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Student Services

Assistant Directors

Linda Lara
Assistant Director
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.

Cory Fairfield
Interim Assistant Director
Ph: 305-348-2219
Office: PCA

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 currently advises students for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture Programs. 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 received a B.S. with Honors in Recreation and Sports Management and an M.A. in Disaster Management.

School of Architecture

Michelle Fields
Academic Advisor
Office: PCA

Michelle comes to CARTA with over 6 years of advising experience. She started advising at Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus. She then transitioned to FIU’s department of Politics and International Relations and quickly became the lead advisor of the department. She has two bachelor degrees from FIU: one in Art, with a minor in Art History, and one in Religious Studies. Once she finished her undergraduate degrees, Michelle decided that higher education was her true calling and enrolled in the Master of Science program in Higher Education Administration, which she earned in 2013 from FIU.  Michelle now serves as an academic advisor for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

Department of Art + Art History

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-348-3539
Office: VH 122

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.

School of Communication + Journalism

Nancy Bonny
Academic Advisor
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. 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
PH: 305-348-3963
Office: VH 204

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
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-348-3491

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
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-348-3944

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.

Verónica Van Derdys-Palomo
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-919-5974

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.

Amy Donaldson
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-919-5625

Amy Donaldson performs professional level supervisory and managerial duties in planning, directing, and reviewing the activities and operations within the Student Services Center.

Rochelle Patten
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-919-5616

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

Maria M. Henriquez
Academic Advisor
PH: 305-348-7486
Office: VH 121

Maria M. Henriquez began her career at Florida International University (FIU) in 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in Admissions. She joined the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts in August 2019 as an Academic Advisor for the Department of Art + Art History. She currently advises students from the School of Music and the Department of Theatre.  Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Public Administration from FIU.