Staff Directory2022-02-01T19:48:54+00:00

zinaida2Zinaida Hirlemann
Office Manager


Zinaida Hirlemann graduated with a BA in Management. She joined FIU in 2011 after having worked in the private sector for 23 years as a Financial Analyst. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the FIU Departments of Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design. Her primary duties include budgeting, forecasting, analyzing the activities of various funding sources, and supporting the departments in all administrative, class scheduling, events, logistics and personnel-related matters.

Ruth MonteroRuth Montero
Academic Advisor


Ruth Montero 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.

mayra copyMayra Ortega
Admission Officer

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.

Charlotte Raynaud
Senior Special Events Manager

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.