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Stempel College Alumni Career Panel and Networking Luncheon

Panther Alumni Week (PAW) 2020

Meet Stempel College alumni who are now leaders in their communities; hear about their career trajectories and find out what you need to do to as you continue to pave the path towards your own career success. This event will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 12 p.m – 2 p.m in Graham Center (GC) 355. Lunch will be provided!

Join us for the Stempel College Alumni Career Panel and Networking Luncheon! RSVP here

 

Meet our Stempel College Alumni:

Aaron Alvin Sr., MSW '11, LCSW, CAP

Company: Miami VA HealthCare System
Title: Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Biography:

Aaron Alvin spent over 11 years in the United States Armed Forces as a Calvary Scout, combat soldier.  He later returned to school to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at FIU. He also received a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) certification during the same year in which he was a master’s student in the program. Aaron graduated with distinction as a Worlds Ahead Graduate in 2011. Aaron has been in the field of Substance Abuse, MH and Homelessness for the past 15 years, working in such organizations as Better Way of Miami Inc., Camillus House, and the Miami VA system for seven years first as a Homeless Health Care for Veterans Outreach Specialist and now as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator. He is also part owner of Certified Counseling Services Drug Court Program, of which he’s been a part for six years. Most recently, Aaron obtained Field Instructor/ Supervisor status and together with his wife, started his own business, “A & G Quality Services LLC”, where they offer Registered Intern Supervision, Individual, group, family and couples counseling.

Brian Rafky, MA in Disaster Management '19

Miami-Dade Police Department – Major
Southeast Florida Fusion Center – Director

Biography:

Brian Rafky has proudly served the community of Miami-Dade County for over 22 years in law enforcement.  Over the course of his career he has risen through the ranks achieving the rank of Major, working a variety of uniform and investigative assignments. Currently, Major Rafky is in charge of the Homeland Security Bureau which encompasses investigations, tech operations as well as the Southeast Florida Fusion Center and the Real Time Crime Center. Major Rafky serves as the Director of the Southeast Florida Fusion Center, and has served as the Vice Chair for Fusion centers in the State of Florida. Major Rafky received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University and his Master’s Degree in International Disaster Management from Florida International University. Major Rafky recently finished the Anti-Defamation League’s, Advanced Training School.

Florence Greer, MPH '95, MPA

Company: Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University
Title: Public Health Practicum Coordinator

Biography:

Florence Greer, a native of Miami, FL, earned an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Spelman College, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Florida International University (FIU). With an interest in public health, Ms. Greer worked as an Investigator/Consumer Safety Officer with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Detroit, MI, where her duties at the FDA included enforcement of laws and regulations protecting the public’s health from foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices that were adulterated, misbranded, ineffective, or dangerous. Upon returning home to Miami, Ms. Greer pursued an MPH degree from FIU. After graduating from FIU with an MPH she accepted a position with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade as the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator. In this role she coordinated services for pregnant and parenting teens, infants, and children up to age three through the Healthy Start Program. Ms. Greer also served as the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator for the School Health Program.

Ms. Greer’s experience with the School Health Program prompted an offer from The Children’s Trust for her to oversee and manage $11 million in health-related contracts throughout Miami-Dade for HealthConnect in Our Schools.

Ms. Greer returned to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade to serve as the Regional Minority AIDS Coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Program. She provided and coordinated technical assistance and consultation regarding minority-focused HIV/AIDS activities in Miami-Dade County, including community planning and prevention, collaborating with local community planning groups, colleges/universities, community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to promote and conduct HIV/AIDS activities to reduce new infections and increase HIV testing. In her current position as the Public Health Practicum Coordinator at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Ms. Greer oversees applied practice experiences for MPH students. In addition, Ms. Greer is the instructor for PHC6945 – Practicum in Public Health, and PHC6930C – Integrative Seminar for Public Health. Her affiliations with the American Public Health Association, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health – Practice Coordinators Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and President of the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center, are among, but not limited to, Ms. Greer’s professional and community involvement. Ms. Greer is also a Life Member of the FIU Alumni Association and a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Jennifer Gonzalez, MSW '03

Company: West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Title: Social Work and Care Coordinator Supervisor

Biography:

Jennifer Gonzalez graduated from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a minor in psychology in 2001.  She immediately went back to school for her MSW as an advanced placement student at FIU, and earned her master’s degree shortly thereafter in 2003.  For 9 years, Ms. Gonzalez worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital in various departments and specialties, including Med/Surg, Trauma, ICU and Transplant. She obtained her LCSW in 2006, and her Qualified Supervisory Certification in 2009.   In 2010, she was hired as a Supervisor for Case Management at South Miami Hospital.  Just a few years ago, Jennifer had the opportunity to transition to West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKPB) and became the first Social Work Supervisor since the opening of the hospital.  In the three years since, she has had the opportunity not only to work within the walls of the hospital, but to become more involved in the community with the support of the hospital.  She has since begun a mentorship program at WKBH for the FIU Social Work master’s students, a program that brings her great pride and satisfaction.  Ms. Gonzalez also co-chairs the Behavioral Health Work Group for mental health professionals that services the hospital and the community.  Most recently, she had the opportunity to develop a “Bright Beginnings Bag,” a bag geared toward infant brain development that will be provided to every baby born at WKBH beginning Spring 2020.  She was able to secure funding for this project by winning a Shark Tank presentation for new hospital initiatives.  Ms. Gonzalez looks forward to continuing to learn and grow, and to assist those beginning in the field, who she wishes to prepare for their future roles in the field.

Leslie Seminario, MS Dietetics and Nutrition '15, RDN

Company: Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University
Title: Research Specialist

Biography:

Leslie Seminario is a Research Specialist in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN). In 2009, while working full time as a legal assistant for the University of Miami’s Office of the General Counsel, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminology. After several years in the legal field, she decided to follow her passion and go back to school to obtain a Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition. She worked as a Research Assistant for the duration of her graduate studies allowing her to obtain tuition remission. In this position she became familiar with the research process and gained experience in field operations, logistics, budgets, and data analyses. Upon graduating in 2015, she began work as an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College, teaching Fundamentals of Nutrition. After obtaining her RDN license in 2016, Leslie was hired as a research coordinator for the same team she worked with during her graduate studies. She is currently coordinating four observational studies that focus on liver disease, inflammation, cocaine use, and gut microbiota among HIV infected populations. She is a longtime supporter of her alma mater.

Lillian Gutierrez-Alvarez, MPH '10

Company: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Title: Public Health Sr. Analyst-Environmental Stewardship & Public Health

Biography:

Lillian Gutierrez-Alvarez is a FIU Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences in 2007 and a Master of Public Health in 2010. At the start of her Master’s program she was hired as an intern at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. and when she earned her degree she was offered a full-time position as a Public Health Specialist. She has been with the company for 11 years, promoted 3 times during her time there. In her current role as a Senior Public Health Analyst she collaborates in the management of the Public Health Program for multiple cruise lines owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. Her job entails interacting with regulatory agencies around the world such as CDC, responding to public health related incidents, collaborating with other departments and developing policies to ensure highest public health standards, consulting on new builds and new concepts, coordinating training for shipboard crew, monitoring activity of communicable illnesses among other responsibilities. In addition to being a Public Health professional Lillian is a mother of 2 toddlers and loves to travel.

Lisaimy Mallo, MSW '18

Company: Cleveland Clinic Weston
Title: Hematology/Oncology Social Worker / Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Biography:

Lisaimy Mallo graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelors’ degree in Sociology, Minor in Leadership, and Pre-Medical Track. She went on to pursue her Masters’ degree in Social Work from Florida International University. During her time in Florida International University’s Master of Social Work program she was awarded the Path Merit Scholarship, and the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Fellowship. She was also awarded MSW Foundation Student of the Year 2018, and was selected to be part of the Student Panel in FIU’s Field Instructor’s Training event. Lisaimy Mallo culminated her degree by being presented with the Dean’s Excellence Award upon graduation in 2018. She finds joy in participating in community events such as the Suicide Prevention Walk, Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, and FIU Community Day. She is a registered clinical social worker intern with the state of FL and currently working as a hematology/oncology social worker for Cleveland Clinic Weston. In her role she provides supportive counseling, resources, and information to patients and their loves ones through their individual and unique cancer journey. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that includes the medical oncologist, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, registered dietician, nurse manager, and social worker to provide quality patient care. Her upcoming goals are to become certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtain her Doctor of Social Work degree. 

Nachemie Williams, MPH '11

Company: U.S Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Title: Industrial Hygienist

Biography:

Ms. William’s journey started a year after earning her bachelor’s in Biological Sciences. She made the decision to further her education by attending FIU and working towards her Master of Public Health. In researching the field, she saw Public Health as a growing field that impacted populations across every community in the country and world. She wanted to be a part of it. She worked for Broward College and a private manufacturing company, MAPEI, while taking evening and online classes at FIU. During this time, she decided to pursue a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. It was during her practicum that Ms. Williams had the opportunity to work with the US Dept. of Labor OSHA at their local Fort Lauderdale office. Both her concentration and OSHA experience assisted in securing Nachemie a promotion at MAPEI following her graduation. Not too long thereafter, Ms. Williams applied for an opening with the Fort Lauderdale OSHA office and has been employed there ever since. In addition to her work with OSHA, Ms. Williams is quite committed to community engagement, volunteering to participate in community events involving the Susan Harwood grant recipients, local colleges, high schools, trade associations, and disadvantaged populations (ie. migrant workers).  She looks forward to increasing her community involvement in the coming year and inspiring fellow FIU panthers to be persistent in achieving their goals.

Nadine Mikati, Ph.D. Dietetics and Nutrition '16, PhD, RDN, LDN

Company: Department of Nutrition, Dr. Krian C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
Title: Associate Professor

Biography:

Dr. Nadine Mikati is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She recently joined NSU this past fall after teaching at the University of Miami for 2 years. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 2016 where her research primarily focused on obesity prevention. She designed and implemented an after-school intervention for children aged 6-11 in order to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. Dr. Mikati is also a Registered Dietitian. She has various experience in food service, clinical and community nutrition and was named Registered Young Dietitian of the Year in 2009 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a passion for education and has been teaching for over 10 years. One of Nadine’s goals is to give back to the community by teaching every person how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Cavicchi at lcavicch@fiu.edu or 305-348-2264