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.
Dr. Elyse K. Chaplin is Associate Dean of Students at Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Toronto and Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Chaplin received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Dr. Chaplin’s doctoral research began in 1994 at the University of London’s Institute of Education in an Independent Study with The George Washington University in which she investigated access for students with disabilities throughout England and Scotland. Dr. Chaplin is also A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) for a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Leadership and Administration at The George Washington University. Dr. Chaplin’s Master’s Degree was also from The George Washington University in Education and Human Development. Dr. Chaplin received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Mass Communications from York University’s Founders College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Chaplin’s career in student affairs over the last twenty years has included serving as an Assistant Dean of Students at Brown University, and she has held administrative, teaching, or consulting positions at other research intensive public and private post-secondary institutions including: University of Maryland College Park, University of California, Temple University, The George Washington University, University of Toronto, and the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In 2010 Dr. Chaplin completed Harvard’s Executive Leadership Education Seminar in Crisis Management in Higher Education. Dr. Chaplin is president of the Florida Association of Branch Campus Administrators and is involved in other leadership opportunities within higher education associations. Dr. Chaplin’s professional research interests include: Positive psychology, student success, resiliency, leadership in higher education, self-efficacy and self-advocacy among college students, transition to post-secondary education, and access to higher education for students with disabilities.
Terry C. Mena is the Associate Dean of Students for the Northern Campuses at 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.
Dr. Bill Horstman is the Director of Campus Life for the Broward Campuses. Prior to filling this position at the Broward campuses he was the Associate Director of the Student Union and the Associate Director of New Student and Owl Family programs, both on the Boca campus. Dr. Horstman received his bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, both from Oklahoma State University. He received his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.
Prior to arriving at Florida Atlantic University Dr. Horstman held administrative Student Affairs positions at numerous other colleges including Colorado Mesa University (formally Mesa State College), the University of Tulsa, and the College of Santa Fe (in Santa Fe New Mexico).
In addition to Student Affairs administration Dr. Horstman has taught college success courses, sociology courses, and higher education graduate level courses.
Julie is the 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).
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.
Dylan has lived and worked abroad extensively because of his military and civilian assignments. He served for two years as a missionary in southern Mexico, and also worked as a Department of the Army Civilian for several years as the personal interpreter to the Commander of United States Southern Command in Miami. He is a retired Army Intelligence officer with 20-years’ commended service that includes combat experience in Afghanistan. He has also seen service in Iraq, and numerous countries worldwide, especially across Latin America and the Caribbean. Among his military honors, he is a recipient of the Army’s Combat Action Badge and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He has twice been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, and is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dylan is proud to serve FAU’s military service members, veterans and their families.
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 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, Health and Wellness Education
Dr. Raquel Cabral is currently the Interim Director of Health and Wellness Education 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.
Brian Davis is the Executive Director for Housing and Residential Life. Brian comes to us from George Mason University after a 15-year career in their Office of Housing and Residence Life. While at George Mason, he held a number of positions, including Community Standards Coordinator, Associate Director for Housing Services, and Interim Director for the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Brian comes to us with a master of arts in Higher Education Administration and a bachelor of arts in Political Science, both from George Mason University. He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society. He holds memberships in the following professional organization:
- Member of Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I).
- Member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- Member of South Eastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO)
- Member of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA)
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™.
Juan Izaguirre currently serves as the Director of the Multicultural Affairs. 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 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.
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 Pre-College Programs. 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 Pre-College Programs.
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.
Derek joined FAU in January, 2012 after serving in senior financial management roles in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. Derek received a BBA in accounting from FAU and an MBA in finance from Nova Southeastern University.
Michelle is the Interim 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!