Stephanie Nicole Ross was born on June 6, 1987 in Lakeland, Florida. She was a 2005 graduate
of Lakeland High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of
South Florida in 2012. She planned to pursue a doctorate in Aging Studies in the fall of 2013
in order to further her research on human cognition and non-pharmacological interventions for
cognitive impairment across the life span. Stephanie was dedicated to working with people with
neurological conditions and hoped to spread her enthusiasm by teaching others about the
complexity and wonders of the human brain. A kind and gentle person, Stephanie loved horses,
dogs, and animals of all kinds.
On December 10, 2012, Stephanie was working as a health care service coordinator when she
was attacked by a client while conducting a home visit. Tragically, she did not survive the attack,
but by the age of only 25, she was already an inspiration to those around her. People from all walks of life acknowledge her exceptional personal, academic, and professional promise; her fascination with the human brain and pursuit of knowledge; her willingness to serve and better the lives of others; and her unwavering love of animals.
Formed by the people who love Stephanie, the Stephanie Nicole Ross Foundation (SNRF) honors Stephanie’s life and celebrates her passions and strengths. SNRF strives to inspire personal and academic growth; to forward education and understanding of the human brain; to foster goodwill and service towards people and animals; and to support community initiatives that affected and inspired her. Through academic scholarships and donations to nonprofit organizations, SNRF is committed to sharing Stephanie's benevolent spirit and desire to better the lives of others and animals of every stripe.
Board of Directors
Tracey R. Stephens
David J. Reamer
SNRF Vice President
Julia M. Smith
Dr. Aryn L. Harrison Bush University of South Florida Tampa, FL