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Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development

Meet the Staff

Dr. Dyonne Bergeron

Dyonne Bergeron

Assistant Dean and Director
Multicultural and Leadership Development


 Dr. Dyonne Bergeron was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been working in higher education for more than 14 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University, Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in College Leadership from the University of South Florida.  She has served in higher education in several capacities. She served as the Program Director of the First Year Success Institute/Freshmen Summer Institute and U-First Program, and academic advisor, which primarily served first-generation freshman students at the University of South Florida, Directors of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Greek Community Coordinator for Greek Housing at the University of Georgia and the University of South Florida respectively, and Advisor for Greek Life and Coordinator of the African American Culture Center at Louisiana State University.

Lauren Howard

Coordinator for Multicultural Development

Lauren joined the FGCU family from Cincinnati, Ohio.  While Midwest at heart, Lauren is excited to live in sunny southwest Florida! She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (Go Bobcats!). As an undergraduate, Lauren was involved in Student Senate and held other leadership positions in student organizations. After graduation, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a First-Year Admissions Advisor at Ohio University.

In 2012, Lauren received her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!).  While at Virginia Tech, Lauren was the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and the Graduate Advisor for the Student Government Association. It was her involvement during undergraduate and graduate school in which she developed her passion for Student Government, the development of student leaders, and the field of Student Affairs. As a student affairs professional, Lauren’s interests are leadership development, student conduct, orientation, assessment, and access and success initiatives.

Lauren loves everything about Cincinnati and the state of Ohio (sports, family, and friends). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching reality shows, working out, and meeting new people.

Nicole Pierce

Coordinator for Leadership Development


Nicole grew up just north of New Orleans, Louisiana and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. Her involvement with international programs, residence life, and enthusiasm for campus sports sparked her passion for student affairs. In 2015, she received a Master of Arts in College Counseling and Student Affairs at East Tennessee State University where she served as the Leadership Programs Graduate Assistant.  Nicole is an avid traveler and enjoys being outdoors, southern food, learning about other cultures and all college sports.

Cynthia Focks

Executive Secretary


Originally from Massachusetts, Cynthia joined FGCU’s Department of Continuing Education in January 2011 as the Program Assistant at the Renaissance Academy in Naples.  Prior to moving to Florida in 2007, Cynthia worked as the Financial Assistant to the Director of Pupil Personnel in the Andover Public School System.  Cynthia is very happy to be working on campus and interacting with the FGCU student population. In her spare time, Cynthia is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys reading and walking on the beach.

Najja Cummings

Graduate Assistant


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Veronica Valencia

Graduate Assistant



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