About Us

Roxanne S Davies, PhD
Associate Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement
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Roxanne Davies has over 25 years of college and university administrative experience. She currently serves within the Division of Mission and Student Engagement where she provides coordination and liaison with senior administrators, faculty, and staff in the areas of mission effectiveness, organizational strategy, higher education collaborative initiatives, and program development. Working closely with the Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement, she directs and coordinates the responsibilities of the Office of Mission Engagement and implements initiatives and university wide events that further the mission and strategic goals of the university.

Roxanne has college teaching experience in Psychology and Sociology and has been a Licensed Psychotherapist in Florida since 1989. She obtained her master’s degree in educational psychology from Texas A & M and completed her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Barry University in 2012. She is very active in her hometown community of Miami Shores and supports partnerships that expand educational opportunities for students and teachers in local neighborhoods.

Paula Dias, EdD
Office of Mission Engagement, Program Manager
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Paula Dias is responsible for coordinating various aspects of university wide mission programming, such as Founders’ Week and Peace Month. She works on the OME marketing and communication strategy as well as furthering student leadership development through the De Porres Center for Ethical Leadership. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College. She completed her doctorate from Northeastern University in 2017. Paula was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in Boston, MA.

Paula has worked in Student Affairs including areas such as student leadership development and co-curricular engagement. Prior to moving to South Florida in 2015, Paula worked under the Division of Mission and Ministry at Boston College, managing a program targeted at increasing the engagement of low-income students in the academic, social, and spiritual life of the university. She also has experience teaching a Social Change Leadership Seminar to college freshmen.

Amanda McDole, M.Ed
Office of Mission Engagement, Coordinator
Thompson 202

Amanda McDole manages event logistics and budgeting for the Office of Mission Engagement’s programs and initiatives. She organizes all mission related projects in collaboration with various university partners and external vendors. Amanda also oversees and coordinates the Leading the Legacy Associate Life Series and supports the Center for Ethical Leadership initiatives.

Amanda is from Miami, FL where she earned her bachelor's degree from Florida International University. She recently graduated with her master's in higher education administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where her experience encompassed working with students in the functional areas of community engagement, leadership development, and international programs.

Kamilah Van
Office of Mission Engagement, AmeriCorps VISTA
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Kamilah was born in San Diego, California and raised in Miami, Florida and has always had a love of sunshine and beautiful beaches. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. In her free time, she loves to dance, having participated on the step and stroll team as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She also enjoys reading, social media, and listening to music.

Her AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) year is dedicated to increasing community engagement with the Community Learning Partnership of Greater Miami Shores and expand on sustainability initiatives with the Barry Ecological Sustainability Team. Prior to joining Barry University, Kamilah was a Unity 4Teens Teen Outreach Program Co-facilitator at Hispanic Unity of Florida which serves in select Broward County Public Schools. She was also a City Year Miami AmeriCorps Member with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.