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Campus: Fort Lauderdale

Siriuma (Rumy) Armstrong

Siriuma Armstrong, also known as Rumy, brought over two decades of comprehensive experience in higher education and student financing to HCI College. Commencing her journey in 2000, she embarked on a career with one of the most esteemed student lending corporations. During her tenure there, she gained expertise in every facet of student loan management, from origination to disbursement and servicing.

In 2008, Rumy made the move to the Fort Lauderdale area, where she joined a prominent online education institution. Over the years, she held various significant roles, including FA Officer, FA Ombudsman, FA Operations Manager, and FA Training Specialist. Joining HCI College in 2021, Rumy has been pivotal in refining the financial aid process, extending her support to both new and returning students in securing necessary funding.

In totality, Rumy’s extensive knowledge and background in student finance, coupled with her proficiency in simplifying complex concepts, position her as an invaluable resource for individuals navigating the financial aid landscape.

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Carmen Salazar, MBA, MCHM, ASN, ACHE, FMG

Carmen Salazar brings a wealth of expertise from her extensive leadership roles within the realms of higher education and the healthcare industry. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both earned at American Intercontinental University. Additionally, Carmen is an alumna of the University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico, where she achieved an Associate of Science in Nursing. Her diverse educational background also includes being a Foreign Medical Graduate from Barcelona, Spain.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Carmen is deeply passionate about education and Clinical Research. She finds joy in quality time with her family, exploring new destinations through travel, and expressing her creativity through art forms like painting, ceramics, resin art, as well as crafting candles and soap. Carmen also appreciates the tranquility of reading, the serenity of beachside walks, and the rejuvenating practice of meditation. A lover of movement, she finds delight in the rhythm of dance.

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Jenna Figaro-Haynes, BA

Jenna Figaro-Haynes is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant with more than 13 years of experience. Jenna is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Florida Atlantic University. She graduated with high honors from Broward College with an Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration and earned her Medical Assistant Technician Diploma at The Allen College.

Prior to teaching, she has worked at several health care facilities as a lead medical assistant technician, surgical coordinator, and clinic manager. Jenna has 3 years of experience teaching in the field of medical assisting and 1 year experience as an Associate Director of Education.

Jenna moved to Florida in 2018, trading New York winters for Florida’s sun, and sea. She is happily married to her husband of 15 years and has 2 beautiful children. Aside from working, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family, the ocean, international travel, baking and music.One motto that Jenna lives by is “Positive thoughts can change your whole day and a positive mindset can change your whole life.”

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Lori Kaufman, MS

Lori Kaufman is the Director of Online Education. She has been with HCI College since 2018. Lori started as the nutrition instructor, then promoted to the Director of Online Education in January 2020.

Born and raised in New York, she moved to South Florida in 2012. As a child she was taught to follow her dreams, which is the reason she loves working with students. In an educational setting, teaching health and wellness has always been close to her heart. Her true passion is working at HCI College and being able to help students succeed at their chosen career and be successful.

In her spare time she loves to take her dog Lily to the dog park and meet friends for lunch. Lori appreciates working at HCI College and considers it her biggest accomplishment.

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Lorelaine Rodriguez Hernandez, CVT

Lorelaine attended City College Hollywood for the Veterinary Technology Program in 2014 and graduated with an Associates in Science in 2016. She passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and obtained her license to be an officially Certified Veterinary Technician.

During one of her externships in 2015 she was hired at the General Practice Clinic and has been working there ever since. She was able to move up quickly from Room Tech to Surgery Tech to Tech Supervisor. Lorelaine has always been passionate about education and found a love for teaching. So HCI College is a perfect fit!

One aspect of veterinary medicine that she truly enjoys is the client education. From puppy or kitten education to animal behavior and restraint, Lorelaine believes it is imperative that we not only further educate the veterinary staff but also educate the community on the importance of proper care for their furry loved ones.

When she is not working, Lorelaine enjoys long walks with her dogs, even going to the Dog beach! Reading, watching movies/TV, pet-sitting. If there was one thing she could not live without, it would be ice cream!

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Joan Sherrard, MBA

Joan Sherrard is the Senior Director of Career Services at HCI College. Her background includes 12 years as a Director and Regional Director of Career Services. Prior to working in higher education, Joan worked as a recruiter and account executive for Healthcare Staffing. Her experience in working with employers from within medical offices, hospitals, labs, diagnostic centers, and skilled nursing facilities, provides students with information to help them understand the medical industry and become successful. Joan has spent much of her career in higher education in South Florida, working with Nursing, Medical Assistants, C.N.A, EMT, Paramedics, Veterinary Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Culinary just to name a few.

Joan is very student focused, team oriented and understands the importance of finding our graduates meaningful careers. She assists students and graduates with resume writing, interviewing, job search, professionalism, and career goal setting. Joan holds both her BBA and MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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