Great Start Staff


“I came into Great Start basically not knowing anybody and I was scared of having a hard time finding friends. Great Start introduced me to some really amazing and fun people, both new students and counselors.” – Great Start 2018 Participant


Great Start gives you the opportunity to experience campus while in small groups led by experienced student counselors. Our staff is comprised of counselors of various majors and class standings who know what commuter life is like 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.


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.

Cecilia Amaro

Cecilia Amaro

Student Program Coordinator

Microbiology and Immunology

Mikeiveka Sanon

Student Program Coordinator

Business Technology and Marketing


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.

Andres Florez

Steering Committe

Biomedical Engineering

Miguel Silveira

Steering Committe

Biomedical Engineering and Physics

Tatiana Alvarado

Steering Committe

Business Law and Political Science

Carolina Hassun

Steering Committe

Industrial Engineering

Victoria Garcia

Steering Committe

Microbiology and Immunology

Nicholas Calzadilla

Steering Committe

Health Science and Chemistry


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.

Allie Fraga


Cynthia Blanco

Biochemistry and Chemistry

Peter Muina

Biomedical Engineering

Rebecca Menendez

Biomedical Engineering

Matteo Claure

Biomedical Engineering

Rebeca Gonzalez

Business Analytics and English

Andres Castellanos

Economics and Political Science

Jessica Colon

Elementary Education. and Art

Allegra Garcia 

English, Psychology, Philosophy

Noah Lapaix

Finance and Psychology

Erick Martin

Health Science

David Raez

History & Psychology

Cindy Marquez

Microbiology and Immunology

Marcela Torres

Music Therapy

Navya Kulhari

Public Relations and Media Management

Isabella M. Lozano

Sport Administration and Creative Advertising

Robert Jimenez

History and Classical Civilizations