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Barbara Goldman, MA – Executive Director

Barbara Goldman has been Executive Director of TEAMability since its founding in 2003. The low expectations for success and lack of opportunities for participation experienced by her totally blind classmate in a small upstate New York community inspired Barbara to become a special education teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired from Syracuse University and her Master of Arts in Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was a member of both the Pi Lambda Theta and Psi Chi honoraries.

Barbara taught in Syracuse City Schools, authoring a handbook for teachers of the blind and expanding opportunities for high school students with disabilities through initiation of an inclusive swim program. She was a teacher of children with developmental disabilities in Baltimore, MD before moving to Italy in the role of Army Wife.

Her career as a military spouse and mother of three led Barbara to volunteer experiences as Director of a US Army day care center, Volunteer Coordinator for the American Red Cross, Girl Scout Gold Award Advisor and many more. Her awards include the Commander’s Award for Public Service and the Clara Barton Award.

Barbara returned to teaching when her family moved to San Antonio. She found that the majority of her students had additional severe disabilities in combination with visual impairment. Once again she observed low expectations and lack of opportunity. She began pioneering for improved programs for children with severe multiple disabilities, becoming TEA certified in Education of Severe and Profoundly Handicapped and co-founding TEAMability.

Barbara and her husband enjoy travelling…. both in real time and through family history via genealogy.

Adele Giles, LMSW, MBA – Deputy Executive Director

Adele Giles brings years of experience in healthcare administration, quality and compliance both in the for profit and not-for-profit world. Adele, who is also a licensed master social worker, also brings a strong background in case management working with families and children in acute rehabilitation.

After completing her undergraduate work at Kent State University, in Ohio, she immediately left the cold and headed south to San Antonio. As Adele says “You don’t have to shovel heat!” Since then she has obtained her Masters in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University and Masters of Business Administration at UTSA and is currently a Fellow in the Andeavor Leadership Fellows Program.

Adele has 3 spoiled cats, enjoys traveling, a good laugh and her work at TEAMability.

Nancy Schwartz, BS, EMH/TMH/Severe Profound – Education Specialist

Nancy Schwartz, TEAMability’s Lead Education Specialist, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education at Southern Illinois University. After receiving her degree, Nancy spent the next 11⁄2 years as a full time volunteer for the Diocese of Jefferson City Missouri as a Christian Service Volunteer where she served as the Activity Director at a home for multiply disabled children. She followed that experience with two years of volunteer service in the Peace Corps; working in Belize, Central America as a Preschool Teacher Trainer. Nancy has lived in San Antonio since 1987, during which time she taught Special Education at both Harlandale and Northside ISD followed by five years working as a coordinator and teacher at C.A.M.P. Early Intervention Center.

Nancy  considers TEAMability to be the ideal environment to challenge her creativity as she continues to acquire and implement new knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques for working with children who have combined multiple disabilities.

Ecaterina (Cati) Andreason, PhD  –  Education Specialist

Cati Andreason, one of TEAMability’s education specialists, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, a Master of Science degree in Educational Consulting and a Doctor of Education degree at Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has over fifteen years teaching and research experience, working as special education teacher and assistant professor.At TEAMability, Cati enjoys offering children the support they need to succeed and being a member of a wonderful transdisciplinary team. She considers education a very rewarding profession.

Cati and her husband share a passion for traveling.  They love to discover new places in different parts of the world and, also, to spend time with family and friends.

Melanie Garcia – Education Specialist

Coming to TEAMability via Brooklyn, NY, Melanie is certified in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has a Master of early Childhood Special Education with an Annotation in Severre and Multiple Disabilities. Plus we think she is just lots of fun!!!

Florence Thillet-Bice, PT, DPT, DSc – Physical Therapist

Florence comes with a variety of experiences including her Doctorate of Science in Pediatrics, Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is a Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. For the past 6 years, Florence has made an annual volunteer excursion to El Salvador with the Helping Hands Medical Mission.

Annette Fears, OT,R – Occupational Therapist

With a solid background of providing Occupational Therapy to children, Annette is a valued member of our TEAM. Her experiences range from working in the  ECI setting to both working in and owning a Pediatric Therapy Clinic.

Annette graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas Health Science Center with her Bachelor Of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Annette enjoys gardening and has been happily married to the man of her dreams for 20+ years!

Melinda Gomez – Physical Therapist Assistant

Melinda started her studies in the Philippines for four years working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She graduated from St. Phillips College here in San Antonio in the fall of 2010 and has a passion for working with children who have special needs. Working with them has brought her tremendous joy and inspiration in her field.

Melinda believes enjoying life to the fullest is the key happiness, going on adventures, taking one day at a time and pampering yourself, even the simple things in life shouldn’t be taken for granted. “Smiling everyday and having a positive attitude makes my days better.” Two things she can’t live without, the Bible and her son.

Belan Bourdes- Communication Specialist

Teaching non-verbal, profoundly disabled children to communicate requires skills beyond those of a typically trained Speech Therapist.  Belan holds a Licenciatura degree y Psycho-pedagogy and Neurolinguistics from the Colegio Supeior de Neurolinguistica y Pedagogia of Mexico City and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurolinguistics from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Bordes has additional curricular training and over twenty years experience in the special education field.

LaShanda Robinson- Front Office Coordinator/Administrative Specialist

LaShanda, born in Chester Pennsylvania, moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina when she was 10 years old. She arrived in San Antonio for high school, graduating from Sam Houston High School. LaShanda is an avid sportswoman and participated in theater with the title role of  Annie in the play Little Orphan Annie!

LaShanda has over 10 years of experience working with children with cognitive and physical disabilities. La Shanda learned about TEAMability from her pastor, who told her that it is an amazing place with great people doing really awesome things with children who have multiple disabilities. “I’ve gotten so much pleasure working with both children and adults with a variety of disabilities,” LaShanda says. When asked if she likes working at TEAMability, she replies with, “I don’t like it, I LOVE it.”

JoAnn Felan – Senior Program Technician

JoAnn was born in San Antonio but grew up in Edna, Texas. At the age of 10 she moved back to San Antonio. She is married to a military veteran and she and her husband enjoy family traveling. Weekends at home are usually spent making floral arrangements, sewing, or restoring furniture. JoAnn is the proud Mommy of three and Grandma of two.

With a 17 year career in the medical field, JoAnn has worked with both Children and the elderly as a CNA and wound care tech. JoAnn feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to join the TEAMability family. She enjoys working with the staff and loves working with TEAMability’s very special children.

Heather Kowalik- Program Technician

Heather is a recent graduate and student athlete of the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her future plans include  Occupational Therapy school and a career in Occupational Therapy.

Heather has given many hours of volunteer service to the community. She loves all dogs but especially, her own Brady!

Devan Branch- Custodian/Groundskeeper

In addition to his friendly manner and great smile, Devan gets the job done and always seeks to exceed expectations. Devan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Jarvis Christian College.