Service Dog

Sylee Gibson Development Director

Sylee Gibson joined the Guardian Angels Team in 2023.

Sylee enjoyed a 20-year career as a professional law enforcement officer with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples, Florida. During her tenure as a Sheriff’s deputy, Sylee spent 10-plus years as a community policing deputy where her duties included serving as liaison between the community and the sheriff’s office, organizing community events, and educating the community on topics such as crime prevention, hurricane preparedness and CPR. She also served as an on-call victim’s advocate and mental health team member. Sylee has extensive training in conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

After retiring from law enforcement, Sylee and her family moved to Tennessee, and worked at the Counseling Center at Lee University. While there, Sylee managed the office staff, handled all administrative duties including addressing HR issues, creating in-house policies, leading meetings, and developing training protocols. While at Lee University, Sylee also assisted with any mental health crisis situations.

Sylee has been a friend of the Guardian Angels’ program for many years, attended many of our events, and had frequently gifted us her talent in singing the National Anthem to kick off our fundraising events. About joining the Guardian Angels team, Sylee said “I have watched the organization grow throughout the years, and it had always been a dream of mine to be able to work for them. Not only do I believe in Guardian Angels’ vision and mission; my “why” is extremely personal because my family is filled with veterans, active-duty military, and first responders.

My husband is both a disabled veteran, and a retired law enforcement officer, serving for 26 years. My son is currently on active duty with the Army, and I have multiple extended family members who are veterans and first responders. I’ve seen firsthand the amazing assistance that these dogs provide to their recipients, and working for Guardian Angels allows me to serve and give back to those who have sacrificed so much.”