Josh Young has helped lead service-learning, civic engagement and community-campus partnerships with Miami Dade College since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Florida State University. He served two tours with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa and Paraguay, South America, and he ran summer community service programs for youth for four summers in the Dominican Republic with Visions International. Josh has been a national service-learning mentor with the American Association of Community Colleges and has extensive experience leading workshops for faculty, students, community partners, and administrators around the nation.
Director of Kendall Campus
Dominique Adam is a purpose-driven, affiliative leader who passionately seeks to close the gap on disparities through empowering and engaging individuals as well as communities. During her formative years in New York and Haiti, Dominique witnessed resilience, perseverance, and creativity in the face of poverty, lack of access, and social injustice, which ignited her journey to be a part of the greater good. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Latin American & Caribbean studies and a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Florida State University. At FSU, Dominique served in several leadership capacities within Student Government, the Black Student Union, and the Caribbean Student Association and helped build coalition among student organizations across Florida as President of the Haitian Cultural Club. Dominique served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn and Director of Community Outreach at Maimonides Medical Center, and later worked at Palm Beach State College.
Energized to be the change, Dominique is eager to apply her 15+ years of experience advancing awareness and maximizing access, prosperity, and advocacy for diverse populations across public, private, and non-profit sectors to contribute to the continued growth of communities, faculty, and students by way of activating civic participation and activism at MDC.
Del Orbe Silva, Marilyn
Director of Medical and West Campuses
Marilyn Silva is a senior professional in the nonprofit sector. She has held positions as CEO for Center for Digital Inclusion, a global network building a movement of technology for social change. She was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of SUPERATEC (Personal Growth through technology), a social venture in Venezuela that served underprivileged teenagers and youth to acquire academic and social skills to enhance a sense of independence, self-fulfillment and to become responsible citizens. The Schwab Foundation recognized Marilyn as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 in Venezuela. She holds a BA degree in Foreign Languages from University of Central Florida and completed Executive Certificate Programs in Nonprofit Management and Strategic Perspectives from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.
Director of Hialeah Campus
Heba El-Tall was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, moving to Florida in her early teenage years. Her passion for community & civic engagement started during her time as an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida, where she received Bachelor degrees in Communication (Public Advocacy) and International Studies. She later graduated with her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of West Florida. During her time as a graduate student, she spent an ample amount of her free time volunteering and interning in Washington, D.C., in her local community and on local campaigns.
Prior to joining the iCED team, Heba worked at the University of South Florida’s Center for Civic Engagement (USF-St. Petersburg) and Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships (USF-Tampa), where she developed long lasting relationships with faculty, campus partners and community partners. Heba regularly designed and led faculty professional development workshops, as well as one-on-one consultations to implement academic service-learning into their courses.
Heba is deeply passionate about having open and authentic dialogue around mental health and self-care, creating reciprocal and genuine relationships in the community and discussing sustainable approaches to matters of social change and diversity/equity/inclusion work.
AmeriCorpsVISTA, Community-Campus Partnerships Coordinator
Josh is an aspiring U.S. diplomat who is always seeking a challenge. He attended Miami Dade College Kendall Campus before transferring to Columbia University, where he recently graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. He was a Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Global Leader Fellow where he advanced Hispanic representation and contributed to U.S. policymaking on Capitol Hill and at a Government Relations office. He has also studied abroad in Indonesia & Iceland and interned at Mumbai Mobile Creches in India.
Josh has proudly served as a volunteer ESOL and civics instructor for Spanish-speaking immigrants with the Immigrant Resource Center of Miami and the International Rescue Committee. In his free time, Josh enjoys studying and (when possible) practicing mixed martial arts, a sport he's been involved in since he was 6 years old. He's also an avid reader, amateur film buff, and plans on dedicating more time to creative writing. Josh is excited to work for his alma matter to foster greater, reciprocal partnerships with low-income communities throughout the county and creating more opportunities for students at “Democracy’s College.”
Coordinator of Kendall Campus
Elizabeth Juarez is a Chicago native who is passionate about civic engagement and advocating for foster care youth. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University, where she focused on International studies and specialized in Latin American studies. While completing her degree, she traveled to Cuba to research the Arab influence within the Cuban diaspora. Shortly after completing her degree Elizabeth joined AmeriCorps, dedicating time to supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.This experience led her to pursue an AS in Paralegal Studies at MDCto gain a greater understanding of the law to influence political change. As a student at MDC, she was awarded the Civic Leadership Award because of her continued efforts to positively impact the Miami community. In Elizabeth's free time, she serves as a panel member helping youth within the foster care system.
Coordinator of Homestead Campus
Linda Levin has been the Homestead Campus iCED Coordinator since 2015. She has more than 30 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions in the areas of leadership training and development, recruitment, and board management. Prior to MDC, Linda served as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, and worked extensively with college students at the University of Miami, both at the Hillel Jewish Student Center and in the Department of Residence Life. Linda is passionate about working with college students to promote service-learning and community outreach, and particularly enjoys assisting students in career exploration. Linda earned a Master Degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Director of Wolfson Campus
Kiki Mutis was born in Colombia and has lived in Miami since 1981. She is an MDC alumna, and later earned an MS in Environmental Science from FIU. Kiki served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia where she focused on soil and natural resource conservation and youth development. She has been an active board member of The Colombia Project Global, a micro-loan organization, and traveled to Colombia to meet program administrators and visit micro-loan recipients to understand their concerns better. Kiki worked for Citizens for a Better South Florida where she helped organize urban forestry projects and hands-on afterschool science programs. She also worked at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as the Community Outreach Coordinator, and with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station where she was the Operations and Volunteer Manager. She also has led professional development workshops for the Earth Ethics Institute at MDC for many years.
Coordinator of Wolfson Campus
Shanice Rigueur is a social justice driven individual, which is what led her in pursuit of a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Howard University. After graduating, she became an active service member of the American Red Cross Government Liaison Team. She later exercised her desire to motivate the community by joining the Public Allies AmeriCorps program. As an Ally, her role was to serve as a Leadership Engagement Coordinator by organizing events and leadership programs. These events aimed to create social change and civic engagement within urban areas. She believes that everyone can lead as long as opportunity exists, in order to create a more progressive society. Her hobbies include learning about legal cases and attending community empowerment events. She also finds fulfillment in educating people about resources, to help them overcome poverty -related.
Rodriguez, Alejandra "A.J."
AmeriCorps VISTA, Civic Leadership Fellow Coordinator
A.J. was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Initially pursuing a career in film, they majored and graduated in Television and Film production at Miami Dade College. Switching up career paths led them to pursue a marketing degree in a university in a small town in northern Florida, where they realized they were homesick all along. Now A.J. is back home to serve their community at the very same institution that initially allowed them to pursue a degree in their passion. Today, A.J. enjoys thrift shopping and watching cheesy movies with their partner and friends and comes home every day to their adorable leopard gecko, Ilah. Their VISTA year will be dedicated to creating and launching a pilot Civic Leadership Fellows program in MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy that places service-oriented students with non-profit partners to create a generation of civically engaged youth.
Director of North Campus
Maria Villalobos was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela and moved to Florida at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from FSU and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. While at FSU, she found her passion for social justice and service and became heavily involved with the Center for Leadership and Social Change, the SGA and the Hispanic/Latino Student Union. Maria is extremely passionate about education equity and ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education. Prior to MDC, she was a Teach For America AmeriCorps member in Miami-Dade, an elementary school teacher in Redwood City, California, and the Character and Leadership Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. She has also worked at the university level at both Illinois State University and FIU, and is happiest when she gets to interact with students and engage in conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. Maria is excited to be part of the MDC iCED family and continue to support students to become changemakers in their communities and beyond.