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.
Director of Advocacy
Yani is a passionate advocate for ‘People with Developmental Disabilities’ in the community, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education
Clay is a graduate of The University of Tampa and is currently taking classes towards his Masters in Public Administration at The University of Central Florida. Originally from Pennsylvania, he settled in Tampa Bay permanently and has spent the past six years working in politics and government.
Michelle Richards received a 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.
Jorge F. Lastra Vicente
Jorge Vicente currently serves as an auditor with Tampa-based Accounting Firm Prida, Guida & Perez with experience in financial reporting and auditing. Jorge is a 2018 graduate from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, as well as Biomedical Sciences. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jorge is a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional, who has been meeting the accounting needs of businesses and individuals in the Tampa Bay area.
Eric is a veteran communication specialist with over 26 years of experience with international and national brands. He is a former U.S. Marine and has served for 22 years as a Managing Partner of Tampa-based marketing consulting firm HCP Associates. He is very involved in the Tampa Bay Community and in addition to 21 & Change, he serves on numerous non-profit boards.
Carlos is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. President of Milorian Consulting, he is a former minority owner and VP of one of the largest Publishing Companies in the US, majority owned by private equity firm ABRY in Boston. He has also served as a board member of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has been active as an Autism advocate and mentor to student-athletes in the Bay area for over 10 years.
Sunny attended West Point where she was recruited to play soccer. After graduating from West Point, she earned her commission in the US Army where she served six years on Active Duty in Fort Bragg, NC (where she met her husband while jumping out of perfectly good airplanes) and Fort Belvoir, VA where she worked with Gold Star Families and families with wounded warriors. Following her military career, she earned a Masters in Corporate Communications.
Jessica Andrews is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with varying disabilities. In addition to her professional experience in the field, Jessica possesses firsthand personal experience as an added bonus of growing up with a brother diagnosed with Down syndrome.
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.
Sarah Karlo came to Tampa in 2002 after completing a M. Ed in Language and Literacy and with a passion for improving literacy resources for schools and families in Tampa Bay. She has spent the last 20 twenty years involved as a teacher, administrator, tutor, volunteer and advocate for education throughout Tampa Bay.
Shannon McKallip Moss
Shannon McKallip 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.
Colleen 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.
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.