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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 an Andeavor Leadership Fellow.

Adele has 4 spoiled cats, enjoys traveling, a good laugh and her work at TEAMability.

Kimberly Conley – Director of Philanthropy

As  TEAMability’s Director of Philanthropy,  Kimberly has a great passion for our mission of serving children with severe multiple disabilities and their families. She finds immense  joy being part of a team and organization that truly makes a difference in lives of our TEAMability children.

She brings years of experience in non-profit sustainability, including Board and donor relations,  grants,  special event planning in a variety of venues and volunteer programs.  Kimberly understands how important it is that every client, donor, corporate sponsor, volunteer, or board member has an exceptional experience with TEAMability.

In her free time Kimberly enjoys spending time with family, reading, hiking and  travel.

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.

Melanie García, M.S.Ed, Education Specialist

Coming to TEAMability via Brooklyn, NY, Melanie holds a Dual Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has a Master study of Early Childhood Special Education with an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities. Having worked both in the classroom and home based therapy with young children who have Severe and Multiple Disabilities as well as children who are Blind & Visually Impaired. Melanie brings a fresh new perspective and creativity to our center.

Melanie seeks to find each child’s individual potential for learning and growth. She understands the complexities of creating a harmonious environment that collaborates with the child, professionals, families and the community.

Praseetha Kolapurath, PT  –  Physical Therapist

In addition to being a Texas licensed Physical Therapist, Praseetha has completed post-graduate work in Musculoskeletal and Sports physiotherapy.   Praseetha enjoys offering children the support they need to succeed and being a member of our wonderful trans-disciplinary team. She considers Pediatric Physical Therapy a very rewarding profession.

Praseetha and her husband enjoy the daily delights of their adorable daughter.  They love to meet new people and share in fellowship with others.

Annette Fears, OTR/L – 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 in the fall of 2010. Melinda has a passion for working with children who have special needs. This work brings her tremendous joy and inspiration.

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.

Belén M. Bordes, Neurolingüistics, M.B. Ed, Cognition and 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 and her Masters in Instructional and Bi-lingual education from UT El Paso.  Ms. Bordes specializes in cognition and language development and has 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 – Program Technician II

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.

Victor Gardea – Program Technician II

Victor was born in San Antonio, but lived in Laredo Texas most of his life. He returned to San Antonio after high school graduation. Victor received an Associate degree from ITT Tech in Computer Information Systems and has ventured into multiple tech careers with a focus on  Audio / Video Integration. His expertise in that field  took him cross country and South America to work on many high end projects.  Victor has a wife and 2 young boys. He has been involved with the special needs community for over 7 years. His vast knowledge and experience have developed from his son who is 7 and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
 As a parent of a special need child Victor has learned to navigate the world of unpredictability, patience and adaptation. Victor is a firm believer that being a stay at home dad for four years trained him for his life’s purpose – to help children with multiple disabilities. Victor is very happy to be able to assist the children of TEAMability with his tender patience and calm demeanor.