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.
Chair, Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board
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 is the Co-Head of International Wealth Management and the Head of International Banking & Lending. In this role she leads the segment and strategy that focuses on Morgan Stanley’s International Client Advisors and international clients to ensure they have access to strategic solutions, services and thought leadership to address both sides of a client’s balance sheet.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley she was the Global Client Segment and Strategy executive for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
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 was recently named to ALPFA’s 2019 Most Powerful Latina list for a third year in a row and to Morgan Stanley’s 2019 MAKERS class.
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, 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 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.
Adam Sochet, a native Floridian, fluent in both Spanish and English, and has been involved in all aspects of real estate transactions in the South Florida market for over 24 years. His practice encompasses both the purchase, sale and leasing of single-family homes, condominiums, investment and income producing properties. Adam credits the rigorous curriculum emphasizing accounting, marketing and management he learned at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management for laying the foundations for successful business development. In 2004, Adam incorporated Vision Realty, L.L.C., a full-service concierge brokerage firm offering experienced personalized real estate solutions for the South Florida market. Adam incorporated its sister company, Vision Realty of Maine in 2014 specializing in 2nd homes and vacation properties in the Pine Tree State of Maine. Adam also serves on the executive committee for Special Olympics Florida and working directly one on one with the athletes. In addition he is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Rocky Creek Retirement Village. An A.H.C.A. (Agency for Health Care Administration) licensed Assisted and Independent Living Facility in Tampa, Florida and recognized as a leading provider for senior housing with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.