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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.

When asked about the importance that ROOF serves in the community, Edwards said, “It has been my honor to work as a part of ROOF from its beginning. As the parent of a young man with disabilities and a professional who coordinates services for persons with disabilities, I am grateful to have an organization such as ROOF working on housing goals in Florida. Experiencing the need first-hand is a perspective that I enjoy sharing within ROOF’s process for reaching our mission and vision.”

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.

When asked about the importance that ROOF serves in the community Dr. Nappo said, “The future is inclusive and ROOF’s continuous work will provide independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This organization has made large leaps and bounds since it first started, and it will be my honor to continue to be a part of it.”