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.
Adele has 3 spoiled cats, enjoys traveling, a good laugh and her work at TEAMability.
Nancy Schwartz, BS, EMH/TMH/Severe Profound – Lead 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 began working at TEAMability in August 2009 after spending thirteen years at home raising her children, who are now teenagers. She 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 – Lead 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.
Cati moved to San Antonio in 2012 and has worked at TEAMability since September 2013. 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.
Florence Thillet-Bice, PT, DPT, DSc – Physical Therapist
Florence recently joined TEAMability in November of 2016. She 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.
Brittany Palmer, PT, DPT, – Physical Therapist
In her free time, Brittany enjoys playing with her dog, Duncan, scrapbooking, watching beauty bloggers on YouTube and cheering for her favorite team, her San Antonio Spurs. She met her fiance, Alexander, in 2012, when he was stationed in SA near his family. Now she enjoys traveling to Maryland, where he is stationed with the U.S. Air Force and is excited about their future endeavors together, including their wedding in July 2017!
She can many times be found dancing and laughing like a big kid. She looks forward to continuing to make her family and friends smile and creating many memories, sharing her talents and continuing to learn here at TEAMability with the talented staff, wonderful children and their amazing families.
Adriana Salas – Community Relations Coordinator
Adriana is a San Antonio native, pursing her degree in Sociology. An avid people watcher, she loves the diversity that her city has to offer.
After volunteering for several years on the 5K Run, Walk, Roll and the TEAMability Two-Step committees, Adriana joined the staff as a Development Associate. She is learning the arts of fundraising and event planning. Adriana never feels like her job is work, rather it is an opportunity to share with the community the positive impact and importance of TEAMability’s role in the lives of its children.
When she is not working or studying she enjoys the outdoors, even if it is quick run or a short hike at a local park. Her idea of a vacation is a good road trip with a camping destination in mind. When unable to take on the open road, she likes exploring San Antonio’s food scene; a good Netflix binge; and hanging out with friends and family.
Annette Fears – Occupational Therapist
Amber Gorman – Occupational Therapist
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 worked at Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health setting with adults, In-Patient Rehab and Traumatic Brain Injury Post-Op Rehabilitation. She has developed a passion for working with special needs children. Working with them has brought her tremendous joy and inspiration in her field.
She moved to San Antonio from Springfield, Virginia about 14 years ago. She has traveled all over Asia and Europe and is fluent in three different languages. She has an eleven year old son and they both love camping, fishing, baking and cooking. Both attend Lord of the Harvest Church.
She 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.
LaShanda Robinson-Teacher’s Assistant
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 played on her high school’s varsity softball team. A lady of many facets, she also participated in theater and starred as Annie in the play Little Orphan Annie!
La Shanda has over 10 years of experience working with children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Her first job at Mission road Ministries launched her interest in this challenging and rewarding field and was the basis of her attaining her certification as a medical assistant. 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,” La Shanda says. And when anyone asks how she likes working at TEAMability, she always says, “I don’t like it, I LOVE it.”
JoAnn Felan -Teacher’s Assistant
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 little ones.
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.
Sheila Conley – Administrative Assistant
Sheila was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, married and moved to Ohio where she resided for over 20 years. She has two children a boy and a girl, a granddaughter and three grandsons.
Sheila worked in the medical field for over 30 years; as a Medical Assistant and Authorization Specialist. She is a big advocate for children and helps our parents and children constantly. As a big believer in animal rescue, all of her pets are rescued from Goodwill Service Dogs and prison trained dogs. She even trained one of her dogs as a service dog for the Children’s Hospital.
Sheila and her husband and love motor cycle riding, camping, fishing, and hiking.
Rolando Medina – Grounds Keeper
Born and raised in San Antonio, Rolando graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS in 1983 and received an Associate degree in Electronics. He quickly realized though that a desk job was not for him. An Army Veteran Rolando has worked in construction and maintenance for over 30 yrs.
Something you may not know about Rolando is that he is an avid Conjunto Style photographer and videographer. Growing up he was constantly surrounded by musicians and his father, a professional accordion player, inspired Rolando’s style of photography. He has had several exhibitions in the past and hopes to have more in the near future. Rolando is now pursuit of expanding his artistic resume by adding graphic design and learning new techniques to improve and evolve his art.