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Student Services

Assistant Directors

Linda Lara

Linda Lara
Assistant Director
Linda.Lara@fiu.edu
Ph: 305-919-4066
Office: BBC AC2 230

Linda Lara comes to CARTA with over 14 years of Academic Advising experience. She started career in advising at Miami Dade College. She then transitioned to FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2008 as an Academic Advisor and was later promoted to Assistant Director of Advising Services at the Biscayne Bay Campus in 2010. She led the advising team and provided support services to the Dean’s Office. She earned two degrees from FIU: BA in Psychology, and MS in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs in 2007.  In 2016, she was recognized by her peers and received the Significant Impact on Advising Community and Advising Partner Award. She is an optimistic, well-rounded, compassionate, and versatile leader. She also enjoys mentoring, teaching and leading a group of like-minded individuals who are innovative, and proactive with achieving results. Linda now serves as Assistant Director, of Academic Support Services for the School of Communication + Journalism.

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Cory Fairfield
Assistant Director
cfairfie@fiu.edu
Ph: 305-348-2219
Office: PCA 273b

Cory Fairfield began his career with the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts in November of 2017 and originally started working for FIU at Onestop Enrollment Services. Cory previously advised students for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture Programs and was recognized as FIUs Academic Advisor of the Year in 2019. He completed both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees here at Florida International University and is currently working towards an Ed.D in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Cory now serves as Assistant Director of Academic Support Services for the School of Architecture, School of Music, Department of Theater, and Department of Arts and Art History. In addition to this, Cory enjoys teaching SLS 1501 to first-year students, mentoring with FIU Embrace, and training new instructors with FIU Safe Zone.

School of Architecture

Ruth Montero

Ruth Montero
Academic Advisor
rmontero@fiu.edu
Ph: 305-348-7500
Office: PCA 273B

Ruth 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.

Department of Art + Art History

Maida Purdy

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor
mapurd@fiu.edu
PH: 305-348-3539
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 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
lgentile@fiu.edu
PH: 305-348-2897
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.

School of Communication + Journalism

Nancy Bonny

Nancy Bonny
Academic Advisor
nbonny@fiu.edu
PH: 305-919-5235
Office: AC2-324 BBC

Nancy Bonny serves as an Academic Advisor for the Department of Communication/ Communication Arts (Fully Online) students and PRAAC. 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

Jose Colon
Academic Advisor
colonjos@fiu.edu
PH: 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.

Francisco Marrero

Francisco Marrero
Academic Advisor
marrerof@fiu.edu
PH: 305-348-3491
Office: PCA 274A

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.

Juliette Saint Louis

Juliette Saint Louis
Academic Advisor
jssaintl@fiu.edu
PH: 305-348-3944
Office: PCA 274A

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.

Rochelle Patten

Rochelle Patten
Academic Advisor
rtpatten@fiu.edu
PH: 305-919-5616
Office: AC2-320

Rochelle Patten earned a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Florida International University, an M.A. in Corporate Communication from Baruch College, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult Education/ Human Resource Development. She has been an academic advisor with the School of Communication and Journalism since April 2011. Before coming to FIU she worked in hospitality, travel and tourism, not-for-profit, and recruiting. Rochelle also teaches Public Speaking (SPC 2608) and Strategic Multicultural Communications for the Communications Department.

School of Music and Department of Theatre

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Jessica Amores Diaz
Academic Advisor
jamores@fiu.edu
PH: 305-348-2442
Office: WPAC 151A

Jessica Amores Diaz received her BM and MS degrees in Music Education (with a minor in Italian language) from Florida International University and began her career as a band and orchestra director for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2012. Mrs. Amores Diaz transitioned from the K-12 classroom in June 2019 as an Academic Advisor for the College of Business at FIU. She currently serves as the Academic Advisor for all students in the Department of Theatre and the School of Music, located in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. Jessica performs regularly within the music and theatre community, including playing in pit orchestras and even music directing for shows such as Cinderella, Aida, Carrie, The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Legally Blonde.