Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Edwards Hall, #319H
Fort Myers, FL 33965
In October 2016, Stacey Chados joined FGCU as its first Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer. Stacey brings more than 30 years of compliance, ethics, audit and fraud investigation experience to FGCU. Stacey has a BA in Accounting and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).
In October 2016, Stacey joined FGCU as its first Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer after spending the prior 3.5 years as the Deputy Ethics Counselor for the U. S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. In this position, Stacey was responsible for providing advice and assistance on the Federal Standards of Conduct to a 600-member workforce dispersed throughout Indian Country. Prior to that, Stacey spent 2.5 years implementing an audit and investigation function at her alma mater, the University of the Virgin Islands. For 5 years, Stacey also worked on behalf of Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure, Inc. at two government owned, contractor managed facilities: the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands. At Los Alamos, Stacey was responsible for implementing an ethics and compliance program and managing the Conflict of Interest and Employee Concerns Programs. For 4 years, Stacey also served as the Internal Auditor for the School Board of Martin County, Florida; and for more than 17 years, Stacey served as an Auditor, Auditor-in-Charge, Supervisory Auditor, and Deputy Audit Manager for the U. S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Stacey has a BA in Accounting and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). When she is not doing all this compliance stuff, Stacey can be found hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, listening to investigative podcasts, reading interesting novels on her Kindle, and being a supportive parent to her two adult-aged children.
Stacey brings more than 30 years of compliance, ethics, audit, and fraud investigation experience to FGCU. She looks forward to championing a compliance and ethics program on behalf of the President and Board of Trustees; and instilling a culture of compliance and a commitment to integrity into all facets of the University in order to sustain and showcase FGCU’s reputation.
Carol Sommerfeld recently joined the FGCU Compliance and Ethics Division in April of 2017 as Administrative Assistant to Stacey Chados.
Carol has more than 20 years of Administrative experience; the last 15 in Law Enforcement serving as the Executive Supervisor for the Office of the Chief of Police for the Village of Plainfield, Illinois, and also Executive Supervisor for the Special Forces Division.
Aside from her duties to the Chief and Special Forces, Carol was tasked with handling maintenance contracts and contract negotiations, internal affairs management, records retention and management for all civilian and sworn personnel in accordance with regulatory agency requirements, the preparation of meeting agendas and minutes, all presentations for the Department (including multi-jurisdictional trainings), and the creation and monitoring of the Department operating and asset management budget; which averaged over 13 million dollars in a fiscal cycle.
Lastly, Carol served on the Strategic Planning Committee and participated in the analysis of documents or data; ensuring accurate reporting to local, State and Federal agencies.