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

Weddings, Engagements and Births

‘04

Caitlin Hustrulid, (Communication), and Jan-Erik Hustrulid, ’03 (Computer Information Systems), recently welcomed their daughter, Juilianna Linnea. She was 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches long. They live in Bonita Springs.

‘08

Randall Goblirsch, (Master’s, Public Administration), and her husband, Nick Goblirsch, welcomed their first child, Katherine DuMont, in July 2016. Randall works in admissions marketing at St. Ambrose University and recently served as board president of the Junior League of the Quad Cities. They live in Davenport, IA.

‘12

Matthew Baker, (Communication), married Claire Murphy in November. Matthew works for Continental Construction and Claire works for Ilme Advertising. They live in Naples.

‘14

Caroline McGuire, (Communication), and her husband, Dennis McGuire, announce the birth of their daughter, Denley Robyn, who was born in August, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. She was 20.5 inches long. They live in Stuart.

Newsmakers

’02

Jeffrey Estes, (Mathematics), is the new principal at Bonita Springs High School, which will open to a freshmen class in the fall. The school will be in a portable campus at Estero High School.

Asena Mott, (History), is the new director of the DeSoto Campus of South Florida State College in Avon Park.

‘03

Jan-Erik Hustrulid, (Computer Information Systems), won The News-Press 2016 Young Professional of the Year Award. He is the business development coordinator for Owen-Ames-Kimball Company, serves on local boards, and sells real estate. He lives in Bonita Springs.

‘05

James Schlimmer, (Marketing), created a card game called Rehab to help couples communicate more. He is also the vice president of real estate at Cottrell Title & Escrow and lives in Naples.

‘06


Kristopher Scheppe
, (Environmental Studies), was featured with his Blind Match Racing Team on CNN’s “Great Big Story,” a documentary done before the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championship in Sheboygan, WI where he and his team won the bronze medal. He lives in Fort Myers.

‘07

Darren Davis, (Communication), was elected vice president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He also is the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples.

’08

Melissa Cofta, (Master’s, Business Administration), recently became a member of The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. She is the marketing and public relations account manager for Priority Marketing. She lives in Fort Myers.

‘09

Madison Mitchell, (Communication), recently became a member of The News-Press Editorial Board. She is the community resource manager of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.

’10

Kevin Karnes, (Legal Studies), became a member of The News-Press Editorial Board. He is the operational support manager for the Lee County Clerk of Court and the president of the Southwest Florida Young Republicans.

Ken Bupp, (Communication), was promoted to chief operating officer at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces. He lives in Cape Coral.

‘11


Laura Layton,
(Special Education), is teaching English and life skills in Panama City, Panama for the Peace Corps. Her volunteer work will change and benefit many lives over the next 2 years.

‘12

Tyler Cole, (Communication), co-founded Tunnel Light Pictures, and has directed several short films, music videos and commercials. “The Promise” will be Cole’s feature film directorial debut. He lives in Los Angeles.

Steven Schultz, (Civil Engineering), joined the firm of NOVA Engineering and Environmental as a construction materials testing business unit manager. He lives in Marco Island.

Rosa Gamez, (Criminal Justice Studies), recently became a member of The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. She is the senior admissions counselor at Keiser University. She lives in Lehigh Acres.

‘13

Darin Hovis, (Athletic Training), founded Par 4 Fitness, a company that assists golfers in accomplishing efficient movement through the latest methods and technologies. He lives in Bonita Springs.

Peter Cuderman, (Master’s, Business Administration), recently became a member of The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. He is the executive vice president at Bruno Air Conditioning in Naples. He lives in Fort Myers.

Stephanie Castano, (Management), and Jennifer Castano, ’13 (Art), co-founded Link to Fitness, LLC, The company is designed to make partaking in a healthy lifestyle a fully individualized experience. They live in Weston.

Nicholas Cid, (Marketing), and his group won Best Master’s Student Paper Award for their paper, “Successfully Entering the Emerging Market of Brazil: A Legitimacy Perspective,” at the Academy of International Business US Southeast Annual Conference. He lives in Fort Myers.

Alan Gaunt, (Finance), was recently hired as the director of data & analytics at DeAngelis Diamond. He lives in Naples.

‘14

Sean Tingler, (Master’s, Business Administration), attained the Certified Internet Recruiter designation through AIRS. This certification will allow him to work more effectively with local employers to uncover the best job candidates for available positions. He is employed by Career Source Suncoast as a talent consultant and lives in Venice.

Brooke Spencer, (Communication), is employed at Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners as a benefits analyst. She is enrolled in the Master’s of Public Administration program at FGCU, and lives in Bonita Springs.

Nicola Varveris, (Master’s, Business Administration), was presented with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Patricia King Alumni Award, which is presented to outstanding alumni for their commitment to professional development and achievement. She lives in Naples.

‘15

Jason Hoop, (Biotechnology), and his group won Best Master’s Student Paper Award for their paper, “Successfully Entering the Emerging Market of Brazil: A Legitimacy Perspective,” at the Academy of International Business US Southeast Annual Conference. He lives in Fort Myers.

Georgia Price, (Communication), was invited by England’s national golf team for a trial week due to her tremendous success in her golfing career. For her England debut she competed in the 62nd Harder Hall Invitational in Sebring, FL.

‘16

Samantha Williams, (Master’s, Social Work), was recently hired by Naples Community Hospital downtown where she will be able to pursue her passion for social work. She has worked at Florida Gulf Coast University for the past 10 years and lives in Fort Myers.

Breanne Hastings (Anthropology), is the museum coordinator with the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum. She adds a vitality to the museum that reflects her enthusiasm for the unconventional history of Cape Coral.

Wesley Davis, (Accounting), is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual: The Glenn Black Group and has accomplished a huge milestone in the first 6 months of his career called Pacesetter 40. Pacesetter 40 honors financial representatives who set 40 clients on the path to achieving financial security during their first six months in the business through the issuance of life insurance policies. He lives in Naples.