Franchesca Anchelia graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Franchesca is currently the Office Assistant for the School of Communication + Journalism. She is the first point of contact for anyone who walks into the advising office. She is responsible for maintaining the student database and filing system as well as scheduling advising appointments. Franchesca is bilingual in both English and Spanish.
Karen Baer is an accountant at SCJ, and performs basic accounting functions such as ledger/fund analysis, cost analysis, fund reconciliation, posting, and fiscal control of inventory. She also prepares financial reports from standard operating statistics and/or financial data. Investigates and resolves problems related to funds, budgets, expenditures, and/or procurement practices. Provides assistance in the development, implementation and maintenance of internal fiscal systems and procedures, applying basic concepts, methods, and techniques.
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 Communications, Jose spent five years as an Academic Advisor at the FIU School of Engineering and has over 9 years of experience in academic advising.
Communication Senior Secretary
Kate Caylor performs highly responsible and confidential, secretarial duties and administrative functions for the Department of Communication.
Brian Friedman sees to the IT service needs in the School of Communication + Journalism.
Wendy Goldberg is an academic advisor for the School of Communication + Journalism. After graduating from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Public Relations), Wendy worked as an account executive in Miami and New York City. Most recently, she earned a Master’s degree in social work from Barry University. Wendy is passionate about helping others achieve their goals.
Junior Account Manager
Sarah Hernandez manages and executes marketing initiatives for the School of Communication + Journalism. She earned her BA in Communication Arts and Psychology Minor from FIU and she participated in many involvements on campus, including serving as president of the CommArts honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Her past experiences in the field of marketing include interning for the CommArts department at FIU as their Marketing and Communications Intern. She is also an active member of FIU’s Young Alumni Council.
Paige W. Johnson
Academic Advisor Lead
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 Langsam performs highly responsible and confidential, secretarial duties and administrative functions for the Department of Communication.
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 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.
Sr. Coordinator 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.
Juliette Saint Louis
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 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 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.
Rod Stumhofer Graduated from RETS an Electronic Trade School and also from Jackson Community College with an AA degree in Arts and Sciences. He has spent approximately 55 years in the Broadcast/Journalism arena and is now Equipment Manager of the College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts Equipment Room.
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.
Verónica Van Derdys-Palomo
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.
Allan Wilson holds a BA in Communication from The University of the West Indies, a MS in Mass Communication from Florida International University, and over a decade of experience in education, content management, graphic design, project management, and communication. He started his career in communications as graphic designer and public relations assistant at The Bank of Jamaica. In 2009 he left Jamaica to participate in The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Kumamoto, Japan. He spent the next four years in Japan as an English teacher and intercultural communications practitioner. Before joining the FIU family, Allan managed communications for The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Jamaica.