Student Success Center Team

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Karina Cabrera
Career Services Coordinator
305-474-6928 ·karina@stu.edu
Karina Cabrera serves as a Career Services Coordinator at Saint Thomas University providing internship and job search assistance, interview preparation, resume writing, career development workshops, and job fair coordination to current students and alumni. Previously, she served as a Professional Advisor at St. Thomas University, providing Academic Advising services for all majors under the School of Science. Prior working as an Advisor, she was the Registrar's Supervisor at Florida National University (FNU) for over 15 years. Processing graduates, official and unofficial withdraws, evaluating transcripts, creating a master schedule for all divisions, posting and updating tuition, running specific reports such as SAP and registered credit by term for financial Aid purposes. Besides being part of the retention committee of the University, she also participated in several SACCS commission meetings and re-affirmations. She has a wide range of experiences in Higher Education from Academic Advising, Registration, Admissions, Student life and Financial Aid. In addition to having 19 years of experience working with a diverse student population including Veterans Affairs, International Students and students with disabilities. Mrs. Cabrera has a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
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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.
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Cristina Lopez
Director of Career Services
(305) 628-6577 ·cclopez@stu.edu
A native of Madrid, Spain, Cristina C. López is a higher education administration professional with 15+ years of experience in academia, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Currently, she is Director of Career Services and an Adjunct Faculty at St. Thomas University, her alma mater. Ms. López has been cross-trained in Student Affairs, Academic and Career Services, and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Her industry experience includes working for a world leader in luxury goods in Madrid, a start-up online research company in Miami Beach, and an American Spanish-language television network in Hialeah. Passionate about giving back to the community, Ms. López served as President of the South Florida chapter of Prospanica, the association of Hispanic professionals, which promotes education and employment opportunities amongst Hispanics and other minorities. Ms. López is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication Arts, a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Thomas University. In addition, she is MBTI certified. Ms. López is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. In her role as Director of Career Services, Ms. López is responsible for the creative management and coordination of the university’s career services for students and recent alumnae/i. Services provided include internship and job search assistance, interview preparation, résumé writing, career development workshops, and job fair coordination. She uses her entrepreneurial skills to develop experiential and internship opportunities for all levels of students of Biscayne College, the School of Arts and Education, the Gus Machado School of Business, the School of Science, and the School of Theology.
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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.