Deb Natale – President – Board of Directors & Co- Founder – Debra holds 30 years of business experience and charitable, non – profit organization background.
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.
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.
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.
Annette L Becklund
Annette L Becklund, MSW, LCSW, NBCCH – Member Director – Annette L Becklund is a clinical social worker licensed in both NJ and Fl specializing in Autism, Asperger’s & Unique Ways of Being. She currently has a private practice in Florida and New Jersey. Annette consults and provides training for hospitals and community organizations regarding Autism and co-occurring conditions.
Charles Pini – Member Director – Charlie has worked and helped out with New Leaps Academy since 2013 even when he lived in Boston; he now resides in Wesley Chapel. Charlie has dressed as Santa Claus for our kids at Christmas time to spread the joy to them.
Charlie worked in marketing and advertising most of his life and then drove a limo for Boston Coach before he retired. As the President of Order of Sons of Italy for two terms he served in the community and in his lodge raising money to give scholarships to children going off to college and other charitable organizations. He has a big heart, always willing to help, he is a good addition to our already fabulous board.