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Institute of Government

Meet Our Staff

Joanne Hartke

Joanne Hartke

 Director of the Florida Institute of Government

Joanne is the Director of the Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She has been in the field of training and organizational development for more than 30 years, most of it in Southwest Florida.  Joanne has been with FGCU for 15 years and understands the challenges and successes of the local community.

Joanne’s career experience includes 5 years as a social worker, 1 year as a consultant in the hospitality industry, and 2 years as a trainer and facilitator for the State of Florida.

Ms. Hartke earned her B.S. from Ohio State University, and her M.S. from Xavier University. 

In her role at the Institute Joanne markets the variety of professional trainings, organizational development services, and top-level trainer/facilitators/faculty that are available through IOG to assist individuals and local organizations to succeed and grow.  Joanne’s focus with the Institute is to provide high quality, priced-right services that clients need and want, and then follow up to ensure continuity of services.

Mary Louise (Lu Lu) Mondello


IOG Program Assistant

Mary Louise “Lu Lu” joined the IOG 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 IOG 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.

Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown

IOG Program Assistant

Catherine joined the Institute of Government in July 2012 as part-time Program Coordinator.  She is also the proprietor of a gourmet coffee shop she opened when she relocated to Fort Myers in 2011.

Catherine worked for eight years as a Senior Executive Assistant at Integra LifeSciences Corporation in Pennsylvania before returning to Ft. Myers and to FGCU.  She was the third employee hired by the university when it opened, and she spent ten years as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Provost at FGCU.  Catherine comes to work each day with a focus on customer satisfaction, providing quality programs and services, and enjoyment of the continuing growth and success of FGCU.