Maria D. Garcia
Maria Garcia has over 15 years of experience in higher education between her work as Coordinator and Office Assistant for departments within Florida International University and the University of Miami. Prior to working for the universities she worked in banking for 21 years. She assists the Department Chair with day-to-day operations. Class Management, Department Purchase, Faculty Travel, and Human Resources.
Madeleine Manzano-Barrera is an accomplished administrative professional with over twenty-five years of experience. Madeleine has provided high-level support in a variety of industries and across multiple functional areas, including the education system for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), before joining The College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University.
Mayra graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Psychology. She has worked at Broward College as an Academic Advisor. Mayra is currently the Admissions Officer for The FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. She is responsible for coordinating student recruitment, guiding students through admissions, and advising prospective FIU School of Architecture students. Mayra is bilingual in both English and Spanish.
Manager Academic Advising Services
Aisha Williams began her advising career with The College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts in October of 2013. She started as an Academic Advisor, advising for the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture programs. She currently serves as the Manager of Academic Advising Services for the School of Architecture, where she oversees all advising activities for the three departments that make up the School of Architecture. Aisha received a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Florida International University and an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University.
Virginia Guerrero joined the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts in August of 2016 as an Academic Advisor for the College of Architecture. Prior to joining CARTA, Virginia was the Academic Advising Coordinator at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where she designed and implemented the college’s first academic advising program and worked with faculty to develop curriculum with emphasis on fostering competence in critical thinking skills, practice based learning, communication skills, and professionalism. Virginia began her career in higher education at Barry University where she managed a biomedical sciences graduate program. Virginia graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Modern Languages with a minor in Political Science and received a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Barry University.
Senior Special Events Manager
Rebecca Longtemps manages event logistics and marketing efforts for the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts Dean’s Office and the School of Architecture. She is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and overseeing events, exhibitions, and lectures. She received her master’s degree from FIU’s School of Music in 2012 and has experience in event planning, music education, and musical and theatrical performance.
Digital Laboratory Assistant
Before coming to FIU, Mike Bisnett worked in electronics repairing audio, video, RF and power equipment. He also repaired computers and setup local area networks. In June of 2007, Mike joined the School of Architecture by managing the equipment in the digital lab.
Fabrication Lab Manager
Julia Sarduy began supporting the Department of Architecture’s Fabrication Lab in 2012 as a student assistant. Upon graduating with a Master of Architecture from FIU, she began her career as the manager of the Fabrication Lab where she currently assists students and faculty with developing skills in carpentry, metal working, computer-aided milling, and a variety of fabrication methods using power tools and traditional hand techniques. Julia also collaborates with faculty in the Department of Architecture to design museum exhibitions, furniture, and large scale models through FIU By Design.
Junior Account Manager
Andrea Perez has over 5 years of experience in marketing, public relations, content creation and social media management in both the corporate and start-up industries. In 2016, Andrea joined CARTA to manage and execute marketing initiatives for the School of Architecture + the Art/Art History Department.. Andrea holds a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Florida International University and plans to pursue a Masters in Global Strategic Communications.