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STEM NAF Advisory Board

  • Engage Students and Educators in Career Awareness and Exploration

  • Develop Work-Based Learning Activities

  • Sustain Academies with Training and Fundraising

Our Mission: The STEM Advisory Board promotes community/industry/stakeholder awareness and interdisciplinary learning to connect the classroom with the real world, prepare students for post-secondary education, foster innovation and encourage passion.

 

STEM EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Miami industry and community leaders partner with Miami NAF Academies, aligning their industry expertise, community leadership, and pipeline development needs to transform the high school experience.

Chair: Albert Sosa

HNTB, Vice President

Immediate Past Chair: James Osteen, Jr.

 President, Elevated Opportunities, LLC

Vice Chair: Sandra Hodge

Stantec Consulting, Public Information Officer

Secretary: Alejandra Lorenzo

NOAA and ITWomen, IT Consultant, Mentor, Motivational Speaker

Treasurer: Omelio Ramirez

Miami Dade College – Eduardo J. Padrón Campus, CIO

STEM Advisory Board Minutes, Strategic Plans and Bylaws

STEM ACADEMIES’ SITE REPORTS

STEM ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Expand

NAME

TITLE

ORGANIZATION

Alex Funkhouser, Immediate Past Chair Owner SherlockTalent
James E. Osteen, Jr., Chair Director, Community Initiatives South Florida Digital Alliance
Albert Sosa, Vice-Chair Vice President HNTB
Sandra Hodge, Secretary Public Information Officer STANTEC
Omelio Ramirez, Treasurer Campus CIO Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus
Silvia Beltre, P.E., Marketing Committee Chair  Senior Principal, Business Center, Sector Lead STANTEC
Richard Chance, Fundraising Committee Chair Managing Member CyberEducation Partners, LLC
Angela Colbert, PhD, Student/Staff Development Committee Chair Knight Vice-President of Education Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Denyse Antunes Vice-President Florida Vocational Institute
Jason Bell Director, Medical Education and Strategic Projects Baptist Health South Florida Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Robert P. Cleary, NMTCB, MBA, CHC Dept. Chair, Imaging Sciences Keiser University
Davion Q. Crumel Training & Student Internship Manager Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Information Technology Services
Roxanna Cruz Associate Vice President, Recruitment & Admissions Barry University
Maria C. de Pena President Code Explorers
Henry Espinosa Director of Information Technology Miami Dade County Parking Authority
Luis C. Fernandez-Torres Dean St. Thomas University
Monica Gomez CSR Manager and Product Development Cisco Systems
Josie Goytisolo President -CEO Codella
Andrew Green Florida International University
Ricardo Jimenez, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science & Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Barry University
Bensin Joseph President Tier 1 Techs
Christina Michelena Leon PHD Pevida Highway Designers
Santiago Martinez Information & Corporate Security Officer BAC Florida Bank
Noreen Legault Mendoza CEO Geeki Girls
Claire Marrero Executive Director ITWomen
Mary Murphy Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Elia Nunez, P.E. Assistant Vice President WSP USA
Joe Raio Technical Evangelist Microsoft
Dr. Monique Ross Assistant Professor Florida International University
Tomas Ruiz, PE, CFM, LEED, AP President Snubbs Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Rafael Sacasa Chemistry, Physics/Earth Sciences Dept. Chairperson Miami-Dade College, North Campus
Cristen Scolastico Director, Admissions Administration Barry University
Bert Silvestre Pro Logic Systems
Don Slesnick, III Executive Director South Florida Digital Alliance
Jeannelle Vega Supervisor, Academic Contracts & Business Projects Baptist Hospital

STEM Advisory Board Members coordinate, sponsor and participate in many student and teacher activities:

  • Annual “Groundhog” Job Shadow Day
  • Industry Tours
  • Provide Internships for Summer Youth Internship Program
  • Review and guidance on Internship Preparation Course
  • Guest Classroom Speakers & Campus Career Fairs
  • “Day in the Life of a Nurse”
  • eMerge Conference
  • CIO Annual Golf Tournament – Fundraiser and Scholarship Awards
  • Cybersecurity Day hosted by Miami Dade College
  • Cybersecurity Day hosted by NOVA
  • CyberPatriot Competition
  • Miami Dade College EnTEC Summer Camps
  • Annual NAF Mega Student Industry Conference Breakout Sessions
  • Give Miami Day Fundraiser
  • Career Experiential Workshops
  • FIU Engineering Expo
  • Academy Capstone Project Reviews
  • Mock Job Interviews
  • Advise on Curriculum
  • Program Review of .Net IT Academy
  • FIU StartUp Activities
  • Training of Teachers for Industry Certification

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ACADEMIES OF ENGINEERING

Using nationally acclaimed Project Lead the Way curriculum, studies include Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical and Architectural.

NAF ENGINEERING HIGH SCHOOLS
  • Booker T. Washington Senior High
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High
  • Miami Sunset Senior High
  • North Miami Senior High

 

ACADEMIES OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Academy studies include areas of Dental, Emergency, Home Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Vision.
NAF HEALTH SCIENCES HIGH SCHOOLS
  • Hialeah
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Miami Lakes Ed. Center
  • Miami Sunset
  • North Miami
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts

 

ACADEMIES OF IT

Academy studies include areas of Digital Design, Programming, Gaming, Network Systems, Web Development.
NAF IT HIGH SCHOOLS
  • Alonzo and Tracy Mourning
  • American
  • Booker T. Washington
  • G. Holmes Braddock
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Central
  • Miami Jackson
  • Miami Lakes Ed. Center
  • Miami Norland
  • Miami Sunset
  • North Miami
  • North Miami Beach
  • South Dade
  • Southwest Miami
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts

 

SIGNATURE EVENTS

GROUND HOG JOB SHADOW DAY

NAF MEGA STUDENT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

You have the power to prepare future leaders and widen the workforce pipeline with knowledgeable, diverse, and driven talent.

  • Volunteer at Schools

  • Lead Workshop

  • Host Job Shadow Day

  • Hire Summer Intern

  • Join Advisory Board

  • Make a Donation