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The partnership between Ability Tree First Coast and the communities in Northeast Florida will be the cornerstone of its future. We are committed to meeting the needs of the special needs community by offering Recreation, Education, Support, and Training. Our organization’s approach to excellence in the family’s development, socialization, and support will be its hallmark.

As Ability Tree First Coast grows its roots deeper into this region, our programs will provide various opportunities for our families to be supported, included, and educated. We currently offer respite through our Parents Night Out & Parents Day Out, as well as providing a therapeutic summer day camp: CampAbility Special Day Camp. In the future, we will offer activities including sensory friendly activities, sibling groups, teen & adult socials, workshops, after-school care. We also currently promote inclusion in the community by providing strategies for churches, businesses, and organizations to assimilate these families into their visions.

Ability Tree Roots:

Joe and Jen Butler were college students, studying pastoral ministry, when their son Micah was diagnosed with developmental disabilities. They would go on to pastor for five years before founding Ability Tree, a faith-based nonprofit organization, in 2010. Joe and Jen have been married for 22 years, have three children, and a personal understanding of the impact of disability on the family.

Mission:

To come alongside families impacted by disability and equip organizations through Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (R.E.S.T.).

Vision:

To create inclusive and supportive communities where individuals and families affected by disability can enjoy healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and churches.

First Coast Team Members

Joanne Alicea

Joanne is our Chief Executive Officer and the parent of a spunky boy with Down syndrome and a creative teenage girl with ADD & Learning Disability. Joanne believes in the collaboration of individuals, families, and the communities they live in to work together to create a culture of support, inclusion, and personal growth. She does presentations on disabilities awareness in various settings, including symposiums, hospitals, and schools.

joannealicea@abilitytree.org

Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly is our lead teacher for CampAbility Special Day Camp. She has an extensive history teaching children with special needs in the school system both in NC and FL. She has a passion for children to reach their fullest potential and looks forward to pouring into the lives of our campers each summer. She has her degree in Special Education, is a FL Certified Infant Toddler Disabilities Specialist, is certified in CPR/AED/First Aid, as well as Safe Crisis Management. In her free time, Kelly enjoys going to the beach, making tie-dye clothing, and playing in her drum group.

Daniel Carter

Daniel is our teacher’s assistant for CampAbility Special Day Camp. He is a new ESE paraprofessional at a local elementary school and has his CPR/First Aid certification. He had been working for the St. Johns County School District in the elementary after-school programs. Daniel is also a college student and photographer. He has high energy, lots of creativity, and is passionate about making sure all children have the opportunities to participate and be active. In his free time, Daniel loves to do photography, join in on campaigns, and spend time with friends.

Board of Directors

Ability Tree is led by a team of people passionate about the mission. Our volunteers are the heart of the organization.

 

Joanne Alicea

BOARD CHAIRMAN
Founder
Ability Tree First Coast, Inc.

Angela Barnes

EXECUTIVE BOARD TREASURER
Owner
Barnes Interactive, Inc.

Jennifer Thomas

EXECUTIVE BOARD SECRETARY
Owner and Attorney
Thomas Estate Law, PLLC

Greg Voss

BOARD MEMBER
VP of Operations
St. Johns County
Chamber of Commerce

Jeannie Petty

BOARD MEMBER
Professional ASL Interpreter

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ARKANSAS (National)
P.O. Box 6929
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

TEXAS
1311 Ferris Ave, Suite A
Waxahachie, TX 75167

NEW JERSEY
P.O. Box 480
Windsor 08561

CONTACT

FLORIDA STATE BRANCH
14391 Spring Hill Dr. #192
Spring Hill, FL 34609

FIRST COAST, FLORIDA
96 Masters Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084

 

Ability Tree is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.