Speakers Bureau | Hodges University
  • Speakers Bureau

    Hodges University’s Speakers Bureau is an outreach service made possible by volunteer speakers from among the faculty and staff who teach and work at Hodges. Our speakers have an unparalleled enthusiasm for sharing their expertise and extending our learning community throughout southwest Florida.

    Take advantage of this resource to see and hear for yourself the people and ideas that make Hodges University a dynamic and engaging center of learning.

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    Chad Abel

    Assistant Professor, Digital Design and Graphics

  • Fisher School of Technology
    cabel@hodges.edu
    (813) 679-0404
     
    Topics: Art and Design, Curriculum Design, Digital Photography, Dreamweaver, Graphic Design, Illustrator, InDesign, Painting and Drawing, Photoshop, Video Editing, Visual Communication, Web Design, WordPress

    Professor Abel is a designer/artist/educator who has designed for institutional and corporate clients such as the Mayo Clinic and Marriott Hotels. He is well versed in many forms of digital and traditional media including web design, video, photography, illustration, and painting and drawing.

    Professor Abel has won several awards and scholarships for his artwork and his art has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and International Art Fairs such as Bridge Art Fair, Select Fair, CIRCA PR, and other Art Basel Miami Beach events.

    Professor Abel has more than a decade of experience teaching at the college and university level, previously teaching at the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa. He also values bringing art and design into the broader community through his work with non-profits and community groups.

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    Albert Ball, PhD

    Dean, Fisher School of Technology

  • Fisher School of Technology
    aball@hodges.edu
    (239)598-6130
     
    Topics: Computer Hardware, Cybersecurity, Information Systems, Online Security
     
    Dr. Ball is retired from the U.S. Navy. He has a PhD in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. Currently he is serving as the dean of the Fisher School of Technology. He holds a master of science in computer information systems from Hodges University, with an emphasis in networking technology.

    Dr. Ball has worked in the technology industry for 20 years, holding positions including network administration, database administration, PC technician, and programmer. He has been published in several conference proceedings. He is currently serving on the editorial review board for the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management’s “Journal of Information, Information Technology, and Organizations,” as well as the “Review of Business Information Systems” journal. He currently holds the following certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, CCNA, CNA, iNet+”
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    Andrea Fortin

    Chair, Digital Media and Communication

  • School of Liberal Studies
    afortin@hodges.edu
    (239) 938-7747

    Topics: Communication, Digital Media, Interpersonal Communication, Media Ecology, New Media
     
    Professor Fortin is the chair of the Digital Media and Communication program at Hodges University. She is a Fort Myers native and earned her bachelor's degree in communication and English from Florida Gulf Coast University. She moved to New York City to attend Fordham University where she earned her master’s degree in public communication with a focus in new media studies. Her interest in communication and digital media also stems from her experience as a radio journalist. She started as an intern at WGCU Public Radio, and while she lived in New York, she was a producer for the radio show Cityscape on the local NPR station, WFUV. She has been an assistant professor of communication at Hodges University since 2012. She was a part of the team that developed the Digital Media and Communication degree at Hodges.
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    Cindy Gomez

    Director of Developmental Education & Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

  • School of Liberal Studies
    cgomez1@hodges.edu
    (239) 598-6111

    Topics: Diversity, Educational Leadership, Mentoring, Research, Second Language Instruction, Writing

    Dr. Gomez serves as the Director of Developmental Education. She teaches developmental English courses and is an adjunct for the Masters of Professional Studies program, teaching both education-related and interdisciplinary study courses.

    Dr. Gomez earned a PhD doctoral degree in education, specializing in leadership and educational administration from Capella University. She also has a master in science in TESOL and a bachelor of arts in communication platform arts. Prior to her work at Hodges University, she taught high school English, ESL, and communication courses for 15 years in Broward County.

    Dr. Gomez remains involved with the public school system through her volunteer work with Collier County Public Schools and the Education Foundation – Champions for Learning in Collier County.

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    Peter Karastamatis, DBA

    Adjunct Faculty, Business Administration

  • Johnson School of Business
    pkaras@hodges.edu
    (239) 204-7626 Cell 

    Topics: Customer Service, Education in Southwest Florida, Professional Selling and Persuasion, Sports Marketing, and Telephone Etiquette and Strategy

    Dr. Karastamatis is a native New Yorker born in the Bronx. He holds a BS in secondary education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a MBA from Nova Southeastern University in 1993 and a DBA in 2009 from Argosy University in Sarasota.

    Dr. Karastamatis spent 20 years in the restaurant business as a chef, manager and owner of several establishments in Virginia and Florida. Additionally, he spent many years as a sales person and trainer in Virginia and southwest Florida. He then earned his securities and insurance licensure as an investment advisor with McDonald Investments and UBS Investment Services. He managed retirement investment portfolios for individuals in the early stages of their retirement. His principle responsibilities were in the area of marketing with emphasis on the development of new accounts.

    Dr. Karastamatis has been with Hodges University since 1999. He in an adjunct professor in the Johnson School of Business. His specialty is marketing and sports marketing. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society.

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    Carrie Kerskie

    President, Kerskie Group, Inc.
    Founder, Association of Certified Identity Theft Investigators

  • ck@CarrieKerskie.com
    (239) 435-9111

    Topics: Identity Theft, Fraud, Data Privacy

    Carrie Kerskie is a highly sought-after national speaker, trainer, author and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy. She is the author of the book, Your Public Identity; Because Nothing is Private Anymore and a contributing writer for Agingcare.com and Naples Daily News. Carrie has been quoted in numerous publications such as Real Simple magazine and TechRepublic.com. She appears regularly on various news programs on NBC-2, ABC-7, Fox 4, NPR and WINK News.

    In 2014 Congressman Diaz-Balart lauded Carrie with a Congressional Record for her work on identity theft. In 2015 Carrie was the driving force behind strengthening Florida’s identity theft laws including making business identity theft a crime in the state. 

    Carrie is the director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University. The mission of the Identity Fraud Institute (IFI) is Learn, Share, Collaborate. The IFI accomplishes this through educational opportunities for the community and professionals in Lee and Collier counties. Educational opportunities consist of community lectures, seminars, corporate training, and a speaker’s bureau. The IFI is also aimed at becoming a central repository of identity theft, fraud and data privacy statistic throughout the state of Florida.  IFI supports the mission and vision of Hodges University to be a community source with various services for victims of identity theft. 

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    Tracey Lanham

    Program Chair, Computer Information Technology

  • Fisher School of Technology
    tlanham@hodges.edu
    (239) 938-7779
     
    Topics: Application Software, Computer Programming, Hands-on Technology for Teaching all Ages, Inclusion and Diversity in Technology, Women and Girls in Technology
     
    Professor Lanham is the program hair of the Computer Information Technology programs in the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University, and she is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. program at Northcentral University. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer information technology. In addition to her career in adult education, she is fully engaged in the community to further the initiative to get more girls and women interested and involved in technology fields of study in support of their pursuit of technology careers.
     
    Functioning as the coordinator for the Aspirations in Computing Award for the SWFL Region, Professor Lanham works closely with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to provide opportunities and encouragement to young women in high school that excel in technology and leadership within their community. Moreover, to facilitate the engagement and retention of girls in technology, she also oversees AspireIT camps that utilize a near peer teaching experience to teach middle school girls app and game development in the summer. By providing a vast array of technology focused activities and learning experiences, she hopes to increase the representation and retention of women and minorities in technology careers to provide a more diverse workforce in our global economy.
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    Arthur “Chip” McElroy

    Program Chair, Digital Design and Graphics

  • Fisher School of Technology
    amcelroy@hodges.edu
    (239) 598-6212
     
    Topics: Brand/Logo Design, Graphic Design, Website Design
     
    A graduate of Marywood University with both a bachelor of fine arts and a master of fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design, Professor McElroy has worked as a graphic designer in both agency and corporate environments.
     
    Previously, he was the senior designer for WilsonMiller, Inc., a large engineering firm with 11 offices and 650 employees across the state of Florida. Professor McElroy has also worked at a small web/multimedia agency, where he developed both website and DVD/multimedia presentations, and with a print design/production agency.
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    Mary Jo McLaughlin, BA, MHSA, FACHE

    Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration

  • School of Allied Health
    mmaclaughlin@hodges.edu
    (239) 598-6198
     
    Topics: Business Process Improvement, Healthcare Management, Health Information Technology, Strategic Planning
     
    Professor MacLaughlin joined Hodges University in April of 2014. She brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience and adult education to the School of Allied Health. Prior to joining Hodges, she served in a variety of healthcare management roles, both in the areas of healthcare administration and information technology.
     
    As a consulting manager, Professor MacLaughlin provided expertise regarding information systems management and planning, healthcare software systems, strategic planning and process improvement. In addition, she has designed and delivered information technology instructional material and programs. As a consultant, she has educated healthcare professionals across the nation on relevant topics such as HIPAA, security, process improvement and strategic planning. In addition, Professor McLaughlin has served as faculty at educational conferences and been a guest lecturer on specific healthcare related topics.
     
    Professor MacLaughlin received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and her master’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. At Hodges, she teaches courses on Healthcare Information, Healthcare Systems, Healthcare Management, and Health Informatics.
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    William "Bill" Pearce

    Professor, Marketing and Business

  • Johnson School of Business
    wpearce@hodges.edu
    (412) 877-2899 Cell
     
    Topics: Marketing Research, Sports Marketing (Fandom), Strategic Marketing, Turnaround Management
     
    Professor Pearce is currently an adjunct professor of Marketing and Business at Hodges University. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Business, Accounting, and Management Department and director of the MBA Program at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and six years as chair of the Marketing Department at La Roche College in Pittsburgh.
     
    Throughout his 18-year career in higher education, he has served on university-level strategic management committees and assessment and accreditation committees and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of new curriculums in marketing, MBA, and competency-based learning (CBL) programs at three different universities.
     
    For the first 22 years of his career, Professor Pearce held executive positions in marketing at Storage Technology-Documation Division, Western Technologies, Intelledex Robotics, and Questor Technologies. During this period, he worked closely with several venture-capital firms and consulted with organizations including Apple, Darden Restaurants, Limited Brands and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
     
    After relocating to southwest Florida in September 2013, he has been managing partner of TURN-IT! Associates, LLP, a marketing consulting firm with clients in the restaurant, financial, professional sports, retail, and electronics industries. He is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), and the Dramatist Guild and has been honored as an Adept Automation Pioneer (1987), Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by La Roche College (2006), and is included in the 2003-2004 (8th Ed.) of “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”
     
    He holds a bachelor of science and master of science from Florida Institute of Technology and is All But Dissertation (ABD) in Marketing from Kent State University.
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    Aysegul Timur, PhD

    Dean, Johnson School of Business

  • Johnson School of Business
    atimur@hodges.edu
    (239) 598-6138
     
    Topics: Business, Business Climate, Economics (Health and International), Higher Education, Regional Economic Development, Workforce
     
    Dr. Timur received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of South Florida and both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Istanbul. Her areas of specialization include business policy and organizational development, quality control, statistics for strategic planning, health (especially pharmaceutical pricing) and international economics. She has been a faculty member at Hodges University since 2000. Dr. Timur is also a management consultant and corporate trainer for local companies in Southwest Florida.
     
    Dr. Timur is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Societies and a member of the Southern Economic Association, International Health Economics Association, American Society of Health Economists, the Clute Institute and Naples Council on World Affairs (including Outreach Committee). Her work has been published in several distinguished journals and presented in international and national conferences.

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