Ms. Fabiola Ana Torrez, is the very proud mom of Miguel Alejandro Zapata, an amazing 12 years old boy in the Spectrum, serving at AS Broward as a Board Member for 4 years, volunteering in different events. School Liason for ASB, Chair for the Melody of Life Event “An event in Celebration of Moms” in its fourth year currently; coordinates the monthly Yoga Classes for our Kids; initiated the Mentorship Program “Let’s Walk Together” for Hispanic members within the community and Chair for the Ambassador’s Program that gathers Parents, Educators and Professionals interested in creating a difference in the life’s of our kids.
Fabiola Ana completed her Undergraduate Psychology Studies in La Paz-Bolivia, her country of origin, at the accredited Major University of Saint Andrews. She is fluent in Spanish, German and English. Her passion leads her to look for alternative less invasive health therapies and New Human models of understanding, assisting people in their growth and development. She worked in several social organizations in Bolivia as well as non-profit organizations here in USA, such as HOPE Outreach Center and Broward Housing Solutions. She is also a Certified Awesomism Practitioner (AWE CP Level 2) and a PAIRS Professional Level I Instructor, and a member of Bringers of Light at the Energetically Sensitive Child Community.
Fabiola Ana currently works as an Advocate at United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County, Inc., serving families with special needs children. She is completing her ACPI (Academy for Coaching Parents International) certification to become a certified special needs parent coach; was a participant of the New Human Experience Project (NHEP) and a graduate from Impact Trainings (Quest, Summit and Lift Off). She is a member of several Special Needs Parenting Networks such as Denise’s List, TACA group, Special Moms Special Kids and Co-Founder of Parent Pathfinders – Connecting Families by Heart and an Awesomism Ambassador as well. Fabiola Ana is continuously participating in different trainings that would assist her with more tools to benefit best our Community, such as the Start Up Son Rise Program and Energetically Sensitive Child workshops. Founder for The Heart Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. a non- profit organization (pending 501 c 3 status) created to assist parents and families in shifting their awareness about their energetically sensitive children/ASD as well as other diagnosis, promoting improvement in their quality of life by developing alignment to Self, Intuition and Heart Centered connections and relationships.
Brent Boucaud – Treasurer
As the 2-1-1 Broward Special Needs Program Manager, Mrs. Morgan assisted in the development of the 2-1-1 Special Needs Connections Hotline and database. She manages this information and referral program, which assists families in navigating the complex system of care in Broward. Billie is a graduate of Marshall University and holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Advocating for disability rights in Broward County for over a decade, she is a current board member of the County’s Advocacy Board for Individuals with Disabilities, secretary of the Autism Society, and a member of the YMCA Children’s Advocacy Board. She is also Chair of the 2012 Disabilities Expo, an annual event held at NSU to celebrate and empower individuals with all disabilities. She shares her vast knowledge and experience through seminars on the topic of Disability Etiquette and Awareness. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Exceptional Parent Magazine, Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for her advocacy for individuals with disabilities. She supports the Society with all this expertise, her amazing knowledge about the non profit world.
Since his days as a practicing newborn specialist, Dr. Udell has consistently demonstrated a commitment to improved medical care in America. Through community activism and congressional testimony, and by focusing on data collection and analysis to evaluate various health outcomes, Dr. Udell has helped shape various Florida and US healthcare policies.
“This newly emerging epidemic of Attention Deficit and Autism Spectrum disorders has inspired me to direct my training and practice to focus on problems with childhood development. Because there has been such an explosion of families who are affected by these challenges, I am in a unique position to help evaluate all of the available research and treatments, and to provide a combination of all of the proposed therapies so that my patients have the best chance to achieve their highest potential.”
Mrs. Jacqueline C. Marzan is an experienced attorney having over fifteen (15) years of experience practicing in the areas of finance, corporate law and real estate. Ms. Marzan began her career with a prestigious Wall Street public finance law firm prior to relocating to Florida. At present, Ms. Marzan practices law with the Jay Steven Levine Law Group, a distinguished community association law firm, acting as in-house counsel to numerous associations as well as advising businesses and individuals.
In addition to her volunteer work with the Autism Society, Broward County, Ms. Marzan is a volunteer attorney with The Florida Bar representing children in guardianships and is also an appointed member of The Florida Bar’s Education Committee. Ms. Marzan also volunteers her time with several condominium and homeowners’ association organizations as a service to the numerous condominium, homeowners’ associations and cooperatives she currently represents State-wide.
Ms. Marzan is a proud graduate of St. John’s University and St. John’s University School of Law. Ms. Marzan is admitted to practice law in the States of Florida, New York and New Jersey. While in law school, Ms. Marzan volunteered with an elder law clinic and victims’ advocacy group. Ms. Marzan is fluent in Spanish. Born in New York, Ms. Marzan presently resides in Weston with her husband and children.
Mr. Grana received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He has had a variety of professional experiences working with individuals with autism, including his work at the Baudhuin Oral School at NSU, the Preschool Program for Autism at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and Threshold Care Center for Autistic Adults and Children in Orlando Florida. Mr. Grana has experience with individual and family counseling as well as play therapy. He has presented internationally on developing appropriate and effective behavioral strategies for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Mr. Grana is a bilingual clinician who speaks fluent Spanish and English.
In addition to his role as Director of Administration and Support Services of UM-NSU CARD’s NSU Satellite office, Mr. Grana is the facilitator of numerous support groups, including groups for parents who speak Spanish and groups for fathers. Mr. Grana has made appearances on Spanish language television speaking about autism spectrum disorders and UM-NSU CARD. He serves as co-advisor for NSU’s Best Buddies Program, a program that pairs people with intellectual disabilities in one to one friendships with college students.
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