Karina Kline-Gabel

Karina Kline-Gabel has served as a Lecturer of Spanish for the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures since 2003 at James Madison University. She received her M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia and her B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American Studies from JMU. Karina is an active member of the JMU Latin American & Caribbean Studies Committee as the coordinator of the Cultura y Comunidad series for local K12 educators and is the founder and president of the Madison Hispanic Faculty Caucus. A native of Harrisonburg with Colombian heritage, she has served as an advocate for the local Latinx population in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County for the last 20 years. Locally she serves on the board for the Scholars Latino Initiative, The Massanutten Regional Library, and is the founder/director for the Hispanic Film Festival. Karina is also a board member for the state organization, VALHEN (Virginia Latino Higher Education Network) and coordinates the organization's academic lecture series. In 2009 she received the All Together One award for her efforts in student and community engagement.

Board Members

* Denotes Chair of Virginia Latino Advisory Board


Ex-Officio Members

  • Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation
  • Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education
  • Megan Healey, Governor’s Chief Advisor for Workforce

Office of the Governor – Staff Assigned to VLAB