About the FIU Center for Leadership

As the pace of globalization and competition accelerates, building sophisticated organizational leadership capacity is becoming an increasingly critical foundation for achieving and maintaining sustainable competitive advantage. The Center for Leadership at Florida International University is committed to becoming an internationally recognized center for leadership research, development, and training by providing leaders with the competencies that will equip them to positively and effectively transform their organizations and their societies.

The Center for Leadership continuously engages in research projects, the development and delivery of high-quality executive leadership programs, and community engagement to ensure applicability of our models. Our executive leadership development program alumni include organizational leaders from industries including health care, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government, and the military, with participants from across the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Africa. Our lecture series, The Leadership Lectures, features world renowned and distinguished academicians and practitioners and is designed to give our local community access to thought-provoking and diverse perspectives on leadership. We are committed to promoting and advancing the study of leadership, based on our model that effective, ethical decision-making and self-awareness are the keys to great leadership.

In addition to coordinating daily operations of the Center for Leadership, staff members provide research and support services to the Center’s Fellows and Scholars.

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Director, Strategy

James L. Knight Research Fellow

Center for Leadership

Florida International University
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Center for Leadership

Associate Professor of Management and International Business

Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow

Florida International University
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Garth D. Headley

Director, Research Advocacy, Office of Research and Economic Development

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Shannon A. Hanson

Assistant Director

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Angelica Alvarez

Sr. Program Coordinator

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Jorge Mesa

Content Strategist

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Jorge Perez

Program Coordinator

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Gabriela Romeu

Program Coordinator

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Kristyn Wilczek

Manager, Administrative Services

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Roshni Chuganey

Student Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Rebecca Gonzalez

Student Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Clint Phillips

Student Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Emily Zaldivar

Student Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Sibel Ozgen Novelli

Graduate Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5323

Ajay Ponnapalli

Graduate Assistant

Florida International University
FIU Center for Leadership
11200 SW 8 ST, MARC 326
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305.348.5323

Our Advisory Board provides guidance and counsel to advance the growth and further the mission of the Center for Leadership. Comprised of community business leaders and professionals, Advisory Board members engage with staff and Fellows in fostering research and developing, promoting, and expanding leadership initiatives.

Manuel (Manny) Gonzalez

Chairman, Board of Advisors, Center for Leadership

President, MGM Consulting and MGM Capital

Former Vice President, Global Operations, Procter & Gamble

Mr. Gonzalez is President of MGM Consulting and MGM Capital and former Vice President, Global Operations, Procter & Gamble. Since 1989, Mr. Gonzalez has held various leadership positions in marketing, sales, operations, and innovations in the U.S. and Latin America, including General Manager for Operations and Innovation P&G North America, Director for Market Strategy and […]

Peter Montadas

Vice-Chairman, Board of Advisors, Center for Leadership

President and Co-founder Momentum Consulting Corporation

Mr. Montadas is the President and Co-founder of Momentum Consulting Corporation. He has more than 24 years of experience in Enterprise Applications Development/Integration, IT Business Solutions Development, Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Solutions, as well as Project Management. Currently, Peter has primarily focused on the business development of technology solutions for the firms’ enterprise corporate […]

Shawn Berg

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

JM Service Center

Shawn Berg is vice president and chief technology officer of JM Service Center, LLC (JMSC) – a division of diversified automotive company JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JM Family). Berg is responsible for the Technology Services and Architecture groups and helps implement JM Family’s companywide technology strategy. Berg joined the company in 1993 as a programmer […]

Joseph Caruncho

Chief Executive Officer
Genuine Health Group LLC

Joseph L. Caruncho, Sr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Genuine Health Group LLC. Genuine Heath Group is a newly-formed company that is developing an analytics-powered health management platform that focuses on assisting health care providers and payers to transition to value-based payment models, including entering into risk agreements with Medicare Advantage health plans, and […]

Adriene McCoy

Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Adriene McCoy has been appointed Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Baptist Health South Florida. She will oversee all of Baptist Health’s Human Resources functions, including Benefits and Compensation, Employee and Leadership Development, HR Operations, Talent Management and Recruitment. She brings to the Chief Human Resources Officer role more than 20 years […]

Harve A. Mogul

President and Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Miami-Dade

Harve A. Mogul joined United Way of Miami-Dade as president and chief executive officer January 1, 1991. Through its mission of “building community by helping people care for one another,” United Way brings people together from throughout the community to build a stronger and safer Miami-Dade County. Under his leadership, United Way of Miami-Dade has […]

Lisel Morris

Investor Relations

The Allen Morris Company

Lisel Morris has recently returned to The Allen Morris Company (AmCo), a commercial real estate investment and development firm headquartered in Miami, to oversee Investor Relations. Her primary roles are to manage relationships with current and potential investors, and to build and implement capitalization strategies for Allen Morris’ residential development pipeline, the new arm of […]

Roberto Muñoz

President, South Florida Market

BBVA Compass

Mr. Muñoz currently serves as the President, South Florida Market for BBVA Compass in Miami. He has held senior executive positions at various banks in Miami, FL for the past 35 years in both domestic and foreign financial institutions. Prior to joining BBVA Compass, Mr. Muñoz worked at Barclay’s Capital PLC (London); Mizuho Bank (Tokyo); […]

Chris Paterson, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Sunshine State Health Plan

Chris Paterson is chief executive officer of Sunshine Health, one of the largest Medicaid and Long Term Care health plans in Florida.  Sunshine Health, part of Centene Corporation, also offers Medicare, Healthy Kids, and Health Insurance Marketplace products.  Chris is the former CEO of CareGuide, regional president of UnitedHealth Group’s AmeriChoice Corporation, CEO of AmeriChoice’s […]

Beesham A. Seecharan

Managing Director & Associate General Counsel

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Beesham A. Seecharan is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he advises its equity derivatives and convertibles businesses and co-leads the Americas Derivative Documentation Group. Beesham also is a member of the Legal Department’s People Development Committee and the Legal, Compliance & Internal Audit Asian Professional Network Steering […]