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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 is an Associate Professor Senior 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 from 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 Lighthouse for the Blind. She also developed a fall prevention project for the geriatric population that her students have presented in several locations in Miami. She believes that service-learning expands the classroom to the community and is an integral part of developing a well-rounded and caring professional.


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John Frazier

Frazier, John

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Kendall Campus

Contact Information:
jfrazier@mdc.edu

Professor John Frazier strongly encourages students to get involved in community and global issues. Professor Frazier has traveled the world working with diverse populations and helping people educate their youth, including the Baka Pygmies of Central Africa, Ibo of Nigeria, Sudanese refugees in Chad and Kenya, Rwandan orphans in Kenya, Vodou practitioners in Haiti, and Mexican street artists. To date, Professor Frazier’s educational programs and curriculum, have served 1.5 million children, 43,000 teachers, 15,000 refugees, and 500 collegiate faculty. As a leader in innovative pedagogical approaches, Frazier has received numerous awards, including four American Museum Association excellence awards, three “Best Practices in Education” awards, and curriculum-writing awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Illinois State Board of Education, Indiana State Board of Education, United Nations, UNICEF, British Arts Council, and National Board of Multicultural Education.

 "People who tell you that you can't change the world have never tried."


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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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Kelly Kennedy-Everett

Kennedy-Everett, Kelly

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Hialeah Campus

Contact Information:
kkennedy@mdc.edu

Kelly Anne Kennedy-Everett received her Doctoral degree in 2008 from the University of Phoenix. She received her Master’s degree from Nova University, and her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. While studying for her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she was asked to tutor students in writing and discovered her passion for teaching and literature and chose an alternative profession in which she could also help others. She joined Miami Dade College (MDC) in January of 1993 as a full-time instructor and now holds the rank of full professor.

In addition to teaching English Composition courses for college-level students as well as those for the MDC Honors College, Dr. Kennedy-Everett has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Honors College Leadership, and English Composition I and II for the MDC Virtual College. For the past four years, Dr. Kennedy-Everett has facilitated the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Seminars in the area of research.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Kennedy-Everett is active in several areas. She was a member of the Core Team for the Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for MDC in its initial stages for research, and she continued in the capacity of consultant to various pathways in English. She served as faculty convener for the discipline for two years, and created various assessments for the Learning Outcomes Assessment Team (LOAT). In addition, Dr. Kennedy-Everett works as advisor to the campus’ Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Chapter at the MDC Hialeah Campus. She has led the chapter to great success as highlighted below. She utilizes Service-Learning in virtually every class that she teaches, and she and her students have contributed almost 10,000 service hours to the community. Some of her community partners include Relay for Life, The Global Citizenship Project, Habitat for Humanity, Victim Response/The Lodge, Urban Paradise Guild, and Camillus House.


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M. Nia Madison

Madison, M. Nia

Service-Learning Faculty Co-Facilitator: Homestead Campus

Contact Information:
mmadison@mdc.edu

Dr. M. Nia Madison, PhD joined the Miami Dade College Homestead Campus family in August 2015. She is a professor of microbiology. She has incorporated service-learning into all her classes, encouraging her students to focus on conservation of the earth’s resources, HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and outreach and all things microbiology. Dr. Madison was awarded the Service-Learning Rookie of the Year award in 2016. Before joining the faculty of Miami Dade College, Dr. Madison was a virologist and parasitologistwith nearly two decades of biomedical research and teaching experience. She is a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN where she graduated Summa cum laude with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences.

Her research has focused on discovery and development of small molecule and biological clinical candidates for antiretroviral and anti-parasitic biotherapeutics.  Dr Madison was recently featured in a national campaign by L’Oreal USA For Women in Science for Black History Month, promoting underrepresented minority scientists. In April 2016 Dr. Madison was awarded a grant from L’Oreal to stimulate STEM interests in underprivileged, minority high school girls, which she intends to use to start a Microbiology Girls Club at MDC Homestead.  


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Mercedes Medina

Medina, Mercedes

Service-Learning Faculty Facilitator: Wolfson Campus

Contact Information:
mmedina3@mdc.edu

Mercedes Medina is  full time faculty member teaching within the Paralegal Studies Program at Miami Dade College and is co-Vice President of the Wolfson Campus for the United Faculty of Miami Dade College.  She is the one of the lead teachers for The Honors College, as well as the faculty advisor for student-led service clubs/societies: Voters Action Project, Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society; and the National Society for Leadership and Success.  More recently she has been appointed to the Human Rights Committee and Faculty Coordinator for the Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy at Wolfson Campus.  Professor Medina is a passionate advocate for social justice and education, and makes it a priority to encourage her students to think creatively while making a positive difference in their personal lives and communities.


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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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Diego  Tibaquira

Tibaquira, Diego

Service-Learning Faculty Facilitator: InterAmerican Campus

Contact Information:
dtibaqui@mdc.edu

My name is Diego Tibaquira and I live in Miami, FL. I have been living in Miami for 10 years. I grew up in the Bronx, NY (Big Yankees Fan). I left New York to Join the US Marines and lived in North Carolina. After getting out of the Marines I stayed in North Carolina and attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and then I attended North Carolina A&T where I received a Master’s degree in Computer Science. I also attended UNC Charlotte where I received a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy.

I have been working for the past 10 years at Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus in the ENTEC (Engineering and Technology) Department. I teach Introduction to Computers, Networking, Operating Systems and Honors Classes. Previously I worked for the Federal Government in Washington, DC as an Information Security Specialist and for PEPSICO as a Data Analyst. In my time at Miami Dade College I have worked with students in different projects and areas:

  • I’m the Lead-Faculty for the Honors College at the InterAmerican Campus
  • I’m certified to teach the IDH classes for the Honors College
  • I helped established SAID (Students Aiding International Development) an organization design to help less fortunate people and through this organization we created the All-Nighter for Haiti an event created to raise money and awareness about the situation in Haiti and after running the event for two years we raised over $50,000.00 to help build Tilapia farms in villages in Haiti. We also did the HER Concert for Congo and raised over $28,000 to help build a safe house for rape victims in Congo.
  • We had an after school program in which students will go to a local church and served as mentors and tutors for kids that had no other place to go. By providing mentorship we ensured that the kids were not home alone or our on the streets.


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Adam Vellone

Vellone, Adam

Service-Learning Faculty Facilitator: Homestead Campus

Contact Information:
avellone@mdc.edu

Adam Vellone is a native of Pennsylvania. He attained a BA in History and a Master's in Speech and Communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Vellone teaches speech courses at the Homestead Campus and has been working at the college since 2003. He is a strong supporter of service-learning and has been recognized for his efforts, including the Spirit of Service-Learning Award from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, and also the 2015 Murray Sisselman and Peter H. Clayton Endowed Teaching Chair. 

Between the years 2009 to 2014, Professor Vellone’s students logged over sixteen thousand service-learning hours with local organizations in Homestead. His creative projects include not only students volunteering at organizations, but also developing advertisement commercials on YouTube for non-profit organizations, fundraising efforts, and taking his own college students to at risk high schools to persuade kids on the benefits of education and why they should stay in school. Mr. Vellone is dedicated to growing the iCED program and aspires to have all faculty and students to participate in service-learning.


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