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Early Steps Gulf Central Staff

Kristin Peras, B.S., SC

Job Title:  Operations Manager and Provider Relations Liaison Areas Served: Southwest and Gulf Central Education: Early Childhood Education Degree and Minor in Hospitality Management Experience:  “After graduating from the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!) I worked at a childcare center in Orlando, Florida where I was the Assistant Director. I

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Dulce Anaya

Job Title:  Billing Specialist I Areas Served: Southwest and Gulf Central Education:  Coming Soon Experience:  Coming Soon

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Anna Marie Pedraza

Job Title:  Data Analyst / IT Specialist Locations Served: Gulf Central and Southwest Education:  Coming Soon Experience:  Coming Soon

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Robin Medeiros

Counties Served: Manatee County, Hardee County, Highlands County Education: BS in Occupational Therapy From Quinnipiac University, CT; Class of 2003 Experience: 2003-2012 Pediatric Therapy Group: Owner and Occupational therapist. Provided Occupational Therapy to ages 0-18 in home based, clinic based and school based setting. Also management of all staff including COTAs,

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Chelsea Sears

Counties Served: North Sarasota Education: I have my Bachelors in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Experience: I began working with Early Steps in October 2016. I worked in child welfare for 2.5 years in Sarasota County. I have also worked with adults with disabilities in both Manatee and

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Darci Banister

Counties Served: Sarasota Education: BS in Elementary Education K-6 Experience: She has six years case management experience in child welfare and child advocacy.  She worked in preschools and taught kindergarten, first grade, and English as a second Language while living in Romania; as well as worked with young mothers and

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Marie Nashatker

Counties Served: Education: Experience: Marie has been working with Early Steps since 2013. Personal:

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Selena Ann Valentin

Counties Served: Highlands Education: Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York with a minor in Special Education.  Florida Certification in Elementary, Preschool, and Exceptional Student Education Experience:  Worked as an ESE Educator for Highlands School District for 3 years.  Worked as an Early Childhood Specialist with

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Shantel Amaya

Counties Served: Sarasota Education: Bachelor in Social Work Experience: She has four years working in Social Work practice. She has experience working with Child Welfare, Homelessness, and Children/Adults with special needs.  Shantel has been working with Early Steps since 2016. Personal: She is happily married to her childhood best friend

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