Meet the Staff

DOSO Staff

Ryan C Holmes

Assoc. VP, Student Affairs and Dean of Students

(305) 284-5353
Ryan C. Holmes, an accomplished educator and leader in identifying and managing the complex trends in student campus life and higher education overall, joined the Division of Student Affairs as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in summer 2017. Dean Holmes oversees judicial affairs, Greek affairs, campus...

Sarah Avarello

Assoc. Dean of Students
Case Manager and Student Liaison

(305) 284-9070
As an Associate Dean of Students, Dean Avarello provides assistance and support to students dealing with a variety of mental health, academic, social, economic, and health difficulties.  Dean Avarello is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida and has experience in both the academic and therapeutic settings providing...

Jon Baldessari

Director, Student Affairs Program

(305) 284-8719
Jon is the inaugural director of the Veterans Resource Center, which includes overseeing all aspects of programs and initiatives for the academic and professional success of veteran and military-connected students. Additionally, he advises the Veteran Students Organization (VSO) and works with a representative advisory board to support veteran...

Flora A Balog

Sr. Administrative Assistant

(305) 284-5353
Flora brings a wealth of experience to her role as Senior Administrative Assistant, including key responsibilities for the University’s judicial process. Flora works closely with DOSO’s Director and Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs to ensure the timely operation of UM’s student conduct processes. Her role...

Nancy A. Del Pozzo

Executive Assistant

(305) 284-0121
Nancy joined the University of Miami in May 2006. Nancy is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and is responsible for the overall daily administration and management of the office. Additionally, she prepares the budget and financial reports, maintains the Dean's calendar and correspondence, and provides assistance to...

Anthoney Kinney

Assoc. Dean of Students

(305) 284-5353
Dean Kinney is a designated essential staff member during emergency situations, with responsibilities for helping to coordinate University, Division, and departmental disaster preparedness and response. Additionally, he oversees the Student Affairs Crisis Coordinators program, serves as a judicial officer, and is the department’s...

Cristina Luna

Assoc. Dean of Students

(305) 284-5353
Dr. Cristina Luna serves as the Director of Greek Life which is a community comprised of over 3000 students. She is the primary advisor to the Association of Greek Letter Organizations, Panhellenic Association, and our 3 honor societies. In addition, she serves as a conduct officer and is the National Executive Director for an honor society...

Raquel McDowell

Asst. Dean of Students

(305) 284-5353
Dean McDowell joined the Dean’s Office in Summer 2019 as the Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX Investigator. She is the Office’s lead contact and primary recipient for student conduct issues involving sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner/relationship violence, stalking, and...

Collette Mighty

Asst. Dean of Students

(305) 284-2419 x8-2419
Since 2016, Dean Mighty has had a great passion for mentoring students as they grow through their college experience while here at the U. She serves as a conduct officer, advisor to the Undergraduate and Graduate Honor Councils, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and for both the National Pan-Hellenic Inc. and Multicultural Greek...

Tery Ortega

Sr. Administrative Assistant

(305) 284-5353
Tery serves the Dean of Students Office as one of its lead administrative professionals. She is primarily responsible for managing operations in the front office, which includes the reception area, records department, and supplies. Tery also provides direct support for DOSO professional staff by fielding phone calls, monitoring calendars, and...

Iliana Patron

Case Manager, Licensed

(305) 284-5117
Iliana currently serves as Case Manager and Student Liaison in the Dean of Students Office. Iliana brings the training of two separate careers in the fields of counseling and education. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, Iliana provides support to students experiencing challenges with health, wellness, academics,...

Rachel Askowitz Perse

Asst. Dean of Students

(305) 284-2443
As an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education, Dean Perse is responsible for the overall administration of the University’s alcohol and other drug education programming and serves as a conduct officer. Dean Perse previously worked as the Health Educator at the University of...

Steven Karl Priepke

Sr. Assoc. Dean of Students

(305) 284-5353
Dean Priepke oversees the student conduct process, serves as the Division of Student Affairs Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and is the Financial Manager for Student Media. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the School of Communication.  He is a two-time graduate of the University of Miami, earning a B.B.A and a J.D. During college, he...

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