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Student Success Center Team

John Vassiliou, PhD
Associate Provost for Student Success
(305) 474-6943 · jvassiliou@stu.edu
Dr. John Vassiliou has rejoined St. Thomas University family as the Associate Provost for Student Success. Dr. Vassiliou brings to STU nineteen (19) years of higher education leadership experience in Student Success, Retention, & Completion initiatives, Academic Advising & Support Services, and Learning Resources & Tutoring Services. Learn more...
Eileen Figueroa
Administrative Assistant
(305) 474-6934 · efigueroa@stu.edu
Eileen Figueroa is the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Provost for Student Success. She brings twenty two years of experience in the field of Education. She served as the Registrar for Miami Gardens Elementary for twelve years providing excellent customer service to students, faculty, and staff. In addition, she has 10 years of service in different departments such as the School of Law, Human Resources, and the Student Success Center (formerly known as the Bobcat Enrollment Center) at St. Thomas University.
Sahyli Galera
Academic Advisor
(305) 474-6929 · sgalera@stu.edu
Sahyli Galera has a B.A in International Relations from Florida International University (FIU). She has worked in higher education for 11 years in different roles at Miami Dade College, including Academic Advisement, Testing and Assessment Specialist, as well as Dual Enrollment Coordinator at MDC-West. She loves helping students through personalized advisement to achieve their academic and career goals. She provides advising services for the School of Science.
Sara Garcia
Academic Advisor
(305) 474-6928 · slgarcia@stu.edu
Sara Garcia, M.S., comes to St. Thomas from the University of Michigan where she was employed as an academic advisor. She brings to us a wide range of experiences from Academic Coach in Services for Students with Disabilities, Admissions Representative and grant statistician. She has a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish and International Trade. She provides advising services for the School of Business.
Karina Ardite
Academic Advisor
(305) 474-6933 · kardite@stu.edu
Karina Ardite joined St. Thomas University back in 2009 as an undergraduate student. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In 2014 she earned a Master of Science in Management specialized in International Business. Her experience includes customer service, financial aid, student accounts, and academics. She is highly committed to customer service satisfaction and student success. She provides advising services for Biscayne College.
Fabienne Kellerhals-Perez
Academic Advisor
(305) 474-6940 · fkellerhals-perez@stu.edu
Fabienne Kellerhals-Perez enjoys being part of the St. Thomas University community. She joined St. Thomas University in 2008 serving previously as Enrollment Service Manager.

Fabienne was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, where she worked as an Assistant Manager of Human Resources for Siemens before moving to the USA. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Florida International University in 2007 and her MBA in Management from St. Thomas University in 2012. She is a member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and several other Honor Societies. She provides academic advising services for the School of Theology and the School of Arts and Education, including the Organizational Leadership, Fire Science, and Health Records Information programs.
Khemwatti Sukhan-Anirude
Student Success Assistant
(305) 474-6937 · ksukhan-anirude@stu.edu
Khemwatti (Khem) Sukhan-Anirude graduated from Pace University, New York, NY, with a BBA in Marketing. She began her career in higher education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as Cooperative Education Coordinator. Khem worked there for more than five years before relocating to South Florida. After working in other areas and starting a family, she returned to higher education as an Enrollment Service Specialist at St. Thomas University and has been at STU for 10 years.