F.I.S.H. announces new staff members
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently welcomed new staff members to its team, Susan Alexander as senior services and community engagement director and Laura D. Rodriguez as accounting manager.
“We’re so fortunate to welcome two incredibly talented members of the Southwest Florida non-profit community here to the islands,” Executive Director Alicia Tighe Orgera said. “Susan and Laura both bring with them years of non-profit experience and will ensure we’re able to better serve Sanibel and Captiva.”
Alexander will oversee senior programs and community engagement, actively working with community stakeholders to ensure F.I.S.H. continues to meet the needs of island seniors. Born and raised in South Florida, she most recently ran the Beyond School Walls program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for five years. Alexander attended the College of Wooster in Ohio and obtained her bachelor’s in communications and public relations from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. She has a graduate certification from The University of Pittsburgh in elementary education.
Alexander has been active in the Southwest Florida non-profit community in a volunteer capacity as vice president of the auxiliary board for the Golisano Children’s Hospital and president-elect for the auxiliary board for Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Hospital and the children’s hospital. She also lends her talents as a FutureMaker for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Alexander and her husband enjoy spending time with their three children and giving back to the community.
“It’s an honor for me to join the F.I.S.H. team and be able to provide educational, entertaining and innovative programming to the Sanibel and Captiva community,” she said. “I’m excited for this opportunity and I look forward to working with all of the people and the businesses on the islands.”
Rodriguez will maintain F.I.S.H.’s day-to-day financial operations and fiscal integrity. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she worked at The Foundation for Lee County Public School the last six years as its fiscal manager, keeping it in compliance and helping it achieve its platinum Charity Navigator status. Rodriguez graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Florida Community College with an AAS degree in accounting. She was bookkeeper for Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church in Sebring and distribution administrator in change of payroll at Coca Cola Refreshments’s Fort Myers and Sarasota warehouses.
She is a mother of three, one with special needs. Rodriguez was a stay-at-home mother who worked from home, baking to help make ends meet and pay for her son’s medical bills. She learned of her love of accounting when she started working for Jackson Hewitt preparing tax returns for individuals and small businesses and later with H&R Block.
“Joining F.I.S.H. is an opportunity of a lifetime; a positive change,” Rodriguez said. “Becoming a part of this organization gives me the opportunity to help people in a direct way. It is a privilege that brings fulfillment to my heart.”