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Whether you are starting your first semester, about to graduate or already out in the workforce, our career specialists are here to support all CARTA students and alumni.
Interim Director of Career and Talent Development for CARTA
Senior Instructor, Department of Interior Architecture
Office: (305) 348-1884
Katie Rothfield is an award-winning educator, licensed interior designer, and champion for student success. Born and raised in midcoast Maine, she earned a BA in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Tufts University while taking courses at several renowned institutions, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Maine Media Workshops + College, and Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. Katie combined her education in creativity and systematic analysis to earn an MFA in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Graduating at the top of her class, she found passion and inspiration when exploring the deep connections between the interior environment and human psyche.
Rothfield’s professional practice experience spans over seventeen years, including more than seven years in the hospitality and high-end residential interior design industries with noted firms such as The Gettys Group and blue, a design company, inc., and as a freelance interior designer, where she expanded her practice to include the corporate and institutional sectors. While Project Manager at The Gettys Group, she was a key contributor to the revolutionary Hotel of Tomorrow™ (H.O.T.) Project, a thought leadership forum spearheaded by The Gettys Group and Hospitality Design magazine to conceptualize the future of the hospitality industry.
At Florida International University (FIU), she currently serves as the Interim Director of Career and Talent Development for the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and Senior Instructor and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Interior Architecture. She facilitates the Festival of the Trees annual interior architecture scholarship fundraiser and organizes local and national field trips to design firms, trade shows, museums, and architecturally significant sites each year. In addition, she managed the Interior Architecture Master’s Thesis Mentor Program, Super Jury + Celebration for seven years.
Katie is the creator and past chair of the highly successful FIU School of Architecture annual conference, D3E (formerly Emerge), an event that brings together design students, professionals, educators, and manufacturers’ representatives for a variety of informational sessions, portfolio and resume reviews, and cutting-edge workshops that encourage students to rethink the way they design. She also originated the FIU Interior Architecture Department’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Exam Achievement Award, which reimburses students who successfully pass the exam.
Over the past decade, Katie has developed and taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate curricula, including hospitality, experimental, and mixed-discipline studios, and courses in sustainable practices, building systems, project programming, professional practice, and personal branding. She is National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified and LEED Accredited in Interior Design + Construction (ID+C). She is also a Professional Member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and served as the Educational Representative for the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) South Florida Chapter as well as the Vice President of Forums for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Florida Chapter.
Recent accolades include the 2017 FIU CARTA Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2016 FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 NEWH South Florida Chapter Silver Star Award, and the 2015 IIDA South Florida Chapter Educator of the Year Award. Katie is a published chapter text contributor to 100 Architects and Interior Designers, by Damir Sinovcic, and she has presented at numerous conferences.
Crediting her mother, an accomplished artist/educator, and father, a witty jack-of-all-trades, Katie values ingenuity, authenticity, humor, and grit. Never one to slow down, she dabbles in podcast production, copyediting, writing, UX and UI design, and filmmaking, and she unwinds by listening to nonfiction narrative podcasts, discovering new alternative music, and searching for vintage and antique treasures while summering with her family in Maine.
Career Specialist, Assistant Director
Visual + Performing Arts
Office: (305) 348-2423
Google Voice: (786) 471-3115
Ashley Rizzotto has worked full-time in the field of college career development since June 2017 across multiple colleges and currently works at Florida International University where she is the Career Specialist for Visual & Performing Arts in CARTA. Ashley is a native of Brooklyn, NY where she had the pleasure of attending Edward R. Murrow, an arts high school where she was selected and graduated from the inaugural theater student track. She has performed in musicals, served as an assistant director in multiple productions, and once as a stage manager while in college. Her coursework ranged in playwriting, production review, and jazz dance. Ashley attended Stony Brook University and UNC Greensboro and traveled a winding road of career paths before finding her professional home in the world of career and talent development.
Ashley has been actively involved with the Southern Association for Colleges and Employers (SoACE) as the Marketing and Communications Chair for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Social Media Committee, and Scholarship Committee. She is passionate about supporting students in understanding their strengths and finding creative strategies to discover their dream career.
Career Specialist, Assistant Director
Communication + Journalism
Office: (305) 348-0552
Mobile: (305) 962-3892
John Sotham began his journalism career in 1992 as a general assignment reporter for the daily newspaper the Columbia Missourian. While there, he was also assigned to the city housing beat and wrote feature stories on local events and history for The Weekender, the paper’s Saturday magazine. While finishing his studies at the University of Missouri’s Graduate School of Journalism, he interned in Washington, D.C., with one of The Smithsonian Institution’s two magazines, Air & Space Smithsonian, which is also the magazine of the National Air and Space Museum and has a worldwide print circulation and digital audience of 1,480,000. From 1993 to 1995, he reported for the Mid-Missouri Business Journal, and in 1996, he returned to Washington, D.C., as an associate editor of Air & Space Smithsonian, where he developed and assigned stories, edited stories for publication, was the researcher and technical editor for special edition posters, and also served as the magazine’s book reviews editor. He traveled nationally and internationally for Air & Space, reporting from Moscow, Russia and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz launch carrying the first crew to populate the International Space Station, toured England and Scotland writing about obscure airports and aviation museums, and flew with the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol to the wreck site of the RMS Titanic aboard a mission to conduct a burial at sea of one of the ship’s last living survivors. His reporting was featured in four cover stories during his tenure. John was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Air Force after the September 11th 2001 attacks, and ultimately blogged for Air & Space about his experiences while deployed to Afghanistan as a squadron commander in 2008. While stationed at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, he wrote for Unitas, a periodical covering U.S. military and civilian partnerships with militaries and governments in Latin America. He was appointed a contributing editor of Air & Space Smithsonian in 2013, continued to write and edit stories for print and online, and had his own blog, “The Window Seat” featured on the magazine’s website and digital edition. One of his investigative pieces for the print edition, “The Truth about the MiG-29,” about U.S. efforts to secretly obtain aircraft from the former Moldovan Air Force after the fall of the Soviet Union, featured new reporting from sources within the National Air Intelligence Center, interviews with former Soviet Air Force MiG pilots living in Germany, and the first U.S. Air Force pilots to test the aircraft for the West. The story was re-published in the Russian aviation press. John retired from the Air Force in 2016 and still writes about aerospace subjects for Air & Space’s “The Daily Planet” blog and reviews books for the print edition.