Meet Our Team

Dr. Jason Prendergast
Director of University of Counseling and Support Services
Phone: 305-626-3139

Dr. Jason-Anthony Prendergast, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, is the University Counseling & Support Services (UCSS) Director for Florida Memorial University. Dr. Prendergast e is the President & CEO of Edify Counseling Group and chair for the Executive Board of Directors for The Bryce Gowdy Foundation. Dr. Prendergast is a Licensed Clinical Counselor - Advanced Certified, Certified Temperament Therapist, Ordained Minister of the Gospel, and a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). He holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Psychology, a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health, and an MBA in Business Leadership from Liberty University. He is also an Executive Board of Director for the Jamaican Men of Florida (JMOF), a Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), a Member of the Association of Black Psychologists of South Florida Chapter (ABPsy), and a member of the Christian Mental Health Professionals of Broward (CMHPB). Dr. Prendergast is committed to providing a foundation for students at FMU, focusing on mental and emotional health while advocating for removing the mental health stigma affecting students of color. He is a father of two beautiful daughters and loves spending time with his daughters while advocating for those in need.

Larry Perez
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 305-626-3783

Originally from New York City, Larry serves as the assistant dean of students and is responsible for student conduct and supervises the director of housing and residence life. Mr. Perez holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Lincoln College in Illinois, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of San Diego in California.Mr. Perez is a quintessential student affairs professional who brings to FMU over 25 years in higher education serving as an adjunct faculty member, academic advisor, director of campus student life, higher education international consultant in England, and multiple progressive positions in student housing including director of housing and residence life, and acting dean of student affairs. Larry has worked at numerous colleges throughout New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, California, and Florida.In his personal time, he is involved with serving on his condominium association board, volunteering for the City of Hollywood events and enjoys the beach, traveling, spending time with family. Larry is all about building relationships and connections and looks forward to enhancing the student engagement experience by interacting with students and staff and fostering positive relationships within the campus.

Malik Smith
Residential Hall Coordinator – Goode Hall

Malik Smith was born and raised in Miami, FL. Mr. Smith obtained his Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science at Bethune-Cookman University. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Smith served as a Resident Assistant for 3 years, where he lived by the university’s motto, “Enter to learn, depart to serve”. Now serving as a Resident Hall Coordinator, Mr. Smith brings his youthfulness and creativity to the position. During his free time, Mr. Smith enjoys collecting sneakers, playing video games, and listening to music. Mr. Smith is excited to serve in his position as a Resident Hall Coordinator at FMU and cannot wait to see what the future brings!

Sharhonda Ford
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership

Sharhonda Ford joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2003, and currently serves as the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership. Prior to this appointment, Ford served as the Director of Student Publications for thirteen years. She plays a pivotal role in helping the University achieve one of its fundamental goals educating the whole student through a variety of programs and services offered through the office of Student Engagement and Leadership. She is responsible for managing, directing, and working with the team in implementing engaging programs and events in an effort to create an impactful and positive student experience.

As Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, Ford oversees Intramural Sports, the Royal Court, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (Fraternity and Sorority Life) and Co-advisor to the Student Government Association. In her role, Ford also serves as a liaison to various committees; New Student Orientation, Convocation, Homecoming, Founders’ Day, Commencement, Protect the Pride and the Food Service Task Force.

Michelle Calvo
UCSS Administrative Assistant
Phone: 305-626-3138

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Michelle serves as the Divisional Administrative Assistant to the Department of Student Affairs and enjoys getting to work with all the students coming into the Student Counseling Center. She originally aspired to work in Media, graduating with a Broadcasting certification from Miami Media School in 2017. Michelle also comes from a very diverse customer service background, most recently working in the travel industry with Academy Bus. In her spare time, Michelle is an aspiring professional makeup artist and is an avid anime and Disney fan as well as a cosplayer who frequents conventions and cosplays on various social media platforms.

Samantha Isaacs

Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Student Centers
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Samantha Isaacs was raised in Sunrise, Florida and serves as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Student Center. She received her Masters degree in Recreation and Sport Management from Florida International University and her Bachelors degree in Sport Management with minors in Communication Studies and Business Administration from the University of Florida. Ms. Isaacs possess 5 years of experience in the recreation field. Her hobbies include reading, volunteering and outdoor activities.

Samantha Ramirez
Residential Hall Coordinator – LLC 4

Samantha Ramirez grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Most recently, Ms. Ramirez completed her MBA degree from Florida Memorial University, while working as a RHC. Prior to moving to Florida, Samantha worked at Saint Augustine’s University as an Admissions Counselor and Primary Designated School Official. Samantha is passionate about Higher Education and Student Services. Outside of the university life, Samantha loves spending time at the beach, trying a new restaurant, and traveling.

Stephanie Faison
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone: 305-626-3722

Ms. Stephanie Faison was born into a large family and was raised in Miami Gardens, Florida. She has lived in Florida and Texas. Ms. Faison has been working for Florida Memorial University for nearly two years serving in various roles. Currently, she serves as the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs. Ms. Faison has completed a rigorous certificate program with the Miami Culinary Institute in Culinary & Catering along with Knife skills. Most recently she completed a certificate program from Florida Atlantic University in Hospitality & Tourism Management. She loves spending time with family and her fiancé, shopping, trying new restaurants and traveling when she gets a chance. Her college career was done at Miami Dade College and University of Miami.

Yamiley Nestor
Residential Hall Coordinator- Robinson Hall

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Yamiley is a proud South Florida native. Upon graduating high school she attended Florida Atlantic University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Directly after completing her undergraduate studies, Yamiley decided to further her education at her Alma Mater FAU. There she attained her Masters of Education in Higher Education Leadership. In times of leisure Yamiley enjoys traveling, tapping into her creativity and spending time with her loved ones. Her favorite quote is “love, live life, proceed, progress”. As a developmental leader with a passion for student affairs, Yamiley hopes to continuously empower the students she engages with to be change agents.