Partnership Program

PEPSA Partners

These educators were selected from a pool of qualified applicants. They are experienced ASD teachers or school staff in the State of Florida who provide instruction to students with ASD within a general or special education program. Here are the 2021-2022 PEPSA Partners.


Florida Atlantic University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Julie Sindelar Palm Beach County
    ESE Teacher, The Learning Academy
    CARD Staff Partner: Sabrina Degoias
  • Catherine “Katie” Wentley Palm Beach County
    Health and Wellness Director, Connections Education Center
    CARD Partner: Caitlin O’Brien-Fielding

Florida State University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Adrian Dempsey Leon County
    Instructional Paraprofessional, Bond Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Lerena Fleck
  • Mara Scott Leon County
    Pre-K Teacher, Bond Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Lerena Fleck

University of Florida- Gainesville CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Lizbeth Graff Hernando County
    Pre-K ESE Teacher, Westside Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Ann-Marie Orlando
  • Kelly Johnson Hamilton County
    ESE Teacher, Hamilton Elementary School
    CARD Partner: Greg Valcante

University of Florida- Jacksonville CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Beverly McGuire Duval County
    Instructional Program Support, Southeast Support
    CARD Partner: Marlena Jenkins
  • Lynn Patti Hamlin County
    Instructional Program Support, BCBA, EE/SS South Regional K-5
    CARD Partner: Marlena Jenkins

University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • Laurie Davidson Miami-Dade County
    Director, Tikvah Gordon School
    CARD Partner: Blanca Diaz
  • Enid Anglin Miami-Dade County
    ESE Teacher, Miami Springs Elementary
    CARD Partner: Ivan Deveaux
  • Laura Muniz Miami-Dade County
    Department Head – Behavior, Crystal Academy
    CARD Partner: Christie Rodriguez

University of South Florida CARD/PEPSA Partners

  • William Kopnek Pasco County
    ASD Teacher, Crews Lake Middle School
    CARD Partner: Ellie Weber