Dean’s Advisory Board


The Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) is made up of a group of community leaders from different sectors and industries dedicated to the mission and principles of the Honors College. Members contribute their support, wisdom, and expertise to shape, enrich, and sustain the Honors College and its programs. Members serve as ambassadors to the community and support fundraising to advance the goals of the Honors College and to heighten the visibility of the Honors College in the community.

Board Leadership

Heidi Marcelo-Calero

Chair, Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board

Board Members

Heidi Marcelo-Calero
Heidi Marcelo-Calero is a real estate and business law attorney in Miami, Florida. She has over 13 years of experience in assisting local business owners start-up their businesses and creating structures and strategies that will maximize their business and stave off future litigation. In addition, she is counsel for commercial lending departments in local banks, private lenders, and has helped hundreds of local home buyers realize their dreams of homeownership while ensuring that their investments are always 100% guaranteed from Title or lien defects. Heidi Marcelo-Calero is a proud FIU Honors College Alumna ('01) who is committed to assisting future alumni achieve their maximum potential.
Ileana Musa
Ileana Musa is the head of International Banking & Lending at Morgan Stanley. Ileana received her BBA degree, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Miami and an M.B.A. degree in finance from Florida International University. Ileana is the chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and leads, Women of ALPFA, a strategic initiative focused on advancing Latinas. Ileana serves on the board of Zoetic Stage, a South Florida Theatre company and Art Partner with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Board of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA).Ileana was recognized in Fortune magazine as one of ALPFA’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in corporate America in 2018 and 2017. In 2016 she was awarded the 2015 Top 10 Corporate Executives of the Year by Latina Style magazine.
Ruth Jimenez
Ruth Jimenez is Vice President and Branch Manager of Ocean Bank. In this role, Ms. Jimenez is responsible for relationship management and new business development; providing financial guidance and advice to her clients. With over twenty-five years of banking experience, Ms. Jimenez is highly regarded by her colleagues in the banking community for her candor and financial management expertise. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University. Ms. Jimenez has devoted her life to giving back to the South Florida community which includes her tenure as a Board Member of Florida International University’s Honors College Community Advisory Board, Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County, Marketing Committee Member of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, and Volunteer ‘Big Sister’ of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
Carlos A. Somoza
Carlos Somoza leads Kaufman Rossin’s international tax services practice. He has 20 years of experience in federal income, gift and estate taxation. Carlos earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Florida International University and a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami (specialization in international taxation). He is licensed to practice law in Florida and in the United States Tax Court. Carlos is involved with the Florida International University Honors College, serving as the Treasurer of its Community Advisory Board. He also serves as the Treasurer of the South Florida District Export Council, a group that complements the export promotion efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He is a member of the Christopher Columbus Alumni Association. In addition, he has been involved with the Miami-Dade Legal Aid “Put Something Back” program, offering legal and tax services to indigent clients.
Raul Rodriguez
Raul F. Rodriguez was born and raised in Miami, FL. He spent most of his early life learning and growing in the community of Sweetwater. He attended school there, established his first real estate development there, and is HOME in more ways than one. He is now married, and has a beautiful family with five children who reside with him. Through his foundation the Li'l Abner Foundation (named after his Father's legacy, Li'l Abner Mobile Home Park), Raul has honored his commitment to serve by helping underprivileged families in Sweetwater. His selfless drive and unwavering persistence to self-improve, have led him to pursue a career in law enforcement, and he has been a City of Sweetwater Police Officer since 2010. He has served on several Boards, including the FIU Honors College Community Development, Stonegate Bank, Miami Dade County Police Department Citizens Community Advisory Committee, and is a Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Delegate.

For information about the Dean’s Advisory Board, please contact:
Ari Sernik
Development Officer
11200 SW 8 Street DM 233
Miami, FL 33199