Board of Directors

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Deb Natale

Deb Natale – President – Board of Directors & Co- Founder – Debra holds 30 years of business experience and charitable, non – profit organization background.
Deb Natale - LEAPS President - Board of Directors & Co- Founder

Deb Natale co-founded this amazing school in February 2013 and has become the Executive Director this year. She had a full -time job outside the school for the last 5 years and has made the decision to give 100% of her time to New Leaps Academy. The school has now been split into 2 locations due to the growth and age of the students. Our first location in Wesley Chapel and our 2nd location in Lutz. She will lead the school in January to it’s 3rd location in New Tampa, FL for preschool age children 3-5 years old. She is passionate about the school, the children, the families and the staff and looks forward to growing the school and continuing the education for children with all diagnoses and getting the community involved in working with the school for fundraising activities.

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Jim Stine

Jim Stine - Treasurer - LEAPS Board of Directors Jim Stine – Treasurer – Board of Directors – Jim sits on our BOD as our Treasurer and brings not only his financial wizardry but also a passion to get the school to the next level. Jim volunteers for fundraising, donates to the school and helps out wherever he can.

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Jasmine Ferrara

Jasmine Ferrara - LEAPS Co-Founder- 2nd Vice President Jasmine Ferrara – Co-Founder- 2nd Vice President – Co-founder of New L.E.A.P.S. Academy, wife and mother of 2. Our youngest daughter Hailey was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation type 1 at 3. Secondary to her diagnosis she has developmental and speech delays. She utilizes American Sign Language as her primary form of communication.
We have struggled with meeting her educational and developmental needs for years in both the public and private school settings. We needed a better option for her to achieve her individual goals for growth and development. New L.E.A.P.S. Academy was created with staff with specialized credentials to match the needs of our exceptional children. I see New L.E.A.P.S. Academy as a “family” that enriches every day by working hard, teaching and encouraging our children to reach their full potential.

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Charles Pini

Charles Pini Charles Pini – Member Director – Charlie originally from Massachusetts and now retired in Florida joined our board 3 years ago. He has 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. Charlie sat on the board at the Order Sons of Italy in America for many years where he worked tirelessly on many fundraising activities as well as volunteered many hours as an officer and leader. His background in marketing for a large New England company afforded him great knowledge in communicating with people from all areas of the country. He loves to participate in our fundraising activities and has been a solid spokesperson for New Leaps Academy.

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