About Us

Talline R. Martins, PhD

Director, Graduate Professional Development

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Talline Martins is the Director of the Office of Graduate Professional Development. She is responsible for coordinating professional development activities and programs for UF graduate students. These initiatives include providing activities and resources to help students set professional development goals, develop core competencies to successfully complete their graduate degree, and gain the necessary skills to transition into diverse career paths upon graduation.

Dr. Martins received her BS in Biology from Western Michigan University, and her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then received a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology to continue her training at Duke University. Most recently, she was the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives and Graduate Recruitment at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Kimone Simmons

Educational and Training Specialist III

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Kimone Simmons joined the Gator Family in 2017 and currently serves as the Professional Development and Training Specialist III at the UF Graduate School. Prior to that she was the Coordinator for Living Learning Initiatives in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Throughout her career she has focused on student engagement and development from a co-curricular standpoint.

Kimone holds an Associates of Arts and Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Richland, a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She completed her masters degree in Counseling Education-Student Affairs from Mississippi State University and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning, here at the University of Florida.  

As a student affairs professional, Kimone is driven by fostering development experiences, creating, innovating, and strategizing for success through breaking barriers and the implementation of high-impact practices. She advocates for equity and creating spaces for inclusion and access while fostering a student-lead and centered approach to her work.  



Caroline Reeg

Educational and Training Specialist

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Caroline Reeg is the Education and Training Specialist in the Office of Graduate Professional Development. She is responsible for facilitating educational and professional development workshops, updating and maintaining website information and event schedules, and managing social media platforms for the Graduate School.

Caroline received her BS in Agricultural Education and Communication, and specialized in Leadership Development from the University of Florida. She then went on to start her UF career by working as a Conference Event Planner at the Reitz Union, where she helped to guide in the planning process and execution of campus events. She also has served as a First Year Florida instructor and First-Generation Student Mentor, to better support UF students adjusting to campus and learning how to be successful in their time here.



Maegan Meredith

Graduate Assistant


Maegan Meredith is the Professional Development Graduate Assistant. Her role focuses on program-experience research, curriculum development, and program design and evaluation for the Graduate School.

Maegan received her BA in Agriculture Studies at Warner University, and her master's degree in Agricultural Education and Communication, with a specialization in Leadership Development at the University of Florida. She currently is working toward her Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and Communication with a research focus on leadership program development. Maegan's passion for personal and professional growth can be seen in her prior work facilitating leadership programs, conferences, and workshops for the National FFA Organization, Highlands Agriculture Solutions, Farm Credit, and Warner University.