Staff Directory2022-02-18T17:02:34+00:00

Staff Directory

Maria D. Garcia
Office Coordinator
garciamd@fiu.edu
305-348-1323

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.

Mayra Ortega
Admission Officer
maortega@fiu.edu
305-348-4884

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.

Cory Fairfield
Assistant Director Academic Advising Services 
cfairfie@fiu.edu
305-348-2219

Cory Fairfield began his career with the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts in November of 2017 and originally started working for FIU at Onestop Enrollment Services. Cory previously advised students for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture Programs and was recognized as FIUs Academic Advisor of the Year in 2019. He completed both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees here at Florida International University and is currently working towards an Ed.D in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Cory now serves as Assistant Director of Academic Support Services for the School of Architecture, School of Music, Department of Theater, and Department of Arts and Art History. In addition to this, Cory enjoys teaching SLS 1501 to first-year students, mentoring with FIU Embrace, and training new instructors with FIU Safe Zone.

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Ruth Montero
Academic Advising Services 
rmontero@fiu.edu
305-348-7500

Ruth joined CARTA with over 10 years of advising experience. Her background comes from Miami Dade College, where she worked as an intervention, retention, and transfer specialist. She joined FIU in 2016 as an Exploratory advisor and later transitioned to CASE as an Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies expert, helping students achieve their career goals. Ruths advising style includes being honest and transparent, and she now serves as an academic advisor for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

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Evangely Santiago
Academic Advisor
evsantia@fiu.edu
305-348-7500

Evangely Santiago is a two-time alumna of FIU, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and a Master’s degree in Global Strategic Communications. In her previous role, Evangely taught high school English and helped establish the school’s Theatre program. Though she enjoyed working in a K-12 setting, her experience as an FIU Peer Mentor for Student Life Skills courses during her undergraduate years ignited a desire to pursue a career at a public university. She is currently working towards an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership and is enthusiastic about joining the advising team.

Charlotte Raynaud
Senior Special Events Manager
craynaud@fiu.edu
305-348-6481

Born in Panama, of Bolivian and French decent raised in Miami, Charlotte is the Senior Special Events Manager at the School of Architecture at FIU.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management and has been in the events industry managing high-end catering events for 10 years, within multiple venues and cultural institutions Nationwide.  A few of those include, The Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM), Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science;  the National Gallery of Art in DC; The Barnes, The Horticulture Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia.