Ms. Madeline Roman-Vargas is currently currently, Dean of Instruction at St. Augustine College since January 2016. Ms. Roman-Vargas has multiple responsibilities in the area of academics. As the Dean of Instruction, she is the Chief Academic Officer of the institution, and oversees the following areas: curriculum, instruction and accreditation. She also playes a role iin grant writing and recruitment. I have worked on several grants and am working closely with the admissions office. Ms. Roman-Vargas retired as the Dean of the Humboldt Park Vocational Center of Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, in April, 2013. Her accomplishments and experience were as diverse as her background. Born in Patterson, New Jersey, she moved to Puerto Rico at an early age, and was raised in the town of Naguabo. She came to Chicago at the age of sixteen. After graduating from Clemente High School, went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Secondary Education at Loyola University in 1982. She continued her education while working full time, earned a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in 1990. She also completed about half of the required coursework towards a Doctoral degree in Public Policy at Northern Illinois University. In addition, she completed Harvard’s Management Training Program. She has presented at a number of local and national conferences on various topics relevant to community colleges and community-based organizations. She was also recognized and published in the 2008 Community College Journal of Research and Practice, among others. Ms. Roman-Vargas’s professional career encompasses a variety of positions held at community-based organizations and institutions of higher learning. For the past fifteen years she was the Dean of the Wright College Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center. Through her leadership and strong commitment, she brought a number of new initiatives and financial resources in the form of grants and other funding to the Center and the communities it serves. Through her diligent efforts in promoting dual enrolment programs with local high schools, strengthening partnerships with area community-based organizations and other new initiatives, she increased the student population, bringing the Center to an overflowing capacity. She was responsible for starting an annual scholarship fundraising event, which was successfully held for ten years. She was also instrumental in creating new programs at the Center and making improvements to existing ones, especially in the areas of allied health, technology, and manufacturing. One of these initiatives is the highly successful and nationally recognized “Carreras en Salud” (Careers in Health Program). I was also instrumental in submitting a joint proposal for Capital Funding that resulted in funds allocated by the State for expansion of the Center. I played a key role in the development of the CIMA Technology Center through the vision of 4th District State Representative Cynthia Soto, bringing in a stream of technology grants. She was also the recipient of several awards and recognitions as a community leader and an individual. In 2011, she was named by La Raza Newspaper as one of its Distinguished Women (Mujeres Destacadas) in the area of Education. In 2012, Madeline received the Humanitarian Empowerment Award from the TEECH Foundation, which stands for Transforming, Educating and Empowering Children and Humanity. In March of 2014 she was the recipient of the Illinois Latino Council in Higher Education (ILACHE) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nicolás Pienovi is a Publicist (DuocUC, Chile), Master in Business Management and Marketing (IEDE Business School – UEM, Spain), Magister in Communication (PUCV, Chile) and Magister in Marketing (UVM, Chile). He has been a member of the committee of specialists of the fomenting funds of the National Council of the Culture and the Arts, and technical/financial evaluator of the National Council of Television. He has produced audiovisual content for public and private TV. He has experience as a teacher in Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil in the areas of marketing, communication, film, and business. He was for 9 years Director of the Cineteca University Viña del Mar, where he specialized in cultural marketing.