Meet the NAMIC Team…
Vice President of Education Programs and Diversity Solutions
Jim Jones joined the NAMIC team as Director of Education in Fall 2005 after spending nearly a decade launching a wide range of diversity, team building, mentoring and other multicultural programs for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), a national non-profit whose mission is to increase the numbers of successful African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in the engineering, technology and math-based fields. Before joining NACME, he had consulted in the corporate, government, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, designing and implementing training and development initiatives related to increasing organizational effectiveness through building and nurturing a diverse workforce.
With a B.A. from Harvard, Jim attended New York’s Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied classical singing. He eventually was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and spent four years studying and performing in European concert and opera venues. After much “soul-searching,” he eventually returned to America and attended the Columbia Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in strategic human resources. Jim hails from St. Louis, Missouri.
Senior Director of Meetings and Events
As the Senior Director of Meetings and Events, Sandra Girado is responsible for planning and managing NAMIC’s annual portfolio of educational and special events, as well as new activities that are created for the membership and industry.
Sandra brings to NAMIC close to a decade of experience in the meeting planning and trade show industry. Prior to joining NAMIC in June 2005, she served as the Programs Administrator for the International Council of Shopping Centers where she was responsible for the management of educational programs, including faculty recruitment and curriculum scheduling. In that position she also worked to facilitate programs in Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and Moscow. Sandra also worked with the EastWest Institute, where she was responsible for planning Global Homeland Security Conferences for the international community. Additionally, she was the Special Events Manager for Lebhar-Friedman, a New York based publishing company.
She is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business.
Manager of Education Programs
As the manager of education programs, Faride’s primary responsibilities include the administration, recruitment, assessment, and evaluation of the L. Patrick Mellon mentorship program. He is heavily involved in providing additional educational and career support to mentors and mentees through research publications, career related activities and as well as online skill improvement courses. Faride also works with other education related initiatives such as executive leadership programs, seminars, virtual learning and continuing education.
Prior to joining the education department at NAMIC, Faride spent most of his professional life in higher education. Upon graduating, he was appointed by the assistant dean of undergraduate studies as the director of a learning center for the CUNY’s Research Foundation. Thereafter, Faride spent three and a half years working in enrollment services as a sr. counselor, recruiter, and academic adviser. Upon leaving Brooklyn College he was appointed as the associate director of admissions for the AUA College of Medicine. Faride has his BA from Brooklyn College in French and Francophone Literature. He attended La Sorbonne (Paris IV) on a study abroad. Faride also has his Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Research and Publications Manager
As Research and Publications Manager, Susan Waldman oversees the development and production of market research data/analysis to drive our programs and advance our mission. She is also responsible for the production of NAMIC’s three industry-wide publications including: Diversity Scoop, InTouch and Cultural Lens.
She launched her career in market research as a media planner on such accounts as Loews Hotels and Omnipoint Communications at Hill, Holliday Altschiller and McCann Direct advertising agencies. There she was introduced to the gamut of advertising research resources as she planned and purchased the media for various clients. After a few years, Susan moved over to the magazine industry.
Susan has served as the Marketing Research Manager at Vibe, Spin and The Source magazines and Research Director at Motor Trend magazine. Supporting 20 sales representatives by providing them with competitive and analytic research regarding each magazine’s audience, she has honed her research expertise.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
S. Monique Wells
Manager of Operations
Monique Wells joined the NAMIC team as Manager of Operations in August 2009 where she is responsible for the management of the overall operations of the national office. Prior to joining the staff, she was a consultant to NAMIC for a number of special projects.
An accomplished manager with a diverse background in sales and project management, Monique previously served as an Energy Conservation Analyst with the Los Angeles Unified School District where she oversaw the utility management for school construction projects. Prior to that, Monique was a National Sales and Marketing Executive for Patriot Communications in Los Angeles, CA where she was responsible for the sales, marketing and contract negotiations of enhanced telecommunication products and services.
Before joining Patriot, Monique worked at HBO in Affiliate Sales, where she created and implemented sales strategies and account activities for HBO and Cinemax. Her responsibilities included sales, client services, off-channel promotions and special events. During her tenure at HBO, Monique was an active member of the NAMIC Southern California Chapter and served on the Steering Committee for the Vision Awards and chaired both the Sponsorship and Talent Committees. Monique also spent one year at BET Networks working in the Affiliate Sales/National Accounts division.
Preceding her tenure in telecommunications, Monique held several executive positions for Kraft General Foods and Sportsvisions, a sports marketing company based in Northern California. A native New Yorker, Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a Master of Business Administration in general business and marketing from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She also completed the NAMIC Leadership Seminar program in 2011.
Jessica J. Thomas
As NAMIC's Project Assistant, Jessica's primary focus is to support marketing, communications, chapter operations and other related initiatives. She also maintains NAMIC’s official web site, social media accounts, and mobile applications.
Jessica is a Boston University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Through internships, she has assisted marketing and communications teams in Boston, New York and Paris with public relations, media relations, web development, social media, branding and event management.