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Melissa Geist

Melissa started working at the Clerk’s office in 1993 as a file clerk. Over the years, she has held various leadership roles and worked her way up to Court Operations Director in 2010. Prior to being employed by the Clerk’s office, Melissa spent 3 years with Blockbuster Video as an assistant manager, back when they still had stores to visit.

Melissa was born and raised in Florida. She enjoys spending her free time with her 14 year old son and family.


Director of Court Operations · Orange County Clerk of Court · 407-836-2201 · Contact by email

Sean Gerlin

Sean Gerlin serves as a Financial Planner with Prudential Financial Planning Services here in Orlando. In his practice he services wealth accumulation and protection, insurance, investment tax efficiency, and planning needs of his clients ranging from young professionals to those looking to retire or recently retired. He loves working with small businesses and assisting them with the unique challenges of planning for growth and succession planning.

Priding himself on giving a unique perspective on the markets and how macroeconomic trends can affect his client's investments, Sean is continuously in contact with those he services to assist them with structuring a well balanced portfolio.

Sean is a native Floridian having lived in Miami, Tallahassee, Gainesville, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, and central Florida. He currently resides in Maitland with his wife, Nicole, daughter, Avery, and son, Will. Sean received his B.S. with Honors from the University of Florida in 2002. He is involved in Florida Citrus Sports, loves playing golf, and is a member of the National Associate of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

"My goal is to develop long term relationships with my clients so that I can grow with them, see them achieve their goals, and help them be financially secure for retirement or whatever life throws at them. I recognize that each client is different and I treat each one with the customized service and personal attention they deserve."


Financial Professional · Prudential Financial · 407-702-8290 · Contact by email

Fethi Goktepe

Fethi Goktepe is the Director of Operations at Orlando Science School. It is a K-12 Public Charter School here in Orlando, Florida. Before starting there in October of 2012 he was the Executive Director/Principal at Broward Math and Science Schools in Margate, Florida. He has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, along with a MBA. Currently he is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering from The Graduate Institute of Sciences and Engineering, Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul-Turkey). Fethi Goktepe is married with four children (three sons and a daughter).


Director of Operations · Orlando Science Schools · 407-253-7304 · Contact by email