Student Planner of the Year: Rosemarie Fusco, UF
Rosemarie is a recent graduate of the UF Program. She currently holds the position of Urban Planner for EnSite Inc., in Fort Myers where her responsibilities include public and private site planning; comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, annexations, administrative actions, variances and special exceptions.
Rosemarie had one of the highest GPAs of all the students in the program. She achieved this while working as a GIS Analyst at the GeoPlan Center and also serving as a Teaching Assistant. Additionally she served as secretary of the UF Student Planning Association and assisted with coordinating a recent site visit for reaccreditation.
In the spring of 2018, Rosemarie was chosen as one of three planning students to participate in a spring break field course coordinated by the Florida Climate Institute. The course explored sea level rise adaptation options for the historic City of St. Augustine. The course included students from urban planning, historic preservation, law, coastal engineering, and journalism and organized them into multi-disciplinary teams to develop solutions for three study areas in the city. The class met for 8 weeks on campus and then in St. Augustine for one week of field studies and presentation of findings to city officials and the public. Rosemarie excelled in this fast-paced, collaborative environment, was able to communicate across all disciplines, and bring cohesion to the team.
After participating in disaster clean-up in Southwest Florida from the effects of Hurricane Irma, Rosemarie decided to pursue the FEMA first responder certification and is trained in the National Incident Management Software (NIMS).
As stated in a letter of recommendation, “Rosemarie is a personable and charismatic leader, who is not afraid to dive deep, ask questions, and dream big. She has demonstrated leadership and passion for planning…”