Keep up with the growing number of FGCU alumni and their many accomplishments

Weddings, Engagements and Births

‘16

Photo of SeanSean O’Grady, (Secondary Social Science Ed), and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed baby girl, Adilynn Mae, on Jan. 1. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Adilynn Mae was also the first Lee County baby born in 2019.

Photo of JessicaJessica Scanlon, (Communication), married Joshua Berroth in November at the Tampa Garden Club. Jessica is a recruiter at Aston Carter EMEA. The couple live in Tampa.

Newsmakers

’99

Jason Chang, (Finance), joined Frey & Son Homes as its new sales director for Collier County.  He will be responsible for managing a team of professionals as they sell custom luxury homes in Naples, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.

’00

Photo of GrasmeierMarie Grasmeier, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), signed a book deal with Smart Hustle Agency & Publishing, LP.  In her chapter, she will discuss tax benefits and tax ramifications for real estate investors. She is one of 18 women professionals contributing to the book that highlights the team members necessary to successfully invest in real estate. She is also the founder of Grasmeier Business Consulting in Fort Myers.

’01

Greg Hoffert, (Master’s, Business Administration), was hired as the digital marketing manager for Priority Marketing in Fort Myers.  He will be responsible for developing marketing solutions to help clients reach new and current customers.

‘05

Matt Brame, (Management), accepted the position of retail market manager at Synovus. He will be responsible for growing deposits and loans for small business and consumer banking.

Brian Chapman, Jr., (Management), was awarded the 2019 Power Players Professional Advisor Award by the Cape Coral Community Foundation.  He is the owner of Chapman Insurance Group, which has several locations in Southwest Florida.

’06

Melissa Hansen, (Marketing), was selected as the 2018 Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida “Member of the Year” awardee.

 

Joel J.C. Powless, (Liberal Studies), has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a resident circuit judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He served as Clay County State’s Attorney since 2016, and prior to that worked in private practice and served as a municipal hearing officer in Flora, IL.

‘08

Celeste Lynch, (Master’s, Geriatric Recreational Therapy), was named director of resident services at The Terraces of Bonita Springs.  She oversees the independent living resident experience.

‘08

Photo of CaseyCasey Gartland, (Criminal Forensic Studies), was awarded the AVVO Clients’ Choice Award for 2018.  He lives in Tampa.

Tim Offermann, (Master’s, Business Administration), was hired by Adform as its enterprise sales director. Adform operates globally and is an advertising technology company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He lives in Germany.

’09

David Allen, (Management), has been hired by Gasparilla Island State Park as a park ranger.  He is responsible for the physical upkeep and maintenance of the park, as well as submitting the park fees to administration.  He will be splitting his days between Gasparilla Island State Park and Stump Pass State Park until a replacement can be found for his position at Stump Pass.

 

Craig Harrington, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was elected secretary of the Friends of Foster Children Forever board of directors.  He lives in Naples.

 

Sherry Nagle, (Nursing), has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of SWFL as an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP).  She will assist family practice physicians at the Fort Myers Family Practice office on College Parkway.

’10

Alexis Barkis, (Legal Studies), has been appointed to the labor and employment group of Quarles & Brady in Naples.  She will represent employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries with issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and fair employment and anti-discrimination issues.

 

Sean Carroll, (Marketing), was promoted to general manager of Simon Properties.  He lives in Boynton Beach.

Photo of DukeJarred Duke, (Finance), has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. as an attorney in its business litigation department.  He will represent individuals and businesses in issues such as real estate litigation, construction litigation, breaches of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, trust and estate litigation, and other business torts.  He lives in Fort Myers.

Megan Garner, (Master’s, Business Administration), has joined Priority Marketing as an account manager. She will collaborate with the firm’s creative, public relations and digital teams to develop solutions for businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agency clients. She lives in Fort Myers.

 

Logan Wallick, (Master’s, Business Administration), was promoted to director of people operations at Suffolk Construction in Fort Myers. He lives in Estero.

’11

Sara Neiman Counihan, (Communication), joined NACS as its content project manager in Alexandria, VA.  She will serve as managing editor of the NACS Magazine and will also manage of variety of print and digital projects. While attending FGCU, she served in an editorial position for Eagle News.

 

Jaimie Miller, (Communication), was promoted to vice president of marketing at CONRIC PR & Marketing.  She will be working directly with the CONRIC team to develop, implement, manage and expand their marketing footprint with regional and national clients. She lives in Cape Coral.

 

Janice Monteagudo, (Master’s, Business Administration), has been appointed president of the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management of Southwest Florida, which is the local chapter of the national SHRM.

 

Dyam Sanchez, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was promoted by Bodine Perry to senior manager of its Naples office,  Bodine Perry is a national accounting firm with offices in Naples and Ohio.

’12

Luis Leon, (Finance), has been promoted to chief financial officer for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. He is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of the foundation by ensuring accurate and timely implementation and accounting of the foundation’s finances and investments.

 

Nicole St. Amand, (Social Work), was promoted to director of teaching and learning at The Village School of Naples.  In her new position, she will serve as a mentor to all faculty, lead the Social Emotional Learning program, develop the after school and summer programs, and continue to perform her responsibilities as director of educational technology.

’13

Photo of NadegaNadege Borgat, (Marketing), was awarded The News-Press’ 2018 Young Professional of the Year. She is the executive director of The New Beginnings of SWFL, Inc., a ministry dedicated to empowering single mothers to get an education while providing them with life skills. She is also a member of the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Analy Gorospe, (Accounting), joined Myers Brettholtz as senior auditor.  She lives in Naples.

 

Nicole McTeague, (Management), joined Priority Marketing as an account manager. She will work with the firm’s creative, public relations and digital teams to develop strategies to achieve marketing goals for their clients.  She lives in Cape Coral.

 

Shannon Quinn, (Master’s, Business Administration), joined Touchstone Wealth Partners in its marketing and public relations department. She will focus on special events, community engagement, branding and sponsorships.

 

Laura Siebenmorgen, (Communication), has been appointed diversity director of the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management of Southwest Florida, which is the local chapter of the national SHRM.

’14

David Alpert, (Communication), recently joined ITVantage as its new sales director. He will be responsible for developing new business and customizing technology solutions to meet customer needs. He lives in Estero.

 

Patrick Durham, (Finance), was hired by Red Bull Distribution Company in Denver, CO., as an executive analyst.

 

Joshua Miller, (Physical Therapy), was promoted to business development representative at Bioness, Inc. He lives in Houston, TX.

’15

Madison Allen, (Sociology), has joined the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in Fort Myers as an attorney in its Tort & Insurance Litigation Department. She will focus her practice in premises liability, construction litigation, personal injury defense, intellectual property and insurance coverage issues.

 

Elisavet Nevarez, (Forensic Studies), was recently appointed as a pretrial services caseworker II with the Sarasota County Government.

 

Miriam Pereira, (Master’s, Business Administration), was named board president of the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 

Yamirka Suyi, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), has been promoted to advisory and tax senior with Rehmann in its Bonita Springs office. She will provide state and local tax consulting services to help clients minimize tax and manage risk.

’16

Nina Barbero, (Economics), earned her Certified Guest Service Professional designation from the Lee County Tourist Development Council.  The program covers customer service skills, handling conflicts and is recognized by hospitality professionals internationally.

 

Ian Carpenter, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was hired by Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A. as a staff accountant, and works with the audit team and assists with preparation of tax documents.

 

Cody Collins, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was promoted to senior associate at Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A.  His responsibilities include the preparation of trusts, estate planning and tax returns.

Photo of AngelaAngela Frink, (Master’s, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner), has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an advanced practice registered nurse.  She will assist pediatricians in their Cape Coral office on Viscaya Parkway.

 

Frank Grimaldi, (Accounting), recently joined Myers Brettholtz as an auditor. He lives in Fort Myers.

 

Jeanna Hermance, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), earned her license as a certified public accountant in the State of Florida. She is employed by Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., and lives in Fort Myers.

 

Nicolas Rota, (Accounting), was hired by Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A. as a staff accountant and provides tax services to clients.

’17

Angelica Addeo, (Resort & Hospitality Management), recently joined Boca West Children’s Foundation as their event and development coordinator in Boca Raton, FL.

 

Haley Ballot, (Resort & Hospitality Management), was hired by AA Metals, Inc. as an inside sales representative in Orlando.

 

Kayla Fridd, (Master’s, Business Administration), has been appointed certification director of the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management of Southwest Florida, which is the local chapter of the national SHRM.

 

Marina Nassef, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was hired by SWFL Community Foundation.  She is a certified public accountant and will serve as its controller. She lives in Miromar Lakes.

Photo of KennethKenneth Segura, (Legal Studies), has been promoted to treasury management associate at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.  He will assist in overseeing the bank’s treasury management products, including business online banking.

 

’18

Austin Brooks, (Finance), joined SWFL Community Foundation as an accounting associate.  His responsibilities will include grants and contributions processing.  He lives in Bonita Springs.

 

Jamie Howes, (Master’s, Accounting and Taxation), was promoted to senior accountant at Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A.  She joined the firm in 2016 through a tax internship.

 

Taylor Price, (Communication), was hired by TLC Marketing & Creative Services as a project coordinator.  She is responsible for the company’s media relations, newsletters, events and special projects.

 

Melanie Schmees, (Finance), was appointed director of business & economic research for The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. She will support local business development efforts through economic development initiatives, business retention and expansion, and economic research and analysis.

 

Marlene Tenorio, (Marketing), has joined Studio+ as a business operations coordinator. She will be assisting in its business operations area.

 

Krista Wyant, (Communication), joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. as a marketing and graphics associate.  She will design and maintain the website, create presentations and advertisements, draft news releases and design promotional items.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following engineering graduates who recently passed the “PE Exam” (Professional Engineer Exam).

  • Robert Algoo ’13
  • Keith Clabaugh ’13
  • Mica Jackson ’14
  • Matthew Goddard ’14
  • Brandon Frey ’14
  • Joel Allan Makau ’13
  • Robert McGinnis ’14, ’16
  • James Nilson ’13
  • Matthew Thomas ’10

They may now add the designation “PE” after their name, indicating that they are professional engineers.