Staff Directory2023-09-08T17:42:32+00:00


Christopher Barake

Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Sr. Coordinator of Academic Support Services | Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Rodriguez Barake oversees internships, accreditation, data input, collection, and analysis. He is tasked with managing Student Success Pathways: admissions, recruitment and retention for the Department of Art + Art History as well as creating exhibition opportunities for students, and maintaining community and alumni relationships.

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 Arts, and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at FIU.


Maida Purdy

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor III
Office: PCA 274

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 College 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.

Lauren Gentile

Lauren Gentile
Academic Advisor II
Office: PCA 274

Lauren began her career at FIU in 2018 as an academic advisor for Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Previously, she was employed at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami for seven years as an academic support advisor.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s of Education Degree in School Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Facilities and Studio Labs

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard
Lab Manager

Daniel Bernard earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with an emphasis in digital mixed media from The California Institute of the Arts. After CalArts, Daniel completed a trade program in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technologies. For the past five years Daniel has worked in various Commercial, Industrial, and Residential HVAC and Refrigeration projects including, new construction and retrofit installations for banks and medical facilities, the installation of duct systems and building automation sensors and peripherals, as well as troubleshooting and servicing critical refrigeration units for pharmacies, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Daniel is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in FIU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is majoring in Internet of Things.

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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Lissette Schaeffler
Digital Photography Lab Manager

Lissette is a Cuban-born photographer whose work deals with the exploration of memory, place, and lineage. She received her MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. Lissette has exhibited extensively in solo and collective shows nationally and internationally, and has also been selected as a finalist for various photographic awards, including the 2013 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship Award.

She is an alumni of Oolite arts (ArtCenter/South Florida), where she spent 6 years in their residency program. She has been an Adjunct Professor and Lab Manager at FIU since 2006.

Stefano Botti

Stefano Botti
Sculpture Lab Manager

Stefano Botti earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Digital Arts from Florida International University. During his studies he worked as the previous lab monitor for the Sculpture Studio. His work consists of site specific-video installation, using digital output devices/equipment to create virtual-sculptural environments and prototypes, as well as misusing socio-digital devices to document the self-portrait and the artist’s process. He currently works as the Temporary Lab Manager for the Sculpture Studio.

Student Fine Arts Ambassadors & Student Office Assistants

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Juliana Triana
Student Fine Arts Ambassador

Juliana Triana is currently a Student Fine Arts Ambassador for the Art + Art History Department.

She is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and is President of FASA: Fine Arts Student Association.

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Ana Rosado
Student Office Assistant

Ana Rosado is the Student Office Assistant for the Art + Art History Department.

She is an undergraduate student pursuing a BA in Art History at FIU. Ana has over 3 years of customer service experience and a lifelong passion for the world of art.