MARY ASTA

Executive Director

Mary has served on the board of the Gargiulo Education Center since 2017 and was named its Executive Director in January, 2018.  She has an extensive history in philanthropy.  As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at Rockefeller University in New York City, she developed the foundation’s structure from the ground up, raising millions of research dollars as well as pro bono media dollars.  She has sat on the board of and/or advised several foundations, including The Intrepid Museum, Fisher House Foundation, Michael Stern Parkinson’s Foundation, Fallen Heroes Funds, and Hanover Charities.  Mary currently serves on the board of the Montessori Academy of Naples.  As a successful entrepreneur, she owns a patent-holding company, Master Poe Innovations, and has an extensive history in the entertainment and fashion worlds.  In her spare time, she works with Alzheimer’s patients.


KATHY KESSLER

Upper-School Teacher

Kathy has been teaching students from kindergarten through high school for over 30 years.  She works primarily with the high-school students at the Gargiulo Education Center.  After graduating from the University of Iowa, she obtained her master’s degree in special education at the University of Nebraska.  She taught in Iowa for 17 years and has been teaching in Florida for the past 20, including 16 years at Barron Collier High School in the Collier County School District.

She is currently teaching English/reading but is also certified in Exceptional Student Education and social sciences, with endorsements in gifted education and English Language Learning.

Kathy has raised five wonderful children that are all in various stages of their chosen careers.


MARLENE DIMAS

Upper-School Teacher

For 14 years, Marlene has taught students from elementary to high school levels at different schools in Collier County.  She works with the middle-school and high-school students at the Gargiulo Education Center.  At the Collier County School District, she is currently a teacher for the Title 1 Migrant Students Program.  She travels among various schools to assist with the migrant program.

Marlene was born and raised in Southwest Florida, and enjoys playing board games and video games with her husband and their three children.


LINDSAY PURSGLOVE

4th and 5th Grade Teacher

Lindsay has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Florida Gulf Coast University, a master’s degree in sports management from Barry University, and a master’s in business administration and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University.  At the Gargiulo Education Center, she works with the fourth and fifth grades and assists the high school students with math.  She also works with the students on healthy living, the importance of exercise and movement, and nutrition.


KAYLA HAUCK

3rd Grade Teacher

Kayla is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She is proficient with Microsoft programs and strong in math areas including pre-calculus and statistics.  At the Gargiulo Education Center, she works with the third grade and also helps out with upper-grade students who may be experiencing difficulties in math.  She has a background in public speaking and recruiting students for her high school in Carmel, Indiana.  Her family relocated from Carmel, Indiana, to Tampa, Florida.  She lives on campus at FGCU.


LUIS CORTER

1st and 2nd Grade Teacher

Luis is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in psychology and has volunteered at the Lee County Library in his spare time.  At the Gargiulo Education Center, he works with the first and second grades and assists with math questions from the older students.  He was born and raised in Bonita Springs and graduated from Estero High School.


MORGAN MALOOHY

Kindergarten Teacher

Morgan attends Florida Southwestern State College, majoring in English.  She desires to travel the world teaching children English upon completion of her degree.  At the Gargiulo Education Center, Morgan currently works with our kindergarten students.  She previously worked at the Bonita Charter School in Bonita Springs in the After Care for elementary grade students.  She attended Estero High School for grades 9-12 and the Naples Christian Academy for kindergarten through grade 8.   In her spare time, Morgan volunteers with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and other organizations.