Kathy Meena (OCPS ESE Transition Teacher, Board of Directors)
Kathy Meena has been a teacher of students with autism and intellectual disabilities for 14 years with Orange County Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Education and a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Kathy serves as both a mentor/demo site classroom for OCPS and UCF’s Project ASD. Kathy created the Special Hearts Farm 5 years ago and is a parent of a child with autism.
Jennifer Elliott (OCPS ESE Transition Teacher, Board of Directors)
Jennifer Elliott has been a teacher of students with autism and intellectual disabilities for 15 years with Orange County Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource and Community Family Development from the University of Florida, and was a Social Worker for 8 years. Jennifer assisted in creating the Special Hearts Farm 5 years ago.
Patrice Byerly (Board of Directors)
Paul Durand (ADT Program Director, Board of Directors,
Direct Care Staff )
Pictured Left to Right: Monique Clarke, Julie Chenoweth, Sherry Easley, Paul Durand, Jenny Heintzelman, Maureen Wright, Julianna Wright, Brianne West
Emily Rouse (OCPS Employment Specialist / Farm Manager)
Board of Directors
Patrice Byerly, Kathy Meena, Jennifer Elliott, Rob Springer, Pamela Martini,
Emily Rouse, Mary Schuh, Pam Gould, Bobby Beagles, Alex Smith, Randy June, Dr. Amy Wysocki, Jeanne Bonaventure