Brandon Washington, Director
Phone: (239) 745-4366
Precious Green Gunter
Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator
Precious holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from North Carolina Central University School of Law where she served as a Senior Editor of the Law Review. While attending law school, she participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic where she mediated domestic violence, child support, and criminal misdemeanor cases in District Court. Precious was admitted to practice law in the state of North Carolina in 2010. After obtaining her law license, she was an Adjunct Ethics Instructor for Virginia College and worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina for over four years. During that time, she gained a lot of litigation experience in several areas of law, primarily, domestic violence, sexual assault, and employment. Additionally, she served on several boards and assisted with developing sexual assault and domestic violence trainings for victims, community organizations, and employees of the police department.
In her current role as Assistant Director for the OIEC and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, she assists the Director with sexual assault, sexual harassment, and discrimination investigations under Title IX and Title VII. She also assists the Director with drafting reports and training the university community on the various prohibitions and emerging issues in these areas. Precious is a member of FGCU’s Title IX and ADA Committees and has received a certificate for completing The National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Title IX Coordinator Training.
Fun facts about Precious: She lived in Germany for three years, her favorite color is purple, and she loves to sing and dance.
EO Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Katherine Hernandez is the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance. A Lee County resident since January 2014, she joined OIEC in October 2015. She had previously worked at FGCU at the Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Hernandez graduated from Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics, with emphasis on translation and interpreting. She then moved to France where she completed a master’s degree in Spanish, with emphasis on scientific translation and interpreting and research at Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour. Since finalizing her studies in translation and interpreting, she has served as freelance translator for different companies worldwide. In 2009, Katherine moved to the Dominican Republic, where she started her career in higher education working as at the Dean of Students Office at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Ms. Hernandez later joined the School of General Studies and the Department of Athletic and Cultural Development as faculty member and trainer. In 2012, she started working as Assistant to the Dean of International Affairs, creating classes and programs for incoming international students, as well as for students going abroad.
Katherine loves her work at FGCU and is deeply committed to advancing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives on campus. In her role as Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Katherine coordinates all aspects of the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program for FGCU Faculty and Staff. She also works on putting together trainings and sessions on diversity and inclusion related issues and programming activities for OIEC. Katherine is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has completed NACUA's Title IX Coordinator Training.
Fun Facts about Katherine: She is a Francophile, she visited the house of her favorite writer (Emily Bronte), and she enjoys ethnic cuisine and learning foreign languages.
Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Change from Regis College in Massachusetts as well as a J.D. from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Jessica worked in higher education, serving as the Director of Student Leadership and Programming at Regis. In that position, she oversaw the entire Student Affairs programming model and student training efforts, including facilitating Undergraduate Orientation, and training the Resident Assistants. Some of her favorite presentations covered topics regarding race, bias, influence, and understanding privilege.
Jessica’s legal studies were dedicated to Labor and Employment law. Through her first summer and second year of law school, she investigated claims of discrimination for the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. Jessica was the recipient of the Florida NELA Fellowship between her second and third year of law school, where she worked to help potential plaintiffs in their claims of workplace discrimination and harassment on the east coast of Florida. Much of Jessica’s work focused on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1973, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Jessica also took special interest in working with public employees in the state of Florida. Jessica remained with the law firm until April 2016 when she moved to Naples, FL.
Jessica is very excited to join the OIEC, where her love of higher education and the law merge quite nicely. In her role as an investigator, she will assist the Director and Assistant Director with sexual assault, sexual harassment, and discrimination investigations under Title IX and Title VII. She also plans to be active in the University community, and will assist the Director, Assistant Director, and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in campus lectures, trainings, and diversity committees.
Fun facts about Jess: She loves standup comedy and terrible science fiction movies- the bigger the spider or more mechanical the shark the better! She is a shop-local junky (living in Louisville rubbed off on her a little bit) and loves exploring farmers markets and little shops.