Our Board of Trustees

Jamie A. Levin, LMHC, Chair
Jamie Levin, LMHC, President of Endless PossAbilities, Inc. is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Sex Therapist. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for most of her professional career. Jamie assists these individuals in becoming as independent as possible and assists them with integrating into our community and society. Jamie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Florida International University in Miami, FL.  She also received her License in Mental Health in 2006 and her Certificate in Sex Therapy in 2011. Presently, Jamie has taken an hiatus in her career to raise her two amazing sons – Hudson, 4 and Hunter 1. In the future, Jamie aspires to opening her own practice and to conduct workshops to educate persons with disabilities, their families, their friends and businesses across the country.

Silvia Planas Prats

Silvia Planas Prats, Vice-Chair
Silvia Planas became an APICs Certified Supply Chain Professional in 2009. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1992 and her Masters of Science in International Business from the Official Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona in 1994. For the last 12 years, she worked for DuPont Corporation. Silvia moved to Miami with her husband Xavi  and son Gerard with a dream: help her son Marc, a cheerful, smart, and cute 10 year old who happens to have autism. She advocated for families of children with disabilities in Spain using some lessons learned from her business background. She has used all her experiences as a fully committed mother to champion for Marc since he was diagnosed at the age of 4. She is passionate about making change happen and envisions endless possibilities for improvement for children with disabilities and their families.

Raul Escarpio

Dr. Raúl Escarpio, Secretary
Dr. Raúl Escarpio is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Miami Dade College. He has a doctorate in Special Education from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Miami. Dr. Escarpio taught for over 13 years in Miami Dade County Public Schools in the areas of general education and special education before moving on to higher education. He has experience working with students with special needs from infancy to adulthood and has advocated for children with special needs for over 20 years. Dr. Escarpio has conducted numerous in-services and workshops for parents on topics ranging from advocacy and special education law to dealing with problem behaviors in the home. His research interests include Hispanic fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children with special needs, early childhood special education, and students with emotional and/or behavioral needs. Dr. Escarpio is an active member in the Council for Exceptional Children, TED, and CCBD. He is also the co-advisor of the student chapter of CEC at Miami Date College. He is married and has a son.

 

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Lydia Ocasio-StoutenburgTreasurer
Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg joined the Board of Trustees of Parent-to-Parent of Miami in April 2015. A New York native, Lydia moved to Miami with her family in 2008, teaching science for a few years before her life would completely change. While she considers all of her children to be special gifts, it was the birth of her 5th child that began a great personal transformation. She describes her child as charming, kind, bright and energetic. His diagnosis of Trisomy 21 was the spark for Lydia’s journey toward advocacy and support for all persons with disabilities and their families. She completed a second Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Thomas University in 2014 and the Emerging Transformational Leadership Program at the UM Mailman Center for Child Development in 2015. She joined Partners in Policymaking’s Class of 2015, serves as a Family Consultant at the Mailman Center and is cofounder of the Miami EmployABILITY Movement, an initiative to reduce the employment gap for young adults with disabilities. She is currently pursing doctoral study in Special Education at the University of Miami. Lydia lives in Weston with her husband and five children. Lydia lives in Weston with her husband Melvin and their five children: Devin, Olivia, Bianca, Elijah and Isaiah.
 

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Dr. Gil Lopez, NCSP
Dr. Gil Lopez, NCSP, is a National Certified and Florida Licensed School Psychologist who worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for forty years. He is a graduate from Miami-Dade College, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University. His career and life goals have been to provide professional support to parents and students ranging from elementary to high school in order to enhance the students’ academic and personal living/survival skills. He has been actively involved as a board member of a local mental health center and other health organizations, such as the Dade Association of School Psychologists and the Florida Association of School Psychologists. He is an advocate and is very involved in State Legislation in order to help improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. He is highly appreciative of the services that Parent to Parent of Miami provides to our local community. He is married to his best half, Mariaelena, has two older children and his first grandson, Kai Lucas.

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Lisa Polino
Hi my name is Lisa Polino, I was born and raised in Miami, but lived in New York for 4 years. In New York I had my two beautiful children Lucas and Sophia.  Lucas was diagnosed with 49xxxxy Syndrome when he was born and has taught me to embrace life and certainly appreciate the value of a strong support system. When my husband, Gregory and I moved back to Miami to be closer to family, we encountered some obstacles in getting the help and support that Lucas deserved and that is when Parent to Parent of Miami came into our lives and provided me with hope, help, and support. I was then fortunate to have been given the opportunity to join the team in July of 2013. This was not just any ordinary job for me, but rather something that has meaningful and dear to my heart. So when I left my job, I knew that I still wanted to be involved in this amazing organization so I am now a board member of Parent to Parent of Miami.

Jodi Olson
Jodi is a native of Miami and has been married to her husband, Craig, for 23 years. They are the loving parents to premature boy/girl twins, Lauren and Liam, who are three years old. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mother who has been able to devote her time and energies to finding the appropriate services to meet their special developmental needs. She learned quickly that it was a complicated and frustrating experience and desires to help others in the community with much needed support and hope. For this reason, she is proud to be a contributing member of this meaningful organization, helping families enhance the lives of their children with disabilities.

 
  Past   Presidents  
1986-1990 Paula S. Lalinde 2002-2003 Elizabeth Fauerbach
1990-1995 Jackie Gonzalez 2003-2007 Maria L. Kneipple
1995-1997 Isabel C. Garcia 2007-2009 Farides Garcia
1997-2001 Janet Bell Taylor 2009-2013 Lileana deMoya
2001-2002 Bessie Cardella   2013-2015 Enrique Escallon