Staff Directory2018-11-21T15:52:55+00:00

Caitlin Maxcy
Administrative Services Coordinator

Caitlin Maxcy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with minors in Music and Spanish at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. She has over 8 years of experience in customer service and administration. Prior to joining the Art + Art History Department, she worked at The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach and the international contemporary and modern art fair company, Art Miami. She is currently working as the Administrative Services Coordinator and is responsible for the management and coordination of the Art + Art History Department


Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Coordinator of Academic Support Services

As Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Rodriguez Barake oversees internships, accreditation, data input, collection, and analysis. He also is in charge of creating exhibition opportunities for students, admissions, recruitment and retention for the Department of Art + Art History.

His previous duties at CARTA, include coordinating an artist-in-residency program, and community-based collaboratory art projects. Rodriguez Barake, began his career at FIU in 2007, within the Division of Student Affairs administrating the Graham Center Art Gallery.

He has a Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from FIU;  Thesis on Alternative Spaces, Cultural Production and the coalescence of Art + Industry. His previous body of research was in Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art with an emphasis on Brazil. He is a proud Golden Panther, having earned both his Bachelors of Fine Arts, and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at FIU.


Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor
Ext. 73539

Maida has a true passion to change students’ lives through education and has devoted herself to teaching and advising. She joined FIU in May 2011 as an academic advisor for the College of Undergraduate Education and became part of the CARTA family in the year 2013. She currently advises Art + Art History students. Prior to FIU, Maida worked at Miami Dade for three years where she began her advising career in Advisement and Career Services. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Havana: A Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Tourism and Marketing.


Daniel Hiram Zengotita
Academic Advisor II
Ext. 77486

Daniel Hiram Zengotita is an Academic Advisor for the Art + Art History Department. After earning his Bachelors in Philosophy at FIU in 2014, he went on to pursue and earn his Masters in History (2016). He also works as an adjunct instructor and academic coach in the history department.


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Financial Analyst

Evelyn Martinez is the financial analyst for the Art + Art History Department. Evelyn is the coordinator of the department budget and contracts. She received a Masters in Public Administration from FIU.


Yanara Ferreiro
Office Specialist

Yanara Ferreiro earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a minor in Art History from Florida International University. She has over 8 years of experiences providing administrative and customer service support to ensure efficient operation of the department. As a young child, Yanara always experienced awe and inspiration through art and history. She is currently working as the Office Specialist for the Department of Art + Art History.


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Studio Manager

Lane Kenworthy is the Studio Manager for Art + Art History. The studio has is a multipurpose space that students can use and work on a variety of mediums such as sculpture, printmaking, figure drawing, and figure sculpture.


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MMC Photography Lab Manager

Peggy Nolan is a renowned photographer and the MMC Photography Lab Manager. She discovered photography fairly late and then by accident, but has been inseparable from her cameras ever since. Seeing photographs all around her, she photographs her seven children and any aspect of her colorful life. Peggy lives in Hollywood, Florida. Recent exhibition venues include the Museum of Modern Art (“Picturing Modernity”), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and more. Her work can be found in the collections of SF MOMA, Norton Museum of Art and Martin Z. Margulies in Florida.


Alexander Pantin
Digital Arts Lab Manager

Alexander Pantin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from University of Miami in Miami, FL. He is currently pursuing a second Bachelor of Arts in Animation at Lynn University. He has over 8 years of experience in customer service. Prior to joining the Art + Art History Department, he worked at West Dade Community Services, a social service non-profit. He is currently working as the Digital Art Lab Manager and is responsible for the management of the lab and 3D Printing Room. The lab is capable of digital fabrication, 3d printing, laser cutting, 3d scanning, digital imaging, and video.


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Digital Photography Lab Manager

Lissette Schaeffler, the Digital Photography Lab Manager, is a Cuban born photographer whose work deals with the exploration of identity. Whether documenting or digitally manipulating photographs of family, friends, environments or herself, Lissette’s underlying meaning has always remained consistent. Lissette received her MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. She is an adjunct instructor for the Art + Art History Department.


Andrea Perez
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 and the Department of Art + Art History. Andrea holds a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Florida International University and is currently a student in the Master’s Global Strategic Communications program.


Kiara Hernandez
Student Office Assistant

Kiara Hernandez is the Student Office Assistant for the Department of Art + Art History. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art from FIU.


Chelsea Morell
Student Office Assistant

Chelsea Morell is currently a Student Office Assistant for the Art + Art History Department. She is also an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from FIU. Chelsea has earned an Associate Degree in Art Education from Miami Dade College and has over 2 years of customer service experience.


Carlos Fleites
Advising Office Assistant

Carlos Fleites is currently a Student Office Assistant for the Art + Art History Department. He is an Artist and undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from FIU.

Department of Art + Art History
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Viertes Haus Building
11200 SW 8th Street - VH 216 Miami, Florida 33199
PH: 305-348-2897 | Fx: 305-348-0513