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Espinoza named assistant executive director at F.I.S.H.

By F.I.S.H. - | Jan 29, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Maria Espinoza

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently announced the promotion of Maria Espinoza to assistant executive director.

Espinoza has been with F.I.S.H. since 2017, when she began with the organization after Hurricane Irma as a volunteer. She soon shifted to a full time employee, during which time she has held positions as the Walk-In Center manager, volunteer manager and director of food programs, proving herself a committed organization advocate.

“This position is new to the organization but an important piece of our puzzle as we continue to grow,” Executive Director Alicia Tighe Orgera said. “Maria has graciously, and gracefully, worn many hats here at F.I.S.H. so it was a natural fit for Maria to move into a role that focuses the broader scope of F.I.S.H.’s work. There are few that know the ins and outs of F.I.S.H. like Maria, so we are thrilled to see her continue to grow alongside the organization.”

Espinoza is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University working on a social work degree with a minor in political science. She has volunteered at various non-profits in Lee County, including the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, and Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Before working at F.I.S.H., Espinoza taught foreign language to elementary students.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow with F.I.S.H.,” she said. “I feel extremely motivated and encouraged by the support of the F.I.S.H. board and exceptional team of dedicated professionals and volunteers.”