Our Team and Contact info










Name: Emma Bernstine

Pronouns: She/ Her

Position: Director

Classification: Sophomore

Bio: Emma Bernstine is a junior studying Entrepreneurship and International Affairs. She is the member of the Delta Zeta sorority, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and Relay for Life. In her free time, she enjoys going to local coffee shops with her friends or relaxing in her hammock. She loves FSU Hoops and is excited for another great season. She was a FLI participant her freshman year, facilitator of Administration her sophomore year, and will now serve as Director. She is excited to watch this year’s participants grow into confident student leaders!

Campus Involvement:

Delta Zeta Sorority

IM Volleyball

Honors Program

















Name: Taylor Walker

Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Assistant Director

Classification: Sophomore


Bio: Taylor Walker is a junior at Florida State University studying Political Science and Communications. Last semester, she served as an intern for a Florida House Member, with a specialty in legislative analytics. When not found stressing out in a library study room, she can be found cooking pasta in her kitchen, petting every dog she sees on the campus green, and writing political profiles for campus publications.


Campus Involvement:

Student Foundation






















Name: Lea Johnson
Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Facilitator of Operations

Classification: Freshman

Bio: Lea Johnson is a 2nd year student from Orlando, Florida majoring in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies. Lea is passionate about social change and equity for all, so she plans on continuing her education by going to Law school. She wants to study civil rights law so that she can work on fighting mass incarceration in the black community. When she isn't in class or in meetings, you can find her relaxing at the Rez, canoeing and kayaking with her friends, or reading in the Globe. She loves the outdoors and getting outside of her comfort zone. Lea was an FLI participant last fall and she is ecstatic to be serving as the Facilitator of Operations. She can't wait to meet the new incoming freshmen and help bring their leadership skills to light so they can shine on this campus!

-FLI Facilitator 

-SLS Facilitator 


-Community Ambassador




















Name: Sam Leval

Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Facilitator of Mentors

Classification: Sophomore

Bio: Sam Leval is a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is currently in the social work program and hopes to get her MSW in clinical social work. In her free time, she likes to go hiking or watch true crime shows. She is also a big fan of Dunkin’ iced coffee. Sam is thrilled to be the Facilitator of Mentors and help connect students with like-minded individuals 

Campus Involvement: 
Service Leadership Seminar 
Pride U 













Student Program Coordinator:
Jacalyn Butts













If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at fsufreshmanleadershipinstitute@gmail.com