Jennifer Mezquita Appointed as Valencia Foundation Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

The Valencia College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Mezquita as director, alumni engagement and annual giving.

Jennifer is an alumna of Valencia College where she earned her associate degree. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and both a master’s degree and a doctor of education degree from the University of Central Florida.

She comes to the Valencia College Foundation after serving three years as manager of the Valencia College West Campus Answer Center. In this role, Jennifer supervised a staff of 24 people and was recognized in 2016 with a collegewide staff excellence award for providing high-level customer service to Valencia students on matters related to admissions, enrollment and financial aid.

She has also previously served as president of the Valencia College Alumni Association and is the current president of the Association of Valencia Women.

Geraldine Gallagher, president and CEO of the Valencia College Foundation, shared, “We are genuinely delighted to have Dr. Mezquita join the staff of the Foundation. As an alumna of College, Jennifer brings a personal understanding of the values and traditions of Valencia to this position. This personal knowledge of the Valencia experience coupled with her high-energy leadership style will allow her to hit the ground running in providing an expanded array of services and valued-added programs to the more than 100,000 alumni around the world.”

Jennifer commented, “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to serve my fellow alumni. In the days, weeks and months ahead, I will be focusing on seeking input from our alumni on how we can meet their priority needs, develop valued-added programs and services, and provide the best life-long alumni engagement experience of any college in America.”

John Mosser, chief philanthropy officer, explained that Jennifer brings the full picture to this senior-level position within the Foundation. Jennifer’s close ties to Valencia students, faculty and staff will allow the Alumni Association and College Foundation to build new bridges between the student experience and the alumni experience. This collaboration will also create high-impact ways for alumni, parents and friends to make a real difference as volunteers and donors in the life of the College.

Please join the Foundation staff in welcoming Jennifer to her new role. Her office is located in the Foundation suite on the fourth floor of the District Office, and she can be reached at or extension 3425.


  • Jeannie said:

    Congratulations, Jennifer! The Foundation is lucky to have you. 🙂

    PMTue, 24 Jan 2017 16:19:32 +0000Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:19:32 +0000pm17,4:19 pm

  • Frank Costa said:

    Jennifer you have always been an asset to Valencia. Keep it up.

    PMTue, 24 Jan 2017 20:41:21 +0000Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:41:21 +0000pm17,8:41 pm

  • Donna Deitrick said:

    Jennifer, West campus will miss that gorgeous smile and spirit of excellence you provide your colleagues and students. Congrats to you for a new opportunity and journey. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you shine!

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 07:40:37 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:40:37 +0000am17,7:40 am

  • Denise Ridener said:

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! The Foundation is lucky to have you.

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 07:57:01 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:57:01 +0000am17,7:57 am

  • Marsha Clarke said:

    Congrats Jennifer!

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 08:14:18 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:14:18 +0000am17,8:14 am

  • Venecia Green said:

    Congratulations Jennifer! This is a wonderful achievement, and very well deserved. Wishing you continued success.

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 08:29:51 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:29:51 +0000am17,8:29 am

  • Kristabel Carvajal said:

    Congratulations Jennifer – I'm so happy for you!

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 08:30:27 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:30:27 +0000am17,8:30 am

  • Michelle Matis said:

    Jennifer, So thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you at the foundation. Welcome aboard!

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 08:53:28 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:53:28 +0000am17,8:53 am

  • Kenia said:

    You are a remarkable person, genuine leader, and great example to follow. You have work hard to be where you at and it's so gratifying and motivating witnessing your growth. You are on your way to doing some great things indeed, congratulations and best wishes for your new job!

    Felicitaciones Jennifer!

    AMWed, 25 Jan 2017 09:14:32 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:14:32 +0000am17,9:14 am

  • Michelle Sever said:

    Congratulations, Jennifer! Wishing you great success in your new role.

    PMWed, 25 Jan 2017 12:11:46 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:11:46 +0000pm17,12:11 pm

  • Val SanMarco said:


    PMWed, 25 Jan 2017 12:22:01 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:22:01 +0000pm17,12:22 pm

  • traci ash-thornton said:

    Congratulations and welcome! We are excited to have you as the Foundation and Alumni Association champion and leader!

    PMWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:24 +0000Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:24 +0000pm17,4:00 pm

  • Kristen Patterson said:

    I am so proud of you! I know you will do amazing things in your new role!
    Please don't forget to come and visit us!

    AMThu, 26 Jan 2017 10:35:10 +0000Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:35:10 +0000am17,10:35 am

  • Liz Suarez said:

    Congratulations Jennifer!

    PMThu, 26 Jan 2017 14:58:07 +0000Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:58:07 +0000pm17,2:58 pm

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