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Student Success Center Team

Chantal L. Vergara
Assistant Director of New Students Orientation & Registration
(305) 474-6933 · cvergara@stu.edu
Chantal Vergara MA, NCC comes to St. Thomas University from New Jersey where she has earned a Masters Degree in Counseling at The College of New Jersey and a Bachelors Degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Social Work at Seton Hall University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and an inducted member of the prestigious CHI SIGMA IOTA International Counseling Honor Society. She brings to us a wide range of experiences In Higher Education from Student Life Specialist, Academic Advisor, Individual/ Group Counselor and an Adjunct Professor teaching College Student Success Skills. In addition she has experience working with diverse student populations including Students with Intellectual Disabilities and First Generation College Students. She provides professional Academic Advising services for all majors under Biscayne College & Communication Arts.
Lilian Sanchez Monterde
Academic Advisor for Nursing(Undergraduate)
(305) 474-6937 · lsanchezmonterde@stu.edu
Lilian Sanchez Monterde, M.S., comes from Florida National University where she worked as Admission Advisor for more than 3 years. She has a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Spanish Education; and a Bachelor Degree in Education with a specialization in ESOL. Lilian assists students with questions regarding financial aid, transcripts, academic requirements, and class scheduling. Provide assistance and student support services, including course registration for Graduate students in the Express Assistance Lab and/or at assigned workstation.
Gretell Garcia
Assistant Director for Graduate Studies and ESL services
(305) 474-6629 · ggarcia@stu.edu
Gretell Garcia served as Director of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant at St. Thomas University. Prior to working with the EOC, she directed the 21st Century Community Center grant for over six years. She has 14 years of teaching and academic experience serving diverse student populations at different educational levels, and a passion for education and learning. Additionally, she has worked as a bilingual science instructor (Spanish/English) at the undergraduate level for over six years. Gretell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Especial Education with a track in gifted students at St. Thomas University and obtained a second Master’s Degree in Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida.
Lauren Rios
Academic Advisor for School of Theology and Ministry (Undergraduate)
(305) 474-6925 ·ldrios@stu.edu