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Staff Bios



Maria Roca

Maria Roca, Assistant Director
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Integrated Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University

Maria F. Loffredo Roca, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Integrated Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has her Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University, her M.A. in Performing Arts Management also from NYU, and her B.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Purdue University. She is a GreenFaith Fellow and Assistant Director for the Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education. Dr. Roca has been recognized for her work with the Professor of the Year Award from Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU’s McTarnaghan Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Faculty Award for Service Excellence also from FGCU. In 2015 she was presented with the Rachel Carson Award for distinguished service to the field of environmental and sustainability education.

 William Lee

Andrea Muench
Executive Secretary

Andrea Muench is the Executive Secretary for The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. She moved to Fort Myers from Libertyville, IL in the fall of 2014 with her husband and family. Andrea was the Department Assistant for the Education, Religion and Theater Departments at Lake Forest College for 13 years. She found it very interesting working for three diverse departments. While at Lake Forest College she was involved in Intervarsity, including being an advisor for a year, and was an Ally participant. She also started a Bible study for female staff.

Andrea’s passion is helping the homeless. She volunteers every Friday at Community Cooperative and is also involved with The Homeless Experience group at her church. In Illinois she volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, the county jail, was a mentor for homeless families in transition, served at mobile food pantries, took classes on poverty and studied the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADD and ADHD in children and teenagers.

Andrea misses her friends and colleagues back in Illinois but is very happy to be at Florida Gulf Coast University and to be a Floridian!

Jonathan Salas


Jonathan Salas
Student Assistant

Jonathan Salas is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a Biochemistry Major and is in Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. His love of design and burning passion for helping people has lead him to his chosen major. Jonathan is also an animator with a desire for 3D renderings. Jonathan is also a new member at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. His love for nature stems from his childhood home being on the edge of the Everglades. What led Jonathan to the Center was the willingness to seek further into the ways to help save and preserve the environment. Jonathan hopes to accomplish that by working for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.