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By Staff | Apr 6, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. José H. Leal

IWA TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING

The Island Water Association will hold its Annual Meeting on April 12 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

The meeting agenda includes the election of directors, a report on the state of the economy, and matters concerning operations over the last 12 months.

To attend, visit http://bit.ly/IWA2021AM or www.islandwater.com and connect via the meeting link provided on the homepage. Documents for the meeting are also accessible via the home page.

For question, call the administrative office at 239-472-1502.

PHOTO PROVIDED Manuela Martinez

LEAL MARKS MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY WITH SHELL MUSEUM

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum announced that renowned malacologist Dr. José H. Leal is celebrating 25 years of service at the museum, researching mollusks and the shells they create.

After the museum’s opening in 1995, Leal became its first executive director. Throughout his tenure, he has worked to improve its collection, which now includes over 130,700 lots of mollusks, comprising almost 1 million individual specimens.

In 2016, Leal led the museum in hosting the Mollusks in Peril Forum, which brought together scientists, students and citizens to examine large-scale threats to mollusk populations. He also led the Florida United Malacologists meetings at the museum in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

It was through Leal’s leadership that the museum was awarded a 15-year accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2010. Currently, he is working in the oversight of the American Aquarium & Zoological Association accreditation for the Beyond Shells: Living Gallery exhibit.

PHOTO PROVIDED Heike Gosselin

Leal received his Ph.D in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami. He has served as visiting professor at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris and postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Leal holds honorary faculty positions at the University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is an affiliate member of the Coastal Watershed Institute.

He is also a past president of the American Malacological Society and of Conchologists of America, past board member of the Florida Association of Museums, accreditation peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and editor of The Nautilus.

F.I.S.H. ANNOUNCES NEW STAFFERS

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently welcomed new staff members to its team, Manuela Martinez as social services assistant and Heike Gosselin as receptionist/office assistant.

Martinez will assist the Social Services Department with program efforts and community reach out. She spent her undergraduate career studying international affairs with a minor in social entrepreneurship and business at Florida State University. Martinez spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Alicante in Spain, improving her business administration skills and intercultural goals. She has worked with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and she has experience working with nonprofits in the Tallahassee area. Martinez is bilingual in Spanish and English.

PHOTO PROVIDED Kyle DeCicco

Gosselin will act as the front office point of contact for incoming clients and visitors. For 10 years, she assisted residents at the Shell Point Retirement Community as a call center specialist. Prior to that, Gosselin worked in customer service for Publix. A Sanibel resident, she is bilingual in English and German.

SAN CAP COMMUNITY BANK PROMOTES DECICCO

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank recently announced the promotion of Kyle DeCicco to executive vice president.

Part of the executive management team since 2020, he will continue to lead the bank’s lending programs, as well as focus on its strategic priorities. DeCicco leads the bank’s efforts in administering the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program.

He joined in 2016 as vice president and commercial loan officer. With over a decade of experience, DeCicco has worked in commercial real estate and lending, credit analysis, portfolio management of performing and nonperforming loans, and management of FDIC insured loss-share assets.

He is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association’s Florida School of Banking and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. DeCicco is enrolled in the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.