Human Resource Management Certificate

Veronica Maristany

Veronica Maristany

Veronica Maristany is the Executive Director of HR Client Services for the Coral Gables campus at the University of Miami. Her professional experience spans over twenty years in the field of human resources management. Before joining the University in 2012, Veronica held senior leadership positions within the hospitality and retail industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Personnel Management from Florida International University, and a master’s degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. As the Executive Director of Human Resources, her work is focused on aligning culture, leadership, and performance with the University’s HR and business strategies. Veronica’s specialty areas include employee relations, leadership and staff development, investigations, performance management, and employee engagement. In addition to her role in the HR department, Veronica is also a part-time faculty lecturer in the University’s Division of Continuing and International Education (DCIE), specifically servicing the HR Management Certificate program.



Nadeen Medvin, Ph.D., DABPS, DABDA

Nadeen Medvin

Dr. Medvin is a licensed and board-certified Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in private practice. Her professional practice spans over 25 years in providing individual, career, and corporate psychological services in public and private-sector settings. She is specialized in behavioral medicine, leadership assessment and organizational development interventions focused on conflict management and the alignment of organizational behavior with strategic and performance objectives. Her mission is to serve as a facilitator and change agent to promote the enhancement of personal and professional effectiveness. Her methods are simple: Work with people and through relationships. And: Never put “high tech” before “high touch.” Her current focus is in the area of organizational effectiveness including corporate wellness, employee assistance, executive assessment and coaching, and mediation concerning relationship and workplace disputes.

Dr. Medvin has served as an organizational effectiveness consultant and adjunct faculty member for numerous local organizations and universities. She maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Miami, where she currently teaches Training and Organizational Development. Other classes Dr. Medvin teaches include graduate-level business courses in Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Psychometrics, and Organizational Health and Wellness. She is a published author and has presented work in the areas of human relations, leadership effectiveness, and applications of psychological testing to executive development and performance coaching. In her varied roles, Dr. Medvin has also served on a variety of committees, corporate and community boards related to education, healthcare, ethics, organizational effectiveness, and HR best practices. She is currently an advisory board member of Dade County Public Schools Business Technology Programs, University of Miami Division of Continuing and International Education, and Talent Management Executive Research Board.

Dr. Medvin is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, American College of Disability Analysts, and American College of Forensic Examiners. She has been awarded a Diplomate in Psychological Assessment, Evaluation and Testing by the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and a Diplomate in Disability by the American Board of Disability Analysts. Other professional awards and designations she has received include Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, certification by the Florida Supreme Court in mediation, and recognition by Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. She received the Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 for contributions to education, behavioral medicine, social sciences, and business and industry.

In sum, Dr. Medvin is a versatile and accomplished practitioner whose work and philosophy emphasize both humanistic and scientifically based approaches to develop individuals and organizations to fulfill their unique potential.



Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris is an attorney and General Counsel for DuraBrite Lighting Solutions LLC, a commercial and industrial lighting manufacturer. Kevin has over 20 years of experience advising and counseling employers on a wide spectrum of labor and employment law matters. Before joining DuraBrite, Kevin worked for a property management firm in West Palm Beach handling all legal matters for the company, and practiced in Miami at global law firms Greenberg Traurig, P.C. and Littler Mendelson, P.C. representing management exclusively. He has also served as general counsel for a facilities management company where he was responsible for human resources and as a staff attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. Kevin is included in The Best Lawyers in America and is licensed to practice law in Florida, North Carolina, New York, and Colorado. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.



John C. Prats

John C. Prats

As the Director of Human Resources for Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, John Prats oversees the full scope of human resources administration for a workforce of 220 employees. As a certified member of SHRM and HRCI, John remains focused on current and emerging HR trends and best practices. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Miami, where he teaches the SHRM Learning System; Employee, Planning and Practice, and Benefits and Compensation.

In 2019, John Prats retired from Miami-Dade County after 36 years of continuous service. As the Human Resources Commander, John Prats oversaw the Personnel Management Bureau for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, the 8th largest jail system in the United States with a $306 million operating budget and a workforce of 3,068 budgeted positions.

As a tenured veteran of Miami-Dade County, Mr. Prats served in key, diversified roles, including Assistant Director for the Housing, Development, and Loan Administration Division where he managed a $260 million affordable housing construction loan portfolio and worked closely with the Board of County Commissioners to spend $137 million in General Obligation Bonds for affordable housing. Mr. Prats developed and managed the speaker’s bureau for the People’s Transportation Plan referendum (half-penny sales tax) which received 65% voter approval; and co-developed and facilitated the first-ever countywide ethics training using the train-the-trainer concept. As a trainer, he facilitated a wide array of employee development workshops to include the supervisor certification program and cultural diversity workshops; investigated construction fraud in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew; handled 911 emergency calls and served civil process for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

A graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami Class of 2003, Mr. Prats served on its Executive Committee and has been a member of the Miami-Dade County Tax Incremental Finance Committee. Over the years, Mr. Prats has volunteered as a Big Brother for the United Way’s Big Brother/Big Sister Program and is currently in that role mentoring high school students. Mr. Prats is a guitarist and singer and has continuously served as Choir Director for the Archdiocese of Miami for the past 30 years. Mr. Prats is a strong advocate for the healing power of music and is often called upon to play music at hospitals, funerals, and retreats.

Mr. Prats received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, a Master of Business Administration and graduate certificate in human resource management from St. Thomas University. Mr. Prats is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is certified as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP.