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.
Adjunct Faculty, Digital Design and Graphics
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.
Chair, Digital Media and Communication
Director of Developmental Education & Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
School of Liberal Studiescgomez1@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.
Adjunct Faculty, Business Administration
Johnson School of Business firstname.lastname@example.org(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.
President, Kerskie Group, Inc. Founder, Association of Certified Identity Theft Investigators
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.
Associate Dean, Fisher School of Technology
Program Chair, Digital Design and Graphics
Adjunct Faculty, Health Services Administration
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs &Dean, Johnson School of Business
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