Sara Henry, MA, LMFT
Mrs. Henry is honored to serve on the Board of De LaSalle Academy. She is the Director of the Henry Neurorelational Center, where she specializes in assessing and treating children with special needs. Mrs. Henry has worked as a psychotherapist for 22 years in her private practice, and in school, agency, and home-visiting settings. Along the way, she has been recognized as a master clinician by groundbreaking research and training organizations, including the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning. She created and led the clinical outreach of the Collier HUGS program, serving underprivileged children and families of Collier County for five years. Mrs. Henry believes that deep creative thinking, empathy, and going the extra mile in our community efforts are necessary to nurturing the precious gleam in a child’s eye and the potential therein.
Deborah Coe Silver, Psy.D., ABPP, NCSP
Dr. Silver served as the Co-Director of the Silver Psychology Center from 1984 until 2015. She is a Licensed Psychologist and School Psychologist, as well as Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, Dr. Silver was a teacher, rehabilitation counselor, then a guidance counselor and school psychologist. Dr. Silver has served as Vice President of the Association of Family Law Professionals and President of the Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is a founding board member and formerly served as the Secretary of the school board of De LaSalle Academy and is a founding member of the professional advisory board of the Lee County Chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Silver currently is focusing her efforts exclusively on collaborative and cooperative law endeavors, as a mental health coach and parenting facilitator, while previously her focus was assessment and treatment of children’s learning and behavior problems, family therapy, and marital and couples counseling. Dr. Silver is the recipient of various awards including the Hugh E. Starnes Second Annual Thinking Outside the Box Award, the Volunteer Award from the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the First Annual Dr. Deborah Coe Silver Pinnacle Award on behalf of the Family Resource Center of Southwest Florida, Inc., the President’s Award from the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Ambassador’s Medal by the Board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Dr. Silver has co-authored various documents with members of the Parenting Plan Taskforce of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Bench Bar Supplement 2014-Empirically Based Parenting Plans: What Professionals Need to Know, Florida’s Shared Parenting Statute, with Dr. Robert B. Silver several journal articles including contributing to the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, the Conflict Resolution Quarterly, the Colorado Psychologist and the Family Mediation Quarterly.
Jennifer Wehrs, C.P.A.
Jennifer Wehrs is an experienced tax professional who currently manages the tax department for MacNell Accounting & Consulting. Jennifer graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2003 and Florida Gulf Coast University in 2010 where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration respectively. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of CPAs.
Prior to entering public practice, Jennifer worked in small and medium sized businesses in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing and human resources. She has extensive experience working in teams, recruiting, training, coaching and developing management to achieve goals. This diverse work experience allows Jennifer to provide a greater range of consulting services to her clients.
For the last several years, Jennifer’s career has focused on providing clients with innovative tax and business solutions. She works with individuals, businesses and nonprofit entities to ensure effective tax preparation and strategic tax planning. Jennifer also has experience assisting new and established businesses set up or restructure accounting procedures and accounting information systems. This includes reviewing business policies and procedures to determine the appropriate accounting systems required and provide the necessary employee training. Jennifer also supports and represents clients in communications with the Internal Revenue Service, Florida Department of Revenue and other government organizations.
Jan Sommer spent her childhood on the south side of Chicago and in northern Indiana. She has a BA in political science and a JD from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. Jan worked as a criminal defense attorney for nearly 15 years in Indianapolis, where she was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of youth in the criminal justice system with the state-wide Gault Award. Utilizing years of experience as an appellate writer, Jan now ponders the appropriate use of the Oxford comma in grant proposals. As the Research & Development Director at Quality Life Center, she researches curriculum, models and funding sources, writes grant proposals and develops marketing materials for a nonprofit serving youth in an underserved area of Fort Myers. She believes people should not be defined by a circumstance and is drawn to places in which each person’s gifts are encouraged and developed.
Mrs. Isaacson has been involved with various community organizations as well as her children’s schools in Fort Myers for 20 years. She has served on the Boards of Temple Judea Pre-School, Temple Judea and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. She has also volunteered her time and talents to the Lee County Medical Society and the Canterbury School Volunteer and Parent Board. In her free time, Mrs. Isaacson enjoys spending time with her children, boating, and running.
Director (Past President)
Mrs. Katin graduated from Immaculata University with a B.A. in Biology. After graduation, she worked in Philadelphia at the Charlotte Drake Cardeza Foundation. She was research assistant to Dr. Thomas Gabuzda whose project was the treatment and cure of Sickle Cell Anemia. Mrs. Katin moved to Florida in 1981, where her growing family required all her attention. She volunteered at St. Francis Xavier School for many years. She is currently a volunteer at AFCAAM, where she tutors Math and English. She has served on De LaSalle’s Board of Directors since its inception and is its most recent past President. In her spare time, she is a loving grandmother to Finley and Ellis.
Roger O’Halloran, Esq.
Director ( Past President)
Mr. O’Halloran is married, a father of three sons and grandfather of four, all of whom reside in Fort Myers. He has practiced law in Lee County since 1974 after his service in the United States Army. As an attorney, his work has centered on representing families in every aspect of their lives, from adoption through death, with emphasis on separation, divorce and disability issues. Currently, he works in the field of Elder Law planning which includes the possibility of guardianship and other forms of protecting people with disability. He is most interested in helping families prepare themselves, and their children with disability, to manage their affairs in an atmosphere of supported independence. He recognizes the importance of families in working with educators and other professionals in satisfying their children’s needs and reaching goals. He believes that De LaSalle Academy provides an atmosphere where individuals can gain not only academic success but also develop skills leading to independence, meaningful work and happiness.
Mrs. Gelardi has been a Fort Myers resident for 38 years. She has more than 40 years of experience working with and advocating for children with learning disabilities. She started an organization in the 1970s that worked with the New York City Board of education to revolutionize school lunches to include food that is natural and nutritious. She is a nutritional consultant whose clients include autistic children. Mrs. Gelardi sits on the Board of St. Martin de Porre, a ministry that feeds the hungry and is President of the St. John’s Women’s Guild, which is dedicated to helping those in need. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of six.
Margie Morales, M.D.
Dr. Morales is a pediatric neurologist affiliated with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Her clinical interests include behavior disorders, developmental issues, communication disorders, learning challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD. A medical graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Morales completed her internships and Pediatric Residency at University Pediatric Hospital, San Juan Puerto Rico and is Board Certified in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. She serves on the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder Advisory Committee and the Florida Gulf Coast University Occupational Therapy Council.
Diane Kratt, Ed.D.
Dr. Diane Kratt is a Fort Myers native. She is married to James Kratt and has three adult children as a blended family. She has been a full-time faculty member in FGCU’s College of Education (COE) since fall 2008. Prior to that, Diane was a K-12 educator in Lee County for 20 years. In the COE, she is the director of the Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships. She is also an advocate for children’s mental health, both in the schools and in the community. Diane provides mental health literacy training to future teachers and organizes an annual community conference for educators, parents, and mental health providers to inform and support those who work with students living with a mental health condition.
Kevin is the Executive Director of the Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC), which is the Arc of Lee County and was founded in 1954. LARC provides services and actively advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Lewis has lived and worked in southwest Florida over 32 years with leadership roles in behavioral health prior to joining LARC. A social worker by training with an MSW from Florida State University, Lewis is married to Renee with two adult children and three grandchildren presently.
Born in California and raised in Monmouth County, NJ, Mrs. Barrow is a highly experienced professional specializing in exceptional student education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Master of Education, Autism Studies from Georgian Court University. She is certified as an Assistive Technology Specialist, Teacher of the Handicapped, Teacher of Elementary School, and Wilson Reading System Level 1 Specialist. She has worked in the classroom in a variety of capacities including as a Special Education Department Leader, Assistive Technology Specialist, Middle School Language and Learning Disabled Teacher, Middle School and High School Multiply Disabled Teacher, Middle School In Class Support Teacher, and Second Grade Resource Room Teacher. Mrs. Barrow is rated Highly Qualified in Middle School Language Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and exploring new places. Mrs. Barrow believes in Margaret Mead’s statement that “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”