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Carmen Sosa, M.A.
My name is Carmen Sosa and I was born in Havana, Cuba. I moved to the US at the age of 6 and lived in New Jersey until 1993 when I relocated to the sunshine state. I was a first generation college student who found a mentor during my undergraduate studies and this connection inspired me to pursue a career in higher education.
Hi, my name is Jamila Adams. I am a South Florida native who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Master of Science in Mathematics Education from Nova Southeastern University. My favorite thing about advising is learning the different backgrounds and seeing the smiles on student’s faces.
Hi – my name is Janet Anderson. I moved to south Florida from the United Kingdom. I have degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and have been a part of the NSU family for more than 16 years. I have served in various capacities and have been with the Advising Office for 4 years.
My name is Paula Barnett and I have been an Academic Advisor for 12 years. I have spent 8 of those years at NSU. The things I enjoy most about advising are meeting people from different cultures and seeing my students graduate.
My name is Marissa Berkowitz and I am a proud NSU alumna. I graduated with a Master’s in School Guidance and Counseling and I have been working in education ever since.
Hi my name is Sheara Brown-Gbenro and I am a native Floridian. I’ve worked with Nova Southeastern University for eleven years. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Barry University and a Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
My name is April Coan. I spent my formative years growing up in my hometown of Brownsville, TX. Seeking a life of adventure I joined the military and served five years as a Marine Corps Officer. During this time I was able to earn my M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University.
Marikay Concannon, M.S.
Advisor Biography – Marikay Concannon - I got involved in higher education when I was a purchasing manager for a company that made the inside parts of medical and electronic products. As much as I enjoyed the work, I did not like the emphasis on profit versus people.
Sherla Cruz de Benoit
My name is Sherla Cruz de Benoit and I was born and raised in San Juan, P.R. I have a diverse career background, first as an artist, then as fashion designer/merchandiser and now, as an academic advisor.
My name is Alyssa Culley and I was born and raised in South Florida. In 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a dual major in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
My name is Chris Densmore. I have enjoyed serving students since I graduated from NSU several years ago. As a work-study student, I was able to reap the rewards of on the job training while still studying to complete my Bachelor of Science.
Welcome to NSU! My name is Jamie Failoni and I joined the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center in December of 2012.
Hi there, I am Raquel Fernandez and am currently an Academic Advisor at the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center here at NSU.
Hi – My name is Katie Gittleman and I was born and raised in South Florida. In 2004 I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University (NSU); and am currently pursuing my Master of Science in College Student Affairs from NSU.
Hi, my name is Janine Hill. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, followed by a master’s from Fordham University in New York.
Hi, I’m Rosario Elizabeth Koenig, but you can call me Elizabeth. I started my education in Business and Psychology programs at Kean University, New Jersey, and earned my Masters of Science Degree in Counseling at NSU.
My name is Elisa Kuchvalek. I was born and raised in the gorgeous city of Chicago and lived there for 26 years. In 2005, I moved to South Florida and have lived in Miami and the Fort Lauderdale area during my time here.
Hello. My name is Kasandra Landrian-Ramos and I am a proud NSU alumni and NSU employee. My education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Level II Trained EMDR Psychotherapist.
Alla Levin, M.A.
Hi. My name is Alla Levin. While working at University of Miami, I earned an MA degree in History with area of specialization in Russian History. In 2000, I joined Nova Southeastern University as an Academic Advisor and fell in love with the school.
Hi, my name is Kirk L Palmer and I’ve worked in higher education for the past twelve years and have been an advisor for eight of those years.
My name is Lori Pantaleao, and I have been at NSU since 2001. I am currently a licensed mental health counselor, pursuing my Ph.D. in Family Therapy, after completing my undergrad and master’s programs at NSU.
Robin Rose, M.S.
Hi - My name is Robin Rose and I grew up in Long Island, New York. I moved to South Florida in 2003 and have spent the last 9 years here at Nova Southeastern University! I received my Master’s in College Student Development from C.W. Post/Long Island University, where I also spent 15 years as an academic advisor.
Suzette Siviter, M.P.A.
My name is Suzette Rygiel Siviter. I have been with NSU for a total of 10 years (two years from 1997-1999 and I returned in 2005). I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, but of French Canadian descent. I have been working in academic advising for nearly 20 years in Florida and in Michigan.
Hello and Welcome to NSU! My name is Jessica Tavares and I spent most of childhood in Savannah, Georgia, but moved to South Florida in 1997. My affiliation with NSU began in 2005 when I started my first semester at NSU. During my time here, I have worked in a variety of roles and in various departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
My name is Emily Lindo and I have lived in South Florida for most of my life. I have a strong passion for my Colombian culture and its music. Laughter is good and great for the soul and I tend to share it with those around me.
My name is Maria Oquendo I was born and raised in the Garden State of New Jersey, where I attended New Jersey City University. I moved to South Florida in 1993, and attended Broward College.
My name is Donna Ramirez and I absolutely love my job here at Nova Southeastern University. I grew up in Florida, so I love the sun and the ocean. On the weekends, I can be often found at the beach or out fishing.
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