Beth is a mom of three neurodiverse kids with a passion for helping others. Owner of Sensory Kids Guide, a travel guide for neurodiverse families, she knew there was a stronger need in the community for a resource to help other families struggling for therapies, doctors and support. The Neurodiversity resource was born!
She is an outspoken advocate for children in Santa Rosa Beach and beyond with her work within the schools where her children attend, small group meetings, direct help and support and a nationwide voice through her website, podcasts and speaking engagements.
When she isn't in advocate mode, you will find her selling real estate with Longleaf Real Estate or traveling with her family! She has a B.S in Business from Auburn University and a B.A in Graphic Design from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is in process of receiving her certification in 504/IEP support and advocacy. She lives in the Pt. Washington area of Santa Rosa Beach with her husband, 3 kiddos and bulldog Hank!
PODCAST LISTEN HERE: Ep 11: Neurodiversity Resource of the Panhandle with Beth Roberts, South Walton Local Podcast
An Alabama native, artist and teacher at heart, Mrs. Weninegar is passionate about helping families through the art of mentorship, advocacy work and protecting the art of childhood for our children.
Lauren holds an Honors Degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville in Psychology. Along with over a decade of classroom experience as a public school Teacher, she has worked as a Children and Youth Pastor for the United Methodist Church where she served as one of the founding members for Asheville's first Waldorf school, "Azalea Mountain".
She and her family of five moved to Santa Rosa Beach six years ago where she has since taught Kindergarten and First Grade at Dune Lakes Elementary School. She has had children in all three local public schools. Having two children who have various neurodiverse diagnoses she has first hand experience with the steps necessary to find support for children, inside and outside the classroom. She is excited to be a part of this resource initiative and here to help you on your own unique journey.
Lauren resides in Pt. Washington with her husband and two girls while her son is in college in Western North Carolina. She is currently on a sabbatical from teaching and learning to enjoy gardening, interior design, writing, kayaking, meditation and nurturing personal connections along the way.
Kelli Fetter is the owner of Handwriting Solutions, LLC as well as a parent to a neurodiverse daughter. Handwriting Solutions, LLC, is a resource for families who need handwriting support. As a Certified Handwriting Specialist, she and her team serve students locally in the Santa Rosa Beach area as well as virtually.
Kelli formerly practiced occupational therapy for 10+ years and has extensive experience in pediatrics and learning differences, including dysgraphia. She is trained in the Learning Without Tears curriculum, Size Matters Program, and Because Neatness Matters Handwriting Programs and has specialized knowledge with Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and more. Her personal experience as a parent of a child with dyslexia and dysgraphia has led to her passion in helping children who are struggling with academics.
Kelli has served as an adjunct professor in an occupational therapy assistant program as well as on the advisory board for the OTA program and was a member of the Down Syndrome of Louisville and Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville. She currently is a member of Impact100 and is thrilled to develop and grow the Neurodiversity Resource of the Panhandle as a board member.
With over 2 decades of experience in education, Beverly brings a unique perspective to the table. She began her career as a homeschool facilitator in a small portable classroom in Seaside where she helped parents curate and implement learning materials and individualize lessons to create autonomous, self-directing learners. She transitioned to a Title I public school where she began her career working with students with a variety of learning differences. She became passionate about advocating for policies and practices that help to level the playing field and throughout her career; and has remained committed to the belief that all students deserve access to the support and resources they need to succeed.
Today, she brings this same commitment to K-12 students at Ohana Institute where she teaches social-emotional learning to ensure the community is inclusive and supportive of all individuals, regardless of their neurodiversity.
Garrett is the owner of Blue Tide Therapy. He obtained his BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2019 and his Master's (MA) in May of 2021 from the University of Central Florida. He also completed a Graduate Certificate program in Autism Studies through Project ASD, a collaboration between Exceptional Student Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Garrett’s professional interests include: Early Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs), and Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing. In his free time, he enjoys walks along the Emerald Coast of Florida and volunteering at his local church in the nursery and children's ministry.
Niki Page is a First Grade Teacher at Dune Lakes Elementary School with 23 years of experience serving students in Walton County School District. She is a mother of 4 children, active in her church and school community and passionate about teaching students how to read. When Niki is not teaching or serving her community she can be found traveling with her family, reading, or enjoying the beaches of South Walton
Meredith is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Northwest Florida State College. She retired from Walton County School District in May 2020 following over 25 years of serving in education. She served as the Principal of Dune Lakes Elementary School, Bay Elementary School and Assistant Principal at Van R. Butler Elementary School.
As the former Executive Director of the Walton Education Foundation, Meredith embraces the vital role of supporting parents and the public in local education. She has a true passion for children and supporting them in the learning environment. In her free time, Meredith enjoys spending time with family, friends, reading and traveling.
The Neurodiversity Resource of the Panhandle annually accepts applications for local members of the community to serve on our Board of Directors, and the selection of new board members is made by the current Board of Directors. The Neurodiversity Resource Board of Directors takes this process very seriously. In order to be considered, applicants must submit a complete application, and those applications must be submitted online.
There is certain criteria which is considered optimal for applicants under consideration by the Board of Directors. This criteria includes:
Applications will be OPEN