Staff Directory2023-05-10T17:42:24+00:00


Caitlin Maxcy
Sr. 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 and has recently earned a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University. She has over 12 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 Sr. Administrative Services Coordinator and is responsible for the management and coordination of the Art + Art History Department.

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

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
Academic Advisor III
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
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.

Ari Temkin

Ari Temkin
Photography Lab Manager

Ari Temkin is a mixed media artist residing in Miami, Florida. He recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Florida International University. The Americanized son of Jewish Uruguayan immigrants, his unique mixed cultural upbringing is echoed through his multi-faceted approach to artistic practice and medium. Ari utilizes photography, cartooning, video, and sculpture to critique the absurdity present throughout a culture built on the overconsumption of information. As an insider raised in the time of Internet-based Identity, he applies his expertise of the internet’s ever-developing international language to explore its consequences on the real world layered with a grim sense of humor.

Student Office Assistants and  Fine Arts Ambassadors

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Ana Rosado
Student Office Assistant

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

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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 also an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts.