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Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education

Staff Bios

 
 

 

Neil Wilkinson

Neil Wilkinson, Interim Director
Instructor III

Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education
Florida Gulf Coast University

Neil Wilkinson is an instructor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University where he serves as interim director for the Center of Environmental and Sustainability Education. Wilkinson works to promote Florida Gulf Coast University’s environmental mission and commitment to creating a culture of sustainability. He teaches the signature course on sustainability, The University Colloquium: a Sustainable Future, a junior level class required for undergraduates and Environmental Biology, a non-science majors course for first year students that explores ecosystems of southwest Florida. Wilkinson oversees an environmental science/public health educational outreach program funded by the Lee County Mosquito Control District that is conducted by three full time educators for kindergarten, 5th and 7th grade classes and high school biology and chemistry classes for over 14,000 students each year in the Lee County School District. Wilkinson is a faculty associate of the FGCU Whitaker Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education, and serves on the Education Advisory Committee of the Naples Zoo, he is past president of the Florida Mosquito Control Association, and a past member of Florida Department of Health’s Interagency Arbovirus Task Force. In 2006 Wilkinson was awarded the FGCU Student Government’s McTarnaghan Teaching Award. His personal interests include native landscaping, wildlife viewing, travel, boating, local history and conservation related service.

 

 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!

 Student Assistant William Lee

William Lee
Student Assistant 

William Lee is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. William is an Eagle Scout, member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, and a current mentor for the Leadership Through Service Living Learning Community at FGCU. He has a passion for education, the outdoors, and nature photography which has led him to his current major. A new member at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, William plans to apply his work to further his education and help educate others about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Growing up, William lived in Tennessee and considers the time spent there and in the outdoors as the two primary reasons he chose to attend this University and select his current major. He loves to share his passion for the environment and is excited to be working as a student assistant at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.

Jordin Medina
Student Assistant

Jordin Medina is an aspiring Software Engineer at Florida Gulf Coast University. His creative nature, love for technology, and passion for innovation were all factors that led him to his career choice. As a former student of Director Peter Blaze Corcoran, he learned about the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education through the University Colloquium course.

 

Growing up in sunny Southwest Florida, Jordin is no stranger to the natural world. He believes that it is his duty to help preserve the environment he grew up in for future generations to experience - and hopefully appreciate. As the world gravitates towards a ”Technological Era”, Jordin can’t help but fall in love with the idea of helping build the future. He wishes to incorporate his experience gained at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education into building a sustainable future where nature and the preservation of nature is at the heart of every matter.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Past Student Assistants