in the workplace and beyond.



Jacolyn Mitchelson

Administrative Support Assistant


Jacolyn is from Albany, NY where she spent eight years working in the administrative assistant field. She moved to Gainesville in 2010 and began working at UF as a Senior Secretary for the College of Medicine. Jacolyn has since joined the Innovation Academy team as Dr. Citty’s Senior Secretary. Jacolyn’s duties include office management for the team and she serves as a resource for students, parents, and UF departments to share their questions with. In her free time she likes to read, workout, spend time at the beach and hike trails with her dog.


Tasnim Hussein
Operations Coordinator

Brooke Haynes
Graphic Designer

Jeffrey Lamothe
Web Developer