Kathy Meena (OCPS Transition Teacher) – Kathy Meena has been a teacher of students with autism and intellectual disabilities for 12 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 4 years ago and is a parent of a child with autism.
Emily Rouse (OCPS Transition Job Coach) – Emily Rouse has worked as the job coach/employment specialist for the Special Hearts Farm for the past 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Exceptional Student Education. Emily has been employed by OCPS for 13 years, serving students with special needs from grades pre-k through post-secondary
Teresa Renfroe (Director/Manager Adult Day Training Program) – Teresa Renfroe has worked with students and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy for 14 years. She served as a 1:1 Severe Ed Para for OCPS for 5 years. During the summers, she worked as a camp counselor and was promoted as camp director for students with special needs. She then became a coordinator for adults with special needs at an adult day training program. She has a passion for helping others and making a difference in the lives of everyone she meets. She is eager and excited to be a Special Hearts Farm team member.
Jennifer Elliott (Consultant/OCPS Teacher) – Jennifer Elliott has been a teacher of students with autism and intellectual disabilities for 13 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 4 years ago.
Board of Directors
Patrice Byerly, Kathy Meena, Jennifer Elliott, Rob Springer
Emily Rouse, Mary Schuh, Pam Gould, Bobby Beagles, Alex Smith, Randy June, Dr. Amy Wysocki, Teresa Renfroe, Jeanne Bonaventure