Dr. Charles Brown - Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
He received his bachelor's degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and his master's and doctorate from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He has served as an Associate Professor of Education, teaching courses in the Higher Education Administration Program. Dr. Brown’s research interests are student leadership development, diversity and other student-related issues. He is a past participant of the Harvard University Management Development Program and maintains active memberships in several professional organizations and honor societies.
Dr. Corey A. King is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Florida Atlantic University. He also is an Associate Graduate Faculty with the department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology within the College of Education. Dr. King received a bachelor's in Curriculum & Instruction and a master's in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida State University. He received his doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. King has held administrative positions in Student Affairs at Florida State University, University of Florida, Wheeling Jesuit University and East Carolina University. Dr. King is involved with the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has participated in many institutes and workshops including the NASPA/SACSA New Professional Institute (NPI), NASPA/SACSA Mid Managers’ Institute (MMI), and the NASPA Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Institute.
Terry C. Mena - Associate Dean of Students
David recently moved to the Boca Raton campus in January 2012. He currently oversees Fraternity & Sorority Life and advises Student
David received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Elon University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. He began his career in Student Affairs in 2001 at the University of Florida as the Assistant Director for Greek Life. From there, David moved on to become an Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Virginia where, in addition to advising the Fraternity & Sorority community, his responsibilities included serving on the on-call crisis management team, serving on the University diversity committee, and overseeing the Students Educating and Empowering For Diversity (S.E.E.D.) Program. David has served as the Assistant Director for the Southern Region of National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), Inc. and has been involved with the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He is also a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) and has participated as a facilitator with LeaderShape.
Ilene K. Mates joined Florida Atlantic University in February 2011 as the new Director for Student Affairs Operations. Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Mates received her bachelor's degree in Government from Clark University and her master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Finance from New York University.
Ilene has more than 15 years of financial management experience, with 12 of those years being in higher education. Ilene has held positions previously at Cardozo School of Law in NYC and most recently at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
Dawn C. Howard joined FAU and the Division of Student Affairs in April 2007. Formerly the Associate Director of the Career Development Center, she now serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs.
Ms. Howard earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing from FAU and her master's in mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, she is certified in addiction studies and is nationally certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator.
Over the course of Ms. Howard’s career she has worked for major corporations in progressively responsible positions in Human Resources and training. Deciding on a career change, Ms. Howard found her passion in education.
Joanna E. Ellwood is the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Ellwood is a graduate of The University of Toledo with both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration.
Ms. Ellwood began her career at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in Residence Life and Student Conduct. She has worked in the areas of Greek Life, Leadership, Housing and Residence Life, Academic Advising and Student Conduct. Ms. Ellwood is involved with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and is also an active member of the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).
Prior to serving in his current post at FAU, Dylan worked as a Military Admissions Advisor and Financial Aid officer at Kaplan University. He holds a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Kaplan University. He is currently pursuing his MBA in International Business and received his B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus on Spanish from New York’s Excelsior College after performing most of his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and the University of Toledo.
Dax Kuykendall is the Director of Campus Recreation. His responsibilities include the institution’s comprehensive recreation programs, services and facilities on the Boca Raton campus. Dax began employment at FAU in the summer of 2005 as the Coordinator of Sports and Competition, and was promoted to the Associate Director of Operations in the spring of 2008, in preparation for the opening of the new Recreation and Fitness Center. He is extremely proud to be a part of all of the changes made in the Department of Campus Recreation at FAU.
Dax received his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas State University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...and if you're counting, he received his Associate's degree from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas (where he also played basketball).
Sandra Jakubow serves as the Director of the Career Development Center at Florida Atlantic University. She received her M.A. in counseling psychology with an emphasis in student personnel from Western Michigan University, her B.A. in psychology from Temple University and completed a certificate in Human Resources from FAU. She has been with the university since 1998. Sandra oversees delivery of all Career Development Center services and programs across FAU’s campuses. She provides direction for the administrative and technology team, as well as the career development and employer relations teams.
Prior to coming to FAU she served as Director of Career Services and co-op education at NYU-Polytechnic in New York City. She has worked in career development for 19 years and has held progressively responsible positions at Long Island University and Drexel University. In addition to her directorial responsibilities, Sandra instructs the SLS 1301: Career and Life Planning course offered fall and spring for one credit. Sandra serves on the board of directors for the Florida Career Professionals Association, is a member of the Florida Career Centers Consortium and is the co-chair for the Student Affairs Professional Development Institute.
Nori Carter serves as the Director for the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications—Advertising from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University.
Over the course of Ms. Carter’s career, she has worked for numerous corporations with the last four years in Higher Education as an adjunct instructor, as a staff member of FAU’s Broward Student Wellness Center, and in her current position. Volunteering has always been a part of her life making her job rewarding!
Dr. Kirk Dougher is the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services and was appointed to this position in July of 2011. Prior to coming to FAU he was at Brigham Young University for the past 13 years. Most recently at BYU he was a full professor and the director of the Counseling and Career Center where Counseling and Psychological Services, University Career Placement and the Career and Academic Success Center were part of his organization.
Kirk obtained his B.S. in psychology from Utah State University and his Ph.D. Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada. He specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and while a generalist, has done a great deal of work with anxiety, performance enhancement, depression, sexual struggles and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has taught a variety of classes in Student Development, Counseling Psychology, and Psychology. Additionally, he conducts research, supervises students in psychotherapy skills acquisition and conducts therapy.
Dr. Mihaela Metianu joined Florida Atlantic University in 2006 and the Division of Student Affairs in 2008 when she assumed her current role as Director of International Student and Scholar Services. Dr. Metianu earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Multilingual/Multicultural Education. She has worked in the field of higher education since 1995, primarily in student affairs with a focus on international student and scholar affairs. Her prior professional experience includes serving as International Scholar Advisor at Florida State University and Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Florida International University.
Dr. Metianu’s professional interests include immigration and regulatory issues in higher education, English as a Second Language (ESL), first-generation immigrant students in the college setting, and topics in diversity and multiculturalism. She is an active member in NAFSA, Association of International Educators, where she has served as lead trainer/facilitator, regional liaison, and task force member for her professional association.
Juan Izaguirre currently serves as the Director of the Multicultural Affairs and Pre-College Programs. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. He is from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and claims Lincoln, NE as home.
Prior to his appointment at Florida Atlantic University, Juan worked at the University of Kansas in the Office of Multicultural Affairs with the Hawk Link program, an academic retention program for first year students with a focus on students of color. Other departments included the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Greek Life in the Student Involvement & Leadership Center. Juan also serves as a facilitator for the SLiCK Leadership Program and is a member of the Association of Fraternal Advisors and the National Association of Student Professional Administrators (NASPA).
Heather Bishara is currently the Interim Director of New Student & Owl Family Programs at FAU. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies (with a focus on journalism) and a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has been working in Student Affairs professionally for over a decade, holding administrative positions at Wright State University, Bowling Green State University and the Jupiter campus of FAU.
Heather has been an active member of the National Association of Campus Activities, the Association of College Unions International and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She has completed the NACA & NASPA New Professionals Institutes, has served on many planning committees for ACUI and NACA Regional Conferences, was a facilitator for LeaderShape and the NACA Programming Basics Workshop, was the Assistant Director for the NASPA Region IV-E New Professionals Institute in 2004 and served as the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Coordinator for Region IV-E.
T.B.A - Director, Pre-College Programs
Mrs. Wallace has over 39 years experience as a registered nurse, serving the last 14 years as the Director of FAU Student Health Services. Prior to her college health experience, Cathie taught undergraduate students in the FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing for 8 years, served as an instructor in the Broward Community College associate nursing degree program and the Lynn University nursing program, and provided nursing care in various hospital settings for over 10 years. She is active in several professional organizations, currently serving as the By-laws Chair for the Florida College Health Nurses Association and as a member of the Advocacy Committee for the American College Health Association. Cathie received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in nursing from FAU.
Alicia Keating received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership from Western New England College and her master’s degree in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. She has been working in Student Affairs professionally for over eight years with positions at the University of South Florida, Northwood University and Florida Atlantic University. She has worked at Florida Atlantic University for the past four years in Student Involvement & Leadership, beginning as assistant director in July 2008 and becoming director in January 2012.
Dr. Larry Faerman, Ph.D., is the Director of the Student Union. He has been at FAU since 1999, most recently in the position of Assistant Director of Housing for Residential Life. Dr. Faerman is a proud alumnus of Florida Atlantic University, graduating with his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership in 2009. He also is an Associate Graduate Faculty with the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology within the College of Education. He involves himself in many campus committees and initiatives including Weeks of Welcome and Homecoming. Dr. Faerman believes the Student Union is not just a facility but is, instead, the “living room” of FAU. He is excited to be part of the "home away from home" for all who visit.
Nicole Rokos is the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and her M.A. in Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Nicole Rokos has worked at Florida Atlantic University in the Office for Students with Disabilities since1994. She initially served as Coordinator, then Assistant Director, and was subsequently promoted to Director in December 2000. Prior to coming to FAU, Nicole was Tutor Coordinator for the University of Miami Athletic Department for three years and taught high school students with learning disabilities for thirteen years. Her goal is to not just make sure students graduate, it is also to give them tools to help them succeed in the future.
Chris Hall Lynch - Director, Today and Beyond Wellness
While in Kentucky, Ms. Lynch was the Coordinator of Student Activities at Lindsey Wilson College for three years before going to St. Catharine College where she was the Director of Housing, Residence Life and Student Activities. After two years at St. Catharine, Ms. Lynch moved to South Florida where she worked as a Drug and Violence Prevention Specialist at Archways, a non-profit agency. Ms. Lynch was the Director of New Student and Owl Family Programs for five years. Her memberships include the National Orientation Directors Association where she participated in the Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) and the Association for Higher Education Parent Program Professionals.