|About Us / Board of Directors|
Manasota BUDS is an all-volunteer organization.
Our Mission is to provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Manasota BUDS was formed in May 2002 by a small group of families who wanted to network, compare notes, share stories, and support one another. We held our first Buddy Walk in October 2002 and celebrated our 10th anniversary Buddy Walk on October 22, 2011.
For ten years we have maintained our affiliation with the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and have hosted an annual Buddy Walk. Manasota BUDS became an affiliate of the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action group in 2011.
We actively seek strategic partnerships in the community. Some past and current partners include Hope Haven, SMART, InStride, Dream Oaks Camp, Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota, Florida Inclusion Network, and Special Olympics of Florida.
Our new parent kits are fully supported by area hospitals, USF Department of Genetics, and many local physicians.
We appreciate your interest in Manasota BUDS.
Current Board Members:
Kylee Barry *
Mary Lou Bear *
Heather D'Agostino RT(R), Board Member *
Michael G. Feduccia, CFP ®, Board President *
Michele Frye *
Paula Kester *
Aaron (AJ) Kramer, Treasurer *
April Moschini, Board Secretary *
Kevin Underwood, Board Vice President *
* Indicates voting member.