Our Advisory Board

The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center is fortunate to have a distinguished and diverse Advisory Board. The Board is made up of five or six experts from each state and territory, representing a variety of educational perspectives, fields and levels. We are grateful to have each of the following educators on our Board.


  • Susan Neimand, Director, Miami Dade College School of Education
  • Jacob Oliva, Executive K–12 Vice Chancellor, Florida Department of Education
  • Amanda (Mandy) Ellis, Principal, Orange County Public Schools
  • Kathleen (Katie) Dufford-Melendez, Parent, Educator and Community Member
  • Sharron Doyle, Principal, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Puerto Rico

  • Maria Christian-Herrero, Undersecretary of Academic Affairs, Puerto Rico Department of Education
  • Elliot J. Colon Blanco, Regional Director, Puerto Rico Department of Education
  • Nyvea Silva, Retired, Educator and Community Member
  • Carmen González-Alfano, Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
  • Julio A. Quiñones-Rosario, Principal, Puerto Rico Department of Education

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Abdul R. Ali, Project Coordinator, Ali Consulting Services
  • Denise Gomes, Program Manager, Virgin Islands Department of Educatio
  • Camille McKayle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Virgin Islands
  • Sharon Ann McCollum, Commissioner, Virgin Islands Department of Education
  • Juliette Heddad-Miller, Assistant Principal, District of St. Croix
  • Colleen Williams, Superintendent, District of St. Croix
  • Dionne Wells-Hedrington, Superintendent, District of St. Thomas/St. John