Great Start Staff

Great Start Staff

The Great Start 2017 staff welcomes you to the University of Miami.  Our staff is comprised of counselors of various majors and class standings who have experienced commuter life and are trained to help new commuter students in their transition to the University of Miami.  After a year of preparing to welcome commuter students to campus, Great Start counselors spend the entire weekend of Great Start building community with program participants, and then serve as Orientation Fellows once students arrive for the ’Cane Kickoff orientation program in August.

If you are looking to get involved as a future Great Start counselor, look for applications in October!

The Great Start program is supervised by professional staff in the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement.  Meet the professional staff by clicking here!

STUDENT PROGRAM COORDINATORS

The Student Program Coordinators serve as the lead student facilitators of Great Start. They supervise the counselor staff and manage Great Start both as the face of the program as well as behind the scenes.

Maria Bucarano

Student Program Coordinator

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Carlos Rohl

Student Program Coordinator

Psychology


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STEERING COMMITTEE

The steering committee consists of six Great Start counselors who serve as the chairs of various committees in the Great Start program. Each chair oversees unique projects which come together to make Great Start an exciting and seamless experience for new students. Steering Committee chairs also serve as counselors during Great Start.

JP Becerril

Chair, Sponsorship Committee

Health Sector Management

Andrea Candelaria

Chair, Scavenger Hunt Committee

Ecosystem Science and Policy

Rafa Cariello

Chair, Activities Committee

Economics; Finance

Joanna Niworowski

Chair, Information Sessions Committee

Mathematics – Probability & Statistics

Amanda Suarez

Chair, Recruitment and Registration Committee

Psychology; Political Science

Carmen Tun

Chair, Hospitality Committee

Biology


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COUNSELORS

The Great Start counselors are student leaders who facilitate new student engagement in Great Start. Counselors provide mentorship and help build community throughout the Great Start program. Counselors are a wealth of knowledge on how to be successful as a commuter student at the University of Miami.

Theresa Birch

Counselor

Psychology

Craig Contreras

Counselor

Computer Science

Genesis Cosme

Counselor

Public Relations

Laura Florez

Counselor

Public Health

Sarena Kalap

Counselor

Undecided

Alexandria Major

Counselor

History; International Studies

Larissa Mesa

Counselor

Biomedical Engineering

Briana Nespral

Counselor

Broadcast Journalism

Stephanie Perez

Counselor

English Literature

Katerina Quintairos

Counselor

Music Business and Entertainment Industries

Brian Rodriguez

Counselor

Chemistry

Priscilla Ruiz

Counselor

Legal Studies

Patty Santana

Counselor

Psychology; English


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