Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ann Foyt, President

I moved to Tampa in 1989,  met and married my husband Paul and we have two awesome boys, Zachary, who has Down Syndrome,  and his younger brother Ethan. I have been a nurse for the last 25 years,  and have spent most of my career in Cardiology and Acute Care, before being hired by Humana in 2010.  I work full-time from home as a R.N. Nurse Case Manager.  In 2014, I was given the opportunity take over F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome West Florida as President.  Our team is constantly striving to make things better for our members and families. We have grown to over 1000 families in the Tampa Bay area and serve Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties.  I love volunteering my time to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and I can’t wait to meet you and your family.

Craig Woodard, Sr., Vice President

My name is Craig Woodard, Sr. and I’m the Vice President of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I have a Wife (Christine Woodard) and three boys (Dante’ , Jordan and Craig Jr.) Our Son Craig Jr. was born with Down Syndrome. I earned my Bachelor Degree from Mercyhurst University in 1996. I earned my MBA from AIU in 2007. I played college football at Mercyhurst University and in 2006 I was elected to the Pennsylvania Erie Metro Sports Hall of Fame for Football, Basketball and Track and in 2015 I was elected to the Mercyhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame for Football. I was a Sportscaster for almost 7 years at WICU-12 in Erie, PA and I’m a Published Author. In May of 2015 my Autobiography was released. It’s called Sharing Life, Sharing Moments. You can buy a copy at Amazon.com, Barnes&noble.com or Americastarbooks.com. There is a chapter in there called Junior’s Journey. I wrote it about our Son Craig Jr. and his trials and tribulations dealing with Down Syndrome.

Roger Reinhardt, Treasurer

Roger Reinhardt, who is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Dunedin Fire Rescue for over 12 years, prior to this he worked for a pre-employment background checking company as the lead for AP/AR/Billing. Roger and his wife Dana are the proud parents of Logan Micah Reinhardt, our son who has Down Syndrome, who was born on March 5 th , 2016. Logan, of course, is the reason we joined F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Tampa and subsequently lead the board to ask Roger to be treasurer, which he gladly accepted. Roger and Dana are going to try and start a sub-group for Pinellas County, where they live and work. Roger’s education background includes Accounting, EMS and Firefighting. While it’s been awhile since he has used his accounting skills, his prior experience will be useful as treasurer for the board. Roger and Dana are also both Paramedics, as well as, Firefighters and while not required, it is always a welcome trait to have, in any situation. Roger, Dana and Logan are delighted and proud to be a part of this group and all of the good work it will bring to the area for Down Syndrome awareness and support. Roger is especially humbled and honored to serve as treasurer.

Liz Johnson, Secretary

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.

Contact me at liz@friendssupport.org

 

Kathy Boisseau, Playgroup Director, Baby F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Playgroup Director to Baby F.R.I.E.N.D.S, married to Jim Boisseau and Stay at Home Mother to Ava and Finnegan . We have 5 amazing little dogs that complete this Blessed Family.

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.’ VP of Spanish Outreach. My goal is to bring together the Spanish speaking community in the Tampa Area. 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!

Contact me at belinda@friendssupport.org

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.

Executive Board

Ann Foyt – President (813) 245-2782
Craig Woodard, Sr. – Vice President Marketing/Media (814) 882-9191
Belinda Romero – Vice President Spanish Outreach (813) 233-6395
Roger Reinhardt – Treasurer/Pinellas Lead (727) 709-0197
Liz Johnson – Board Secretary (727) 463-1707
Kathy Boisseau – Playgroup Director (603) 438-2886

Advisory and Ancillary Board Council – The purpose of the Advisory Council is to keep key stakeholders engaged with the FDSWF and to be available 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 full board.

 

ANCILLARY BOARD
Brenda Burnett – Records (813)750-3949
Robert Taylor – Provisional Manager (727) 331-9482
Laurie Ohall – Special Needs Attorney (813)417-5920
Matt Cooper – FDSWF Accountant (636) 248-9636
Julie Hirsch – FDSWF Photographer (813) 765-2697
Natalie Killebrew – IT Specialist (813)948-8808
Cheryl Moscal – Vendors (813)803-0839

 

ADVISORY BOARD
Brenda Burnett – Records/Buddy Walk Committee
Robert Taylor – Provisional Manager/Buddy Walk Committee
Lisa Mezzei – Pasco Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee
Terry Messmer – Pasco Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee
Debbie Long – Pasco Advisory Board
Dana Reinhardt – Pinellas Advisory Board
Evan Johnson – Pinellas Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee
Paul Foyt – Hillsborough Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee
Joe Wright – Hillsborough Advisory Board/Buddy Walk Committee

 

PINELLAS TEAM LEADS
Roger Reinhardt – Treasurer/Pinellas Lead (727) 709-0197
Sylvia Costa – Vice President Spanish Outreach (954) 650-7691
Robert Taylor – 2nd Team Lead (727) 331-9482
Liz Johnson – Pinellas Secretary (727) 463-1707

 

PASCO TEAM LEADS
Terry Larson-Messmer – Pasco Lead (727) 505-8144
Lisa Mezzei (813) 323-2800
Debbie Long (912) 660-1377