Welcome to the APC

Welcome to Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) blog. The APC is a representative voice for administrative and professional employees to provide leadership, counsel and advice to the College community. We are collectively dedicated to promoting a collegial community focused on teaching and learning.

The APC represents and reports back to the administrative and professional employees of the College and, as appropriate, to the College President. The APC also has the authority to make recommendations on behalf of its members on any matter of concern to its membership. All affairs of the APC are to be governed in accordance with the Bylaws of the Collaborative and Robert’s Rules of Order.

The blog serves as an additional communication platform where A&Ps can learn about upcoming networking opportunities, become more familiar with fellow A&Ps and identify vital resources that support professional development.

September 2022: Dr. Cynthia Robinson, Associate Director of the Center for International Education

As Associate Director of the Center for International Education (CIE), Dr. Cynthia Robinson provides our faculty, staff and students opportunities to participate in cultural activities and exchanges, teach and learn through globally focused coursework, support educational goals for study and service abroad, and develop engagement with the international community represented both in Jacksonville and abroad. Through her leadership, the CIE is expanding its programs and opening its borders to a wider range of cultural opportunities and experiences. The CIE will hold its inaugural International Education Week Mini-Conference on November 3-4 of this year, is actively expanding the Global Scholars Distinction program through inclusion of early college and dual-enrollment students, and working alongside faculty to globalize more courses throughout all disciplines. Things are very exciting indeed.

Dr. Robinson’s career began in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; she then earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2016. She holds an educator certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education with multiple endorsements including educational leadership. Throughout her career, she quickly progressed into leadership roles which eventually opened the door for her to serve as the international program director for a local private school for nine years. For more than ten years, she worked as an associate professor for a local private college.

Dr. Robinson has more than 25 years in education and a specialized background in developing global relations at the foreign and domestic levels. She serves on the board for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) working specifically with PR and Communications, is a delegate for the Changwon, South Korea Committee, and serves as Chair of the Annual 9/11 Peace Concert held at St. John’s Cathedral. Dr. Robinson also works with Educatius as a local coordinator to help oversee and support homestay placements for international students studying in local high schools. Over the years, she has traveled to more than 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe, doing community work and educational collaborations.

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Robinson loves to travel and continues to expand her horizons through continuing education. She is currently taking Beginning French at FSCJ and all three of her children attend the College as well. As a Jacksonville native, Dr. Robinson is overjoyed to utilize her experience and her connections to develop a stronger global community within the city and within FSCJ.

August 2022: Dr. Greg Worth, Dean of Workforce Education

For the past three years, Dean of Workforce Education Dr. Greg Wurth has served FSCJ as the Director of Workforce and Community Development where he works with local industries and non-profits to develop workforce educational solutions to meet the needs of the expanding First Coast economy. In this role, he has provided leadership, vision and direction to the Continuing Workforce Education (CWE) Department. During this time, CWE has seen an expansion in courses offered, students enrolled and served, student employment and connections with internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to FSCJ, Dr. Wurth served as the Director of Organizational Learning and Development for Georgia Southern University, the Director of Services for the University of Pennsylvania foundation (Penn Athletics), Lecturer, and Director of Basic Courses for the Department of Organizational Communication at Murray State University. Prior to working full-time in higher education, Greg worked in marketing for various private companies while teaching (as an adjunct) communication courses for various higher education institutions.

He has an Associate of Arts from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Murray State University, as well as a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Drexel University.

Originally from Western Kentucky (Paducah), Greg has lived in the Philadelphia, PA area, and Savannah, GA, prior to moving to the Jacksonville region. Currently, he and his beautiful wife, Karri, live in Saint Johns with their two intelligent and kind daughters Isabella and Bailey, a couple of cats and a dog named Winston. The Wurths enjoy boating, beaching, traveling, exploring the area’s restaurants and photography.

July 2022: Kerry Roth, Associate Director of Student Success

Associate Director of Student Success Kerry Roth has served the students of Florida State College at Jacksonville in various roles within the area of Student Life & Leadership since 2002. In addition, he has facilitated low ropes and experiential learning opportunities at the FSCJ Outdoor Education Center since 2006. Kerry has served as the state advisor of the Florida College System Student Government Association on three occasions and once as the chair of FSCJ’s Association of Florida Colleges Chapter. In 2021, he was selected to serve as the North Campus Dean for three years and during the 2022-23 academic year, will serve as the chair of the FSCJ Administrative Professional Collaborative.

Kerry currently works with a team of twelve amazing individuals to provide opportunities for students to become involved in extracurricular programming at FSCJ. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, Ally Programming, Campus Student Programming Boards, FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry, History & Heritage Celebrations, Leadership Trainings, Student Ambassadors, Student Diversity Programming, Student Government Association, Student Organizations and Volunteerism.

Kerry earned a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Florida State University, an Associate in Science in Graphic Arts Technology from Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and an Associate in Arts from Tallahassee Community College.

Kerry is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, enjoys traveling and looks forward to superhero movie release dates. He strongly believes in the mission of FSCJ and is very passionate about helping to foster positive life-changing opportunities for our diverse student population.

June 2022 Spotlight: Amy Benigno, Assistant Director of Purchasing

Assistant Director of Purchasing Amy Benigno provides Collegewide leadership through exemplary customer service and training. In her short time at FSCJ, she has created an internal training site for departments needing financial information and security training as well as updating the P-Card program to include a SharePoint site for all things P-Card related. This provides the various Collegewide departments with on-demand training for the most sought out questions. Additionally, Amy has served as secretary on the Counsel of Purchasing Professionals since 2018.

Amy holds a bachelor of science in Business Management and a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. She has worked in higher education for 25 years in the arena of student services and financials, veterans’ affairs, accounts payable, purchasing and training. Amy has served in several roles at FSCJ since 2015, including the Bursar’s department, Accounts Payable and now Purchasing and Central Services. Her true passion is training and mentoring. She whole heartedly believes you can change the community with empowerment through education, training and mentorship.

In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and friends, making crafts, enjoying her back porch and creating happy memories.

May 2022 Spotlight: Kristin Kristen, Program Manager, Center for eLearning (CeL)

Kristin Kristen serves as the Program Manager at the Center for eLearning (CeL) department, working in tandem with FSCJ Online’s operations team. Before joining FSCJ in 2013, Kristin worked as a coordinating producer for special film projects and a multimedia producer for PGATOUR.com for over ten years. She later worked as a program manager in the Continuing Education and Training and Development departments at the University of North Florida for three years.

In her current role, Kris provides Collegewide support for any departments that want to develop and offer fully-online programs and courses to FSCJ’s current and prospective students. She engages with the deans, instructional program managers and faculty members in creating a portfolio and program plan for online course developments that meet all stakeholders’ requirements and needs. In addition, she provides ongoing operational support to the CeL’s development team (instructional designers and multimedia designers) to make sure course development meets the expected project deadlines and providing project status updates to appropriate stakeholders.

To help promote the College’s mission and values and support ongoing Collegewide activities and events, Kris serves on the Wellness Champion Club and is part of the Deerwood Campus Incident Management team.

Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Political Science from Arizona State University. She is a Disciplined Agile Scrum Master and is on track to receive her Senior Scrum Master certificate this year. She also has a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate and her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

She loves spending time with her three adult children, traveling to new places and going back home to California to visit family. Her passions include anything with water, boating, skiing, the beach, live music and reading.

April 2022 Spotlight: Julie Stein; Program Development Manager, Workforce Education

As Program Development Manager, Julie Stein provides high-level support for developing and managing instructional programs in the Workforce Education Department. Julie works with various departments to create programs that meet the needs of Northeast Florida’s community members and business partners.

Julie is passionate about helping all individuals access skills development to build sustainable careers. She started working for FSCJ in 2005 as a coordinator, creating high school pathways into the career and technical education programs. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of West Florida. She is currently earning her MA in Career and Workforce Education at the University of Central Florida. Julie completed the Six Sigma Yellow belt program with her sights set on the green belt.

Julie has served on numerous local committees and advisory boards, including JaxUSA’s Talent Advancement Partnership. In 2020, Julie served as a Florida College System representative on the statewide task force to develop a policy to evaluate and award credit for prior military training.

Julie’s favorite place is the beach or anywhere with water! A former scuba diver, she now prefers kayaking and paddleboarding. Julie is married to Ben, and they have two teenage daughters, Marnie and Tyler Grace. They enjoy taking vacations to the mountains or beaches with their dogs, Rosa and Petey.

Julie agrees laughter is the best medicine and truly appreciates the wonderful sense of humor found in so many of her coworkers.



March 2022 Spotlight: Heather Engelking, Director for Career Services

Heather Engelking joined the Student Support Division as the new Director for Career Services. She has decades worth of experience in supporting and managing career services-oriented operations in higher education with roles both at Seminole State College of Florida and the University of Central Florida. She encourages collaboration at all levels and concentrates on partnerships with local, state and national employers to recruit at FSCJ and helps prepare students to successfully transition from an academic environment to the world of work.

She has over twenty years of experience, providing professional and career development training to job seekers from diverse backgrounds and has established a strong record of relationship building. She is looking forward to connecting with internal constituents to develop operational processes in pursuit of centralized career services for the College. In addition to working at FSCJ, Heather is a lifelong Floridian and an alumnus of the University of Central Florida, having earned her B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Psychology and Master of Public Administration degrees at the university.

In addition to the passion she has for her work, Heather enjoys spending time with extended family, friends and of course her husband, Jeff. She enjoys fiber arts (knitting) and papercrafts as well as experiencing the natural beauty of Florida from a SeaDoo on the St. Johns River.


February 2022 Spotlight: Thomas Lewis, Learning Management System Administrator

As Learning Management System Administrator, Thomas Lewis provides service for all things Canvas. You will often find Thomas interfacing with faculty to support their needs, providing training for upcoming Canvas features or analyzing data to provide system reports for the College.

Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology from the University of North Florida and an associate in science degree in Networking Services Technology from Santa Fe College. Thomas’s journey in Education Technology began as a UNF student worker at the Center for Instruction and Research Technology. Working there for almost three years, he was supporting instructors with Canvas-related questions, captioning educational videos and recommending equipment for instructors to accomplish their in-class needs. During this time, he also had the opportunity to intern with Turning Technologies and helping facilitate their clicker software with UNF faculty.

After graduating from UNF, Thomas decided to continue his career here at FSCJ as the Education Technology Specialist and has had the opportunity to work and become familiar with the FSCJ family for three wonderful years. He is incredibly proud to call FSCJ home and cannot wait to serve many more years with the College.

In his spare time, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, watching competitive e-sports and musical theatre. He hopes to begin working on his master’s degree next year in Curriculum and Assessment with a focus on Education Technology, but for the time being, is enjoying spending  time with his newborn son, Rowan.

January 2022 Spotlight: Dr. James Artley, Associate Director of Student Conduct

As Associate Director of Student Conduct, Dr. James Artley provides oversight and is responsible for the administration of student conduct, ensuring that the process is fair, impartial, non-adversarial, restorative and conducted in an educational manner. He supports Collegewide collaboration to increase civility, awareness and respect, while also promoting resolution of student conduct incidents from a developmental perspective, which fosters personal growth, intellectual development and civic responsibilities. In addition, he also serves as the College’s representative on the Duval County Sexual Assault Interagency Council.

James received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. He has over twenty years of experience in higher education, having served in various roles and most recently as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Florida Coastal School of Law before joining FSCJ.

Prior to making the transition to higher education, James worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida for thirteen years in Claims Operations and Marketing Intelligence, where he served as Service Manager and Market Intelligence Leader.

With his diverse background in dealing with students and a comprehensive understanding of the student experience from enrollment to graduation, James has a record of accomplishment of educating, enlightening and empowering students, a philosophy that guides his encounter with each and every student and colleague. He co-authored the chapter, “Mentoring Diverse Generations” in the book Mentoring Diverse Professionals, which was written by one of his mentors, Dr. Bahaudin Mujtaba.

James lives in St. Augustine with his wife Gloria. In his spare time, he loves listening to various genres of music, reading, cooking and traveling.

Excited to be part of the FSCJ community, James is looking forward to collaborating and building relationships with new colleagues and contributing to the overall success of the institution.





December 2021 Spotlight: Dr. Linda Roy, Dean of Nursing

As FSCJ’s Dean of Nursing, Dr. Linda Roy provides leadership and guidance to the nursing programs across the College, which include the Nursing Associate in Science (RN), the Nursing (RN to BSN) Bachelor of Science and the Practical Nursing Career Certificate. New to the FSCJ family, Linda is looking forward to working with students and faculty to ensure the Nursing programs are meeting the needs of the changing world of health care.

Linda has been a nurse for many years and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including serving for over twenty years in Nursing Education, and seven years in administrative positions. She worked with nursing students in Nicaragua to help improve the health care of various rural communities and has also worked with Zuni Native American nursing students to facilitate their success in obtaining their RN licensure to improve health care on the reservation.

In prior positions, Linda coordinated projects to facilitate student success, along with meeting accreditation and licensure standards. She serves on the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as a site visitor and a member of the Evaluation Review Panel and Appeals Committee.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Widener University, a master’s degree in Nursing Education from Villanova University, a master’s degree in Adult Health and Illness as a Nurse Practitioner from Gwynedd Mercy University, and a doctorate degree from Widener University.

Since moving from Pennsylvania to Jacksonville, in her spare time Linda is learning her way around the city and enjoying the warm weather. She enjoys reading, listening to live music, walking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.