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.

 

ROBERT WICKBOLDT, JR.

Educational Director

Robert has recently joined the Gargiulo team as a teacher, having recently accepted the position of Director of Education. Robert’s background and experience includes a 30+ year United States Navy career, having retired as a Master Chief in 2008. A graduate of the University of Houston, he completed his MPA from the University of Oklahoma while on active duty. Following his retirement, he was accepted at West Virginia University to work on his PhD in political science while teaching biology as a teaching assistant. In 2015 Mr. Wickboldt was offered and accepted a position as Department Head, Science, at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Virginia. The Wickboldt’s moved to Naples in the fall of 2018. He has been teaching at a private school here in Naples since arrival, teaching biology, anatomy, forensics, biochemistry, statistics, genetics, and The Art of War. Mr.Wickboldt is a welcome asset to the Gargiulo environment. 

 

BETH SCHADD

Operations Director

Beth Schadd is the dedicated and enthusiastic Director of the Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program (EAP) at Gargiulo Education Center.  Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in Zoology.  After graduating, Beth worked at a medical entomology lab at the University studying mosquitoes and malaria.  She eventually moved to Idaho, where she fell in love with the mountains.  She pursued her love of the outdoors and teaching, earning a Master of Science in Natural Resources and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho, Moscow.  This has afforded her the opportunity to teach both in and out of the classroom in Idaho, China, and Florida.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys all the beauty and activities that Florida has to offer.

 

ANGELA OWNSBEY

1st and 2nd grade Teacher

Angela has received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has taught in the classroom for eight years and prior to that has spent years as a volunteer in different classroom settings. She enjoys helping children learn and helping them reach their full potential with a passion in teaching phonemic awareness and phonics. On her free time Angela enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, fishing, going to the beach and painting.

 

ADDITIONAL TEACHING STAFF

DION RAHILL