Beginning in 1993 with a local businessman and a local educator, the Quest for Success organization was established. This Collier County program would provide resources needed to send hard-working students to four-year colleges and universities. Tad Dekko and Gene Oliff started with only 10 students, now 25 years later, Quest is proud to have assisted over 1000 students achieve their goal of attending college and ensuring a future of limitless achievement. The Quest Program is the direct result of their collaborative efforts and vision of these two men.
100% of Quest participants are accepted into college.

Since 1994 Quest has assisted over
students in their goal of attending college.

Quest’s Class of
2015 earned
$18.6 million
in 4-year scholarships.

Quest students have committed over
50,000 hours
serving those in their community.

Quest for Success - Data

The Quest Philosophy

From Freshmen Onward, the 4-Year Path to Success. We believe in giving students the tools and knowledge they need to thrive throughout college and into their future. By matching our youth with the right schools and helping them pursue funding for their education, we are setting them up for a lifetime of accomplishment. The skills learned at Quest will prepare students to be self-reliant, decisive and responsible — all premier qualities of an active and contributing member of society.

The Quest Mission

The Tools Needed for a Prosperous Future. Through our personalized curriculum, we aim to empower students with the ability to forge the career of their choosing to ensure a future filled with lifelong learning and economic freedom. We strive to connect students to the school which will fit their needs and wants, and by doing so, create an opportunity for them to thrive in their professional field.
The Quest Mission

Our Leadership

The Quest Team. Combining dedication to our community and its youth with a passion for educating, the Quest team has a proven history of preparing students from all walks of life for their college journey. As the organization moves into its third decade, the team is excited to continue its service to you and your future.

Sue Zumstein - Executive Director

Susan Zumstein


Executive Director
Denise Giardina

Denise M. Giardina


Quest College Advisor
9th and 10th Grade
Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson


Quest College Advisor
11th and 12th Grade
Tony Ryan

Tony Ryan


Quest College Advisor
11th and 12th Grade
Homayon Ghazizadeh

Homayon Ghazizadeh


Quest Support Staff

Board of Directors

The Quest Board of Directors is comprised of leading figures in local business and the community. They are successful citizens who are able to help guide our students by utilizing their own experiences and expertise, applying their knowledge into a stable strategy for the future.


Garrett Richter


Chairman of Quest For Success; 2nd Term Florida State Senator; Founder, Director, and President of First Florida Integrity Bank and TGR, Inc.
Tom Grady

Tom Grady


CEO of Quest for Success; Founder of GradyLaw; CIO of PureAssets Management Company; former Commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation
J Dudley Goodlette

J. Dudley Goodlette


Chair of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Board of Trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University; a Board member of Quest for Collier County, Inc.

Justin McLaughlin


Managing Director – Investments, McLaughlin Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Ed Morton

Edward A. Morton


Former CEO of NCH; Managing Director of Wasmer, Schroeder & Company
Richard Mellon

Richard Mellon


CEO Mellon Philanthropic, Managing Partner Edgemere Associates, L.P.

“My wife and I sat through college night last night at my daughter’s school, and all that was covered is old news to us…but that is only because Quest is so AWESOME.”
—Blair F.