Braulio Colón joined FCAN in 2023. He brings to FCAN over 20 years of professional experience in education community work as a non-profit executive, grantmaker, and system-change strategist. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Florida Student Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation where he served as a strategic lead in the Foundation’s community investment activities. Prior to Helios, Braulio co-founded and led the design and development of the Florida College Access Network as a statewide organization based at the University of South Florida.
Director of Research and Policy
Dave Sobush joined FCAN in 2023. Dave holds a Master of Business Administration from University of South Florida, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. In his previous role at the Florida Chamber Foundation, Dave was responsible for overseeing various research projects and headed up the Florida 2030 Blueprint Caucus. Dave brings deep experience in data analysis, public policy, and more. Additionally, he was involved with the International Economic Development Council, the Florida Economic Development Council, and the National Association for Business Economics.
Assistant Director of Communications
Sandra Cristina Roa joined FCAN in 2023. She is a first-generation college graduate and alumna from the City University of New York, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and master’s degree in journalism. With a life-long passion for multimedia storytelling, Sandra brings a unique perspective to her communication strategies, aiming to foster meaningful connections between the public sector, communities, and individuals. Sandra’s academic interests and expertise are in examining the representations of marginalized communities, using media for advocacy, and writing personal narratives. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in communication at University of South Florida.
Communication & Initiatives Manager
Adriana Pavicic joined FCAN in 2021. Her work focuses on College Ready Florida, FCAN’s statewide initiatives aimed at supporting a college-going culture. She has a wide range of experience in public relations and marketing. Prior to joining FCAN, Adriana also worked as a teacher’s aide in a K-8 school in Pinellas County. Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in advertising from the University of South Florida, where she also minored in public health. She enjoys writing, going to the beach, and hanging out with her Yorkie.
Deborah Martin joined FCAN in 2021. She analyzes complex education policy in Florida, specifically to inform various stakeholders of the impact legislative actions have on college access and readiness. Deborah’s previous experience working for the Florida Legislature, including her knowledge of the legislative process and the intricacies of public policy, support her current work at FCAN. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a bachelor’s degree in public health, both from the University of South Florida. She is a proud first-generation college graduate, dedicated to assisting others in achieving that same goal through her role at FCAN. Deborah also enjoys going to the beach and the gym, spending time with her family and friends, and is always listening to music.
Cuiyun Liu joined FCAN in 2023. Her past research has encompassed various student benefits, such as Pedagogy of student’s character formation and classroom assessment. Formerly a high school teacher for over a decade, her overarching goal is to enhance college access through data analysis. She holds a master’s degree in research and evaluation methods from Boston College, as well as a master’s degree in education. In her free time, Cuiyun enjoys cooking, jogging, and spending time with her husband and friends.
Jessica Miller, Ed.D.
Jessica Miller joined FCAN in 2023, and plans to leverage her expertise from her dissertation on ESL education and five years of regulatory policy analysis with the Florida Public Service Commission in her role. She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in library and information science from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from American University. She also spent five years as a children’s and teen librarian at the Alachua County Library District, specializing in early literacy initiatives and teen mentoring programs. Jessica enjoys spending time with her pets, working on her Spanish, and enjoying the many beaches in the Tampa Bay area, home to her family for over five generations.
Olivia Gonzalez joined FCAN in 2023. She is a first-generation college student currently completing a bachelor’s degree in political science. As a first-generation American as well, Olivia is passionate about immigrant rights and Latinx advocacy. She recognizes the importance of access to education in the collective fight towards equality. In her spare time, Olivia finds comfort and inspiration from the world of art, indulging in her love for painting. She also cherishes spending quality time with her family at the beach.
Kimberly Krupa, Ph.D.
LCAN Network Consultant