Poinciana Campus Leadership Team

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Lancelot Gooden
Lancelot Gooden
Campus Provost, Poinciana and Osceola Campuses

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Dr. Mike Bosley

Dr. Mike Bosley

Executive Dean

Dr. Mike Bosley serves as the Interim Executive Dean of the Poinciana Campus. In his current position he serves as the chief academic officer and administrator of Valencia’s Poinciana campus. Dr. Bosley has worked in higher education for 28 years serving a variety of leadership positions in both student and academic affairs. Mike received his B.A. in Public Administration, his M.A. in Higher Education Student Personnel Services, and his E.d.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. At Valencia Dr. Bosley teaches education courses and the New Student Experience course. Dr. Bosley teaches doctoral courses at the University of Central Florida in the Higher Education Policy Studies Program and volunteers on doctoral committees.


Mary McGowan

Mary McGowan

Director of Student Services

Mary earned her Associate in Arts degree at Valencia College. She transferred to University of Central Florida to complete her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. She has worked at Valencia since 2007, starting as a Student Leader. Her other previous roles at Valencia include Administrative Support Specialist, Academic Advisor, Answer Center Advisor, and New Student Orientation Coordinator.


Charminta Brown

Charminta Brown

Manager, Learning Support Services

Charminta attended Wesley College and earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Mathematics, and received her graduate degree at Florida international University (FIU) where she earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration in 2015. She worked at FIU for five years and served in versatile roles such as a Graduate Assistant, Academic Advisor, Manager, and Instructor. Charminta was born and raised in New Jersey. She has experience working in departments such as Career Services, Academic Advising, and Academic and Career Success.


Brenda Baralt

Brenda Baralt

Executive Assistant

Brenda is an alumna from Valencia College. She began her role as Executive Assistant with Valencia in January 2017. She has a rich background in the Hospitality and Human Resources field of over 10 years. Brenda is fluent in the English and Spanish language.


Luz Ruiz Mercado

Luz Ruiz Mercado

Staff Assistant

Luz graduated with an AA in Medical Administration and AA in Billing and coding in Valencia College in 2015. She started working for Valencia in the Security Department in 2015 and began her role as Staff Assistant with the Poinciana Campus in May 2017. Luz is currently enrolled in the BAS: Business Organization Leadership program in Valencia to obtain her Bachelor Degree in Administration. She has a background in the Hospitality field of over 10 years. Luz is fluent in the English and Spanish language.