Dr. Andrea Juarez (Oliver) has joined the Division of Student Affairs as Acting Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Assessment, Research and Academic Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Juarez (Oliver) will provide oversight to strategic planning, assessment, research, and academic initiatives. She will also serve as the divisional point person for FAU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Student Success Initiatives.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Juarez (Oliver) served as Provost of Health Sciences, Chief Academic Officer of Wayne County Community College District’s Northwest Campus; an urban/suburban multi-campus district of nearly 75,000 students. During her twelve year tenure at Wayne County Community College District, Dr. Juarez (Oliver) served in leaderships positions in both student and academic affairs and was primarily responsible for carrying out the institution’s mission through the assurance of high quality and innovative programs; long term fiscal planning; and faculty, student and program assessment.
Dr. Juarez (Oliver) believes that student success is attained through a holistic approach to teaching and learning. She expresses that “student success is about providing students with the necessary skills to meet their individual goals. Although such skills are most commonly incurred inside of the classroom, they are also developed through peer engagement, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, and diverse and interactive campus experiences.”
Passionate about lifelong learning, Dr. Juarez (Oliver) is a three time graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s in American Culture. She plans to continue her research on race, culture, and gender and its impact on the development and perception of Standard English.
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.
Dr. Larry Faerman, Ph.D., is the Interim Dean of Students at Florida Atlantic University. He has been at FAU since 1999, most recently in the position as Director of the Student Union. 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.
Terry C. Mena is the Associate Dean of Students for Florida Atlantic University. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with the department of Freshman Academic Services. Mr. Mena received a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Minor Degree in Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Northeastern University. He received his master's in Student Personnel Administration from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Mr. Mena is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University.
Mr. Mena’s career began at Hofstra University in the Upward Bound Program. He continued his higher education career at Northeastern University where he served as a Resident Director for Housing and Residential Life & Assistant Director for Latino Student Cultural Center. He then moved on to Florida Atlantic University, where he served as a Coordinator for Housing & Residential Life & Associate Director for Student Affairs-Broward Campuses. In his role of Associate Dean of Students at FAU, he supervises the departments of Student Government and Student Media.
Mr. Mena served in leadership roles in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Most recently, he participated in the NASPA Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Institute and as a faculty member for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, Summer Leadership Institute. He also presented on the subject of diversity, leadership, student conduct, program development and other student developmental topics on a local, state and national level.
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.
Julie is the Interim Director of Campus Life for the Northern Campuses. She comes to us after serving within the College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University where she counseled and facilitated students on various graduate school student service areas such as activities, leadership, international, and disability services. In addition, her experience included coordinating programs such as orientation, international leadership advisement, peer mentorship, tutoring, study skills and stress management. She also traveled extensively to recruit candidates for the Doctorate of Pharmacy program.
Julie is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education with an M.S. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Julie has a holistic perspective on education and has a passion for the engagement of the student within all classroom settings. Her goal with her interaction with students is to empower them to succeed in their educational pursuits so that they can reach professional goals in the future.
Joanna E. Ellwood is the Associate 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).
Ms. Johnson comes to FAU with a master’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Ohio University and a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers. She has extensive experience in the management and coordination of university recreational programs and facilities, most recently as Associate Director of Facility Operations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. (2009-14). She also has experience as coordinator of intramural and club sports, including two years at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
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.
Dr. Kirk Dougher is the Executive Director for Health & Wellness and 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. Raquel Cabral
- Interim Director, Owls Care Health Promotion
Dr. Raquel Cabral is currently the Director of Owls Care Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University. Raquel earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2010. Prior to working at FAU, she worked as a counselor in various settings including a residential treatment center, community health center, and several university counseling centers. Raquel enjoys providing health education to students, especially in areas associated with mental health. She is passionate about motivating people to make healthier choices that lead to more fulfilling lives. In her spare time Raquel enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and photography.
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.
Katie Burke was named Director of L.E.A.D. in July of 2014 assuming responsibility of the leadership education and development programming for Student Involvement & Leadership, the area of student organizations, advisement of the Council of Student Organizations, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society and more.
Katie began employment at FAU in the summer of 2008 as the Graduate Assistant Director of the Boca Raton Graduate Council. After graduating with her Master’s, she was hired as the Specialist for Student Involvement & Leadership, then moved to Coordinator for L.E.A.D in July of 2011 and was promoted to the Assistant Director of L.E.A.D in the spring of 2012. She is extremely passionate about working with students and proud to be a part of all of the changes made in Student Involvement & Leadership at FAU.
Katie received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Communication and Multimedia Studies from the FAU. She is also a Certified Facilitator of The Student Leadership Challenge™.
Karen Murray is the Assistant Dean & Director for New Student Orientation at Florida Atlantic University. Karen received a bachelor's in French from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's in College Student Personnel from Miami University.
Karen has more than 20 years experience working in Higher Education. She served Miami University as the Director of Health Education and the Miami University Hamilton Campus Coordinator of Student Activities, Recreation Sports and Athletics. Karen taught part-time in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. Most recently Karen worked for the Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board where she assessed, built capacity, planned, implemented and evaluated community-based substance abuse prevention efforts.
Chris Hall Lynch - Director, Parent & Family Programs
Chris Hall Lynch is currently the Director of Parent & Family Programs at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Lynch received her Bachelor’s degree in German from Indiana State University. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Master’s in Education in Student Affairs. Currently, Ms. Lynch is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University.
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.
Sherry A. Bynes joined Florida Atlantic University in July 2012 as the Program Coordinator for Upward Bound. She was responsible for the supervision of the Upward Bound program afterschool instruction at each target school; coordinate the delivery of academic, guidance and counseling services for project participants in social, personal, career, and academic areas; and assist in the development of Individualized Action Plan and the monitoring of participants academic progress on a regular basis. She now serves as the Director of Upward Bound.
Sherry previously worked five years as a high school BRACE Advisor; where she made readily available scholarship, financial aid and postsecondary information to over 800 students. Her main focus was to provide students and their parents with a variety of college and career options prior to graduating from high school. Prior to being employed with Broward County Schools, she worked over 13 years for a mid-size pharmaceutical research and clinical development company as a CDM Processor and Standards Specialist.
Sherry received her B.A. in Sociology from FAU and her M.A. in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Michelle Hendricks joined the FAU Division of Student Affairs as Director of Student Health Services in October, 2014. Michelle brings over 17 years of experience leading college health centers, most recently at Iowa State University. Her experience has included a broad range of program oversight responsibilities, including extensive background in leading campus planning and response to public health challenges such as pandemic influenza, meningitis, Tuberculosis and other public health concerns facing university communities. She has a passion for connecting the work of Student Health to student success. Ms. Hendricks’ undergraduate degree is in nursing and she holds an MBA with an emphasis in management. She also retired from the United States Air Force Reserve in 2010, holding the rank of Colonel.
Shontae White is the Director of Student Involvement. Shontae comes to us from the University of Florida where he served as the assistant director of Student Activities and Involvement for nine years. Prior to that he worked as Program Advisor for five years at the University of Connecticut and the director of Student Activities for two years at the University of The Arts.
He is heavily involved in NASPA, NACA and ACPA. He is also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. where he holds various leadership positions in the district and region. Shontae is a proud Temple Owl where he received his BA in Theater.
Dan Johnson comes to FAU with a Master's Degree in Recreation Management and Sports Sciences from Ohio University. Dan most recently served as the Sr. Associate Director of Operations for the Student Union at FAU. Before coming to FAU, Dan was the Assistant Director for Recreational Facilities at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dan has developed a strong background in facilities management and student development throughout his career.
Michelle is the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities and is originally from the United Kingdom, Michelle loves painting, traveling, and working with children. She is a FAU alumnus, earning her Bachelor's Degree in fine arts (2002) Master's Degree in Curriculum Instruction (2003), and is currently working towards her Specialist Degree in higher education. Michelle also teaches "Art for Elementary Majors" in the College of Education.
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!