Ann Foyt

Hi there, my name is Ann Foyt, I'm originally from Beaufort, S.C., I moved to Tampa, FL in 1989 where I met and married Paul Foyt, who manages A.R.Savage & Son's. We have two awesome teenage boys, Zachary and Ethan. I have been a nurse for the last 20yrs, I spent most of my career in Cardiology and Acute Care. The last 5yrs I have worked for Humana, as a R.N. Health Care Manager.

Two years ago,I was given the opportunity to run F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome Tampa as President. Our older son Zachary was born with Down Syndrome. The support group has grown from a membership of 132, to over 500 families in the Tampa Bay area. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. now supplies six bay area hospitals with New & Expectant Parent Packets and they also have parent liaisons who are on request to go and talk with new & expectant parents. This October 1st, Tampa will have its first F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Buddy Walk, held at the Raymond James Stadium. If I could, I'd quit my job and devote all my time to F.R.I.E.N.D.S., but unfortunately I haven't won the lottery just yet.
Craig Woodard
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.

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 Ave (5.5 years) and Finnegan (16 months). We have 5 amazing little dogs that complete this Blessed Family.
Sylvia Costa
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.
Dawn Brook
Dawn Brook, L.P.N.
Down Syndrome Advocate
Hi, My name is Dawn Brook married to my husband Rich, and I am a mother to 5 children, Tiffany, Brianna, Kolya, Emma and Bella.  Tiffany is married to my wonderful son in law Luke, and they have my first granddaughter, Cade.  Emma is 8 yrs old and Bella is 4 yrs old and both have Down Syndrome, and are the best little girls ever! I am an LPN, and currently staying home and advocating and educating for my girls to be mainstreamed in their schools and community. I have just been chosen by the Florida Dept of Disabilities Council of Florida to start training for Partners in Policy Making. It is a leadership and advocacy training program to help me become a better advocate in my community, and make changes for people with disabilities. I am very passionate about helping advocate for my girls and others with disabilities. . I am also continually receiving training to help advocate at IEP meetings and help other families with school issues or concerns. I am excited to come on board with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and helping others.
Terry Larson-Messmer, D.P.T.
My name is Terry Larson-Messmer and I have lived in Pasco county for over 30 years.  I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in Pelvic Floor Disorders.  Currently, I am the Director of Clinical Education for South University’s Physical Therapy Assisting Program.
My husband Shane and I have 4 amazing children.  One of them just happens to have Down Syndrome.  When she was born I searched and searched for a community to learn from and share with.  To my despair, there was nothing!  The closest I could find was Orlando.  I am so very excited to be involved with such a great team here at F.R.I.E.N.D.S.   My long term goal is to bring events to Pasco so that we can develop a community.