Michelle Richards received an MS in Human Performance from the University of South Florida where she completed her major area of studies in restoring mobility and strength and conditioning.
Ghomshe grew up in the Tampa Bay Area and returned after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Florida State University.
Vicente graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Biomedical Sciences. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional who has been meeting the accounting needs of businesses and individuals in the Tampa Bay area.
Baughn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Occupational Therapy after falling in love with a profession that would allow her to help children and adults attain their highest level of independence in their daily lives.
Polins is a veteran communication specialist with over 25 years of experience with international and national brands. He has served 23 years as a Managing Partner with Tampa-based HCP Associates and is very involved in the Tampa Bay Community and serves on numerous non-profit boards.
Peebles was born and raised in Florida and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. With four years of diverse marketing experience in industries including boutique fitness, nonprofits and professional services, Peebles is experienced in developing compelling campaign ideas to garner consumer interest.
Armstrong is a Board-Certified Advocate in Special Education and a recent graduate of the highly selective Partners in Policymaking program for the state of Florida. She has her Masters in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University and worked in PK-12 and higher-ed for most of her 20+ year career.
Shannon McKallip Moss
Moss was born and raised in Florida and received her Undergraduate degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida. It was her lifelong goal to teach students with Down syndrome and Autism.
Amell holds her certification as a lead Registered Behavior Therapist and has a passion for aiding in the process of making children with disabilities live sustainably and happily.
Coccodrilli has volunteered at 21 & Change’s Annual Flagship Fundraiser event, Champions for Change, for the past two years. As a Senior Investment Analysis Manager at Colliers, he has contributed over a billion dollars in commercial real estate transactions.
Raquel is a 19-year-old senior at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. She is a legislative advocate for disability rights, having been to Capitol Hill many times starting from the age of 14, talking to members of Congress and Florida Senators. She also happens to have Down syndrome, showing others every day that a diagnosis does not define us.
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John currently serves as a © DS-Ambassador (volunteer) for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.
Sylvia F. Diehl
Advisor – Inclusive Education
Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has been a strong supporter of 21 & Change since its inception and has been a regular host of our largest annual fundraiser, Champions for Change for the past three years. We are grateful and honored to have her support and guidance.
Representative Jackie Toledo
Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016, Representative Jackie Toledo, (District – 60) has been a strong advisor and supporter of 21 & Change since its inception. We are grateful for her support on the state and community level to champion inclusion, education, and human rights for the differently-abled.
Paul Anderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest and most diverse port. Mr. Anderson serves on numerous boards, often federally appointed to positions that directly benefit non-profit organizations, the state of Florida, and the Tampa Bay community.
As an experienced lawyer for 26 years and the father of an autistic son, Jorge and his wife Sandy co-founded the Lawyers Autism Awareness Foundation (LAAF), which sponsors yearly sensory-friendly Santa events for children with autism and other disabilities and raises funds to provide equipment and outfit sensory classrooms for local schools.
Representative Allison Tant
Representative Allison Tant currently serves as the Representative of District 9 in the Florida House of Representatives. Rep. Tant worked with Leon County Schools and Lively Technical College to found an acclaimed summer institute teaching life, social, and independence skills for 60 disabled young adults. Additionally, she founded KEYS (Keys to Exceptional Youth Success), a scholarship program for students with disabilities.
Commissioner Ken Hagan
Commissioner Ken Hagan (District 2) is a native and lifelong resident of Hillsborough County. Hagan serves on numerous boards and committees that help progress the county forward and we are honored to have him serve on our advisory council.
Brig. Gen. Arthur F. “Chip” Diehl III (USAF Ret.)
Brig. Gen. Arthur F. “Chip” Diehl III (USAF Ret.) is the Managing Director, Diehl & Associates, an international, military consulting Limited Liability Company in Florida. Currently, Gen Diehl serves on the Board of Trustees for Hillsborough Community College; the Florida Defense Support Task Force supporting the State of Florida; Hillsborough Community Aviation Authority (Tampa Int’l Airport Board); Florida Healthcare Commission (Appointed by Governor) as well as other Boards in Washington, DC, and Tampa.
Rob serves as the President of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA). HCTA is dedicated to being an effective advocate for education professionals in Hillsborough County, to strengthen support for their professional work and development, and to support efforts to ensure that every child in Hillsborough County has access to an excellent public education.