Outstanding MCS alumni serve as great role models


Outstanding MCS alumni serve as great role models

From left: MCS School Athletic Director James Colzi with MVPs Eduardo Camacho and Art Alvarez.

Over the decades, Miami Christian School has graduated a long list of impressive alumni. Looking back just 16 or so years, among many former standout students are Regina Bernadin and Melissa Rojas.

Regina, Valedictorian of the Class of 2000, recently addressed the school’s student body as Program Manager for the Human Trafficking Program of the International Refugee Center located in Miami. Bernadin, who attended the University of Miami on scholarship and graduated with a double major and triple minor, went on to earn a Masters, also at UM. In 2005 she became a case manager IRC and four years later was appointed as Florida Department of Children and Families Refugee Services’ first statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator. As such, Regina is responsible for facilitating and addressing human trafficking initiatives, developing and implementing human trafficking curriculum and trainings, as well as providing technical assistance to department staff and other local, national and international organizations and governments.

Outstanding MCS alumni serve as great role models

Regina Bernadin, Class of 2000.

Most recently, she has been working as an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance on human rights issues in addition while she pursues an Ph.D in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern, a degree she expects to complete by the end of the current school year. During the assembly, she shared what her time and involvements at MCS, describing how her life choices and studies led her to her current successes and position.

Melissa, still another outstanding alumna from the class of 1999, received her Bachelor in Psychology degree with a minor in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. During her time at FIU, Melissa was an active member of Phi Mu Sorority and following graduation was accepted into the Chicago Professional School of Psychology to attend its Forensic Psychology Master’s program. She went on to Carlos Albizu University where she received her Master’s Degree in Psychology and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic Concentration. She then trained in several community mental health centers, not-for-profit organizations and at a forensic private practice.

Outstanding MCS alumni serve as great role models

Undefeated MCS JV basketball team.

Prior to graduating with her Doctorate, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at a community mental health center in Kissimmee, FL. Melissa completed her residency at a private practice, conducting psychological interviews for the Department of Disability in Orlando. Married in 2012 (her husband is an airline pilot), the couple relocated in Spokane, WA where she is one of six staff psychologists for the State Department of Corrections, working with the staff at correctional institutions throughout the state. Dr. Teri Logan, Associate Head of MCS, lauds both women for providing such great role models for all.
Now, let’s also hear a round of applause for the MCS JV basketball team and its undefeated season, quite an accomplishment for any school varsity. Miami Christian students are also taking full advantage of the new baseball and softball fields at this writing.
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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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