Board of Directors

Stacey Hoaglund, President

Stacey is a parent of a young man with autism, certified mediator, educational advocate with Family Network on Disabilities, editor of The Autism Notebook Magazine and statewide coordinator for Partners in Policymaking. She has held numerous committee positions, including chairperson of Trainings in Transition, Superintendent’s ESE Task Force and Autism Committee of Exceptional Student Education; as well as holding committee positions on the Special Needs Advisory Coalition of the Children’s Services Council and several others.

As a trainer, consultant and interventionist, Stacey provides educational opportunities to parents and organizations, such as the Early Learning Coalition, United Way, Children’s Services Councils, the Pediatric Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, ARCs, Family Central, Family Care Councils, school districts, and state universities. For more than 20 years she has promoted, enhanced, and advocated for the inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder from birth to adulthood.

Ven Sequenzia, President Emeritus

Board Member

Christine Goulbourne, Vice President

Christine is a parent of a child with autism and has served as an advocate for members of the disability community for over ten years.  Christine believes firmly in increasing student achievement with effective parent involvement practices. Christine is the founder and blogger of Sensory Friends, Governor appointed member of the Florida Rehabilitation Council,  Family Support Consultant for the Association for Positive Behavior Supports, and a member of the Florida ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Committee of Practitioners. Christine was selected by LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media) as one of the Top Latina Digital Influencers for 2015.

Teresa Becerra, Executive Director

Teresa lives in Coconut Grove, Florida with her adult son Robert. She has three children Natalee (38), Karlee (37) and Robert Lee (22). Robert was diagnosed with Autism, Encephalopathy and Epilepsy at 21 months. Teresa is the current Executive Director of the Autism Society of Florida and she is the past President of the Autism Society of Miami-Dade.

She serves on the Florida International University Special Education Advisory Board, teaches at Florida Memorial College and is a contributing author of Embracing Autism. Teresa is an instructor with the Miami-Dade Crisis Intervention Team Training Program and to date has training over 6,000 Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMT’s, Search & Rescue and 911 Operators on how to respond to calls involving individuals with autism.

Jill Morrison, Secretary

Jill Morrison is a wife and mother of three including twin teenage boys with autism. She works as an independent contractor for Orange County Public Schools ESE Parent Support Team, providing training and support for families of OCPS students with disabilities. Jill also coordinates the annual PULSE Conference, free for families of students with disabilities. She enjoys equipping parents with information so they can become stronger advocates for their children and teach their children to become self-advocates. Jill has been the treasurer of the Autism Society of Florida for two years.

Robert Demaria, Treasurer

Autism Society of Fl. Past President-Autism Society-Miami Chapter Past Board Member-Miami Chapter Past Board Member-CARD-NSU/Miami Co Chair. of the “Over 21 Club”, a social program for adults on the Autism Spectrum. Born July 8th, 1949-New York, New York Married to wife Nancy, Father of 3 Children -Christian– Age 39, Constance–Age 36, David-Age 34 Constance is on the Autism Spectrum. Home – Miami and Naples, Fl. Occupation – President and CEO of DHI/Mark Products– EST. 1966 Specializing in the sale, design, and installation of Laboratory and Educational Casework and equipment. Education – High School-Miami Coral Park High School Class of 1967 College-University of Florida in Gainesville-Class of 1971 Major-Physical education Minor-History Other-Completed the Carpenter’s Union Apprentice Program-Class of 1976

Ann Reynolds

Jill Hill

John Miller

Kendra Leska

Kendra is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has been working with
individuals and families who have disabilities for over 20 years. During that time,
she has been actively involved in the disability and autism communities; serving
on many local and State boards, advocating for person-centered planning and
services. Kendra has experience as an adjunct professor, teaching the “Sensitivity
to Disability” course at Minnesota State University. She has extensive experience
working with high school and college systems as a transition counselor, and also
as a parent of a child with a disability. Being both a parent and a professional has
given her the unique opportunity to learn the system(s) while advocating for
individual’s needs and desires. Kendra provides disability advocacy and
integration training for individuals as well as businesses with Aspire Advising,