Staff Directory2019-07-12T14:12:28+00:00
Robert Brown
Financial Analyst II
(305) 919-4022 

Robert Brown is a Financial Analyst II within the Department of Communication. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and has worked with FIU since 2010. He uses accounting concepts, methods, and techniques to assist with the preparation of the annual budget for all departmental funding sources at both MMC & BBC campuses.  Maintains and analyzes accounts, budget data, and prepares reports as needed. Provides assistance in the development, implementation and maintenance of internal fiscal systems and procedures.

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.

Sarah HernandezSarah Hernandez
Junior Account Manager

Sarah Hernandez manages and executes marketing and PR 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.

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.

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.

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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