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In 2014 my goal for FDSWF was to establish a Down Syndrome organization in Brandon that we could all be proud of.  To offer education and support to our families in our Tampa Bay and to bring our community together.  I am very proud of all we have accomplished  with our wonderful programs, website, and social media but its time to work on getting us a place of our own.  Our current focus is:

  • To open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A Special needs center that will offer all of FDSWF current programs and provide desperately needed daycare, after-school care, and an adult day to our special needs community..
  • Strengthen our relationships with our local hospitals and physicians.
  • Strengthen our relationships with our education system and teachers.
  • Increase our exposure in the community and make valued partnerships with other special needs agencies and community leaders.
  • Provide a Down Syndrome Clinic to meet the complex medical needs of our community.
  • Find affordable and independent living complexes that offer our adult loved ones a safe place to live. 
  • Strengthen our involvement within our government agencies’ and help them see what our Special needs community needs.  
My mission is to bring each of these needs to our community, but I need your help, please join our wonderful team to help make it happen. Thank you for supporting FDSWF.  You can reach me at (813)245-2782 or via email


My name is Liz Johnson. I was born in Florida and raised in Pinellas county.  I graduated from Seminole High School in 1996.  I am a Associate Recruiter with HCA West Florida. I have been recruiting nursing support roles since I started in 2007.  My husband Evan and I have have been married since 2003 and have one amazing daughter Hannah, who happens to have Down Syndrome. I also volunteer with for Hannah’s Challenger Baseball team and have been room mom for Hannah school class.  I am very excited to be involved with such a great team at FDSWF. My goal is to bring events to Pinellas county so that we can develop friendships and develop a strong community. Contact me at or call (727)463-1707. Liz is also our BUDDY WALK T-shirt Coordinator.


Hi my name is Brenda Wando, I am a stay at home mom that doesn’t stay home much. I moved here with my son's in the summer of 2013 from Southern California. I am excited to be a part of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and looks forward to continuing to advocate for my youngest son and helping other DS families. Brenda is also our 321 FUN RUN Coordinator for the Buddy Walk! 


Ann Foyt, R.N, - President (813)245-2782

Liz Johnson - Vice President (727)463-1717

Brenda Wando - Secretary (813)750-3943

We need a Treasurer - if you would like to volunteer for the position, please contact us at


Jamie Santillo - Marketing Director 

Kathy Boisseau – Playgroup Director                         

Julie Mckenna – FSC All Abilities Dance   

Biz Central - Maria Caballero Accounting

Tamera Dyer – Website Management

SPANISH OUTREACH LIAISON              Margarita Padron (813)842-5654


Jamie Santillo – JS Creative Concepts & Marketing LLC.
Sara Bataglia – Dancing for Donations                       
Joe & Vicki Wright – Realtor  Ken Brownlee                
Tim & Melissa Miner – Sun Parrot Services                
Chris Pello – Livingstone Schools                               
Mark Oliver – Specially Fit Foundation                      
Daniel & Mary Stahl – The Palms Church                   
Dr. Melissa Bailey – Bailey Psychology Group            
Evan Johnson – Event Volunteer                                 
Paul Foyt – Event Volunteer                                        
Julie Hirsch – Julie Hirsch Photography                      
Laurie Ohall, P.A. – Special Needs Attorney               
Steve Hitchcock, P.A. – Special Needs Attorney         
Aubrey Posey, P.A. – Special Needs Attorney             
Dr. Terry Larson-Messmer – Physical Therapist         
Danny Esposito – Boundless Global                           
Tamera Dyer – Dyer Media Group                               
Natalie Killebrew – Hyland IT Specialist                      
Betsey & Geoff Tingey – Parent Liaisons                    
Margarita Padron – Spanish Outreach                        
Nakisha Varlack, CEO/President Guardian Haven      
Renee Adams - Queen Sir Francis Drake                   
Roland Woods – Captain Sir Francis Drake

Zachary Foyt 
Brooke Knotek 
Ben Greer 
Ana Maria Rueda

Kathy Boisseau – Brandon (603)438-2886
Heather Carpenter - Pinellas (813)433-4383
Ashley Habarth – Brandon Saturdays (813)325-8981
Renee Hurst – Oldsmar/Westchase 813-340-9160
Barbie Ferger  - Clearwater (585)610-7323

Ann Foyt
Betsey & Geoff Tingey
Kathy Boisseau