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Damian P. Gregory

Damian P. Gregory is a journalist and community advocate for people with disabilities. Mr. Gregory is a twin who was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair as a result. He has been a self-advocate his entire life.

Damian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Miami. After graduation, Damian worked as a journalist for several South Florida based publications, including the Chicago Tribune’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Caribbean Today.

For the more than 15 years, he has worked in the disability advocacy arena. His work has included stints as a Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator, Travel Trainer, and Disability Rights Consultant.

The overall mission of Damian’s work has been to improve the quality of life and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including in the areas of transportation, education, employment, housing, and political & civic engagement.

In 2015 he joined CCDH, Inc.—Miami-Dade’s oldest non-profit organization serving those with developmental disabilities—as the Director of Outreach and Family Engagement.

In addition to serving on the ROOF Board of Directors, Damian remains active on several local and statewide boards. Damian is the immediate past chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission On Disability Issues (CODI), an official advisory board to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Gregory currently is the Chairperson of the University of South Florida’s Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) Community Advisory Committee.

Dr. Frank Nappo

Dr. Frank Nappo of Naples has a longstanding involvement in volunteering and public service. He has served as a board member of the Naples Art Association at Von Liebig Art Center since 2005 and was President of the association’s board for four years. He is the current President of Drug Free Collier, for which he has served on the board for the past six years; and is President of Immokalee Housing and Family Services, on a board he has served since 2008. He is also a member of the Immokalee CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) and a Board Member with R.O.O.F. (Residential Options of Florida).

Dr. Nappo is retired from a distinguished career in education including his role as Dean of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor at Burlington County College. He earned his Ed. D. at Rutgers University and both his B.A. and M.A. degrees at New Jersey City University.

Following his career in teaching and administration, Dr. Nappo was an Account Executive at Retex Corporation until his retirement in 2001. 

Jesse Larson

Jesse Larsen holds an MBA in Finance from Florida Gulf Coast University with 12 years of experience in the banking industry. He serves as Vice President, Business Banking Credit Manager at Florida Community Bank in Naples. Jesse was elected in 2018 to the Collier County Board of Trustees for Residential Options of Florida. Jesse will combine his knowledge and experience to support the financial goals for the organization. A major focus will be the development of relationships to advance the mission of ROOF in our community. His passion to serve includes mentoring at the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, as well as coaching basketball for the YMCA and flag football at Fleischman Park.


Kathy Leigh

Kathy Leigh is a dedicated self-advocate with over 10 years of experience advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. She is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership and advocacy training program that teaches individuals with developmental disabilities to become community leaders and catalysts for systems change. She has served on the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for over 8 years and continues to support many Council initiatives. Most recently, Kathy became a member of the Florida Self-Advocate Network’D (FL SAND) and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Residential Options of Florida (ROOF).

Kathy has been a Florida resident for 23 years and currently resides in Starke where she is actively involved in her locally in her community. She has worked for Walmart and has been an active member of the local Action Club for Arts where she has helped raise funds to support numerous local charities.”

Mary Smith

Mary Smith is a wife and mother as well as an advocate and supporter for individuals with developmental disabilities. As a mother of a child with disabilities, she understands the issues facing these families. Mary is the owner of P.C.A. Plus, Inc. A provider company in Northeast Florida, providing home and community-based services to individuals with disabilities, under the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Mary is a stakeholder working with many state agencies and organizations to ensure the future of community inclusion, services and to create opportunities for independent living. Mary serves multiple roles in Family Care Council -Area 4, Family Care Council Florida and serves on the board of Residential Options of Florida(ROOF)

When not advocating across the state, Mary enjoys painting with watercolors and spending time with family.

Renee Edwards

Reneé Edwards has been working as an advocate for nearly 20 years. As the parent of a young adult with disabilities, Reneé is passionate about working with families and individuals wanting to experience a successful housing and living arrangement that best accommodates their needs. Most recently, Reneé worked as the Director for the Tourette Association, Florida Chapter, using her organizational skills, advocacy skills, and systems knowledge to help assist those in the Tourette Syndrome/Tic Disorders community.

Reneé has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from UCF, and has served as a volunteer advocate on the national, state, and local levels, including a governor-appointed position with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. She currently serves as a member of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Community Advisory Committee, USF, and dedicates her time to assisting families as they navigate systems. Reneé lives in Brevard County with her husband and three boys.

Richard Stevens

As Vice President and a Senior Investment Advisor of PNC Financial Services Group in the West & Central FL, Richard works to help deliver comprehensive investment advice and solutions to align your portfolios with your overall financial objectives.

Prior to joining PNC, Rich was the Senior Investment Officer for a private wealth advisory firm with offices in Naples and Ohio. Rich served as chairman of the firm’s investment committee setting policy and asset allocation targets. Additionally, he researched, developed and implemented investment strategies and managed client portfolios. Before moving to Florida in 1999, Rich managed investment funds internationally in Bermuda for 14 years, working with both institutional clients and high net worth families.

Steve Evangelista

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