FISH Announces New Staff Members

FISH OF SANCAP is pleased to welcome new staff members to their team, Manuela Martinez as Social Services Assistant and Heike Gosselin as Receptionist/Office Assistant.  “We’re so excited to welcome Manuela and Heike to our team. They will be a great help in our ability to provide continued exceptional service to our neighbors in need and in ensuring we’re able to better serve Sanibel and Captiva,” said Maria Espinoza, FISH Assistant Executive Director.

In her position at FISH, Manuela will assist the Social Services Department with program efforts and community reach out. Manuela spent her undergraduate career studying International Affairs with a minor in social entrepreneurship and business at Florida State University. She spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Alicante, Spain improving her business administration skills and intercultural goals. Manuela has worked with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity assisting Floridians with unemployment benefits and has additional experience working with nonprofits in the Tallahassee area. She is originally from Colombia and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  “My goal,” says Manuela, “is to provide impactful and meaningful services to those in need. 

Heike will take on the role of the organization’s assistant and receptionist and act as the front office point of contact for incoming clients and visitors.  For the last ten years, Heike assisted residents at Shell Point as a Call Center Specialist.  Prior to her Shell Point position, she worked in Customer Service for Publix. Heike is originally from Frankfurt, Germany but has been in the United States for about 30 years. She is bilingual in English and German and a Sanibel resident.  “I’m happy to be here,” says Heike.  “I’m looking forward to working with the island community.”

Please help FISH in welcoming Manuela and Heike to their team.  For more than 38 years FISH has been a “neighbors helping neighbors” organization as the islands only wrap-around service provider offering a wide range of human services.  FISH works through donations, and, with their professional staff, provides assistance to those that live, work or visit Sanibel and Captiva.  To learn more about the programs and services of FISH, please contact Maria Espinoza, Assistant Executive Director, at (239) 472-4775 or visit their website at