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Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs
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Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Modular 2
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Continuing Education:
(239) 745-4700
Renaissance Academy:
(239) 745-4600
(239) 590-7034

Meet Our Staff

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FGCU CE/RA Personnel Chart

Dr. Paul Thornton

Paul Thornton

Executive Director of Continuing Education and Off­-Campus Programs

Paul is passionate about adult and extended education because he has lived it: His entire postsecondary education career—as student, educator, and administrator—has involved non-traditional education.  Paul holds a special affinity for adult learners, as that is how he got started in pursuing his own college education.  Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in management while on active duty with the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, GA, attending classes far away from his home institution, Troy University in Alabama.  With a growing young family, Paul went on to earn his MBA from the University of Rochester, and then many years later again became an adult learner when he pursued a doctorate in higher education leadership, while maintaining a full-time career in academia.  Paul earned an EdD from the University of Delaware, where he focused on adult education, and his research interest pertained to online education.  At all levels of Paul's postsecondary education, he experienced the challenges, and benefits, of being an adult learner.

Paul's involvement with adult learners has been just as substantial as an educator.  As a full-time faculty member, and then as an administrator, Paul has taught in, developed, and/or led working adult learner evening programs on campus, as well as non-traditional programs at satellite locations away from the main campus, online, bachelor degree completion programs at community colleges, worksite locations, at two military installations, and non-credit community outreach programs.

Higher education is Paul's third career. He worked many years as a financial executive at a major corporation, and, for over 25 years Paul has been an entrepreneur, owning and operating a variety of small businesses in the retail sector.x

John Guerra

John Guerra

Director, Renaissance Academy

John is the Director of The Renaissance Academy. He is a Columbia University graduate and former Wall Street merchant banker.

Dr. Robert Peterson

Manager: New Business Development

Dr. Peterson has over 30 years’ experience in training managers and supervisors of several major Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous medium and smaller-sized firms.  Additionally, he has over twenty years of full-time university and college level teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, nine years working in the marketing department of a Fortune 250 company, and over 3 years’ experience as the Training Manager at a plant of a major US automotive manufacturing company.

Dr. Peterson has over twenty years of leading Six Sigma certification for all facets of business, including manufacturing, health care, government, education, and service.  He recently completed Six Sigma training for the Lee County Emergency Medical Service.  He holds a PhD in Organizational Development from Southern Illinois University.  Dr. Peterson is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and was trained in Six Sigma by General Electric.

Brenda DePasquale-Gerson

Brenda DePasquale-Gerson

Administrative Coordinator

Brenda joined FGCU in 2011 and is currently an Administrative Coordinator with The Renaissance Academy.  Her priority is displaying a “can-do” attitude in serving participants, staff, and instructors. Brenda moved to Florida from Westchester, NY where she worked for 17 years as an assistant to the Director of Finance and Administration for The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester New York. Brenda enjoys all the beauty that is SW Florida, its beaches, canals and palm trees. Brenda says, “It’s like living in paradise.” Additionally, she has enjoyed meeting new friends and is very happy to have made the move from NY.

Barbara Stewart

Barbara Stewart

Business Manager

Barbara began her career at FGCU in 2001 as the accountant for WGCU Public Media and Instructional Technology. In 2006 she became the Accounting Coordinator for Auxiliary Services and Tax in the Department of Finance and Accounting in the Office of the Controller. In 2010, she took the position of Treasury Accounting Coordinator in the same office. In November, 2014 she became the Business Manager for the Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Program. Barbara has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. A long-time resident in the Fort Myers area, before coming to FGCU Barbara divided her time between parenting, career activities and community volunteering.

For fun, she leads a monthly book club discussion and is an avid knitter. She loves to travel, especially to the West Coast to visit with her two sons.

Nancy Staub

Nancy Staub

Program Assistant

Nancy is currently overseeing the new facility for the Office of Continuing Education at the Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda.  In the past, Nancy worked with the Institute of Government for almost 4 years.  In this position, her passion is customer service excellence and strives to ensure that participants, clients and facilitators have exactly what they need.

An interest in life-long learning helped Nancy make the decision to leave a previous position, go back to college and earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

In her spare time, Nancy enjoys live music, her two rescue dogs, and being out in the Florida sunshine!

Mary Louise (Lu Lu) Mondello


Program Assistant

Mary Louise “Lu Lu” joined our team in July 2014 as a Program Assistant. Lu Lu brings more than 25 years experience as an administrative professional along with a unique perspective in the workplace. She has worked in the areas of project management, real estate, health care, customer service and was the owner and manager of a small business. Additionally, she has earned professional development certificates in outpatient medical coding and computer software.

Lu Lu handles accounts receivable/payable, assists with budget reconciliation, facilitates certification programs, and interacts directly with clients, trainers, and participants to ensure their expectations are met and exceeded.

She and her husband lived in Cape Coral from 1999-2011, and after a brief stay in Pittsburgh they returned to their home in the sunshine state in 2013 where Lu Lu enjoys many outdoor activities and hobbies year round.

Jessica Hosfeld

Jessica Hosfeld

Office Assistant at FGCU Herald Court

Jessica is an Office Assistant at FGCU Herald Court. She is whole heartedly committed to fulfilling her role as the first point of contact for students /staff; as she stands ready with a smile and helpful direction for those who may need it.  Jessica’s passion encompasses health, wellness, and education.  With an associate’s degree from the Florida College of Natural Health, she extends her ever-expanding knowledge of holistic wellness to her part time position at a local health food market. In free time, she enjoys both listening to, and making music, singing, beach trips, being a mom, and spending time with her friends and family.

Rose Stone

Rose Stone

Administrative Specialist, Naples Center

Rose is an Administrative Specialist at Renaissance Academy, Naples, Florida. Rose is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her BS degree in Marketing. She also has an AS degree in Respiratory Therapy.  Rose is a past member of PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) and is CAS certified.  (Certified Advertising Specialist).

Rose is a Recipient of the Community Service Award 2010 Nominee for her years of service and dedication to the community of Granby, CT.  Rose is the past VP of the Granby Chamber of Commerce, Granby, CT, and she is the past President of the CT Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Rose developed a non-profit organization (raising $100K annually) to support the development of a high school football program in her hometown. That program is now entering its 12th season.

Rose comes to us from Granby, CT where she resided for the last 35 years with her husband Bill and where she raised her 4 children. Rose is an excellent addition to our team here at FGCU and the Renaissance Academy. 

I'Riel Williams

I'Riel Williams

Internet Marketing Specialist, FGCU Main Campus

I’Riel is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. She received a degree in Psychology. She is a dedicated individual who enjoys helping others and making sure that she excels in all that she does. I’Riel works for Continuing Education as the Internet Marketing Specialist. I’Riel brings a warming personality to any environment and is highly skilled in customer service and leadership skills. She brings a variety of skills that are expressed through her maturity and practical experience.

In free time, she enjoys listening to music, cooking, writing and spending time with her dogs, family, and friends. She also volunteers with a local rescue as their Adoption/Volunteer Coordinator.