About the Analytics Team

 

Diana Pienaar, J.D.

CFEED Director, Valencia College

As an individual who traverses paths less traveled, Diana is excited to be in a position poised to make a positive difference in students’ lives.

Prior to joining Valencia, Diana spent over 28 years in various roles within the Information Technology field.  She has worked within Research and Development roles in private companies focused on Financial Services and Banking, E-Commerce, Logistics as well as Consulting Services prior to moving into Academia.  Recently, she was the Sr. Director of Enterprise Project Management at OCPS.

Diana attended the University of Central Florida before obtaining a Juris Doctor in Law from Barry University.  She also obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Orlando as well as a Master of Laws in International Taxation and Financial Services from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

 

Michael Holt

Architect, Midtown Consulting (Valencia College)

Michael has over 20 years of experience in Information Management and Analytics with broad experience in all aspects of Information Delivery for Analysis, Decision Support, Enterprise Performance Management, and Financial Reporting activities. He has direct Industry experience in Finance, Hospitality, Education, Retail, Insurance, and Manufacturing.  His areas of expertise include system integration, data architecture, analytics, project management, system implementation, environment testing, ad-hoc reporting, data analysis, requirement & procedure documentation, and client relations.  Michael is a trusted and highly experienced Enterprise Systems Architect and services all roles required for project and product management life-cycles.

 

Magdalena Fernández Civil

Research Analyst II, AIP-University of Central Florida

Magdalena has been a research analyst for 7 years with knowledge in K-12 and post-secondary education. She has focused her K-12 education research in English Language Learners, and her post-secondary education research in university students.  She earned a bachelor and a master’s degree in Business and Administration at Universidad de Oviedo, Spain and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Houston.

Her first working experience was in Madrid, Spain as an economist at a bank, later she moved to the US and started to work as a research analyst at the University of Houston, where she studied the academic performance of English Language Learners in elementary and secondary education in different states. Currently her work entails educational data manipulation, visualization, and analysis.

 

Nicole Scala

Senior Manager, School District of Osceola County

Nicole is an experienced educational leader with knowledge in high school education and research.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and a Minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Central Florida. Nicole also holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Operations Research. Nicole has been in education since 2005, during which she taught Mathematics and Physics at the high school and middle school levels for 7 years in Brevard County Florida and 5 Years in Daegu South Korea. During her time in South Korea, she served as the co-chair of the science department along with leading the data and research team to create a database for use to research student results for WASC accreditation and student growth.

 

Renee M. White

Database Engineer, Midtown Consulting (Valencia College)

Renee has over 6 years of experience in Management Information Systems, with targeted experience in Data Analysis, Reporting, Engineering and Development. She has direct industry experience in IT Services, Communications, Education, Supply Chain and Finance. She has gained expertise in on premise and cloud-based solutions, leveraging data to provide key insights that help clients track and forecast budget spends, Renee graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelors in Finance, and attained a second degree in Information Technology, from Florida International University. Renee is excited to be a part of a project that will change the lives of children now and in the future!

 

Suyin Ferro

Database Analyst, Orange County Public Schools

Suyin Ferro has been a member of the OCPS ITS team for 13 years. As a member of the Web Services team, she provided support for the district’s SharePoint Web platform as well as several standalone and custom web-based applications, contributing to enhancing the experience of our customers, schools, families and the students.

Two and a half years ago, Suyin had the opportunity to join the team that combined staff from OCPS, SDOC, Valencia College, and UCF on a system to develop insights on student readiness for college. She contributed to the development of data visualizations that transform the collected data into informational insights of student readiness that are easy to understand.

Suyin attended the University of Havana, Cuba, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. She is very happy to be living in Florida. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.