Ms. Saundra Fleming is the Vice President of Finance at St. Augustine College. Ms. Fleming graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; with post graduate studies in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Ms. Fleming has over 30 years experience from colleges and private businesses in the Chicagoland area. Ms. Fleming has a diverse background in all phases of general accounting, auditing, operations planning and financial reporting. Her responsibilities at St. Augustine College include: leadership in development of the annual operating budget; completing annual financial statements and financial audit statements for compliance with both federal and specific grant audits; supervision of the Business Office, Human Resources and Payroll; and the Office of the Bursar.
Dr. Norman Ruano is Vice President of the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE) at St. Augustine College since 2009. He has over twenty years of management, marketing and operations experience in business, public and private education environments; over ten years of experience in successfully reorganizing and starting operations in workforce development and corporate training; and over ten years of experience securing and managing public training grants along with extensive experience developing and maintaining executive-level relationships and partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. Norman reports to the President of St. Augustine for the management and strategic leadership of the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE), the workforce development arm of the college. The Institute for Workforce Education is a comprehensive workforce development provider with expertise in dual language (Spanish/English) training. Its mission is to be the largest college-based provider of workforce development services in Illinois by 2012. IWE operates Construction, Green Technology, Manufacturing, Non Profit, Small Business, TDL, Workplace Safety, and Service workforce training programs. Dr. Ruano has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, and a Masters in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL with a focus in urban sociology and U.S. Latino studies.
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.
Ms. Madeline Roman-Vargas became Dean of Instruction at St. Augustine College in January 2016 and was elevated to Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2018. She has broad experience in higher education, where she began as a student counselor and ascended to assistant dean of students at Columbia College and eventually dean of the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center at Wright College. As an administrator, Ms. Roman-Vargas has overseen program development and collaboration with academic departments, community-based workforce development organizations, and the health, manufacturing and technology industries. She has participated in efforts that have been awarded private and government funding and has gained wide recognition.
In her role as Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Augustine College Ms. Roman-Vargas has been able to fulfill her life’s dream of empowering Latina women to achieve both personal and professional growth as she works to provide a primarily Latino student body with the tools for successful futures upon graduation. Her tasks include maintaining the accreditation and overseeing faculty and academic programs. She maintains the key to St. Augustine College’s mission of providing students with academic credentials that will lead them to successful employment and with this strengthen their economic status. She understands St. Augustine students’ needs from a very personal vantage, as she herself experienced geographic and cultural transitions: while born in the United States, Ms. Roman-Vargas was raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 16. She moved to Chicago and had to acculturate herself to life and education on the mainland. In Chicago, she graduated from Roberto Clemente High School and received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree in Secondary Education at Loyola University in 1982. While working full time, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in 1990. In addition to post graduate courses, she completed the Management Training Program offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed the courses for the Northern Illinois University Public Policy Doctoral Program. Ms. Roman-Vargas has received several awards and recognitions. One she is especially proud of is her receipt of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Illinois Latino Council in Higher Education (ILACHE).
Ms. Maria Zambonino is the Director of Financial Aid since 1980 when St. Augustine College first opened. She supervises all financial assistance programs administered in the college and maintains communication regarding financial aid to students and staff. Ms. Zambonino prepares student budgets for submission to need analysis agencies and analyzes student applications for financial assistance. She provides training for the Admissions and Counseling staff and insures that the college complies with federal and state regulations. Ms. Zambonino maintains records for audit purposes and conducts ongoing internal audits for compliance.