{2016-2018 Coding and Entrpeneurship 8-Week Summer Immersive Camps Instructors and Advisors}

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Professor Sanja Zivanovic

Head of Curriculum at CODELLA /Assistant Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Sanja is the Assistant Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Barry University. She received her MS and PhD in mathematics at the University of Miami, and she received her BS in mathematics and computer science from Barry University. Her areas of interest include dynamical systems, differential equations, and numerical analysis.

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Lizette Mendoza

Lead Instructor

Lizette Mendoza, one of six females in a class of 32 students, graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. Involved in a full-time dual enrollment program, College Academy (CA), her final two years of high school, she graduated with a high school diploma and Associate of Arts Degree at age 18, and completed her academic career at the age of 21. She first discovered her interest programming from her father, and in Computer Science when she enrolled in her first programming course at College Academy.

In addition to programming, Lizette also has a passion for teaching. Wishing she had learned about programming at a younger age, she enjoys the opportunity she has been afforded to work with these girls to teach them a new skill that will be of great benefit to their future.


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Rory Cosio

Student Founder

Aurora Cosio is a senior at Carrollton School of the Sacred heart’s IB program. “Rory”, as she is known, is a student founder of CODeLLA.Org, the first immersive coding/technology-entrepreneurship camp for low-income Hispanic girls in the US, ages 9-13. Rory has helped spearhead the growth of CODeLLA into a year-round coding academy that teaches STEM, computer literacy, coding, tech-entrepreneurship and hosts the annual SheTech.Miami coding/entrepreneurship and app competition attended by over 300 title-one middle-school girls yearly. Rory is currently taking IB computer science and plans to study business and entrepreneurship in college with a concentration in IT and take her place in the tech job market after graduating. Last year Rory won a Partial scholarship to attend African Leadership Academy in South Africa from January to July 2017. At ALA Rory studied with other students from all over the world who have started economic and social entrepreneurship corporations. As part of her time in Limpopo, South Africa Rory taught a course on entrepreneurial leadership for a group of underprivileged students. This year, Rory received her third NCWIT AspireIT program grant as well as NCWIT Aspirations in Computing- South Florida Affiliate award.

Rory has also been awarded the ABC Summer of Creativity Award from Youth Service America, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award Bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion for volunteerism and the American Red Cross Spectrum Youth Award. She is the President of Carrollton’s Medical Student’s in Action (“CMSA”) club and an active participant for the last six years in their annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Rory has served as a Spanish translator for MSA and has spearheaded a campaign to build two houses for some of MSA’s neediest patients as well as raised funds to donate computers and printers to expand a neighborhood computer center where children can do their homework and learn computer skills. An avid soccer player Rory was awarded Carrollton’s soccer Junior varsity MVP award in 2015 and she was recently awarded offensive MVP in her South African boarding school’s Varsity soccer team. Some of her academic interests include computer programming and coding as well as her love for literature. This year she was awarded Carrollton’s IB Literature and Language excellence award and was a State Finalist in the Library of Congress Level 3 Writing Contest. Aside from school and sports, she is a dedicated photographer and her work was showcased at the Museum of Coral Gables’ Capture the Gables exhibit.

{Our Founders}

Josie Goytisolo

Founder & CEO

Josie is a successful Television News Executive and Entrepreneur whose career spans three decades. As a senior level executive, Josie managed and grew news organizations at the local, station group and network level from the bottom up to become leading news division in individual markets. 

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Helen Aguirre Ferr

Founder

Helen is the daily host of a national Spanish language radio program, "Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre" on Univision America radio, weekly columnist for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald and host of a weekend public affairs show "Issues" for WPBT2 a south Florida PBS affiliate. She is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees Miami Dade College.

{Student Founder}

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Rory Cosio

Student Founder

Aurora Cosio is a senior at Carrollton School of the Sacred heart’s IB program. “Rory”, as she is known, is a student founder of CODeLLA.Org, the first immersive coding/technology-entrepreneurship camp for low-income Hispanic girls in the US, ages 9-13. Rory has helped spearhead the growth of CODeLLA into a year-round coding academy that teaches STEM, computer literacy, coding, tech-entrepreneurship and hosts the annual SheTech.Miami coding/entrepreneurship and app competition attended by over 300 title-one middle-school girls yearly. Rory is currently taking IB computer science and plans to study business and entrepreneurship in college with a concentration in IT and take her place in the tech job market after graduating. Last year Rory won a Partial scholarship to attend African Leadership Academy in South Africa from January to July 2017. At ALA Rory studied with other students from all over the world who have started economic and social entrepreneurship corporations. As part of her time in Limpopo, South Africa Rory taught a course on entrepreneurial leadership for a group of underprivileged students. This year, Rory received her third NCWIT AspireIT program grant as well as NCWIT Aspirations in Computing- South Florida Affiliate award.

Rory has also been awarded the ABC Summer of Creativity Award from Youth Service America, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award Bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion for volunteerism and the American Red Cross Spectrum Youth Award. She is the President of Carrollton’s Medical Student’s in Action (“CMSA”) club and an active participant for the last six years in their annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Rory has served as a Spanish translator for MSA and has spearheaded a campaign to build two houses for some of MSA’s neediest patients as well as raised funds to donate computers and printers to expand a neighborhood computer center where children can do their homework and learn computer skills. An avid soccer player Rory was awarded Carrollton’s soccer Junior varsity MVP award in 2015 and she was recently awarded offensive MVP in her South African boarding school’s Varsity soccer team. Some of her academic interests include computer programming and coding as well as her love for literature. This year she was awarded Carrollton’s IB Literature and Language excellence award and was a State Finalist in the Library of Congress Level 3 Writing Contest. Aside from school and sports, she is a dedicated photographer and her work was showcased at the Museum of Coral Gables’ Capture the Gables exhibit.


{Advisory Board}

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Ana M. Carbonell

Ana M. Carbonell is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Hispanic Nexo, LLC, a Florida based public affairs and political strategy consulting firm and Founder of The Factor, Inc.Ms. Carbonell possesses unique expertise resulting from her over twenty years of public policy, political and legislative experience. Ms. Carbonell started her professional career in the Florida Legislature. She has successfully managed numerous political campaigns and public affairs initiatives in Florida. In 2010 and 2014, Ms. Carbonell oversaw the successful statewide multi-million dollar Hispanic media campaign and messaging strategy for Florida’s Governor Rick Scott.  Consequently, she is the recipient of two Reed Awards by Campaign & Elections for her creative advertisement work during the 2014 election cycle.

Throughout her years of public service as a Congressional Chief of Staff, Ms. Carbonell spearheaded numerous legislative initiatives, including the passage of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), which granted legal immigrant status to hundreds of thousands of hardworking Central Americans in the United States.

In 2004, Ms. Carbonell managed for the Florida Republican Party the GOTV and media plan. Ms. Carbonell worked on the team that devised the strategy for President Bush to win the majority of the Hispanic vote in the state of Florida. In 2008, Ms. Carbonell was responsible for the winning campaign that re-elected Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart to Congress by a 20 point margin, against a multi-million dollar independent expenditure effort. Some of Ms. Carbonell’s more recent political clients include Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agricultural Commission Adam Putnam and numerous Congressional candidates.

Ms. Carbonell is deeply committed to service. She was responsible for volunteer initiative in South Florida known as “One Nation,” which assisted over 100,000 individuals with the process of becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. Ms. Carbonell currently serves on the Board of the Centro Mater Foundation and the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC.

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Anuca Valverde

Anuca Valverde, President of Marketing Cervera Real Estate, is one of South Florida’s most experienced and knowledgeable real estate marketing professionals. Her expertise extends from Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and other aspects of the “new media” to direct marketing programs and traditional print, broadcast, and outdoor media. She understands how to guide organizations in developing effective strategic marketing plans and she knows how to reach consumers, influence behaviors and deliver positive returns on marketing investments.

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Mary Ann Halford

For over 20 years, Mary Ann Halford has been actively building businesses in the media and entertainment industry. She is currently a Managing Director in their Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice based in London, England.

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Maria Teresa Valle

In 2006, Maria Teresa started working at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart until now, teaching 1st through 8th grades Computational Science, Engineering, Coding and Robotics. She started the First Lego League robotics team, hosted 4 tournaments, took 3 teams to State Championships. Also, she started the Afterschool Robotics and Codingprograms/curriculum for grades 1-8.

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Juan Franco

CEO & Co-Founder of PayMentez, the largest monetization platform for micro transactions in Latin America.

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Madelyn Rodriguez-Llanes

Madelyn is the Director of the Centro Mater Child Care Center. She is responsible for the operation of a child care and after school program serving more than 500 children on a daily basis.

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Cristy Charters

Cristy is a National Board Certified Teacher of Computer Science, with over 14 years of experience teaching computer science at the high school level and over 3 years of experience teaching at Florida International University (FIU). Cristy graduated with a computer science degree from FIU and worked as a computer programmer/analyst for Florida Power and Light Company for 15 years. It is her goal to help promote computer science to the elementary school age children of Miami, Florida, until it becomes part of their core curriculum!