Alumni News and Notes

Marcos Avellán (BA Political Science 1995, MALAS 1998) works as a Store General Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in the Miami market after three years in Tampa Bay. He recruits at all levels for the organization, including recent college graduates and seasoned professionals.

April (Bright) Baer (MALAS 1995) is a Business Development Manager for Poole & Associates. She lives in Maryland.

Larissa R. Baia (MALAS 1996, Ph.D. Political Science 2004) is the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire.

Gregory Bates (MALAS/JD 2007) works as Compliance Counsel for Latin America at Avon Products in New York, NY.

Christina Bennett (BA Anthropology & LAS Minor 2010) is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is also a member of the USF Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training team.

Antoni Castells-Talens (PhD Mass Communication 2004) works as a researcher at Universidad Veracruzana's Centro de Estudios de la Cultura y la Comunicación, in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

Donald E. D’Orto, Jr. (MALAS 2001) is a middle school social studies teacher for Volusia County Public Schools in Florida.

Celina Fernández (MALAS 1997) is the Coordinator of a Culture of Lawfulness at the Consejo Cívico de Instituciones de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico.

Andrea Ferreira (BA History 2004, MALAS 2009) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Latin American History at UF, with a focus on 20th-century racial constructs in Brazil and Cuba, under the guidance of Jeffrey Needell and Lillian Guerra.

Kyle George (MALAS 1996) served in the US Army, including tours in Chile, Spain, Kuwait, and Iraq. After graduating from Mercer University School of Law in 2009, he worked as the District Director for Congressman Jim Marshall. Kyle is now the Chief Deputy Clerk at the US Bankruptcy Court in Macon, GA.

Valerio Gomes (MALAS 2001, Ph.D. Geography 2009) works as the coordinator of Vale Foundation for the Nature Conservancy in Belém, Brazil. The program focuses on conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon.

Norrie Horak (MALAS 1996) worked as a teacher after completing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Norrie now owns Playball, a sports company catering to preschoolers, and lives in Smyrna, GA.

Augustín Iriarte Walton (MALAS 1988) is General Manager of Flora y Fauna Chile, an environmental consulting firm based in Santiago, Chile.

Ed Johnson (MALAS 2006, MBA 2006) works as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, primarily focusing on Latin America. He lives in New York, NY.

Tess Kulstad (MALAS 2006) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology at UF.

Ana S. Q. Liberato (MALAS 2001, Ph.D. Sociology 2005) works as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky.

Steven Minegar (BA Political Science/History 2008, MALAS 2010) is a Partnership Manager in the Miami office of AFEX (Associated Foreign Exchange), a global payment and risk management solution company.

Donathon Olliff (Ph.D. History 1974) is retired from Auburn University where he taught for 30 years. He currently lives in High Springs, FL.

José O. Pérez (LAS Minor 2014) participated in a Fulbright ETA in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has been accepted into the master's program in International Relations at the same university.

Wendy Pond (MALAS 2006) is an International Programs Specialist for the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC.

Mary Risner (MALAS 2001) is the Associate Director for Outreach and the Latin American Business Environment Program at the UF Center for Latin American Studies. She just received her EdD in Educational Technology from UF.

Nicolas Rubio (MALAS 2006) is an International Economist for the Foreign Agricultural Service branch of the USDA.

Jacob Schultz (MALAS 2007) works as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State.

Elizabeth Smith (MALAS 2008) works as a banker for Wells Fargo in Sarasota, FL. She works primarily with Spanish and Portuguese-speaking clients as well as with local Latino businesses and volunteers as an ESL and financial education instructor.

Amanda Stronza (MALAS 1995, Ph.D. Anthropology 2000) is an Associate Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Michele Thompson (MALAS 1996) works as a Criminal Investigator for the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration in the Chicago area.

Josiah Townsend (MALAS 2006) just completed a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF. He specializes in the evolution, systematics, and conservation of Mesoamerican amphibians and reptiles.

Cassandra White (MALAS 1993) was a Fulbright Scholar at Tulane University, receiving her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2001. She is currently an Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Cassandra is the author of An Uncertain Cure: Living with Leprosy in Brazil, and lives in Clarkston, GA with her husband and daughter.