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Service-Learning Faculty Facilitators

The iCED Faculty Facilitator’s role is to help faculty integrate high quality, academically rigorous service-learning into their courses. The facilitator serves as an advocate and resource for service-learning and civic engagement, including helping strengthen and expand service-learning pedagogy. If you are interested in incorporating service-learning and/or civic engagement in your class(es), please contact the faculty facilitator on your campus for further information.

Brooke Bovee

Bovee, Brooke

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: North Campus

Contact Information:
bbovee@mdc.edu

Brooke Bovee has been teaching English Composition and Literature at Miami Dade College's North Campus since 2007. She earned an Associate in the Arts from Colorado Mountain College before completing her B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University. Professor Bovee is committed to MDC's goal of providing quality, affordable education that empowers students to make positive contributions to both local and global communities. In her classes, Professor Bovee helps students understand their personal and civic responsibilities through explorations of consumer culture, protest history, earth literacy, and social justice. Her interests include travel, music, history, and the great outdoors. She looks forward to working with iCED to help faculty embed meaningful Service-Learning and Civic Engagement projects into their curricula.


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Marlene Carmona

Carmona, Marlene

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Medical Campus

Contact Information:
mcarmona@mdc.edu

Dr. Marlene Carmona has been serving as the Medical Campus Service-Learning Faculty Facilitator since 2008.  She is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Miami and has been a Physical Therapist since graduating with her Master's Degree from the University of Miami in 1989.  She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 form Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Carmona has been involved in numerous Service Learning projects since she first arrived at Miami Dade College in 2007.  Some of these include developing an exercise class for the Miami Rescue Mission and the Miami Light House for the Blind.  She believes that Service-Learning is an integral part of developing a well-rounded and caring professional.


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Marie Etienne

Etienne, Marie

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Medical Campus

Contact Information:
metienne@mdc.edu

Marie O. Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC is a Professor at Miami Dade College (MDC), Medical Campus, Benjamín León School of Nursing and is the recipient of the 2007 MDC Stanley G. Tate and Family Endowed Teaching Chair for Excellence in Academia . Dr. Etienne is a 2012 Trailblazer of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA); the 2011 Health Information Technology Scholar (HITS) from NLN, John Hopkins University & University of Indiana. She is a member of NBNA and the Miami Chapter -Black Nurses Association, past president of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA) and a 2011 Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award recipient.  Marie served on the National Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross and was appointed to the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), currently serving in the Nursing and Caregiving Subcouncil in SAC.

Dr. Etienne is a nursing faculty service-learning facilitator at MDC -Medical Campus. She organizes and volunteers with Project Medishare during post-earthquake in Haiti.  Dr. Etienne is a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteer for the Florida Department of Health, receiving numerous distinguished awards for her community service work including the 2011 Nurse.Com Nursing Excellence Regional Award and the 2012 Florida Nurses Association Advanced Practice Nursing Award.


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Jose Guntin

Guntin, Jose

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Kendall Campus

Contact Information:
jguntin@mdc.edu

Jose Guntin is a professor of psychology at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus. After a successful career as a mental health counselor, he joined MDC full-time in 2010 as he believes education is the future of healthy community living. He soon realized that the future of education is manifested in service-learning and fostering civic and social responsibility. During his tenure at MDC, he has conducted over 20 presentations at local state and national levels and has published three articles. He is a Florida Campus Compact STEM Fellow and contributed to the FL/CC book, Engaging STEM in Higher Education: A Faculty Guide to Service-Learning. He works with students and inspires them to tap into their own potential and take action and responsibility for their education. Working in cooperation with community partners and students, he creates an effective learning environment, one that extends beyond the classroom into the community and propels students towards leadership and excellence.


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Carola Pedreschi

Pedreschi, Carola S.

Service Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: North Campus

Contact Information:
cpedresc@mdc.edu

Carola S. Pedreschi is a bilingual school psychologist who earned a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Georgia and a Master of Science in School Psychology at The University of Central Florida. She has been teaching psychology at Miami Dade College at the North Campus, West Campus, the InterAmerican Campus and the Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Center for the past seven years. She is an Honors College and Honors College Dual Language Program professor. She is also certified to teach Earth literacy and sustainability courses. Her Service Learning projects are extensive and include relating service to course competencies, Miami Dade College's Learning Outcomes, and to The United Nations Human Rights Articles. She believes that Service Learning is an empowering teaching strategy that helps students become civically engaged. Prof. Pedreschi has received several Honorable Mention Awards from iCED and was a finalist of the 2013 Spirit of Service-Learning Award sponsored by the Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Coalition and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida. She looks forward to working with her colleagues and The Institute of Civic Engagement and Democracy.


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Jessyca Perez

Perez, Jessyca

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Homestead Campus

Contact Information:
jperez11@mdc.edu

Jessyca Perez is a native of Miami. She graduated with honors and attained a Master's in Guidance and Counseling degree from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. She is also an alumnus of MDC and FIU. Ms. Perez teaches Psychology and SLS at the Homestead Campus and has been working at the college since 2006. She is a strong supporter of Service-Learning and she co-coordinates with her colleague, Professor Yanely Cordero, a multi-disciplinary literacy project named Pages For All Ages. She has held the role of Faculty Facilitator at Homestead since the Fall of 2011.


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Sherri Sinkoff

Sinkoff, Sherri

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Hialeah Campus

Contact Information:
ssinkoff@mdc.edu

Sherri Sinkoff began her career at Miami Dade College in 2005.  She is a Professor of Speech Communications and incorporated service learning in all of her courses from the very beginning.  Professor Sinkoff has enjoyed doing service in her community throughout her life.  In 2006 she became a Faculty Co-Coordinator at the Hialeah Campus along with her partner Professor Maria Vargas- O'Neel.  Maria and Sherri enjoy watching the Hialeah students grow as people and as responsible citizens through their service learning projects.  These two faculty members are very excited with the growing number of students and faculty who are involved with service learning each year.  Sherri Sinkoff has developed a mentor project with her colleague Professor Lilliam Behar.  The speech students mentor EAP students in all of their subjects. The speech students have logged more than 2500 hours of mentoring in the last three years. Professor Vargas-O'Neel sends many of her students to be tutored by the speech students and is very pleased with the success her students have achieved. Once they are finished with the EAP program and they are enrolled in the regular college programs, Professor Sinkoff is always impressed with the quality and preparedness of these students.  Both Professors Vargas-O'Neel and Sinkoff are committed to growing the iCED program not only at Hialeah, but at the college.


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Maria Vargas-O-Neel

Vargas-O-Neel, Maria

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Hialeah Campus

Contact Information:
mvargas@mdc.edu

Maria Vargas-O'Neel has been teaching at Miami Dade College for 22 years. Before moving to South Florida, she taught at Cal-State University, Bakersfield in California, in the Education Department. Immediately after graduating from Queens College (CUNY), she began teaching in the Bronx, New York for ten years. Professor Vargas-O'Neel brought the service learning and the Hialeah Center – what it was called at that time and started implementing the service learning volunteer hours at the Hialeah Campus in 2001 in all of her speech classes. In 2006, she became one of the Faculty Co-Coordinators at the Hialeah Campus; alongside with Professor Sherri Sinkoff, from the LAS Department. Semester after semester, these two faculty members are delighted to watch the growing amount of students who have volunteered in the many service learning projects, and have gone beyond the required hours and become recipients of the President's Service Award. Both Professors Sinkoff and Vargas-O'Neel are dedicated to growing the iCED program beyond the Hialeah Campus.


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