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.

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.

Andres Castellanos

Program Coordinator

Economics

Gema Leiva Cerna

Program Coordinator

Global Health Studies


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.

Cindy Marquez

Steering Committe

Microbiology and Immunology

Isabella M Lozano

Steering Committe

Sport Administration and Creative Advertising

Matteo Claure

Steering Committe

Biomedical Engineering (Premed Track)

Rebecca Menendez

Steering Committe

Biomedical Engineering

Mark Fernandez

Steering Committe

Nursing


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.

Albertie Regalado

Counselor

Biology

Andres Hernandez

Counselor

Neuroscience

Brandon Quiroz

Counselor

Health Sciences & French

Daniel Raez

Counselor

Finance

Deeya Roundtree

Counselor

Health sciences pre-physical therapy

Eduardo Tefel

Counselor

Finance

Elius Bessard

Counselor

Biology

Erika Del Valle

Counselor

Biology

Hanna Ebrahimi

Counselor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hannah Katz

Counselor

Child Psychology

Jessica Colon

Counselor

Elementary Education and Studio Art

Jeyra Rivero- Diaz

Counselor

Broadcast Journalism

Julian Villeta

Counselor

Psychology

Katrina Hernandez

Counselor

international studies, history, and psychology

Keiry Cruz

Counselor

Exploratory College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Cruz

Counselor

Accounting and finance

Lauren Ferrer

Counselor

Political Science

Matthew Araujo

Counselor

Exercise Physiology (pre-med)

Melanie Martinez

Counselor

Finance

Navya Kulhari

Counselor

Public Relations & Media Management

Robert Jimenez

Counselor

History and Classics

Sabrina Cuba

Counselor

Biochemistry & Nutrition and Psychology

Sara Ebrahimi

Counselor

Biochemistry and Nutrition & Global Health Studies

Sofia Ponce

Counselor

Biomedical Engineering