Center Staff

Patricia Alba

Patricia A

Communications Specialist

Ms. Alba manages the communication and marketing efforts for the UF Center for Latin American Studies.

346 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4047


Jessica (Mrozinske) Baker

Jessica B

Accounting Coordinator

Ms. Baker is responsible for handling pre-award and post-award submissions and monitoring through the UFIRST system. She reconciles expenditures and provides monthly and/or regular financial updates. Ms. Baker also processes all security role requests for the Center for PeopleSoft. She also interacts with core offices, other departments, faculty, and staff when there are questions about Center funds or expenditures.

354 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4707


Jessica Caicedo

Senior Fiscal Assistant

304 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4735


Wanda Carter

Program Assistant, Academic Affairs

Ms. Carter provides academic and fiscal support for the MALAS, TCD and MDP students.

316 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4709


Monica Castillo Sifuentes

Fiscal Assistant I

Ms. Castillo is responsible for all general fiscal transactions at the UF Center for Latin American Studies, which includes purchasing transactions, purchasing card reconciliations, travel and expense reimbursements, and deposits.

304 Grinter Hall

Phone:  352-273-4722


Rose M. Farley

Human Resource Assistant

Ms. Farley manages human resource and payroll functions. She also coordinates Effort Reports and Faculty Activity Reports.

319D Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4702


Aimee Green

Aimee Green

Assistant Director of Development

2008 Turlington Hall

Phone: 352-273-3699


Maira Gutierrez Rascon

Program Coordinator 

Ms. Gutierrez coordinates the Center's conference, symposia, receptions, travel grants, and other events. She also assists with coordinating travel for Title VI and the Library Travel Grants, the affiliate faculty travel fund opportunity, the Center based Faculty Travel funds, and any grant or initial travel needs.

318 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4715


Dr. Andrew Noss


MDP Program Coordinator

Dr. Noss is the administrative coordinator for the Master of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) Program and the Sustainable Development Practice (SDP) Certificate Program. He advises students on admissions, registration, funding, summer field practicum travel, and graduation procedures. He organizes MDP program activities including MDP committee meetings, Development Practitioner seminars, student presentations and workshops.

319 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-392-3293


Patricia Sampaio

Patricia S
TCD Program Coordinator

Ms. Sampaio coordinates the activities related to the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) and its related programs, such as management of TCD student and alumni databases; organization and support of all TCD events; planning and participation on task forces and committees; revision and maintenance of the TCD webpage; monitoring of the Ford Endowment expenditures; and production of reports. She is also responsible for the coordination of scholarship and other financial support competitions sponsored by TCD, the Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative Program (ACLI) and LAS.

343 Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4734


Lenny A. UreƱa Valerio

Lenny Urena
Assistant Director for Administration

319E Grinter Hall

Phone: 352-273-4704


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