Meet Our Staff


Dave E Becher

Assoc. Provost, Programs

David Becher joined the University of Miami as Associate Provost for Data Governance and Institutional Research in August 2017. His responsibilities include leading a team responsible for providing data and analyses to senior leadership for decision-making purposes and providing mandated data to external agencies; providing leadership and...

Carmel Deborah Calvo

Strategic Data Analyst 2

(305) 284-2392
Carmel Joseph joined the IRSA team in 2019. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Carmel was a data analyst at Nova Southeastern University. Her focus was on first-year student retention, persistence, and completion with an emphasis on student engagement. In addition to first-year student reporting, she managed data collection and analysis...

Samantha Dietz

Executive Director, Programs

(305) 284-6654
Dr. Samantha Dietz is the Executive Director of Programs for Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics. Her responsibilities focus on collaborating with data citizens through coordination of enterprise data governance activities to ensure UM’s data is treated as an asset. Samantha has worked as a research project coordinator and...

Daisy Gigantana

Administrative Assistant

(305) 284-3228
Daisy Gigantana has more than 15 years of experience in accounting field with different spectrum of industries from banking, non-profit, distribution, legal, construction, resorts, and software. She takes challenges to heart whether traveling to unknown places or having a new project or implementation at hand. The challenges she tackles help...

Jennifer A Heaton

Business Intelligence Analyst 2

(305) 284-3894
Jennifer Heaton joined IRSA as a Business Intelligence Analyst in 2022.  She specializes in the following: Data Visualization and Dashboard Design in Tableau and Power BI Data modeling using SAS, SQL, and SPSS BI Reporting SharePoint Site Design Jennifer has served in an institutional research capacity since 2014 developing surveys,...

Mary Huang

Strategic Data Analyst 2

(305) 284-5004
Mary Huang is an Enrollment Analyst supporting internal and external informational needs through reporting and analyzing the data. With the use of data from different Data system (SQL Warehouse, CaneLink, Workday, Salesforce, etc.)  she provides quantitative and qualitative analysis on University’s planning, management, policy...

Geoffrey Koch

Director, Data Analytics

(305) 284-3893
Geoff joined the IRSA team in March of 2022 and prides himself on being a cross-functional analytics thought leader with a focus on people, processes, and data. He is passionate about enabling professionals to thrive with a little assistance from the data they are exposed to. Geoff started his career at a small law firm as a business analyst...

Peter C Liu

Institutional Research Analyst 2

(305) 284-1531
Peter Liu joined the IRSA team in 1997.  He first came into this country in 1986.  After finishing his Ph.D. in Economics, he joined University of Miami in 1990.  His responsibilities include reporting Federal government surveys, Guide Book surveys including U.S. News and World Report.  His focus is on...

Shirley Lowe

Manager, Business Intelligence

(305) 284-3791
Shirley Lowe is a transplant Floridian who has lived in Miami for over forty years.  She has been working at the U since 2014 in the Institutional Research office. She works mostly with student data for internal and external reporting and has spent most of her adult life analyzing data.  "It is fun to transform data from...

Baba Naledi

Business Intelligence Analyst 1

(305) 284-6438
Thabo Nyathi was raised in Southern Africa, he came to Miami through the way of a Fulbright Scholarship. He currently holds three degrees in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Management Information Science. He is also a certified Applied Positive Psychology Practioner. Guided by the ubuntu principles of winning through...

Shayna Tatiana Quiceno

Director, Institutional Research

(305) 284-6190
Shayna Quiceno is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in Higher Education, specializing in data-driven decision-making and institutional research. Holding a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Shayna has excelled in various roles across academic and administrative units at institutions like...

Monica Vasquez

Manager, Business Operations

(305) 284-3856
Monica Vasquez was born in Miami, FL and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. In 2003, she started working at UM in the Facilities Administration Department and then transferred to the Institutional Research office in 2008. Since then, Monica has provided administrative support to the department and its leadership. She manages all day-to-day operations...

Indy Warner

Business Intelligence Analyst 2

(305) 284-6216
Indy Warner is originally from Salvador, Brazil but Miami has been her home for more than 20 years. She has worked in the Information Technology industry since getting her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and she has worked in the field of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence for over 10 years. During these years...

Wai-Han Yu

Institutional Research Analyst 3

(305) 284-3037
Wai-Han was born in Hong Kong and earned her bachelor degree in Hong Kong. She attended the University of Florida for her graduate education in 1986. She has been involved in data and statistics since her undergraduate education and has been in the field of Institutional Research since 1990. Before joining the University of Miami, she...

Wenli Zheng

Strategic Data Analyst 3

(305) 284-8633
Wenli Zheng joined the IRSA team in 2019. Wenli has been working for University of Miami since 1999. She was a Database Analyst in UM’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science from 1999 to 2007, a Market Research Analyst in UM’s Division of Enrollment Management from 2007 to 2014, and a Financial Aid Analyst from 2014...