GPS Team

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The GPS team is made up of successful undergraduate students who not long ago were in your same shoes, i.e., wondering how to get started on this new college life. They are eager and ready to help you navigate your transition to college. They are actively engaged in the UM community and excited to help you find your way.  

So, go on, explore this page and get to know them! Click on any of the links on the left-hand navigation for need-to-know and good-to-know information.

Questions? You can always reach us on Instagram at @UMAdmission or email us at um.gps@miami.edu.

Scylla Blervacq

Scylla Blervacq

Major: Health Science

Year of graduation: 2021

Hometown: Belgium

Fun fact: In Greek mythology, Scylla is a monster with six heads. Of course, my parents didn't know when they named me. 

Alyssa Cruz

Alyssa Cruz

Major: Neuroscience

Year of graduation: 2018

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: I'm a big fan of the reality TV show Survivor. I've seen every season!


Giselle De la Rua

Giselle De La Rua

Major: Neuroscience

Year of graduation: 2021

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Fun fact: I've gone swimming with sharks.


Michael Dvornik

Michael Dvornik

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

Fun fact: I have been hugged by a baby manatee.


Doreen Gustave

Doreen Gustave

Major: Psychology

Year of graduation: 2021

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: I climbed a mountain in Haiti the summer of 2017.

Glen Howard

Glen Howard

Major: Broadcast Journalism and Africana Studies

Year of graduation: 2018

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: I have been at UM since 1995.



nicholas-hurtado

Nicholas Hurtado

Major: Business Management and Motion Pictures

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: I play nine instruments (guitar, bass, drums, piano, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, vocals, and recorder).

Demba Kah

Demba Kah

Major: Biomedical Engineering 

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Fun fact: Almost went to National Spelling Bee in 2007; misspelled jaundice in the final round.


Sarena Kalap

Sarena Kalap

Major: Marketing on Pre-Law Track

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Houston, TX

Fun fact: I grew up on a farm in Texas.


Jack Medla

Jack Medla

Major: Marine Science and Biology

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Fun fact: I try to go out on my boat fishing at least two days out of every week.


Niko Minasola

Niko Minasola

Major: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Year of graduation: 2018

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Fun fact: I am named after a Steven Seagal character in the movie Above the Law.

Luis Moas

Luis Moas

Major: Chemistry and Classics

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: I can hold my breath for five minutes.



Cailin Murphy

Cailin Murphy

Major: Exercise Physiology

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Plymouth, MA

Fun fact: Despite many years of trying, I cannot whistle one bit.

Valentina Neira Diez

Valentina Neira-Diez

Major: Psychology

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Fun fact: I am a dual citizen of Colombia and the United States: both are my home!


Emily Powell

Emily Powell

Major: Psychology 

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Easton, CT 

Fun fact: I am a vegetarian but I often crave hot dogs. 


Charles Rilli

Charles Rilli

Major: Finance and Management

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Verona, NJ

Fun fact: I studied abroad in Rome during my first semester in college.


Christine Sanchez

Christine Sanchez

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year of graduation: 2021

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fun fact: Even though I have a fear of heights, I flew an airplane.

Gina Sciascia

Gina Sciascia

Major: Marketing

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Melbourne, FL 

Fun fact: I'm vegan.



Bonnie Stright

Bonnie Stright

Major: Elementary/Special Education and Psychology

Year of graduation: 2020

Hometown: Berwyn, PA

Fun fact: I flew home for the parade when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Marya Zdechlik

Marya Zdechlik

Major: Chemistry

Year of graduation: 2019

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Fun fact: I was abroad in the Galapagos Islands last fall!