Keep up with the growing number of FGCU alumni and their many accomplishments through the online Class Notes department.

Weddings, Engagements and Births

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Michelle (Frania) Claman, (Management), and her husband Michael Claman, ’06, (Management), welcomed their first child, Lily Brooke on Sept. 13. She weighed 6 pounds, 10.5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Melissa (Shannehan) Hansen, (Marketing), and her husband Michael Hansen, welcomed their son, Benjamin Michael, on Aug. 27. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.


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Angela Bell, (Communication), and her husband, Wes, welcomed their second daughter, Savannah Marie, in May.

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Julia Rowe, (Communication), and Matthew Philips, ’09, (Biology), married in January. Julia works for Habitat for Humanity and Matt works for Polo Ralph Lauren. They live in Sebastian.

Newsmakers

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Colleen Canciani, (Master’s, Special Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is an ESOL teacher at East Lee County High School.


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Stacey Cook-Hawk, (Master’s, Social Work), has been named president and CEO of SalusCare, a not-for-profit organization that assists individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. She lives in Cape Coral.

Salvatore D’Angelo, III, (Master’s, Public Administration), successfully defended his dissertation: “An Inquiry into Fire Service Consolidation and the Economies of Scale Debate: The Centralization Versus Decentralization Argument.” He lives in Indian Rocks Beach.

Bree Hamsher, (Special Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is an ESE Pre-K teacher at Sunshine Elementary in Lehigh Acres.

Cristin Madden, (Master’s, Management), has been named vice president of commercial lending for Charlotte State Bank & Trust in Collier County.

Rosaly Sarzynski, (Master’s, Social Work), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a school social worker.


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Brandon Johnson, (Finance), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 awards. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. He is the vice president, commercial banking relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank. In his spare time, he, his wife and their three children traveling the state to attend the children’s sporting events.

Jamie Schwinghamer, (Social Sciences), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. She is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Hahn, Loeser & Parks, LLP. A Miami Hurricanes fan, she loves to cook and spend time with her husband and 5-year-old son.


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Morgan Wright, (Special Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a physical education teacher at J. Colin English Elementary School in North Fort Myers.


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Theresa Buckley, (Nursing), has joined Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a certified nurse midwife (CNM). She lives in Cape Coral.

Steven Richards, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation) was appointed finance director at Bonita Springs Utilities. He is responsible for maintaining the utility’s financial records, supervising investments and overseeing all accounting activities.


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Ashley Coone, (Management) was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as the Desoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The DeSoto County native also is the co-founder of Links2Success, a nonprofit serving DeSoto County youth by providing programming that prepares them for postsecondary education and careers. She earned her master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Scott Guelcher, (Art), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He is a visual arts teacher at Island Coast High School.

Joni Pelletier, (Special Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is an ESE teacher at Treeline Elementary & Buckingham Exceptional Center.


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Amanda Beights, (Master’s, Curriculum and Instruction), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. She is vice president of the Leadership Collier Foundation, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. She likes to attend church and community events, take yoga classes on the beach and try out new local restaurants.

Michelle (Frania) Claman, (Management), earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University in May. She lives in Fort Myers.

Braxton Rhone, (Management), has been promoted to financial consultant at Fidelity Investments. A 2012 recipient of the FGCU Alumni Association Soaring Eagle Award, he serves on the Florida SouthWestern College Board of Trustees. He lives in Fort Myers.


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Darren Davis, (Communication), has been appointed to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) Board of Directors. The EIFG fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programs, awareness of golf’s environmental efforts and scholarships. He is the certified golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples.

Jenny Suarez Haas, (Psychology), started College & Career Coaching in Denver, Colo. Her company offers resume building and interviewing services. She lives in Denver.


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Angela Bell, (Communication), was promoted to associate partner with Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold. She was also honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. She has served on the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2010.

Heather Cook, (Elementary Education), was awarded the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year at Imagine Schools North Port, where she is a kindergarten teacher. She lives in Port Charlotte.

Trina Emler, (Master’s, Elementary Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is an English language arts teacher at Heights Elementary School in Fort Myers.

Jennifer Hamilton, (Communication), has been promoted to associate partner with Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold. She lives in Estero.

Michelle McLeod, (Master’s, Business Administration), was recently elected to serve on the Naples City Council. Prior to winning this office, she was employed by Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club as its director of sales.

Rosa Skinner, (Master’s, Counseling), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a school counselor at Oak Hammock Middle School in Fort Myers.

Heather Wibbels, (Secondary Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is an English language arts teacher at Caloosa Middle School in Cape Coral.


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Kristen Beattie, (Elementary Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a music teacher at San Carlos Park Elementary School.

Jason Laux, (Master’s, Educational Leadership), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He is a teacher of gifted students at Three Oaks Middle School in Fort Myers.

Madison Mitchell, (Communication), has joined the United Way as community research manager, a new position to the organization. She is a member of The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board and the Florida Public Relations Association.

Sheri St. John, (Master’s, Counseling), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a school counselor at Gateway Elementary School in Fort Myers.

Rachel Stewart, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements, volunteerism, and contributions to the community. She is the founder of Thrive Therapy, and author of “Zack and Zoie Safe Zones.”

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Marcelle Taha, (Marketing), has joined High Street Retail USA as its design specialist in Miami. She heads the company’s in-house design and digital activities.

Nicole Wolf, (Elementary Education), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a reading teacher at Caloosa Middle School in Cape Coral.


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Michael Nachef, (Political Science), is the director of government relations at Lee Memorial Health Systems. He has served as a legislative assistant for the Florida Senate for the past 6 years, and has served on the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2012.
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Joseph Luis Rodriguez, (Biology), received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medical School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pa. in June.

Jeffrey Shafer, (Communication), launched the app Poké Trainer for Pokémon Go players. The app connects players by team, play level and hunting style. The app is free and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.


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Michael Verdi, (Environmental Studies), was promoted to pre-purchase program manager at Habitat for Humanity in New York City. He also performs stand-up comedy throughout the city and hosts weekly open mics with an organization called Laughing Buddha Comedy.

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Lucia Aguiar, (Secondary Biology Education), has been named the Hendry County School District’s Golden Apple Teacher for 2016. She teaches chemistry and AP chemistry at LaBelle High School, and has taught there for 3 years. She is a former cardiovascular nurse who returned to school for a degree in education.

Jeremy Davis, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), has met the State of Florida’s standards of certifications and is certified in Florida Sales and Use Tax as a specialist in certified audit procedures. He is a CPA, senior tax associate at Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A. in Fort Myers.

Tiffany Esposito, (Master’s, Business Administration), was named CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. A 2013 recipient of the FGCU Alumni Association Soaring Eagle Award, she also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for 2 years.

Francine Swadley-Lemay, (Communication), is serving as a mentor to a Coral Shores High School student with Take Stock in Children. The program offers scholarships, mentors and hope to academically eligible students in low-income households. Students who complete the program receive full tuition for any of the 12 state universities or 28 state colleges in Florida.

Ashley Yu, (Biology), is working in Korea as an ESL Teacher for the Jollanamdo Office of Education.


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Peter Cuderman, (Master’s, Business Administration), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. He is the owner of Pegasus Painting and is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Brigette Fahl, (Resort & Hospitality Management), is the marketing manager for Naples Reserve. She oversees the community’s advertising efforts, including cultivating industry and client relationships and referrals, enhancing branding efforts and managing outreach communications and events.

Chloe Friedman, (Communication), released her third album, “Homegrown,” at Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs. The album is a country/pop work that celebrates growing up in Southwest Florida. She lives in Naples.

Tyler Gold, (History), has been named the athletic director at Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers.

Kassidy Lynch, (Master’s, Educational Leadership), received a Lee County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. She is a science teacher at North Fort Myers High School.

Allanah McClintock, (Political Science), graduated from the Elon University School of Law in Elon, N.C.


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Jennifer Adams, (Anthropology), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. She is the marketing and communications director at Naples Yacht Club. A lifelong equestrian, she is also a member of The Humane Society Naples’ Pawfessionals group.

John Coughlin, (Master’s, Business Administration), joined LAI Construction Management, Inc. as director of development and construction. He manages and directs all aspects of construction operations. He lives in Cape Coral.


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Andres Boral, (Master’s Business Administration), was honored as a young leader in Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 award. Individuals are chosen for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. He is the principal engineer and president at Boral Engineering & Design, Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the community and practicing his faith.

Samuel Garfunkel, (Criminal Justice), graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in August.

Ray Greco, (Master’s, Business Administration), started 71PIXELS, an IT and web design firm in Cape Coral.


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Michelle Anderson, (Management), is the coordinator for AXI International in Fort Myers, a global leader in intelligent fuel management systems. She is responsible for enhancing the firm’s social media communications and assisting with media outreach.

Danielle Visone, (Master’s, Social Work) has been named program director at Valerie’s House, a non-profit organization for grieving families in Fort Myers. She plans grief activities for children and their parents, and also makes presentations to schools and organizations in the community.