Contact Our Staff

State Office
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Rich La Belle-Executive Director

State Office
richlabelle@fndusa.org
(727) 523-1130
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Jan La Belle-Director of Programs

State Office
jlabelle@fndusa.org
(727) 523-1130

 

 

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Laura Mattson-Trust and Operations Director

State Office
lmattson@fndusa.org
(727) 523-1130
Special Needs Trust
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Sally Dumas-Special Needs Trust Associate

Special Needs Trust
sdumas@fndusa.org
(727) 523-1130

“Working for Family Network on Disabilities is much more then just an office job. I quickly realized the real impact of Family Network on Disabilities on our community. My firm belief in total social equality makes me thankful to be working in assisting others achieving quality of life from financial security.”

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Nelson Perez-Trust Advisor

Special Needs Trust
nperez@fndusa.org
(727) 523-1130

“I believe in a society where acceptance, independence, and integration should be the benchmarks. Family Network on Disabilities allows me to help accomplish those goals on a daily basis.”

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Kelly McCall-Special Needs Trust Associate

Special Needs Trust
kmccall@fndusa.org
727-523-1130

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love/’ is a quote from Mother Teresa that has long been a foundational way of life for our family. I have spent the greater part of the last twenty years as a full-time stay-at-home mom to two amazing young women and a community volunteer, working in myriad positions where I could share my gifts and serve. In my life’s experience, many people have extended hands and hope to my family and me through challenging times, and through my work at FND, my goal is to be a light, a support, a help, even in the smallest of ways, with great love to others.I feel honored to be part of the FND family.

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
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Kathy Powell-Director

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
kathy@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130

“I believe strongly that you are the best advocate for your child and my goal is to provide you with the skills to effectively communicate with your school district.

Success is in the ability to choose battles wisely, understand constraints, and seek ways to add a little sugar, to the relationships you create.”

 

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Debi Bennis-Parent Resource Specialist

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
debi@fndfl.org
(727)216-6960

As Danielle’s mom, I am very proud of my daughter’s accomplishments. Dani is a 23 year old who has overcome stressors associated with significant learning and physical difficulties (spina bifida, hydrocephaulus , cleft lip and palate, asthma, lactose intolerance, spatial concepts, executive functioning and auditory processing difficulties), I know that success and independence can be achieved with persistence, patience and determination.

I also believe that knowledge is power and proactive, personable advocacy efforts can make the world of difference in a student’s situation. Given access to support systems, resources and referrals families and teachers can work together to empower a youth’s self-esteem and willingness to try new methods.

 

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Luciana Brown-Parent Resource Specialist

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
Luciana@fndfl.org
727-216-6961

Hi, My name is Luciana Brown, I have been an employee for FND since February 2015. I was searching for a employer who understood the needs of my family and where I could feel comfortable sharing truth with other parents and young people who shared similar challenges. For many years, I have always worked in the field of helping and serving those who were physically and mentally challenged including some family members. As years, passed I believe, as I continued serving this population it just became natural. I have always loved helping others and what better way to help; than to help assist, encourage and provide information to other parents who may be walking in some of the same shoes that I have.

Parent Education Network (PEN)
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Eliana Tardio-Program Director

Parent Education Network (PEN)
eliana@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130

“I do what I do out of love for my children, both of them with Down syndrome. I’ve learned amazing lessons from their strength and determination. I believe that we all have unique abilities, and all possibilities are just the reflection of our faith in ourselves and others.”

 

PSN Parent Support Network
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Nikki Torres-Assistant Director

PSN Parent Support Network
nikki@fndfl.org
727-216-6961

“My name is Nikki Torres and I am the Assistant Director for the Parent Support Network. I bring 12 years of experience in the field of disabilities, ranging from early intervention to youth transition. I am the parent of a teenage son with Autism and am currently finishing my Bachelors is Public Administration. I am here to assist, educate, and empower families to obtain the best outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

 

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Misti Pollaro-Parent Resource Specialist

PSN Parent Support Network
misti@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130

“I am a single mom of three boys, two of whom have special needs, which is what brought me to FND as a parent volunteer. When I moved to Florida, I was not familiar with state or local resources that were available to my children. FND gave me the tools I needed to be an advocate for my boys and well as working with them and transitioning them to be self-advocates. When the opportunity arose to work for this wonderful organization, I jumped at the chance to be able to give others what they gave me. “

 

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Tosha Little-Multi-Cultural Parent Resource Specialist

PSN Parent Support Network
tosha@fndfl.org
(727)-523-1130 ext 210

“My name is Tosha Littles and I am the Multi-Cultural Parent Resource Specialist for PSN. I received my B.S. in Health Information Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2004 and continued graduate work, receiving advanced certifications. Throughout the early 2000’s, autism was on the forefront of news and media. It was a turning point in my life when I became a mother with a child on the autism spectrum. It was during this time that I developed a passion for persons with varying abilities. I have volunteered within the school system and worked with community partners focusing on topics such as self-governance, advocacy and social opportunities for persons with varying abilities. I can be reached at (727)-523-1130 ext 210”

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Jessica Moody-Youth Advocate

PSN Parent Support Network
jessica@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130 ext 210

My name is Jessica Moody. I am the Youth Advocate for PSN (Parent Support Network) with Family Network on Disabilities. As the Youth Advocate, I target youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 22, receiving special education and   related services. If you have any questions about the transition process please feel free to contact me at Jessica@fndfl.org or my work number (727) 523-1130 ext 210.

Family Support, Training, Assistance, and Resources (STAR)
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Marilyn Ruiz-Director

Family Support, Training, Assistance, and Resources (STAR)
marilyn@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130

“I was born with a cleft pallet and two uvulas, and I have four sons with disabilities. I started with FND as a desperate mother seeking resources for my sons. At the public library, I came upon the FND toll free number. FND changed my whole life. Thanks to FND, all of my boys have high school diplomas and three have college degrees.”