Leadership and Staff

The Office of Orientation and Family Programs serves everyone who walks through the doors of the university, and in particular, our new students and their family members. The staff and leadership are dedicated to easing the transition into FIU and hope to infuse the Panther spirit into this community through each of our programs.

  • Staff
    • Korrin Stanek
      Korrin Stanek, Director
    • Carol Galladian
      Carol Galladian, Associate Director
    • Albert Perera
      Alina Quintana,  Assistant Director
    • Albert Perera
      Albert Perera, Assistant Director
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      Vanessa Franco, Assistant Director
    • David Felix
      David Felix, Office Coordinator
    • Jacob Germann
      Jacob Germann, Graduate Assistant
    • Alexandra Ellis
      Alexandra Ellis, Graduate Assistant
  • Student Assistants
    • Sofi Aviles
      Sofia Aviles
    • Sebastian Blanco
      Sebastian Blanco
    • Zoe Davy
      Zoe Davy
    • Melyssa Douillard
      Melyssa Douillard
    • Tiffany Parra
      Tiffany Parra
    • Amin Saleh
      Amin Saleh
    • Monica Valeriano
      Monica Valeriano
    • Haley Maxwell
      Pawin Wittayanukorn
  • 2020 Peer Advisors

    Each year a group of enthusiastic and responsible FIU students are selected to become Orientation Peer Advisors. These special students are trained to assist with all new student orientation programs throughout the year as well as other programs for new students and their families. In this capacity, they serve as resources for new students and their parents, they assist FIU staff with planning and implementation of the programs, and they are viewed as student leaders among the University community.

    • Crystal Escobar
      Crystal Escobar, Peer Advisor Coordinator
    • Annie Alpert
      Annie Alpert
    • Fadjeannah Annilus
      Fadjeannah Annilus
    • Romie Augustin
      Romie Augustin
    • Rod Chinchon
      Rod Chinchon
    • Natalia Cordero
      Natalia Cordero
    • Noemy Diaz-Burgos
      Noemy Diaz-Burgos
    • Shirley Dolce
      Shirley Dolce
    • Gigi Duroseau
      Gigi Duroseau
    • Elisabetta Fitts
      Elisabetta Fitts
    • G Hernandez
      G Hernandez
    • Ania Kerr
      Ania Kerr
    • Jada Khelawan
      Jada Khelawan
    • Gio Garcia
      Korei Knowles
    • Marz Lau
      Marz Lau
    • Richard Morales
      Richard Morales
    • Chris Namphy
      Chris Namphy
    • Nimechi Ikelchi-uko
      Kathleen Obrer
    • Lartiza Perez
      Laritza Perez
    • Jai Pierre
      Jai Pierre
    • Amanda Puga
      Amanda Puga
    • Ariana Rivera
      Ariana Rivera
    • Oscar Roa
      Oscar Roa
    • Aishah Saintlot
      Aishah Saintlot
    • Adriana Sandino
      Adriana Sandino
    • Vero Valdes
      Vero Valdes
    • Samantha Wagner
      Samantha Wagner
    • Isis Walcott
      Isis Walcott
    • Jessica Williams
      Jessica Williams
    • Olivia Williamson
      Olivia Williamson
    • Nik Wolek
      Nik Wolek
  • 2020 Panther Camp Team

    Panther Camp is coordinated by a select group of students known as the Panther Camp Facilitators. Facilitators are selected out of hundreds of applicants to represent the program and are charged with creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants. Facilitators are involved in all aspects of the camp planning process, from creating programming session and large-group activities to leading small group conversations.

    After Panther Camp Facilitators have completed a year with the program they are eligible to apply for the Panther Camp Executive Board. Panther Camp Exec is composed of 8 past-Facilitators who return to take on more responsibilities within the program. Exec members are responsible for heading up committees and helping the Facilitators to create the Panther Camp Magic.

    Both groups are positive representatives of Florida International University and the Panther Camp program. These student leaders build meaningful relationships, serve as mentors and role models, inspire a new class of Golden Panthers and encourage students to "Leave their legacy with P.R.I.D.E."

    • Amin Saleh
      Amin Saleh, Executive Director
    • Emily Fornaris
      Emily Fornaris, Director of Recruitment
    • Bri Jimenez
      Bri Jimenez, Director of Operations
    • Brandon McCormack
      Brandon McCormack, Director of Recruitment
    • Alicia Ordacowski
      Alicia Ordacowski, Director of Programming
    • Johanna Ramb
      Johanna Ramb, Director of Marketing
    • Laura Sardinas
      Laura Sardinas, Director of Sponsorship
    • Jose Abinazar
      Jose Abinazar
    • Yanike Alberto
      Yanike Alberto
    • Chris Alfaro
      Chris Alfaro
    • Xander Baldomero
      Xander Baldomero
    • Da'Nica Benaine
      Da'Nica Benaine
    • Adrian Bermudez
      Adrian Bermudez
    • Sade Blake
      Sade Blake
    • Guerline Camille
      Guerline Camille
    • Ale Cano
      Ale Cano
    • Nahomy Cuarezma
      Nahomy Cuarezma
    • Bree Daves
      Bree Daves
    • Alex Jean-Lestin
      Gaby Dean
    • Laura Diaz
      Laura Diaz
    • Vanessa Dominguez Acosta
      Vanessa Dominguez-Acosta
    • Jordan Griffin
      Jordan Griffin
    • Luis Gutierrez
      Luis Gutierrez
    • Laura Hernandez
      Laura Hernandez
    • Alexandra Ibarria
      Alexandra Ibarria
    • Elisa Killen
      Elisa Killen
    • Janelly Michel
      Nick Llana
    • Lucy Logan
      Lucy Logan
    • Steph Mena Dominguez
      Steph Mena Dominguez
    • David Mendez Gomez
      David Mendez Gomez
    • Ralph Moreno
      Ralph Moreno
    • Mariam Nassirnia
      Mariam Nassirnia
    • Julian Nouel
      Julian Nouel

    • Abby Orduz
      Abby Orduz
    • Sachi Peiris
      Sachi Peiris
    • Manda Ramirez
      Manda Ramirez
    • Sergio Reyes
      Sergio Reyes
    • Ryan Rodriguez
      Ryan Rodriguez
    • Gregory Russell
      Gregory Russell II
    • Sachy Sotelo
      Sachy Sotelo
    • Caro Valdes 
      Caro Valdes
    •  Alex Van
      Alex Van
    •  Lucas Zamora
      Lucas Zamora

Interested in being a Peer Advisor or Panther Camp Facilitator?

The selection process to become a Panther Camp Facilitator or Peer Advisor consists of multiple stages:

  1. Information Session – All candidates for both positions must attend a mandatory, one-hour information session. Information sessions typically start in October, and further dates, times and locations are will be provided in the interest packets linked below when available.
  2. Application - Applications will open on PantherConnect in October and are typically open for about a month. This application must be completed in full.
  3. Selection Workshop - This is a hands-on group interview portion of our selection process. Candidates will be assigned to specific sessions based on the availability indicated in their applications.
  4. Interview – Finalists will be notified after the posting of Fall grades if they've been selected to move on to the interview stage which will take place between December and January. 
  5. Reveal - Teams are announced in the GC Pit and WUC Panther Square during the first week of classes in the spring semester.

Pay attention to our social media for updates about when recruitment and selection will open for the next year. If you have any questions, please stop by our office (GC 189 or WUC 129) or call 305-348-6414.


Orientation and Family Programs
MMC – Graham Center 189
BBC – Wolfe University Center 129

Phone 305-348-6414
SMS Text 305-783-3180
Email orient@fiu.edu
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Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm