Council of Chairs Directory

Amanda Cantor Sanchez | Chair of Recruitment |

Amanda is currently an undergraduate student studying physics with a concentration in biophysics at Florida International University. Amanda started with the PLTL program as a leader in the Fall of 2017 and as was assigned the Chair of Recruitment position in the Summer of 2019. Amanda is going to graduate in the Spring of 2020, and hopes to matriculate into medical school. She is most interested in long-term patient care and aspires to be a family medicine physician.

Daniel Flores | Co-Chair of Supervising |

Daniel Flores received his Associates Degree in Education from Miami Dade College in the spring of 2011. He went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in the Spring semester of 2015. He first became a peer leader in the fall of 2011. He was assigned as Chair of Supervising for the PLTL program at FIU in 2013. He later joined the RAPL program in 2015 to help incorporate research into the reformed supervising program. Currently he works as a lab instructor at FIU for Biology as well as a Group Discussion Peer Leader for Biology 1 while applying to the Masters of Public Health program with a focus in Epidemiology.

Jethel Hernandez | Co-Chair of Supervising |

Jethel Hernandez is an undergraduate student at Florida International University completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Chemistry. Since her first semester, as a student in Pitzer’s Biology I class, Jethel discovered that her passion for STEM was only equaled by her interest in college education. Beginning as a PLTL leader during her freshman year, she knew that the PLTL initiative would foster her pedagogic skills and expectations. With every semester, her involvement increased to become a supervisor and soon the Supervising Co-Chair. Jethel hopes to pursue a medical degree in the future, but she knows that education will also be an essential part of her career.

Katherine Lemus | Co-Chair of Group Discussion |

Katherine Lemus is a Fall 2017 graduate at Florida International University with a Major in Biological Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Chemistry. She has been a PLTL Leader since her freshman year in Spring 2015 and became a supervisor shortly thereafter in Fall of 2015. Katherine became a Group Discussion Leader in Fall of 2016, where she has been able to express her enthusiasm about both General Biology 1 and 2. She aspires to attend Medical School, in the hopes of becoming a Pediatrician or a Cardiologist, and absolutely loves bringing joy to others. She is currently still a GD Leader in General Biology 2, scribes for the Cardiovascular Center of South Florida and is a Teaching Assistant for both General Biology 1 & 2. She hopes to continue to brighten peoples’ days and spread the importance of knowledge as she furthers her studies in the incredible field of the Sciences.

Nicole Angelique Vargas Chair of Outreach |

Nicole is a Florida International University graduate. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2016 and finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biology in 2017. She has been involved with the PLTL Program since her sophomore year in college. She is currently a research assistant for the PLTL program at FIU where she has been conducting research on the critical thinking skills associated with PLTL leaders. Nicole is also the Outreach Chairperson for the PLTL program and an adjunct instructor for the Biology Department at FIU. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development and hopes to be done by Summer of 2020.

Philip Geronimo Villar | Co-Chair of Group Discussion |

Philip Geronimo Villar is a Florida International University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Philip started as a peer leader in 2014, leading for Bio 1, Bio 2, and Genetics. He is currently the Group Discussion Chairperson for the PLTL program. He also works part-time as an adjunct teaching assistant for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at FIU, and an Emergency Room Scribe for PhysAssist. He is an aspiring doctor that wants to emphasize the importance of educating the patient to facilitate a conversation about their health, rather than a 1-sided discussion. In the long run, he believes this will help patients become more informed, enabling them to make better decisions and be able to pass on the information to others, essentially building a web of connections that will diminish ignorance within the health field. Philip is passionate about teaching, whether it’s chemistry, biology, physiology, or medicine, you are going to have an interesting conversation that you’ll never forget.