Our People

Our people—staff, board members, coaches and volunteers—are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for every participant and family. Learn more about the individuals who bring our mission and vision to life.

Our Staff

Laura L Lasko

Executive Director

Teri Thrower

Program Director

Stacie Southall

Communications Coordinator

Samantha Hulsman

Program Manager of Greater Volusia Area

Laura Vaillancourt

Program Manager of Greater Alachua Area

Mardi Myers

Events and Program Coordinator


Our Board

Annie Erstling


Meg Balke

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Gregg


Lisa Benitez

Board Member

Jennifer Bleiweis

Board Member

Alex Brown

Board Member

Fran Butler

Board Member

Joanne Carrizales

Board Member

Nancy Eckert

Board Member

Lori Endicott

Board Member

Laura Gaver

Board Member

Deborah Heeter

Board Member

Rebekah Hope

Board Member

Vincy Samuel

Ex Officio

Wesley Roberts

Board Member

Our Culture

Our mission, vision and core values are at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about our organization, our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and how you can join our team.