Our Staff

Isabel C. Garcia, President/CEO
Isabel Garcia joined Parent to Parent of Miami in 1989 and served as Vice President and President of the Board from 1992-1997. In 1997, Isabel was designated the Executive Director of the program, and later that year Parent to Parent of Miami became one of the first ten federally funded community parent resource centers receiving grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Isabel shares her home with her daughter, Daniela (who has Cerebral Palsy), her husband Mario, and Foxy the Jack Russell Terrier. Her daughter Maritza got married in May 2012, shares her home with her husband Kevin and  Ripley the Shetland Sheepdog. The love of her family and working with children with special needs and their families is the energy that feeds her soul. For her efforts, Isabel has been recognized with the Children’s Services Council 2002 Champion for Children Community Service Award, The Exceptional Parent Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award and in 2008 Parent to Parent of Miami received The Children’s Trust 2008 Excellence Award Programs for Children with Disabilities. In April 2009, she was honored with the Cruz-Whitehurst Advocacy Award at the Annual UM-NSU CARD Tropical Nights Event.

Farides Garcia, Operations Manager
Fari has been with Parent to Parent of Miami since 2003. She first served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer in 2004 and as President from 2007 to 2009. She is the mother of two boys; her youngest is diagnosed with autism. Fari strives toward making the world a better place for children with autism and all disabilities. Her goal is to help families find their voices, and bring the family perspective to those in the community serving children with disabilities. She has been on various panels presenting the family perspective to medical students, therapists and other healthcare workers. Fari has served on other councils including the Young Children with Special Needs and Disabilities Council and the University of Miami’s Exceptional Student Education/Pre-K Disabilities/ESOL Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami.


Ana Laura dos Santos Lara, Advocacy & Training Manager
I was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina, studied law and also attended art school. I have been working with Parent to Parent of Miami since 2008. During the past couple of years, I have worked closely with the families as an Education and Support Specialist, on specific projects such as Early Discovery, and as Transition Manager with Project Panther LIFE and Panther PLUS. Currently I am working with families of students in transition age and researching post-secondary programs to help more families learn about the options available within our community. Working at Parent to Parent of Miami and guiding other families has changed my life. With a strong belief that parents’ involvement and education is the key to success for families who have children with disabilities, I enjoy using my advocacy skills to help families make a difference and help their loved ones reach their full potential.

Sandra Rancano, Transition Manager
I was born in Cuba and raised in Miami.  I am the proud mother of two very special daughters, Katerina and Cristina.  Katerina has high functioning autism and will be graduating from high school this year and attending college.  It has not been an easy road but Parent to Parent of Miami always supported and guided me through the special education process. Cristina is in the gifted program and is also a special education student in high school.  My husband and I have been married for over twenty years and have experienced all the ups and downs of raising children with special needs.  I have an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Miami Dade College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Florida International University.  It is a privilege to be assisting families through their special education journey and empowering them with knowledge.

Silvia Calderon,  Education & Support Specialist
Silvia Calderon was born and raised in Mexico City and has a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences. For years she worked as a radio producer, did voice over, wrote articles for three magazines and taught at two universities. But her real learning adventure began in 2009, when she gave birth to a beautiful girl with Down Syndrome, Sara. Like many Down Syndrome children, Sara was born with a heart condition and her health was weak, but this 4 pound little lady held on strong to life and she defeated death twice.  She was able to reach all her basic goals like crawling, standing up or walking with hard work and many therapies, and every time she was able to overcome her challenges.  She is the most rewarding treasure for Silvia and her husband!  Now Sara is a healthy 8 year old with all the strength to fight for her dreams and all the courage to shine bright like a little star.  The family came to Miami 6 years ago and with Silvia’s strong need to help others to understand the special world of special needs children, she feels blessed to be part of the staff of Parent to Parent of Miami since February 2017. During this time, she has had the satisfaction of giving help and support to those that need a little push to learn and advocate for their children.

Yaneisy Vega,  Lead Education & Support Specialist
Yaneisy Vega was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, and moved to Miami in 2000. She graduated from a small business school in New Jersey, and has worked in retail,  airline and hospitality industry for many years. When her daughter was born more than 16 years ago, she finally understood the meaning of unconditional love, and then seven years later, her son was born and her life was complete. Yaneisy left a management position in the hotel industry when her son started showing signs of developmental delay and dedicated herself to reading and researching all she could, never wanting to feel that others were talking over her head.  She took him to therapies, and learned and applied the methods at home. She even came right here to Parent to Parent of Miami for workshops to gain all the knowledge she could to move forward in this new path of an autism diagnosis with confidence and hope. She enjoys working alongside a group of caring parents that are passionate about equality and empowerment for the special needs community. Her favorite word is enlightenment that ultimately leads to empowerment, which she feels is what Parent to Parent of Miami does for families of children with special needs.

Rosy Rosy Ramos, Community Events Coordinator
I was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida.   My strength and experience is in the field of administration, and I have a passion for helping others.  I share my home with my husband Manny, my daughter Melissa, my son Michael, and our beloved Dachshund named Toby. Melissa, who was diagnosed at birth with a neurological disorder called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.  I enjoy relaxing in sandy beaches, and love anything to do with music and dance.  I’ve been working at Parent to Parent of Miami since 1999. Throughout the years, I’ve shared my knowledge and experience with families. It is through adversity that we become stronger and continue to grow. At Parent to Parent of Miami, we make a difference in the lives of families who have children and adults with special needs.
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Mireya Garcia, Receptionist
My name is Mireya Garcia and I was born in Cuba.  My husband Armando and I have been married for 31 years.  We have a son, Kristopher, who lives in San Diego, a daughter, Kristina who lives in Boston, and the new member of the family, Kody our puppy.  I started working for Parent to Parent of Miami in March of 2013. In the short amount of time that I have been here I have learned to appreciate the great work that parents of children with disabilities do on a daily basis. It has taught me to appreciate the great work that goes into this organization.