Photo of Samara B. Alfonso Samara B. Alfonso Financial Analyst
(305) 284-2405

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Photo of Ana M. Ayala Ana M. Ayala Director, Finance and Administration
(305) 284-4458

Ana Ayala became the College of Engineering’s director of finance and administration in 2009. She was previously the senior division administrator at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 15 years, serving in the Department of Medicine. Ayala worked in the  chairman’s office for nine years as assistant to the finance director before transferring to the division of infectious diseases.…

Photo of Patricia Broadhurst Patricia Broadhurst Advisor, Academic
(305) 284-3100
Photo of James W. Carras James Carras Assistant Development Director, Major Gifts

James W. Carras serves as Assistant Director, Major Gifts, at the College of Engineering, where he creates meaningful relationships with college’s alumni, parents, and friends.

James has five years of experience working in non-profit organizations, with backgrounds in journalism, public policy, community organizing, and fundraising. James previously worked as Development Director in the University of Miami’s Office of Annual Giving, where he traveled the country meeting The U’s most loyal and accomplished alumni.…

Photo of Ruth Castillo Ruth Castillo Secretary
Photo of Kelly Marie Castro Kelly Castro Secretary
Photo of Francisco J. De Caso y Basalo Francisco J. De Caso y Basalo SML Principal Scientist
(305) 284-6150

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Photo of Angie Del-Llano Angie Del-Llano Office Manager
(305) 284-2445
Photo of Francisco M. Duarte Francisco M. Duarte Sr. Desktop Support Technician
(305) 284-2267


Photo of Vivian Figueredo Vivian Figueredo Secretary
(305) 284-2445
Photo of Glenneka Johnson Glenneka Johnson Office Manager
Daviane Lastra Sponsored Programs Specialist
Photo of Lisa Merritt Lisa Merritt Executive Director, Major Gifts
(305) 284-1563

Lisa Merritt has more than 10 years of experience in strategizing organizational business development growth. She has been with UM’s School of Architecture for more than a year, where she developed strategic fundraising plans for chair and scholarship endowments, as well capital renovations. Before joining UM, Merritt was the director of development at Florida International University’s College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts.…

Photo of Bronwyn Mills Bronwyn Mills Donor Relations Manager
(305) 284-1068

Bronwyn Mills serves as the donor relations manager for the College of Engineering where she cultivates, stewards and grows relationships between the College of Engineering and its donors, alumni, parents and friends.

Before entering the field of higher education, Bronwyn worked at Knight Ridder for 16 years, supporting executive staff, managing the corporate records program and as a loaned executive to the United Way of Miami-Dade.…

Photo of Frances Sarah Nicholas Frances Nicholas Secretary
Photo of Ailen Parera-Ruggiero Ailen Parera-Ruggiero Office Manager
(305) 284-2408


Matthew Perez Communications Specialist
Photo of Marisol Pernas Marisol Pernas Office Manager
(305) 284-2571
Photo of David T. Poole David T. Poole Director, Admissions
(305) 284-4773

David T. Poole has served as director of admission for the College of Engineering since March 2001. A graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Poole began his professional career in media marketing and research in 1982. In 1987 he transitioned to enrollment management when he accepted a position at the University of Miami in the Undergraduate Admission Office.…

Photo of Ivelisse Reyes Tovar Ivelisse Reyes Tovar Office Manager
(305) 284-3291
Photo of Augusto Roca Augusto Roca Program Coordinator
(305) 284-4100
Photo of Maria Rojas Maria Rojas Program Coordinator
(305) 284-2908

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Photo of Odalis A. Ruiz Odalis A. Ruiz Executive Assistant
(305) 284-6035

Odalis Ruiz is executive assistant to the dean and serves as coordinator for all administrative aspects of the dean’s duties and functions. She has worked at the College of Engineering since 2007, first in the area of research, and since October 2007, as the dean’s assistant. Her role includes involvement in daily and strategic operations for the dean and the College administration, faculty affairs, student services, and special programs and activities.…

Photo of Cassandra L. Sierra Cassandra L. Sierra Advisor, Academic
(305) 284-3100
Photo of Troy R. Thompson Troy R. Thompson Director, Building Facilities
(305) 284-4115

Troy Thompson has served as director of the Office of Facilities and Equipment at the College of Engineering since September 2014. He is responsible for management of the College’s facilities and equipment and for supervision of the student machine shop. He is also an essential liaison between the College and University divisions such as the Office of Facilities, Design and Construction, the Physical Plant Services Department, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of Emergency Management.…

Samantha Valea Secretary
Photo of Christine Vignolio Christine Vignolio Administrative Assistant
Richard Charles Wilkinson Manager, Admissions
(305) 284-9923
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