Meet the Staff

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Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

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DR. ANGEL WILDES

 Director of Advocacy

Angel is the Director of Advocacy and holds a Ph.D. in Special Education administration and leadership. She is also a highly decorated Air Force veteran who served her country faithfully and dutifully during her time service.

 

Her military experience coupled with her experience as a certified general education and inclusion special education teacher has helped her understand the special education process from the inside. She knows how the school system operates, what the protocols are, what avenues to take, the laws governing special education, what accommodations are appropriate and how to employ those accommodations on an IEP/504.

She has a passionate desire to do what's right for the parents and students who need her expertise. She prefers to work in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in any meeting, however, she won't back down or be intimidated. Angel gets results.

Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

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PATTI ROSSI

Senior Advocate Northeast Florida

Patti is a dynamic, resourceful special education professional with a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University and 20+ years experience working in the Special Education field. Patti brings a multitude of expertise and knowledge as a certified educator and is an advocate who believes that everyone can learn and grow to their potential and fulfill their purpose in life.  

 

Patti excels at working collaboratively during school meetings addressing parents’ concerns for their children.  Patti is skilled in pinpointing student strengths and challenges and helping adapt an individual education plan to meet the needs of students’ diverse learning styles. 

 

Patti and her husband moved to Ponte Vedra Beach from Dublin, Ohio in 2015 and they are enjoying the coastal lifestyle. 

Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

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LAURA LEE KINARD M.E.

Advocate

Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

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KELLEY MARTINEZ

Senior Advocate Northwest Florida

Kelley Martinez has a Master's Degree in Education and has worked in the field for just over 20 years. Helping students is her passion. She was a Special Education public school teacher and administrator for 16 years. She has worked as a college professor of Education, tutored privately, and worked as a psychometrist. She is a published author and throughout her 20 years has been an Advocate - working hard to help parents and students connect appropriately with schools and teachers in order to ensure each student is receiving the support they need to be successful.

 

She has authored and presented many professional development curriculum programs during her career, many of which centered around inclusion, academic and behavioral intervention strategies and writing federally mandated documents for students with exceptional needs. She is a huge proponent of Assistive Technology to support students.

 

Throughout the years, her contributions and achievements in Education enabled her to attain a prestigious invitation to join one of the world's leading and most exclusive associations for women - The International Society of Female Professionals, a unique group dedicated to supporting diverse professionals who continue to lead the way in their industries. For her, this commitment means that she will continue to serve and protect students and their parents because she believes every student can learn, given the appropriate tools. 

Lee has been an advocate for students with special needs for 43 years.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Florida and began her teaching career at the Broach School.  She continued as a special education teacher for Nassau County Schools.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Education from University of North Florida and became a school counselor.  It was in this role that she became an advocate for ESE children, attending IEP/504 meetings, and serving as a mediator for the parents.

 

She became interested in teaching special education when their son was diagnosed with a learning disability.  She saw his struggles and wanted to be on the helping side of teaching those with special needs.  She believes that it is of utmost importance that children receive the help and accommodations needed so that they will be successful in school and in life.

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MICHAEL WILDES

Director of Operations/CEO

Michael is the Director of Operations and CEO of Cornerstone Special Education Alliance. His is usually the first voice you'll hear when calling Cornerstone.  Michael is a "hands on" professional who is responsible for the day to day details, intake process, scheduling and administrative duties. His years of leadership experience throughout many fields have taught him how to relate to people, utilize their strengths to build teams and move the mission forward.

As a father of children with learning disabilities, he is understands completely how parents feel. Michael's compassion and willingness to listen to the concerns parents have has often encouraged and comforted many families. 

Our Board Members

Board Members                                                                                                                                                       Advisory Board Members                                      

Dr. Beverly Brown, Three Rivers Legal Services                                                                                                       Bill Lowery

Nuria Munguia, T.D. Bank                                                                                                                                         Gina Gant

Jeff Prossi, VP of Trade Marketing Swisher International                                                                                           Kevin Monahan   

Marie Lowery, Professor Florida State College Jacksonville

Ashley Dunsmore                                                                                                                                                     Volunteers              

Larry Tallis, Tallis Photography                                                                                                                                  Kaylin McMillian

Dr. Angel S. Wildes                                                                                                                                                   Alicia H. Weismann, Social Media Development

Michael Wildes