Parent and Family Council

FGCU Parent and Family Council

The FGCU Parent and Family Council welcomes, educates, and connects parents and family members of FGCU undergraduate students to enhance students' opportunity for success and overall educational experience.

The council is free to join and the requirements are that one:
  • Must have a currently enrolled undergraduate student at FGCU;
  • Must serve on the council for, at least, one full academic year;
  • Attend a minimum of two Eagle Family Council meetings throughout the academic year (virtually or in-person) and monthly virtual committee meetings;
  • Attend a minimum of three in-person or virtual recruitment or orientation events to share their experience with prospective or incoming family members;
  • Contribute at least one article, post, or letter to a publication supporting FGCU parents and families (Facebook page, Family Business Newsletter, Parent and Family Guide, etc…)

We created the council as a way to welcome, educate, and connect parents and family members of FGCU undergraduate students together and enhance their opportunity for success and overall educational experience. As a member on the council you will be able to:

  • Contribute to shaping the parent and family partnership and experience with Florida Gulf Coast University;
  • Foster communication between the University and FGCU families;
  • Provide strategic input to University administration regarding topics and issues of importance to parents and families;
  • Provide programmatic support serving as volunteers at on-campus events including, but not limited to, Eagle Family Weekend and Eagle View Orientation;
  • Facilitate family engagement through the Parent & Family Programs Facebook Page and Parent and Family Networks.

Applications to join the FGCU Parent and Family Council are now available!

Applications will close on September 1st, 2022. The Council will review candidates, and you can expect to hear back from us mid-late September.


Applications can be found here: 2022 FGCU Parent and Family Council Application


Current FGCU Parent and Council Members


Lisa Council
Jennifer McMahon
Boca Raton, FL
Keri Council
Keri Morlock
Loveland, OH
Lisa Council
Lisa Mark
Melbourne, FL
Marie Council
Marie Whelan
Lutz, FL
Mercedes Council
Mercedes Fabregas
Naples, FL
Lisa Council
Nicole Garvue
Prospect, KY
Patty Council
Patty Sukennikoff
Punta Gorda, FL
Sandra Council
Sandra Grant
Miami, FL
Scott Council
Scott Hendershot
Columbus, OH
Sheila Council
Sheila Blaisdell
Naples, FL
Stacy Council
Stacy Wilson
Eustis, FL
Tara Council
Tara Wrighter
Reynoldsburg, OH
Wantanisha Council
Wantanisha Morant
Gainesville, FL
Janette Kosmal
Janette Kosmal
Michelle Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez
Naples, FL
Lisa Branca
Orlando, FL

Parent and Family Council Scholarship

The Scholarship Committee of the Parent and Family Council proudly awards scholarships to undergraduate FGCU students through the Foundation Scholarship application. After just one year from creation, the FGCU Family Council Scholarship awarded three deserving students for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.  

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“As part of FGCU’s service learning requirement, I volunteered at Franklin Park Elementary, a school in Fort Myers where several children live below the poverty line, are in the foster care system, and may suffer from homelessness. Volunteering at this school solidified my desire to become a counseling psychologist. My aspiration is to one day earn a Ph.D. in counseling or clinical psychology to treat disenfranchised children. 

Your contribution towards my studies, to be honest, is the reason I am still enrolled in FGCU today. As a first-generation college student, my family and I struggled financially through the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for awarding me the Family Council Scholarship for this academic year.”

Casandra Casadevalle – Class of 2024


“I grew up in a very small town in the Florida Keys, so going to FGCU was quite an adjustment. Thankfully, I found a great community through the Multicultural Leadership Development Center on campus, where I served as a mentor for incoming students this past summer. Academically, I have really pushed myself as a pre-nursing major. I plan to use the Family Council Scholarship towards my textbook and housing so I can focus on my dream career as a nurse.”

Jemma North – Class of 2025


"I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support that the Parent & Family Council has provided me through this scholarship. As an international student from Lima, Peru, I enjoy helping people in my country pursue an education. I head the mathematics department in a non-profit organization, “Por un Peru Mejor”, which was created during COVID-19 pandemic help the children in my community who lost access to their schooling and teachers. My goal for this year is to start a volunteer organization in Fort Myers to become closer to the community that I am now living in.”

Arantxa Moscoso – Class of 2023