• Hodges University Speakers Bureau
  • 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

    Adjunct Faculty, Digital Design and Graphics

  • Fisher School of Technology
    (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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    Andrea Fortin

    Associate Professor, Liberal Arts

  • School of Liberal Studies
    (239) 938-7747

    Topics: Communication, Digital Media, Interpersonal Communication, Media Ecology, New Media
    Professor Fortin is the chair of the professional 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 with Hodges University since 2012.
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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

    Associate Dean, Fisher School of Technology

  • Fisher School of Technology
    (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 associate dean of 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
    (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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    Aysegul Timur, PhD

    Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs &
    Dean, Johnson School of Business

  • Johnson School of Business
    (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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