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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.

Matthew Donatelli


IOG Business Assistant

Matthew started working for FGCU on July 1, 2013 as a Budget Assistant with the Florida Institute of Government. Matthew holds a Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management, and recently relocated to Southwest Florida. He has over 10 years’ experience focusing on project management, business growth and world class customer service. Matthew’s most recent experience includes almost 7 years with the Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked events, production, merchandising, food and beverage, A/V production and much more. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer, has served as an adjunct faculty, and was a small business owner. In his role with IOG, Matthew handles accounts receivable/payable, assists with budget reconciliation, works with certification programs, and working directly with IOG clients-trainers-participants to ensure expectations are met and exceeded.

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.