Welcome to the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Trudy Gaillard Appointed Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for
FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Administrative Staff of the Year 2017

Presented to

Jacqueline Rojas

Office Coordinator of Student Services

For dedication, commitment, extraordinary service and
outstanding contributions to the College success.


Florida International University Wins Florida Nurses Association President's Award!


Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences wins the Florida Nurses Association President's Award for exemplary service and contributions to the success of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA). The award was announced at the awards ceremony during the FNA conference in Orlando, FL on September 29, 2017.

Adjua Maia McGill is Named Director of Development for
the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

NWCNHS welcomes the new Director of Development for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Adjuia Maia McGill. Maia brings considerable knowledge and experience to the role, and we are excited about the future of the College�s advancement efforts under her leadership.

Maia holds a Bachelor�s Degree in Communications from Oral Roberts University and has more than 13 years of experience in a broad range of advancement, business development, marketing and public relations roles with professional and higher education organizations. Her professional roles have included serving as the Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In that role she directed a number of community based programs and screenings serving underserved populations, impacting thousands of area residents. This role also included providing support for diversity research initiatives and grants as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with key leaders in both public and private sectors, various healthcare providers and community-based organizations. As the Director of Sales for IHG, she was responsible for a $3.9 million revenue goal and carried a portfolio of over 200 corporate clients. She developed sales and marketing plans to support overall sales and external branding. Her background also includes fundraising for non-profits, including the United Way of Greater Rochester.


Dr. Tami Thomas Appointed as Associate Dean of Research,
Faculty Development & Director of the PhD Program


Dr. Tami Thomas has accepted the appointment as Associate Dean of Research, Faculty Development and Director of the PhD Program effective January 1, 2018. Currently, Dr. Thomas is serving as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has served as our Associate Dean of Academic Affairs since January 2015. However, she has shown an increasing affinity for leading the College�s research and faculty development activities, and the PhD in Nursing Program. She also is Principal Investigator/Project Director of two major federally-funded grants which total $2.8 million. Dr. Thomas developed and implements an outstanding and exemplary faculty development program in her role as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs within the College, and will continue in this role. Dr. Thomas has already begun to serve on several University committees that require the expertise of a senior investigator and administrator. It is important that the College place an experienced researcher who understands research program development in a position to lead the College�s research endeavors and the PhD in Nursing Program if we are to make significant progress in meeting FIU�s strategic goals.

Dr. Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo Appointed Director of Accreditation by Provost Furton

Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo recently accepted the position of Director of Accreditation in the FIU Office of the Provost. Jennifer is a very talented, diplomatic, and bright young woman and I expect that she will become one of the greatest assets to Academic Affairs, as she has been a tremendous asset to the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

As the founding Program Director and Chairperson of the Department of Athletic Training, Jennifer and her faculty achieved numerous accomplishments. She and her faculty developed strong clinical partnerships within the community and across the country, and created quality clinical education and internship opportunities for students, many of which led to employment. Just in the last three years alone, our FIU Athletic Training Program placed 18 students with 12 different teams in the National Football League. And, an alumna was hired as the first, full-time female athletic trainer by the Kansas City Chiefs. This is quite an accomplishment and a strong testament to the amazing education afforded to our athletic training students. Continuing her innovative leadership, Jennifer established athletic training faculty practice at FIU in collaboration with Student Affairs. She secured funding to fully support two clinical instructor lines in the Department of Athletic Training. These two clinical instructors provide athletic training healthcare for all FIU students as well as intramural and club sport participants. Jennifer also secured space in the new Wellness and Recreation Center for an Athletic Training Clinic, which will open October 1, 2017.