Board of Directors
Ann Foyt, President
Liz Johnson, Vice President/Pinellas Lead
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. Before working at HCA I was in the HR department at a telemarketing company in Largo for 5 years. My husband Evan and I have have been married since 2003 and have one amazing daughter Hannah who is 10 years old, and happens to have Down Syndrome. I started volunteering with FDSWF in July 2017, I have also been team mom for Hannah’s Challenger Baseball team for 3 years. I have been room mom for Hannah school class for 2 years.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 a strong community.
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Kathy Boisseau, Playgroup Director, Baby F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Sylvia Costa, VP of Spanish Outreach
My name is Sylvia Costa and I am the VP of Spanish Outreach. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I have an Associates Degree in Office Systems from la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao. I moved to FL and got a Pre-Bachelor of Arts at Miami Dade College, where I met my husband. Larry and i have been married for 11 years and have spent 10 1/2 of those with him as an active duty member of the US Coast Guard. We have two beautiful sons. Our oldest is Nathan and he is 6 years old. He was born in Maine and just so happens to have DS. We also have a little blessing named Lucas and he is 8 months old.
Belinda Romero, VP of Spanish Outreach/Hillsborough
Hello, I am Belinda Romero. I am married and mother of three. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in New Jersey. I am PROUD to be the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Vice President of Spanish Outreach. My goal is to bring together the Spanish speaking Down syndrome community together. I am here to help answer questions, help guide the Spanish speaking community and hopefully soon have a Spanish Play group…ZUMBA?? SALSA?? We’ll see!
I am the Program Director for Traditional Taekwondo Center, which is currently creating Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down Syndrome. I am also the Representative for the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce. I am bringing awareness to the community regarding Down Syndrome and all the great things that the FDSWF does for the community. I believe that “Life is What YOU make It!” So together, lets make it GREAT!
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Brenda Wando, Treasurer
Julie Mckenna, Executive Director
The Executive Board Committee
This group includes the Board President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Spanish Outreach, Secretary, and Playgroup Director. This group sets direction in terms of agendas for the complete board.
Ann Foyt – President/Tampa Lead (813) 245-2782
Liz Johnson – Vice President/Pinellas Lead (727) 463-1707
Jill Pettengil – Secretary (727)688-7129
Belinda Romero – Vice President Spanish Outreach (813) 233-6395
Brenda Wando – Treasurer (813)750-3949
Kathy Boisseau – Playgroup Director (603) 438-2886
Julie Mckenna – Executive Director/Media (631) 335-8464
Advisory and Ancillary Board Council – The purpose of the Advisory Council is to advise the Board, Buddy Walk Committee, Development Committee, and the executive leadership with regard to fundraising initiatives, public relations and programming issues. The Advisory Council does not have any authority to govern FDSWF; such authority resides with the Executive Board.
Matt Cooper – FDSWF Accountant (636) 248-9636
Julie Hirsch – FDSWF Photographer (813) 765-2697
Natalie Killebrew – IT Specialist (813)948-8808
Dana Reinhardt – Pinellas Advisory Board
Evan Johnson – Pinellas Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee
Paul Foyt – Hillsborough Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee