Continuing Education

Continuing Education


Senior DirectorCindy Schmitt
Senior Director, Continuing Education and Director of Behavioral Science and Technology

National speaker and trainer, Cindy Schmitt has over 20 years of experience in the fields of training, performance management and process improvement. Her experience includes motivational speaking, performance management training, and process improvement consulting for schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and governmental agencies across the United States.

Cindy holds a bachelor's in professional studies from Barry University, a master’s in Christian counseling from Chapel Christian University and a master's in computer information systems from Florida Tech. She has served on numerous boards and committees at local, state, and national level. Cindy Schmitt's realistic, upbeat and systematic approach has earned her recognition as a leader in her field. Two such honors include Air Force Space Command Training Director of the Year, and the Air Force Professional Performer Award given to the top five percent.

Currently, Cindy is the senior director of Continuing Education, which includes the Applied Behavior Analysis professional development program that is offered live and through distance learning. She is currently involved in research involving instructional technology in the online learning environment. Her passion is discovering and experimenting with new learning technologies.

Media Team LeadAlec Poitras
Media Team Lead

Alec is the media team lead in the Office of Continuing Education at Florida Institute of Technology. He is Adobe certified (ACA), and he graduated with an associate's degree and television production certification from Eastern Florida State College.

Allison Kim
Registration Assisstant


Financial Aid CoordinatorAmanda Culver
Financial Aid Coordinator

Amanda Culver is the financial aid coordinator at Continuing Education. She assists students with registration and financial aid and works as advisor for the program. Prior to her role at Continuing Education, she spent ten years working at a preschool as an assistant financial director and also as a voluntary prekindergarten teacher. During that time, she worked closely with children and truly understands the value of applied behavior analysis.

In her spare time, Amanda loves to spend time with her husband and two children, is highly involved with her kids’ sports, and is a seasoned musician.

Student CoordinatorAshley DeAngelo
Student Coordinator


Social Media CoordinatorBrian Bement
Social Media Coordinator

Brian Bement is a Social Media Coordinator with Continuing Education. In the department, Brian’s duties include creating online communications, designing advertisements and engaging visuals, as well as fostering student relationships. Brian also works with external vendors to increase brand awareness and online support. He has six years of combined experience in graphic design, illustration, and marketing, in addition to four years of experience in higher education, non-profits, e-Learning, and tradeshow design. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Florida Institute of Technology and is currently attaining a master’s of business administration, with a specialization in marketing. Prior to his employment with Continuing Education, Brian developed illustrations for scientific publications and researched the influences of temperature on feeding performance in the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles complex).

In his free time, Brian enjoys watching films, gardening, upcycling and restoring vintage furniture.

Registration AssisstantChristina Glore
Registration Assistant


Colin Durborow
Project Assistant


Deborah Davis
Outreach Supervisor


Registration Program SupervisorErika Clancy
Program Coordinator


HelpdeskErwin Horvath
Helpdesk Coordinator


Jenn Klingersmith
Registration Assistant


Jiong Fang
Student Assistant


Joanne Regan
Project Coordinator

LMS SupervisorJosh Moore
LMS Supervisor


Communications CoordinatorKathy Hennessy
Communications Coordinator

Kathy Hennessy is the communications coordinator with Continuing Education. At Continuing Education, her duties include updating and maintaining the knowledge management system; writing, updating, and maintaining continuing education procedures; and assisting with the writing and editing of press releases, web pages and marketing materials. In her past, she has held positions as a writing tutor, copy editor, college librarian, college lecturer in writing and literature and an academic advisor. She received her BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and MA in the humanities from California State University.

In her spare time, Kathy thoroughly enjoys reading, writing, baking, looking for seashells on the beach and pretending she has a green thumb.

Finance AssistantMasrur Rahman
Finance Assistant

As a finance assistant, Masrur Rahman is responsible for the collection, logging and appropriate processing of financial transactions and contracts in support of the office of Continuing Education’s business processes. Prior to joining Continuing Education, Masrur worked at the Academic Support Center of Florida Tech as a math, physics, chemistry and engineering tutor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and is currently pursuing his master’s in systems engineering from Florida Tech.

In his free time he enjoys indulging in his entrepreneurial spirit, traveling, playing soccer and spending time with family.

Marisell Santos-Cruz
RBT Student Coordinator


Media Production SpecialistMatt Porter
Media Production Specialist

Matthew is a media production specialist for Continuing Education at Florida Tech. He graduated with Associate of Arts degree and Television Production Certification from Eastern Florida State College. Prior to his role in Continuing Education, he spent three years as a journalistic cinematographer for NASA TV. Matthew is pursuing his bachelor's degree at Florida Tech in multi-platform journalism.

In his free time, Matthew coaches high school baseball; he enjoys long walks on the beach, flies his drone and creates films.

Matt Thompson
Web Developer

As web developer for Continuing Education, Matt Thompson is responsible for the content management of the entire Continuing Education website. In addition, he also procures and develops marketing material for the various programs within the office of Continuing Education. Prior to his role at Continuing Education, Matt had extensive experience developing websites, including sites for two Fortune 500 companies. Matt also served as an Art Director for a national, promotional marketing company with a wide array of clients, from professional motorsports to retail franchises. Matt holds a bachelor's in communication with an emphasis on the media arts from Wingate University in North Carolina.

In his free time, you will find Matt at work on personal art projects, listening to music, watching movies, and pondering the mysteries of life while playing a round of Pac-Man.

McNels Sylvestre
Student Assistant


Pam Tooley
Program Supervisor

Pamela Tooley is the Student Services Team Supervisor here at Florida Tech Continuing Education.  Pam works with her team to provide a high level of customer service to both new and returning students.  Pam has worked in customer service for many years, working for the YMCA and another large non-profit.  Pam and her husband have four children.  They moved to Melbourne in June 2016, after having lived in several states of the USA and also in Costa Rica.

Silvia Barker
Office Coordinator

Silvia Barker, office coordinator, plays a crucial role in the day-to-day happenings of Florida Tech’s office of Continuing Education. In addition to keeping the office running smoothly, Silvia processes new staff paperwork, collaborates with outside vendors for all office purchases, large and small, and provides support for event planning for the department. Prior to her role at Continuing Education, Silvia worked as a human resources coordinator for Florida Tech, as well as an administrative assistant to the president of Florida Tech Aviation.

In her spare time, Silvia enjoys travel, reading, and time spent with family and friends.

Student AssistantTheresa Lynne Arandia
Student Assistant

Theresa is a student assistant working with the media team. She is a junior in biomedical engineering. She loves to play volleyball and travel with friends and family. She has lived in Florida since she was 4 years old. Her end goal is to be a cardiovascular engineer.