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Institute of Government

Institute of Government

Trainer Profiles

 
 
Libby Anderson

Libby Anderson

Libby Anderson M.S., SPHR is President of TalentForce Solutions. With over 28 years of Human Resource experience, she provides consulting services and customized training that not only enhance employee relations and productivity, but also address the wide variety of HR challenges facing today’s working environment. Libby offers exceptional support in employee relations, organizational and leadership development, performance motivation and management, HR efficiency, and recruiting.

Libby has worked with companies ranging from hi-tech manufacturing, healthcare, and specialty retail to hospitality, public sector, and non-profit entities. Highlights of her career include working with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in obtaining the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as providing HR training on an international level for the United Nations. Libby also earned the “Best of the Best” Award as Personnel Manager at Jacobson’s Stores, Inc.

Libby writes for numerous business publications and is a featured speaker at programs focusing on Human Resource issues. She is Past President of the HR Florida State Council, the state affiliate of The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has previously represented the Southeast Region on the SHRM Membership Advisory Committee and served on the SHRM Organizational Development Special Expertise Panel from 2007-2011.

Libby is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University, where she currently works as an Adjunct Professor.

Allison Blankenship

Allison Blankenship

Allison Blankenship has more than two decades of hands-on experience in management, marketing, and communications. Allison was named as an Outstanding Woman of America, was a regional director with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and president of the Florida Speakers Association. Allison teaches you how to apply successful strategies and hands-on principles to make your organization less stressful and more profitable. Her many years of working with world renowned companies like Wal-Mart, Textron Financial and Bank One give her the experience to show you how to structure your organization to achieve immediate results.

www.allisonspeaks.com

Amanda Evans, Ph.D.

Amanda Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Evans holds a Bachelor of Sociology, a Master of Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. She has 32 years of experience in health, mental health and management. As a medical social worker for the first 18 years of her career, Dr. Evans practiced in trauma, emergency and intensive-care settings and is the former Director of Social Work for a large multi-hospital system in Florida. Dr. Evans is a certified mediator and serves as a consultant on issues related to organizational behavior and conflict. Her academic research focus is primarily trauma and recovery. She is the co-author of the book “Trauma-Informed Care: How Neuroscience Influences Practice.”

Dr. Evans was instrumental in creating a trauma center for victims of rape and also created a Trauma-Informed Forensic Interviewing model for adult victims of human trafficking which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. As a professional speaker, she has trained thousands of professionals on topics related to violence, human relations, supervisory skills, and organizational development. Dr. Evans has been a member of the social work faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University for 14 years and still maintains a consulting practice.

Jacquelyn Ferguson

Jacquelyn Ferguson

Jacquelyn Ferguson of InterAction Associates, has been in the management development and training business over 20 years. With a Master's Degree in Community Counseling/Psychology she designs and facilitates programs for businesses, education, and government. Jackie has authored and co-authored audiotapes on stress management, self-esteem, and dealing effectively with guilt. Literally hundreds-of-thousands of people throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Europe & Australia have benefited from her programs. Jackie is also a Corporate and Success Coach and former weekly contributor to the News-Press’s Healthy Living Section, authoring weekly articles on stress reduction and corporate wellness.

http://www.jackieferguson.com/

Ava Fluty, ND, MEd., CNHP

Ava Fluty, ND, MEd., CNHP

Dr. Ava Fluty is a keynote speaker, humorist, seminar leader and consultant with national and international experience. Ava's dynamic seminars have shown corporations, government agencies, managers, businesses, teachers, private industry and individuals how to find unmistakable status and leadership skills. She provides strategies on topics such as communication, conflict resolution, motivation, and leadership. She holds a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision and received her doctorate in 2002.

www.AvaFluty.com

Karen Gomez

Karen Gomez

Karen Gomez is acknowledged as an insightful and intuitive coach and teacher of holistic studies by her colleagues. She is the founder of Karen Gomez Wellness Consulting and We Are The ONES Wellness and Coaching, a Holistic Life and Wellness Coach, a certified Higher Ground Leadership coach, a certified trainer of OASIS In the Overwhelm for stress reduction, and master teacher of yoga, mindful meditation, and energy healing. Her teachings on Mindfulness for Clarity, Stress to Resilience, and Seven Dimensions of Wellness are courageous and passionate and have been quoted to be among the most authentic and effective contributions to the study of wellness and wellbeing currently available.

Individuals, organizations, and non-profits have experienced remarkable transformations through her unique mentoring, wisdom and approach. She has helped companies and leaders transform their thinking on mindfulness and how daily meditation in and out of the board room result in greater clarity and productivity for the individual and the organization.

Lisa Gruenloh

Gruenloh

Lisa Gruenloh is an organizational consultant with a passion for helping organizations drive business outcomes by cultivating a measurable, values-based culture. Her training and coaching programs help teams and individuals overcome common challenges that hinder effectiveness, while building trust and accountability.

Over a 20-year career, Lisa has worked with a variety of corporate, government, and consulting organizations throughout the country. At InfiLaw Corporation, her experience cultivating a high-performing culture as an employee - not merely as a consultant - gives her a unique perspective on the challenges, opportunities, and nuances associated with ensuring a sustainable culture and living it day-to-day.

She managed communications, engagement and reputation for clients at some of the nation’s leading public relations and integrated marketing firms, including as a vice president at GolinHarris - Miami and a PR director at Off Madison Ave in Phoenix. She served as communications director and spokesperson to a U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, and Federal agency board member in Washington, DC.

Lisa’s services include: organizational culture and values development; employee/stakeholder engagement and communications; leadership development; team-building; executive and employee performance coaching; conflict management; emotional intelligence; change management; crisis and reputation management; message and strategy development; executive media training; coalition-building; employee well-being; and meeting/retreat facilitation.

Lisa earned her master’s degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. and her B.S. in Government and Broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University. Lisa is an ICF-credentialed Certified Professional Coach and Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach. She’s certified in the Conflict Dynamics Profile, EQ-i 2.0, and other assessments.

www.purposejourney.com

Dr. David Kelley, D.Min

Dr. David Kelley, D.Min

Dr. David G. Kelley, D.Min, holds a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree from the Divinity School of Duke University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Organization Development from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in California. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and the founder and former pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church of Cape Coral. Dr. Kelley is a Florida licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed mediator for the state of Florida.

He has a passion for training particularly in the areas of conflict, trust, leadership, and communication.  David also facilitates team building and strategic planning retreats for clients.

http://www.davidgkelley.net/

Lorna Kibbey

Lorna Kibbey

Lorna J. Kibbey designs and delivers management and leadership seminars and services to public and private sector organizations. Her seminars focus on the many issues surrounding leadership, motivation, and communication. Lorna is a motivational speaker and has spoken at a large variety of conferences and meetings.

Lorna has first-hand experience in dealing with the most difficult situations managers face. She served as a leader and manager for more than 24 years in the government sector. Lorna has worked as a senior management consultant, operations administrator, program consultant, trainer, and line supervisor, in a multitude of public service programs.

Lorna earned her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She has achieved recognition in the State of Florida as a Certified Public Manager and was recognized as “Best Boss of the Year” in a nationwide initiative.

Lorna is a National Chapter Advisor for the American Society of Training and Development, as well as the immediate past president of the Southwest Florida Chapter. Lorna is an active member of the National Speaker’s Association.

www.LKibbey.com

Jim LaRue

Jim LaRue

Jim LaRue is President of LaRue Planning and Management Services and has more than two decades of government management and consulting experience. His firm provides organizational assessments, customer service programs, retreats, and a variety of seminars customized to the client's needs. His background includes time spent as a County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator, Assistant City Manager, Zoning Administrator and Senior Planner. Jim has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, and Master's Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and in Political Science from Memphis State University.

Steve M. Lewis

Steve. M. Lewis

Steve M. Lewis is President and CEO of an independent Records and Information Management Consulting Firm (SML, Inc.) with over thirty seven years experience at nearly every size and type of government agency.  Clients range from small towns to major cities, counties, school boards, state agencies, universities, community colleges, utilities, transportation, law enforcement, court and regulatory agencies.  He has held two vice-president positions in the corporate world and client list generates extensive experience in the private sector to include the defense industry, manufacturing and service sectors - nationally and internationally.  He has managed collections as large as two million cubic feet.  Services cover a broad spectrum to include designing records management plans, designing systems, identifying records eligible for destruction, assisting with legal compliance, providing training and nearly any other records and information related service requirement.

Dr. Robert Peterson

Dr. Robert Peterson

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 lead Six Sigma certification for all facets of business, including manufacturing, health care, government, education, and 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.

Robert Pritt

Robaert Pritt

Mr. Robert Pritt is a partner in Roetzel & Andress, and focuses his practice in the areas of local government, land use and real estate law.  Mr. Pritt represents municipalities, private developers, and real estate investors.  He served as City Attorney of Sanibel for 13 years, and has been City Attorney for Naples since 2001.  The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association voted him the City Attorney of the Year in 2003, and he was selected as a "Florida Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine (2006 - 2009).  Mr. Pritt did his undergraduate work, and received his law degree, from the University of Akron, (School of Law). His accomplishments include numerous teaching and professional presentations, and he speaks Spanish fluently!

Gerald Schoenfeld

Gerald Scholenfeld

Jerry Schoenfeld is Chair of the  Management Department , Director of the M.B.A. Program, and an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Jerry earned his doctorate degree in the areas of Human Resource Management and Strategic Management from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jerry’s work with these organizations has included, but is not limited to: strategic planning, cultural change, the development of a wide array of selection devices (e.g., interviewing skill training, assessment centers, structured interviewing guides and training), performance appraisal development and implementation, career development systems, team building, human resource planning, quality of work life programs, total quality management, and numerous customized training programs and workshops.  

His principal research interests are in the areas of performance appraisal, human resource strategy, and entrepreneurial skill development. Jerry has authored numerous academic and practitioner articles on business management and human resource management and has presented his work at many professional conferences and meetings.

Anne Schroeder

Anne Schroeder

Anne Schroeder is a management consultant and trainer with over 20 years experience in developing organizations and their personnel. Her firm provides customer service approaches, corporate retreats, performance appraisal systems, team building, and customized seminars. Anne has developed and conducted strategic planning initiatives for the executive levels of several national associations. As the Guests First trainer, (customer service seminars for Lee County hospitality-related industry), Anne writes a bimonthly column for the Lee Island Coaster newsletter on inspiring and innovative customer service tips and techniques. She has a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, plus extensive training in organizational problem solving from the University of Buffalo and from Synectics, Inc.

Mary Silverstein

Mary Silverstein

Mary Silverstein has nearly 30 years of experience as a public speaker, private coach, and executive manager in the private and public sector. Her background includes more than 10 years in real estate development, 7 years in banking and over 10 years in non-profit management.  Her Fort Myers based consulting practice offers a depth of expertise in strategic planning, board governance, financial management, grant writing, and non-profit operations to new and seasoned organizations in California and Florida.

Before moving to Fort Myers full-time in 2015, Ms. Silverstein was the founding CEO and Executive Director of a community foundation in San Pedro, California - and administrator of a $10 million environmental settlement from the Port of Los Angeles. During her tenure she fostered transparency, nurtured board and investor relations, engaged and informed public stakeholders and agencies…successfully transitioning the start-up organization to a trusted community leader. 

A former adjunct professor for Antioch University, Los Angeles, she now consults with FGCU, Institute of Government as a trainer.  Ms. Silverstein also volunteers as the CFO/Board Treasurer of Fort Myers based Valerie’s House for Grieving Children.  Born and raised in Alaska, Ms. Silverstein has a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from University of Alaska, Anchorage and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Myra Hale Walters

Myra Hale Walters

Myra Hale Walters has 25 years experience in teaching, training design, and presentation. She received a BA in Speech Communication and an MA in Organizational Communications from the University of Alabama. She has taught at Barry University and Edison State College such topics as Speech Communications, Public Speaking, and Organizational Communication with Emphasis on Managing Diversity. She also provides consulting and training on issues in Diversity, Presentation Skills, Needs Assessment, Facilitation Skills, Train the Trainer, Team Building, and Customer Service.