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Staff Directory2020-04-09T20:50:43+00:00

Nancy Bonny
Academic Advisor

Nancy Bonny serves as an Academic Advisor II for the Department of Communication/ Communication Arts (Fully Online) students. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. She also earned her M.S. in Higher Education with emphasis on College Administration and Leadership from Kaplan University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate for Educational Leadership and Management. Prior to joining FIU in November of 2017, she had 4 ½ years of experience working at an online university as an advisor working with online undergraduate and graduate students.

Jose Colon
Academic Advisor
(305) 348-3963

Jose Colon graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and earned an MBA from Keiser University. Prior to working at the Department of Communication, Jose spent five years as an Academic Advisor at the FIU School of Engineering and has over 9 years of experience in academic advising.

Brian FriedmanBrian Friedman
IT Services

Brian Friedman sees to the IT service needs in the School of Communication + Journalism.

Wayde KlipperWayde Klipper
IT Manager

Wayde Klipper has over 40 years in the video industry. He ran his own business servicing broadcast video equipment, and designing and building video systems throughout South Florida. He has been working at FIU since April of 2007 and is the Technology Manager/LMS Administrator.

Meira LangsamMeira Langsam
Senior Coordinator

Meira Langsam performs highly responsible and confidential, secretarial duties and administrative functions for the Department of Communication.

Shawnda Mair
Office Coordinator

Shawnda Mair provides administrative and clerical support for the Department of Communication. Shawnda began her journey at FIU in the Registration office before joining the staff at CARTA.

Francisco MarreroFrancisco Marrero
Academic Advisor

Francisco Marrero began his advising career at FIU in January 2007. He currently serves as an advisor for the Department of Communication. Prior to academic advising, he was a coordinator at the Registrar’s Office at FIU. Francisco received a B.S. in Economics from Universidad de La Habana.

Gabriella Portela
Manager of Academic Services

Gabby Portela serves and supports the Department of Communication’s Internship Initiative, career development, alumni engagement, student retention, department events, student clubs, and study abroad. She teaches SPC 2608. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Florida State University and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from FIU. Gabby joined FIU in 2011 as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Frost Art Museum where she directed the design of all publicity materials including press releases, invitations, brochures, and museum catalogs. She is an active member of the Junior League of Miami and is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Miami Seminole Club.

Jessica Rodriguez
Manager of Academic Services

Jessica Rodriguez is a Research Coordinator for the Department of Communication and a part-time doctoral student in the Department of Earth & Environment at FIU. Her research, supervised by Dr. Mahadev Bhat, focuses on understanding the roles and perceptions of different science communicators and improving science communication practices. Jessica was recently recognized as one of the Sea Level Solutions Center’s Graduate Students of the Year in Social Sciences, and also served as co-chair for the first-ever ComSciCon Miami, a science communication conference for STEM graduate students. She received her B.S. degree in Biology with a second major in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Psychology from FIU in 2017.

Juliette Saint Louis
Academic Advisor

Juliette Saint Louis serves as an academic advisor for Communication Arts students. She also serves as one of the advisors for the Haitian Student Organization at Florida International University. Prior to academic advising, she was a graduate assistant for the office of Campus life working for the Student Government Association at Florida International University- Biscayne Bay Campus. Juliette received a B.S. in Business Marketing with a certificate in Customer Relationship Management from Florida International University and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University.

Joshua ShearJoshua Shear
Equipment/Broadcast Services

Joshua Shear serves as the multimedia producer for the School of Communication + Journalism. Before joining FIU in 2004, he worked in video and film production across the U.S., including St. Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Eventually, he moved to Miami where he started his own business, shooting and editing promotional and corporate videos, legal videos, public service announcements, video news releases and short films. His clients have included The Miami Heat, BellSouth, Burger King and Homestead/Miami Speedway. Joshua is currently completing his BAS degree in Film, Television & Digital Production at Miami Dade College.

Mercy Simon
Office Coordinator

Mercy Simon serves as the office coordinator for the Department of Communication managing the department budget, contracts, and administrative needs. She began her career at FIU in 2007, joining the Speech Communication Department as an office specialist.

Michael TarnoMichael Tarno
Computer Services

Michael Tarno provides help desk support as an outsourced service. He installs new computers and upgrades or repairs existing equipment. He is proficient in multiple programming languages and assists with web maintenance.

Abraham Trewin
Instructional Design Assistant

Abraham Trewin serves as the Instructional Design Assistant for the Department of Communication, providing support for faculty and is involved in the department’s course development. He began his career at FIU in 2016, joining FIU Online as an Administrative Assistant, and eventually serving as a Course Developer.

Verónica Van Derdys-PalomoVerónica Van Derdys-Palomo
Academic Advisor

Verónica Van Derdys-Palomo, graduated from FIU with a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication, with an emphasis on Investigative Journalism. She also has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Communication and Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to working at SCJ, Verónica spent five years as a Coordinator of Testing for Undergraduate Education at FIU and as a Freshman Experience Instructor. Veronica has across-the-board experience in academics for the undergraduate and graduate community, foreign credential evaluation, educational presentations, advising and event planning. She was awarded the High Achievers Award for Outstanding Service and commitment from the Student Government Council at FIU Biscayne Bay campus.

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